It's finally (almost) here! If a chorus of voices at your house have been counting the days until Halloween, thank goodness we are closing in on the big day. Here's our annual king-sized list of family-fun things to do.
Of course they're all different this year. We've gathered some virtual events, drive-by events, scavenger hunts and more. Find something that suits your crew by reading our list below, which we have divided up by region (Seattle-area, Eastside and South Sound) for in-person and drive-by events. Scroll down for virtual events.
(You can also check out our list of ideas for at-home and neighborhood fun on Halloween, make a foray to the pumpkin patch or book yourself a heart attack at a fright-filled haunted house.)
Important note: Masks are required for all in-real-life events listed below. Have a safe and happy Halloween!
Seattle-area Halloween events for 2020
Daily through Oct. 31: Download the map and sneak around downtown Burien to find the stops on the Boo in Burien scavenger hunt; there are some small prizes for kiddos along the way. Free.
Daily through Oct. 31: Book your visit and wear your costumes to the zoo to follow the Pumpkin Loop, visiting animals and snapping selfies. Special treats for kids Oct. 24–25.
Daily Oct. 21–31: West Seattle Junction is also hosting a spooky Halloween scavenger hunt. Get your map and follow the clues for treats — and spiders?? Free.
Saturday–Sunday, Oct. 24–25: RSVP first, then show up in costume for selfies with Nightmare Before Christmas characters and sweet treats for kids at Nutty Squirrel Gelato's shops in Magnolia and Phinney.
Wednesday–Saturday, Oct. 28–31: Wander the streets of downtown Kent on the Great Kent Pumpkin Hunt, searching for pumpkin symbols. Wear your costume and you could win a prize!
Saturday, Oct. 31: Yikes! The Museum of Flight transforms into The Museum of Fright, inviting guests to hunt for ghouls, watch science demos and listen to scary stories. Book your timed tickets asap and plan to wear your costumes. Included with museum admission.
Saturday, Oct. 31: Drive through Kent Station to admire Halloween-decorated trunks and booths during Haunted Boo-Levard. Free.
Saturday, Oct. 31: Wear your costumes and drive by the Seattle Chocolates Factory for some spooky fun and chocolate. Free.
Eastside Halloween events for 2020
Saturday, Oct. 24: Snag a seat — and a pumpkin kit — for outdoor carving and fun at McMenamins' Anderson School. This is an outdoor, socially-distanced event. Preregister; $18 for a pumpkin and carving kit; food and beverage available for purchase.
Saturday, Oct. 31: Drive by Bellevue Arts Museum to pick up a free Halloween-themed craft kit for this year's takeaway edition of BAM-O-WEEN.
Saturday, Oct. 31: Show off your costumes at different stops around North Bend and environs, collecting treats and supporting small businesses. It's Quarantine-O-Ween Triple Treat Trek.
Saturday, Oct. 31: Crossroads Bellevue invites families with kids for a drive-through edition of its annual Mall-O-Ween. Wear your costumes, pile in the car and pick up a treat bag; advance RSVP required.
South Sound-area Halloween events for 2020
Oct. 23–31: Visit Northwest Trek during these special days to show off your costume, watch animals gobble up pumpkin treats and tackle a forest mystery scavenger hunt. Included with Wild Walk admission; book your visit in advance.
Oct. 23–Nov. 1: Book a visit to Olympia's Hands On Children's Museum during Boo Bash to press apples into cider, navigate a hay-bale maze and watch wacky science demos. Included with museum admission.
Saturday, Oct. 24: Enjoy a pre-Halloween dinner with your partner while your child plays at We Rock the Spectrum Federal Way during the play gym’s drop-off parents night out. Preregister; $40 first child; $35 sibling.
Oct. 24–31: Wear your costumes for a timed-entry visit during Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium's Pumpkin Days to catch sight of resident animals snacking on pumpkins and follow clues to find hidden animal cutouts. Included with admission.
Sunday, Oct. 25: Point Ruston Public Market in Tacoma invites families to come out and carve a pumpkin that will become part of the market’s display. Pumpkins are free, hollowed out and ready for you to carve — but remember you're not taking it home. While pumpkin supplies last!
Monday–Saturday, Oct. 26–31: Find the hidden witch's broom around the shops of Puyallup's Main Street; it'll be hidden in a new spot each day. Each time you find it, submit a photo for a chance to win a Boo-Allup prize.
Saturday, Oct. 31: Suit up in your costumes and swing by South King Fire & Rescue’s Station 63 in Federal Way to snag some candy from the firefighters’ crafty candy chute!
Saturday, Oct. 31: The Outlet Collection Mall hosts families with kids for a candy-themed scavenger hunt and — spoiler! — there's a treat for participants at the end. Free.
Virtual Halloween events for 2020
Thursday, Oct. 22: Join Seattle Theatre Group teaching artists for a free, virtual intro to horror acting workshop for ages 12–18. Preregister.
Thursdays, Oct. 22 and 29: Preregister for a free Zoom tour of outer space and the sometimes spooky night sky with Pierce College Science Dome staff.
Friday, Oct. 23: Flex your family's nature trivia knowledge by snagging a virtual spot in Shadow Lake Nature Preserve's spooky trivia night challenge. Preregister; $10 donation per family.
Saturday, Oct. 24: First, preregister, then gather your supplies, then tune into Zoom for a super-crafty Halloween fun session at Seattle Recreative. Free; for ages 6–10.
Tuesday, Oct. 27: Get into your comfy costumes for the library’s free, virtual spooktacular family yoga! All ages are welcome; preregister for the Zoom link.
Thursday, Oct. 29: Human kids and their fur-iends (real or stuffies) should wear their costumes for this fun, virtual Halloween story time and costume sharing with Miss Bekka from the library. Free; preregister for Zoom link.
Thursday, Oct. 29: This is Miss Bekka’s virtual Halloween story session for older kids (7 and up) and it features thrills, chills and scary stories! Preregister for the Zoom link.
Thursday–Saturday, Oct. 29–31: Register your elementary-age kids for a free, virtual, interactive Halloween mystery adventure with costumes and dancing! It's with Camp Supernow and it'll be a hoot.
Friday, Oct. 30: "Haunt" your pup tent with spooky decorations and dress in your costumes (pets, too!), then join Washington State Parks online for ghost stories, shadow puppets, campfire cooking demos and lots more fun. Submit a photo of your haunted tent for a chance to win a prize.
Saturday, Oct. 31: Get moving with your fam on the End Childhood Cancer 5K, virtual Halloween edition. Run or walk wherever you like and wear your costumes!
Saturday, Oct. 31: Hop on Zoom for free kids' crafts and Halloween fun with Pierce County Library; designed for ages 5–12, all welcome.
Saturday, Oct. 31: Register for the Halloween edition of Brickworld’s virtual Lego Con and hop on Zoom to interact with Lego creators showing their amazing Lego displays.
Saturday, Oct. 31: Preregister for a free, virtual introduction to some of Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium's creepy creatures of the night — owls, bats, snakes and more!
Saturday–Sunday, Oct. 31–Nov. 1: Burn off all that candy on a family 5K, 10K or 2-mile run or walk to benefit The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Preregister and complete your run or walk anywhere and anytime you like.