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Best Halloween Events for Spooky and Sweet Family Fun in 2021

Our Halloween planner for Seattle, Eastside and South Sound families

Nancy Chaney

Published on: October 14, 2021


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-size list of family Halloween events.

We have made some progress since last year, but 2021 events still look different than they did in the Before Times. Mask up, preregister if needed, and find something that suits your crew by reading our list below. It's divided up by region (Seattle-area, Eastside and South Sound) and events are listed in order of date.

(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.)

Seattle-area Halloween events for 2021

Saturdays, Oct. 16, 23 and 30, 1–3 p.m.: Save your pumpkin scraps and bring them along to Pasado's Animal Safe Haven Pumpkin Spooktacular. Feed the resident cows your pumpkin treat while on a guided tour of the sanctuary, where you will meet dozens of other animals. Wear your costume and get your own goody bag too! $25 per person; $75 per family of three or more. Preregister.

Thursday–Sunday, Oct. 21–24 and 28–31: Brave the dark, eerie halls of a candy factory on the Seattle Chocolate Haunted Factory Tour. Book your tix asap as this tour is nearly full already. For ages 6 and older. $12 per adult; $10 ages 12 and younger. Preregister.

Friday, Oct. 22, 5:30–9:30 p.m.: Book a timeslot for the Hamlin Halloween Haunt in Shoreline. Bring a flashlight and roast marshmallows, listen to spooky stories, ride a hay wagon, play games and more. Free.

Sunday, Oct. 24, 3–6 p.m.: Enjoy daytime trick-or-treating through Kent Station then admire the Halloween-decorated trunks and collect even more candy during Haunted Boo-Levard. Free.

Daily Oct. 25–31: West Seattle Junction welcomes kids for a spooky Halloween scavenger hunt. Get your map and follow the clues for treats! On Sunday, Oct. 31, 10 a.m.–2 p.m., the Junction hosts good old-fashioned daytime trick-or-treating at local businesses. Free.

Saturday–Sunday, Oct. 30–31, 9:30 a.m.–4 p.m.: Have your kiddos dress up in their costumes for free entry (with paying adult) to Woodland Park Zoo's Pumpkin Bash! Watch your favorite animals enjoy their pumpkin snacks while kids trick-or-treat around the zoo. Included with admission; kids in costume enter free; all kids ages 2 and younger free.

Saturday, Oct. 30, noon–4 p.m.: Enjoy spooky trick-or-treating at Burien's annual Halloween event, Boo in Burien. Dress up in your costume and stop by local businesses for a sweet treat. Free. Bonus: Stick around for Halloween at the drive-in where you can watch "The Addams Family" at 8 p.m. $25 per car.

Saturday, Oct. 30, 1–4 p.m.: Join the T'Challoween parade through Beacon Hill, collecting candy as you go. Stick around for the costume contest, photo booth and more. Free.

Saturday, Oct. 30, 2–5 p.m.: Wander the streets of downtown Kent on the Great Kent Pumpkin Hunt, searching for pumpkin symbols that will lead to a treat. Wear your costume and you could win a prize! Also enjoy kids' activities, photo ops and more. Free.

Sunday, Oct. 31, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.: 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.

Sunday, Oct. 31, 11 a.m.–3 p.m.: Roll on over to Pacific Raceways for a drive-through trunk or treat event. Check out the decorated cars, big rigs and collect candy. Free.

Eastside Halloween events for 2021

Saturday, Oct. 16, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.: Join Kirkland Parks for a Harvest Festival at Juanita Beach Park. Enjoy live music, cider-pressing demos, tractor-pulled wagon rides, a kids' korral area with activities and more. Free.

Saturday, Oct. 23, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.: Book your tickets to Vasa Park Resort's first-ever Harvest Fest. Dress up to join the costume parade, jam out to live music, make seasonal crafts and check out the fall market with tons of vendors. $3 per child; $5 per adult.

Saturday, Oct. 23, 2–6 p.m.: Get your zombie on and join a Zombie Walk through downtown Issaquah. There is a virtual edition as well if you are feeling spooky but safer at home. Free.

Sunday, Oct. 24, noon–2:30 p.m.: Snag a seat — and a pumpkin kit — for outdoor carving and fun at McMenamins' Anderson School in Bothell. This is an outdoor, socially distanced event. Preregister; $20 for a pumpkin and carving kit; food and beverage available for purchase.

Saturday, Oct. 30, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.: Celebrate Halloween in the great outdoors at Bridle Trails State Park with the Trick or Trot 1K Scavenger Hike, activities, treats and more. Adults and older children are invited to run the 5k. Don't forget to wear your costumes! Scavenger hunt is free; 5k is $10.

Saturday, Oct. 30, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.: Come down to Marina Park in Kirkland for Pumpkins in the Park. You will find a pumpkin patch, carnival games, trick-or-treating and more! Pups are invited as well for the doggie costume party. Free.

Saturday, Oct. 30, 11 a.m.–4 p.m.: Visit Bellevue Arts Museum for its annual BAM-O-WEEN Free Family Day. Explore the museum, partake in Halloween activities and show off your costume. Free.

Saturday, Oct. 30, Noon–4 p.m.: Book your timed ticket to Si View Park's annual Harvest Fest. Check out the petting zoo, carnival games, pumpkin decorating, haunted house and more. $10 activity wristband per child; adults free. Preregister.

Saturday, Oct. 30, 2–6 p.m.: Show off your costumes at different stops around downtown North Bend, collecting treats and supporting small businesses on Trick-Or-Treat Street. Free.

Sunday, Oct. 31, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.: Sign up first, then don your costume to perform spooky science experiments with your fam at KidsQuest Children's Museum's Halloween Spooktacular. $15 per child; $8 per adult. Preregister.

South Sound-area Halloween events for 2021

Friday–Saturday, Oct. 15–16 and 22–23, 5–9 p.m.: Tour Northwest Trek as night falls and lights twinkle during the annual Hoot n' Howl event. Show off your costume, meet nocturnal animals, collect candy and more. $16 per person; 2 and younger free.

Saturday–Sunday, Oct. 16–17, 9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.: Visit Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium during Zoo Boo to show off your costumes, catch sight of resident animals snacking on pumpkins and play ghostly games to earn treats. $20; $15 ages 3–12; ages 2 and younger free.

Oct. 22–31: 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. $15.95 per person.

Tuesday–Sunday, Oct. 26–31: Head out for a night (or day) of spookiness at the community-built, Haunted Pirate Ship and Haunted Mansion at Summit Trail Middle School in the Maple Valley area. They offer daylight, walk-through hours, as well as nighttime drive-through hours. Canned food and monetary donations are appreciated. 

Thursday–Saturday, Oct. 27–30, 6–9 p.m.: Pack up the car for a slightly spooky night out at Haunted Headlights by Pierce County Parks. Stay safe in your car while you drive through Frontier Park in Graham and see spooky sights. $10 per car.

Saturday–Sunday, Oct. 30–31, 9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.: Check out Northwest Trek's second Halloween event, Pumpkin Chomp 'n' Stomp, where you'll see animals enjoying the crop of the season. Wear your costume, too! Included with admission; ages 2 and younger free.

Saturday, Oct. 30, noon–6 p.m.: Will you dare to enter Shadow Lake Nature Preserve's Haunted Peat Bog? If you do, enjoy crafts and activities while learning about all the creepy crawlies that call SHADOW home. Suggested $5 donation per person; preregister.

Saturday, Oct. 30, 1–5 p.m.: Don't miss carnival rides, games and trick-or-treating through Les Gove Park during Auburn's Halloween Harvest Festival and Trunk-or-Treat. Free.

Saturday, Oct. 30, 2–5 p.m.: Tacoma's STAR Center invites families for its fall Harvest Fest. Celebrate Halloween, play carnival games, navigate a spooky maze and more. Free.

Saturday, Oct. 30, 4–6 p.m.: Put on your costume and head to the Federal Way Community Center to brave the haunted trail, try out the photo booth and collect lots of candy. $5 per child, adults free.

Saturday–Sunday, Oct. 30–31, 5–6:30 p.m.: Get a kid's-eye view of a real haunted house during a special, unscary kids' walk-through at My Morbid Mind in Lacey. $3 per person.

Sunday, Oct. 31, 2–5 p.m.: Another opportunity to celebrate Harvest Fest with Metro Parks Tacoma, this time at People's Community Center. Join for a bouncy house, costume contest, arts and crafts, and more. Free.

Sunday, Oct. 31, 3–5 p.m.: The Outlet Collection Mall hosts families with kids for entertainment, games and candy, of course! Free.

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