Fun and Festive (and a Few Family-Friendly) Halloween Events

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Trick or Treat on the Waterfront
: More than 12 businesses, from the Ferry Terminal to Bell Harbor Conference Center, participate in the fun. Little tricksters can seek out their treats with a provided Treasure Hunt map. Sunday 10/27, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Waterfront Park/Pier 58, 1301 Alaskan Way. Free

Can Can Productions’ This Is Halloween: For the folks looking to spend a spooky evening sans their tots. Inspired by Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, this burlesque/cabaret/live music/film extravaganza is a Halloween show unlike any other. Set to the sinister music of Orkestar Zirconium—a mobile Balkan brass-and-drum band—This Is Halloween features many stars of Seattle’s cabaret scene such as the Can Can Castaways, Armitage Shanks and Jed Dunkerley. The theatrical Halloween show has sold out the past six years, so get tickets early to ensure your seats. 10/24-10/31, The Triple Door, 216 Union Street. 17+, Prices vary;

Capitol Hill’s Hilloween at Cal Anderson Park
: The annual Hilloween returns, transforming Seattle’s most Halloween-crazed neighborhood to a stomping ground for miniature ghouls and pixies alike. Expect family-friendly activities, such as trick-or-treating with local merchants, live music from local kid-themed favorites Caspar Babypants and Recess Monkey, scary storytelling and the Halloween Marching Band Costume Parade. Saturday 10/26, 12:00 to 3:30 p.m., free

EMP Monsterfest
: Halloween is rocking at the Experience Music Project this year, with “Monster Mash” dance contests, frightful face painting, costume “blood”-making and of course, trick-or-treats. And what would a Halloween party be without some creepy flicks to send tingles up your spine? Monsterfest features special screenings of two ghostly films: Disney’s 1949 Legend of Sleepy Hollow, and Hotel Transylvania (2012). Thursday 10/31, 2 to  8 p.m. EMP Seattle Center. Prices vary, kids 12 and under free

Put on your best costume and join Sound Harmony Chorus for a Halloween party! There will be food, games, contests (including best costume), prizes, and, of course, singing. Monday 10/28, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Seattle Creative Arts Center, 2601 NW Market St.


Discovery Park Happy Halloween Hike: Little ones can don their costumes on this adventure, where they’ll learn about the animals of Halloween lore, and gain appreciation for creatures they may have thought creepy. Saturday 10/26, Wednesday 10/30, 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. Discovery Park, $4 per person. Register online at

Help Woodland Park Zoo care for the animals. The annual Pumpkin Bash kicks off Saturday 10/26 and Sunday 10/27 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Watch as zoo creatures have a blast smashing and eating pumpkins, providing them with varied nutrients, mental stimulation and a chance to exercise natural primal instincts. Of course, there will be yummy treats for kids! The zoo also hosts its annual Pumpkin Dash at Green Lake. Two events kick off at the Green Lake Small Crafts Center: a 5k Fun Run/Walk (9:30 a.m.) and 1k Kids Dash (9:15 a.m.) Don’t forget to wear your most comfortable costume!

Food Bank Cider Pressing: Spread good Halloween spirit by stopping by this event, hosted by Volunteers of America. Warm your hands with a hot cup of apple cider for a small donation, or provide a bag of groceries to needy families for a free jug of your own. 10/26, 12 to 4 p.m.  9041 Greenwood Ave. N.

West Seattle Harvest Festival and Trick-or-Treating
: Hang out at the West Seattle Junction this Sunday for family-friendly activities of the autumnal variety. The chili competition kicks things off at 11:30 a.m., followed by a kid’s costume parade at 11:30, and trick-or-treating throughout the farmer’s market. Sunday 10/27, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., West Seattle Junction, SW Alaska Street and California Avenue SW. Free

The Great Pumpkin Race
: Aerophysicists and creative types alike will revel in this festive competition. Bring your own decorated pumpkin-on-wheels; the speediest one wins a trophy! Saturday 10/26, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. South Bellevue Community Center, 14509 SE Newport Way. Free, but registration required. Ages 6+

Safe Halloween at Country Village Shops
: Head to Bothell for a quaint trick-or-treating experience, where local merchants offer treats for costumed kids. 10/31, 4 to 6 p.m. Country Village Shops, 23718 Bothell Everett Hwy. Free