17 Low-Sugar Halloween Events to Put on Your October Calendar

Although Halloween is still a couple weeks away, that doesn’t mean your kiddo isn’t itching to put on that costume and take it for a spin, pre-trick-or-treat. Help ’em out when you take your sidekick to one of these Halloween activities that doesn’t skimp on fun, but doesn’t load kids up on sugar either. Let’s get “boo” it!

photo: Dennis Dow/Woodland Park Zoo

Pumpkin Bash at Woodland Park Zoo

The zoo's beloved Pumpkin Bash is back for 2021! Grab your costumes to enjoy this weekend of Halloween festivities, and all kinds of pumpkin eatin', at the zoo. Watch as hippos, otters, bears, penguins and other animals gobble, smash and play with pumpkins and other autumn-themed treats, part of the zoo’s excellent animal enrichment care program. It's also a chance for your costumed kiddos to trick-or-treat around the zoo going from one station to the next. It's also a great way to save on some green! During Pumpkin Bash, one child 12 years and under in costume is admitted to the zoo free with a paid adult admission.

5500 Phinney Ave. N.
Seattle, WA

Dates: Oct. 30 & 31, 2021
Cost: Included with admission
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photo: Kristina Moy

Wild Waves Fright Fest

Gather up your little ghosts and goblins and head to Wild Waves Theme & Water Park for their annual Fright Fest. On weekends, starting October 8, the park transforms into a scream park with amusement rides and family-friendly activities your little monsters will love. You can count on family-friendly fun Saturdays and Sundays, from 2-6 p.m., including Halloween movies played on the LED screen at 2:30 & 4:30 p.m. But beware, the park transitions to Fright by Night between 6 & 7 p.m., so keep that in mind as you make your plans. Note: None of the decorations around the theme park are scary. However, Extreme Screams and the two haunted mazes are not recommended for kids under 13. Reservations required.

36201 Enchanted Pkwy. S.
Federal Way, WA

Dates: Fri.-Sun., Oct. 8-31, 2021
Cost: $43/Adult; $27/Kid; Free, 3 & under
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photo: KidsQuest Children's Museum

Halloween Spooktacular

Your costumed kiddos will squeal with delight during this Halloween-themed science-based program at KidsQuest. It's a chance for budding scientists to build hydraulic monster mouths, take flight with bat wings, munch on monster cookies and shop the Monster Mercantile for a not-too-terrifying item. Registration is required.

Date: Oct. 31, 2021
Cost: $15/Kid; $8/non-member, adult; Free for adult members
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Spooky Kooky Concoctions

It’s creepy. It’s kooky. Mysterious and spooky. It’s time to get your goo on at this fam-fave KidsQuest program. Kids (alongside their caregivers) get to play mad scientist for the afternoon as they experiment with things that stretch, glow and float. An online program with an at-home kit is available for families who prefer to participate virtually. Registration is required.

Date: Oct. 22, 2021
Cost: $45/family of 4; $10/additional family members
Ages: 5 & up
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KidsQuest Children's Museum
1116 108th Ave. N.E.
Bellevue, WA

photo: Janelle Connor

Happy Halloween Pony Ride

Celebrate Halloween a little differently this year—with the coolest pony ride in town. Kids ages 3-6 will get a 15-minute pony ride session, with lots of photo opps for doting parents and special memories made for your kiddo. Costumes are okay, as long as they include long pants and don't distract the pony. Yeehaw! Registration is required.

Farrel-Mc-Whirter Park
19454 N.E. Redmond Rd.
Redmond, WA

Date: Oct. 30, 2021
Cost: $25/Resident; $30/Non-Resident
Ages: 3-5
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photo: PCC

Monster Munchies Cooking Class

Swap your kiddo's candy dreams for a virtual cooking class with PCC Markets. At Monster Munchies wannabe chefs will work with instructor Ami to make healthy snacks with a Halloween twist. What's on the menu? How about Ghost Toast using fun-shaped cookie cutters, Monster Eyeballs (don't worry, they're just meatballs) and Veggie Fingers (veggies with parmesan and herbs). The perfect kid-friendly treat to set out on All Hallows Eve! Registration required. Psst.. PCC"s Halloween Tricks & Treats class will do the trick if something sweet is what your kid's after.

Date: Oct. 17 & 30, 2021
Cost: $35
Ages: 4-7
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Sheep & Pumpkins

Kids, bring your grown-up to this farm-tastic program on the Eastside. It's a chance for kids ages 4-7 to make pumpkin treats, go on a scavenger hunt, do a craft and then learn about which animals at Kelsey Creek Farm like pumpkins. You'll get to pick out a pumpkin to take home, too. Come dressed for the weather. Pricing is for adult/child pair.

Kelsey Creek Farm
410 130th Pl. S.E.
Bellevue, WA

Date: Oct. 16, 2021
Cost: $30/Resident; $36/Non-Resident
Ages: 4-7
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photo: Rachel Brandon

Museum of Fright

It’s that time of year again, when the Museum of Flight transforms into the Museum of Fright for their annual Halloween celebration. Dress in your best space suit, pilot's costume or any other Halloween get-up then head on down for safe, Halloween-themed games and activities that will spark imagination and innovation and get everyone in the Halloween spirit. We're looking forward to a ghoul hunt, Halloween planetarium adventure and spooky stories that will be read throughout the day. Tickets are required.

9404 E. Marginal Way. S.
Seattle, WA

Date: Oct. 31, 2021
Cost: Included with admission
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photo: Northwest Railyway Museum

Ride the Halloween Train

This Halloween, a costumed train ride is in order for your little ghouls and goblins. It's all aboard for a fun-filled two-hour train excursion that puts the changing colors of the scenic upper Snoqualmie Valley on display. The train will be decked for fall, bringing the sights outside in. The journey begins as you journey west to the top of Snoqualmie Falls, stopping at the top to enjoy the view. Then it's tine to return east to the Railway History Center for a 30-minute stopover that includes seasonal activities and a visit the Train Shed Exhibit Hall. Costumes are encouraged, and all children arriving in costume will receive a small prize! Tickets are required.

Northwest Railway Museum
Snoqualmie Depot
38625 S.E. King. St.
Snoqualmie, WA

Dates: Oct. 16, 17, 23, 24, 30 & 31, 2021
Cost: $24/Adult; $12/Kids
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Pasado's Pumpkin Spooktacular

This October take your animal-loving kiddos to visit this 85-acre property, nestled in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains that's just outside of Seattle. Pasado's Safe Haven's sanctuary tours are getting a spooky revamp to celebrate the season. The cows have been asking to trick-or-treat, so bring your pumpkins or carving scraps to feed to them, reverse trick-or-treat style. Costumes are encouraged, and kids will get their very own goodie bag of vegan treats to take home. Please no strollers due to the terrain and animal safety.

10131 Woods Lake Rd.
Monroe, WA

Date: Oct. 2, 9. 16. 23 & 30, 2021
Cost: $25/person; $75/family (3 or more)
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photo: Katie Cotterill/Northwest Trek Wildlife Park

Haunted Hike

Although families can always expect a wild time at Northwest Trek, things are getting spooky on the weekends in October. So dust off your Halloween garb and prepare to wander past magical lights, eerie spider webs and pumpkins everywhere as you work to solve the mystery of the forest. Is it ghosts? Goblins? Bigfoot? It’s up to you to figure it out during this park-wide scavenger hunt. Remember to end your exciting adventure with time at Kids’ Trek where your little ghoulies can slide, climb, jump and explore until they’re boo-ed out.

Dates: Weekends in October, 2021
Cost: Included with admission
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Pumpkin Chomp & Stomp

If you're looking to add something a little wild to your Halloween adventures, bring the kids to Northwest Trek for the annual Pumpkin Chomp & Stomp. The park’s many trails will be adorned with picturesque pumpkins and the many animals that call the park home will get in on the pumpkin love too. Watch them chomp, stomp and roll all day as they get fed pumpkin treats.

Dates: Oct. 30 & 31, 2021
Cost: Included with admission
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Northwest Trek
11610 Trek Dr. E.
Eatonville, WA

photo: iStock

Vasa's Drive-In Theater

While you don't want to say his name three times, watching Beetlejuice on the big screen gets a big thumbs up. Especially from your kids. Plan a fun night at the drive-in just before Halloween to get everyone in the spirit. Wear your costumes or just come in your jammies for this show. Gates are at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts around 7 p.m., giving you just enough time to get the kids home in time for bed. 

3549 W. Lake Sammamish Pkwy. S.E.
Bellevue, WA

Date: Oct. 29, 2021
Cost: $25/car, suggested
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photo: Seattle Chocolate

Haunted Factory Tour

Seattle Chocolate's Haunted Factory Tour is big on not-too-spooky fun for kids and families. During the 20-minute tour, brave guests are led through the eerie halls and passages of the Seattle Chocolate Factory. Here's the backstory—troublesome spirits from the jungles of Peru have escaped and messed up the chocolate making machines. Can your crew help fix them? Using clues and your noggin you'll solve puzzles to help save the factory...with an opportunity to collect a delicious reward when you do. Tickets are required. 

Date: Oct. 21-24 & 28-31, 2021
Cost: $12/Adult; $10/Kid
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photo: Katie Cotterill/Northwest Trek Wildlife Park

Zoo Boo at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

We know you and the kids will have a happy howl-o-ween at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium’s Halloween-themed weekend. Get ready for ghostly games that'll have you guessing which skull belongs to which animal, who makes that sound and what does that oversized pumpkin actually weigh? Playing at the Kids' Zone is a great way to round out the day after you've seen the costume parade at the Wild Wonders Outdoor Theater (it starts at noon). Costumes are encouraged for everyone, that means you too, parents!

5400 N. Pearl St.
Tacoma, WA

Dates: Oct. 16 & 17, 2021
Cost: Included with admission
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photo: Run Scared

Run Scared 5K & 10K

Earn your candy at the 13th annual Run Scared race, benefiting The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. This year the race is back on—in person (there's a virtual option available too, if you prefer to race on your own schedule). Pirates is the theme, and whether you're signed up for the 10K, 5K or the 2-mile walk/run, you'll want to don your best pirate sash and eye patch so you look the park. A treasure hunt and costume contest are all part of the fun. The Kids' Dash starts at 8:45 a.m., and although it's free, registration is still required.

Seward Park
5895 Lake Washington Blvd. S.
Seattle, WA

Date: Oct. 31, 2021
Cost: $30-$45/person; Free, Kids' Dash
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photo: courtesy Hands On Children's Museum

Boo Bash at Hands On Children's Mueum

Halloween might be the perfect time to head down to the Hands On Children's Museum in Olympia. Parents can always count on this celebration to be light on scary but heavy on fun. The hay bale maze, scavenger hunt, black light maze and pumpkin decorating are just the right speed for the mini set. And everyone will enjoy science demos by Dr. Science himself and the costume parade. You get all this plus over 150 other hands-on exhibits to explore. Note: Sensory-friendly activities will be offered on October 24 & 31 at 9 a.m.  

414 Jefferson St. N.E.
Olympia, WA

Dates: Oct. 22-31, 2021
Cost: $16/person; Free, babies under 18 months
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photo: Seabrook

Bonus: Make it a Weekend

It’s not often that Halloween falls on a weekend, so why not take advantage of this well-timed celebration with a family getaway? It’s never a bad time to head to the Pacific, and staying at Seabrook’s resort community makes a quick getaway super easy. Starting October 20, kids can head to Nelson Farm to navigate the (totally free) hay maze. Then on the 28th, the pumpkin patch opens. Guests can pick their own (one complimentary pumpkin per guest, please), and carve it too. Who knows? If you enter your design, it might win first place in the Market Street Pumpkin Promenade. As for trick-or-treating, it's totally on. Families can hit the streets on Oct. 30, from 3-7 p.m. Don’t forget to pack your costumes!

24 Front St.
Pacific Beach, WA
Online: seabrookwa.com

—Allison Sutcliffe, Kristina Moy & Katie Kavulla


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