20 Low-Sugar Halloween Events to Put On Your Calendar This Month

With so many Halloween activities in the weeks leading up to the 31st, it’s almost impossible to keep the candy at bay. That’s why we’ve searched the Emerald City for low-sugar Halloween events that still pack a spooktacular punch. From Halloween-themed shows and costumed fun runs, to underwater pumpkin carving demonstrations, scroll down for 18 not-too-sugary Halloween activities for your costumed cuties.
photo: Kristina Moy Fright Fest at Wild Waves Theme & Water Park

Starting on Sep. 27, Washington’s largest amusement park transforms into a spooktacular Halloween fun zone to deliver hair-raising entertainment for park-goers of all ages. In addition to more than 25 rides operating in the dark, little goblins (12 & under) can enjoy endless Halloween fun in Booville, a scare-free zone designed just for kids. Activities include a craft station, carnival-style games and a nightly dance-a-long. For older sibs and thrill-seekers, Fright Fest includes two bloodcurdling haunted houses and a haunted trail.

Good to know: None of the decorations around the park are scary and the haunted houses are easily avoidable. This year, Family by Day activities for little goblins will take place from noon-6 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

Wild Waves Theme & Water Park
36201 Enchanted Pkwy. S.
Federal Way, WA 98003

Dates: Fri.-Sun., Sep. 27-Nov. 2, 2019
Cost: $16.99 & up (purchase discount tickets online)
Ages: All

Event details. 


photo: Northwest Trek Wildlife Park Hoot ‘n’ Howl at Northwest Trek Wildlife Park

Take an extra nap or rest in the afternoon and then head to Northwest Trek Wildlife Park for an evening of Halloween fun. Zoo staff will take you through the park after the sun goes down for a special nighttime tram tour of the animals and park, plus there will be Halloween crafts, carnival-type games, trick-or-treating, live animal presentations, nature hikes and more. Costumes are welcome and encouraged, of course!

Good to know: Purchase your tickets online to guarantee a spot on the tram.

Northwest Trek Wildlife Park
11610 Trek Dr. E.
Eatonville, WA 98328

Dates: Oct. 11-12 & 18-19, 2019 
Cost: $12-$16 (2 & under Free)
Ages: All

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photo: Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium Zoo Boo at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

Fun for the entire family and especially those who prefer their Halloween activities in the daylight hours, Zoo Boo at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium is a favorite for many Seattle families. Explore the zoo in costume, discover creepy, slimy and unusual-looking animals at the activity stations and watch the animals enjoy special pumpkin enrichments. Psst! Be sure to check out the awesome pumpkin carving designs and decorations made by the zoo staff and the vote for your favorite. 

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium
5400 N. Pearl St.
Tacoma, WA 98407

Dates: Oct. 12-13, 2019 
Cost: Free with admission; come in costume and receive $2 off your ticket price (adults too)
Ages: All

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photo: Kristina Moy Fall Farm Fun: Pigs and Pumpkins

Pigs love pumpkins, and we think you will too! At this special event at Kesley Creek Farm Park, kids will get to make pumpkin treats, go on a scavenger hunt, do a craft and learn all about pigs. Psst! Preregistration is required; day-of registration will be accepted if space allows

Good to know: Each child will pick out a pumpkin to take home. Come dressed for the weather.

Kelsey Creek Farm Park, Education Barn
410 130th Pl. S.E.
Bellevue, WA 98005

Date: Oct. 12, 2019 
Cost: $25/resident; $30/non-resident (pre-registration required)
Ages: 3-6

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photo: Julia Raasch via Unsplash The Great Pumpkin Hunt

You know it's going to be a fun activity when hunting for pumpkins nd Halloween crafts are the name of the game. Costumed kiddos will hunt for pumpkins and then enjoy games, entertainment, prizes, and the Great Pumpkin Hunt Psst! Preregistration is highly recommended; this event usually sells out.

Good to know: Pumpkin hunt times go by age. 6:30 p.m. (ages 2-4); 7:15 p.m. (ages 5-8); 8 p.m. (ages 9-12)

Northwest Arts Center
9825 N.E. 24th St.
Bellevue, WA 98004

Date: Oct. 18, 2019
Cost: $15/child. Each additional family member is $5/resident and $6/non-resident
Ages: 2-12

Event details.

photo: Northwest Railway Museum Halloween Storytelling Train

Don your Halloween costume and take a ride through the Upper Snoqualmie Valley aboard an antique train. In addition to the non-scary train ride, there will be old-fashioned cider press demonstrations, activities for the kids, Halloween decorations at the Depots, complimentary warm apple cider and Halloween train stories at the Train Shed Exhibit Building. Find out what train stories caused shivers up the spine in days gone past and enjoy this unique time traveling experience this Halloween.

Good to Know: Trains depart Snoqualmie at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. & 3 p.m. This is a two-hour event. 

Northwest Railway Museum
Snoqualmie Depot
38625 S.E. King St.
Snoqualmie, WA 98065

Dates: Oct. 19-20 & 26-27, 2019 
Cost: $10-$20; under 2 Free
Ages: All

Event details.

photo: Bronwen Houck Photography 11th Annual Monster Bash

Rain or shine, grab your little ghosts and goblins and fly over to this annual Halloween fundraiser for Seattle Children's Hospital. Come in costume and enjoy a hair-raising haunted house, pony rides, ghoulish games and prizes, plus creepy crafts, pumpkin decorating, a costume contest and parade, Halloween cupcakes from Trophy Cupcakes and more. Phew! This party is going to make your little goblin's head spin (and not from the candy!).

Good to know: As always, Monster Bash will feature two live performances by Seattle’s own Grammy-nominated kindie band Recess Monkey (4 p.m. & 5 p.m.). Proceeds from this much-anticipated annual event benefit Seattle Children's pediatric palliative care. 

Grounds of St. Stephen's (across from Laurelhurst Park)
4805 N.E. 45th St.
Seattle, WA 98105
Online: facebook.com/threefeetofsunshine

Date: Oct. 19, 2019 
Cost: $13/person
Ages: All

Event details. 

photo: KidsQuest Children's Museum Family Adventures in Spooky Kooky Concoctions

Join the folks at KidsQuest Children’s Museum as they head into the laboratory for some weird and wacky chemistry. Become a mad scientist as you experiment with things that glow, stretch and float, plus find out the science behind all things spooky and kooky. Psst! Be sure to preregister for this event; space is limited.

KidsQuest Children's Museum
1116 108th Ave. N.E.
Bellevue, WA 98004

Date: Oct. 25, 2019 
Cost: $15/member child; $20/non-member child; $10/member sibling; $15/non-member sibling 
Ages: 5-12

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photo: Seattle Aquarium Aquarium Halloween

Little ghosts and goblins will love going to the Seattle Aquarium this year for Halloween-themed excitement. Activities include underwater pumpkin carving demonstrations by Aquarium divers and on land carving demonstrations with master carver Russ Leno, creepy Halloween games and activities, diver shows, a spooktacular story time and much more. Come in costume and kick off your Halloween celebration with the Aquarium's creatures.

Seattle Aquarium
Pier 59
1483 Alaskan Way
Seattle, WA

Dates: October 26-27, 2019 
Cost: Free with admission or membership
Ages: All

Event details. 

photo: Lara Underhill Pumpkin Carving Party at Ray's Cafe

Calling all pumpkin carving enthusiasts! Join Ray’s Café for their sixth annual Pumpkin Carving Party on Saturday, October 26. All ages are invited to show off their best pumpkin carving skills on the covered Cafe deck, rain or shine. Each carver will receive: one pumpkin, child-safe carving tools, a LED candle and hot apple cider. Food and beverages will be available for purchase, including Ray’s seasonal fall cocktails.

Good to know: Reservations are required and guests must choose from the following time slots: 11:30 a.m., 1:45 p.m. or 4 p.m. Please call or email Gabby Morgan at gmorgan@rays.com or 206-926-0820.

Ray's Cafe
6049 Seaview Ave. N.W.
Seattle, WA 98107

Date: Oct 26, 2019
Cost: $17/carver (tax and gratuity not included)
Ages: All

Event details.

photo: Seattle Children's Museum Costume Carnival at Seattle Children's Museum

2019 marks Seattle Children's Museum's 8th annual Costume Carnival and you don't want to miss it since this year they are combing their two favorite things about October: children’s books and Halloween! 

During this special event, happening over two days this year, the SCM staff will transform the Museum's exhibits into a Halloween-themed version, with additional activities, programs and sweet treats. Kids are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite storybook character and enjoy trick-or-treating throughout the museum, fun and spooky science experiments and local author story times. 

Seattle Children's Museum
305 Harrison St.
Seattle, WA 98109

Dates: Oct. 26-27, 2019
Cost: Free with admission
Ages: 0-10

Event details. 

photo: Hands On Children’s Museum Boo Bash: Monsters of the Sea

It’s time again for Boo Bash at the Hands On Children’s Museum in Olympia, two full days of un-goulish, Halloween-inspired activities without the fright At this year's awesome event, which is centered around a Monsters of the Sea theme, kids can explore monsters of the deep and dissect a squid, search for hidden treasure on the "Ghost Ship," take a black light deep sea dive, investigate bioluminescence with sea creatures that glow, discover the power of electricity and what makes eels electric, design a glow-in-the-dark silkscreen print, press apples into cider, watch chemistry demos by Dr. Science and enjoy door prizes, face painting, food and tons of fun!

Good to know: Halloween costumes are allowed and encouraged.

Hands On Children's Museum
414 Jefferson St. N.E.
Olympia, WA 98501

Dates: Oct. 26-27, 2019 
Cost: $12.95-$14.95 for non-members; members free (under 23 months free)
Ages: All

Event details. 

photo: Sugar Hill Children's Museum Halloween on the Hill

Gather up your little monsters and petite princesses and head to this awesome event at South Bellevue Community Center (previously known as SpookFest). This year, you can expect to find delish food, carnival games and live entertainers, plus the Dessert Theater on the Hill, the annual Great SBCC Pumpkin Race (think: pumpkins on wheels!) and the Haunted Movie on the Hill.

Good to know: Preregistration required for the pumpkin races (activity codes are PUMPKINRACE-1 for the morning race and PUMPKINRACE-2 for the afternoon race) and the Dessert Theatre on the Hill (course 1903727). 

South Bellevue Community Center
14509 S.E. Newport Way
Bellevue, WA 98006

Date: Oct. 26, 2019 
Cost: varies for games and activities
Ages: All

Event details.

photo: Northwest Trek Wildlife Park Pumpkin Chomp 'n' Stomp

Whether eating them or just playing around, come watch the animals at Northwest Trek Wildlife Park explore pumpkins inside and out over this two-day event. While you're at the park, be sure to take in the crisp autumn air, slide and climb at the Kids' Trek playground, ride the Free-Roaming Area tram to spot elk, moose, bison and more and take a Keeper Adventure Tour. Or just get close to nature on the trails.

Good to know: Northwest Trek encourages costumes, but adults should leave masks and scary face paint at home.

Northwest Trek Wildlife Park
11610 Trek Dr. E.
Eatonville, WA 98328

Dates: Oct. 26-27, 2019 
Cost: $10-$22 (2 & under Free)
Ages: All

Event details. 

photo: West Seattle Monster Dash 2019 West Seattle Monster Dash Run

Run for your life! Zombies, witches and other cleverly costumed runners will be taking to Lincoln Park on Oct. 26 for this annual Monster Dash Run benefiting the South Seattle Community College Co-Op Preschool program. Most original costume and best group costume will be awarded prizes, so dress to impress. Psst! Little monsters can participate in a run of their very own and the course is stroller-friendly, so even crawlers can get in on the action.

Good to know: New features to the 2019 Family Fun Zone include raffles filled with generous donations from local West Seattle businesses, race prizes, costume contests, kiddie crafts, and family-friendly carnival games! Not a runner? No problem! Family Fun Zone wrist bands are available for non-runners during the event for just $5 each.

Lincoln Park
8011 Fauntleroy Way S.W.
Seattle, WA 98136

Date: Oct. 26, 2019 
Cost: $15-$35 (depending on age & registration date)
Ages: All

Event details. 

photo: Woodland Park Zoo Pumpkin Bash & Trick-or-Treating

What happens when you give a tiger a pumpkin? How about a hippo? Or a penguin? Put on your Halloween costume and come find out at Woodland Park Zoo's annual Halloween event. Be sure to check the schedule online to find out when your favorite animal is getting their pumpkin to play with. Psst! Avoid the long lines at the gate by purchasing your tickets online.

Good to Know: During Pumpkin Bash, one child 12 years and under in costume will be admitted into the zoo free with a paid adult.

Woodland Park Zoo
5500 Phinney Ave. N.
Seattle, WA 98103
Online: zoo.org

Dates: Oct. 26-27, 2019 
Cost: Free with admission or membership; one costumed child (12 & under) admitted free with each full-price paid adult.
Ages: All

Event details. 

photo: KidsQuest Children's Museum Halloween Spooktacular

Don your spookiest and kookiest costume and get ready to celebrate in style. Form potions that bubble, swirl, and change color, identify poisonous and non-poisonous plants and animals, help the Museum staff create melted masterpieces and then produce your own daring drawing device. Plus, make your own pumpkin play dough to take home, shop in the Mysterious Mercantile for pumpkin parts and then make your own daring drawing device.

Good to know: All child tickets include a punch card for activities, sweet treats and pizza. Adult tickets include museum admission only. Pre-registration is required for food. Pizza will be available from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. & 2 p.m.-4 p.m.

KidsQuest Children's Museum
1116 108th Ave. N.E.
Bellevue, WA 98004

Date: Oct. 27, 2019 
Cost: $8-$15 ($5/slice of pizza)
Ages: 0-12

Event details. 

photo: Rachael Brandon The Museum of Fright

On Oct. 27, ghostly apparitions take to the skies at The Museum of Flight. Across the Museum galleries, you’ll find Halloween carnival-style games and activities to spark imagination, innovation and get you in the Halloween spirit. Design and build soaring, swooping, and spooky fliers below a high-flying glider, hop through an obstacle course under the Blackbird and encounter other frightful surprises!

The Museum of Flight
9404 E. Marginal Way S.
Seattle, WA 98108

Date: Oct. 27, 2019 
Cost: $5-$10 (kids under 17 in costume free)
Ages: All

Event details. 

photo: Run Scared Run Scared 5K & 10K

Earn your candy and get in a good workout at the 11th annual Run Scared 10k and 5k run, 4k walk and Kids Dash benefiting The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. This spooktacular event will feature a costume contest, a free pre-race scavenger hunt, an awards ceremony and some sweet treats at the finish line (think: pumpkin bread and a candy corn tasting bar). Psst! Don't forget to dress in your Halloween best, and be sure to dress Fido up, too. Awards will be given for best costumes in a variety of categories.

Seward Park
5900 Lake Washington Blvd. S.
Seattle, WA 98118

Date: Oct. 27, 2019 
Cost: $15-$55 (Kids Dash Free for 12 & under)
Ages: All

Event details. 

—Kristina Moy & Katie Kavulla


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