10 Spooktacular Alternatives to Neighborhood Trick-or-Treating

Halloween is just around the corner, and if you didn’t do enough trick-or-treating this past weekend, there’s still time to don your spookiest, silliest, craftiest get-ups and get out there for some more!

Zillow recently rated Seattle as #4 in their list of 20 Best Cities to Trick-or-Treat! Each year Zillow comprises the list, based on the least amount of walking, the greatest safety and, most importantly, the most candy.

But if neighborhood trick-or-treating isn’t on the agenda this year, then check out some of these great alternatives.  Most trick-or-treating venues are for kids 12 and under, most are free, and all take place on Wednesday, October 31.

 Country Village Trick-or-Treat (Bothell)

Tiny ghouls and goblins will be roaming the Village this Halloween!  Trick-or-treating, face painting and Halloween crafts.


 Fox Hollow Farm Halloween Carnival (Issaquah)

This popular farm is all dressed up for Halloween and ready for trick-or-treaters!  Halloween crafts, pony and train rides, hay-bale maze, face painting, fun inflatables and lots of animals!  Ample indoor space in case it rains.


$5 for adults, $10 for kids ages 1-17 **cash only

$1 for games & activities

Bellevue Square Trick-or-Treat (Bellevue)

5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Kiddos can enjoy a dry and not-too-scary Halloween at Bellevue Square.  Trick-or-treating, balloon animals, Mad Science photo booth, live performances by Brian Vogan.


Downtown Kirkland and Kirkland Parkplace Trick-or-Treat

Trick-or-treaters will haunt downtown Kirkland and Parkplace in search of treats!  Look for this jack-o-lantern in the shop windows and collect your goodies!

Parkplace noon-4pm

Downtown Kirkland 2pm-5pm

Redmond Town Center Trick-or-Treat (Redmond)

Trick-or-treating throughout this open-air shopping mall.


 Trick or Treat at Northgate Mall (Seattle)

Scour the Halloween-themed mall for trick-or-treats.  Stop by Sees Candies for an extra little goody.


 University Village Trick-or-Treat

This open-air shopping mecca will be hosting trick-or-treating for the little ones.  Don’t forget to check out the covered kids play area.


Westfield Southcenter Trick-or-Treat (South Seattle)

More fun (and dry) trick-or-treating throughout a “spooky” mall.


 Lake Forest Park Town Center
Trick-or-Treat (Lake Forest Park)

Trick-or-treating, face painting, crafts and live performance by Eli Rosenblatt.


 Please add any other trick-or-treating events or ideas!  

Happy Halloween!

3 Days in the Emerald City

Planning a visit to Seattle?  Already live here but looking for some new to-do ideas?  Check out my post, How to Spend 3 Days in Seattle with Kids, at Travel Mamas:

A La Mode Pies

This past weekend, after a round of trick-or-treating at the Woodland Park Zoo’s Pumpkin Bash, we headed across the street to A La Mode Pies to taste test a few slices.  Pie has been taking Seattle by storm, quickly becoming a sweet favorite along with the ever popular cupcake shops.  It’s becoming more common to blow out candles on birthday pies, and an increasing number of brides and grooms are cutting the pie, rather than traditional wedding cake.

The Phinney Ridge shop is cozy, with a dark wood bar and a few tables; the perfect neighborhood spot to duck in for a slice of pie and an espresso.  A large picture window lets you catch a glimpse of the bakers working their magic.

Chose from a slice, a tart or a whole pie.  Apple & Ginger Pear, Key Lime, Mexican Chocolate Mousse and Bourbon Butterscotch are just a few…take your pick, you can’t go wrong.  We tried the Blue Hawaiian (pineapple, blueberries and toasted coconut) and the Star-Spangled Sour Cherry (sour cherries, a hint of almond and an ultra-flaky buttered marble crust).  Add a scoop of Bluebird Ice Cream (locally made a few blocks away) and you’re set.  Oh and one more thing: They DELIVER to your doorstep…for free!

What’s on This Weekend?

What’s happening this weekend on the Eastside?  Here’s a recap from my Weekend with Seattle Travel Mom post on 425 Mom, plus one not-to-miss event at the Zoo.  Check out the full 425 Mom article here.

Kelsey Creek Farm Fair

One of many scarecrows at Kelsey Creek Farm.

Close to downtown Bellevue, this 1930’s working farm is a page out of history.  Kelsey Creek’s annual fair toasts to the onset of autumn with tractor-pulled hayrides, pumpkin decorating, farm animals, arts & crafts, pony rides and more!

  • Saturday, October 13th
  • 11am – 4 pm
  • Free admission.  Some costs for activities (cash only)


Country Village Harvest Festival

Celebrate the Harvest at this charming Bothell village where roosters roam freely.  There’ll be pony rides, pumpkin decorating, face painting and arts & crafts.  There’s a Wine & Beer Garden for mom and dad, and many of the Village shops will be offering specials.

  •  Saturday, October 13th-Sunday, October 14th
  • 11am-5pm
  • FREE


Haunted Trails @ Bastyr

There’s a lot of spooky fun to be had at Bastyr University’s annual Haunted Trails.  As one of the largest and most popular fright fests in the area, it caters to both young and old.  For ages 8 and over (and ready for a big scare), take a walk along the forested trails and try not to run into any ghouls or goblins!  Then find your way through the 2,400-square-foot maze of Hades Labyrinth.  If that’s not enough to give you nightmares, visit the Circus of Horrors, Cemetery Hill and the Mummy’s Tomb.  For those of us who will take cute over creepy, join in the Great Pumpkin’s Trick-or-Treating Adventure and collect candy from popular characters. There’s also the Children’s Carnival where your little princesses and pirates can make their own masks and hats, decorate trick-or-treat bags and even make their own slime!  Carnival games include appropriately themed pumpkin pong, pin the nose on the scarecrow, and an eyeball hunt.  Don’t forget to visit the Spook and Scare Shop for Halloween treasures like glow sticks, glow Frisbees, monster balloons and more.

  •  Friday, October 12th-Saturday, October 13th
  • Friday, October 19th-Saturday, October 20th
  • Ages 8 and up: 7pm-11pm; 8 and under: 5:30pm-9pm

**See website for details and costs


For the moms…

Wicked (the musical)

Let’s run with the spooky theme.  For some mom-time-off entertainment, grab a girlfriend (if your hubby isn’t the musical type) and head down to the Paramount Theater for some “wicked” fun!  The visually stunning musical has been acclaimed as one of Broadway’s best, and has returned to the Pacific Northwest. Grab a pre-show cocktail at the classically Seattle Metropolitan Grill and dig your Dorothy heels in for a spectacular evening!


 Pumpkin Bash at the Woodland park Zoo

Halloween visits the Woodland Park Zoo over the next few weekends.  Starting this Saturday, kids can trick-or-treat throughout the Zoo, participate in special Halloween-themed activities and, best of all, watch as some of the Zoo’s most beloved animals (think hippos, elephants, monkeys and more) carve pumpkins animal-style (or more precisely; smashing, stomping and chomping)!  But beyond the novelty, the Pumpkin Bash is part of the Zoo’s exceptional care program and designed to enrich the lives of the animals through mental and physical stimulation as well as the promotion of natural animal behavior.  Swing on by and wish the animals a Happy Halloween!

  •  October 13-14, 20-21 and 27-28
  • 9:30am-2:30pm
  • Free with Membership or One child (12 years and under) in costume will be admitted FREE with a paying adult


Get Adventurous this Weekend with NWF’s Hike and Seek

Inspire your children (and yourselves!) to get outdoors and enjoy the benefits of an active, healthy lifestyle…  Get ready to Hike and Seek!

The National Wildlife Federation is hosting their popular Hike and Seek fundraising event in the Pacific Northwest.  Hike and Seek is part of NWF’s Be Out There movement and, with statistics showing how kids in the U.S. today are spending half as much time outdoors as they were 20 years ago, this nationwide, nature-inspired event aims to get more children to give their “screen time” a rest and get outside, get dirty and get adventurous!

Gear up for a morning full of outdoor discovery in Seattle’s beautiful Seward Park.  Hike along an easy 2-mile trail where kiddos can adventure at their own pace.  Each participant will be provided with a Map & Mission Guidebook that includes a scavenger-hunt check list and a map of the various activity stations along the way.  Each Stop & Study station is hosted by a volunteer naturalist who will prompt kiddos to take part in activities and interactive learning.  Make a bug box at the Insect Station, hunt for turtle eggs at the Reptile Station, and lots more!  At Base Camp, listen to naturalists speak about wild animals and birds of prey, check out live animal displays and get your photo taken with Ranger Rick Racoon.

Hike beautiful trails.

As a bonus, REI will be hosting their PEAK Maze, an interactive program in which young adventurers will learn the importance of responsible outdoor recreation.  So what’s left to say?  Get up, get out there and have some fun!  Register here.

Saturday, October 13th / 9am-noon

Seward Park

For children of all ages (geared especially towards toddlers to age 10)

Trail is stroller-friendly

$7 for kids 17 and under  /  $12 for 18 and older*

*Prices quoted are for online registration.  Day-of prices are $9/$15

All About the Farm {ideas in 3’s}

In regards to my new twist idea featuring “theme days,” I hope you enjoy…

All About the Farm!

Place: Kelsey Creek Farm

The whitewashed farm is striking against the early October sky.

Not far from the trendy restaurants and chic shopping of downtown Bellevue, you can find a 1930’s working farm; the white clapboard barns, open pastures and distant chatter of farm animals set a scene more fitting for the English countryside or middle America than a suburb of Seattle.  Kelsey Creek Farm, part of the 150 acres of forest and wetland belonging to Kelsey Creek Park, offers families a truly unique experience.

Stop by year-round to visit ponies, cows, sheep and lots of other farm animals.  Picnic tables and a picnic shelter are open every day from dawn to dusk, so if the weather stays as nice as it’s been lately, pack a lunch and dine farmer-style.  
Take a stroll along the trail that loops around the farm, through pastures and light woods.  Birthday parties, pony care classes and other recreational and educational activities are offered throughout the year.

View from the pastures.

The trails loop back towards the farm.

Craft: Farm Animal á la Paper Plate

I found tons of cute farm craft ideas, but I chose this one for its simplicity (courtesy of Living on a Latte).

  • Paper plates (2 sizes)
  • construction paper
  • “googly” eyes
  • glue
  • a touch of paint

…and, ta-da!  You’ve got yourself a frame-worthy cow (or pig, sheep, horse, etc)!  Depending on which animals you choose, just add cotton balls (sheep), yarn (horse), and anything else you have around the house.



Snack: Cow Print Rice Krispy Treats

It’s a barnyard twist on a classic favorite!  Follow the rice krispy treat recipe, then dip the cut squares in melted white chocolate.  Next, dip a knife into melted milk chocolate and carefully make cow spots over the white chocolate.  Let the chocolate harden, then enjoy!

Photo from etsy.com

There you have it… A Day at the Farm!


What’s on this Weekend…425 Mom-style

As a new member of the fabulous 425 Mom Team, I’ll be posting a weekly column aimed towards families who are wondering, “What’s going on this weekend?”  From kid-friendly activities to events the whole family will love, I’ll be making sure you’ve got options.  (I’ll even be throwing date-night ideas out there, so be sure to snag a sitter from time to time!)

Here’s a recap of what’s going on this weekend.  Read the full article at 425Mom.


Issaquah Salmon Days

Celebrate the return of salmon to their birth waters this weekend at Issaquah’s Salmon Days.  Sound like a boring nature show?  Think again!  This award-winning (and not-to-be-missed) festival features:

  • Tons of Northwest artisans (think gift shopping and home decorating)
  • Hatchery Tours
  • Live Music (from bluegrass to kids’ tunes)
  • Awesome Food
  • Field of Fun (inflatables, trampolines, arts-and-crafts, etc)
  • Puget Sound Dock Dogs competitions

With all this good stuff, your kiddos will never look at fish the same.


Oktoberfest Northwest

The 8th annual Oktoberfest Northwest in Puyallup isn’t just beer and bratwurst; there’s a ton of family-friendly events and activities going on all weekend, though Sunday is deemed Family Day.

  • Family Fest Zone and Kinderhaus (arts & crafts, pumpkin decorating & more)
  • The popular kid’s Hammerschlagen with kid-sized hammers!
  • Crater Lake Root Beer Garden
  • 5th Annual Wiener Dog Races (Sunday @ noon)


Skagit Valley’s Festival of Family Farms

Discover what it takes to run a farm, from growing crops to raising animals.  Kids will learn about farm life through hands-on experience and a chance to talk to the farmers themselves.

  • Farm Tours
  • Corn Mazes
  • Pumpkin Patches
  • Harvest Markets

Never gets old

Dr. Maze’s Farm in Redmond: Pumpkin Patch opening weekend

It’s opening weekend at Dr. Maze’s Pumpkin Patch!  Kiddos will love to push the wheelbarrows (available at the entrance to the pumpkin patch) through the rows of pumpkins, on the lookout for the perfect jack-o-lantern-to-be!

Pumpkin Prices

And something for the moms and dads…

Kirkland’s Crawl in the Fall

The 5th Annual Crawl in the Fall benefits cystic fibrosis care and research, and is a perfect way to spend some time sipping local craft beers at some of Kirkland’s hottest spots.  Cheers to a good time and an even better cause!

Sip for a good cause

Kirkland Wednesday Market

After a sunset-laden stroller jog, we made an impromptu visit to the Kirkland Wednesday Market It runs from May through mid-October, and I can’t believe it took me until now to check it out!  Small but lovely, the Market runs the length of Park Lane and features locally grown fruits, veggies, meats and cheeses as well as all the other goodies that make farmers markets so appealing.

Fresh Strawberries

Little Farmer in the Making