Eastside Halloween roundup

Family-friendly seasonal events throughout the Eastside.

Halloween is just around the corner and here are some activities and events from around the Eastside for all ages.


• Thrill the World Redmond, noon to 4 p.m., Oct. 26, Redmond Town Center

The World’s largest ‘Thriller” flash mob. Hundreds of zombies and thousands of spectators join in “Thrill the World” — a worldwide phenomenon — a simultaneous dance across 30 countries and 150 cities.

Fun for all the family with costume contests, zombie makeup, live music, and of course the “Thriller” dance at 3 p.m.

• Haunted Academy, 7 p.m., Oct. 25, 26, 30, 31, The Redmond Academy of Theatre Arts

The Redmond Academy of Theatre Arts presents: “Haunted Academy.”

This is a volunteer-driven event trying to raise funds for youth theater education. The Redmond Academy of Theatre Arts is Haunted this October. Former students have come back to haunt its hallowed halls. Come and experience our completely indoor “Haunted Academy” this fall.

Spirits may follow you as you wander through “Haunted Academy,” since it’s located next to Redmond’s oldest cemetery.

For more information, and volunteer opportunities, visit: https://www.redmondacademy.org/haunted-academy.html


• Haunted Halloween on the Hill, Oct. 26, South Bellevue Community Center

The South Bellevue Community Center will host its eighth annual Halloween on the Hill with a nocturnal zipline for four nights and multiple events on Oct. 26.

The extravaganza at 14509 SE Newport Way includes: Zip Scare, Carnival on the Hill, Pumpkin Races, Dessert Theatre on the Hill and Haunted Movie on the Hill.

Zip Scare: Thrill seekers can experience one suspension bridge and three zip lines in the dark as the Bellevue Zip Tour goes nocturnal on Oct. 18, 19, 25 and 26. Tours start at 6 p.m. Cost: $35/youth 8-17; $50/ages 18 and up. Register at bellevueziptour.com or by calling 206-295-5494.

Carnival on the Hill: The carnival, a combination of free and paid activities, offers fun for the whole family with games, food, a rock wall, inflatables and entertainment by Alex Zerbe the Zaniac from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 26.

Pumpkin Races: Decorate a pumpkin with wheels and get in on the fun on Oct. 26. There is a race at 10 a.m. and one at noon. Ages 6 and up. Free; Registration required at register.bellevuewa.gov or by calling 425-452-4240. Register and receive instructions on how to prepare for race day. Buy ($25) pumpkin racer supplies kit if needed.

Dessert Theatre on the Hill: The Bellevue Youth Theatre presents “Nevermore” at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 26 in Community Room A and B. Children 13 and under must be accompanied by an adult. $10/person. Register at register.bellevuewa.gov or by calling 425-452-4240.

Haunted Movie on the Hill: Enjoy a free movie and popcorn. “Coco” (PG) plays on a 17-foot inflatable screen in the gymnasium at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 26.

For more information about Halloween on the Hill, call 425-452-4240 or email sbcc@bellevuewa.gov.


• Pee Wee Monster Bash, 10 a.m. to noon, Oct. 25, North Kirkland Community Center

Gather up your ghastly ghouls, miniature monsters and caped crusaders for the Kirkland Parks and Community Services Department’s annual costumed Pee Wee Monster Bash.

The 2019 Pee Wee Monster Bash is for preschoolers ages 1 through 5. Your tiny tykes will love our clever collection of kooky Halloween-themed carnival activities, including a cookie walk, swamp fishing for tasty treats, crafts, a monster movement maze, story time and more. Admission to this open house-style event is $15 and kooky costumes are welcome. Please leave your strollers at home so there’s more room for exploration and fun.

• Kirkland Zombie Wine Walk, 6-9 p.m., Oct. 25, Downtown Kirkland

October brings Kirkland’s famous Zombie Wine Walk. Brought to you by the Kirkland Chamber of Commerce, the Kirkland Downtown Association and Seattle Uncorked, this 21-and-over event will take you on a mouth-watering adventure with tasty highlights sips from local wineries and breweries, hosted by downtown Kirkland businesses. Start at the Heathman Hotel and make your way throughout Kirkland’s gorgeous downtown core while enjoying this vibrant wine tasting experience at numerous downtown shops, galleries and boutiques.

• Pumpkins in the Park, noon to 3 p.m., Oct. 26 — 25 Lakeshore Plaza

Come join the Kirkland Downtown Association’s festivities at Kirkland’s Marina Park. This fall harvest festival offers a pumpkin patch, hay maze, a pop-up farmers market, carnival games, goats, food and a costume contest. This free event is fun for the whole family. Trick or treating begins throughout downtown Kirkland after the event.

• Halloween Scavenger Hunt, 10 a.m. to noon, Oct. 26, Bridle Trails State Park

Join the Bridle Trails Park Foundation for its third annual Halloween Scavenger Hunt. This fun, free adventure features a one-mile scavenger hunt and Halloween hike, Halloween treats for all and a photo booth with a miniature horse. Come and meet our state parks interpretive specialist, who will be on hand to reveal some “creepy” animal specimens. This is a free community event. A Washington State Discover Pass is required to park in the main Bridle Trails State Park parking lot.

• Pumpkin Spice and Pampering is Nice, 4-6 p.m., Oct. 29, Woodmark Hotel and Still Spa

Pumpkin Spice and Pampering is Nice is a Passport Event. Take a trip around the luxurious Still Spa while enjoying express treatments, a specialty cocktail, appetizers, champagne, expert skincare and beauty advice from Still Spa partners and exclusive retail discounts. Once your passport is filled with stamps, turn it in for the chance to win a special prize. Treatments include massages, facials and nail treatments.

• Halloween Boo’s Cruise by the Kirkland Downtown Association, 6-9 p.m., Oct. 31, 1 Kirkland Avenue

Join the Kirkland Downtown Association for its inaugural Boo’s Cruise, a Spooktacular Halloween cruise on Lake Washington. Food, drinks, costume contest and music. This is a 21-and-over event.


• Halloween Trolley & Hands-on History Day, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Oct. 26, Issaquah Depot Museum

Kids will have an opportunity to celebrate an old Halloween tradition — decorating their own masks. The admission fee of $6 per person includes a trolley ride and participation in the Hands-on History activity in the Depot, plus admission to the Gilman Town Hall Museum. Children under three and members of the Issaquah History Museums enter free.

• Zombie Walk, 1:30-5:30 p.m., Oct. 26, Front Street

Unleash zombie chaos on Front Street at the Zombie Walk. Hoards of undead are known to tap on cars, shops and restaurants windows frightening the occupants – all in the name of ghoulish fun.

Join us for this Downtown Issaquah Association (DIA) event as the undead make their way down Front Street to a flash mob dance to “Thriller” at the City Hall steps.

The event is free and open to all ages; no zombie experience necessary. Show up in your best zombie threads and you could win a prize.


• Halloween at McMenamins Anderson School, 8-11 p.m., Oct. 25 McMenamins Anderson School

Come in costume to celebrate the spookiest of holidays… Some of their spots are said to be haunted, with guests claiming to have experienced paranormal activity. Or perhaps it’s just the Hammerhead talking. You be the judge. Dance the night away with Purple Mane: $10 advance, 21 and over.

• Family Costume Dance, 6-9 p.m., Oct. 25 Frank Love Elementary

Bring the whole family, and your friends’ families too — all are welcome. Fun for all ages: dancing, DJ, snacks, games, costumes and pumpkin painting.

• Howl-O-Ween Party, noon to 3 p.m., Oct. 27 Academy of Canine Behavior

Hosted by Basset Rescue of Puget Sound, there will be games, a costume contest, raffles, off-leash play area, and treats for hounds.

• Rock the Knock, 4-6 p.m., Oct. 26 Bothell United Methodist Church

Grab your family and enjoy a free, safe, and indoor Halloween event in the neighborhood hosted by the Kids’ Ministry at Bothell United Methodist Church.

Candy & Teal-pumpkin (non-food) treats. Sensory-friendly space for all to enjoy the fun. Plus, enjoy games, inflatables, and more.

• Halloween Carnival, 6-8 p.m., Oct. 31 Cedar Park Church

The annual Halloween Carnival is a sweet event for the whole family. This kid-focused event features games, candy, inflatables, contests, trunk-or-treat, and more all in a safe environment.

• Brewlab Halloween Costume Contest, 7-10 p.m., Oct. 31 Redhook Brewery

It’s the spooky time of year and they’re celebrating at Brewlab with a Halloween costume contest. From 7-9 p.m., they’ll be pouring delicious beers and hosting the contest. The winner will receive a $100 Brewlab gift card.

• Day of the Dead at Poquitos Bothell, 5-8 p.m., Oct. 31, Poquitos Bothell

Day of the Dead weekend will be celebrated from Oct. 31 to Nov. 2 at Poquitos Bothell. Kids visiting will have the chance to decorate their own Day of the Dead face masks starting the week leading up to Halloween through the weekend, and candy will be available for trick-or-treaters on Halloween. On Nov. 1, artist Lars Laduke will set up a kids face painting area in the dining room from 5-8 p.m. A special Day of the Dead margarita will be available for the adults, and don’t forget to vote in our employee pumpkin carving contest.

Snoqualmie Valley

• Spooky Farm Tour, 7-9 p.m., Oct. 26, Carnation Farms

Are you curious about the ghost history of Carnation Farms and want to learn more about those who maybe have never left the farm? They invite you to join us for a spooky walking tour where you will learn interesting facts and hear ghost stories about this unique and mysterious farm.

The tour ends with hot chocolate and hot cider at the fire pit. Bring a ghost story to share if you dare.

• Halloween Storytelling Train, Oct. 26-27, Snoqualmie Depot

Halloween Storytelling Train is a two-hour event. You begin your adventure with a train excursion to North Bend, and then the museum’s history center. Detraining, you will enter the Train Shed exhibit building where you will hear child-friendly storytelling, see cider press demonstrations, have an opportunity to operate a small cider press, and enjoy some warm apple cider. While in the Train Shed, you can also see a variety of museum exhibits including Wellington Remembered, Chapel Car Messenger of Peace, or even play at the train tables with the wooden railway system. Reboarding the train, you will resume your journey to a scenic outlook near Snoqualmie Falls, and then return to the Snoqualmie Depot.

• Halloween in Downtown Snoqualmie, noon to 4 p.m., Oct. 31, Downtown Snoqualmie

Wear your costume and stroll along Railroad and Falls Avenues in Historic Snoqualmie. Look for the orange balloons to collect treats at participating businesses.

• Trunk-or-Treat Along the Boardwalk, 3-6 p.m., Oct. 31, Snoqualmie Boardwalk

Walk along the Snoqualmie boardwalk across the street from the shops in downtown Snoqualmie. Hosts will park their vehicles with their open and decorated trunks while kids walk along from car to car trick-or-treating. Enjoy free hot chili, candy, crafts and games.

Mercer Island

• The Night of 1000 Scares 7 p.m., Oct. 25 Youth Theatre Northwest

Get into the eerie spirit of the Halloween season with A Night of a Thousand Scares at Youth Theatre Northwest.

Enjoy a trio of original short horror films starring YTN student actors, directed by Seattle theater artist and honest-to-goodness paranormal investigator Kim Douthit. Watch a group of thoughtful teens discuss the pros and cons of cannibalism in Where’s Zeke. Join a creepy sleepover as one guest finds herself alone in the house with mysterious shadows in Phantasmal. And after a run-in with a bully, can Ellie stand up for her new friend Charlie before it’s too late? Find out in See Me.

Plus, there will be some vintage-style spookiness with an all-new radio drama written by Seattle theater veteran, Gillian Jorgensen, and directed by YTN alumnus Rachel Carlson. Listen as this intrepid young cast brings a story to life with just their voices and the use of live sound effects. To add to the fun, the lights will be turned off and you can listen in the dark.

And rounding out this embarrassment of theatrical riches, YTN’s very own improv troupe, Chaos Theory, will be on hand for fast-paced, seat-of-their-pants comedy that will only ever exist once. Don’t miss it.

• Mercer Island Preschool Association (MIPA) Family Pumpkin Carving, 10 a.m. to noon, Oct. 26 Mercerwood Shore Club

Join other MIPA families for a festive and social pumpkin carving event. Bring your own carving implements and they’ll supply the pumpkin. Little ones can also enjoy painting and decorating smaller pumpkins. They encourage kids to come in Halloween costumes. Park anywhere in the Shore Club lot, except the area between the tennis courts and the clubhouse.

• Mercer Island Youth and Family Services Foundation Pumpkin Walk, 5-8 p.m., Oct. 27 Luther Burbank Park

Join in for a fun and festive non-scary Pumpkin Walk through Luther Burbank Park. The Meadow Picnic Area Loop will be lined with pumpkins, artfully carved by volunteers, for people of all ages to enjoy. This year’s event will be bigger and better than ever with food trucks, dedicated parking lots and a paved walking trail.

In order to make this event a success, they need your help. If you’d like to drop off your own carved pumpkin bring it to the North Parking at Luther Burbank Park between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Oct. 27.

Admission is free and you do not need to bring a pumpkin in order to participate in the walk. They are thrilled to announce that the Pumpkin Walk is now brought to you in Partnership with the Mercer Island Youth and Family Services Foundation. They encourage attendees to bring a non-perishable food item to be donated to the MIYFS Food Pantry.

This is an outdoor event; dress for the weather. Costumes are optional. No headlamps or flashlights.

Parking is available in both the North and South Luther Burbank lots, and at the Mercer Island Community and Event Center parking lot.