Family-Friendly Things To Do For Halloween

This year’s Halloween might not be as traditional as in previous years. Families that are accustomed to dressing up and taking kids trick-or-treating are rethinking what to do to celebrate the spooky season. Browse the following activities to do with family in the South Sound this year. All events listed require face masks and will be practicing social distancing.

Pumpkin Patches

Many area farms and pumpkin patches — such as Carpinito Brothers in Kent, Maris Farms in Buckley, Spooner Farms in Puyallup, Hunter Family Farm in Olympia, and more — are open again this season with modified layouts and extra safety measures in place. Several farms host additional activities alongside pumpkin patches such as corn or hay mazes, tractor rides, apple picking and cider, and even pumpkin slingshots.


Families can drive through a path of cars at LeMay — America’s Car Museum on Saturday, Oct. 24, viewing decorated trunks along the way. At the end of the drive, the first 3,000 kids in costume will get a treat bag. Volunteers and donations are welcome, and it’s recommended to reserve a spot on LeMay’s website here to avoid lines. 

On Oct. 31, from 12 to 3 p.m., Pacific Raceways in Kent is also hosting a trunk-or-treat-style event.

Enjoy a drive-by of decorated trunks and booths in the Hilltop neighborhood on Friday, Oct. 30. Tacoma Community House and Tacoma Housing Authority welcome families and kids in or out of costume to take a look from their cars and bring a bucket for candy. See specifics on Tacoma Community House’s website.

Business District Trick-or-Treat

Families can expect trick-or-treating on Halloween in the Hilltop Business District at participating businesses such as Johnson’s Candy, Red Elm, Hilltop Loans, and many more. Check out more details and participating businesses on the Hilltop Action Coalition’s Facebook event page.

The Lincoln International Business District in Tacoma is welcoming trick-or-treaters on Halloween day. Kids in costume (and face masks) can get candy in a socially distanced setting from participating businesses, to be announced later on the Facebook event page.

Pumpkin Painting

Celebrate at Little Radio restaurant in downtown Tacoma with pumpkin painting, festive dessert, and pumpkin beer. Cap off the hour with a raffle to win some goodies. See details and reserve your spot through Little Radio’s Facebook event page.

Sleepy Hollow Production

The Tacoma Music Playhouse will stream its adaptation of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, a G-rated tale of the Headless Horseman. This production is directed by TMP founder Jon Douglas Rake and will go live three times on Friday, Oct. 30, and Saturday, Oct. 31. Check out more details and get tickets here.

Halloween Trivia

Narrows Brewing will get festive the day before Halloween with the usual brews plus Boss Mama’s Kitchen food truck and Halloween-themed trivia. Register your trivia team through the Facebook event page.

Boo Bash Festival

Halloween-inspired activities at the Hands On Children’s Museum in Olympia will take place starting Friday, Oct. 23 through Nov. 1. Limited-capacity play includes a straw bale maze, pumpkin decorating, apple cider pressing, a scavenger hunt, and experiments with Dr. Science. Get tickets and see more specifics here.

Candy Scavenger Hunt

Rather than individual stores passing out candy, the Outlet Collection in Auburn put together a candy crawl on the afternoon of Halloween. Kids will grab a worksheet and hunt to find treat bags throughout the mall. See details on the Outlet Collection website here.

Halloween Selfies

The Landing in Renton welcomes shoppers to snap a selfie in front of one of the three Halloween-themed backgrounds at the shopping center. After posting the selfie on Instagram (tag @thelandinginrenton), 10 winners will be selected for a $50 gift card to their choice of store or restaurant at The Landing. Find the Halloween selfie sets across from Trencher’s Kitchen & Tap between noon and 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays through Halloween. Specifics are on The Landing website.

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