If your usual Halloween routine isn’t satisfying your craving for creepy, we found a few events leading up to the big night that will keep you in a seriously spooky mood. Our list is in ascending levels of scary, from family friendly to leave the kids at home!
Zoo BOO! Join in the fall fun at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium’s Zoo Boo, from 10am to 4pm on Oct. 20 and 21. Zoo Boo offers indoor and outdoor activities for the entire family. Enjoy myth busting monster movies, the Bat Cave and even playing a round of ghoulish golf- see who can get a hole in one first through the field of pumpkins! The festivities are free with zoo admission, make sure to wear your costume for $2 off general admission. pdza.org
Join in the Black Cat Run at Point Defiance Park, Oct. 23 at 5:30pm. Sign up online and remember to bring a flashlight and a friend, there is fun for the whole family with spooky storytelling and a costume contest! metroparkstacoma.org/black-cat
Pick out the perfect pumpkin at the Northwest Glass Pumpkin Patch, sponsored by Tacoma Glassblowing Studio, on Oct. 20 from 9am to 4pm at Point Defiance Park. Browse over a thousand dazzling hand-blown glass pumpkins in a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes that make for a perfect gift or autumn decoration. The event is held rain or shine, and admission is free! For more information click here.
Día de los Muertos at Tacoma Art Museum, Oct. 21 from 10am to 5pm. Watch or help artists create a tapete, or sand painting, in the lobby. Schools, community groups, and individuals will also be installing thematic alters on the atrium to remember loved ones and raise social awareness. tacomaartmuseum.org
You aren’t going to find a giant 216,000 square-foot corn maze spelling out the words “It’s Farmalicious,” anywhere but the Thomasson Family Farm in Enumclaw. Full of turns and endless pathways, this maze is the epitome of a walking adventure. Does “Farmalicious” sound familiar? The maze is part of Darigold’s mission to show people what happens when “farm meets delicious.” Open daily throughout October. The nighttime corn maze is open to the public 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Oct. 26 and 27th. The farm also has pumpkin picking and carving, apple-lobbing sling shot competitions and a corn box for kids to play in. Cost is $10 for maze and activities Monday-Friday and $12 for maze and activities Saturday-Sunday.
Discover the history of Halloween firsthand at Creepshow! Terror in Tacoma at the Washington State History Museum from 7-11pm on Oct. 25, 26 and 27. Hollywood special effects artists and theatrical professionals transform the museum into a spectacle of shadow and sound to take you on a horror adventure through the decades. creepshowtacoma.com
Enter if you dare into Tacoma’s haunted house, Pierce County Asylum. Formerly Black Lake Asylum, the haunted house is located at Cheney Stadium and is open Fridays and Saturdays from 7-11pm and Sundays from 6-10pm. This interactive screamfest is the largest and scariest haunt around, bring a brave friend! Admission is $13 per person. tacomahauntedhouse.com
This is one is for 21 and up! Descend into darkness at Tacoma’s inaugural Electric Ghost Riot on Oct. 27 at 9pm, where Temple Theater will be home to all sorts of Halloween terrors. Come in costume and dance the night away to demonizing beats and bone chilling bass, buy tickets early here. lightsandmusic.com