Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Spooky Halloween Happenings in the Emerald City

Seattleite’s picks on Trick-or-Treating.

It’s that time of the year again — the pumpkin patch (or Safeway) beckons with round bundles of festive orange joy, ready to be scooped up and carved into a jack-o-lantern or pie (or both). As the leaves begin to fall and the spirit (real or imagined) inspires you to attend some Halloween festivities this October — check our list for how and where to celebrate.

Haunted Suite (Seattle) | Friday, Oct. 28 – Monday, Oct. 31 | 4 p.m. — 10 p.m. | The Sorrento Hotel’s Madison Room will be transformed into a spooky Haunted Suite. Suggested donation of $5 will benefit community-based nonprofit Puget Sound Blood Center.

First Hill’s ER Crawl at Hunt Club, The Hideout and Vito’s (Seattle)| Saturday, Oct. 29 | 9 p.m. — 2 a.m. | First Hill restaurants will host a legendary night of Halloween fun. From 9 p.m. – 2 a.m., imbibe in costume at Hunt Club, The Hideout and Vito’s. There will be a $500 grand prize for best costume announced at Vito’s at Midnight.  FREE to attend and must be 21+.

Haunted Nightmare Haunted House (Bothell) | Oct. 14-15, 21-22, 25-31 | The only thing scarier than a zombie, is a zombie in polyester! HauntedNight.com presents their 3rd annual haunted attraction titled Boogie Nightmare. Experience pure horror with 3-D glasses in this “ultraviolent” blacklight haunt. Tickets are $10 GA, $15 VIP (faster line). Group pricing (10+) is available. Low-scare shows for kids are available Saturday the 29th from 12pm-4pm ($5) and on Halloween day coupled with bouncy house sessions next door at Jump Planet ($12).

Biringer Farm Pumpkin Country & Corn Maze Adventure (Everett) | 10 a.m. — 5 p.m. daily until 10 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 31 | Come out and nab your pumpkins the good ol’ fashioned way at Biringer Farms. In addition to snagging the perfect pumpkin, you can also enjoy a corn maze, hay-bale maze, and pony rides for children on the weekends.

KUBE 93 Haunted House (Sodo) | Times and days (schedulevary until Monday, Oct. 31 | Prepare to be scared at KUBE 93’s annual haunted house. This frightfest is located in the old Georgetown Morgue — and that alone is enough to send the faint-of-heart packing! Tickets are $16 per person, with group discount prices available. Kids want to join in the fun? Saturday, Oct. 22 is “Lights-On Day for Kids,” when children (or adults who are afraid of the dark) can enjoy a much less scary version of this haunted house between 1 and 4 p.m.

Trick-or-Treat at the Seattle Aquarium | Friday, Oct. 29 – 30, 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Celebrate all weekend long and get dressed up and head to the aquarium for underwater pumpkin carving and plenty of Halloween treats and activities.

Bonza Bash Halloween Masquerade Costume Ball at EMP| Saturday, Oct. 29 at 8:30 p.m. | The 4th annual Bonza Bash ($40) promises to be as wild as ever, as all Seattleites 21 years or older are invited to throw on their most lavish costumes and dance the night away at EMP. Featuring nationally renowned DJ Gigahurtz, a high-stakes costume competition with killer prizes (not literally), the world’s largest indoor video screen and dazzling red-carpet photos this Halloween event is not one to be missed.

Ultimate Halloween Bash at The Showbox Market | Saturday, Oct. 29 at 8 p.m. | Boasting more than 1,000 well-dressed guests every year, this rockin’ Halloween party is well-known for its’ crazy costumes and high-energy vibe.  This year will feature special performances by the bands Hit Explosion and Coolade, as well as music by DJ Funkdaddy. Guests can also enjoy tarot readings, crystal ball interpreters, astrologers and more than $4000 in prizes for the best costumes. This party sells out every year, so get your tickets while they are still available.  Itching to put that costume on before 8 p.m.? Two hours prior to the bash, head to the Thoa Lounge for the Ultimate Halloween Pre-Party!

Pumpkin Push 5K to Benefit Seattle’s Homeless at Seward Park | Saturday, Oct. 29 at 10 a.m. | Walk, run, wear orange, work off all that candy — and benefit the  more than 7,000 homeless patients served this year at Neighborcare Health. In addition to supporting a great cause, participants can enter in a costume contest, interact with the Seattle Zombies, enjoy delicious food and beverages and receive complimentary pumpkins. Register online or the day of the race!

Pumpkin Bash at Woodland Park Zoo | Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 29 & 30 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. | Halloween isn’t just for humans (or ghosts, ghouls, witches… you name it) — animals can join in the fun too, and you’re invited to come watch as they smash and stomp pumpkins during Halloween weekend at the Woodland Park Zoo. Dress up and trick-or-treat in the West Plaza as an added bonus.

Run Scared 5K and 4K Walk Benefiting The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society  at Seward Park | Sunday, Oct. 30 at 7:30 a.m. | A scenic run along the beautiful shores of Lake Washington doesn’t sound so scary to us. Throw in a spooky surprise or two and some clever costumes, however, and we might be whistling a different tune.  This year includes a free kids dash and pumpkin soup party after the race as well as a costume contest, door prizes, free event photos and even a doggie costume contest! Register today until the day of the race.

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About Taylor Moore

Born in Farmville, Virginia (much cooler than the Facebook game), but raised in Olympia, Taylor graduated from University of Washington with a B.A in Communications and Sociology. She’s a major foodie and loves trying new restaurants and new food, and is also passionate about traveling the globe — just like her idol, Anthony Bourdain. When she’s not writing, eating, lustfully wandering Nordstrom or J. Crew, or looking up cat videos on YouTube, you might find Taylor jet-setting around to sunnier skies whenever she gets the opportunity.
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