Fun & Frugal Family Events 10/21 – 10/27

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Here is this week’s list of family-friendly free or frugal events for around the Northwest, as well as some events going on around the country. Thanks to Sia from Centsible in Seattle for providing this extensive list of activities for us.

Make sure to check out our huge roundup of Fall festivals in the Northwest as well to see if there’s a fun event going on around you this weekend. Sounds Fun Mom always has a great list of events  local to the South Sound area of WA as well, so make sure to check out her extensive list.

There are also a number of Fall Consignment sales going on this weekend so make sure to check those out.  One of the big ones, Just Between Friends, is happening in Puyallup on Friday, Saturday & Sunday. Make sure to print out a FREE admission ticket online.

If you see a fun, frugal event that’s not listed, feel free to leave a comment so we can add that event to our list.


Friday October 21st:

*Hoot N Holler At Northwest Trek – Eatonville; 10/21 – 10/22; 6:00pm t0 10:00pm; Wear your costume to trick-or-treat around Northwest Trek. Games, crafts, nighttime tram tour and more (no masks or scary face paint on adults). $9 to $13, reservations suggested. Activities include: • Tram Tours • Live Animal Encounters • Games • Crafts • Trick-or-Treat and more.

*Hamlin Halloweeen Haunt – Shoreline; 10/21; 6:00pm to 8:30pm; 15th annual Hamlin Halloween Haunt where you can toast marshmallows around a campfire while listening to songs and stories, ride a hay wagon, play games, have your face painted and your picture taken. Dress warm, wear a costume and bring a flashlight. Free.

*Creatures of the Night event at Tacoma Nature CenterTacoma; 10/21; 5:00pm to 7:00pm; Nature hikes and activities for young children and their grown-ups.  Learn all about creatures of the night as you experience a short twilight hike, activities, crafts, and a special snack. $2.50 per child/adults free. Thanks Sounds Fun Mom!

*Haunted Pool – Federal Way; 10/21;  6:00pm – 7:30pm or 8:00pm – 9:30pm. Costume contest, world’s largest apple-bob, coin dive, haunted subterranean tunnel, canoe rides, diving, giant inflatable toy and open swimming. All ages, ages 5 and younger within arm’s reach of an adult. $5.

*Goblin Splash – Everett; 10/21; 7:00pm to 8:00pm; Wear a costume for games, prizes and refreshments. Bring a swimsuit for a ghostly swim. FREE swim with canned food or monetary donation.

*Schack-toberfest – Everett; 10/21 – 10/12; 10:00am to 5:00pm Fri & Sat and 12:00pm to 5:00pm Sun; Festivities include a glass pumpkin patch, glass pumpkin blowing demonstrations, pumpkin carving demonstrations, and “Make Your Own” pumpkin classes in the hot shop (see website for class details). All glass pumpkins are meticulously made in the Schack Hot Shop by our team of glassblowers and displayed in our Urban Patch inside the Schack Art Center. They will be in a variety of colors and sizes all ready to purchase & take home.  Admission is FREE

*Conservatory Pumpkin Patch – Tacoma; 10:00am t0 4:30pm. Open Tuesdays – Sundays through Halloween. Fanciful mums and a plethora of pumpkins provide a unique indoor opportunity for Halloween pictures of the kids and their costumes. Pumpkins are not for sale but plants and gift items are available at the Conservatory Gift Shop. $5 suggested donation.

*Friday Night Live – Everett; 10/21; 5:30pm to 9pm; Admission is FREE to Imagine Children’s Museum on the third Fridays of each month.

*FreeTête-à-têter At Frye Museum – Seattle; 10/21; 11:00am to 5:00pm; Frye Museum entrance and parking are free all the time. You can check their events page here, for a list of weekly events.

*Free Entrance to Seattle Symphony’s “Soundbridge”– Seattle, Beneroya Hall; 10/14; 12:00pm to 4:00pm; Soundbridge is a music discovery center and is free each Friday after 12 pm; Ages 2-5, 30 minute interactive storytelling with song & rhythm, dance & musical instruments.

Saturday October 22nd:

*MVP 5K Challenge with Shawn Kemp & other local celebrities – This is not a frugal event, but a great fundraiser to support a former Husky basketball player in his fight against cancer.

*Apple Harvest Festival – Carnation; 10/22; 10:00am to 2:00pm; Join Dog Mountain Farm for their annual Apple Harvest Festival. Help make apple cider and apple butter! Buy fresh apples, cider, and produce. There will be farm tours, activities for the kids, and horse-drawn wagon rides. $5 donations accepted.

*Haunted Theater at the Tacoma City Ballet  – Tacoma; 10/22 – 10/30; Back stage tours of specially decorated rooms.  Costumed dancers and a performance. Children are invited to wear costumes. The theater is Beautiful. Don’t be scared by the title-this is an event most children preschool age and up will enjoy. Tickets are 5.00 and performances are Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from the 22nd-30th. Thanks Sounds Fun Mom!

*Grimsby Manor Breakfast – Bellevue; 10/22; 8:30am to 9:00am; Pancake breakfast and activities for preschoolers and elementary age kids. $8, includes round of haunted miniature golf.

*Dove Self Esteem Event– Various Locations around Puget Sound; 10/22; 2:00pm to 4:00pm; Girl Scouts teams up with Dove for a special day devoted to all things self-esteem. Events will focus on four key ingredients to self-esteem: healthy bodies, healthy minds, self-expression and family support. Girl Scouts are encouraged to bring a friend (or several!) who isn’t yet a Girl Scout, and girls who are interested in learning more about Girl Scouts are encouraged to come check out this wonderful day of inspiration and celebration!

*Star Wars Meet and Greet – Titus Will car dealership in Olympia; 10/22; 11:00am – 2:00pm; Kids can come and win door prizes and meet their favorite Star Wars character while enjoying some Halloween candy. Along with the door prizes, they will also be handing out coupons with candy.

*Harvest Fair at Wights Nursery – Lynnwood; 10/22 Kid’s Halloween Party includes a costume contest, games and prizes and a penny hunt. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 22-23.

Who Goes Bump in the Night? – Tacoma; 10/22;  5:00pm-8:00pm;  2.50 per child/adults free. Find out who goes bump in the night as you experience a guided twilight or night hike, activities, and crafts. Visit with nocturnal critters from the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium’s collection and learn all about creatures of the night.Thanks Sounds Fun Mom!

*Oxbow Farm and Pumpkin Patch Open To Public– Carnation; 10/22- 10/23; 10:00am to 3:00pm; Huge U-pick pumpkin patch, magical Living Playground with the Caterpillar Tunnel, Creepy Tepee, sorghum spiral, climbing tractor, fun projects always happening at Oxbow’s Kid’s Farm. Free entrance.

*Pumpkin Jubilee at Watson’s Nursery – Puyallup; 10/22-10/23; Eleventh Annual Pumpkin Jubilee!  Bring the whole family for a day of fun and activities. Watson’s has a fabulous supply of pumpkins in all shapes and sizes. Look for traditional pumpkins in many sizes, as well as Cinderella and Ghost pumpkins. Complimentary popcorn and cider  •  Face painting  •  Take home a special craft you make yourself, Check out the new games  •  Guess how many pieces of Halloween candy are in the jar! (One adult winner and one child winner.) Parents bring your cameras, there will be several special photo opportunities! Event is free. Thanks Sounds Fun Mom!

*Rapunzel – Woodenville; Saturdays and Sundays 10/15 – 10/30; 11:00am, 2:00pm and 4:00pm; Molbak’s free annual play staged by professional actors. Elementary age through adult. Limited seating, monetary donations accepted for Northshore Wranglers-To-Camp.

*Make Music Together – Seattle; 10/22; 11:00am to 12:0pm;  Make Music Together features members of the Husky Marching Band and Cheer Squad, under the direction of UW Athletic Band Director, Dr. Brad McDavid. The Husky Marching Band will perform a lively set of music for family audiences followed by a participatory music making and “instrument petting zoo” with help from UW Kappa Kappa Psi Honorary Music fraternity. FREE.

*Kidgits Halloween Bash – Northgate Mall; 10/22; Halloween is here and Northgate Mall is inviting all little ghouls, goblins and boo’tiful princesses to come have a frightfully good time at the annual Kidgits Halloween Bash. Come decked out in your best costumes (parents too!). We’ll be making spooky hand-print spiders, lollipop ghosts, and the first 100 Kidgit members receive bat-wing clappers. Get ready to dance in a parade around the mall with the Radio Disney crew. And, pick up your free Trick-or-Treat Bag and DOLE Real Fruit Bites sample while supplies last. Free to Simon Kidgit Members (or $5 to sign up for annual membership). Visit Guest Services outside of JcPenny for more detail or call Phone: 206-362-4778.

* Salmon Seezon Issaquah – Issaquah; 10/22; 11:00am to 1:00pm; Watch wild salmon migrate up Issaquah Creek. Trained guides from Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery will be on hand 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays through Nov. 5.

*Cedar River Salmon Journey – Renton; 10/22 – 10/23; 11:00am to 4:00pm; Volunteer naturalists will be on hand to answer questions and help you spot salmon spawning in the Cedar River. Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 30.

*Bellevue Art Museums Get Crafty Saturday – Bellevue; 10/22; 1:00pm to 3:00pm; Free craft time for kids each Saturday. $2 material fee or free with admission.

*Browns Point Lighthouse Cottage Museum & Tours – Browns Point; Each Saturday through November; 1:00pm to 4:00pm;  You get to see the keeper’s quarters, the bell, and the museum, and it’s free and very kid friendly (they can touch everything).  Thanks Sounds Fun Mom!

* Science & Technology Center (MaST) – Saturdays 10am – 2pm; kids can explore sea life with touch tanks & more. Thanks Sounds Fun Mom!

Sunday October 23rd:

*CroatiaFest – Seattle Centerhouse; 10/23; 12:00pm to 8:00pm; Music and dance performances, art, traditional dress, history, food and folklore of Croatia, Croatian marketplace and kids’ crafts. Join in folkdance lessons and a dance party, learn the art of Croatian cuisine and wine tasting and purchase your favorite ethnic crafts and products. Free.

Tuesday October 25th:

*The Children’s Museum Birthday Celebration – Tacoma; 9/25; Celebrate the 25th birthday of Children’s Museum of Tacoma with $.25 cent admission and birthday-themed crafts and activities, bubble parades, playdough cupcake decorating and face painting

Thursday October 27th:

*Half Priced Admission Imagine Childrens Museum – Everett; 10/27; Thursday 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. is half priced ( $3.88)


Here’s our list of weekly events for the Portland area. For more Portland happenings, check out the PDX Kids Calendar, a comprehensive events-based website for families in the Portland area.

Friday October 21st:

*Harvest Festival – Mt Scott Community Center 10/21; 6:00pm to 9:00pm; Join in on crafts, get moving with active games, challenge yourself with an obstacle course, and just generally have fun at the  Free to enter, 4 tickets for $1 for activities.  Thanks PDX Kids Calendar!

*Owl ProwlPortland; 10/21; 7:00pm to 9:00pm; Have little owlets at home that would love to learn about nighttime predators? Bring your family for a free classroom talk and evening hike all about owls. $5 donation. Advanced registration required. Children 5-15 with adult.

*Build a Giant LEGO SpongeBob  – Portland; 10/21-10/24Times vary by day; see schedule online. Help a real LEGO Master Builder construct an 8-foot tall LEGO SpongeBob SquarePants model made completely out of LEGO bricks! LEGO store at Washington Square. Free. All ages.

*Community Music Center’s Family Friday Concert – Portland; 10/21; 7:15pm; Family Friday Concert Series are back!  This month’s performance is by Whistlin’ Rufus, a band with roots in Classical, Irish, Folk, Bluegrass, rock and Roll and Jazz. Suggested donation of $5 individual/$15 family. Thanks PDX Kids Calendar!

*Lady Bug Nature Walk – Portland; 10/21; 10:00am; Walk through parks, gardens and natural areas. Touch slimy slugs, smell tree bark, feel crinkly and soft leaves, hear musical bird songs etc. Cost is $3 per toddler, adults are free!

*Creative Play At Isobels ClubhousePortland;  10/21; 9:30am to 11:30am; As part of creative play, kids can dress up in costumes, play with toys, read stories, play games or create in the art space.

*Sing a Long With Tyleena – Portland; 10/21 & 10/22; 10am; Join us for a musical sing a-long and story time with the fantastic Tyleena! Sing along to your favorite songs and books. Pick up a tambourine, drum or shaker and jam with us while learning some basic rhythm skills. Fun for the whole family! $3 donation.

Saturday October 22nd:

Super Duper Dog Park – Portland; 10/22; 2:00pm to 3:00pm; Green Bean Books has a release party with cartoonist Aron Nels Steinke. Event will include an accompanying canine craft project.  Free! Thanks PDX Kids Calendar!

*West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta Portland; 10/22; 8:00am to 4:00pm; Witness costumed participants race 1000 lb. pumpkin “boats” around the Lake at Tualatin Commons. There will also be clown shows, a costume contest, pumpkin carving, a giant pumpkin weigh-off, a pie-eating contest, live music, and more family fun.  Free admission.

*Hood River County Fruitloop Heirloom Apple Celebration – Hood River; 10/22 – 10/23; Times vary, check website; Limited supplies of heirloom apples are available, and while truck and railcar-loads of these apples may not be shipped out of the valley, they are being celebrated—and are available—at locations all along the Hood River County Fruit Loop during Heirloom Apple Days. Many fun & free activities throughout the loop, including pumpkin funland, Alpaca Harvest festival & trunk show, Heirloom Apple Butter festival and more. Lots of activities to participate in throughout this loop!

*Mt. View Orchards Eidelwiess Days – Hood River; 10/22; 11:00am to 4:00pm; This is part of the Heirloom Apple Fruitloop mentioned above.  This festival is becoming a tradition on the farm. Live music, sausage, Swiss apples, and Good food! People may squeeze their own apple juice on our apple press for a small fee (limit 5 gallons/family). $9.50 per plate or by the piece. Free Hay rides to see Jack the horse, two goats, hens & rooster, Carlos teh steer, two Shetland Lambs! Homemade doughnuts every weekend in October!

*14th Annual East Portland/Montavilla Costume Carnival – Portland; 10/22; 5:00pm to 7:00pm; Halloween carnival at the East Portland Community Center.  Get ready for some good old-fashioned Halloween fun! Thanks PDX Kids Calendar!

Free Family Swim At Marshall Community Center – Vancouver; 10/22; 4:45pm to 6:30pm; Bauman Chiropractic is sponsoring free family swims at Marshall Pool Saturday evenings.

*Lady Bug Nature Walk – Portland; 10/22; 10:00am; Walk through parks, gardens and natural areas. Touch slimy slugs, smell tree bark, feel crinkly and soft leaves, hear musical bird songs etc. Cost is $3 per toddler, adults are free!

* Kids Saturday Morning Skate Session At Oaks Park Portland ;10/22; 10:30am to 12:00pm; For $5.50 children 10 and under can skate (skates included). Parents free with paid child admission.

*Free Guided Nature Walk –  Portland – 10/22; 10:00am to 11:30am; Join park rangers for a free guided nature hike.

Monday October 24th:

*Washington County Museum Free Admission – Portland; 10/24; 10:00am to 4:30pm; Admission is free to this museum every Monday.

*Mondays On The Mall – Portland – Downtown Central Transit Mall; 10/24; Various Times; Free events all day including Wii play, caricatures, the original photo booth and entertainment.

Wednesday October 26th:

*Honeybee Happenings Portland – Leach Botanical Society; 10/26; 10:00am to 11:00am; Weekly nature-related story time and craft activities for young children (Ages 1-6)and their parents with short outdoor explorations if weather permits. $2 per child. No pre-registration required.


*Lowes Build And Grow Clinic – Saturday, 10/22; 10:00am; Come join Lowes Build and Grow Clinic to make and Halloween Monster Truck. Register here.

*Free Craft Activities at Lakeshore Learning Stores– Sat. 10/22; 11am to 3pm; Kids can come to this free craft time and make a mascaraed mask.

*Barnes and Noble Free Storytime Sat. 10/22;  Times and events vary by location. Check your location for specific story’s available this weekend.

*Pottery Barn National Halloween Story time – Tuesday, 10/25; 10:00am; Enjoy a spooky story time in celebration of Halloween.  Kids can dress up and enjoy stories, activities, sticker giveaways and more.


    • Jen says

      Thanks Maegen – I have updated it several times -not sure why it won’t keep the right link in there. Ugh.

      • Leila says

        Hi there – just wanted to point out that the link for the Haunted House is for Oct. 29, 2010. It doesn’t look it is on for this year.

  1. says

    Hi, Lori,

    One of my readers mentioned that, so I checked it out. The link you’ve got is actually a press release from 2010. This year’s event IS next week, but it’s on Friday the 28th. I just called and confirmed it because they have not done a great job making this info. easy to find! Maybe it’s so fun they don’t need the publicity. :) Anyway, it’s Friday the 28th, and all the rest of the scoop above is right-on.
    I found the best info. at the parks’ blog.