Fun & Frugal Family Events 10/28 – 11/3

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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.

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 28th:

*Museum Of Fright – Seattle; 10/28; 4:00pm – 8:00pm; Safe and fun family Halloween activities including storytelling, ghost parachute drops, shadow puppets and scary flights aboard simulators at the Museum of Flight. Costumes encouraged. Free!

*Bonfires, Beaver Pelts, and BogeymenTacoma;10/28 – 10/29;  7:00pm – 9:00pm, Come and find out what scared people in 1855 as you listen to ghost stories the way they’re supposed to be told – outside and in the dark! Free cider and cookies provide during story breaks, at Fort Nisqually at Point Defiance; $5 adults/$3 children 12 and under.

*Special Story Time With Casper Babypants and Kate Endle – 10/28; 6:30pm; Free event at Mockingbird Books. Join Kate and Caspar Babypants (aka Chris Bellew of The Presidents of the United States of America) for a very rockin’ storytime! They will sharing their new book Bunny Rabbit in the Sunlight.

*Free Halloween Carnival & Swim Seattle; 10/28; 12 & under 5:00pm – 7:00pm; 13-19 7:30pm – 9:30pm; Family swim 7:00pm – 8:00pm, Come enjoy free fun at the Southwest Community Center & Pool including games, treats, prizes, and swimming.  Come dressed up for Halloween.

*Free Fall Pumpkin Swim – North Seattle; 10/28; 7:00pm – 8:00pm; Join us at Evans Pool for our Fall Pumpkin Swim! We’ll have games, prizes and fun for all. There will be pumpkins in the pool! Please remember that children younger than 6 must be accompanied in the water by an adult who is within arm’s reach.

*Free Street of Screams Tacoma; 10/285:30pm – 7:30pm; Come in costume to trick-or-treat at the street of screams at the Center at Norpoint.  All activities are free and you can enjoy CLICK! Movie: Monster House – rated PG, movie begins at 7pm, Carnival Games, Cupcake Walk, Glow Wall Climbing – try out the rock climbing wall by the eerie glow of black lights and neon. All equipment for climbing will be provided and trained staff will be hand to supervise.

*Free Monster Mash Bash Tacoma; 10/28; 6:00pm – 8:00 pm, Bring the kids to South Park Community Center to enjoy this annual Halloween party in a safe, indoor environment. Participants can enjoy a costume contest, games, haunted house and witches kitchen. Ages 3-12, all activities are 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.

*FreeTête-à-têter At Frye Museum – Seattle; 10/28; 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; 10/28; 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 29th:

*Pumpkin Palooza/ Trick-or-TreatingDowntown Puyallup ; 10/29; 2:00pm – 5:00pm; Bring the kids downtown for a safe and secure trick-or-treating experience! Over 30 businesses will be handing out candies and treats for all the little ghosts and ghouls.

*Fall Family Festival – Seattle; 10/29; 12:00pm to 4:00pm; Mars Hill Church is opening it doors for a safe, fun, and free day filled with seven Bouncyhouse Inflatables, Carnival Booths, a Giant Maze, Prizes, and Candy. This event is for all families of Seattle, however for safety, no adults will be admitted without children.

*Truck & Tractor Day – Tacoma; 10/29; Starts at 3:00pm; Free event with giant trucks and tractors to climb, free hardhat, pumpkin decorating (while supplies last) and hayrides. 3 to 6 p.m. (Truck and Tractor Day will be horn free from 3 to 3:45 p.m.), moonlit hayrides around Waughop Lake 6 to 9:30 p.m. ($1 fee for these).

*Haunted Pool – Federal Way at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center; 10/29; 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.

*Halloween Harvest Festival Auburn; 10/29; 3:00pm – 5:00pm;  Games; face painting and more. Trick or treating at downtown merchants. Wear your costume and bring a food donation-toy weapons checked at the door! Thanks Sounds Fun Mom!

*Oxbow Farm and Pumpkin Patch Open To Public– Carnation; 10/29- 10/30; 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.

*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!

*Hometown Halloween – Arlington; 10/29; 11:00am to 2:30pm; Trick-or-treat, trunk-or-treat, pumpkin decorating contest, costume contest, Great Pumpkin Roll and more. Free.

*Boo In Burien – Burien; 10/29; 12:00pm to 5:00pm; Trick-or-treating, horse and carriage rides, pumpkin painting, haunted house, costume dog parade, wiener dog races and more. Free.

*Dupont-Fire Department Pumpkin Day – Dupont; 10/29; 10:00pm to 2:00pm; Free pumpkins for kids while supplies last, tours of the fire engines, safety information, and low-cost bike helmets. Bring a canned food donation.  Thanks Sounds Fun Mom!

*Washington Multi-Family Housing Cook-off Kent; 10/29; 11:30am – 3:30pm; $10 adults/children 12 and under FREE
Charity event to benefit D.A.W.N. (Domestic Abused Women’s Network) at Court Furniture Warehouse in Kent
All-you-can-eat chili, hot dogs, trick-or-treating for kids, beer garden for adults.  (Thanks Monica!)

*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.

* Salmon Seezon Issaquah – Issaquah; 10/29; 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; 10/29 – 10/30; 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; 10/29; 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 30th:

*Day of the Dead celebrations at the Tacoma Art Museum Tacoma; 10/30; Traditional Mexican art that celebrates the custom of honoring loved ones. Free community festival on the 30th, with face painting, crafts, and live entertainment. Thanks Sounds Fun Mom!

*LeMay Museum Trunk or Treat – 10/30; 2:00pm to 4:00pm; Kids get to go from car to car at the auto museum getting treats from trunks! Free. Thanks Sounds Fun Mom!

Monday October 31st:

Most of the area malls offer a safe Trick or Treat alternative, where kids can trick or treat from store to store and more. Check with your local mall for times.  Local churches also often have harvest parties with carnivals. candy and more and most Community Centers have some Halloween event taking place this weekend.

For lists of place to take your kids trick or treating check out:

* Sounds Fun Mom  – Trick or Treat list for the South End.

* The Coupon Projects Monster List of Halloween Events for the Puget Sound.

*Red Tri Seattle has compiled a list for the Puget Sounds favorite Trick or Treat spots.

Thursday November 3rd:

(Always make sure to call the museum ahead of time to confirm that they are still participating in these discount days/events/activities)

*Free Admission To Seattle Art Museum Seattle; 11/3; 10:00am to 9:00pm; First Thursday of the month SAM offers free admission to the museum.

*Free Admission To The Burke Museum – Seattle; 11/3; 10:00am to 8:00pm; First Thursday of the month The Burke offers free admission to the museum.

*Free Admission To The Museum Of History & Industry – Seattle; 11/3; 10:00am to 8:00pm; First Thursday of the month MOHAI offers free admission to the museum.

* Free Admission To Wing Luke Museum – Seattle; 11/3; 10:00am to 8:00pm; First Thursday of the month Wing Luke offers free admission to the museum.

*Free Admission To Kids Discovery Museum – Bainbridge Island; 11/3; 10:00am to 4:00pm; First Thursday of the month Kids Discovery Museum offers free admission.

*Free Admission To The Museum Of Flight – Seattle; 11/3; 5:00pm to 9:00pm; First Thursday of the month Museum of Flight offers free admission.

*Free Admission To Henry Art Gallery – Seattle; 11/3; 11:00am to 9:00pm; First Thursday of the month Henry Art Gallery offers free admission.

*Free Admission To The Northwest African American Museum –  Seattle; 11/3; 11:00am to 7:00pm; First Thursday of the month NAAM offers free admission to the museum.

*Free Admission To Experience Music Project and Science Fiction Museum – Seattle; 11/3; 5:00pm to 8:00pm; First Thursday of the month offers free admission.

*Half Priced Admission Imagine Childrens Museum – Everett; 11/3; 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 28th:

*Davis Graveyard – Portland; 10/28-10/31; Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through Halloween from dusk to 11:00 pm (10:00 pm on Sunday). Get the lite version (lights only) every Monday through Thursday from dusk to 10:00 pm; The Davis’s transform their property into a realistic, haunted graveyard. Get the full experience (sound, fog, ghost effects, and animations).

*Halloween Spooktacular – Portland;  5:30pm to 8:30pm; Lots of fun, games, prizes, and food. Appropriate for children in preschool through 5th grade. Admission is free; need to buy tickets for activities.

*Free Entrance To The Portland Art Museum- Portland; 10/28 at 5:00pm to 8:00pm. The Portland Art Museum offers free admission on the fourth Friday of every month.

*Grave Tales (In the Dark)Lake Oswego,  10/28; 7:00pm; Join storyteller Megan Miller on a haunting tour of Oswego Pioneer Cemetery by lantern light.

* Halloween Monster Mash – Portland; 10/28;  6:00 pm to 8:30 pm; Wear your costume and dance with other sociable ghouls, make creepy crafts, and play bewitching games.

*Lady Bug Nature Walk – Portland; 10/28; 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!  This is the second to last weekend of the season to enjoy this nature walk.

*Creative Play At Isobels ClubhousePortland;  10/28; 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; 10/28 & 10/29; 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 29th:

*Ray Friesen event at A Children’s Place Bookstore – Portland; 10/29; 11:00am; The author will talk about his book and demonstrate how to make a comic book.  Free!  Thanks PDX Kids Calendar!

Great Pumpkin Event –Portland Farmer’s Market at PSU 13th annual Halloween harvest celebration; 10/29; 9:00am – 12:00pm with free pumpkin carving, prizes and children’s costume parade.

Weekend Guided Walk of the Leach Botanical Gardens – Portland; 10/29; 11:00am; Last weekend walk of the season!  Check out what’s blooming!  Free, and for all ages.  Thanks PDX Kids Calendar!

*Amtrak 40th Anniversary – Portland; 10/29; 10:00 am to 4:00 pm; Union Station will host this exhibit of scale model trains and memorabilia. Chuggington Depot will entertain children ages 2–7 and their families.

*The Alphabeticians – Portland; 10/29; 4:00pm to 5:00pm; They Alphabeticians will be performing at Mississippi Pizza .  Come wearing a costume if you want, or just get ready to hear some of your favorite tunes by the ABC guys.  $10/family.  Thanks PDX Kids Calendar!

*Portland Green Halloween Event – Portland; 10/29; 1:00pm to 6:00pm; Healthy treats (sugar-free and organic), costume contest, face painting, and a talented photographer.

Free Family Swim At Marshall Community Center – Vancouver; 10/29; 4:45pm to 6:30pm; Bauman Chiropractic is sponsoring free family swims at Marshall Pool Saturday evenings.

*Lady Bug Nature Walk – Portland; 10/29; 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 ;10/29; 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 – 10/29; 10:00am to 11:30am; Join park rangers for a free guided nature hike.

Sunday October 30th:

*SpielWerk Toys’ 6th Annual Sugar Skull Craft Event – Portland; 10/30; 1:00pm to 4:00pm.  Sugar Skulls are a traditional Mexican folk art used in the celebration of Dia de Los Muertos.  Free and for all ages.  Thanks PDX Kids Calendar!

*Dia de los Muertos Events and Parade – Portland; 10/30; 11:00am to 2:00pm; Take part in sugar skull decorating and an altar build at Someday Lounge (125 NW 5th Ave). The parade will start at 3:00 pm at Pioneer Place Mall and travel to Someday Lounge where the day will end with live entertainment.

*Special Scary Story Time at Green Bean Books– Portland; 10/30;  2:00pm.  Kids can enjoy not TOO scary stories for Free!  Thanks PDX Kids Calendar!

*Bridgeport Village Street of Treats – Tigard; 10/30;  2:00pm to 5:00pm; Kids activities, music, games, and more. Donate your canned goods for special treats.

Monday October 31st:

*Tigard Trick-or-Treat Event – Tigard;  10/31; 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm; Trick-or-treat on Main Street in Tigard. Participating merchants will display a “Halloween Event” flyer in their window.

*Lake Oswego Harvest Fest – Lake Oswego; 10/31; 3:30pm to 5:00pm; Bring your youngsters for games, crafts, a puppet show, and trick-or-treating. Millennium Plaza Park.

*Halloween in Multnomah Village Multnomah; 10/31;  3:30pm to 5:30pm; Visit the Multnomah Arts Center and dozens of other local businesses as you trick-or-treat in downtown Multnomah Village. Free coffee at Starbucks!

*Halloween at Kennedy School –Portland;10/31; 4:00pm;  Trick-or-treating, music from Freak Mountain Ramblers, and Willamette Radio Workshop performing works by Edgar Allen Poe. Kennedy School. All ages welcome.

*Gresham Safe Trick-or-Treat – Gresham; 10/31; 4:00pm to 6:00pm Main Avenue in Historic Downtown Gresham will be blocked off from traffic so that local merchants can provide treats.

*Harvest Hoopla: Portland; 10/31; Face painting, games, art & crafts, haunted house, costume contest, and much more. Ages 4–12. Community Education Center; Regence Boys & Girls Club, 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm; University Park Community Center, 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm.

*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 November 2nd:

*Wondrous Wednesday’s At The World Forestry Center – Washington Park; 11/2; 10:00am to 5:00pm; Reduced admission for The Discovery Museum. Get in for $3 on the first Wed. of each month.

*Honeybee Happenings Portland – Leach Botanical Society; 11/2; 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.

Thursday November 3rd:

3D Center of Art and Photography, Free Entrance – Portland; 11/3; 11:00am to 5:00pm; Free entrance on the first Thursday of the month; kids age 14 and under always free.


*Free Craft Activities at Lakeshore Learning Stores– Sat. 10/29; 11am to 3pm; Kids can come to this free craft time and make a batty buddy.

*Barnes and Noble Free Storytime Sat. 10/29;  Times and events vary by location. Check your location for specific story’s available this weekend.

*Lego Stores Mini Models Build – Tues.  11/1; 5:00pm;  Build a LEGO Turkey, one free for kids 6-14 while supplies last.

4:30 pm to 5:30 pm


  1. Carrie danielle says

    Just wanted to let you know that kids consignment sale, Just Between Friends in Puyallup was actually last weekend! Sorry :-( look for the spring sale though, march 30-April 2

    • Jen says

      Hi Carrie – I caught that & took it out, but you must have found it quickly! Just a misprint – thanks!

  2. Jenny says

    Caspar Babypants will also be at the Bellevue Top Pot Doughnuts on Saturday morning. I believe it’s at 10:30AM, but you might want to check the Top Pot website (or fb page) to double check.

  3. melissa R. says

    You might want to remove the Brown Point Lighthouse one. I took my whole family (grandma grandpa, kids etc) there a couple weekends ago when I saw it on your list….and nobody was there to give tours. Luckily there was a beach to distract the kids from the lame trip to see the lighthouse! Major bummer! :(

    • Jen says

      Oh darn – sorry it didn’t work out, Melissa! We will definitely take it down if they’re not offering the tours now. Their website needs to be updated because it says available on Saturdays thru November.