Get ready, get set, get scared!

Friday, September 30, 2016 4:00 PM by Calista Klein

October is the month when all your favorite haunts around Tacoma and the South Sound will be decked out in orange and black, and creepy is the name of the game. Every witch-way you look, there’s a Halloween-themed event going on throughout the month, and of course, another excuse to get some mileage out of that costume you’ve spent months planning. So whether you’re into running for fun (or your life), or if you’re just into goblin some treats, carve out some time for one of these events.

 

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Get ready… Make like a skeleton and say bon appetit to local eats and brews, but preserve your legs and instead watch actors break theirs in two hilarious theatrical productions. These events offer everything we love about the changing of the seasons
 
Addams Family at Tacoma Musical Playhouse 
September 23 – October 16 
Tacoma, WA 

Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family – a man her parents have never met. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s “normal” boyfriend and his parents.
 
Boos & Booze: Beer and Ghost Tour
September 23 – October 30
Downtown Tacoma, WA
 
A terrifying walking tour through the streets of downtown Tacoma with a terrifyingly good beer flight before and a celebratory round of beer afterwards at two of our favorite local breweries. Join Pretty Gritty Tours on a haunted tour of Tacoma and learn about the city's dark history.
 
Fife Harvest Festival
October 1
Fife, WA
 
The Harvest Festival hosts all kinds of arts, crafts, foods, performances, and vendors, and is fun for all ages. The Harvest Festival has free admission, and happens rain or shine.
 
Sumnerfest
October 1
Downtown Sumner, WA
 
Enjoy the sights and sounds of fall while you shop the sales, sample cider, and vote for your favorite scarecrow in the contest! Also, look for unique offerings from participating downtown Sumner businesses.
 
Spooner Farms Harvest Festival
October 1 – October 30
Puyallup, WA
 
The South Sound’s Premier Harvest Festival and Corn Maze! Our 22nd Annual Harvest Festival Returns with a theme that will entertain the young and young at heart.
 
Oktoberfest Northwest
October 7 – October 9
Puyallup, WA
 
Oktoberfest Northwest hosts Western Washington's largest Munich-style Festhalle Biergarten and is the Northwest's Exclusive Home of Hammerschlagen®. Oktoberfest NW started back in 2004 and ever since then the festival has brought authentic food, beer, and entertainment to guests. This is the Oktoberfest event you won't want to miss!
 
Conservatory Pumpkin Patch
October 18 – November 1
Tacoma, WA
 
Fanciful exhibition mums and a plethora of pumpkins provide a unique indoor opportunity for pictures around Halloween. Check out the glowing pumpkins, spiders, and cobwebs, faux rats hiding in the foliage, and black ravens watching over W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory.
 
Dracula
October 21 – November 6
Tacoma, WA
 
Bram Stoker’s classic novel comes to life just in time for Halloween. As Count Dracula begins to exert his will upon the residents of London, they try to piece together the clues of his appearances—in a valiant attempt to save themselves from a hideous fate.
 
Point Defiance Tap & Grill Halloween Party
October 28
Tacoma, WA
 
On Friday, October 28th, Point Defiance Tap, and Grill will be transformed into a graveyard. Your hostess (and Medium) for the evening, Miss Maeda Fortune, invites you to pay your respects and celebrate the season with beer tastings, a specially themed menu, contests, grab bags, prizes, giveaways, and more!
 
Sister’s Back to School Catechism: The Holy Ghost and Other Terrifying Tales
October 29 – October 30
Tacoma, WA
 
Sister is preparing her classroom for the tricks and treats of a long year of Catechism. An uproarious theater piece, hilariously packed with audience participation, there has never been a more fun classroom!
 

 

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Get set… Calling all goblins in training! Take your little monster on one of these spooky but safe outings.
 
Candlelight Tour
October 7 – October 8
Tacoma, WA
 
Campfires and candlelight provide illumination for this magical evening walking tour of Fort Nisqually Living History Museum. Guests may eavesdrop as more than a hundred re-enactors bring to life the men and women of the Hudson’s Bay Company. Advance ticket purchase is required.
 
Harvest Fest at Center at Norpoint
October 14
Tacoma, WA
 
Celebrate fall at Metro Parks Harvest Fests throughout Tacoma. Center at Norpoint is offering arts & crafts, bounce houses, an airbrush painter, food trucks, and a costume contest!
 
Zoo Boo
October 15 – October 16
Tacoma, WA
 
Animals receive special treats, including carved pumpkins. The enrichments show off the very best of zookeepers’ amazing jack-o-lantern carving skills. And it’s a hoot to see what the animals do with them. Grab! Chomp! Smash!
 
Peanuts™ The Great Pumpkin Patch Express
October 15 – October 23
Elbe, WA
 
The fall is a fantastic time to ride the train! Every child gets to choose their very own pumpkin to take home, play PEANUTS™ themed games and activities, and meet Charlie Brown and Snoopy
 
Hoot ‘n’ Howl
October 21 – October 22
Eatonville, WA
 
Don your best costume and bring your brood to Northwest Trek for the spookiest event of the year. Navigate through the park to search for animals in the dark on a special nighttime tram tour. Revelers young and young-at-heart can play games, win prizes, and eat treats during this wild weekend!
 
Black Cat Fun Run
October 22
Tacoma, WA
 
The Black Cat Fun Run is Tacoma's only family fun run on Five Mile drive after dark! Wear your flashiest costume and bling while you enjoy glow sticks, zoo lights characters, strobe lights, and more along the lighted roadway.
 
Children’s Pumpkin Painting
October 22
Sumner, WA
 
Join the folks at Urban Timber Coffee, Microbrew + Wine Bar for some ghoulish pumpkin painting, freaky fun, and frightening treats! Parents can enjoy a beverage while the little ones get creative. Pumpkins provided courtesy of Spooner Farms.
 
Bonfires, Beaver Pelts, and Bogeyman
October 28 – October 29
Tacoma, WA
 
Take an evening stroll down a Jack-o-Lantern lit path to a roaring bonfire, and get spooked as storytellers bring forth the spirits of the 19th century at Fort Nisqually Living History Museum.
 
Pumpkin Chomp & Stomp
October 29
Eatonville, WA
 
Watch animals around Northwest Trek Wildlife Park interact with pumpkin treats! Costumes encouraged, but adults should leave masks and scary face paint at home. Thank you!
 
A Night at the Movies Costume Concert
October 29
Tacoma, WA
 
Dress up the kids (in costume!) for the Tacoma Youth Symphony concert. Musicians will be in costume as they perform songs from Star Wars, Bugs Bunny cartoons, The Lion King, and more!  
 
Trunk or Treat
October 29
Tacoma, WA
 
Calling all goblins, ghosts and ghouls! Enjoy a unique way to trick-or-treat! Trunk-or-Treat provides a safe environment for families to enjoy an inexpensive afternoon of Halloween fun in a neat atmosphere! Costumed children (age 12 & under) trick-or-treat outdoors by visiting car trunk hosts to get their bags filled with goodies.
 

 

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Get scared… Hold on to your pants, scary experiences abound in Pierce County. Fair warning: these are not for the faint of heart or young children.
 
The Fright Factory
October 1 – October 31
Buckley, WA
 
Top rated Haunted House in the Puget Sound Area located in a secluded area of Buckley where no one will hear you scream. Receive $1.00 off regular admission price by bringing canned food donations for our local foodbank.
 
The Haunted Woods
October 1 – October 31
Buckley, WA
 
The Haunted Woods combines a 35-minute creepy quest through the corn with around-the-corner, emotional roller coaster thrills through the forest. This high-startle, high action haunted attraction is not recommended for children under 10 or people with fragile health conditions.
 
Frighthouse Station
October 6 – October 31
Tacoma, WA
 
Tacoma's longest-running haunt has evolved into an all new experiment in terror!
 
Brad’s Boo Barn
October 7 – October 31
Spanaway, WA
 
With over 50 actors and 40 areas including the dark school house, zombie halls, and back by popular demand the new clown maze. We are here to help you get a fun scare out of Halloween.
 
Hellmouth Haunted House
October 31
Lakewood, WA
 
Step into the site of a 1942 massacre, which opens up once a year for the spirits to rule again.   
Author: Calista Klein

As the Visitor Experience Coordinator for Travel Tacoma + Pierce County, Calista loves being on the front lines of visitor service. When not at the office, she's outdoors hiking, running, camping, or climbing, tasting dishes at new Pierce County restaurants, sampling local craft beer, or curling up with a cup of tea and a good Netflix show.

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