Issaquah annual Zombie Walk, Oct. 27. Courtesy photo.

Issaquah annual Zombie Walk, Oct. 27. Courtesy photo.

Halloween activities for the whole family

Halloween events are being held throughout the whole Eastside.

One of many kids’ favorite holidays is quickly approaching. Several local cities are joining in on the Halloween fun through this week and the next.

For Mercer Island, the chamber of commerce is hosting its annual Halloween Trick or Treat event. Sponsored by Banner Bank, Island Books, Sahara Pizza, S.R. Schill & Associates, and Sunrise Senior Living, Chamber members will open their doors on Halloween and hand out candy to all the little goblins, ghosts and witches around Town Center and the South End Shopping Center from 3-5 p.m.

For Bothell, local churches are advertising Halloween festivities such as Bothell United Methodist Church. On Oct. 27 from 4-6 p.m., the church welcomes families to participate in Rock the Knock. Kids will love knocking on all the doors for tricks and treats while staying dry and warm inside. There will be bounce houses, games, and other Halloween fun activities.

Kirkland is offering a host of Halloween activities for kids and adults to enjoy. Now through Oct. 31, the city will host three events. On Oct. 26, adults can do their best zombie impression and enjoy a glass of local wine. The Kirkland “Zombie” Wine Walk, from 6-9 p.m., will start at the Heathman Hotel and will let local enjoy social wine tasting through numerous downtown stores to enjoy local wineries and breweries. Tickets will be available at www.kirklanddowntown.org.

Oct. 26 will also have something for the kids, too. The Pee Wee Monster Bash, from 10 a.m.–12 p.m., invites local kids to dodge the weather and the mountains of candy this Halloween season at the annual Pee Wee Monster Bash at the North Kirkland Community Center. Activities will be ongoing, carnival-style, throughout the morning. Visit www.kirklandparks.net for more information.

The Halloween season wouldn’t be complete without Downtown Kirkland businesses opening up their doors to trick-or-treaters on Halloween night. There will be various Halloween activities for kids to participate in throughout Downtown Kirkland from 3-6 p.m.

For something a little more spooky, families can head over to Snoqualmie Valley Oct. 19 and Oct. 26. Night on a Dark Trail is a non-profit outdoor Halloween event located in an old abandoned RV campground in the Snoqualmie Valley. Audience members walk through a forest setting in groups to discover what might be lurking in the dark! From the theatrical, to the quirky, and to the downright creepy, there will be something for everyone in the community and beyond. See website for event details and parking information. Email: info@nightonadarktrail.org.

The Northwest Railway Museum will also be hosting its annual Halloween Storytelling Train on Oct. 20, 21, 27 and 28. Board the Halloween Train in either Snoqualmie or North Bend. Halloween storytelling and activities at the Train Shed Exhibit Building during train stops and for drive up Train Shed visitors. This fun celebration of Fall and Halloween is a great time for people of any age. Trains Depart Snoqualmie at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. For more information, visit their website.

Historic Downtown Snoqulamie will be having its Treat Harvest on Oct. 31 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Kids can show off their costumes for treats around downtown.

Issaquah is another great city to visit for some scary Halloween fun. Nightmare at Beaver Lake’s haunted house has been scaring locals for the past 13 years. This all-volunteer for charity event is a fundraiser of the Rotary Club of Sammamish. Each year over 12,000 people wander the haunted trails of Beaver Lake Park in Sammamish during the last half of October experiencing ghosts, ghouls, zombies, vampires, scary clowns, headless horsemen and more. For more information, visit their website.

The ninth annual Zombie Walk is returning to Issaquah on Oct. 27. Fun for the whole family, the best zombie impressions can receive prizes. Zombie makeup will be available for the first 100 people. Un-dead dance practice to Thriller and Time Warp will be offered before all zombies take Front Street at 5 p.m. For more information, visit their website.

The Issaquah Depot will have its trolley running for Oct. 28. Kids of all ages can ride the trolley and create Halloween masks from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Like each city, Redmond will be offering a safe place for kids to trick-or-treat this year. The Veterans for Foreign Wars (VFW) is hosting a Kids Halloween House at their Redmond location on Oct. 27 from 12-6 p.m. Kids and parents are invited to make arts and crafts, enjoy non-scare rooms and a bouncy house.

Bellevue has several Halloween events suited for the whole family. The Bellevue Arts Museum’s BAM-O-WEEN on Oct. 27 from 12-4 p.m. invites kids ages 4-10 to come in costume and enjoy an afternoon of artmaking with their families.

The KidsQuest Children’s Museum is hosting thier own Halloween Spooktacular on Oct. 28 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Kids are invited to get goopy as they create glow-in-the-dark gak, decorate their own hauntingly delicious sweet treat, smile silly in the fantastical photo corner and explore the ghastly dry ice bubbles. Cost is $15 per child. Preregistration is required.

The day of Halloween promises more treats for people in Bellevue. Crossroads Shopping Center’s Malloween invites kids to trick-or-treat throughout the mall and will host live entertainment for families to enjoy from 4-6 p.m.

Bellevue Square will have its Halloween Family Funfest where kids can trick-or-treat throughout Bellvue Square and families can enjoy live musical performances in Center Court, a Mad Science Booth on Level 2, “Take Your Own Photo” booths and balloon tying throughout the shopping center.

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