This year’s Halloween isn’t going to be traditional. Many families who are accustomed to dressing up and taking kids trick-or-treating house-to-house are rethinking what to do to celebrate the family-friendly holiday.
Browse below for a round-up of things to do with the family on the Eastside this year. All events listed require face masks and will practice social distancing.
Many area farms and pumpkin patches — such as Fletcher Farm in Issaquah, Serres Farm in Redmond, Snoqualmie Valley Pumpkin Patch in Fall City, Jubilee Farm in Carnation, and more — are open again this season with modified layouts and extra safety measures in place. Several farms host additional activities alongside pumpkin patches such as a corn or hay maze, tram ride, apple picking and cider, and even a pumpkin slingshot.
Fox Hollow Farm Fall Festival
Regular traditions at Fox Hollow Farm’s Fall Festival will be tweaked this year: expect the addition of an adventure trail and animal viewing areas, for instance. On top of a pumpkin patch, families also can purchase farm-fresh produce or treats from the coffee shop and bakery. On Oct. 31, trick-or-treaters can come by for a walk around the farm to gather candy. Fox Hollow Farm’s website has extra details.
Families can drive up to Bellevue’s Best in Class Education Center for some trick-or-treat goodies on Halloween. After, take a photo in your best costume for a virtual contest. See specifics on the Facebook event page.
Pick up a packaged treat bag from your car in lieu of in-person trick-or-treating at Crossroads Bellevue’s drive-through Malloween. RSVP on the website here.
The Landing in Renton welcomes shoppers to snap a selfie in front of one of three Halloween-themed backgrounds at the shopping center. After posting the selfie on Instagram, tag @thelandinginrenton. Ten winners will be selected for a $50 gift card to their choice of one of the center’s stores or restaurants. Find the Halloween selfie sets across from Trencher’s Kitchen & Tap between 12 and 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays through Halloween. Specifics are on The Landing website.
Virtual Costume Contest
The Village at Totem Lake in Kirkland wants to see a variety of spooky costume photos from families, whether it’s an adult, a kid, or a pup dressing up. Snap a photo in your best Halloween costume and tag #TotemLakeHalloween before Oct. 31 for a chance to win a $50 gift card. Categories like best makeup or best pet costume will receive a gift card to a designated store in the center. See more categories and details on the website.
Triple Treat Trek
In place of the Annual Si View Harvest Festival, Discover North Bend and Si View Metro Parks will host a crafted walk through North Bend, Downtown Snoqualmie, and Fall City on Halloween day. Kids can stop by “Quarantine-O-Ween” tables for goody bags from local merchants and nonprofits. Some businesses might even set up with spooky decor to match. Participating businesses and other details can be found on the Facebook event page.
Party and Costume Contest
Eastside Harley Davidson will present a special trick-or-treating experience for kids on Oct. 31 at the Bellevue dealership. Anyone can join in for the 1 p.m. costume contest. Check out the Facebook event page for details.
Kids can pick up a craft-making kit in their costumes at the Bellevue Arts Museum starting at 11 a.m. on Oct. 31. This includes three Halloween-inspired art projects and educational resources. Visit the Bellevue Art Museum website for more information.