By Kelsey Par - Staff Reporter
Students and families in the Des Moines and surrounding areas have a spooktacular array of Halloween festivities this October.
On Oct. 15-16, the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium will host Zoo Boo. This event will feature indoor and outdoor activities, treats, photo booths and more.
Admission is $17.95 for adults (ages 13-64), $16.95 for seniors (ages 65+), $13.95 for youths (ages 5-12), $9.95 for tots (ages 3-4), and free for children younger than 2.
Show up in a costume and receive $2 off general admission.
The event runs from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will be at 5400 N. Pearl St. Tacoma. For more information, visit metroparkstacoma.org.
Wild Waves Theme Park continues to host until Oct 30, its 15th annual Fright Fest every Friday and Saturday. Activities include more than 20 rides in the dark, haunted houses, a 3D psychedelic playground, a haunted forest, and a scare-free zone for children ages 12 and younger.
Ticket prices are $22.83 for general admission, and an additional $25 for VIP access to select rides and haunted houses. Fright Fest runs from 6-11 p.m. Fridays, 5-11 p.m. Saturdays, and 5-9 p.m. the last two Sundays of the month.
The event is at 36201 Enchanted Parkway S., Federal Way. For more information, visit www.wildwaves.com or call 253-661-8000.
Carpinito Bros., a local family owned business and U-Pick Pumpkin Patch, is hosting its annual Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze from through Oct. 31.
Activities include a corn maze, duck races, a goat walk, a farm yard, hayrides, pumpkin picking and more. General admission is free, but ticket prices vary for the corn maze, hay ride, and farm yard. The pumpkin patch runs daily from 9-7 p.m. and welcomes all ages.
The event is at 27592 W. Valley Highway N., in Kent. For more information, visit www.carpinito.com or call 253-854-5692.
Mosby Farms, a small family farm, is hosting its 25th annual Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze through Oct. 30. Activities include pumpkin carving, hayrides, a corn maze, games and more.
Admission prices are $9 for adults, $6 for children, and free for ages 3 and younger. The pumpkin patch runs daily from 10 a.m. to dusk and is at 3104 Auburn-Black Diamond Road.
For more information, visit www.mosbyfarm.com or call 253-405-0711.
On Oct. 26, the Milton-Edgewood Library will host a Harry Potter Halloween Party. Activities will include games, arts and crafts, trick or treating, and reading.
The event is free and welcomes people of all ages. The party is from 4-5 p.m. and will be at 900 Meridian Ave. E., in Milton. For more information, visit www.piercecounty.org.
A slew of events unfolds Oct. 29, the Saturday before Halloween.
Auburn Library will host its eighth annual Hallo-Wee! Story Time and Parade.
Children are encouraged to wear their costumes for a spooky Halloween story time and parade through the library. The story time and parade are free and welcome all ages. The event is at 10:30-11:30 a.m. and will take place at 1102 Auburn Way S.
For more information, visit www.kcls.org or call 253-931-3018.
Burien Town Square Park will put on the Boo in Burien event that day, too. Activities will include trick or treating, hayrides, pumpkin bowling, a haunted house, and more. The event is free and welcomes all ages. Boo in Burien is from noon to 4 p.m. and will be at 400 S.W. 152nd St. For more information, visit discoverburien.org or call 206-433-2882.
Farther south, the Federal Way Community Center will host the fourth annual Tricks and Treats FunFest. Activities will include a costume contest, games, a haunted hallway, and more.
Admission prices are $8 for pre-registered, $10 day-of-event, and free for accompanying adults and children younger than 23 months.
The event is from 3-6 p.m. and is at 876 S. 333rd St. For more information, visit www.itallhappenshere.org or call 253-835-6900.
In Auburn, the Halloween Harvest Festival will take place at Les Gove Park.
Activities will include games, crafts, a photo booth, and "trunk-or-treating." The event is free and welcomes people of all ages.
The Halloween Festival runs from 2-5 p.m. and is at 910 9th St SE. For more information, visit www.auburnwa.gov or call 253-931-3043
Mount Rainer Pool will host its third annual Pumpkin Plunge in Des Moines. Children will have the opportunity to jump in the pool and claim their very own pumpkin to take home and carve.
Activities include swimming, games, treats, and more. Admission price is $7 and pre-registration is required. The event will take place in two sessions throughout the day, at 1 p.m. and at 3 p.m.
The event will be at 22722 19th Ave. S. For more information, visit www.MtRainerPool.com or call 206-824-4722.
On Oct. 30, the Landing in Renton will host Trick or Treat Street. Activities will include trick or treating and free photos with the Mariner Moose.
The event is free and welcomes people of all ages. Trick or Treat Street runs from 2-4 p.m. and is at 828 N. 10th Pl.
For more information, visit www.thelandinginrenton.com.
A surplus of events will take place on Monday, Oct. 31, Halloween day.
The Woodmont Library in Des Moines will host Hallo-weee! event. Activities include a Halloween-themed story time, a parade, trick or treating, and more.
The event is free and welcomes ages 1.5-6 with an accompanying adult. Hallo-weee! is at 10:30-11:30 a.m. and is at 26809 Pacific Highway S. For more information, visit www.parentmap.com or call 253-830-0121.
In Federal Way, the Commons Mall will host a Family Trick or Treat event. Activities will include trick or treating, games, and more. The event is free and welcomes ages 12 and younger.
Trick or Treat is from 5-7 p.m. and is at 1928 S. Commons.
For more information, visit www.shopthecommonsmall.com or call 253-275-3303.
At Northwest Foursquare Church in Federal Way, there will be a Lego themed Harvest Festival. Activities include a dunk tank, live music, a Lego Lounge, popcorn, candy, crafts, bouncy houses, and $1 hot dogs. The event is free and will welcome people of all ages.
The festival runs from 6-9 p.m. and will be at 34800 21st Ave. S.W. For more information, visit www.nwcfoursquare.org.
The Des Moines Field House will host a "frightfully fun" Halloween Carnival on Halloween night. Children 12 and younger can participate in fun and challenging games and activities. Admission is $5 per child and free for accompanying adults. The event will run from 5-8 p.m. and will be at 1000 S. 220th St.
For more information, visit www.desmoineswa.gov or call 206-870-6527.
Destination Des Moines is sponsoring the Trick-or-Treat Path in the Des Moines Marina District.
Merchants across the Des Moines Marina District will hand out candy and dress up. The event is free, provides free parking, and welcomes people of all ages.
Trick-or-Treat Path runs from 3-6 p.m. For more information, visit www.destinationdesmoines.org or call 206-870-7675.