Ah, October. The month that usually tells us that fall is here and it’s time to get the fireplaces ready to go and those cozy sweaters out of their summer hiding places. Personally, this is my favorite time of year – the leaves are beautiful and there’s nothing better than putting on your favorite sweater or jacket and walking through the crunchy leaves in one of the amazing parks we have. Well, with a hot coffee in hand! Even though the weather is cooler (if not wetter) there are still plenty of things to do, both indoors and out.
Let’s start with Oktoberfest. There are still plenty of parties happening the first weekend of the month. The largest party, and the one definitely worth the price of the ride there and back, is Oktoberfest Northwest. Held at the fairgrounds in Puyallup it is the largest one in our area. They have all sorts of food, beer (duh), events, music…..pretty much anything you could want when you think of Oktoberfest.
October = Halloween and Haunted Houses. Like any big city, Seattle offers more than our fair share of haunted houses. The one I send my visiting friends to? The Georgetown Morgue. Built in 1928 the Georgetown Morgue has an interesting, and somewhat gruesome past; but it makes for a great haunted house! October 12th is Kids Day, the tour is free for kids who bring three cans of food for the food bank and the lights are kept on. Want to skip the line on Saturday nights? Adults who donate a pint of blood, administered through Bloodworks NW, get to head to the front of the line with three of their friends. If you have a vehicle, you have great choices to the north and south: the Nile Nightmare in Mountlake Terrace and the Wild Waves Fright Fest in Federal Way. The Nile Shriners have hosted a haunted house at their golf course for a long time, but in 2013 they stepped up their game and added interactive acts, a beer garden, and a food court. I am not going to lie, a creepy guy with a real chainsaw is terrifying – even when you know he’s coming….the attractions include The Curse of the Nile, Slaughterhouse, Infernum, the Doll House, 3D Circus and the Ballinger Asylum. Oh, did I mention the 5-minute escape rooms? Wild Waves Fright Fest has been around for the last 8 years or so, and offers interactive rooms and acts for the whole family. From noon to 6pm on the weekends it’s Booville – scary (but not like nightmare-inducing scary) for the little ones. From 6pm – 7pm it transitions to Frights By Night, much more interactive and scary and not for kids under 13. Attractions include the Chamber of Souls, the Play Ground in 3D, and Camp Whispering Pines. Closer to home, Unexpected Productions offers a cool event at the Market for Halloween – Market Ghost Stories. This 75-minute tour through the market gives you the ghost stories, legends, and urban myths that make up part of the fascinating history of Pike Place Market.
There are lots of Halloween festivals and neighborhood parties the closer you get to the 31st – everything from Harvest Festivals for the whole family, to parades and trick-or-treating for kids, to costume contests at pretty much EVERY bar for us adults. We do love to dress up here in the Emerald City! And if costumes aren’t your thing, plan on bar hopping through Belltown or on Capital Hill for some epic people watching.
Let us not forget about sports! True sports fans know that even if it isn’t YOUR team playing, it’s still awesome to sit in a stadium with a beer and a hotdog (well, at our stadiums it’s more like burgers, doughnuts, sushi, and craft beer) and scream with tens of thousands of other fans. Our beloved Seahawks, Sounders, and Mariners are all doing their best to keep our post-season hopes up and blood pressure down. CenturyLink Field boasts amazing views of the field from almost any seat, even the ones in the rain, and the retractable roof at T Mobile Park keeps you (mostly) dry for your baseball game enjoyment.
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