Haunted Houses, Legos, Oysters, Salmon & Crab: Weekend fun around the Sound

Tis the season for haunted houses as we get closer to Halloween, and three varieties of PNW seafood get their due this weekend

October 5, 2018
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It got kind of autumny this week, and not necessarily the good kind if you dread the dark damp days of winter. But we've got our fleece and our Gore-Tex and we're ready for anything, right? Good, because there's a lot to do outside this weekend, and you wouldn't want the threat of a little rain or chill to stop you from enjoying all this fall fun.Look at everything that's going on around the Sound:

  • Thunderbirds Hockey Friday, 7:35pm in Everett at the Angel of the Winds Arena against the Everett Silvertips and Saturday, 6:05pm against the Kelowna Rockets at the ShoWare Center in Kent.
  • Seattle Seahawks vs. L.A. Rams Sunday, 1:25pm at CenturyLink Field
  • The Church at the Triple Door Friday & Saturday, 8pm
  • 5 Seconds of Summer at the Paramount Friday, 8pm
  • Seattle Blind Cafe Through Saturday. In a culture addicted to multi-tasking, with images and stimuli flashing in our faces non-stop, this one-of-a-kind sensory experience forces attendees to be fully present. They’re forced to connect with those around them, despite the darkness, in an unfamiliar, emotionally powerful way. Blind professional waiters serve a vegetarian dinner family style with wine and dessert as you socialize and hear a set of live music performed by a blind orchestra at Nalanda West.
  • Anacortes Bier on the Pier Saturday & Sunday. This Anacortes Oktoberfest offers beer, cider, food, and live music on the waterfront for age 21+. No pets.
  • Cowabunga Friday – Sunday. A series of four ticketed tasting events and chef competitions featuring beef at South Lake Union for age 21+ (except Sunday brunch is all ages).
  • Oktoberfest Northwest Friday – Sunday. This Oktoberfest in Puyallup serves beer, brats, music, kids’ activities, and a root-beer garden indoors at the Washington State Fair Events Center in Puyallup.
  • Dungeness Crab & Seafood Festival Friday – Sunday. The festival celebrates not only the aquaculture, agriculture and maritime traditions of the breathtaking Olympic Peninsula, but brings food, art, music, Native American activities, and children’s events into one spectacular 3-day event. Located on the gorgeous Port Angeles waterfront next to Olympic National Park and a short ferry ride from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, the event celebrates the world-famous Dungeness Crab, named after the nearby village of Dungeness, and the bounty of the sea.  Featuring 14 restaurantscooking demonstrations with celebrity chefsChowder Cook-Off, the Grab-A-Crab Derby, local wine and beercraft and merchant vendorslive music, and many more events. Rain or shine, free.
  • Seattle Made Week  October 5 – 13. (Multiple locations) Celebrate Seattle products with a tasting party, tours, and talks about brewing & food manufacturing.
  •  Leavenworth Oktoberfest   October 5 - 20, 2018 (Fridays & Saturdays) Four venues over three weekends including free shuttles in town, live music, family activities, arts and crafts, German food, and – big surprise -- beer.
  •  Fall Festival at Occidental Square Saturday 11am – 3pm. Family fest features a pumpkin patch, a petting zoo, face painting, and apple cider in Pioneer Square. Free.
  • Robothon Saturday. Amateur robot enthusiasts exhibit new technologies, share ideas, show off robotic creations, and compete at Robot expo in the Seattle Center Armory. Free.
  • R Day Saturday, 4pm – 11pm.Rainier Beer festival that’s an outdoor “community celebration of music, art, and beer in the heart of Georgetown” with live music for age 21+. Airport Way South is closed to cars (from 13th Avenue S. to Corson Avenue S.). Free.
  •  Bothell Underground Beer Festival Saturday, noon – 6pm. Celebrate great beers & ciders, delicious food, and music at the 5th annual Bothell Beer Festival, underground in the Bothell City Hall Garage. Bring your friends and come experience this cool rain-free industrial environment. Taste beer from dozens of breweries with food for sale for age 21+. No pets.
  • Fife Harvest Festival Saturday. The fun in Fife begins with a 10:30 a.m. parade and includes hayrides, a petting zoo, entertainment, arts & crafts, and fireworks at 7:15 p.m. at Dacca Park. Free.
  • BrickCon Saturday & Sunday. View thousands of LEGO masterpieces models created by adult hobbyists, and visit LEGO vendors at the LEGO building convention in Seattle Center Exhibition Hall.

  •  Issaquah Salmon Days Festival Saturday & Sunday. The giant Salmon festival & parade celebrates the annual return of salmon to the Issaquah State Salmon Hatchery with arts and crafts, kids’ carnival rides, a food court, entertainment, and a parade (Saturday 10 a.m.). Free.
  • OysterFest   Saturday & Sunday. Oysters, wines, microbrews, live music and more. OysterFest is the home of the West Coast Oyster Shucking Championships and is Washington State’s official seafood festival.  The festival also features hands-on water quality exhibits, and is itself a giant a food pavilion with nearly 100 unique items on the menu: BBQ oysters, fritters, spring rolls, garlic shrimp, fresh cider and so much more. At the Port of Shelton.
  • The Underpants This Sunday through next Sunday. Imagine getting caught in public with your skirt blown over your head and nothing but your bloomers on display for all to see. That’s the premise of Carl Sternheim’s classic German play set in 1910. But when comic genius Steve Martin takes the story and runs with it, you get a fall-on-the-floor satirical send-up of bourgeois conservatism that’ll keep you giggling for days. Live at the Phoenix Theatre in Edmonds.Halloween Event
  • Thomas Family Farm  October 6 – 31. A haunted hayride, an escape room, and three haunts. Buy a combination ticket or only the haunted house. On Oct. 29 & 30, only the haunted house is open.
  • ·         Flashlight Corn Maze (bring a flashlight)
  • ·         Nightmare on 9 Haunted House
  • ·         Zombie Paintball Hayride (age 6+) 
  • Stalker Farms  October 6 – 31. This Snohomish haunted farm has two walk-through haunts (Double Dare ticket), a zombie shooting gallery, and a non-haunted corn maze. See schedule.
  •  Nile Nightmares  October 5 – 31. An outdoor walk plus indoor mazes at Nile Shrine Golf Center, with a food court and a beer garden. 
  • Carleton Farm  October 5 – 31. Halloween at this Lake Stevens haunted farm includes Zombie Farm, Zombie Paintball, Haunted Swamp, and a Dark Maze, all for age 12+. Fridays & Saturdays.
  • My Morbid Mind Haunted House October 5 – 31. This haunted house in Lacey is inside an old barn. Fridays & Saturdays 7-11pm.
  • Halloween on a Farm Through October 31. (Multiple locations.) Pumpkin patches, hayrides, and corn mazes.·         
  •  Georgetown Morgue Through November 3. Located at 5000 E. Marginal Way S. in the Georgetown area for age 12+. They keep the lights on for kids Oct. 13 (1 to 4 p.m.).
  • The Haunted Woods Through October 28. Roam this Buckley haunted farm or the Flashlight Maze (bring your own flashlight) at Maris Farms in Buckley for age 10+. See schedule.
  •  Wild Waves Fright Fest Open Friday, Saturday, Sunday through Oct. 28. Halloween at Wild Waves offers entertainment, rides in the dark, haunted houses, and Booville (for ages 1 to 12) at Wild Waves. Hours.
  • Fright House Station  Fridays and Saturdays through Halloween. The Tacoma haunted house has two haunted attractions (The Redemption upstairs, and Shadows downstairs) near the Tacoma Dome for age 12+.

Have fun, stay warm, and, as we tell our son, make good choices!