Happy October! Fall is here and this weekend kicks off a variety of October things to do in Seattle. Take in some local flavor at festivals around the state that cover almost all food groups, or at least the most important ones, such as seafood, chocolate and beer. Likewise, the biggest event of the month – Halloween – is not too far away and there are plenty of fun and spine-tingling activities to enjoy in the coming weeks and on the “big day.”
Savor Northwest Flavor
With harvest season in full swing, there has never been a better time to sample nature’s bounty. The Fisherman’s Fall Festival in Ballard allows you to take in the crisp, fall weather on the waterfront while enjoying the seafood the city is known for. There will be a salmon barbeque as well as contests to see who can fillet salmon the fastest or slurp down the most oysters and lutefisk. You will also have the opportunity to learn more about seafood and the fishing process with wooden boat building and the ever-popular trout pond. After a day outdoors, head down the waterfront to the Bell Harbor Pier for the dessert at the Northwest Chocolate Festival so you can satisfy your sweet tooth before Halloween. Taste artisanal treats from some of the best chocolate makers and pastry chefs in the region and discover where the dessert comes from, how it is made, nuances in flavor and more at the 70 plus workshops and demonstrations held during the festival.
Of course, it would not be fall without Oktoberfest, so gather up your friends and family to head east to Leavenworth for the festivities during the first three weekends in October. Each Saturday 1:00 p.m. there will be the traditional Bavarian “tapping of the keg” hosted by the town’s mayor as well as a Bier Wagon, horse drawn carriages, live music, German food, arts, crafts and activities.
Celebrate Halloween with Tricks and Treats
One of the most fun parts about Halloween is that it is fun for people of any age to celebrate! Go to the train depot in Snoqualmie or North Bend to watch the processing of creating cider on an old-fashioned press and then hop on the Halloween Train to enjoy a ride on the fully-decorated train and sip warm apple cider while enjoying beautiful fall scenery. You can also view animals enjoying their Halloween treats at Woodland Park’s Pumpkin Bash and Trick-or-Treating events. The zoo’s hippos, bears, elephants, monkeys and more snack and play with pumpkins and pick up some goodies for your little ones as well.
Revelers who are 21 years of age and older can get in the Halloween spirit early and head to Seattle to join the Halloween Pub Crawl. The free crawl gathers over 500 people each year and is a great way to socialize as it heads south from downtown. Then on Halloween night itself you can dance the night away at Pulse, a huge Halloween bash at the Experience Music Project. Both a live DJ and band will be on hand to provide music for the evening, there will be plenty of dancing and even a costume contest with a $1,000 prize for the winner, so be sure to dress up in your most creative costume.
If you have something a bit spookier in mind, stop by the KUBE 93 Haunted House at the Georgetown Morgue during weekends in October or the whole week of Halloween. The morgue has been used for funeral preparations, cremations, and processing animal carcasses is one of the creepiest attractions in Seattle. The story goes that a few morbid events have occurred at the Georgetown Morgue, such stolen corpses, and the death of one of the owners during an earthquake and the later the mysterious death of the remaining owner and facility staff. During your visit you can wander through the halls, sewers and janitorial chambers and more, just beware of costumed spooks like janitor’s Rigger and Mortis.