Events of all sorts to last you through October and beyond.

By Rosin Saez
October 19, 2016

From harvest festivals to chocolate tours to honoring Dia de los Muertos, there’s something for everyone, old and young, costumed in Halloween garb or you know, normal clothes work too. Read on to start planning some scary good fall events…

KIDS & FAMILY FRIENDLY

Fauntleroy Fall Festival
Sun, Oct 23

This annual festival has been running since 2002, and it just keeps getting better. Last year, over 1,500 people turned out in West Seattle, where activities were seemingly endless: rock climbing, pumpkin decorating, birdhouse contruction, bull riding, fire truck exploring, inflatable obstacle course running, pony riding, plus a quaint petting zoo, live music, food, and a famous cake walk. 2–5pm, Free

Ray’s Pumpkin Carving
Sat, Oct 22

’Tis the season of jabbing plastic cutlery into robust gourds, and this Saturday you can do so with a view at Ray’s Cafe in Ballard starting at 11:30am. Come rain or shine, come costumed or not—but definitely come clothed—to Ray’s where there will be heat lamps, fleece blankets, pumpkins, child-safe carving tools, and fresh, hot apple cider, all for $15. Whether you’re carving some scary or just scary bad, just don’t forget to reserve your spot. 11:30–3:30pm

Woodland Park Zoo Pumpkin Bash
Oct 29 & 30

Pumpkins for the animals, trick-or-treating, and more are in store for little goblins and ghosts at Woodland Park Zoo’s family-friendly Pumpkin Bash. Free with zoo admission or membership, and kids who come dressed up in costume get in free with a paying adult. 9:30–3pm

Theo Chocolate Factory Tour
Various dates

Yes, this tour is, for the most part, offered all year round. But! ‘Tis the season of candy, and if you’re a bit too old for door-to-door trick-or-treating then this is the next best chocolate-blessed thing! Tours are $10, include chocolate samples, and last about an hour. Visit Theo Chocolate’s website for more information (hours, special instructions for groups of six or more, etc.) and to reserve your spot. Oh, and there’s a chocolate bark making class for kids if less walking more doing is more your speed.

ARTS & CULTURE

Dia de los Muertos Community Night Out
Fri, Oct 28

Celebrate Dia de los Muertos at SAM by checking out this year’s unique tapete (sand painting) installation inspired by Oaxaca’s beautiful traditions. Take in a dance performance, get involved with art activities, listen to music, and more. Tickets are free, but do RSVP. 7–9pm

Fashioning Roles of Diversity
Advance notice: Wed, Nov 2

Supermodel and advocate Bethann Hardison joins Seattle Art Museum’s Deputy Director of Art Chiyo Ishikawa for a discussion on the changing roles of racial diversity in the fashion industry in conjunction with the exhibition, Yves Saint Laurent: The Perfection of Style. Hardison will discuss a career’s worth of experience working as a model, agent, and activist, including her experiences working with top tier designers both in the US and abroad. She and Ishikawa will also discuss Yves Saint Laurent’s role in bringing awareness to the representation of people of color within the industry and how the same issues pervade in contemporary society. 7–8pm, $10

As One Opera in Washington Hall
Advance notice: Nov 11–19

The Seattle Opera Blog says, “This fall, Seattleites can hear opera in a Central District venue that once housed performances by Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald. But the location isn’t the only new thing about Seattle Opera’s As One, which will be presented in the historic Washington Hall. As One, a chamber opera with only two singers, tells the story of Hannah, a transwoman, and her journey to self-understanding. The opera is meant to be both an experience, and a vehicle for meaningful conversation.”

RETAIL THERAPY

BadWill Market: Halloween Harvest Edition
Sun, Oct 30

BadWill Market, a monthly pop up at The Rhino Room on Capitol Hill, is back for The Halloween Harvest Edition! This market will feature a variety of vendors carrying vintage apparel, handmade jewlery, candles, art, and more. Plus, there will be fun activities such as face painting, apple bobbing, and music. 12–5pm

Sense Up! A Unique Shopping Experience at NUBE
Oct 31 thru Nov 6

For one week starting October 31 through November 6, the space on Pine & 10th will become a pitch-black retail store! Staff armed with night vision goggles will guide visitors through the darkened retail environment creating a one of a kind shopping experience. One part retail activation, one part art installation, NUBE sensory pop-up is sure to be the catalyst for numerous conversations about the art, commerce and future of retail.

FOOD & DRINK

Mighty-O Donuts One Year Cel-O-bration
Sat, Oct 22

A full year has passed since Mighty-O opened up shop on Capitol Hill. To celebrate the organic cafe’s anniversary, they’re throwing a full on party this Saturday. Enjoy tastings from Columbia Gorge Juice, Puget Sound Kombucha, and Frankie and Jo’s vegan ice cream. Plus, there’s a raffle to win even more Mighty-O donuts and products from Caffe Vita. 7am–5pm

Sorrento Curiosities 2016 at Hotel Sorrento
Various dates

For a celebration of all that is dark, weird, and just delightfully whimsical, head to the Sorrento Hotel. Their Sorrento Curiosities is a whole slew of events through the end of October: from tarot card readings, ghost stories, and more. There are autumn-inspired cocktails of course to wash down of those chilling stories and spooky vibes. Various dates and times, see website for details.

Third Annual University of Washington Farm-to-Table Dinner
Thu, Oct 27

For a seriously good, seriously fun farm-to-table dinner embracing the season’s offerings at its finest, head to the UW’s Center for Urban Horticulture. Chaoco Canyon Organic Cafe is creating the dinner using, what else, UW Farm’s produce as well as vegetables from Nash’s Organics and Ralph’s Greenhouse. Plus, there will be drinks! Tickets here. 6pm

Good Bar Halloween Party
Sat, Oct 29

It’s a costume party with spooky snack, creepy cocktails, blood curdling booze (in like the best way), feely boxes, door prizes, horror movies, jack-o-lanterns, and more. Need we say more? Get down to Pioneer Square for some fun!