It's that time of the year in which grocery store candy assumes a kind of holy status. Yes, Halloween 2021 really is right around the corner.
And if you're a fan of creepy, family-friendly events, you've no doubt been reminded lately of how convenient it is to live in the Pacific Northwest, a region seemingly tailor-made for a chilly bout of trick-or-treating under a canopy of brilliant reds and yellows.
Here are five of the best places to celebrate Halloween in the Pacific Northwest!
Halloweentown – St. Helens, OR
Running September 18 – October 31, 2021
Based on the popular late-'90s Disney franchise of the same name, Halloweentown has been delighting kids and adults alike since the Clinton Administration. If your idea of a fun Saturday includes horse rides, VR sets, haunted houses, giant pumpkins and more candy than is medically safe to consume — not to mention a steady offering of performance artists — then book your tickets today.
Thomas Family Farm – Snohomish, WA
Thomas Family Farms is a fixture of the Halloween scene around Seattle. During the day they offer an assortment of family-friendly activities, from corn mazes and a pumpkin patch to cow rides and a super slide.
Things take a considerably spookier turn at nightfall when the farm transforms into a collection of adults-only attractions, including haunted hayrides and zombie paint-balling. Hours and ticket prices may vary, so visit their website for more information.
4th Annual Halloween Beer Crawl – Boise, ID
It's hard to believe that Boise's annual beer crawl is already nearing the half-decade mark. With its two-free-drinks-per-guest policy, a costume contest with a staggering $1,000 on the line and a footprint spanning five popular locations, locals and tourists have a bonafide spectacle on their hands this Halloween. For scheduling and ticket info, click here.
Creeptacular – Mill Creek, WA
October 30, 2021, 8 p.m. – 1 a.m.
This costume party is strictly for adults, but the third annual Creeptacular is worth the trek out to Mill Creek. Even the music here is wild, with the DJ spinning over 70 years' worth of funky, spooky tunes.
Costumes are a must — no excuses — and with cash prizes totaling $1,000, you'll want to make sure you're dressed to impress. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased here.
The MAiZE at the Pumpkin Patch – Sauvie Island, OR
Daily through Nov. 3
Popular with kids and adults of all ages and backgrounds, Sauvie Island's MAiZE is not only impressive (just look at that picture!), but one of the most affordable Halloween offerings in the area. Located 13 miles north of Downtown Portland, The MAiZE at the Pumpkin Patch features, well, pumpkins and corn mazes.
But that's not all! Visitors are also treated to stunning panoramic views of Sauvie Island and Mt. Hood, a giant hay pyramid (you read that correctly) and something called the Big Red Animal Barn.
In other words: see you there!
Trick or treat? Let's do both
Whether you're looking for something fun to keep the kiddos entertained or a night out with your friends and/or partner, this year's crop of Halloween activities is sure to keep you delighted, terrified and more than a little sugar sick.