Edmonds Kind of Play: Halloween, Part 2 — from tarantulas to pumpkins, events galore for the kiddos

Driftwood Players' Alice in Wonderland and the Queen getting fitted for their downtown Edmonds Halloween debut.
Driftwood Players’ Alice in Wonderland and the Queen getting fitted for their downtown Edmonds Halloween debut.

Halloween seems to come and go pretty fast, so I like to try to get a few events in — bonus points if they get to wear their costume more than once! The best news is, you can find pretty much every kind of fun Halloween event right here in Edmonds. We have our own pumpkin patch, pumpkin-decorating party, creepy Spider event, Trunk-or-Treat, and of course a super fun Trick-or-Treat event in Downtown Edmonds. (This year has some extra surprises and no construction on Main St.)

Pumpkin Patch
I have been to the Fairbank Farm, 15308 52nd Ave. W, multiple times for field trips, as well as family trips. The pumpkin patch and “hands on” farm is open from 10am-5pm, Saturday and Sundays and has free parking. You can feed ducks and chickens for free, as part of the $3 admission, and see all kinds of animals like chicks, ducklings, calves, sheep, goats, ponies, pigs, and rabbits. I am a fan of this farm because of both the animals and it’s smaller size. Managing two kids where there is a maze designed for getting lost is not exactly my idea of a good time. Per the Fairbank Farm’s website, they don’t take debit/credit cards, so if you are going to pull cash to get your pumpkins, you may as well hit Dick’s on the way home.

PCC pumpkin event Saturday.
PCC pumpkin event Saturday.

Pumpkin Decorating Party
As I was headed into PCC this week to try to find bagels without high fructose corn syrup in them, I saw a sign for a party! This Saturday, from 9 a.m. to noon, the Edmonds PCC is having a FREE Pumpkin Decorating Party. PCC “will supply pumpkins, decorating materials and healthy Halloween treats – kids need only bring their imaginations.” PCC is located at 9803 Edmonds Way and the party will be held in the classroom.

Tip Toe With The Tarantulas
If you are looking for something a lil’ more creepy and, well, crawly, Edmonds Parks and Recreation is offering “Tip Toe with the Tarantulas.” For $16  for Edmonds residents, you can make a “creeping” craft and spend some time, Saturday, Oct. 26 learning all about — and meeting — a live tarantula with the “Frog Lady” Thayer Cueter. The class, for kids 4 and up, is at The Frances Anderson Center from 1-3 p.m.. To register for the class, call Edmonds Parks and Recreation at 425-771-0230 or visit reczone.org.

Speaking of the Frog Lady, she will be one of the many highlights of Coldwell Banker Bain’s Annual Halloween Extravaganza held this Sunday, Oct. 27, in the parking lot at 4th and Dayton.

Trunk-or-Treat at 5 Corners
While passing through 5 corners last week, I noticed that the Calvary Chapel, 8330 212th St. S.W., is having a Trunk of Treat event on Halloween from 6-8 p.m. “Kids will have a blast trick-or-treating from car to car, playing games, and enjoying lots of candy, in a safe environment. Stop by with your family for an exciting night of fun, prizes, candy, costumes, and free food!” Visit CCEdmonds.com for more information.

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Night
One of my favorite things about Edmonds is the incredible Halloween Trick-or-Treat night, held this year from 5-7 p.m. in downtown Edmonds. Local businesses along 5th and Main Street hand out candy to the around 5,000 people who “trek around town” on Halloween. The candy and people watching isn’t all the event has to offer. For the second year, there will be a surprise at the fountain, at the intersection of 5th and Main, at 6 p.m. While I don’t want to fully give it away, I will say that as you work through the “mob” of people this “Thriller” of a surprise will be over in a “flash.”

If your kids, or you for that matter, love Alice in Wonderland you are in luck! The Edmonds Driftwood Players have decided to choose the tale of a girl and a rabbit hole as the theme for this years Halloween. A dozen volunteers, dressed as Alice, The Mad Hatter, The Queen of Hearts, and even The Chesire Cat, will be roaming the streets of downtown Edmonds on Halloween, handing out candy and posing for pictures.

A can’t-miss stop on Halloween is the Edmonds Historical Museum, 118 5th Ave. N., in downtown Edmonds. Once again they will “haunt” their lower level with a haunted jail cell, train tunnel, forest and more. You can visit the museum, Thursday, Oct. 31 from 4-7 p.m. and “see the exhibits come to life like you’ve never seen them before!” The museum will hand out fortune cookies for the kids and coffee from Walnut Street Café for the adults. The Museum requests a $1 donation at the door.

Happy Halloween!

 

Jen Marx

Jen Marx

Jen Marx, an Edmonds Mom of two young boys, is a traffic reporter by dawn and writer and PBJ maker by day. She is always looking for a fun place to take the kids that makes them tired enough to go to bed on time. You can contact Jen with your local event at play@myedmondsnews.com or find her trying to make sense of begging kids to ” just eat the mac n cheese” at SnackMomSyndrome.com. If you have a kid-friendly event you’d like to share, email her at play@myedmondsnews.com.

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