Thrifty Thurston Trick-or-Treats Around Olympia


alley oop gymnastics My kids have a mouthful of metal right now.  It’s a dentist’s dream.  No caramels or chewy candies will pass their lips.  I fear not only the cost of replacing spacers and braces pulled out by a cherry Starburst or a gooey Snickers but also the torment of gluing those devices back on.  This year, we’ll stick to the mundane – a handful of M&M’s or maybe a lollipop  – and all the rest of the (unapproved) candy will go in the trash.  (Oh, right… who am I fooling?  Just a *few* pieces will go into my stomach.)

Cheers to all the parents that are celebrating another year in costume.  Thank you to the neighbors for turning our kids into *real* monsters after handfuls of candy.  And, a big high five to the teachers who have to manage our sugar-laden kids on November 1.

HalloweenHere is a list of Halloween activities happening around Olympia.  If you still need to carve your pumpkin (yeah, us too), click here for a list of local pumpkin patches.

Friday, October 25

  • No scary creatures, just old-fashion family fun at the South Sound YMCA.  Both branches will be celebrating the season, and collecting food donations for the Thurston County Food Bank, on Friday from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 26

  • Boo Bash at the Hands On Children’s Museum is a kids delight.  After taking a year off to move into the new Museum, the event is back and better than ever.  Pre-registration is strongly recommended. Stop by HOCM on October 26 from 12:00 – 5:00 p.m.
  • Skip along and grab your autumn produce at the Olympia Farmers Market.  Throw on your favorite costume and take part in squash races, face painting and other seasonal activities.  Join in the fun on October 26 and 27 from 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Peak inside college dorm rooms.  Trick-or-treat in the residence halls at Saint Martin’s University on October 26 from 1 – 4 p.m.  The first 200 kids will receive a free trick-or-treat bag (useful for the remainder of  Halloween).
  • The youngest kids can parade their costume through Barnes & Noble in West Olympia.  Treats, activities and a “Go Away, Big Green Monster!” story time begins at 1:00 p.m.
  • Channel your inner Michael Jackson and participate in breaking the world record for zombies dancing to “Thriller.”  Link up with other dancers from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. at the Bucoda Gym.  More details can be found here.
  • Adults love Halloween too.  Join in the Red Lion’s Costumes and Cocktails Halloween Party on October 26 beginning at 7:00 p.m.

halloween decorations south capitolSunday, October 27

  • Continue the Halloween fun at the Olympia Farmers Market.  More details on Sunday’s popular costume contest (for kids under age 12), can be found here.
  • Trick-or-treat in a safe environment during the Tumwater United Methodist Church’s 4th annual Trunk or Treat.  Find face painting, refreshments, games and prizes on October 27 from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.  Bring a can of food for the Food Bank.

Halloween – Thursday, October 31

  • Looking for a little education on Halloween?  Take the “Ghost of the Schmidt House” guided tour of the Schmidt House.  Tour times are at 1:15, 2:15, and 3:15 p.m.
  • Visit downtown Olympia businesses on a specially marked map to collect treats.  Take part in a treasure hunt on October 31 from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.  Get entries for a treasure chest full of items and coupons from local merchants.  Find details here.
  • Ahoy, matey.  Grab candy from Governor Jay Inslee and First Lady Trudi at the Governor’s Residence from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.  The couple will be dressed as pirates.
  • If it’s raining then Westfield Capital Mall will be the place to be.  Join your favorite Mall retailers for a safe and spooktacular good time.  Costume contest for kids under 10 will happen between noon and 4:00 p.m.  Stop by the Mall on October 31 from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.
  • Make it a full night of activities by heading over to Evergreen Christian on October 31 from 6:30 – 9:00 p.m for their Bloctober party.  Costumes welcome.  Photo booth, pumpkin carving contest, inflatables, movies – what more could you ask for?

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