Seattle events calendar for October 2014. Best festivals, fun things to do, weekend street fairs, kids activities and Halloween haunted houses in Seattle, Washington.

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Enjoy the best Seattle events, festivals, and things to do in October 2014 with this calendar of events.

Events are listed by starting date, and all dates are confirmed. Mileage is from Westlake Center in downtown Seattle, Washington.

Film festival

Oct. 1 - 4, 2014 (past)

1.1 miles east

Local Sightings shows new films, awards prizes, throws parties, and helps Northwest filmmakers to network at Northwest Film Forum on Capitol Hill.

Halloween on a farm

October 1 - 31, 2014

multiple locations

Enjoy pumpkin patches, hayrides, and corn mazes.

High-tech conference

October 2, 2014 (past)

0.1 miles north

The pricey GeekWire Summit unites top engineers, business leaders, and entrepreneurs for panel discussions at the Westin Seattle.

Beer tasting at the zoo

October 2, 2014 (past)

5 miles north

Brew at the Zoo is a Woodland Park Zoo fundraiser featuring beer from 30 breweries, food, music, and animal encounters for adults.

Seattle haunted house

Oct. 2 - 31, 2014 (Sept. 26 - Nov. 2)

4 miles south

KUBE 93FM Haunted House [sound] is too intense for children under 12. The address is 5000 E Marginal Way S in the Georgetown area. See schedule.

Great Pumpkin Beer Fest

October 3 - 4, 2014 (past)

5 miles south

Enjoy 80 pumpkin beers, a marching band, DJ, and food trucks at the Great Pumpkin Beer Festival (GPBF), which includes a giant beer-filled pumpkin at Elysian Brewing in Georgetown. Sells out.

Fort Nisqually by candlelight

October 3 - 4, 2014 (past)

41 miles SW

Watch settlers reenact daily chores at Fort Nisqually in 1859 on a guided candlelight tour. Park at zoo lot.

Anacortes Oktoberfest

October 3 - 4, 2014 (past)

81 miles north

Anacortes Bier on the Pier offers beer, German food, live music, and a costume contest on the waterfront.

Chocolate festival

October 3 - 5, 2014 (past)

1 mile west

Sample fine artisan chocolates and desserts, visit the beer and wine room, or attend workshops on chocolate making and cooking at The Northwest Chocolate Festival at Bell Harbor International Conference Center.

Home show

October 3 - 5, 2014 (past)

1.5 miles south

The Seattle Home Show has exhibits about building, remodeling, decorating, and landscaping homes, at CenturyLink Field. Repeats in Feb.

Puyallup Oktoberfest

October 3 - 5, 2014 (past)

37 miles south

Oktoberfest Northwest serves up beer, brats, music, kids’ activities, and a root-beer garden indoors at the Washington State Fair & Event Center.

Films from Chile

October 3 - 12, 2014 (past)

Seattle locations

The annual Seattle Latino Film Festival (SLFF) pays homage to contemporary Chilean cinema in 2014.

Leavenworth Oktoberfest 

October 3 - 18, 2014 (past)

119 miles east

Leavenworth Oktoberfest has free shuttles in town, live music, German food, family activities, arts and crafts, and beer!

Tacoma haunted house

October 3 - 30, 2014 (schedule)

33 miles south

Hell’s Gateway is a high-tech haunted house with three attractions at 2302 Fawcett Avenue.

Tukwila haunted house

October 3 - Nov. 1, 2014 (some days)

11 miles south

Shadows Haunted Attraction has both a traditional dark maze and a group theatrical experience in Tukwila.

Halloween at Wild Waves

October 3 - Nov. 1, 2014 (schedule)

25 miles south

Fright Fest offers entertainment, rides in the dark, a haunted house, and Booville for kids at Wild Waves.

Snohomish haunts

October 3 - Nov. 1, 2014

27 miles north

Nightmare on 9 [sound] and Zombie Safari Paintball are both at Thomas Family Farm. See schedule.

Lake Stevens haunted farm

October 3 - Nov. 1, 2014

33 miles north

Halloween at Carleton Farm includes Zombie Farm, Haunted Swamp, and a Dark Maze. See schedule.

Lacey haunted house

October 3 - Nov. 1, 2014 (some days)

58 miles south

My Morbid Mind Haunted House is inside an old barn in Lacey. See schedule, which includes a kids’ day.

Fishermen’s festival

October 4, 2014 (past)

4.4 miles NW

Fishermen’s Fall Festival offers seafood, live music, a beer garden, canal tours, contests, and kids’ activities at Fishermen’s Terminal in Ballard. Free.

Get painted as you run

October 4, 2014 (past)

25 miles NE

Wear a white shirt and get bombarded by color as you run in the Color Me Rad 5K in Carnation.

Art & Wine Walk

October 4, 2014 (past)

31 miles south

Puyallup Art & Wine Walk features wine, food, live music, and art in historic downtown.

Railroad Days

October 4, 2014 (past)

43 miles NE

Railroad Days features a grand parade, children’s parade, 5K race, food, band, and a carnival in the small town of Granite Falls. Free.

LEGO building convention

October 4 - 5, 2014 (past)

1 mile NW

BrickCon Exhibition is a four-day event for LEGO builders. Buy a ticket to view their creations on the weekend at Seattle Center Exhibition Hall.

Tea festival

October 4 - 5, 2014 (past)

1 mile NW

Sample fine tea, attend presentations by tea authors and industry experts, and shop for tea supplies at the Northwest Tea Festival in the Fisher Pavilion at Seattle Center. Free except tastings.

Short-film festival

October 4 - 5, 2014 (past)

6 miles SW

Join people worldwide watching the Manhattan Short Film Festival and voting for their favorites at the Admiral Theater, or see Sept. page for more venues.

Salmon festival & parade

October 4 - 5, 2014 (past)

17 miles east

Giant Issaquah Salmon Days Festival celebrates the salmon’s annual return with arts and crafts, a kids’ play area, food, entertainment, and a parade. Free.

Oyster and seafood festival

October 4 - 5, 2014 (past)

82 miles SW

OysterFest offers oysters, shrimp, a food pavilion, wine, microbrews, and live music. See exhibits, a cook-off, and an oyster-shucking contest at the Mason County Fairgrounds in Shelton.

Buckley haunted house

October 4 - 31, 2014 (schedule)

48 miles SW

Fright Factory is located in a secluded house in Buckley and charges cash only. See calendar.

Buckley haunted farm

October 4 - Nov. 1, 2014

43 miles south

Shoot live zombies from a bus at Monster Safari or roam the Haunted Woods during Harvest of Terror at Maris Farms in Buckley. See schedule.

Country dance

October 5, 2014 (past)

2.7 miles south

Harvest Hoedown features live music, dancing, calling, and country food at Sodo Park.

Local farm feast

October 5, 2014 (past)

9 miles NW

Enjoy an Incredible Feast at Swansons Nursery, prepared by top Seattle chefs with ingredients from local farmers. Proceeds benefit farmers.

Medieval knights

October 5, 2014 (past)

24 miles NE

The Seattle Knights joust at 1 and 4 p.m.; mounted archers compete; and vendors sell medieval-themed art at Fall Festival at Equine Life Solutions in Bothell.
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Salmon night

October 6, 2014 (past)

0.8 miles east

Enjoy salmon prepared by Tom Douglas, see a film about salmon called The Breach, interact with the filmmakers, and hear music at Egyptian Theater.

Feast at Pike Place Market

October 7, 2014 (past)

0.3 mile SW

Begin your Feast at the Market at a wine reception, and then use your ticket book for tastes at 20 market restaurants before reuniting for dessert. Age 21+.

Tacoma RV Show

October 9 - 12, 2014 (past)

33 miles south

See the latest recreational vehicles at the Tacoma RV Show in the Tacoma Dome. Repeats in Jan.

Tacoma Film Festival

October 9 - 16, 2014 (past)

35 miles south

The Tacoma Film Festival showcases outstanding work by independent filmmakers, many from the Pacific Northwest. Most films show at Grand Cinema.

Film festival

October 9 - 19, 2014 (past)

Seattle locations

The Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival includes galas and receptions after some films.

Beer & BBQ

October 10, 2014 (past)

4 miles south

Taste beer from 20 breweries and eat unlimited BBQ when Brew Seattle returns to the Foundry.

Greek festival

October 10 - 12, 2014 (past)

3 miles NE in Montlake

Enjoy homemade Greek foods like lamb, calamari, gyros, baklava, souvlaki, and wine at St. Demetrios Greek Festival, plus dancers performing in costume.

Crab and seafood festival

October 10 - 12, 2014 (past)

83 miles NW via Bainbridge ferry

Dungeness Crab & Seafood Festival has a crab feed, crab catching, food and craft booths, Sat. 5K run, Sun. chowder cook-off in Port Angeles. Free entry.

Haunted golf course

Oct. 10 - Nov. 1, 2014 (some days)

13 miles north

Haunted Nightmare is an outdoor walk that includes indoor mazes at Nile Shrine Golf Center. Tame version for families Oct. 12, 19, 26 from 5 to 7 p.m.

Snohomish haunted farm

October 10 - Nov. 1, 2014

28 miles north

Visit Field of Screams or take the Paintball Stalker ride at Stalker Farms. See schedule.

Jazz festival

October 10 - Nov. 11, 2014

Seattle locations

The Seattle Earshot Jazz Festival features more than 50 concerts by local and worldwide jazz greats.

Artisan cheese festival

October 11, 2014 (past)

1.3 miles east

Meet cheesemakers, taste cheese, and see demos at Cascadia Cheese Festival at Central Co-op. Free.

Snohomish beer festival

October 11, 2014 (past)

28 miles NW

Try 40 beers from 20 craft breweries in the barn at Beer in the Barn Craft Beer Festival, and also visit the corn maze or kid land at Thomas Family Farm.

Pumpkin festival

October 11, 2014 (past)

42 miles south

Enjoy pumpkin pie, pumpkin milkshakes, pumpkin cotton candy, and even pumpkin pizza at the Orting Pumpkin Fest. Includes family entertainment, a car show, and kids in costume. Free admission.

Geek Girl Connections

October 11 - 12, 2014 (past)

0.5 mile east

GeekGirlCon creates a community for women in science, technology, arts and literature, comics, and game design at the conference center near the Seattle convention center.

Rare book sale

October 11 - 12, 2014 (past)

1 mile NW vary

Browse thousands of rare books, maps, prints, and photos at the Seattle Antiquarian Book Fair in the Exhibition Hall at Seattle Center.

Sammamish Arts Fair

October 11 - 12, 2014 (past)

22 miles east

Meet the juried artists, see their work, enjoy performance art, and make family art projects at Sammamish Arts Fair at Sammamish City Hall. Free.

Doll and teddy bear show

October 11 - 12, 2014 (past)

36 miles south

Shop for dolls, bears, and miniatures at the Crossroads Doll & Teddy Bear Show in the Pavilion Building at the Puyallup Fairgrounds. Repeats March.

Reptile show

October 11 - 12, 2014 (past)

37 miles south

See frogs, snakes, geckos, and other exotic creatures at the Seattle Reptile Expo at Puyallup Fairgrounds.

Cranberry festivals

October 11 - 12, 2014 (past)

132 to 170 miles SW

Choose from two cranberry fairs the same weekend. Both offer foods, crafts, and cranberry bog tours.

Children’s festival

October 12, 2014 (past)

1 mile NW

Seattle Children’s Festival features performances, workshops, music, and activities at Seattle Center that promote cross-cultural understanding. Free.

Auto show

October 15 - 19, 2014 (past)

1.5 miles south

See nearly 500 of the latest cars and trucks at the Seattle Auto Show at CenturyLink Field.

Fort Lewis scare

October 16-18 and 23-25, 2014

46 miles south

A Walk in the Dark at Shoreline Park [sound] is interactive horror theater with a guide. Less scary version for kids the last day from 3 to 5 p.m.

Ghost stories

October 16 - Nov. 20, 2014

0.4 miles SW

Your suggestions become spooky & funny improv at Campfire Improvised Ghost Stories by Unexpected Productions at Pike Place Market. Discount tickets.

Zombie theater

October 17 - 25, 2014

7 miles east

Youth Theatre Northwest teenagers perform an interactive version of Night of the Living Dead indoors and outdoors on Mercer Island for ages 9+.

Eastside haunted house

Oct. 17-19 & 22-26 & 29-31, 2014

20 miles east

Nightmare at Beaver Lake is a family friendly haunted house and trail in Sammamish. Scarier after 8 p.m.

Halloween movies

October 17 - Nov. 1, 2014

0.8 miles east

Midnight Adrenaline is a series of six Halloween favorites Friday and Saturday at the Egyptian.

Halloween party at EMP

October 18, 2014 (past)

1 mile NW

Enjoy costume contests, a ghostly photo booth, drink specials, a dance party, and a horror scavenger hunt at Fashionably Undead Bash: Beware the Woods for age 21+ at Experience Music Project.

Haunting films with live music

October 18, 2014 (past)

1.2 miles east

See 3 old films with live music and special effects at A Haunting Invitation to Halloween at NW Film Forum.

Tacoma beer festival

October 18, 2014 (past)

33 miles south

Taste 50 IPAs from 24 breweries in two sessions at South Sound IPA Festival in Tacoma’s Union Station.

Turkish festival

October 18 - 19, 2014 (past)

1 mile NW

Turkfest features Turkish food, coffee, dance, music, and games at the Seattle Center Armory. Free.

Tacoma Zoo Boo

October 18 - 19, 2014 (past)

41 miles south

Enjoy treats, watch animals play with pumpkins, and wear a costume for a discount to Zoo Boo at Point Defiance Zoo.

Halloween at the zoo

October 18 - 31, 2014 (some days)

5 miles north

Enjoy treats and watch animals play with pumpkins at Pumpkin Bash at Woodland Park Zoo. One child 12 years and under in costume is free per paid adult.

Neighborhood festival

October 19, 2014 (past)

9 miles SW

Fauntleroy Fall Festival is a small event with homemade foods for sale, animals to pet, pony rides, indoor entertainment, and pumpkin painting.

Seattle Restaurant Week

October 19 - 23 & 26 - 30, 2014

Seattle locations

Get a special deal on a three-course meal at 170 restaurants during Seattle Restaurant Week, which repeats in April.

Halloween orchestra

October 22, 2014 (7:30 p.m.)

0.5 miles south

Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra plays spooky and lively selections for Danses Macabres: An American Halloween at Benaroya Hall.

Halloween music videos

October 22, 2014 (7 p.m.)

1.2 miles east

See locally made videos that are dark, sexy, and creepy at Videoasis at Northwest Film Forum.

Tacoma holiday sale

October 22 - 26, 2014

33 miles south

Tacoma Holiday Food & Gift Festival draws 40,000 people to shop 550 booths of handmade items and specialty foods at the Tacoma Dome and see Santa.

Wedding gala

October 23, 2014 (6 to 9 p.m.)

0.4 miles south

Get Hitched is a fun, upscale bridal auction and show including appetizers and drinks at the Four Seasons.

Literature in bars

October 23, 2014 (6 to 9 p.m.)

1 mile east

Lit Crawl Seattle features 65 local authors reading their works in bars, cafes, bookstores, art galleries, and performance spaces on Capitol Hill. Free except the 9 p.m. after-party at Richard Hugo House.

French film festival

October 23 - 30, 2014

2 miles NW

French Cinema Now features new films in French from around the world, special guests, and parties at SIFF Cinema Uptown.

Snohomish beer tasting

October 24 - 25, 2014

30 miles NW

Enjoy beer from local breweries, a sausage dinner, and live music at the Snohomish Brewfest at Snohomish Event Center.

Arts and crafts show

October 24 - 26, 2014

8 miles NE

Fall Best of the Northwest Art and Fine Craft Show has 100 artists displaying jewelry, clothing, paintings, glass art, and sculptures plus food trucks at Hangar 30 in Magnuson Park. Repeats in March and Nov.

Ghost Conference

October 24 - 26, 2014

28 miles NW via Bainbridge ferry

The Ghost Conference features paranormal investigations, guest speakers, and ghost tours in the historic town of Port Gamble. Pre-register.

Halloween Pub Crawl

October 25, 2014 (noon to 8 p.m.)

0 miles

Wear a costume, bring cash, and socialize during the informal Halloween Pub Crawl that starts downtown and bar hops as it heads south. Free and crowded.

Halloween dance party

October 25, 2014 (8 p.m.)

1 mile NE

The Black Cat Bash offers two rooms of DJ music, a costume contest, and food trucks at Fred Wildlife Refuge to benefit the Humane Society.

Thriller dance

October 25, 2014 (3 p.m.)

1 mile south

Practice dancing Michael Jackson's “Thriller” in advance, then show up (ghoulish costume optional) for Thrill the World Seattle at Pioneer Square. Free.

Halloween 5K & dance

October 25, 2014

5.3 miles north

Boogie Nights 5K & Dance Party is an untimed run/walk at Green Lake Park followed by a costume dance party at the community center for ages 21+.

Celebration of hope

October 25, 2014 (2 to 4 p.m.)

13 miles NE

Celebrate our similarities and our bright future with music, dance, and learning at Earth Citizen Festival at Lake Washington High School Theater in Kirkland.

Kids Halloween show

October 25, 2014 (1:30 p.m.)

22 miles north

Caspar Babypants sings fun, kid-friendly music that gets kids dancing in their costumes at Spooktacular at Cedar Cross Cooperative Preschool in Mill Creek.

Zombie run

October 25, 2014 (11 a.m.)

24 miles south

Dodge zombies who grab your flag at the Freaky 5K Zombie Run at Celebration Park in Federal Way.

Fall Festival

Oct. 25 - 26, 2014 (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.)

7 miles NW

Tickets for hayrides, crafts, and cupcakes at Fall Festival support charity, and the kids’ straw maze with spooky sounds is free, at Swanson’s Nursery.

Halloween Train

October 25 - 26, 2014

29 miles east

Enjoy apple cider and watch it being pressed, and then ride the decorated steam-powered Halloween Train between Snoqualmie and North Bend.

Halloween dash

October 26, 2014

6 miles SE

Circle Seward Park in costume at Run Scared, which includes a 5K, 4K, kids’ dash, and costume contests for people and dogs.

Trick-or-treating for kids

October 31, 2014

Greater Seattle area

The City’s Sweetest Spots for Trick-or-Treating include Seattle, the Eastside, Northgate, and Tacoma Mall.

Bollywood Halloween

October 31, 2014 (10 p.m.)

0.4 miles NW

Bollywood Scream is a DJ dance party with sounds of India and a costume contest at Acquabar for age 21+.

Stylish Halloween party

October 31, 2014 (8 p.m.)

0.5 mile SW

Risqué features beautiful people in sexy costumes dancing to top-40 hits played by DJs in the Showbox at the Market. Requires age 21 ID.

Giant Halloween party

October 31, 2014 (8 p.m.)

1 mile NW

Join 2000 young partiers in costume dancing to live music at Pulse in the Experience Music Project.

Halloween costume party

October 31, 2014 (8:30 p.m.)

1 mile SE

Bonza Bash Halloween is a masquerade costume ball with a top DJ and costume prizes at Fremont Studios.

Kids’ costume party

October 31, 2014 (4 to 8 p.m.)

1 mile NW

Kids 10 and younger will enjoy a haunted mountain, scavenger hunt, games, and trick or treat at the free Costume Carnival at Seattle Children’s Museum.

Halloween on Capitol Hill

October 31, 2014 (8 p.m.)

1 mile east

Adult Funplex: Haunted Edition is a costume party with DJ beats and horrors at three Capitol Hill bars (Neumos, Barboza, and Moe Bar). Free.

Cabaret Macabre

October 31, 2014

5 miles SE

Cabaret Macabre will entertain you with music and dance at Columbia City Theater if you are age 21+.

Freaky Halloween concert

October 31 - Nov. 1, 2014

2 miles south

FreakNight is a high-energy music and dance concert with freaky entertainment in WaMu Theater at CenturyLink Field for age 18+. All people searched.
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October 2014 calendar of events in Seattle, WA: Halloween haunted houses, parties, festivals, best things to do in Seattle, Washington.     steve.adams@events12.com