What has been a long, golden summer subsides. On its heels comes a sense of sweet melancholy as the leaves of the trees turn to yellow-gold and rusty umber. We remark now on the shortening of the days and feel the thrill of the chill that comes with the dipping of the sun behind the hills.
Halloween is just around the corner. Between now and then, there are scheduled a multitude — a flood — of events that will celebrate the season of orange and black. It is time to get in touch with your inner trickster; whether it be a twisted witch or a twitching goblin, a princess, a hero, a pirate or the zombie-king of lizard kind. In Tacoma, there are all manner of masquerades, costume parties, Halloween-themed arts and crafts events, opportunities for family outings, “trunk-or-treat” gatherings for the kids, dances, scary shows, feasts and musical treats to keep everyone busy through that last day of October.
Here is a chronological listing of some of the events taking place in the City of Destiny as we approach that time when the veils that divide the realms of the living and the dead grow thin:
- Oct. 20 – Oct. 22, Brick or Treat: LEGO Art & Play Event, 11 a.m., Tacoma’s Brick Art Center, 2501 E. D St., Ste. 82
In addition to our popular Playzones for all ages, builders 14 and up can enjoy a Premium Zone building and handling LEGO trains, architecture, pirate ships, minifig collection and more. Also, for the first time we will offer a new exhibit of mature-themed, adult content, non-PC LEGO art. Info: facebook.com/cityblocks.
- Oct. 20 – Oct. 29, The Haunted Theatre, Jan Collum Ballroom Theater, 508 6th Ave.
In celebration of Halloween, Tacoma City Ballet performs this classically spooky production in the beautiful Jan Collum Ballroom Theater. The Haunted Theatre, now celebrating its eighth season, has become a cherished Halloween tradition perfect for the whole family. Appropriate for audiences of all ages, this captivating “Halloween Treat” is only one hour. Info: tacomacityballet.com.
- Oct. 25-31, Museum Fun Days Spirit Week, Children’s Museum of Tacoma, 1501 Pacific Ave.
Each day will feature a new theme to inspire wacky and silly dress up. Be creative and come play with our playful staff, also wearing zany outfits. Info: playtacoma.org.
Oct. 25, Superhero Day; Oct. 26, Favorite Animal Day; Oct. 27, Favorite Storybook Character Day; Oct. 28, Pajama Day; Oct. 29, Sports Day; Oct. 30, Favorite Color Day; Oct. 31, Silly Day.
- Through Oct. 31 Frighthouse Station, Freighthouse Square, 2501 E. D St.
Tacoma’s premier haunted attraction features two haunted houses for a night of fright. Enjoy this long-running Halloween tradition. Cost: $13-$23. Info: tacomahaunts.com.
Saturday, Oct. 21
- Howl-O-Ween Furry Scurry 5k/3k, 10 a.m., Lucky Dog Outfitters, 3411 6th Ave.
Announcing the first annual “Howl-o-ween Furry Scurry” 5k Fun Run (and 3k walk). Race entry is $35 per person (includes your pup, if they are a runner, kids 10 and younger are free.) Pets are welcome. Prizes for best costumes, pets, and humans (bonus points for human/pet couples costumes.) Info: facebook.com/LuckyDogOutfitters.
- “Young Frankenstein” — Free Family Flick 10 a.m., Grand Cinema, 606 Fawcett Ave.
Frederick Frankenstein detests his family history but ultimately can’t resist the temptation to follow in his infamous grandfather’s footsteps. This 1974 spoof is a laugh-out-loud treat for the whole family, directed by Mel Brooks and featuring one of Gene Wilder’s most beloved performances. Free. Info: grandcinema.com.
- Mini pumpkins and succulents workshop, 10 a.m., Portland Ave. Nursery, 1409 E. 59th St.
Create a beautiful fall centerpiece using mini pumpkins and succulents. When the pumpkin finally gives up the ghost, succulents are easily removed for potting. Free. Info: portlandavenursery.com.
- Urban Unglued’s October Show, 11 a.m., Sanford and Son, 743 Broadway
Glitterpants Productions is very excited to bring you a very dark and gothic craft show. Urban Unglued is a dark themed craft and artist market coming to the Ballroom at Sanford & Son. Info: facebook.com/events/1147299892064251.
- Frightfully Delightful Adoption Event, Noon, PetSmart Tacoma, 3326 S. 23rd St.
Come and have some Howloween Fun and see incredible adoptable pets from Grant County Humane Society. Free. Info: petsmart.com/store-locator/store/?storeID=0379.
- Pumpkin Patch Stone Family Workshop, 12:30 p.m., Dazed and Reused Studio, 740 Broadway
Come have some creative Halloween fun and make yourself a set of amazing pumpkin stones. Price is just $15 per person. Info: dazedandreused.com.
- An Afternoon In Hogsmeade, 2 p.m., The Geek Boutique, 707 Pacific Ave.
Enjoy a trip to Hogsmeade, and enter the exciting and enchanting world of spells, wizards, quidditch, death eaters, and he-who-shall-not-be-named. Events: Hagrid’s haven, the yule ball, mini game of quidditch, level-up Pottermore, Horcrux scavenger hunt, house marks and makeup by Seattle Beauty, bath bombs by Apothecary Noir, top coats by Lucky 13 Lacquer, and desserts by Sierra’s Baked Goods. Info: facebook.com/events/300775540323822/.
- Sugar Skull Stones Workshop, 3:30 p.m., Dazed and Reused Studio, 740 Broadway
Experience community art and create an extra special keepsake sugar skull stone. Join Dazed and Reused artists Nancy and Christopher Franklin as they teach the art of painting sugar skull stones. This workshop is $25 per person. Info: dazedandreused.com.
- Black Cat Fun Run, 7 p.m., Point Defiance Park, 5400 N. Pearl St.
Get your family and friends and run/walk a glowing Point Defiance Five Mile Drive in the dark. Wear your flashiest costume and bling while you enjoy glow sticks, zoo lights characters, strobe lights, and more along the lighted roadway. The fun begins in the zoo parking lot, which will be lit with festive lights and pumped up with music from a live DJ for pre and post-race celebrating. Cost: $10-$30. Info: metroparkstacoma.org/black-cat.
Mixed Fortunes: All Hallows Eve Edition With Mirrorgloss, 9 p.m., The Mule Tavern, 5227 S. Tacoma Way
Come to The Mule Tavern for a night of mystical advice and cocktails with the palmistry wisdom of Del Brown along with her Mindy Sue reading from the ancient sagacity of their tarot decks. The night will feature a performance by Mirrorgloss. Please bring cash for readings. Info: themuletavern.com.
- Spook Fest Drag Show, 9 p.m., Gloria’s Bar & Grill, 8201 Pacific Ave.
Chance to win prizes benefiting Living Pink Pageant 2018. Featuring performances by: Parker Perry Z, Z cast member (Miss Gay Tacoma) 35 Sierra, The Walking Dead herself – Miss Deb Leigh Nightshade, Spokane King: Terence St. James SoReal, Seattle Beauty Miss Whispur Water Shadow and October’s New Talent Show winner. $7. Info: facebook.com/events/753298921522025.
Sunday, Oct. 22
- Historical Costume: Vintage Hats, 1 p.m., Productivity Parlour for Artful Living, 741 St. Helens Ave. Ste. A
Are you in love with 40s and 50s vintage fashion? The elegance of a fascinator or hat? Come make a vintage-style chapeau with us. $40 per person. Info: facebook.com/pg/ProductivityParlour/events.
- Costume/Cosplay/Mask Working Group, 3 p.m., Tinkertopia, 1914 Pacific Ave.
Come on down to the Tinkerspace to develop costume ideas. The sewing machine and glue gun are standing by to help with construction and piecing together. Tinker advisors will be on hand to trouble-shoot or choose from a pre-designed project idea. Cost is $10. (Young children must be accompanied by an adult.) firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, Oct. 24
- Drawing Night: Spooky Skulls, 6 p.m., Slater Museum of Natural History, Thompson Hall, University Puget Sound
Halloween is just around the corner, so we’re pulling out some of our skulls and skeletons for our next drawing night. This event is for visitors 15 years and older. Admission is free, but space is limited to 20 people. Please RSVP at email@example.com.
Wednesday, Oct. 25
- Free Tinker Pumpkin Carving Festival+Workshop, 7:30 p.m., Tinkertopia, 1914 Pacific Ave.
The Cartoonists League of Absurd Washingtonians are hosting a free pumpkin carving festival. Local alt-art supply Tinkertopia is sponsoring supplies to all entries; however, you bring your own pumpkin with pumpkin guts already removed. Be sure to RSVP on the Facebook page: facebook.com/Tinkertopia.
Thursday, Oct. 26
Blossoms and Haunts, 7 p.m., W. W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory, 316 S. G St.
Kings Books and the Conservatory are teaming up to bring you a night of Halloween frivolity. Bring a chilling story, odd tale, or eerie poem to fill the group with delightful dread. 21+ Info: kingsbookstore.com/event/blossomshaunts.
Friday, Oct. 27
- School’s Out! Fall Carnival Day, 10:30 a.m., Center at Norpoint, 4818 Nassau Ave. NE
School’s out on Oct. 27. Want something for your kiddos to do while you’re at work? Look no further than our Fall Carnival Day.
There will be crafts, games, rock climbing, fitness classes, swimming and more. Ages 7-14 welcome. Cost: $20. Call our front desk at (253) 404-3901 and reference barcode #86809
- Harvest Fest, 4 p.m., STAR Center, 3873 S. 66th St.
Harvest Fest is a safe alternative to trick-or treating at the STAR Center. Make sure to bring some money for the food trucks; everything else is free. Info: metroparkstacoma.org.
- Annual Eagles #3 Halloween and Costume Party, 6 p.m., Tacoma Eagles #3, 4810 S. Tacoma Way
Annual Halloween and costume party: Dinner will start at 6 p.m. for only $6. Live music by Randy Litch. Info: facebook.com/events/1035222083247525.
- Parents’ Night Out Costume Night, 6 p.m., Children’s Museum of Tacoma, 1501 Pacific Ave.
Need a night out? Let us entertain your children in a safe and fun environment. Sign up for Parents’ Night Out and treat yourself and kids to some fun. While at the Museum your child will play games, explore the playscapes, create works of art, and enjoy pizza and treats. Info: playtacoma.org.
- Harvest Fest, 6 p.m., People’s Community Center, 1602 M.L.K. Jr. Way
Join us for Harvest Fest 2017 sponsored by Sound Credit Union and Bloodworks NW. This is free for the whole family! There will be games, crafts, and other fun surprises. Free. Info: metroparkstacoma.org/calendar?id=2577.
- Life Center Trunk or Treat, 6 p.m., Life Center, 1717 S. Union Ave.
Life Center will host its annual Trunk or Treat celebration. This free community event provides kids and families with a safe alternative to trick-or-treating while offering fun activities, a photo booth, carnival games, a talent show, prizes, and so much more. Free. Info: lifecentercentral.com/events.
- Welcome Back To Hell Halloween Party, 9 p.m., The Swiss Restaurant & Pub, 1904 Jefferson Ave.
Fresh out of rehab after last year’s party, your famous Swiss doorman, Troy, the Guitar Maniac, emerges from the depths of hell with Bob on bass and Eddie on drums and two of the area’s best vocalists Audrey and Jay taking the stage with their amazing talent for some evil, earsplitting, head banging rock ‘n roll. There will be spooky drink specials and prizes for the best costume. Info: theswisspub.com.
Saturday, Oct. 28
- Dia de los Muertos Party, 5 p.m., Matador Restaurant, 721 Pacific Ave.
At the Matador, it’s all about Dia de los Muertos. There will be a covered outdoor bar so this will be rain or shine. Free before 9 p.m.. $5 cover after. Info: facebook.com/MatadorTacoma.
- Hulaween Bash T-Town, 6 p.m., Bob’s Java Jive, 2102 S Tacoma Way /Tacoma Cabana and Rum Bar, 728 Pacific Ave.
Three fun bands: The Tikigraphs, The Ukadelics and Lushy at two fabulous Tacoma locations.
First stop: Tacoma Cabana and Rum Bar: The Tikigraphs play from 6-7:30 p.m. $5 cover.
Second stop: Bob’s Java Jive: The Ukadelics followed by Lushy fun starts at 8:30 p.m.-midnight. $6 cover. Info: facebook.com/events/1663029153741463.
- Day of the Dead, 6:30 p.m., The Antique Sandwich Company, 5102 N. Pearl St.
Join Sabor Flamenco for a traditional dance and live music performance with roots in Spain and Cuba. Headliner Marisela Fleites, along with Sabor Flamenco students will bring the Day of the Dead alive. Suggested $5 donation. This is an all ages event. Info: antiquesandwichcompany.com.
- The Great Pumpkin Costume Ball & Auction, 6:30 p.m., Museum of Glass, 1801 Dock St.
Come dressed as your favorite character, celebrity, creature, dynamic duo, or just a mask is perfect too, to support New Phoebe House Association. Info: museumofglass.org.
- Game of Crones, 7 p.m., Tacoma Friends Meeting, 2508 S. 39th St.
Radio Tacoma presents a fun-raiser whodunnit Dessert Theater “Game of Crones” set at the time of the Salem witch trials. $25 suggested donation or $15 for those coming in period costume. Tickets available at the door. Info: radiotacoma.org.
- Halloween Party At The Valley, 8 p.m., The Valley, 1206 Puyallup Ave.
Music by: Deathbed Confessions (Tacoma), theories (Tacoma/Seattle), Florida Man (Seattle), Joseph (Tacoma) Info: thevalleytacoma.com.
- Halloween Party, 8 p.m., Spanaway Lodge #83, 306 134th St. S.
The Universe Club presents comedy Laugh-off Halloween Party. Headliner: J. Will. Prizes for best costume and 50-50 raffle. Cost: Info: facebook.com/Spanawaylodge83
- Styles of Steppin’ 10th Annual Mysterious Black Out Masquerade Ball, 8 p.m., Picasso Catering, 3822 S. Union Ave.
Styles of Steppin’ welcomes you to our 10th annual “Mysterious Black Out” Masquerade Ball, dinner and dancing, live entertainment, silent auction fundraiser for breast cancer research. Cost: $45 Adv/$55 Door. Attire: All black with a mask. Info: Catherina (253) 332-5655 or Amelia (206) 498-1259 or online at Eventbrite.com.
- Haunt The Dock, 8 p.m., Rock The Dock Pub & Grill, 535 Dock St. #118
Haunt The Dock Halloween Bash and Costume Contest. The joint will be decked out and the spookie spodie dialed in (the eyeballs are not for human consumption.) Live music from The Rockin Aces, no cover and $300 in cash prizes on the line, bring your best boo. Info: rockthedockpub.com.
- Monster Mash at The Mix, 9 p.m., The Mix, 635 Saint Helens Ave.
It’s time to get spooky and creepy for this year’s creature feature at The Mix. $5 cover gets you into the madness. It will be a Monster Mash of epic proportions. Join your favorite goblins for the dance party of the year. Hosted by Portland’s favorite evil queen Honey Bea Hart. Info: themixtacoma.com.
- Halloween Costume Party, 9 p.m., Thunderbird Lounge, 7121 Waller Rd. E.
Thunderbird Lounge is hosting its annual Halloween costume party. There will be prizes for best costumes, drawings, drink special that includes a keepsake mug and a dart tournament. Sign-ups for the dart tournament begin at 8 p.m. and cost is just $5. Info: facebook.com/pg/tbirdlounge/events/?ref=page_internal.
- Alice in Monsterland: A Halloween Party, 9 p.m., Malarkey’s Pool & Brew, 455 Tacoma Ave. S.
Follow us down the rabbit hole this Halloweekend and who knows who you’ll meet at the other end? Find us in “The Dark Room” at Malarkey’s. 21+, $5 cover if you’re in costume, $7 for voyeurs. Info: facebook.com/MalarkeysOnline.
- Costume Party w/The Kryboys, 9 p.m., The Swiss Restaurant & Pub, 1904 Jefferson Ave.
Come down to The Swiss Costume Party with your favorite hosts, Kry! Kryboys are the Seattle area’s premier cover band offering the highest quality live music experience around. Info: theswisspub.com.
- Thriller Party, 10 p.m., Cultura Event Center, 5602 S. Washington St.
Cultura Live Presents Thriller Party at Cultura Event Center. Info: culturaeventcenter.com.
- Rocky Rocky Rocky! 11 p.m., Blue Mouse Theatre, 2611 N. Proctor St.
Watch and play along with “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” Sing, dance, dress up, have fun in your undies in public. Info: bluemousetheatre.com.
- “Halloween,” 11 p.m., The Grand Cinema, 606 Fawcett Ave.
John Carpenter’s 1978 classic “Halloween” returns to theaters worldwide this October. See the film that defined a genre and launched an iconic franchise the way it was meant to be seen, on the big screen. Plus, catch an exclusive interview and retrospective with the legendary master of horror, John Carpenter. Info: grandcinema.com.
Sunday, Oct. 29
- Halloween Zombie Mushroom Canvas Workshop, 12:30 p.m., Dazed and Reused Studio, 740 Broadway
Not everyone likes to eat mushrooms, but who can resist undead mushrooms? Learn to paint one at this workshop. Join artist Christopher Franklin as he guides you through the fun art of zombie mushrooms. Cost: $20 Info: dazedandreused.com.
Monday, Oct. 30
- Thriller Costume Party, 7 p.m., Studio 6 Ballroom, 2608 6th Ave.
Everyone is invited. Learn/review the chorus choreography and dance it out a few times. Feel free to bring snack and costumes. We’re going to attempt to record this choreography as well. Remember this is all for fun! Cost: $15. Info: facebook.com/Studio6Ballroom.
Tuesday, Oct. 31
- Trunk-or-Treat, 3:30 p.m., Tacoma Community House, 1314 S. L St.
Kick off your family’s Halloween by bringing the little ones to Trunk-or-Treat at Tacoma Community House. The parking lot will be packed with creatively-themed car trunks, people in costumes, games, and lots and lots of candy. This is an all-ages celebration to bring TCH students, clients, and all our friends and neighbors together. Cost: Free. Info: www.TacomaCommunityHouse.org.
- Proctor Treats! 4 p.m., Refinery Style Bar, 2511 N. Proctor St.
We would love to see you and your family at Proctor Treats. We will be handing out loads of candy and collecting hygiene products for the Tacoma Rescue Mission. Info: facebook.com/events/858811200940747.
- Trick or Treat Singing’s Sweet, 7 p.m., Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 3315 S. 19th St.
Come harmonize with the Tacoma TotemAires Men’s Barbershop Chorus at their weekly meetup. All guests are welcome. We practice singing as a group and in quartets. We learn how to harmonize, ring chords, and also the history and techniques of barbershop style a cappella singing. Sessions start at 7 p.m. and we typically go until 9:30 p.m. Meetup is inside Gloria Dei Lutheran Church on South 19th Street in Tacoma.