Judging by the displays at your local QFC it's been Halloween since, like, the day after Labor Day, so we don't feel that bad about including some early holiday revelry. Specifically, a 14-hour costumed bar crawl and/or a "haunted" chocolate factory tour. All that, plus a whole lot of Shakespeare, highlight the best things happening this weekend in Seattle.
Friday, October 18
The Pacific Science Center is pretty cool anytime, but it's especially cool when you can down samples of seasonal craft brews, talk to brewmasters about the science of brewing, and get after-hours access to all the exhibits including the planetarium and the tropical butterfly house.
Ethan Stowell's intimate restaurant next to Staple & Fancy in Ballard has a brand new chef, and a brand new menu featuring small plates like beef carpaccio with robiola & balsamic, and pastas like tagliarini with clams, garlic, lemon, parsley & pangrattato that can't be missed.
This spooky tour of a darkened Seattle Chocolate factory involves a cast of costumed characters who don't want to scare you as much as they want to ply you with chocolate, which makes it the perfect haunted house for little kids, or little kid inside all of us. And while we have you, don’t forget to peep the spookiest Halloween parties around town, all month long.
Saturday, October 19
Northshore Performing Arts Center, Bothell
After almost a decade in London's West End, and stops at the Kennedy Center and pretty much everywhere else, the itinerant Reduced Shakespeare Company is stopping in Bothell for one night to perform their iconic, and highly truncated, version of The Bard's complete works.
Cost: $7.50 - $21
Saturday, October 19
Special Olympics Washington and the crew from Mobile Food Rodeo are combining the latter's Trucktoberfest, with the former's Day of Inclusion, a brand new event with food, music, and fun for people of all abilities. It’ll also include a beer garden where you can drink dozens of local brews while watching the Huskies and Sounders play.
Cost: Free to attend