There are plenty of safe, spooky and socially distanced events happening soon in Federal Way to celebrate the Halloween holiday Saturday, Oct. 31.
While trick-or-treating is not completely banned, Federal Way officials are urging families to avoid usual traditions and instead opt for activities with little risk of spreading the COVID-19 virus.
“We as a community have worked hard to lower our COVID-19 rates locally by wearing facial coverings, practicing proper hygiene and following social distancing guidelines,” said Federal Way Mayor Jim Ferrell. “We don’t want to let those infection rates creep up again due to people partaking in high-risk activities around Halloween.”
Masks are required at all of the events below (no, not your Halloween costume masks. A protective, two-layered cloth face mask to limit the spread of deadly viruses and other illnesses). Officials also do not recommend wearing a costume mask over a protective cloth mask because it poses breathing dangers.
Instead, consider using a Halloween-themed cloth mask.
Halloween events in Federal Way on Oct. 31
Federal Way Farmers Market: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Commons Mall parking lot. Kick off your Halloween day at the market with free treat bags (for ages 12 and under while supplies last), a costume contest with prizes, a festive selfie photo booth, music and food trucks. Located at 1701 S. 320th Street.
Drive-Thru Trunk or Treat: 3-5 p.m. at Celebration Park, entering at S. 328th Street and 13th Avenue S. Decorate your car, put on your best costume and don’t forget your mask. Enjoy a drive through Celebration Park as local businesses and community partners hand out treats and goodies. $5-per-vehicle registration fee. To register, visit itallhappenshere.org.
Treats in the Streets Scavenger Hunt: 4:30-6:30 p.m. Join this free open-air, drive-thru adventure at four Federal Way churches. A variety of characters and superheroes will be handing out treat bags at each location, and some may even have extra treasures. Map your scavenger hunt route beginning at any of the four locations including Family Life Community Church (1925 S. 341st Place), Overcomer Covenant Church (33415 Military Road S.), Brooklake Church (629 S. 356th St.), and Integrity Life (37603 28th Ave. S.)
Lights Out! Blacklight Show and Lighted Candy Path: 3-8:30 p.m. No need to be scared of the dark at Christ’s Church Federal Way. Enjoy free light shows with games, songs and more followed by a decorated, well-lit outdoor path of canopies and trunks providing candy, treats and other goodies after each show. Showtimes at 3 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Christ’s Church is located at 941 S. Dash Point Road. Pre-registration is required via ccfw.org/lightsout.
Stone’s Family Gems Weekend Scavenger Hunt: Created by puzzle-loving Federal Way locals, track down clues throughout Halloween weekend and find who stole the Stone family’s jewels. The first clue will appear on the scavenger hunt website Friday, Oct. 30, then start cracking the codes leading to eight locations around Federal Way. Clues available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, through Sunday, Nov. 1. This event is free. To register and start sleuthing, visit https://bit.ly/31dcsTp or emiliethoreson.gitlab.io.
South King Fire and Rescue Station 63: Stop by your local Twin Lakes fire station for a socially distanced trick-or-treat experience. Crew members will be handing out treats through a candy chute until 8 p.m. Station 63 is located at 33414 21st Ave. SW.
Other festive ways to spend the day: Carve pumpkins, enjoy an indoor Halloween movie night with the members of your household, decorate your home or living space, bake Halloween treats, and avoid that indoor party with dozens of attendees.
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