Use the Seattle trick-or-treat map below to find homes that are participating in trick-or-treating around the Puget Sound region. This is a community-sourced project, and anyone can add a location to this map. Therefore, these locations have not been verified or background checked. Use caution and proceed at your own risk.
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Here are some things to think about before you head out and while trick-or-treating in your neighborhood.
- A responsible adult should accompany young trick-or-treaters. If older children are going alone, review their route and agree on a specific time they will return home.
- Instruct children to travel only in familiar, well-lit areas, stick with their friends, and never enter a stranger’s home or car.
- Use the buddy system and watch out for each other. Make sure everyone arrives home safely.
- Children AND adults are reminded to put electronic devices away, keep heads up, use crosswalks, and walk (don’t run) across streets.
- Tell your children not to eat any treats until they return home so they can be inspected for safety and allergies (if any).
- Wash your hands before and after trick-or-treating. Bring hand sanitizer and use it after touching objects.
- Wear a safety mask and practice distancing, if desired. Remember that a plastic costume mask is not a suitable substitute for a safety mask.
- Travel in a group, if possible, to create more visibility and safety.
- If you are handing out treats, only provide commercially packaged, individually wrapped treats.
- If you are handing out treats and want to maintain distancing, place treats on a table in your driveway or yard. Many homes develop chutes and other fun delivery methods.
- If you are passing out treats and see someone with a blue bucket, it is a signal to others that the trick-or-treater has autism. Don’t wait for them to speak or say “trick-or-treat”; compliment their costume and place a treat in their bucket.
- Halloween decorations, such as jack-o’-lanterns, are often placed in high foot traffic areas like porches and walkways. Burning candles can become a fire hazard, so use LED or battery-operated candles to eliminate the chance of a fire.
- If you are driving on Halloween, slow down and remain very alert. Watch for children walking on roadways, medians, and curbs. Enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully.
Halloween costume safety tips
Make sure your costume is fun and scary, but not dangerous to you!
- Make sure your Halloween costume, clothing, wigs, and accessories are fire-resistant.
- Make sure there is nothing dangling, or the costume does not drag on the ground and become a tripping, choking, or fire hazard.
- Makeup is safer than a costume mask that can slip around and obstruct vision.
- Light up your costume or wear reflective tape as well as carry glow sticks and flashlights so drivers can see you more easily.
Parents’ guide to Halloween candy
Like many other distractions from video games to the latest fads in fashion or music, there’s no one right way to handle Halloween candy. The following lists summarizes tips from parents on how they approach the Halloween season. Adjust ideas on an age-appropriate basis.
- Start ahead of time to discuss Halloween traditions. Involve them in the planning and decision process about costumes, parties and trick-or-treating.
- Set limits on candy consumption, anything from number of pieces per day (two after dinner), the total number of pieces (health experts suggest 10-15 pieces), or a candy eating binge on Halloween night. (Note: The candy buyback website is gone, but check whether your dentist is offering it.)
- Donate excess candy to Operation Gratitude, which donates it to Deployed Troops, Veterans, and First Responders: https://www.operationgratitude.com/halloween-candy-give-back-program/
- Especially before a Halloween party or trick-or-treating, make sure the kiddos get a high protein meal and drink lots of water, which can help deter excessive candy consumption.
- This is purely anecdotal, but I notice when pickled foods are served with a meal, then tendency to want sweets after the meal seems diminished. Maybe I just hope that it does. Or maybe it’s because many pickles contain sugar.
- Most parents check their children’s candy for anything dangerous. Fresh fruit should be washed and cut into small pieces to check for needles, razor blades, pins, and shards of glass. Unless they came from friends or family, discard any homemade treats including baked goods, popcorn balls, and caramel apples. Any candy not in original packaging, already open, or torn should be discarded. When in doubt…throw it out.
- Most parents eat some of the child’s candy. So go ahead, indulge a little.
- For older children and teens, discussion about candy can lead to a discussion about how to eat right, yet still enjoy desserts and sweets in moderation.
- It’s also a good time to reinforce proper teeth brushing, especially right after eating candy.
- What’s the worst kind of candy? Any candy made with high amounts of sugar. Here’s a list of the “best” and “worst” candy: Best and Worst Halloween Candies—Ranked! | Eat This Not That!
- Want some healthier candy choices? (Though we admit “healthy candy” is an oxymoron.) RealSimple magazine compares the nutrition of popular candies and also suggests healthier alternative choices. Other nutrition experts recommend alternative snacks, such as nuts or popcorn.
More Halloween health and safety tips
- Get a flu vaccine by mid-October. Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine each year to protect yourself and your loved ones.
- Don’t spend Halloween filling up on sweets. Give yourself and any party guests healthier choices and nutritious treats such as fresh or dried fruits, nuts, roasted vegetables, yogurts dips and salsa.
- After enjoying some candy, brush as soon as possible. Brush and floss before going to bed each night using a fluoride toothpaste and mouthwash to retard plaque.
- Wear a zombie costume, but don’t turn into a zombie! Be sure to get 7-8 hours sleep every night.
- When children return home from trick-or-treating, grown-ups should inspect the candy to ensure it’s safe. Any candy that is not commercially packaged or that has pinholes in it should be discarded.
- If any of your children have food allergies, read ingredients labels carefully to prevent an allergic reaction. “When in doubt, throw it out.”
- Some treats, such as hard candies, nuts, and gum, can be choking hazard for young children so should be removed from their treat bag.
For more Halloween events and fun, scroll down to our Halloween events calendar.
Seattle-Tacoma trick or treat map
The following crowd-source interactive map includes trick-or-treat locations along with other Halloween fun. (“Crowd-source” means anyone can add information to this map. Do your own due diligence before accessing any of these locations.)
We’ll update this map for 2023 if it becomes available. (Last checked October 26, 2023)
But wait, there’s more!
- 100+ fun, cheap ideas for Halloween costumes
- Our big list of Halloween haunted houses, corn mazes, spooky tours
- Free and cheap Halloween events around Puget Sound
- Scary (and not-so-scary) movies for a Halloween night at home
- Guidelines for safe Halloween celebrations in 2020
- Download Free Halloween coloring sheets for download from Bellevue Collection
- And here’s a list of 101+ always free things to do for fun
- More free and cheap things to do every day: Greater Seattle on the Cheap event calendar
- Still more ideas for frugal fun: Greater Seattle on the Cheap home page
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Halloween event calendar around Puget Sound
Find free and cheap Halloween events and things to do around the Puget Sound region. We continue to add events throughout the month of October.
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