While Halloween for adults might boil down to pumpkin-spiced lattes and craft beer (and here in Pierce County, we enjoy both), for kids and families, it revolves around one night of intense, costumed and sometimes frenzied trick-or-treating.
It used to be that the only option was to go door-to-door around your neighborhood, or in the wealthier neighborhood where some houses – we all knew which ones – gave out full-sized candy bars. But now safety-conscious parents can find family-friendly options for their kids in almost every city in Pierce County. Here are a few of the big ones:


Wednesday, October 31; 4-6 p.m.
Proctor District, around 26th & Proctor
Join Proctor District merchants in celebrating Halloween by bringing the young ones out to this safe and family-friendly event. They can trick-or-treat among the participating businesses, rain or shine!
Wednesday, October 31; 5-7 p.m.
Tacoma Mall, participating stores only
Guarantee a rain-free Halloween at the Tacoma Mall, which invites kids 12 and under to put on their costumes and roam the mall in search of sugary treats, while their parents keep an eye out of sales and styles.
Saturday, October 27, 1 p.m.
Marymount Event Center (325 152nd Street East, Tacoma, WA 98445)
Although not technically on Halloween night, this is a fantastic opportunity for children to get some extra “mileage” out of that costume they’ve spent so long waiting to wear. As part of a new trend toward events where cars park in a line and decorate their trunks for the holiday, Trunk or Treat will offer some scary haunted trunks and decorations for kids to enjoy as they go car-hopping to fill their treat bags.


Wednesday, October 31, 4-7 p.m.
Historic Business District (Main Street)
The merchants of downtown Sumner have banded together in this free annual tradition to close off the streets and open their doors to costumed children craving candy and treats. 


25001 Sumner Buckley Hwy, Buckley
You won’t find candy handed out at Maris Farms’ Corn Maze, but you will find an aMAZEing design that represents the best of the Pacific Northwest: tributes to firefighters, the farm life, the state quarter, the Seahawks and their 12th Man, Huskies vs Cougars and Mount Rainier. Daylight makes it beautiful, nighttime makes it more challenging. Plus, pumpkin slinging, farm animals, a glass pumpkin patch and hayrides.


Wednesday, October 31; 3-6 p.m.
Downtown Puyallup/Rotary Stage in Pioneer Park
Loads of downtown Puyallup businesses will be handing out candy and treats for all the little ghosts and ghouls, and the Rotary Stage in Pioneer Park will host some spooktacular fun and a performance of Thriller as well!
Monday - Friday 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Saturday - Sunday 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Spooner Farms - 9710 State Route 162 East, Puyallup
It’s not the hunt for candy, but the hunt for a good time that’ll have you putting on your costume and joining the crowds at the Spooner Farms Corn Maze in Puyallup. A five-acre maze with three miles of paths, it’s an annual favorite in Pierce County!


Wednesday, October 31, 2016; 5-7 p.m.
Columbia Junior High School (2901 54th Ave. E., Fife, WA)
Tons of fun games, candy, prizes, free flashlights, goody bags and much more await costumed kids at this. As for safety, that’s not a problem, since the entire event is sponsored by the Fife Police Department. Suggested donation of one nonperishable food item per person.

Gig Harbor

Wednesday, October 31, 3-6 p.m.
Downtown Gig Harbor/Harborview Drive
Trick or Treat throughout the downtown waterfront, watch Harbor dance performances or document those photogenic costumes for posterity at a spooky setting provided by Rotary Club of North Gig Harbor. Harborview Drive will be closed for the safety of all the young ghosts and goblins.
Wednesday, Oct. 31, 3-8 PM
Ocean5 in Gig Harbor - 5268 Point Fosdick Dr. NW
Have some fun at Ocean5 before you head out to trick or treat in your neighborhood, and enjoy your favorite activities with a spooky twist. Have a bite to eat and get a head start on gathering candy with fun, Halloween themed games and activities! Boo Bowling all day in the Harbor Suite: Knock down as many pins as you can to earn more candy!