Wild Waves might be better known for summer water slides, but in October the theme park gets it’s Fright on, becoming a favorite on the list of Halloween things to do in the Seattle Area. Fun Halloween music sets the mood, with a variety of rides and haunted attractions separated for the older goblins. My 16-year old had so much fun she’s planning a repeat this weekend. My daughter with special needs enjoyed the more mellow rides and was full of smiles. Fright Fest is spooky good fun for kids of all ages and abilities.
Booville features Halloween treats for the littlest goblins
In Booville your little one will enjoy crafts, nightly performances, a small maze, and an open “bat cave” with black lights, hanging bats and a bubble machine on overdrive. Connected to Booville are kiddie rides and attractions that will entertain you and your little ones. Nothing in Booville or the common areas of the park are too scary, which means your family can walk through the park to Booville without the fear of nightmares when you get home.
School-age kids will scream for the rides
Your favorite rides and coasters are open during Fright Fest – all included in the price of admission. Be sure to hit the huge Timberhawk wooden roller coaster – it’s CRAZY fun in the dark! Tibmerhawk closes at 10pm, but the queue lines might close as early as 9pm, so hit that ride early in your evening. See Wild Waves ride list and restrictions for more information.
Haunted attractions and a dance area make this anything but lame for teens
This is one family night that your teen won’t roll their eyes at. Bonus points if you fill your minivan with your teen’s friends, too. They’ll run the park from ride to ride and get their scary fill at the Chamber of Souls Haunted House and the 3D Haunted House – The Playground, both PG-13. The empty wave pool has been converted into a dance floor, with music DJ’d by MOVIN 92.5. On Friday and Saturday nights at 9pm and 10pm you can stop in and learn the moves to Halloween favorites such as “Thriller” and the “Monster Mash.” Just don’t let your teen see you.
Buy your tickets online and get there early
Fright Fest is a popular Seattle area Halloween activity, evidenced by the long lines at the ticket booth. Do yourself a favor: buy your tickets online and get there a little early for good parking. Oh – and don’t forget to wear your Halloween costume!
Special needs tips
- Special Diets – Fright Fest has several snack bars open and, in general, outside food and drinks are not allowed. However there are exceptions, so if your child needs special food or drinks, make sure that you explain this at the entrance.
- First Aid Station – The First Aid station is located right outside Booville, in case your child needs a larger changing area or privacy.
- Wheelchairs – Wild Waves property is hilly, but the paths are wide and paved. I saw a boy in a power wheelchair and a vent motoring up on of the hills. He was dressed as a super hero; I’ve never seen a more appropriate costume.
- Parking – Be sure the get there early, even the handicapped stalls fill up quickly.