Summer has fled: Say goodbye to outdoor concerts and festivals in the park, and hello to more autumnal activities. Here are five ways to get into a seasonal spirit this weekend:
“Cre-e-e-ak!” That’s the sound of haunted houses opening their doors for the season, including KUBE’s on East Marginal Way. For other spooky swamps, trails, forests and more, see the big list we published today in Weekend Plus (scroll down to “Halloween Haunts”).
That same list enumerates pumpkin patches here, there and everywhere. That means corn mazes, haunted barns, hayrides and — my favorite — pumpkin catapults, and more. Some farms are as close as Edmonds or Redmond, some further out in the country, where fall colors are at their peak.
Fall foodies take note: Vashon Island hosts a Ciderfest on Saturday, with hard and sweet cider tastings, apple-pressing demonstrations, a scarecrow contest and a barn dance. The fun begins at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Village Green. For more info, consult the Vashon Chamber of Commerce website.
BTown Brewfest celebrates another frosty beverage — beers from local breweries. You get 10 tastes for $20 (advance) or $25 (day of event), and the proceeds go to Seattle’s Children’s Hospital. It runs from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday at the Burien Community Center. Read more here. (Sorry, kids: This is 21-and-up only.)
Finally, take a trip to zombieland by learning the Michael Jackson Thriller dance. Then you’ll be ready to join an Oct. 27 Thrill the World dance for charity. Class convenes at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Artspace Hiawatha Lofts in the Rainier Valley.
(Photos: KUBE Haunted House 2011 by Aaron Jaffe/Seattle Times; pumpkin patch by AP Photo/The Scranton Times-Tribune, Butch Comegys; Thriller Dance rehearsal by Jordan Stead.)