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Tomorrow is Friday already (Seriously! Having kids is like inventing time travel that only goes forward), which means I’m working on your big list of weekend events. As you might have guessed, it’s heavy on Halloween happenings.
One of those is the Hoot and Howl event at Northwest Trek. I have sort of a mixed review, but I’d love to hear from some of you if you’ve gone and have a different opinion.
Hoot and Howl is the only time all year you can go to Northwest Trek after dark. That, in itself, makes it pretty cool for kids. There are various stations where kids can make crafts and trick or treat (I’d have them wear their costumes-warm ones). There will also be animal encounters, although a lot of the animals you normally see are probably going to be asleep. Plus, the darkness means you won’t have great visibility. You do get to take a nightime tram ride, which is the real highlight. SPOILER ALERT: Skip to the bottom of the post if you don’t want a heads-up…….still here? Read on, then…..
As the tram drives around, you’ll come across a deserted tram to the side with the skeleton of a deceased driver. It’s really more silly than scary, but something to know about if you have wee ones.
Now, here’s where the mixed review comes in. This is an expensive activity. If you’re a member, it will cost you 10.50 for adults and 6.50 for kids. If you’re not a member, add two more bucks. That means you’re looking at 34 bucks minimum for a family of four. They do take two dollars off the price for advance purchase, but according to the site their deadline for that has passed. From my point of view, this is just too pricey given all the other, almost free options this weekend. On the other hand, it is a unique experience, and if your kids are psyched at the idea of a nightime tram ride, it might be worth doing.
For a simpler nightime option with a slimmer price tag, check my post about the two events at The Tacoma Nature Center this weekend. Of course, I hope you’ll come back tomorrow for the big weekend list.
Think I’m full of Bison in my take on Hoot and Howl? Leave a comment!