Nothing says Halloween like candy, and Seattle Chocolate is ready to give you your fill of scares and sweets at their Haunted Chocolate Factory Tour! Every Halloween, the factory is haunted by eerie spirits! If you can brave the tour, you'll find a sweet reward at the end. But if you don't want to be scared, the factory shop can be a great place to pick up something sweet for trick-or-treaters...or just yourself!
Tricks, Treats and Family Fun
If you have little ones and don't want to scare them too badly, there's still lots you can do around Seattle Southside that gets into the festive fun without being too frightful.
October 13: The Great Pumpkin Night takes place from 5–8 p.m. at the SeaTac Community Center. Kids are encouraged to dress up and play games, bounce in bouncy houses and view the original Hocus Pocus.
October 29: Once a year, the Museum of Flight becomes the Museum of Fright! Take the whole family to the aviation museum for scary stories, face painting, games, activities and more. Costumed kids (under 17) get in free!
October 28 & 29: How do the animals at the Woodland Park Zoo celebrate the season? The Pumpkin Bash at Woodland Park Zoo is fun for everyone! See how hippos, elephants, meerkats and more crack open pumpkins for an autumn feast. Plus, face painting, trick-or-treating and games for the kids!
October 28: Boo in Burien is a family friendly holiday event in downtown Burien taking place from noon to 4PM, with kid-safe trick-or-treating, fun fall activities and more!
October 31: Bring your ghouls and goblins out for a family-friendly and free event along Marine View Drive in Des Moines. Walk along the Trick-or-Treat Path, check out the Trunk-or-Treat parking lot and swing by the Halloween Carnival at the Des Moines Field House.
Seattle Underground Tour
Join a guided haunted adventure: Seattle Underground Tour is a little different than your typical walking tour, because it’s the history our pioneers didn’t want to share. During the tour, you get to explore the main roadways and storefronts that once made up Seattle – some of which were turned into gambling halls, speakeasies and opium dens! If you're feeling really brave, they also have a hands-on, lights-off nighttime tour focused on the scarier side. From the group that brought you Seattle’s Underground Tour comes the new, Underground Paranormal Experience. Return to the underground after hours for a little ghost hunting. Experienced ghost hunters provide you with the gear and the expertise necessary to succeed in getting the creeps.
Ready to meet some ghosts but don't want to head underground? Check out one of these ghost tours.
Are you ready to experience the ghosts of Seattle? Join the Seattle Terrors Ghost Tour and learn why the dead haunt our city from the old Squamish Burial Grounds to the Northwest’s first elevator for corpses.
Who you gonna call? Ghostbusters! Join in with real ghost hunters as they share some of Seattle’s most haunted sites during a Spooked in Seattle tour. All guides are members of the Advanced Ghost Hunters of Seattle-Tacoma and the tours include information about ghosts and some of the evidence collected during ghost hunts.
Celebrate Horror Movies
Horror films scare us, so why do we like them? Vampires, monsters, and murderers have fascinated audiences for centuries. Discover the history and cultural relevance of the horror genre at “Scared to Death, The Thrill of Horror Film” at Seattle’s MoPOP Museum.
Why not visit a cemetery? All Hallows' Eve is the time to pay your respects to the departed, after all! There are a few famous people who are buried and memorialized in Seattle that the public can visit.
Just north of Volunteer Park in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood is one of the city’s oldest cemeteries – Lakeview Cemetery. Martial Arts legend Bruce Lee and his son, actor, Brandon Lee are buried there, along with some recognizable names – John Nordstrom, Arthur Denny and Princess Angeline, the daughter of Chief Seattle.
Visit Viretta Park and look south to the former home of Nirvana front man Kurt Cobain – it’s the house where he died. Walk around the benches in the park, which are scrawled with messages from fans and serve as a memorial to the rock icon.
Head to Renton to the memorial gravesite of musician Jimi Hendrix at Greenwood Memorial Park – it’s the second resting place for Hendrix as he was earlier in another part of the park but moved because of concerns of damage to nearby grave sites.
Do you prefer spirits of the four legged sort? Visit the Pet Haven Cemetery in Kent, it's the oldest pet cemetery in the state, and also home to over 20 cremated remains of humans who chose to be buried with their pets.
Heard of any other haunted places in Seattle Southside? Send them to us and we may add them to the list!
Q: What is there to do in Seattle on Halloween 2023?
A: Seattle Halloween events and activities include: haunted houses, pumpkin patches, costume contests, and trick-or-treating. Have you been to the Museum of Fright yet?
Q: When do pumpkin patches open in the Seattle area?
A: Most pumpkin patches are open September through October.
Q: Where are the best pumpkin patches in Washington state?
A: Searching for the perfect pumpkins of course, but depending on the pumpkin patch, other popular activities include the corn maze, hay rides, farm animal petting zoo, kids activities, photo ops, bounce houses, pumpkin catapults, and hot apple cider.