Halloween comes but once a year and Seattle has its fair share of spooky sites. Take a look at our list of some of the most frightening attractions and eerie spots around the area.
Join a guided haunted adventure:Seattle’s Underground Tour may not be haunted, but it’s 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!
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.
- Did you know that Pike Place Market has an almost sordid past? Join the Market Ghost Tour and learn more about it, as well as the paranormal activity that others have experienced at the market.
- 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.
- 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 “31 Days of Horror” at Seattle’s EMP Museum.
Tricks & Treats and Family Fun
- 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, ghost parachutes and more, all at a discounted price. Costumed kids get in free!
- Who doesn’t love a good ghost story around the bonfire? Every year the Fort Nisqually Living History Museum hosts Bonfires, Beaver Pelts, and Bogeymen. Take the family to this historic fort in Point Defiance Park to enjoy cookies and cider around the bonfire while costumed actors tell spooky tall tales. Scary stories with a hint of history.
- Looking for a creative spin on trick-or-treating? LeMay Halloween Trunk-or-Treat has costumed children trick-or-treating from car trunk to car trunk! Cars and drivers alike will be dressed up to create a one-of-a-kind trick-or-treating experience.
- All aboard! Take a trip to the foothills of Mount Rainier, and ride along the Pumpkin Express! The Mount Rainier Scenic Railroad will have kids coming aboard the train to ring the bell, exploring a pumpkin patch, and even participating in a costume contest!
- 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!
Ghosts not your thing?
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.
Heard of any other haunted places in Seattle Southside? Send them to us and we may add them to the list!