Whether you’re looking for a night you won’t remember, excited to get your kids in the cutest costumes of all time, or hoping to get your socks scared off, Seattle has you covered this Halloween. With dozens of events, shows, and other freaky festivities across the Seattle area, the state of Washington, and the nation, here are just 10 options in the Emerald City.
Haunt: The Ultimate Halloween Bash
Taking place on Saturday, October 28th at the Museum of Pop Culture, the 16th annual Halloween party will have approximately 2,000 guests. This 21+ event is the biggest, longest-running adult Halloween party in Seattle. This year, the tickets range from $39 to $139. Multiple rooms will offer a variety of entertainment, including live music from Brand X and DJ Funkdaddy. A costume contest with several categories provides a $1,000 prize for best overall costume. Doors open at 8 pm.
Museum of Pop Culture, 325 5th Ave N, Seattle, WA, USA, +1 206 770 2700
Wild Waves Fright Fest
Located at the Wild Waves Theme & Water Park every weekend from September 29th through October 29th, tickets for this year’s Fright Fest range from $11.99 to $50.99. Other than the 25 rides in the dark, the festival provides its usual Chamber of Souls haunted house and a new haunted house in 3D called The Playground. Camp Whispering Pines is the park’s haunted trail through the woods, and Booville is a scare-free zone for kids 12 and under to play games or do crafts. Also new this year is the Nightly Parade of Ghouls & Freakshow Deluxe Hollywood Side Show, which starts on Friday the 13th.
This Is Halloween
The CanCan Caberet’s annual Halloween show at the Triple Door will be This Is Halloween. Inspired by Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas, the show follows Jack Skellington who is disenchanted with scaring people. The event will feature live orchestral music, cabaret, burlesque, and video entertainment. Some shows are 17+, while others will be 21+. It will take place between October 20th and Halloween on all but Monday nights, and tickets range from $29 to $49.
Georgetown Morgue Haunted House
The Georgetown Morgue Haunted House takes place in a building that was actually a morgue. Making the Historic Morgue Society’s “Most Intriguing Historic Urban Morgues” list in 1999, the building has changed owners three times since its construction in 1928. From a funeral preparations facility to a crematorium to a morgue (and crematorium for the Animal Control Department’s animal carcasses) to a meat packing transfer station, the building has always been filled with dead meat. It wasn’t until an incident—involving nine individuals being forced into the crematorium in 1968 with no surviving witnesses—that the city bought the building. If you dare, pay $13–75 to get scared inside this building with a truly haunting history. Donate a pint of blood on Saturday nights to skip the line!
Halloween Pub Crawl
One of the Halloween pub crawls taking place in 2017 is the creatively named Halloween Pub Crawl. On October 21st from noon until 2 am, the event will see approximately 30 bars on the route. With over 500 participants, this is its 7th annual event. Costumes are encouraged, as is supplementing the experience with anything from candy to magic tricks! Tickets range from $5 to $25, and none of the participating bars will have cover charges. Cash is recommended for efficiency at the bars.
The Pacific Northwest’s Annual Halloween festival, FreakNight, presented by the United States of Consciousness will take place this year at the WaMu Theater on October 27th. With tickets ranging from $107 to $169, the festival includes carnival rides, sideshows such as contortionists and aerialists, as well as unspecified “twisted circus surprises.” The music lineup includes performers such as Kaskade, Adventure Club, and Benny Benassi. The festival is strictly 18+. “Release your inner freak!”
WaMu Theater, 800 Occidental Ave S, Seattle, WA, USA, +1 206 381 7848
Benefiting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, the 9th annual Run Scared event includes 10k and 5k runs, a 4k walk, and a kids’ dash. With a Presidential Race theme, there will be a prize for best costume, a pre-race treasure hunt, and a post-race candy corn tasting bar among other festivities. Beginning at 9:30 am at Seward Park on October 29th, the event costs between $15 and $55.
“Pay to get in. Pray to get out!” Hosted at the Seattle International Film Festival Cinema Egyptian, this show on Halloween night provides a montage of various Halloween-themed movies, music, B-movie clips, and gruesome footage to make the audience grimace and crack-up. The show costs $10–40 and includes prizes for best costumes as well as a performance from the guest, Ms. Pak-Man. Keep your eyes peeled for monsters roaming the aisles!
SIFF Cinema Egyptian, 805 E Pine St, Seattle, WA, USA, +1 206 324 9996
Nile Nightmares Haunted House
Nile Nightmares Haunted House takes place at the Nile Shrine Golf Center with indoor and outdoor mazes as well as a Food & Fear Garden at the end—assuming you make it out alive. Some of the special events include Nile Halloween Family Funfest (with the lights on for younger or more sensitive guests), Fright Light Night (with no lights other than a hand-held flashlight), and Friday the 13th, which promises to hold mysteriously spooky surprises. Tickets range from $10 to $30.
The Zombie Crawl takes place on Capitol Hill on October 26th. Starting at 6 pm with a kick-off party at Redhook Brewlab, the crawl begins at 7 pm and goes to 9 pm. Participants can either guide themselves around the Zombie Stops with a map or join a Zombie Mob. This free event includes $5 food and drink specials at participating bars. Post-crawl, zombies will convene at Grim’s for Zombie Trivia from 9 pm to 11 pm. Zombie costumes encouraged.
Redhook Brewlab, 714 E Pike St, Seattle, WA, USA, +1 206 823 3026