Seattle puts on its creepy best toward the end of October with plenty of Halloween parties and events at the city's nightclubs, venues, taverns, and restaurants. Featuring costume contests, spooky cocktails, and a variety of live entertainment, these holiday events are sure to add something special to your trip to Washington this fall.
Parties include both family-friendly affairs and adult-only evenings, both mild and wild events, and a little something for everyone. However, a great number of Seattle’s biggest and best Halloween happenings are only available to guests who are over the age of 21. Additionally, many take place at nightclubs in Capitol Hill and Pioneer Square, but there are some great events outside of these popular nightlife destinations.
You can also check local casino and resorts for Halloween parties, many of which have on-site nightclubs that host special events throughout the weeks surrounding the holiday. Casinos that have had events in the past include Emerald Queen Casino, Muckleshoot Casino, and Snoqualmie Casino.
Alternatively, if you don't feel like partying in Seattle this October, there are plenty of other things to do to put you in the Halloween spirit. Throughout the month, corn mazes and pumpkin patches show up at area farms, haunted houses open their doors to scare both young and old alike, and ghost tours offer tourists a glimpse of the city's haunted history. Tacoma to the south also has some Halloween events to check out.
Each year, improv groups in cities around the world coordinate a simultaneous dance to Michael Jackson's hit song "Thriller," which will place in 2019 on Saturday, October 26. Seattle's Thrill the World performance will be held at Occidental Park in Pioneer Square.
If you would like to participate in this year's Seattle Thrill the World dance, rehearsals take place weekly starting in September and are managed through the Meetup App. It's free to attend the rehearsals, participate in the dance, and watch the performance, but those interested are asked to go to at least one rehearsal in order to participate in the coordinated group dance.
Another Thrill the World event also takes place at the Center Plaza at the Redmond Town Center in nearby Redmond, Washington.
Elysian Brewing Company will host its 14th Annual Great Pumpkin Beer Festival at the Seattle Center on October 4 and 5, 2019. With both one- and two-day passes available to this popular craft beer celebration, you can spend a day or weekend enjoy some of the delicious pumpkin brew produced by this famous Seattle brewery. The festival also features a giant pumpkin, which has been hollowed out and seasoned, and filled with pumpkin beer. The day of the festival, the giant pumpkin is tapped and everyone gets to enjoy the special pumpkin elixir within.
The event also acts as a benefit fundraiser for Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and raised over 100,000 dollars a year for charity. Guests are encouraged to wear orange, and many show up in pumpkin-themed costumes for the occasion.
MoPOP has carried on the legacy of throwing one of the best parties in Seattle for Halloween for many years.
Now known as "Haunt at the MoPOP: The Ultimate Halloween Bash," this annual event features costume contests with prizes for sexiest, best group, most elaborate, and other fun categories as well as live DJs spinning danceable tracks all night long. Check the Haunt at the MoPOP website for 2019's date as it was not posted at the time of this writing. Guests must be 21 or older to attend.
The Eighth Annual Seattle Halloween Pub Crawl will take place from noon on Saturday, October 19, to 2 a.m. on Sunday, October 20, 2019. Registration opens in September, and prices increase closer to the day of the event. On the day of the event, you can arrive at any time to get your wristband, which will grant you access to participating venues and their drink specials.
Along the way, there will be prizes that include both cash and gift cards to Pyramid Brewing. Don't miss the group photo at the Harbor Steps (First and University) or the conclusion to the crawl at Pioneer Square; be sure to check the event's official Facebook page for day-of information.
If what you seek is an EDM music festival paired with a creepy circus theme, well, then, this is the party for you. FreakNight has it all - games, circus performers (complete with creepy clowns), and more all at WAMU Theater. 18+ are allowed in, but bars are strictly 21+.
Do a little good (proceeds go to the Senior Center of West Seattle) and kick up your costumed heals for this fun party. Expect dancing with a live DJ, tarot reading, a costume party with cash prizes and appetizers galore. This is a 21 and up event that's held at Sanctuary at Admiral in West Seattle.
Family Halloween Parties
There are a few Halloween/harvest season parties ideal for families. Visit the Harvest Festival for games, crafts, apples, a root beer garden, fresh produce from the harvest, a costume parade and more.
The Museum of Fright (aka the Museum of Flight) hosts a family party with free admission for kids 17 and younger who are in costume! Enjoy games, an obstacle course, and fun activities, including making your own glider.
You can also visit both Woodland Park Zoo (October 26-27) and Point Defiance Zoo (on October 12-13) for Halloween-themed days, including discounts for kids in costume, animals getting Halloween-themed enrichment treats, fun activities, and lots of fun Halloween decor.