Halloween in the Seattle-Tacoma area can mean anything from wild parties to trick-or-treating with the kids—or anything in between! Both Seattle and Tacoma have some pretty fantastic places to get your scare on. Whether you want to go on a historical ghost tour or stumble through a frightening haunted house, there are events out there for you!
Halloween parties are best found in Seattle, at clubs and venues large and small. The locations for these change each year, but you can be sure to find great parties at the clubs in and near Pioneer Square or in the Capitol Hill neighborhood. The Last Supper Club usually has a Halloween bash on, as do See Sound Lounge and EMP. Also make sure to check into cruise lines docked in Seattle. Argosy and Islander Champagne Cruises both may have options. In Tacoma, there are a few clubs in and around downtown Tacoma, namely The Mix or restaurants in the Stadium District.
Trick or Treating
Both Seattle and Tacoma have great neighborhoods, malls and other areas where kids and families can go for safe and fun trick or treating!
Halloween Costume Shopping
For young and odd Halloween fans, Halloween shopping is a must. If you need an affordable costume anywhere in the Seattle-Tacoma area, Value Village is one of your best bets. There are locations in Seattle, Tacoma, and other cities, and these locations have both used and new costumes. Party City and Spirit stores are both seasonal options that pop up starting sometime in September at different locations each year. While these are not as good for Halloween on a budget, they still offer relatively affordable Halloween wear, as well as a full selection of indoor and outdoor décor and Halloween accessories. Costume and event stores are also another option, but best for those who want to drop at least $40-50 on a costume rental. Just a few costume stores in the area include:
Display and Costume - 11201 Roosevelt Way Northeast, Seattle - (206) 362-4810
Vintage Costumers - 7011 Roosevelt Way Northeast, Seattle - (206) 522-5234
Le Frock Limited - 317 East Pine Street, Seattle - (206) 623-5339
Brocklind’s - 500 E Pike, Seattle - (206) 325-8700
Maris Farms is the perfect frightful option for those who live in South King or Pierce counties. Located in Buckley, this attraction is perfect for families, but also for anyone who wants a genuinely good scare. By day, Maris Farms is filled with happy hay rides, pumpkin patches, a corn maze, and lots of activities. By night, the corn maze turns into a haunted wood, filled with scares around every corner.
is an amusement park located just off I-5 near Federal Way, south of Seattle. During October, Wild Waves doubles as a creepy and fun Halloween attraction. Earlier in the evening, Booville is open for smaller children. But later on, head to the haunted house, ride your favorite rides in the dark, enjoy a good scare from roaming ghosts and ghouls, or join in the Wave Pool dance party. There is also often live entertainment.
There are several haunted houses right in Seattle. KUBE 93 puts on a haunted house that is consistently well-ranked by Yelp reviewers. The KISS 106.1 House of Terror and the Seattle House of Horrors are other options for haunted house aficionados.
This outdoor theater usually puts on a Halloween play each year, such as bloodier, scarier versions of a Shakespeare classics. The best part—these events are free! The locations of the plays may change from year to year.
Dark Hollow Haunted Forest
This haunted forest is another top thing to do for Halloween—creatively scary twists await around every corner! But there is also a non-scary walk for families with smaller children.
Seattle Ghost Tours
You never know what ghosts may be lurking around corners in Seattle, but there are several ghost tours out there to help you find out! The Northwest Mystery Museum is a small one-room museum at 815 Airport Way South, but since ghosts are part of their on-going areas of study, checking here is a great resource to find out about ghost tours in town. Call them at 206-523-6348 for details. Pike Place Market also puts on a ghost tour each year called the Market Ghost Tour. There are usually two versions of this one—a family-friendly version as well as a more salacious tour for adults only that includes details of Seattle’s seedy past. Both are based in the history of the area.