Tacoma is ideally located in the South Sound to be a great jumping-off point for a number of awesome Halloween attractions and activities, including several right in T-Town. Since Tacoma is not as known (or really known at all) for clubs as Seattle, you will not find as many large parties here, but you will find ample places to take the kids to trick-or-treat, haunted houses, as well as lots of places to shop for some Halloween costumes and supplies.
Area malls tend to offer a night of trick-or-treating indoors, safe from the rain and cold. Both Tacoma Mall and South Hill Mall in Puyallup usually do this. Mall trick-or-treating is ideal for younger children. Older children may not be as impressed!
Some areas of town also have community trick-or-treating events. The Proctor District closes down the streets to traffic and children can trick-or-treat from the neighborhood businesses, which is perfect especially for smaller children as the commercial area is compact. For kids of all ages, the Proctor District is a fine trick-or-treating destination. The Whitman neighborhood (surrounding Whitman Elementary) also can be a good place to trick-or-treat in the South End.
Tacoma's haunted houses are not always the same from year to year, but you can count on haunted houses popping up somewhere in town, and likely more than one of them. Scares have shown up at Freighthouse Square, the Washington State History Museum, Cheney Stadium, as well as independent locations each year.
One South Sound haunt that does recur each year is Fright Fest at Wild Waves, which includes both gentler scares for little ones as well as more fright for older kids and adults. For older kids and adults, the wave pool becomes a dance floor and there are a couple haunted houses to make your way through. For small children, there's Booville, which is pleasantly scare free. Bonus, many of the rides are open, too.
Seattle offers a few ghost tours throughout the year, but going on a ghost tour around Halloween is a special treat. If you don't want to make the drive to Seattle, no worries. Tacoma has its own ghost tours operated by Tacoma Ghost Tours. Tour-goers will explore T-Town's Antique Row, areas of downtown and Stadium District while listening to creepy tales told with some humor.
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 hayrides, pumpkin patches, monster trucks, a corn maze and lots of activities. By night, the corn maze turns into a haunted wood, filled with scares around every corner. There are usually a few different haunted attractions going on, including the haunted corn maze, but also a zombie shoot out bus tour in the forest.
Location: 24713 Sumner Buckley Highway, Buckley
Corn mazes can be a fun way to celebrate Halloween if you're not much for all the costumes and frights. Wander your way through the corn, often with the help of clues along the way. Many local corn mazes double as pumpkin patches and often have other fun by day or night to enjoy.
Rutledge Corn Maze: South of Tacoma in Olympia, Rutledge Corn Maze is worth the drive. This maze has a unique twist in that it comes with a theme each year and the maze is shaped to resemble a person or thing from the theme. Explore the haunted maze, pick a pumpkin at the pumpkin patch, or even purchase fresh produce.
Location: 302 93rd Avenue Southeast, Olympia
Spooner Farms: You'll find many corn mazes and pumpkin patches to choose from in Puyallup, mostly located off of or near to River Road. Spooner Farms has a five-acre corn maze, as well as a pumpkin patch, pumpkin sling shot, farm animals and more.
Location: 9710 State Route 162 East, Puyallup
Picha Farms: Picha Farms is one of the best places to find local berries in the summer, and one of the best places to enjoy some harvest-season fun in September and October. With a seven-acre corn maze to wander, you'll have your work cut out for you too, but there are clues along the way.
Location: 6502 52nd Street E, Puyallup
Tacoma has many places to find Halloween costumes, whether you need cheap costumes for your kids or want to go all out for an adult Halloween party. For more affordable Halloween costumes and decor, look to Value Village, which stocks both new and used Halloween costumes each year. Spirit stores (and often other similar stores) also pop up in empty storefronts each September and feature a full range of all things creepy.
Tacoma also has a few higher-end options for costume rental, if the average costume store is just not enough. Northwest Costume and Lakewood Costumes, Magic, and Clown cater to people who may need a costume for just about any occasion, not just Halloween. However, they are masters of Halloween and if they don’t carry what you are looking for, they can help you find it.
Go to Seattle
Perhaps Tacoma just doesn't have what you seek for your Halloween fun, and that's okay. If that's the case, you can venture to Seattle where you'll find plenty of larger-scale halloween parties and more neighborhoods to go trick or treating.