Toward the end of October, Seattle puts on its creepy best. Halloween parties and events bring out costume contests, special cocktails and more at Seattle’s nightclubs, venues, taverns and restaurants. Parties include both family-friendly affairs and adult-only evenings, both mild and wild events, and a little something for everyone. If Halloween is your kind of holiday, put on your best disguise and go forth to find your kind of fun.
A great number of Seattle’s biggest and best Halloween happenings are 21+ only and go down at nightclubs, many of which are in Capitol Hill and Pioneer Square, but definitely don’t limit yourself to these areas. Parties in past years have included masquerade balls at EMP and an all-ages, alcohol-free party complete with a drag show and dancing for Nightmare on Capitol Hill.
Alternatively, if you're looking for other things to do in October, there are many. Corn mazes and pumpkin patches show up at area farms, haunted houses are ready to scare both young and old (and some are pretty intense), join up with one of the area ghost tours, or you can go more traditional with some trick or treating.
2017 Halloween Parties in Seattle
Seattle Thrill the World
When: Rehearsals start in September, performance October 28 at 3 p.m. If you're not sure what this is, it's a giant Thriller dance with as many people as possible joining in. If you're a Michael Jackson fan, it's a must.
Where: Performance at Occidental Park, Pioneer Square
How much: Free
Elysian Brewing's Annual Great Pumpkin Beer Festival
Pumpkin beers and Elysian brews galore!
When: September 29 from 4-10 p.m. and September 30 from 2-8 p.m.
Where: Seattle Center
How much: $28 one day/$50 two-day pass (pre-sale only)
Black Cat Bash
Two DJs in two rooms, a costume contest with cash and other prizes, and food suitable for carnivores, vegetarians and vegans alike! Proceeds go to the Seattle Humane Society. This year's event is billed as the fourth and final bash.
When: October 21, 9 p.m.
Where: Studio Seven, 110 S. Horton Street, Seattle
How much: $35 singles/$50 couples
PULSE The Ultimate Halloween Bash
Costume contests with prizes for sexiest, best group costume, most elaborate and other fun categories. EMP Museum's Halloween Bash is one of the city's longest running and largest Halloween parties. If you're the go big or go home sort of partier, look no further.
When: October 28, 8 p.m.
Where: EMP Museum
How much: $39 general/$79 VIP
Halloween Pub Crawl
Costumes and a pub crawl with hundreds of new friends - what more could you need?
When: October 21-22
Where: Bars around Seattle
How much: $5-25. Bring money (cash is best to move lines along) for food and drinks.
Redmond Thrill the World
Another en-mass Thriller dance performance!
When: October 28, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Where: Center Plaza at Redmond Town Center
How much: Free
After Midnight Cabaret
Live music, burlesque, dance and more!
When: November 3-4
Where: Columbia City Theatre, 4916 Rainier Avenue S
How much: $20
The local casinos all have nightclubs onsite and often put on Halloween parties or events. Casinos that have had events in the past include Emerald Queen Casino, Muckleshoot Casino, and Snoqualmie Casino.