Seattle and Tacoma don't disappoint when it comes to scares and frights during the Halloween season. Haunted houses, forests, and even a haunted amusement park are located in cities all around the Puget Sound, from north of Seattle to south of Tacoma. Many are designed to scare and are geared primarily toward older children, teens and adults. If bumps in the night are not your style, several also have no-scare areas or times set up, often geared toward younger children.
Fright Fest is one of the best haunted events in the Puget Sound area and one of the top things to do in the Tacoma area for Halloween. No haunted house can offer you a full amusement park full of rides—all in the dark! Other Fright Fest perks include the Wave Pool Dance Party, usually more than one haunted house, and live entertainment. Roving throughout Wild Waves are creepy costumed staff waiting to jump out and scare you. If you have younger children, there is also Booville, a scare-free zone.
Where: Wild Waves, 36201 Enchanted Parkway S, Federal Way
The KUBE 93 Haunted House is one of the scariest haunted houses in the area. Set in a former morgue built close to 100 years ago, the costumed staff do such a great job of being scary that you may just believe some of them. The atmosphere is well done and goes above and beyond to create a world of scares, from a casket maze to a barrel room. This is one of the best options for those looking for real frights! But there is one kids day on October 12, 2019, for kids younger than 12. On Kids Day, the lights stay on and you can get them in for free with a food donation.
Where: Old Georgetown Morgue, 5000 E Marginal Way S, Seattle
Since Nightmare on Nine is one of the longer reigning haunted houses near Seattle, it deserves a mention that it will not be operating in 2019 and will no longer be at the Thomas Family Farm in Snohomish. Keep an eye out for news of when and where it will reopen in 2020!
Pike Place Market ghost tours are not Halloween-only events, but October brings out an extra creepy factor to the tours. What haunted house could be better than real ghosts in a real location? The 75-minute tour explores Pike Place Market, which originally housed the city's first mortuary, and focuses on telling the stories of the haunts rumored to hang around this landmark. This is a great "haunted" experience for those who like to get into the spirit without the boo scares.
Where: Starts at 1410 Post Alley
More than one haunt falls under Hell's Gateway—including their Hell's Gateway haunted house (a mix of a haunted house and an escape room experience), Dark Nightmare, and an insanely frightening, 18+ only, 1.5-hour experience called Real Fear. Not for anyone but die-hard haunted house fans as waivers are required for some of Hell's Gateway's haunts. For those who want the haunts to go easy on them, you can purchase a Heaven Hallow. Likewise, for those who want a little extra fright, purchase a Demon Ring and the haunts will up the ante on you.
Where: Check the website for 2019's location.
This unique haunted attraction takes visitors along a trail in the woods to a haunted house, both parts of the haunted evening have monsters waiting to jump out at you. Unlike most of the local haunted houses, this one is billed as family friendly, and yet it's not really for young children. It's recommended kids be 10 years or older and be okay with a creepy and scary experience (there are no refunds if you have to leave early).
Where: Beaver Lake Park in Sammamish