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 hands down one of the best haunted events in the Puget Sound area. 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!
Where: Old Georgetown Morgue, 5000 E Marginal Way S, Seattle
Nightmare on Nine ranks with the KUBE 93 Haunted House for scares and intensity. In past years, the week after Halloween has brought flashlight nights--the chance to make your way through the haunted house in pitch black with only a small flashlight. Again, this one is for those who enjoy being scared, but some activities and days are kid friendly.
Where: 9010 Marsh Road, Snohomish
Pike Place Market ghost tours are not Halloween-only events, but October brings out mortuary tours, Halloween pub crawls, and ghost tours of the market. What haunted house could be better than real ghosts in a real location? The 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.
Where: Starts at 1410 Post Alley
Pike Place Market isn't the only ghost tour in town. Several other tour outfits also run tours that range from historical to creep-inducing. These can be a great way to go for people who want to get into the Halloween spirit without having costumed frights jump out at them! Tacoma also has a ghost tour that delves into the history of its Theater District and Antique Row.
Tacoma's largest haunted house. This haunted house is not always in the same location each year, but it's usually a Halloween mainstay featuring an asylum-gone-wrong theme, costumed performers and genuine scares. Keep up with updates on their Facebook page.
Where: Freighthouse Square, 2501 S G Street
More than one haunt falls under Hell's Gateway--including their Hell's Gateway haunted house at the address below, Dark Nightmare, and an insanely frightening, 18+ only, 1.5-hour experience called Real Fear. Not for anyone but die-hard haunted house fans. The attractions may change from year to year so check out what Hell's Gateway has in store on their website.
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. There is a Family Friendly Hour each night that Nightmare at Beaver Lake is open for young children to enjoy, or for those who don't enjoy intense frights.
Where: Beaver Lake Park in Sammamish