Ghost tours are a great way to get to know Seattle—along the way, you’ll learn some local history, but with a twist. Sure, it’s interesting to hear stories of Chief Seattle or pioneers coming out West for the railroad, but history is always a little more interesting with some spice!
While most local ghost tours go all year round, they can be especially fun to do in October near Halloween, when tales of local haunts fit nicely into the general mood of the month. However, book ghost tours in October plenty in advance as they often sell out weeks in advance.
Spooked in Seattle aims to keep it real—meaning the tales of hauntings and ghosts shared on its tours are not fabricated just to make a good ghost tour. The company offers several tours as well as ghost hunts, all led by paranormal investigators. Walking tours take you around Pioneer Square, one of the oldest areas of the city, or you can kick things up a notch and join the Pioneer Square Haunted Pub Tour. Ghost hunts, which encourage you to bring along your own recording equipment, tour either the USS Turner Joy in Bremerton or the Seattle Underground. If you don't wish to join a group tour, you can also book private tours. Reservations are required. The company also hosts special events ranging from movies to readings with a medium at their Death Museum.
Pike Place Market is a popular destination with both tourists and locals, but it's also a historical site—the oldest farmer's market in the country—an even the land on which the market is located has a long history. The 75-minute Market Ghost Tour explores the buildings and spaces of the market and it does so at night fall, for maximum effect. It's an especially good ghost tour for skeptics. Even if you're a non-believer, the historical aspects of this tour will give any participant a new perspective on the market. In late October, you can join a special Halloween Market Ghost Tour. Private tours are also available. Reservations are not required, but you can purchase tickets online ahead of time.
If you don't prefer a walking tour or just really want to see as much of Seattle's haunted history as possible, Private Eye on Seattle is the company for you. All tours are done by shuttle, cover sights located all around Seattle, and involve little walking. The Haunted Happenings Tour is Seattle's oldest ghost tour. It lasts 2.5 to 3 hours and visits several areas of the city. Spirits of Seattle is another 3-hour tour that specializes in Capitol Hill, Belltown, Pike Place Market and downtown. Private Eye on Seattle also offers true crime tours. Reservations in advance are required.
The Seattle Underground Tour is already inherently creepy with its dimly lit spaces, dusty storefronts and abandoned nature. The Underground Paranormal Experience kicks this up a notch with a lot fewer lights in the tunnels underneath the city as well as ghost hunting equipment so you can see for yourself what might lurk in the darkness. This tour is offered select evenings throughout the week during the year as well as on Halloween. Reservations highly recommended.
Tacoma Ghost Tours lets you delve into the haunted history of Seattle's southern neighbor. There are two tours options—a one-hour tour of Stadium District, known as the location of Stadium High School, which looks like a castle; and a 1.5-hour tour of downtown Tacoma, including Antique Row and the Theater District. Purchase tickets in advance online.