Start getting your costume together now, because Seattle is going to be on fire for Halloween! No cheap costume from a bag will do, we take Halloween seriously up here in the PNW. Not to mention there are dozens of costume contests, so you might as well shoot for the prize! If you’re an adult looking for something to do in Seattle for Halloween, you’re in luck! On Halloween weekend, Pioneer Square and Capitol Hill turn into unofficial street party pub crawls. Wander down the streets with the masses or find a place early to park it and watch the chaos wander past.
No matter what you’re in the mood for, classy or down and dirty, there is a party or 12 that you will love here, the options are endless. But, even with so many places to choose from, tickets are already selling out quickly, so pick your place and buy your tickets as soon as possible so you don’t miss out on the action.
Seattle seems to have a thing with carnivals; remember the Unicorn Bar? Well here’s a few carnival style dance parties, only this time they’re scary.
Carnevolar Located at the Emerald City Trapeze Arts, October 25, 26 & 27. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. This is a thrilling Halloween event complete with terrorizing trapeze and circus acts. After the show the dance party begins. You don’t want to be the shunned one here without a costume, the crazier and more elaborate the better.
Freaknight, Located at the WaMu Theater October 26 from 6:30-1:30 a.m. If EDM and house music are your thing, come out to Freaknight for an insane night out. Twenty-one artists will vibrate the massive dance floor. Organizers go all out with aerialist performers dressed in carnival costumes hanging from the ceiling and entertaining the crowds with circus acrobatics. Fire dancers, carnival games, rides and pyrotechnics will give you something to talk about for weeks. Make sure you come in costume or you might feel left out. Tickets are selling out quickly.
The Nightmare at Beaver Lake, at Beaver Lake Park in Sammamish October Fridays & Saturdays 7-11:00 pm Sundays 7-10:00 p.m. October 30 & 31, 7-10:00 p.m. Almost a mile of haunted trails weave in and out of elaborate, unique sets created for this event each year through the haunted trees. This terrifying forest is run entirely by volunteers, mostly made up of high schoolers, but don’t be fooled, these juveniles know how to create fear. All of the proceeds go to charities, bring canned food for $1 off tickets. Get scared for a cause, you’ve got to hand it to these high schoolers, this idea is tremendously better than car washes and doughnut sales.
The Georgetown Morgue Haunted House, October Thursday-Sunday 7-2:00 a.m. with special hours the week of Halloween. The Georgetown Morgue is a true morgue that was once an operating a crematorium burning 100 bodies per day. The building has a creepy past all by itself, it once was the site of a massacre in 1968. The victims were the morgue employees including the owner, they were all forced into the crematorium and burned. Nine murders went unsolved indefinitely. The building was eventually shut down. This is creepiest location for a haunted house imaginable, no theatrical additions needed.
Spooked in Seattle Events
Spooked in Seattle is a tour company, with interesting, educational and engaging tours of the city. In addition to their regular ghost tours, they’re hosting a variety of October events including the popular Undead Cabaret Helloween, Sinful in Seattle, Professional Storytelling at a private bar, A movie Showing of 13 Ghosts and another movie showing of the silly, 90’s Hocus Pocus with an accompanying costume contest. Make sure to sign up for tickets and reservations early.
Spooked in Seattle Ghost Tours, trips leave daily from 4:00 until no one is left to go in the evening. A very popular, award winning tour with rave reviews of disturbing, funny, spooky stories from engaging tour guides about Seattle’s treacherous past.
Pioneer Square Haunted Pub Tour, come join another tour Fridays and Saturdays at 8:30 p.m. Find out about some of the closed-door dealings in some of Seattle’s oldest bars. This is an adult tour with adult themes, not for Victorian types.
The Museum of Pop Culture, called the MoPop has 4 Halloween events in October.
The Fashionably Undead VIII October 20, 9-1:00 a.m. with a DJ, costume contest, and enjoyment of the museum after hours with creepy haunts in the halls and funky photo booths.
Young Frankenstein Matinee October 21, 2-4:30ish Starting with a reading from the new Annotated Frankenstein, by Leslie Klinger. Stay for a matinee showing of the old classic, comedy Young Frankenstein with Gene Wilder.
Haunt Seattle October 27 & 28 from 8-1:30 a.m. Come for the costume contest, dance party and DJ’s with a bar of course. 2,000 of your closest friends are expected to come.
A Nightmare on Elm Street, October 31, Doors open at 6, the movie starts at 7:00 p.m. Start Halloween night out the right way with this horror classic that’s terrorized viewers for over three decades. Equally impressive is the place to view it. MoPop’s Sky Church room gives the feeling of being outside under the cathedral ceiling of stars with twinkling LED lights. Bring a blanket and pillows from home, pretend you’re under the stars, but if you are familiar with Freddy and his sick games, you’ll know not to dare fall asleep. Trivia games and giveaways will make it awesome. After the event just walk out the door and you’ll be only two miles from Capitol Hill or Pioneer Square right in the middle of all the fun.
Noir at the Bar at the Hotel Sorento October 11, 7-9:00 p.m. If you love a good story, a classy joint and free entertainment come out to this event. A reading from crime fiction novelists in the toasty fireside room smelling rich of mahogany and tufted leather-bound chairs.
Tarot Card Tuesdays, also at Hotel Sorento every Tuesday in October, come out from 6-8:00 p.m., it’s recommended to come early as this is a busy event. Find out what your future holds then smile or cry into your cocktail depending on the outcome.
Halloween Murder Mystery Dinner at Maggiano’s Little Italy in Bellevue October 26, 6-8:00 p.m. For entertainment that you can participate in, with dinner included. Wear a costume for a unique, interactive experience.
Second Chance Prom Halloween Masquerade and Prom at the West Seattle Golf Course October 26, 7-10:00 p.m. Class it up a bit and show them how it’s done in your fanciest face mask. If you reserve your tickets early you can come to a sipping and shopping event with dresses and costumes to choose from.
Prohibition Sucks; a Vampire Speakeasy Located at Factory Luxe October 26 & 27, 7:30-12:00 a.m. For an elegant, vampire themed speakeasy style evening come out for fancy vampire cocktails and delicious appetizers. With singing and dancing entertainment, a black-tie event enjoy yourself while raising money for honey bees.
Amazon Symphony Orchestra Halloween Spooktacular Located in the Amazon Meeting Center October 19, 7-9 p.m. Come out to enjoy a free night at the symphony curtesy of Amazon. Mystical, spookily beautiful music will be played with an emphasis on Halloween vibes including music from Harry Potter. Costumes are expected, and contests will be held.
Bollywood Scream, at Club Contour October 27 & 28, 10-1:30 a.m. Rock out to Bollywood music while in costume for the 5th annual Bollywood bash. The only Bollywood Halloween in town.
Hip Hop Halloween Boat Party, Nothing says Halloween like Hip Hop, and it wouldn’t be a holiday in Seattle without at least one boat party. So, take your Dramamine and head aboard for a Spooktacular party (that one hasn’t been over used has it?) October 27. Tickets are selling out quickly, don’t get left on shore!
Halloween Hell Harvest located in the Ballard Underground October 19, 8-9:30 p.m. Switch it up a bit and come out to find out what horror comedy means. Nine comics will be performing with horror trivia, prizes and a bar of course. It’ll be anarchy.
Halloween Pub Crawl October 20 & 21 Noon-2:00 a.m. Awe, the best for last…This is an epic 14-hour pub crawl! You’ll travel around pubs with a small city of 1,000 people starting at noon. Be sure to pace yourself or this could turn ugly. Don’t bring your boss. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll pee your pants, and you’ll definitely leave with more friends than you came in with. Prices go up the longer you wait, so buy tickets NOW.
Now you’re ready for Halloween in Seattle.