Looking to add a little fright to your Seattle vacation? Ghost tours, haunted houses and trails of terror await you. Here are eight of our picks.
This haunted house in Seattle's Georgetown neighborhood is a popular attraction every Halloween season. As the story goes, you never know what you'll find in this morgue with a violent past. Only for visitors 12 and older, they do have a lights-on kids' day if the younger set wants to visit. There can be long lines: a VIP Speed Line Pass can be purchased in addition to a ticket to skip to the front of the line. Tickets are available on the website.
Bastyr University, in Kenmore, Wash., on the northeast side of Lake Washington, creates this spooky attraction yearly as a fundraiser for their student study-away programs. Teens and adults alike will shiver with fright during the event. Little ones can come early for trick-or-treating and a carnival, though no one younger than 8 is allowed in Haunted Trails. The events begin at 5 pm for the kids and 7 pm for the Haunted Trails on Fridays and Saturdays, Oct. 14-15 and 21-22. Tickets and directions are available on the website.
Spooked in Seattle
Real ghost hunters lead these tours around Seattle, including some spots in Seattle's underground. In addition to their walking tours, they also have ghost hunts and other special events. Guests are encouraged to take photos—check their website for a few from tour-goers who have caught apparations and spirit orbs. You never know what you'll experience when visiting some of Seattle's most haunted places. Tickets and schedules are available on the website.
Maris Farms in Buckley, Wash., is home to this freaky spot. Follow the trail through a creepy corn maze, into the terrifying haunted woods and back into the corn—but look out for encounters with haunted children, scary grandparents and a dentist from nightmares. This over-the-top experience is not recommended for anyone younger than 10 or for those with a heart condition—it's scary, people! For directions, a schedule of open days and tickets, visit the website.
Nightmare on 9
Enter this haunted house if you dare—there is still speculation about exactly how one of the owners of this slaughterhouse and rendering plant died a gruesome death. This attraction is intended only for kids 12 and older. Lines can get long, but VIP Speed Line Passes are available for an additional cost. Nightmare on 9 is located in Snohomish, Wash., northeast of Seattle. For tickets and more information, visit the website.
Private Eye on Seattle
This tour company has both ghost tours and true crime tours around the city. True crime tours happen during the day, while the ghost tours wait until nighttime. All are driving tours, with limited walking at some locations. Led by a Seattle native who has had a lifelong fascination with the darker side of life, there is sure to be plenty of information and creepy stories. Tours are by reservation only, visit the website for specific tour descriptions and to make reservations.
Opening starting Oct. 8, Stalker Farms features three different attractions to scare yourself silly: Jed's Reckoning, Pogo's Playhouse and the Paintball Stalker Hunt for Zombies. It's open Thursdays-Sundays in October. The haunts aren't recommended for children 12 and younger, or for those who are pregnant or have certain medical conditions. For more information or to buy tickets, visit the website.
Hell's Gateway Haunted House
October brings the return of this popular spot in Tacoma. In addition to the 13-and-older haunted house (minors must be accompanied by an adult), there is also Real Scare, an interactive event for those 18 and older. Real Scare sells out quickly, and there are no ticket refunds. Check the rules on the website before committing to this terrifying experience. A final option is Dark Nightmare, a blackout event with a goal—collect 10 clues in under 20 minutes for the chance to win a 70-inch television. Find more information on the website.