Seattle’s Spooky Halloween Haunts


Nurse your Halloween nostalgia with a Halloween carnival here on Capitol Hill. After all, no one is too old for some old-fashioned Halloween fun. Carnival games, balloon animals, face painters, stilt walkers, magic tricks, music and more will be at Cal Anderson’s kid-friendly carnival this Saturday from 12-3:30 p.m. The carnival will be followed by a costume parade at 3:30 p.m. and trick-or-treating on Broadway from 4 to 7 p.m. After all of the Halloween festivities, you can fill up on pizza at Pagliacci’s Pizza party from 5 to 7 p.m.

The events will take place a short walk from campus at Cal Anderson park this Saturday, Oct. 25 from 12 to 7 p.m. Admission is free.


View some boo-tiful artwork by local LGBTQ artists at Gay City Health Project. Paintings of creepy clowns, ghosts, witches, aliens, monsters and more will surely haunt you. Come celebrate the Halloween season with Seattle’s local LBTQ art scene.

The multi-disciplinary exhibit runs through Nov. 9 at Gay City Health Project just off campus by Kaladi Brothers Coffee. Admission is free.


The Experience Music Project (EMP) is sure to thrill you with its multiple Halloween-themed events this month. Museum admission is not necessary.

Catch a horror movie classic on the EMP’s big screen. This month the museum’s Campout Cinema series, which brings the drive-in movie atmosphere indoors, will be showing “The Shining” inside the museum’s state-of-the-art Sky Church. Bring some pillows and a friend to cling onto. The event is Thursday, Oct. 30. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $12.

Halloween-enthusiasts over age 21 can celebrate this season by testing their knowledge of the cult classic “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” The EMP is hosting a “Buffy Trivia Party!” on Friday, Oct. 24 at 5:30 p.m. The trivia party will be held inside of the museum’s restaurant and bar, POP. Tickets are $8.

If you can’t make these events, consider taking a spooky stroll through the museum’s current cinematic horror exhibit, “Can’t Look Away: The Lure of Horror Film.” Student tickets are $18 without a costume and $13 with one.


Do you like dancing? Do you like zombies? Do you like Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”? If you said yes to any of these, then go to Occidental Park in Pioneer Square this Saturday to watch the undead in a Halloween tribute to Michael Jackson. Thrill the World is an annual worldwide event where fans from around the globe dress up as zombies and dance to raise money for charity.

The zombie takeover starts this Saturday, Oct. 25 at 2:30 p.m. Dancing begins at 3 p.m. Admission is free.


Can Can presents its eighth annual burlesque rendition of Tim Burton’s spooktacular classic, “The Nightmare Before Christmas.” With live music, cabaret, burlesque, 3D special effects and more, this is a new twist on a Halloween classic, you truly don’t want to miss.

Shows run at the Triple Door Oct. 23 through Nov. 1 and most shows are all ages. Tickets range from $20 to $40.


You might be too scared to return to Pike Place Market after going on the Market Ghost Tour. The spooky tour walks you through Seattle’s first mortuary and an old, haunted graveyard. (Fun fact: the term “graveyard shift” originated in Seattle. They had to transport bodies from the graveyard in underground Seattle to a new, above-ground graveyard late at night.)

The tour is 75 minutes long and runs every Tuesday through Sunday. $16.50 plus tax, or $14.50 with valid student ID.

Those over age 21 can also participate in the “Halloween Pub Crawl” put on by the Market Ghost Tour. Go trick-or-treating at bars in Pike Place Market the night of Halloween.

The creepy crawl starts at 7 p.m. on Oct. 31 at Ghost Alley Espresso and ends at the Alibi Room. $20 not including drinks.


Some more spine-shivering news for those 21 and over! The Neumos family is hosting its eighth annual costume party on the night of Halloween. All three of the venues will be used for this event: Barboza, Neumos and Moe Bar. Enjoy drinks, meet new people and listen to bands and DJs like THEESatisfaction, Jack the Sipper and Bloody Mary.

The party starts at 8 p.m. on Oct. 31. Admission is free.

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