Say Hello to Hallow’s Eve in Seattle


Jessie Koon • The Spectator

Jessie Koon • The Spectator
Jessie Koon • The Spectator

As Seattle gradually transitions into autumn Seattle University students are looking for fun things to do. With Halloween right around the corner, here are some things to do around the city:

Nightfall: The Film Noir Series

For anyone who wants to take a walk down history lane of 20th century America, or whose interest is caught by the thrill of crime solving under the moon and streetlights and the mystical, smoky aesthetic of monochrome cinematography, the Film Noir Series could be a refreshing event to check out this fall. Celebrating its 38th anniversary this year, it is said to be the world’s longest running film noir celebration, and has been called “The best series in Seattle film history” by Charles R. Cross, the founder of “Backstreets Magazine” and the author of the ASCAP award-winning Kurt Cobain biography “Heavier than Heaven.” The event had its kick-off on Sept. 24 with the film “Scarlet Street” and Top Pot Doughnuts party, but there are still plenty film noir movies that are yet to be shown, including the titular “Nightfall,” “Zodiac” and “One Way Street” which can be enjoyed in the coming weeks. The event occurs every Thursday from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. until Dec. 10 at Seattle Art Museum’s Plestcheeff Auditorium, with the films “Pitfall” and “Johnny Stool Pigeon” on Oct. 22 and 29. Tickets may be sold on the day of the movie at the auditorium entrance on a first-come, first-serve basis. They can also be purchased on SAM’s website or at the ticket desk of the SAM or the Asian Art Museum. Come join the world of black and white as it comes alive after night falls with the leaves.

Capitol Hill Historical Ghost Tours

Do stories of alleged haunted buildings send light shivers crawling across your skin, yet at the same time make your heart beat pulse excitement and fear? If so, the Historical Ghost Tours, taking place this year on Friday, Oct. 30 and on Halloween from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., are a great way to liven up your weekend. As a bonus, it is also a unique opportunity to explore the area surrounding Seattle University. Starting at the Elliot Bay Book Café, a guided walking tour will take you around the Pike/Pine neighborhood and up Broadway. Along the 90-minute walk, historical Seattle locations will be explored and stories of both local and famous ghosts will be told, along with reviews of special architecture and restaurants in the area. Stories about famous people and ghosts of Seattle will include those of Seattle’s former mayor Bertha Knight Landes, Cornish school founder Nellie Cornish, Bruce Lee, Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain and many more. The tour also includes a stop at the Oddfellow’s Café and visits to Jimi Hendrix’s statue, the Egyptian theater, old Broadway funeral homes and ends at the Harvard Exit Theater, which is said to be the most haunted location in the Northwest. After this tour, you will surely feel more familiar and at home at Seattle. To get into the spirit—pun intended—of things and blend in with the intangible presence of Halloween spirits, come to the tour in costume. Happy history and ghost hunting!

Jet City Twisted Flicks: The Mummy

After a week full of homework, extracurricular activities and tests, sometimes heading out and having a good laugh is the best way to relax. And being entertained by improv is an excellent way to do that. Jet City Improv is an organization that was founded in 1992 with the mission “To educate, enlighten, and entertain audiences through the art of improvisation.” Jet City has weekly improv shows filled with games, scenes and songs suggested by the audience. At the last weekend of each month, there is a special event called Twisted Flicks where old “B” movies are shown on screen, but with the original audio removed and instead, Jet City’s improvisers re-dubbing the dialogue, sound effects and live music based on audience requests. This is sure to result in a unique and hilarious experience that not only involves an opportunity to use a sense of imagination but also to build an amicable relationship between audience and performer. Ticket discounts for Twisted Flicks are available for students with IDs, as well as groups of 10 or more, so it’s a great idea to bring some friends along. On Halloween night, the 1959 film “The Mummy” will be shown on at 7:30 p.m. For the special occasion, anyone who shows up in costume will get $1 off of anything from the concessions stand and the bar. But don’t fret if you don’t have a disguise ready, because there will be a Mummification station where you can be wrapped up into an instant mummy costume.

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