A Guide to Haunted Houses Around Seattle (Halloween 2023)

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A scary farmer reaches their hand out at Stalker Farms, Washington

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Are you a freak for fall? Ready for a Halloweentime right of passage? A trip to a haunted house is perfect fodder for a good date, especially a first date. (Long lines + trauma bonding = a chance you’ll have a plus one for Christmas.) So, ghouls and goblins, we’ve got a guide to some local forsaken sites that have yet to be forbidden. But beware, some horrors follow you home.

Haunted houses sell out fast 👻

Buy tickets online in advance. Most have wait times and don’t offer refunds. Check in with locations directly for accessibility information. 

Georgetown Morgue

Seattle

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📆 Friday, September 22nd – Saturday, November 4th
📍 Georgetown Morgue: 5000 E Marginal Way S, Seattle
🎟 Starts @ $35

Want a haunted house in a location with an allegedly creepy history? Put Georgetown Morgue on your list. 

Billed as one of the “most intriguing historic urban morgues,” the Georgetown Morgue claims to have a gruesome history. In addition to serving as a morgue and crematorium, the morgue’s owners suggest the site has been the home of a missing body—later found dismembered—and other deaths. That includes the alleged “Seattle crematorium massacre,” where the morgue’s haunted house operators say that in October 1968, armed assailants forced all nine of the morgue’s staff members into a crematorium chamber. Leaving everyone as ash. (Evidence supporting this story is scant.)

The rumored morgue history serves as the backdrop to a terrifying Halloween experience. Your ticket gets you into a walkthrough attraction in the style of a catacomb, where creatures (actors) roam. For those who want to experience more fear, add a new dark maze experience for an extra $8 a ticket. You and your group will try to flee a pitch-black maze. Good luck. (Leave young ones at home, as kids under 12 are prohibited.) 

Free parking is available, with public transportation nearby. The experience is wheelchair accessible. No drinking is allowed, but there are plenty of spots nearby. Remember there’s a “no touch” policy (you don’t touch them; they don’t touch you). Because of their reputation as one of the best scares, the lines are often long—but there’s a VIP line for an additional charge. 

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Frighthouse Station

Tacoma

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📆 Friday, September 29th – Saturday, November 4th
📍 Freighthouse Square: 626 East 25th Street, Tacoma
🎟 Starts @ $17

Descend into the depths of the sea where creatures from the dark come to life at Frighthouse Station, located at Freighthouse Square near the Tacoma Dome. This haunt visits the seaside village of Ammet Bay, where locals have returned from unspeakable terrors beneath the waves. With creepy set and character designs, this H.P. Lovecraft-inspired spookfest is a special nightmare. 

While the organizers behind Frighthouse recommend no one under 12 visits, they do offer a “Wand of Courage” for the faint of heart. For an added $5 fee, you can equip yourself with a wand where, if you raise it and yell, “Back, evil thing! I command you!” you’ll make the monsters retreat. (If you don’t follow the instructions correctly, they’ll still pursue.) An “Ultimate Fright Pass” gets you faster access (less waiting in line) and a swag bag of spooky souvenirs for $40. No drinking, smoking, or vaping allowed. Also, no flash photography. This location is wheelchair accessible with assistance. 

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Stalker Farms

Snohomish

📆 Saturday, September 30th – Sunday, October 29th
📍 Stocker Farms: 8705 Marsh Rd, Snohomish
🎟 Starts @ $28.95

Billed as Washington’s “original haunted corn trails,” Stocker Farms’ Stalker Farms is another spot with multiple attractions. 

The “Slasher Family Homestead” and “Pogo’s Funny Farm” are full of torments for the fearless, featuring traditional haunted experiences like scary clowns and chainsaw-wielding creeps. The farm also offers a non-haunted nighttime corn maze that’s good for kids, plus a giant jumping pillow, ball toss zone, farmer foosball, and fire pits for rent. A VIP option, which includes a third haunted trail, “Eski’s Dark Harvest,” and a “shooting gallery,” is available. Hang out in the midway space before or after to enjoy food vendors, carnival-style gaming, and live entertainment on busy nights. 

Heads-up: Wheelchairs are allowed, but accessibility could be an issue. All attractions are outside, so there can be mud, bugs, corn stalks, uneven ground, fog, and, yes, rain! A flash sale starts on September 25th, with online tickets at 30% off. 

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Nightmare on 9

Snohomish

📆 Saturday, September 30th – Sunday, October 29th
📍 Thomas Family Farm: 9010 Marsh Rd, Snohomish
🎟 Starts @ $31

Come here for a one-stop spooky spot for everyone. Thomas Family Farm’s Nightmare on 9 experience admits you to multiple attractions. First is the “Vogel Institute,” an indoor haunted house operating on the farm since 2012. Then there’s “The Haunted Trail,” a quarter-mile-long walk through the imagined ghost town of “Blackreach.” And the “Zombie Paintball” ride lets you shoot ghouls back into their graves. Want something without monsters? Try the “Night Corn Maze.” 

Most activities are for ages 12 and over, with kids under eight not allowed. But onsite, there’s free access to a nighttime pumpkin patchfood court, and general store. You can even rent a fire pit. For those old enough to drink, there’s a beer garden. (Helpful if you need some bravery.) Parking is available, and a fast pass can be purchased to reduce wait times. Receive a discount plus free admission to the corn maze if you combine two or three activities. 

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Fright Fest

Federal Way

📆 Friday, October 6th – Sunday, October 29th
📍 Wild Waves: 36201 Enchanted Pkwy S, Federal Way
🎟 Starts @ $35

A family-friendly theme and water park by day—beware, the fright comes out at night. Popular with teens, Wild Waves’ Fright Fest has multiple terror-inducing attractions. 

The “Chamber of Souls” serves as a traditional haunted house. Make your way through ghouls, corpses, and a zombie outbreak. Then head to “Camp Whispering Pines,” a trail where tortured camp counselors and slaughtered campers abound. The “Voodoo Swamp” is a shadowy bog full of creepy crawlers and curses. The first two come with admission, but the swamp costs an extra five bucks. 

To reduce wait times, a VIP pass includes a separate line, the three haunted attractions, plus four thrill rides. Rollercoaster after, anyone? For those under 13 (or anyone who wants fun without fear), there is “Booville,” a kid-friendly, scare-free area with games, a magic show, and a Halloween costume contest. Tip: Plan to carpool due to paid parking. Buy tickets in advance because reservations are required.

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Patheresa Wells

Patheresa Wells is a Black/Persian, Pansexual, Polyamorous Poet (so many Ps) and writer living in Seatac. An aspiring comic, you can catch her cracking jokes at open mics around the area. In her free time, she likes to imagine what she’d do with free time and feed her backyard crows cuz they’re silly. Follow her on Twitter @PatheresaWells.

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