13 Spooky Ways to Celebrate Halloween in Seattle This Year
For a terrifyingly good time.
Halloween marks the beginning of the holiday season, and it’s arguably the best of the bunch—no obligatory family gatherings, no last minute gift purchases, and, duh, lots of free candy. And let’s not forget about the parties, which provide the perfect excuse to get dressed up as your freakiest self and, for once, wear a mask not directly related to the global pandemic. That said, there’s a hell of a lot going on this Halloween; ahead, the best parties, pumpkin carving contests, comedy shows, haunted houses, and cocktail specials happening in Seattle.
October 26, 7 pm
Post Pike Bar
$50 could be yours at Post Pike Bar’s upcoming pumpkin carving contest, which will award the aforementioned prize (via gift card) to the first place winner. To enter, simply pay $20 and receive a pumpkin, carving tools, and, most importantly, a free shot of Espolòn tequila.
September 24 - November 6
Speaking of Georgetown Morgue, it wouldn’t be right to curate this list without including perhaps the most infamous haunted house in Seattle. Buyer (and visitor) beware.
October 30 - 31, 6 pm
Freakout Fest is just around the corner, and what better way to kick off the festivities than with some rooftop DJ sets at Mountaineering Club? Complete with some very spooky cocktails (try the “Monster Mush(room)” if you, like the rest of us, love mezcal), this two-day event is actually just the beginning of a two-week long partnership between the fest and the bar. Prepare yourself for magic tricks, “scare-ot” readings, and, of course, some very good tunes.
Through October 31
You may remember a Rosebud Motel-themed house à la Schitt’s Creek that popped up this time last year in Queen Anne. This time around, owner Richard Knowles took a different route, recreating the Bates Motel from Psycho. Need we say more? To see for yourself, pop by before the end of the month.
October 27 - 28, 5 - 9 pm
Elysian is asking all the right questions this season, most importantly: Is there anything scarier than a fridge without beer in it? Perhaps not, which is why you should probably sign up (by October 24) for an order of their new pumpkin flavored beer, which will be delivered to your doorstep in very scary fashion courtesy of Georgetown Morgue.
October 31, 1 pm and 4 pm
For an all-ages high tea (complete with booze for the older folks), try Hotel Sorrento. Costumes are encouraged, treats and cakes are available, and some time slots are already sold out—so don’t wait.
October 27, 9 pm
If you’re looking for some levity this season, Waterwheel Lounge is ready to provide it, more specifically with a Halloween-themed comedy special. Stop by on Wednesday at 9 pm for, here’s hoping, lots of laughs and lots of cheap booze.
Through October 31, 7 - 10 pm
Stocker Farms, aptly renamed Stalker Farms for the Halloween season, is back with its haunted corn maze, which is said to be akin to “dropping into the middle of a horror movie.” For the less brave among us, they also offer a non-scary corn maze, though that will also cost you the requisite $21.95.
Cost: $21.95 - $41.95
October 31 2 - 6 pm
Are dog costumes simply cuter—and therefore more perfect—versions of human costumes? Probably, and it’s with that logic that we recommend Howl-O-Ween, a free doggie costume party hosted by Peddler Brewing Co.
October 29 - 31
For round two of Halloween-themed cocktails, head to Smith Tower, which will be serving up all things Halloween for three days only. We recommend starting with the “Drink of the Living Dead” or “The Devil’s Advocate,” then moving onto the star of the show: Beetlejuice Beetlejuice Beetlejuice (aka, a roasted beet salad with grapefruit vinaigrette).
October 30, 9 pm
Supernova is a very good place to spend an evening (and early morning) on the dance floor, and there’s perhaps no better time to do just that than on Halloween, where Stayin’ Alive (zombie edition) will be in full swing come October 30. Costumes are encouraged (read: Wear one or be square) and proof of vaccination is required.
October 30, 5 - 11 pm
STELLA at Hotel Sorrento
It’s time to get dressed up in “your finest graveyard attire” (interpret that as you wish) for an evening of zombies, tarot card readings, ghost tours, and more at Hotel Sorrento. Tickets include a prix fixe dinner plus two drink tickets.
October 1 - 31
Navy Strength is back with its annual month-long Halloween party this year, which, as always, is chock full of themed cocktails. Stop by to sip on drinks with names like “The Ghostface” (Templeton rye whiskey, coffee-infused butter, lime, and popcorn) and “The Dream Warrior” (Ardbeg Wee Beastie Scotch, aromatic Croatian chamomile, ginger, citrus, galangal, and, finally, a syringe full of a bitter Montenegro-raspberry Jell-O shot).