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Haunted Houses and Scary Attractions for Seattle-Area Families

Wild (and mild) scares with kids around Seattle, the Eastside and South Sound

Published on: September 26, 2023


It’s time for tweens and teens to scream with fright (and delight) at haunted houses and scary Halloween attractions taking place this month. Seattle haunted houses aren’t the only frights around town: Brave souls can enter a haunted corn maze, haunted woods or even a haunted chocolate factory!

And if you’ve got younger kids, never fear. Many attractions include a less-scary or unscary option for the younger set.

Be sure to check the website of each attraction before you head out, to confirm all the current details. 

Looking for more Halloween fun? Check out our Halloween page!

Seattle haunted houses

1. Georgetown Morgue Haunted House, Seattle

Held in a morgue that claims to be the site of “the most horrifying unsolved crime in Seattle history,” the scares start before you walk into this popular haunted house. See the video on the website for a taste of the terror. The new terror in 2023 is the Dark Maze. You and your friends are alone in a pitch dark maze, until you find your way out! 

Location: 5000 E. Marginal Way S., Seattle
Dates: Open select days Sept. 22–Nov. 4.
Price: $35 per person (Dark Maze is an additional $8). Book tickets online.
Ages: Recommended for ages 12 and older

2. Nightfall Orphanage, Seattle

Nightfall Orphanage is held in a private home in a residential area of West Seattle. There is no admission fee, but donations are collected and encouraged. Organizers accept non-perishable food donations for West Seattle Food Bank and monetary donations for Washington’s National Park Fund. Make sure you read all the information about parking on the website, and note that there are no bathrooms available. 

Location: 4544 51st Place S.W., Seattle
Dates: Oct. 13–14, 20–21 and 27–31, 7–10 p.m.
Price: Free! No tickets are required, simply show up the night you want to go, and bring along your donations. Note that sometimes the line to enter can be long. 
Ages: Recommended for ages 10 and older

3. Laurelhurst Haunted House, Seattle

The Laurelhurst Haunted House was started as a community service project to raise money for Northwest Harvest. Over the years this neighborhood event has continued to grow. Turn up for a live-action haunted house, food and drinks, a donation-based raffle, costume contest, and games. 

Location:3519 43rd Ave. N.E., Seattle
Dates: Oct. 28, 29 and 31, 6–10 p.m.
Price: No tickets necessary. Suggested donation of $1 or canned food, all to benefit Northwest Harvest
Ages: Recommended for ages 13 and older
Less scary fun: There are plenty of activities outside the haunted house for kids of all ages, including Halloween games, music and a costume contest. 

4. Seattle Chocolate Haunted Factory Tour, Tukwila

Brave the dark, eerie halls of the Seattle Chocolate Factory on a quest to save it from an evil spirit. Use clues to solve the puzzle and earn a yummy reward! Plus, learn a thing or two about making chocolate along the way. The haunted factory tour is less than 30 minutes long, making it appealing to even the younger crowd.
Location: 1180 Andover Park W., Tukwila
Dates: Thursday–Sunday, Oct. 19–29.
Tickets: $15 per adult and $12 for ages 12 and younger. Book online
Ages: Ages 8 and older with families.
Unscary fun: Sensitive kids might get a little fright but this tour is designed with kids ages 8 and older in mind.

Tour guide at Seattle Chocolate’s Haunted Factory Halloween themed tour
This may be your guide for Seattle Chocolate’s Haunted Factory Tour

5. Fright Fest at Wild Waves, Federal Way

The water rides are closed, but 25-plus amusement park rides are open and Wild Waves is packed with scary (and not-so-scary) fun. For thrill-seekers, there are two haunted houses and a spooky trail walk that opens at 6 p.m. For everyone else, check out Booville in Kiddie Land on weekends, 2–6 p.m., for crafts, activities, trick-or-treating and theme park rides. Wear your best Halloween costume and show it off at the costume contest, every Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. You can also catch performances by Xakary the Magician, Saturdays and Sundays only. 

Are you a Wild Waves 2023 or 2024 season ticket holder? Well here’s some good news: Fright Fest is included! Note that reservations are still required

Location: 36201 Enchanted Parkway S., Federal Way
Dates: Friday–Sunday, Oct. 6–29.
Tickets: Single-night admission is $49.99 online ($59.99 at the gate); admission for kids under four feet tall is $34.99; ages 3 and younger free. Purchase tickets online.
Ages: Recommended for ages 13 and older; Booville and family stuff are okay for all ages.
Unscary fun: For ages 12 and younger, Booville offers lots of scare-free activities, like a hay bale maze, crafts, trick-or-treating and theme park rides.

6. Stalker Farms, Snohomish

Stocker Farms turns into creepy “Stalker” Farms at night! If you dare, enter the Slasher Family Homestead or Pogo’s Funny Farm in the haunted cornfields. Or do both if you’re feeling brave! If that’s still not enough thrills, you can try the new addition, Eski’s Dark Harvest. The Eski are the demonic ancestors of the Slasher family and this VIP experience is a tail of terror through a dark corn field. 

The Toxic Blaster shooting gallery is also new in 2023. A massive spill of radioactive waste has mutated Stalker Farm’s already blood-thirsty denizens and made them twice as dangerous! Can you keep the monster at bay, or will they escape and eat your eyes! 

Location: 8705 Marsh Road, Snohomish
Dates: Friday–Sunday, Sept. 30–Oct. 29, plus Thursday, Oct. 26.
Tickets: Admission is $19.95 per person when you purchase tickets online ($28.95 at the gate), VIP entry with additional attractions costs $42.95 ($49.95 at the gate). “No Scare” evening tickets are $19.95 per person ($28.95 at the gate). Buy tickets in advance online starting on Sept. 25.
Ages: Recommended for ages 13 and older; nighttime “no-fright” corn maze and Midway are okay for all ages.
Less Scary fun: Night No Scare tickets allow you to explore the corn maze and the Midway (carnival-style games, food trucks and more) after dark but without the scary stuff.

7. Thomas Family Farm at Night, Snohomish

This is a family-friendly farm by day, but it’s haunted by night! Feel the terror while you walk the quarter-mile-long Nightmare on 9 Haunted Trail, play Zombie Paintball and/or brave the Nightmare on 9 haunted house. You can also buy tickets to navigate the corn maze by flashlight after dark. 

Location: 9010 Marsh Road, Snohomish
Dates: Friday–Sunday, Oct. 1–29.
Tickets: Nightmare on 9 Haunted Trail $31; Zombie Paintball $31; Nightmare on 9 Haunted House $31; flashlight corn maze $15; combo tickets available. Buy tickets in advance online.
Ages:  Nightmare on 9 Haunted Trail and Haunted House recommended for ages 12 and older; Zombie Paintball recommended for ages 8 and older; flashlight corn maze is appropriate for all ages.
Less scary fun: Bring your own flashlight to navigate the corn maze at night!

8. Nile Nightmares, Mountlake Terrace

This fright-fest recommended for ages 13 and older offers seven different haunted scenes, such as the Slaughterhouse, The Attic and the Curse of the Nile. Try out the four horror-themed escape rooms for even more thrills (for an additional cost). On Saturday, Oct. 21, younger kids and families can come for Family Funfest, featuring a lights-on tour of the haunted attractions.

Location: 6601 244th St. S.W., Mountlake Terrace
Dates: Friday–Sunday, Sept. 29–Oct. 29, plus Oct. 31. Unscary Family Funfest is Saturday, Oct. 21, 11 a.m.–3 p.m.
Tickets: $40 at the door (purchase online for a discount); Family Funfest $10 per child with accompanying adults free. Purchase tickets online.
Ages: Ages 13 and older for haunted attractions; all ages at Family Funfest on Oct. 21, though displays may still be too scary for sensitive souls
Less scary fun: The fright-free opportunity here is Saturday, Oct. 21.

9. Fright House Station, Tacoma

Do you date to journey underground where lights and hope fade? This story-driven haunted experience promises lots of scares and invites you to, “walk the village’s corrupted streets, brave a sinking cargo ship, and descend deeper and deeper beneath the waves to face unspeakable eldritch evil.” Yikes! 

Location: 626 E. 25th St., Tacoma
Dates: Thursday–Saturday, Sept. 29–Nov. 4 (closed Nov. 2) 
Price: Admission is $17 (plus fees). You can add a Wand of Courage that can scare away monsters for $5. Make reservations online, and note that tickets are for a specific day and time. 
Ages: Recommended for ages 12 and older


10. Maris Farms Haunted Woods, Buckley

This 35-minute journey through the corn and into the creepy, haunted woods is full of heart-stopping thrills. Flashlights are not allowed on this haunted walk. Get ready for psychotic patients, bloodthirsty zombies, apocalyptic warriors and more. Yikes!

Location: 25001 Sumner Buckley Hwy., Buckley
Dates: Friday–Sunday, Sept. 30–Oct. 29. 
Tickets: Haunted Woods general admission is $40. The non-scary flashlight maze is included with Farm Play admission ($31) and is available on Friday and Saturday when the farm is open until 10 p.m.; tickets available online only.
Ages: Ages 10 and older for Haunted Woods; all ages for flashlight maze.
Less Scary fun: The unhaunted flashlight maze caters to families with younger kids and those not desiring a scare.

11. The Haunted Forest of Maple Valley, Maple Valley

This favorite haunted woods attraction is dark and spooky in the evenings — recommended for ages 10 and older only — but it also offers a Family Walk that promises “more light, less fright” for all ages.

Location: Royal Arch Park, 20821 Renton-Maple Valley Road in Maple Valley
Dates: Friday–Saturday, Oct. 6–28; Family Walk takes place Saturdays, 4–6 p.m.
Tickets: $20 per person. Express “RIP” tickets, military and group discounts available; Family Walk $5; ages 2 and younger free. Purchase online
Ages: Recommended for ages 10 and older; Family Walk is for all ages.
Less scary fun: Family Walk promises more light, less fright and takes place Saturdays, 4–6 p.m.

12. Fright Factory, Buckley

Get ready, the Fright Factory has been rated as one of the scariest and most realistic haunted attractions in the Puget Sound area. It is not for the faint of heart! Check out the promotional video on the website for a taste of what you are in for. 

Location: 2000 Collins Road, Buckley
Dates: Friday–Sunday, Sept. 30–Oct. 31 (also open Oct. 26 and Oct. 30–31). Times vary, see website for details. 
Price: Purchase your admission onsite for $20, cash only. Receive $1 off with a donation of canned food. 
Ages: Recommended for ages 10 and older

13. Rutledge Haunted Corn Maze, Olympia

You never know what might be waiting around the corner in Rutledge’s creepy haunted corn maze. Completely separate from the daytime maze, the haunted maze is sure to stir up some screams in the dark of the night. (Warning: The website shows creepy clowns with chainsaws! Gulp.)

Location: 302 93rd Ave. S.E., Olympia
Dates: 2023 dates TBA
Tickets: 2022 prices were $23 per person (plus a $2 fee). Purchase tickets online.
Ages: Recommended for ages 10 and older
Less scary fun: You can explore Rutledge’s regular corn maze at night for some less scary fun. $12 per person (plus a $2 fee). Fire pits are available for rent on Friday and Saturday nights.

14. My Morbid Mind, Lacey

This haunted house has been a local favorite for many years and now has quite a following. Think creepy barn and intense haunted maze. 

Location: 4548 Marvin Road S.E., Lacey
Dates: Select dates, Oct. 6– 31
Tickets: $24 per person Saturday and Sunday, $22 on a “school nights” (when you purchase online, prices at the gate vary by day); $5 for no-scare walk-through for kids, purchase tickets at the gate.
Ages: Ages 13 and older; all ages okay for kids’ walk-through, though some displays may still be too scary for sensitive souls.
Unscary fun: Kids’ Walk-Through with lights on and no frights, Oct. 28, 5–6:30 p.m.

15. My Haunted Forest, Vaughn

This one is a bit of a drive (about 40 minutes from Tacoma, a little over an hour from Seattle), but for fans of haunted thrills it will be worth the journey. This experience transports you into a medieval alternate reality with dragons and other mythical beasts lurking in the woods. The trail is about a mile long, and this unique experience has been described as “ren-faire meets scare-faire”.

Can’t make the drive, or want to check out how scary it is? You are in luck, because My Haunted Forest will be live streaming every night they are open in October.

Location: 17616 S. Vaughn Road N.W. in Vaughn
Dates: Friday and Saturday nights, Sept. 30–Oct. 29 (plus a few additional nights in Oct., see website for details)
Price: General admission is $28. Purchase tickets online, and note that they are for a specific day and time slot. 
Ages: No age recommendation given, you know your kids best!
Less scary fun: Every night between 6–7 p.m. is “low-scare” hour. During this time animatronics are turned on, actors will be in costume and interact with you, but they will not attempt to scare you. This hour is open to all ages, kids 5 and younger are free. 

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Editor’s note: Kari Hanson contributed to this article, which was originally published several years ago. It’s updated every year with new thrills and chills, most recently for 2023.

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