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Fright Night: 10 Scary (and Unscary) Haunted Attractions for Families

Big and little thrills and chills for families around Seattle, the Eastside and South Sound

Published on: October 08, 2019


Teens and tweens will scream with fright (and delight) at these scary Halloween attractions in the Greater Seattle area. And if you've got younger kids, never fear. Many of these attractions include a less-scary or unscary option for the younger set. One even has chocolate!

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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. 

Location: 5000 E. Marginal Way S., Seattle
Dates: Thursday–Sunday through Oct. 27, plus daily Oct. 28–Nov. 2.
Price: $25 per person. Express VIP tickets, combos and group discounts available online.
Ages: Recommended for ages 12 and older.
Less scary fun: Kids' Day — with the lights on — is Saturday, Oct. 12, 1–4 p.m. Kids are free with a three-item food bank donation; adults $5.

2. The Haunted Forest of Maple Valley, Maple Valley

This 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 Rd., Maple Valley
Dates: Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 26; Family Walk takes place Saturdays, 5–6 p.m.
Price: $15 per person. Express "RIP" tickets, military and group discounts available; Family Walk $5; ages 2 and younger free.
Ages: Recommended for ages 10 and older; Family Walk is all ages.
Less scary fun: Family Walk promises more light, less fright and takes place Saturdays, 5–6 p.m.


3. Nightmare at Beaver Lake, Sammamish

Follow a 3/4-mile-long wooded trail populated by scary volunteers to the largest indoor/outdoor haunted house in the Seattle area. Families with younger kids should check out the Family Scare, which runs from 7–7:45 p.m. The scares increase in intensity for the rest of the night. Scream for a good cause: 100 percent of profits are donated to charity.

Location: 2656 244th Ave. S.E., Sammamish
Dates: Friday–Sunday through Oct. 27, plus Oct. 30 and 31.
Tickets: Family Scare (7–7:45 p.m.) $12; Full Scare (8 p.m.–close) $20. Add a fast pass for $10 extra to skip to the head of the line. Buy online or in person.
Ages: Recommended for children ages 10 and older at parents’ discretion. Scares intensify after 8 p.m.

4. Carleton Farm Frights, Lake Stevens

This farm has three evening haunts to choose from: Zombie Paintball Hunt, Haunted Swamp and Zombie Farm.

Location: 630 Sunnyside Blvd. S.E., Lake Stevens
Dates: Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 26, plus Oct. 27 and 31.
Tickets: Fright prices start at $20 per person; many combos available. Buy online or onsite.
Ages: Recommended for ages 12 and older for haunts and 8 and older for Zombie Paintball.
Unscary fun: Try the Flashlight Maze; bring your flashlight, sturdy shoes and bravery. 

5. 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.

Location: 25001 Sumner Buckley Hwy., Buckley
Dates: Friday–Sunday through Oct. 28.
Tickets: Haunted Woods general admission $35; flashlight maze $16. Buy online. Discounts available.
Ages: Ages 10 and older; all ages for flashlight maze.
Unscary fun: Unhaunted flashlight maze and nighttime wagon rides cater to families and those not desiring a scare.

6. Stalker Farms, Snohomish

Stocker Farms turns into the creepy "Stalker" Farms at night! If you dare, enter the Slasher Family Homestead or Pogo's Funny Farm. Tip: Watch out for Chuck. And new for 2019: a beer garden for grown-ups.

Location: 8705 Marsh Rd., Snohomish
Dates: Friday–Sunday through Nov. 2, plus Oct. 31. 
Tickets: Prices start at $19.95 per person. Purchase tickets online for a discounted price. Special discount weekends on the website.
Ages: Recommended for ages 13 and older; nighttime corn maze all ages.
Unscary fun: No-scare, no-Chuck nighttime corn maze ($19.95). 

7. Nile Nightmares, Mountlake Terrace

This fright fest recommended for ages 13 and older offers six different haunted scenes such as the Slaughterhouse and the Ballinger Asylum. See if you can make it to the 13th floor in the state-of-the-art "Fright Elevator." On Saturday, Oct. 26, younger kids and families can come for Kids' Day, featuring a lights-on tour of the haunted attractions, plus bouncy houses and treats.

Location: 6601 244th St. S.W., Mountlake Terrace
Dates: Friday–Sunday through Nov. 2, plus Oct. 31. Kids' Day is Oct. 26 11 a.m.–4 p.m.
Tickets: $22; $30 VIP pass gets you to the front of the line. Escape elevator additional $5. Group rate available. Kids' Day $10 per child with accompanying adults free.
Ages: Ages 13 and older for haunted attractions; all ages on Kids' Day Oct. 26.
Unscary fun: The fright-free opportunity here is Saturday, Oct. 26.

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8. Fright Fest at Wild Waves, Federal Way

The water rides are closed, but 25-plus amusement park rides are open in the dark 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 7 p.m.

Location: 36201 Enchanted Parkway S., Federal Way
Dates: Friday–Sunday through Nov. 2.
Tickets: Single-night admission is $28.99 online ($33.99 at the gate); admission for kids under four feet tall is $16.99 online ($33.99 at the gate).
Ages: Recommended for ages 12 and older; Booville and family stuff all ages.
Unscary fun: For ages 12 and younger, Booville offers lots of scare-free activities, including inflatables, crafts, face painting and balloon animals.

9. Seattle Chocolate Haunted Factory Tour, Tukwila

This tour sounds scary-good, though we don't expect any zombies or ghouls to pop out from behind the chocolate-making stations (though we haven't been on it yet)! This is a thrill that the horror-averse can enjoy.

Location: 1180 Andover Park W., Tukwila
Dates: Thursday–Sunday, Oct. 17–27.
Tickets: $12 per adult and $9 ages 8–12.
Ages: Ages 8 and older with families.
Unscary fun: Yes!

10. Bellevue Zip Scare Tour, Bellevue

This nighttime zip tour takes riders on three zip lines through the eerie woods, from one lighted platform to another. There is also a suspension bridge to traverse while ghosts, ghouls and creatures of all kinds lurk about providing thrills and chills. Book online ASAP for this popular activity with limited openings.

Location: 14509 S.E. Newport Way, Bellevue
Dates: Friday–Saturday, Oct. 18–26.
Tickets: $50 per adult and $35 ages 8–17.
Ages: Ages and 8 and older with families; minimum weight is 60 pounds, maximum weight 250 pounds.
Unscary fun: It's dark, and creatures are lurking about. Families should use their judgment to determine their appetite for this type of fright!

Editor's notes: The popular Nightmare on 9 haunted house is not happening this year but hopes to find a new location for 2020. Nancy Chaney contributed to this article, which was originally published a few years ago and updated for 2019.

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