It's time for tweens and teens to scream with fright (and delight) at scary Halloween attractions taking place this month around Puget Sound. And if you've got younger kids, never fear. Many attractions include a less-scary or unscary option for the younger set.
Note that all of the attractions listed have COVID safety procedures and rules in place, so if you visited pre-pandemic, things will be different. Rules in place include requiring masks, requiring advance-purchase timed tickets and keeping group sizes to stated limits. Find more details at each website.
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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. This year, there is a self-guided tour option or the full-terror option with actors involved.
Location: 5000 E. Marginal Way S., Seattle
Dates: Open select days through Nov. 5.
Price: $32 per person. Book tickets online.
Ages: Recommended for ages 12 and older.
Less scary fun: The first two hours each day is designated for the less scary, self-guided tours without actors.
2. 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 through Oct. 30.
Tickets: Haunted Woods general admission $38; flashlight maze $24 if purchased at least one week in advance, otherwise $28 (included in general admission, only available on Fridays and Saturdays 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.
3. 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! Plus, they have a clown haunted paintball shooting gallery and a VIP Scarecrow's Challenge. Try to make it through the challenge without being caught by the creature trying to eat you!
Location: 8705 Marsh Rd., Snohomish
Dates: Friday–Sunday, Oct. 1–30, plus Thursday, Oct. 27.
Tickets: Admission is $22.95 per person when you purchase tickets online ($27.95 at the gate), VIP with additional attractions is $41.95 ($49.95 at the gate). Buy tickets in advance online. Night "No Scare" tickets are $22.95 per person ($27.95 at the gate).
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.
4. 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 through Oct. 30.
Tickets: Nightmare on 9 Haunted Trail $29; Zombie Paintball $29; Nightmare on 9 Haunted House $29; 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!
5. 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: Friday–Saturday through Oct. 31
Tickets: $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.
6. Nile Nightmares, Mountlake Terrace
This fright-fest recommended for ages 13 and older offers eight different haunted scenes such as the Slaughterhouse, The Attic and the Curse of the Nile. Try out the two escape rooms, the Fright Elevator or Escape the Crypt. On Saturday, Oct. 22, 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 through Oct. 30. Family Funfest is Oct. 22, 11 a.m.–3 p.m.
Tickets: $25; 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 Oct. 22, though displays may still be too scary for sensitive souls
Less scary fun: The fright-free opportunity here is Saturday, Oct. 22.
7. 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 Saturdays and Sundays 2 p.m.–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 at 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays only.
Are you a Wild Waves 2022 or 2023 season ticket holder? Well here's some good news: Fright Fest in included! (reservations are still required).
Location: 36201 Enchanted Parkway S., Federal Way
Dates: Friday–Sunday through Oct. 30.
Tickets: Single-night admission is $49.99 online ($54.99 at the gate); admission for kids under four feet tall is $31.99; 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.
8. 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. This experience is about 20 minutes long, making it appealing to even the younger crowd.
Location: 1180 Andover Park W., Tukwila
Dates: Thursday–Sunday, Oct. 20–30.
Tickets: $12 per adult and $10 ages 12 and younger. Book online.
Ages: Ages 8 and older with families.
Unscary fun: Yes!
9. 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. 1– Nov. 1
Tickets: $18 per person (when you purchase online, prices at the gate vary by day); $5 for no-scare walk-through for kids. Purchase tickets online.
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. 28–29, 5 p.m.–6:30 p.m.
10. The Haunted Forest of Maple Valley, Maple Valley
Open in 2022 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 Oct. 8—29; Family Walk takes place Saturdays, 5–6 p.m.
Tickets: $15 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 all ages.
Less scary fun: Family Walk promises more light, less fright and takes place Saturdays, 5–6 p.m.
Bonus: Fright at Fort Casey, Coupeville, Whidbey Island
Fans of Fort Casey know that its dark tunnels and bunkers can be spooky without any extra frights! That's why we had to include this one when we saw it, even though it is a bit more of a trek for a lot of us. The Fort will be decked out to deliver scares to those ages 12 and up but they will also have a children's game area for those under 12.
Location: 1280 Engle Road, Coupeville
Dates: October weekends, noon–3 p.m.
Tickets: $1 per person. The kids' game area is free. Discover pass required for parking.
Ages: Ages 12 and older, all ages okay for kids' game area.
Unscary fun: Game area.
Editor's note: This seasonal article was originally published a few years ago and is updated every year, most recently for 2022.