The Best Halloween 2020 Events in Seattle: COVID-Friendly Edition

Immersive Dinners, Virtual Drag Shows, Scary Drive-Ins, and More Thrills and Chills
October 20, 2020
The Tim Burton classic The Nightmare Before Christmas will be, as Rich Smith has described, "repackaged as a semi-scandalous spectacle for the masses" on the internet with Can Can's This Is Halloween cabaret show. (Courtesy of Can Can)

While things are different this year with social distancing still in place, Halloween (which will be extra-spooky this year thanks to a full moon) is very much alive and teeming with socially distanced events both online and in-person. We've rounded up the biggest thrills and chills below, from a SLAY Drive-In at On the Boards to Art Save Me's COVID House of Horrors, and from the Hocum Pokem: The Return of the Manderson Sisters (starring Seattle drag stars Jinkx Monsoon and BenDeLaCreme) to Cafe Nordo's BLOODY DELICIOUS: A Dinner in Hallowonderland. For even more options, check out our complete Halloween calendar and our guides to haunted attractions and fall activities around town. 


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IN-PERSON

COSTUMES

ER DADA - a costumes-only party
In lieu of their annual ER Crawl, which lets the hospital-horror side of Halloween shine, Vito's spent the first couple weeks of October inviting patrons to show off their costumes in the most COVID-friendly way possible: without their germy bodies inside them. Now, when you stop by for dine-in through Halloween, you can check out the costumes on display and vote on which lucky winner should get the $500 prize.
Vito's, Downtown (through Oct 31)

Issaquah Zombie Walk
Issaquah's Front Street will close to make way for a sea of the undead at this annual crawl, ending with a flash mob dance to "Thriller" at City Hall and punctuated with slime-making classes (essential), freaky food demos, and Halloween games.
Front Street, Issaquah (Sat Oct 24)

Snohomish Zombie Walk
Zombies aren't known for their timeliness, so this monthlong virtual spooky 5K, usually held in-person in Snohomish, will give the undead plenty of time to get dressed up and complete a course of their choosing at their own pace.
Downtown Snohomish (through Oct 31)

FOOD & DRINK

Paragon Supper Club
The twist is: You still get dinner, but you have to take it home to eat it. You still get the live show, but you have to log in to a livestream on your computer to see it. Within a designated window of time on the night of the supper club, you show up at Paragon to pick up a sheet-cake-sized box with your name on it. The box has been prepared by Paragon's chef, Steph(an) Bourgond. There are some things in there ready-to-eat at room temperature, and a couple things that, even though they're already cooked, just need 10 minutes in the oven to warm up. Additionally, the box comes with instructions about how to enjoy that night's live music. Whether you're dining solo, dining with friends, or on a date, this arrangement recreates the feeling of a night out on the town, even while you're safely quarantined. I was blown away by the quality of the food, the overall vision, the execution, and the very reasonable price tag. CHRISTOPHER FRIZZELLE
Paragon, Queen Anne (Sat Oct 31)

Zombie Soiree: Dinner + Costume Contest
You're invited to party like the undead and dine "one coffin's length apart" at this zombie-themed fĂȘte at the Hotel Sorrento, which includes zombie punch, a three-course dinner with dishes like squash and mascarpone ravioli and pumpkin cheesecake, a wine pairing, and a digestif. There will also be a zombie costume contest, so pile on the face paint.
Hotel Sorrento, First Hill (Fri Oct 30)

KIDS & FAMILY

BAM-O-WEEN To Go
The Bellevue Arts Museum will have 2,000 creepy craft-making kits available for contactless pickup. Kids are encouraged to wear their costumes when they come to claim what's theirs. 
Bellevue Arts Museum (Sat Oct 31)

Boo in Burien
Choose from a candy box or a cupcake-making kit—both of which come with a craft, a toy, and a scavenger hunt map—and pick it up at the Burien Farmers Market. Once that's in your hands, you'll have a week left to run around town in search of clues and prizes. Burien is also celebrating Halloween with two weekends of spooky movies at the Discover Burien Drive-In Theatre and virtual costume contests for humans and pets.
Various locations, Burien (through Oct 31)

Haunted Hayride
Ghosts, skeletons, pond monsters, and other creepy-but-harmless characters will punctuate this drive-through hayride along a pumpkin-lined trail.
Battle Point Park, Bainbridge Island (Oct 20-22)

Kraken Halloween
Seattle's new hockey team invites you to wear a costume and head to their team store at Chandler's Cove for trick-or-treating and a scavenger hunt.
Chandler's Cove, South Lake Union (October 30-31)

LeMay Trunk or Treat
Instead of going door to door, costumed children can experience trick-or-treating in a new way by snatching treats from the trunks of vintage vehicles decked out for Halloween.
LeMay Collections at Marymount, Tacoma (Sat Oct 24)

Lincoln Business District Trick or Treat
Lincoln District businesses are stocking up on candy and "getting [their] 6ft poles ready" for a socially distant trick-or-treat on Halloween. 
Lincoln District, Tacoma (Sat Oct 31)

The Museum of Fright
The Museum of Flight will make its annual Halloween transformation to the delight of STEM-inclined children, who can claim science-y goody bags, conduct mad science experiments, go on a ghoul hunt, hear spooky stories, and show off their costumes.
Museum of Flight, Tukwila (Sat Oct 31)

Pumpkin Loop
Everyone's favorite seasonal gourd will line the cozily-lit one-way paths of the Woodland Park Zoo for your strolling and Instagramming pleasure. On October 24 and 25, kids will be treated to sweets from zoo staff, and costumes are encouraged.
Woodland Park Zoo, Phinney (through Oct 31)

Trick-or-Treating
While “trick-or-treat, smell my hand sanitizer, give me candy but stay six feet away from me” doesn’t have the same ring as the standard doorbell chant, candy-craving costumed kids won’t have to completely forgo the sweetest part of the holiday this year. Local businesses like the Duwamish Longhouse and Bellevue’s Crossroads Mall are putting on drive-through candy grabs and other socially distant options on All Hallows’ Eve. See them all on our trick-or-treating calendar, or check out the family-friendly section of our Halloween calendar.
Various locations & dates

FESTIVALS

Harvest Fest 2020
Your favorite parts of the West Seattle Junction's annual Harvest Fest—the scavenger hunt, the pumpkin walk, the Haunted Hot Cocoa and Cider Trail—will get a socially distanced regrade this year. In addition, they'll have Harvest Fest boxes with treats and musically-themed crafts to enjoy at home, a virtual trivia night with Pegasus Book Exchange, and a spooky School of Rock online concert.
West Seattle Junction and online (Oct 21-31)

FILM

SLAY Drive-In
SLAY, the inaugural horror short film festival conjured from the same freak-genius minds that brought you the HUMP! and SPLIFF Film Festivals, will get the drive-in treatment at On the Boards. As if that wasn't exciting enough, each screening will include a costume contest hosted by none other than spooky drag legend Old Witch, so you'd better go all our with fangs, blood-splattered wigs, and feather boas large enough to hide baby bats. SLAY will also be livestreamed, and if you miss your chance to get tickets to the drive-in (or you just can't get enough scary movies!), you should absolutely get tickets for the online version! We got so many great submissions for SLAY that we'll be streaming two different volumes online (with a discount if you get tickets to both!). At the drive-in, we'll be screening a combination of our very favorite films from both volumes.
On the Boards, Queen Anne (Oct 24 & 30-31)

Other Scary Movies
Scary movie screenings are par for the course for most theaters on Halloween, and, aside from the limited-capacity seating logistics, this year is no different. You have the option of renting out a theater like AMC Pacific Place or Columbia City's the Beacon, or you can pile in your car and head to Vasa Park Resort for The Addams Family (Fri Oct 23), the Burien Drive-In for Beetlejuice (Sat Oct 24), Scream (Fri Oct 30), and The Sixth Sense (Sat Oct 31), or one of these other options.

FOOD & DRINK

BLOODY DELICIOUS: A Dinner in Hallowonderland
Chef Erin Brindley has conjured up a special prix fixe menu of dark and spooky delicacies—including housemade fettuccine with uni butter and black lime caviar allegedly brewed in a witch's cauldron, Silkie Bantam black chicken and roasted pepper coq au vin with fingers fingerling potatoes, and Tres Leches with sherry pomegranate molasses and pomegranate arils that looks like blood splattered on snow—for a limited number of lucky diners on the week of Halloween.
Cafe Nordo (Pioneer Square (Oct 23-24 & 29-31)

Nightmare on Wall Street
As a spooky-season tradition, Belltown’s award-winning tiki bar Navy Strength temporarily transforms into a “fully immersive haunting experience" each October, with libations inspired by classic and modern horror flicks. This year, they're bringing the spine-chilling immersive experience home to you with weekly cocktail kits for you to take home, make, and enjoy while watching the film they're based on, complete with popcorn, snacks, and your very own keepsake zombie glass. This year's lineup includes drinks inspired by Mandy, It Follows, Sleepaway Camp, and more.
Navy Strength, Belltown (through Nov 1)

Sweet Tooth Pop-Up: Halloween Edition
You'll find plenty of tricks and treats at this curbside pop-up with sweets from over ten local vendors.
Fremont Sunday Market (Sun Oct 25)

Witches Tea
Round up your coven (or your quarantine pod) for a witchy tea service at the historic and possibly haunted Hotel Sorrento. Costumes are encouraged, and craft cocktails will be available in addition to the menu of teatime treats.
Hotel Sorrento, First Hill (Oct 22-23 & 29-30)

HAUNTED ATTRACTIONS

COVID House of Horrors
Part haunted house and part art exhibit, this experience sounds kind of like exposure therapy, as it highlights installations by artists like Seattle Design Nerds, Totally Legit, Kerstin Graudins, Paul Nunn, Simon Shaw, Wyly Astley, Vic Deleon, and Angie Hinojos Yusuf with Carlos Jimenez that bring our worst nightmare to life in the context of the current nightmare of 2020. 
Art Saves Me, Capitol Hill (Oct 25-Nov 7)

Georgetown Morgue
This annual haunted village of doom—which takes places in an actual former morgue—hosts scares all throughout autumn. This year's rig is fashioned for self-guided tours to ensure social distancing.
Georgetown Morgue (through Nov 14)

Hillside Cemetery Tour
The ghosts of this storied Issaquah cemetery, whose earliest burials date back to 1890, will be hiding in their graves during this daylight tour on Halloween. 
Lower Hillside Cemetery, Issaquah (Sat Oct 31)

Old Town Tacoma Ghost Tour
This small-group tour takes you through Tacoma's charred Chinatown and back to "a sea town struggling to stay afloat in an ocean of sin, brothels, murder, racism, psychics, and a maritime curse that bound it all together."
Job Carr Cabin Museum, Tacoma (Oct 23-25 & 30-31)

Stalker Farms: Drive-Thru Haunted Attractions
Ghouls of Snohomish are back in the habit of lurking in ye olde haunted corn trails. Rather than completing the maze on foot, you'll at least get to cower in the safety of your car as the lot of them jump out at you at this drive-in edition. Be sure to book your spot online first. They also have a "no scare" on-foot version that includes unlimited use of the Ball Zone, Konk the Crow, Wall Ball, Roller Bowler, Farmer Foosball, and one apple to use at Billy Bob’s Blaster Alley.
Stocker Farms, Snohomish (Oct 23-25 & 29-31)

PERFORMANCES

This is Halloween: A Virtual Drag Show & Movie
Head to the leather-friendly gay bar in your costume for a prerecorded viewing of Halloween maĂźtre d's Kristie Champagne and Klitty Glitter's witchy drag extravaganza with Stacey Starstruck, Old Witch, Londyn Bradshaw, Miss Texas 1988, and other local stars.
Cuff Complex, Capitol Hill (Sat Oct 31)

SHOPPING

Mall-Oween Madness
Adults can get in on some trick-or-treating action of their own by shopping from resident vendors and pop-ups in their costumes. Music and treats are a given. 
Georgetown Trailer Park Mall (Sat Oct 31)

ONLINE

FILM

BeautyBoiz go BOO, pt. 6
Taking cues from Dame Agatha Christie's detective novels, this queer horror film from the BeautyBoiz collective, whose pre-COVID shtick usually involved showing up to parties and putting on amazing dance performances, will star Arson Nicki, CarLarans, LĂŒChi, Britt Brutality, Angel Baby Kill Kill Kill, Bosco, and many other local drag artists.
(Sat Oct 31)

Cinema Obituary!
Without a doubt, the Halloween innovation I’m most intrigued by is Cinema Obituary, a new project from Seattle’s never-not-funny Scott Shoemaker and his collaborators Uncle Basement (Freddy Molitch) and Richard Andriessen (aka Major Scales). They’ll be riffing their way through film flops all Halloween long over on Twitch, with Susan Lucci’s Invitation to Hell. Now who could resist an invitation like that? MATT BAUME
(Sat Oct 31)

Collide-O-Scope: Halloween 2020
Collide-O-Scope's annual Halloween celebration will come to your home with a mashup of horrific, campy, hijinks.
(Mon Oct 26)

Collide-O-Scope: Best of Halloween
Spend the holiday experiencing a delightfully freaky, swirly montage of music and mayhem made of found-footage phantasmagoria from the archives of Collide-O-Scope's past Halloween screenings.
(Fri Oct 30) 

Friends of Georgetown History: Haunted History Tour
Instead of an in-person tour down the dark alleys of the haunted Georgetown Stables, look back on the tour's spookiest moments throughout its history. 
(Oct 31-Nov 1)

Slay - Livestreamed!
From the freaks who brought you the HUMP! and SPLIFF Film Festivals comes something new, fun, and totally terrifying: SLAY! SLAY calls for filmmakers to send in homemade short horror films—eight minutes or less—capturing what scares them most. From classic ghost stories and slasher films to dystopian cults and political nightmares, SLAY dares you to show us your darkest fears. We know reality is scarier than fiction right now. Let’s purge our fears together. WM. STEVEN HUMPHREY
(October 24 & 31)

FOOD & DRINK

Do Not Disturb Story Box
The innovative dinner-theater destination Cafe Nordo will bring the spooky drama to your home with a combination cocktail kit/dessert/puzzle box. A mysterious black cake box tied in a turquoise ribbon will arrive at your door, along with an antique key and a letter. It's then up to you to piece together a "story of love, betrayal, and a deadly dose of lead acetate sugar" using an online portal, ingredients, letters, and puzzles. There's also an option to add on a dinner and wine to make it an even more immersive experience.
(Through Nov 15)

GEEK

Call of Cthulhlu Halloween One-Shot
Descend into a creepy mountain lair where supernatural death and destruction awaits. MATT BAUME
(Fri Oct 30)

Fort from Home: Victorian Seance
I’m intrigued by the Victorian seance promised by Fort Nisqually—or at least, I think it’s a seance? It might also be a lecture about the history of Victorian spiritualism. Or possibly both. Whatever. Let’s talk ghosts.MATT BAUME
(Sat Oct 31)

HAUNTED ATTRACTIONS

Frighthouse Station: Abomination Interactive Film
Frighthouse Station may be going virtual this year, but don't expect its haunts to be any less terrifying. The week leading up to All Hallows' Eve brings a choose-your-own-adventure film experience that allows you to determine the fate of others. We guess that makes the flesh-and-blood participants the scariest part. Here's the gist, courtesy of the organizers: "One hundred years have passed since Handstitch Addy's horrific experiments in reanimation, her memory buried underground and forgotten. Until now. Lights have returned to the Black Lake Sanitarium. Voices echo in Addy's ancestral home. Then there are the dire messages from the Children of Addy, a cult devoted to relearning her unholy science. A shadowy organization has summoned you to investigate. You must help a strike team uncover the truth. Will they survive? Or will your indecision cost them their lives?"
(Oct 26-Nov 1)

MUSIC

An All Star Opera Halloween
Multi-piece hiphop ensemble and artist collective All Star Opera will head up this livestreamed concert and "journey to worlds unknown"—harnessing the power of the full moon, of course. Half of the proceeds will benefit King County Equity Now. 
(Thurs Oct 29)

NVCS Presents: A Killer '80s Halloween feat. Prom Date Mixtape
The effortless marriage of New Wave covers and fake blood will show itself at this virtual Nectar concert with '80s party hit-revivers Prom Date Mixtape. 
(Sat Oct 31)

Strict Tempo x Oddity Underground: Carlos Perón, Celldöd, Physical Wash, Werther Effekt
What better way to ring in the ultimate witching hour than with Seattle DJ Vox Sinistra's virtual dark and synthy club night? This edition will feature Stockholm's Celldöd, France's Carlos Perón, Portland's Physical Wash, and others. 
(Sat Oct 31)

The Skatalites 'Skalloween' Virtual World Tour
On the 56th anniversary of ska and reggae heavies Skatalites, who backed such Jamaican legends as Bob Marley, Toots and The Maytals, and Jimmy Cliff, they'll get spooky with an All Hallows' Eve eve set on their virtual world tour.
(Fri Oct 30)

TrainCarHouseParty: Costume party/Contest!
This longrunning dance party with bring the Halloween bangers (and the costume contest) to your home via Zoom. 
(Sat Oct 31)

PERFORMANCE

Hocum Pokem: The Return of the Manderson Sisters
Don't let the internet fool you. Peaches Christ is more than an "underground drag" performer. Christ is a drag legend—the only thing underground about her is that she isn't RuPaul. Her irreverent stage productions frequently roll through Seattle, capitalizing on local talent while featuring RuPaul's Drag Race contestants. Hocum Pokem will include a star-studded coven of Jinkx Monsoon, BenDelaCreme, and Peaches Christ herself. I can't think of a better way for drag fans and queerdos to kick off the spookiest of seasons. CHASE BURNS
(Oct 29-30)

Kings ~ A Drag Kings Show ~ Portals Edge
Local drag kings will take you into another dimension with a virtual show on Halloween.
(Sat Oct 31)

Legend of Sleepy Hollow
An adaptation of Washington Irving's short story of Ichabod Crane gallops its headless horseman onto the Tacoma Musical Playhouse's virtual stage just in time for Halloween.  
(Oct 30-31)

MURDERLESQUE
Murderlesque is a killer burlesque and drag show featuring fantastic Seattle talent like Thistle Thornbox, Lil Tigre, and the stunning Vincent Milay. I’d forgotten just how much I miss live burlesque shows until I saw the lineup—these are some truly talented titilators, and the horror theme promises to make it unforgettable.MATT BAUME
(Fri Oct 30)

This Is Halloween
"It’s Tim Burton’s classic The Nightmare Before Christmas; repackaged as a semi-scandalous spectacle for the masses," Rich Smith about previous productions of the Triple Door's This Is Halloween. While you can't scarf down chicken skewers and knock back cocktails in-person, you can watch Jack “the Pumpkin King” Skellington sing and dance, cabaret-style, while a ghoulish orchestra pumps out the show’s signature tunes. The show will be streamed on-demand starting the night before Halloween. 
(Ongoing starting Fri Oct 30)

Tacoma City Ballet Presents: Dracula The Romantic Ballet Watch Party
Tacoma City Ballet will revive its 2019 production of Dracula the Romantic Ballet on Facebook Live. A perfect date-night-in for ghouls in love. 
(Thurs Oct 29)

READINGS & TALKS

Campfire: Improvised Ghost Stories
Unexpected Productions players will riff on your personal experiences with creepy happenings at these virtual improv shows.
(Through Oct 31)

VISUAL ART

Chill in the Air: A Virtual Halloween Tour
Before they officially reopen in November, take a virtual tour of the Frye's spookiest permanent collection, Gabriel von Max.
(Ongoing)