Boo! Can you hear those squeaky hinges? Something wicked this way comes, creeping and crawling. Halloween is just around the bend. Halloween is that time between the living green of summer and the dead of winter. As the nights grow cold, the veil grows thin and goblins, ghosts, witches and ghouls will be out and about looking for sweets and good times before the winter sets in.
In the greater Tacoma area, there is plenty to do to celebrate Halloween. Following is a selection of some of the many opportunities there are to choose from in your quest to navigate through this spine chilling time of year.
The majority of the events take place Oct. 27, on the Saturday before Halloween. In addition to haunted houses, events and parties, there is also an extravaganza put on by the Gritty City Sirens at Alma Mater and the 2018 Halloween ComicFest will be happening at comic book shops around town.
Haunted Houses and Scary Tours:
Thursday, Oct. 25, 7-10 p.m.
Washington State History Museum, 1911 Pacific Ave., Tacoma
Get in the Halloween spirit with tales of historical hauntings and mysticism. Hear spooky tales from Lewis County Historical Museum Director Jason Mattson and paranormal investigator Patty Valdez. Try out your skills in detecting supernatural presence. Enjoy performance storytelling by the talented living history performer Karen Haas. Discover the local Tacoma history of spiritualism and magic in the new exhibition “Sleight of Hand: Magic and Spiritualism in the Early 20th Century.” Sip on some craft beer or wine and kick off your Halloween weekend!
Admission includes two drink tickets for your choice of Three Magnets Brewing craft beer or Chateau Ste. Michelle wines and a 2018 History After Hours pint glass. This is a 21+ event.
Cost: $20 pre-registration, $25 at the door
Thursday, Oct. 27, 7-8:30 p.m.
City of Fircrest, 115 Ramsdell St., Fircrest
Take a stroll through the park decorated for Halloween and be prepared to be scared by spooky characters throughout the trail. Visitors are led in groups by a volunteer. Not recommended for children under 7 years old. Suggested donation of $3 to go through the trail or donation of non-perishable food for the City’s food drive.
Exclusive Ghost Tour
Saturday, Oct. 27, 8:45-11:45 p.m.
Odd Otter, 716 Pacific Ave., Tacoma
Come to an exclusive and unique “boos and booze ghost tour” as hosts show you a small section of the Tacoma Underground (beneath the vaulted sidewalk of Commerce Street) and the abandoned Soldiers Club from 1917. This open space sits silently on top of Odd Otter Brewing and they have graciously offered to let a small, guided group in for a glimpse into the past.
This is a combination beer and ghost tour that starts with beer in Odd Otter brewery before looking at a small section of the underground section beneath the city sidewalk. Then the tour concludes with a walk through the haunted alleys of Tacoma in pursuit of the darkest stories in the city’s history. The cost is $35. Book online at PrettyGrittyTours.com under “Boos and Booze.”
Haunted House in Gig Harbor
Through Oct. 31, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Paradise Theatre, 3114 Judson St., Gig Harbor
10,000 square feet of fright! Take a tour through this unexpected journey of thrills, chills and frights. Warning: strobe lights used. Buy a VIP pass and go through as many times as you like. No weapons or masks allowed from guests. Buy your tickets at Paradise Theatre. Haunted House is located next to 7 Seas. Tickets: $7 ages 10 and under, $10 ages 11 and up. VIP pass: $14 ages 10 and under, $20 ages 11 and up. Too scary for you? Come on kid-friendly nights, with $1 off on kid-friendly nights Oct. 21 and 25. It’s still a haunted house but less aggressive (no chain saw).
Fright House Station
Through Oct. 31
Freighthouse Square, 2501 E. G St., Tacoma
The traditional haunted experience returns with more rooms, more scares, and more screaming! Dare to explore two updated haunted attractions – “Shadows” and “The Redemption” – for a full evening of fright. It’s not the Halloween season without watching your friends lose bladder control, so mark a visit on your holiday calendar. Tickets start at $21.
Halloween shows and events:
Pumpkin Parade and Harvest Fest
Thursday, Oct. 25, 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Morgan Family YMCA, 1002 S. Pearl St., Tacoma
Fall is in the air! Enjoy fall festivities, including a pumpkin parade for toddlers and a fun event for the whole family at the Harvest Fest. The Pumpkin Parade is at 11:30 a.m. The Harvest Fest runs 5-7 p.m.
Zoo BOOze & Bites
Thursday, Oct. 25, 6 p.m.
The Zoo Society, 5400 N. Pearl St., Tacoma
Dress up in your best Halloween attire and come out for an evening of fun, great sips and bites. Zoo BOOze & Bites, a tasting event, will tantalize your senses with signature bites from local restaurants while you sip on of an array of wine, whiskey and brews. There will be live music, a chance to participate in games, raffles and more. Venture to the zoo this autumn evening for a night you will never forget. This event is for 21+ ages only. General tickets are $75 each. Proceeds from this event will support animal care and the education and conservation programs at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium.
Unframed – Dia de los Muertos Celebration
Friday, Oct. 26, 6 p.m.
Tacoma Art Museum, 1701 Pacific Ave.,Tacoma
Amp up your Day of the Dead celebration and experience the unexpected at Tacoma Art Museum! Music, meetups, drinks, and more. 21+ only. Features: more than 30 community ofrendas, or altars; tapete created by Fulgencio Lazo; living art with the Dos Fridas installation and performance; make your own mini altar (bring a small photo of a loved one to honor); cash bar hosted by Matador Restaurants. Cost: $10 ($5 members/students with I.D.).
Tickets are available at the door or online at: http://bit.ly/ddlm-unframed.
NW Glass Pumpkin Patch
Saturday, Oct. 27, 9 a.m.
Pioneer Park Pavilion, 330 S. Meridian, Puyallup
The Northwest Glass Pumpkin Patch is sponsored by Tacoma Glassblowing Studio and features more than 1,000-2,000 hand-blown glass pumpkins crafted by local glass artisans. Wander through a dazzling array of one-of-a kind glass pumpkins in a variety of colors, shapes, sizes and price ranges. These glass art pumpkins are perfect for the autumn season, yet beautiful enough to display year-round. Come pick the perfect pumpkin for yourself or as a gift. Open rain or shine and admission is free. Pumpkins start at $25 but average range is $35-85. This last patch of the year will have some Christmas items like ornaments and snowmen.
Family Scavenger Hunt and Pumpkin Bash
Saturday, Oct. 27, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Anthem Coffee & Tea, 3609 Market Pl. W. and other locations in University Place
Kids and parents can come enjoy a trick or treat scavenger hunt with prizes at various businesses including Whole Foods in the new University Place Market Square from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Afterward, a ticketed event brings Oktoberfest flair with communal beer tastings from local brewery Narrow’s Brewing and Grammy nominee Q Dot hosts/MCs the night from 6-10 p.m.
Haunted Night Sky
Saturday, Oct. 27, 12:30 p.m.
Pierce College Science, 9401 Farwest Dr. S.W., Lakewood
This interactive planetarium show is specially designed for our youngest visitors aged 3-12. Use your imagination to find creatures in the night sky. Travel with Frankenstein to spooky places in the Milky Way galaxy to collect parts and build “Frankensatellies,” 45 minutes. $6 for participating children. Adults get in free! You only need to reserve seats for children.
Wednesday, Oct. 31, 6 p.m.
Fircrest Community Center, 555 Contra Costa Ave., Fircrest
This Halloween event is great for kids 0-10 years of age. Come in your costume and enjoy music, carnival games, a bounce house, and grab a goodie bag for $1. Cost: $1 suggested donation.
A Spooky Halloween Party at The Jive
Saturday, Oct. 27, 9 p.m.
Bob’s Java Jive, 2102 S. Tacoma Way, Tacoma
It’s a Halloween Party at The Jive! Come dressed up in your favorite costume and maybe win a prize. The kitchen will be open until 1 a.m., so bring your appetite. Come for a night of prizes, dancing and karaoke with your hostess Jenna.
Halloween Bash at the Brewery
Saturday, Oct. 27, 9 p.m.
Harmon Brewing Co., 1938 Pacific Ave., Tacoma
Halloween at the Harmon! Groove in your costume with the Salmonberries and Paige Hansen. We’ll be serving up treats with fun music to shake it to. There will be a special treat bag and reserved seat for every pre-sale ticket. $10 cover at the door.
USA Dance Tacoma – Halloween Dance Party!
Saturday Oct. 27, 7 p.m.
Lakewood Elks Lodge 2388, 6313 75th St. W., Lakewood
Join instructor Christine Luders and DJ Terry “Dracula” West for the USA Dance Tacoma October Halloween Dance. Music will be a spooky mix of ballroom, Latin, swing, club and country. There will be fun dance mixers, a popular raffle and more. Bring friends for a wonderful evening of dance. Schedule: 7-8 p.m. Samba Line dance lesson with Christine Luders; 8-10:30 p.m. social dancing with DJ Count Dracula. Dinner, snacks and beverages for purchase at the Elks from 5-8 p.m. Cost: USA Dance members $8, Elks/Manhattan members $10, non-members $12,
student members $4, student non-members $5.
Saturday, Oct. 27, 5:30 p.m.
The Right Spot in Fife, 5119 Pacific Hwy. E., Fife
Join Tacoma HOG for a night of costumed frivolity. Awards for best costumes will be given in several categories. Check-in time: 5:30 p.m., event starts at 6 p.m. Cost: $5 tickets at the door.
Gritty City Sirens’ Tim Burton Ball
Saturday, Oct. 27, 8 p.m.
Alma Mater, 1322 Fawcett Ave., Tacoma
Gritty City Sirens are teaming up with The Warehouse to bring you a spectacle of spectacles: The “Tim Burton Halloween Ball!” It will be an evening of eccentric fantasy with The Black Tones, Gritty City Sirens, Valerie Veils, Flair Entertainment, Murphy Maxwell and Vuelta La Luna.
Jump down the rabbit hole and come as your favorite character from any Tim Burton film, or create an original creepy costume inspired by his work. This epic night of entertainment will feature aerialists from Vuelta La Luna, burlesque from the Sirens and friends, fire dancing with Flair Entertainment and live music with The Black Tones. Participants in the costume contest for best dressed can win a prize package from The Warehouse, Alma Mater and Gritty City Sirens.
General admission $30. VIP ticket of $45 includes early entry, 7 p.m. meet and greet with Sirens and friends inside Honey; a champagne toast; signed collectors’ poster from the Sirens; and a guaranteed seat.
Halloween ComicFest 2018
Saturday, Oct. 27
Every year on the Saturday before Halloween, comic shops around the world open their doors to celebrate the season with Halloween Comicfest. They give away free comics and put on the greatest costume contest ever. Tacoma’s comics book shops are participants in the annual event:
Destiny City Comics (218 St. Helens Ave., Tacoma) will be celebrating its fifth Halloween ComicFest with buckets full of free comics like “Archie,” “Battle Angel Alita,” “Hellboy,” Junji Ito’s “Frankenstein,” “Ms. Marvel,” “Thor,” “Splatoon” and more.
Atomic Comics (4020 S. Steele St., Tacoma) will have free comics, discounts and specials, activities, door prizes and more excitement than you can shake a wand at. Wear your favorite costume (not mandatory).
Stargazer Comics Toys & Games (2610 6th Ave., Tacoma) festivities will begin at 11 a.m. and will include: free comics for everyone, fun door prizes, big raffle prizes, costume contest to win shop credit, 30 percent off all back-stock comics and bundles, 30 percent off graphic novels, 20 percent off toys and everything else, 10 percent off key wall comics, life-size action figure card photo ops and “Stranger Things” Halloween décor. Put on your coolest costume and join us for the biggest comic book event of the fall season.
Trunk-or-Treat at LeMay
Trunk host set-up: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Trunk-or-Treating begins: 1 p.m.
LeMay Collections at Marymount, 325 152nd St. E., Tacoma
Calling all goblins, ghosts and ghouls! LeMay is hosting its Trunk-or-Treat event rain or shine. Enjoy a unique way to trick-or-treat! Trunk-or-Treat provides a safe environment for families to enjoy an inexpensive afternoon of Halloween fun in a neat atmosphere. Costumed children (age 12 and under) trick-or-treat outdoors by visiting car trunk hosts to get their bags filled with goodies. There is no charge to participate – the more the merrier! All participating children must be accompanied with an adult at all times. Children are encouraged to dress in their best Halloween costumes. Although some costumes look warmer than others, please help your child stay warm and bring a jacket in case of inclement weather. All visitors dressed in costume on this day will receive half-off admission to see the indoor museum collection at Marymount (over 500 more vintage vehicles). Free parking is available on-site for the duration of this event (street parking).