Tacoma’s Best Halloween Activities

From Thought-Provoking to Bone-Chilling

October is just around the corner, which means it’s time to get your spook on in Grit City. Check out this list of scary, fun, and compelling Tacoma Halloween activities you can do to get the most out of your season.

Picha’s Pumpkin Patch

Kick off the month by visiting Picha Farms in Puyallup, where you can ease into the holiday spirit without getting spooked. 15 minutes from Tacoma’s North End, this family friendly pumpkin patch features all your fall favorites, from a seven-acre corn maze to weekend hayrides. The patch is a manageable size to wander with small kids in tow, and the corn maze features a hunt for eight trivia questions that is sure to keep everyone on their toes. You can even take a whirl at the pumpkin slingshot, where a target-hitter wins 15 pounds of free pumpkin! Dog friendly, reasonably priced, and right next door: you don’t want to pass this patch up.

Tickets: $6/person for Corn Maze; $1/shot for Sling Shot; $3/person for Hay Ride

Tacoma Ghost Tours

On the lookout for some local paranormal activity? Come learn about Tacoma’s haunted history with Tacoma Ghost Tours, the city’s longest running ghost tour company. Choose between two locations — Downtown Tacoma and Stadium District — for a fascinating and informative walking tour that features tales about hexes, mummies, UFOs, and more. Stories are unearthed and told by a history-loving father-son duo, who have extensively researched Tacoma’s rich history to find their material. Having spent years passionately amassing more than 50 ghost stories, Charlie and Andrew Hansen are ready to take you on a spooky adventure that you won’t soon forget.

Tickets: $12 for 60-minute Stadium District Tour; $16 for 90-minute Downtown Tacoma tour

Fright Fest at Wild Waves

If you want easy access to a huge variety of Halloween activities from mellow to frightening, Fright Fest is the perfect place for you. With more than 25 amusement park rides in the dark, a haunted trail, two haunted houses, and a scare-free zone called Booville for kids 12 and under, there is something for everybody at Wild Waves’s spookified scream park. Young park-goers can easily avoid all haunted areas and spend their time crafting, dancing, and playing carnival games. Older visitors: there’s more than enough to keep you occupied, and terrified, all night long.

Tickets: $25 for guests 48” and above; $12 for guests under 48” or 60+

Haunted House at Frighthouse Station

It’s time to up your Halloween game at Tacoma’s longest-running haunted attraction, where an all-new and fully immersive design takes the haunted house experience to the next level. Frighthouse Station (located at Freighthouse Square) now features two unique haunts: “Redemption” — a walk-through of the afterlife — and “Shadows” — a 15,000 square foot adventure that packs three themes into one chilling experience. Open on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights throughout October, Frighthouse Station is also open on Halloween and the four days leading up to it to ensure that you have every opportunity to experience this terror-filled affair.

Tickets: Combo Pass (both haunts): $23 online/$25 on-site; Single Haunt: $15 online/$17 on-site

Trick-or-Treating around Tacoma

If totally terrifying is just not your kid’s cup of tea, have no fear: trick-or-treating will never go out of style. Get beyond your normal neighborhood route by heading over to the Proctor District, where blocking off the streets to allow children to trick-or-treat at local businesses has been a long-standing tradition since 1929. If we’re unlucky enough to have a Halloween downpour, the Tacoma Mall offers safe and dry trick-or-treating for children ages 0-12. And if you’re looking for a lively area where residents go all-out with their house decorations, you’ll want to check out the neighborhood around Whitman Elementary in South Tacoma, where the houses along K Street are notorious for their over-the-top Halloween pizzazz.

Tides Tavern Halloween Bash

For those 21 and over looking for a fun way to spend their Halloweekend and show off their most creative costume, Tides Tavern is the place to be. Their annual Halloween party features an exciting and competitive costume contest that awards Tides Tavern gift cards to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners. The event will be held on Saturday, October 28th, and costume judging will begin at 10 p.m. Come out for dinner and drinks in your best spooky apparel, and stay for a chance to win between $50 and $250 toward your next meal at the restaurant!

Find Your Boo at Tinder Live! with Lane Moore

Okay, we all know that online dating is scary year-round, so why not incorporate a comedy show about Tinder into your other Halloween plans? Tinder Live! is coming to Tacoma’s Pantages Theater — which you would learn on a ghost tour is definitely haunted — on Friday, October 27th at 7:30 p.m. Hosted by comedian Lane Moore, this critically acclaimed show will have you in stitches whether you’re a Tinder user or not. A hilarious way to compliment an otherwise spooky month, Tinder Live! lets you laugh about the nature of online love as Moore swipes, messages, and remarks in real-time.

Tickets: $19-39


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