Seattle is a nearly 200 year old city, so it stands to reason that it has accumulated some ghost stories (and maybe even some actual ghosts) over the decades. In honor of spooky season, we compiled our own research and experiences to bring you Secret Seattle’s picks for the most haunted places in Seattle. Then we also asked our followers on Instagram for their suggestions. In the end we wound up with quite a comprehensive list.
Read on for some of the creepiest places that you can visit in Seattle.
First, our picks for the most haunted places in Seattle:
1. Kells Irish Restaurant
Said by some to be the most haunted bar in America, Kells Irish Restaurant was built in the 1900s over a mortuary and is still open in downtown Seattle today. They’re hosting a bar crawl this Halloween so put on your costume and go for a pint and an interaction with one of the pub’s resident ghosts.
2. Ghost Alley Espresso
This espresso shop located under Pike Place Market has a well-established history of hauntings and even its own resident ghost. Read all about the haunted Ghost Alley Espresso.
3. The Seattle underground
Did you know that Seattle still has an extensive underground network that dates back to the city’s origins? You can take a spooky underground paranormal tour if you’re feeling confident.
4. Hotel Sorrento
Seattle actually has several haunted hotels but our favorite may be Hotel Sorrento. It was built in 1909 and is known today for its resident ghost Alice B. Toklas who was credited with inventing pot brownies back in the 1950s. How very Seattle. You can party with the ghosts this Halloween at Hotel Sorrento’s Ghostly Gala.
5. Moore Theater
Moore Theater is a historic and active theater in downtown Seattle that is known for its paranormal activity. It opened in 1907 and sits atop a cemetery. The theater was even investigated in an episode of Ghost Hunters. Just make sure to hold onto your belongings if you see a show there; items are known to go missing at the Moore Theater.
And now for what Seattleites say are the most haunted places in Seattle:
6. Comet Lodge Cemetery
One Seattleite suggested Comet Lodge Cemetery and we have to agree. It’s no wonder that this cemetery in Beacon Hill has a spooky reputation, considering its tragic history. The cemetery and those who rest there have been disturbed repeatedly throughout the years. The most egregious incident was when the city turned large swaths of the cemetery into housing and a dog run.
7. Aurora Antique Pavilion
Another Seattleite nominated this massive antique store next to the Burlington Coat Factory on Hwy 99. Considering the fact that it’s 30,000 square feet of previously-owned vintage items, we think the chances are good that this place has seen a haunting or two in its time.
8. Maltby Cemetery
A Seattleite suggested this cemetery that is actually located in the nearby suburb of Woodinville. Considered by some to be the most haunted cemetery in Washington state, we think it’s worth the trip if you’re into spooky places. Just don’t expect to be able to descend the “Thirteen Steps to Hell” because they have been demolished.
9. The Georgetown Morgue
It’s unsurprising that the Georgetown Morgue was suggested by Seattleites as one of the most haunted places in Seattle. After all it was ranked as one of the top 13 scariest haunted houses in the country. The morgue turns into a haunted experience every Halloween, but make sure to read about its disturbing history before you decide to visit.
10. The streets around Seattle University
The Seattleite who suggested this location may know something that the rest of us don’t. It makes sense that the streets around Seattle University may be haunted, due to the many hospitals that line them. If you’re feeling brave, go check it out and let us know what you find.