Here’s everything you need to know about visiting the Practical Magic town this October.
Do you love the classic 1998 movie Practical Magic? If you live in Seattle or plan to visit, you should know that the charming coastal town in the movie is actually just a hop, skip, and a jump away! The town of Coupeville on nearby Whidbey Island served as the fictional Massachusetts town featured in Practical Magic.
Every fall, Coupeville makes the most of its status as the setting for one of the best spooky movies of all time by going all-out for Halloween. If you’re interested in visiting, consider going this month because of all the fun October events the town has planned.
Read on for all the details!
When Practical Magic was filmed back in the late ’90s, Coupeville was chosen as the film’s main setting—and it’s not hard to see why. The small island town is full of historic charm, old buildings, and delicious local food.
Although you’ll be able to see many of the adorable small shops and buildings from the movie, you won’t find the witchy aunts’ white Victorian house. That was merely a shell that was built in the nearby San Juan islands and then demolished after filming (the interiors were shot on a soundstage).
This October, you’ll find plenty of spooky and festive events happening in Coupeville for Halloween and the fall season. You can follow the Scarecrow Trail or tour the Weary Bones Rest Stop Cemetery all month. There is also a weekend pumpkin patch, an upcoming Oktoberfest, a haunted event at Fort Casey, Halloween parties, parades, and more!
To get to Whidbey Island, it’s a 90-minute drive from downtown Seattle. You could also drive onto a ferry from the Mukilteo ferry terminal (about 26 miles north of downtown Seattle).
For a full list of all the upcoming events in Coupeville this October, check out the Haunting of Coupeville website.