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Posted on Nov 1, 2019

A Guide to Seattle’s Halloween and Día de los Muertos Celebrations

How was everyone’s Halloween last night? My husband and I sat on the couch and graded student papers, but at least we got to eat candy and humiliate our dog by dressing him up in one of these

Luckily for those of us who work during the week, this weekend brings more spooky festivities to celebrate Halloween and Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead.

If you’re interested in investing in real estate in the Seattle area, the first item on your agenda this weekend should be to contact Pickett Street at or (425) 502-5397. Then, check out one or more of the Seattle area events listed below.


Día de los Muertos:

1. Día de los Muertos Community Night Out 

Where: Seattle Art Museum

When: Friday, November 1st, 7-9pm

Cost: FREE

What: Every year, SAM hosts this celebration featuring a tapete (sand painting) installation inspired by Oaxacan traditions, a dance performance, and lots of art activities. 

2. Court in the Square

Where: Pioneer Square

When: Friday, November 1st, 8pm

Cost: $50

What: While this event is more expensive than the others, the price includes a Margarita, bites from Moctezuma’s Mexican Restaurant & Tequila Bar, costume contests and prizes, live music, and dancing. The square is also filled with amber lights and the traditional marigolds (which are said to attract the souls of the dead).

3. Burien Day of the Dead Celebration

Where: Burien Community Center

When: Friday, November 1st, 6-9pm

Cost: FREE

What: Every year, the city of Burien hosts this event that includes traditional music from Mexico, arts and crafts, and a community altar to honor departed loved ones.

4. Day of the Dead Festival

Where: Phinney Center

When: Saturday, November 2nd, 3-7pm

Cost: food and drink

Free: This festival features kids music and the kids dance troupe Grupo Folklorico Citlali, as well as the CeAtl Tonalli Aztec Dancers. Enjoy food from local restaurants and $2 Mexican hot chocolate and pan de muerto to support the Pinney Center’s Spanish Language Preschool Co-Op.


Haunted Houses:

1. Niles Nightmares

Where: Mountlake Terrace

When: through Saturday, November 2nd, 7-11pm

Cost: $22

What: If you’re braver than yours truly, who spends most of a haunted house tour screaming with her face buried in the shirt of whoever is walking in front of her—friend or stranger, you might enjoy this event. Not only can you enjoy a beer garden and food trucks, this popular haunted house employs a “scream team” of 60 actors and includes “dizzying strobe lights, scary vibrations, and stinky smells.” 

2. Georgetown Morgue Haunted House

Where: Georgetown Morgue

When: through Saturday, November 2nd, 7pm-12am

Cost: $25

What: Again, no, thank you (even the event website gives me the creeps), but if you enjoy this sort of thing, the Georgetown Morgue hosts one of the area’s most popular haunted houses. The Morgue is known for “what is considered to be the most horrifying unsolved crime in Seattle history.” I’ll let your imagination take it from there.

Beer and Other Brews:

1. 1920s Haunted Speakeasy

Where: Ben Paris

When: through Sunday, November 3rd, 11:30pm

Cost: food and drink

What: This speakeasy promises to “bring back the ghosts of Ben Paris’ past” as a “dubious teriyaki joint” with seasonal cocktails and other entertainment.

2. Scuttlebutt Halloween Party

Where: Scuttlebutt Taproom and Brewery in Everett

When: Friday, November 1st, 5pm

Cost: $12

What: Adults and teens 16 and up can enjoy this event that includes axe throwing, live music, dancing, food from Los Tamaahles, and a costume contest. 

3. Circos de Muertos

Where: 7 Seas Brewing in Tacoma

When: Friday, November 1st and Saturday, November 2nd, 7pm

Cost: $15-$20

What: Check out the amazing Día de Los Muertos-themed aerial performers while enjoying a beer or two. Costumes encouraged.

4. Pumpkin Smashing at the Growler Guys

Where: The Growler Guys in Seattle

When: Tuesday, November 5th, 2pm-9pm

Cost: drinks

What: I’ll just let the event hosts explain: “Everyone loved taking out frustrations with our giant, German-made, wood sledgehammer onto some leftover Halloween pumpkins and Jack-O-Lanterns the last two years—so let’s do it again!” Enough said.

Whatever you end up doing, have a wonderful weekend, and don’t forget to get in touch with Pickett Street if you have real estate questions ( or (425) 502-5397).


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