If Halloween means more to you than bite-sized Twix and decorative gourds (both good), you’re not alone. Seattle takes All Hallows’ Eve very seriously, as displayed by the hundreds of freaky options on our Halloween calendar. To help you narrow down your plans, we’ve rounded up the biggest and best events to know about, from major parties where you can show off your costume (like FreakNight) to spooky performances (like Dracula) to family-friendly affairs (like the Museum of Fright). See them all below, and be sure to check out our guides to spooky movies playing in theaters, haunted houses, and pumpkin patches, too.
OCTOBER 23 & 25
Alice B. Toklas Dinner and Ghost Tour
Alice B. Toklas, who lived in Seattle during the 1890s and studied at the University of Washington, is believed to still haunt Seattle’s historic Hotel Sorrento, though it seems unlikely that any ghost would pick Seattle over Paris (where she spent most of her life). Also, she never stepped foot in the hotel (but she did live on First Hill). But her ghost is the fuel behind the hotel’s annual ghost tour, which is followed by a prix fixe French dinner and wine pairing inspired by The Alice B. Toklas Cook Book. No word* on whether its most famous recipe, Hashish Fudge (a very early edible, possibly the original source of pot brownies), will be served for dessert. DAVID LEWIS
Hotel Sorrento, First Hill
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24
Nocturnal Emissions 2019
Dark-minded burlesque maven Isabella L. Price and Clinton McClung of Cinebago Events will return with their cheeky, sexy, macabre series Nocturnal Emissions, which prefaces an unusual horror classic with “phantasmagoric” burlesque performances and other fun. This time, catch the teen werewolf horror Ginger Snaps.
Northwest Film Forum, Capitol Hill
Be Kind, Rewind: ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge’
In this special Halloween episode of Be Kind, Rewind, hosts Uh Oh and SHE continue their new tradition of performing pop-up drag during screenings of queer classics with A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge. Freddy Krueger is the ultimate nightmare daddy, a killer on a mission to turn us all into his children. Will SHE and Uh Oh submit to his freaky demands? Chances are probably 90 percent yes, and happily. Who knows?! I do know that there will be spooky drink specials, lots of popcorn, hilarious commentary, and a whole lotta butt. Full disclosure: Uh Oh daylights as Chase Burns, my Slog editor, but he doesn’t know I’m writing this preview because I enjoyed myself so much at the last Be Kind, Rewind, so really the joke’s on him. RICH SMITH
Timbre Room, Downtown
People sometimes object to the sexualization of Halloween, so why not get the pervy stuff out of the way before All Hallows’? The Pan Eros Foundation will produce this fundraiser for the Seattle Erotic Art Festival, promising a sleeker but equally sexy event compared to previous years. Suspension bondage shows, DJs spinning sensual beats, tarot readings, and visual art await you.
Gallery Erato, Downtown
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25
FOOD & DRINK
Kirkland Zombie Wine Walk
Even the undead enjoy a good cabernet. Lurch around downtown Kirkland on a tour that stops at 19 local wineries (and breweries). Dressing up isn’t required, but those who go all out could win prizes.
Various locations, Kirkland
The Best You’ve Ever Seen: The Addams Family with Dark Smith, Da Qween, T.Wan
Every month, Parliament Tavern hosts The Best You’ve Ever Seen, a mash-up event that brings together one band and one DJ to collaboratively reimagine a score for whatever movie they’ve chosen to screen that night. For October, the TBYES crew is pulling together queer punk group Dark Smith, TUF standout T.Wan, and hard femme wordsmith Da Qween to breathe new life into the spooky classic The Addams Family. This rowdy costume party and live show will also host the visuals of Morty Arts and Blazinspace.
Parliament Tavern, West Seattle
Annual high-key wild throwdown FreakNight, basically a Halloweentown Coachella, features a whole night of live music, dancing, a themed marketplace, and a darkly neon environment of scary circus attractions, bizarre sideshow marvels, and carnival rides. If all you want for Halloween is an opportunity to completely blow out all five of your senses, this is the spooky dance party for you.
WaMu Theater, Sodo
Haunt & Gather with Felix da Housecat
Chicago ’90s house music pioneer Felix Da Housecat will headline this year’s Haunt & Gather, brought to you by local techno impresario Dave Pezzner’s Hunt & Gather record label, featuring two rooms of DJs spinning eerie tracks to keep you dancing into the witching hour. Support at Kremwerk will include H&G residents Michael Manahan, Pezzner, and Doza, plus special guest Jesse Lear—Brit Hansen, J-Justice, and Atlee Treasure will be upstairs in the Timbre Room.
Jai Ho Bollywood Thriller! Halloween Costume Party
Jai Ho throws down for Halloween for the eighth year running with a “Thriller”-themed dance party within their wild Bollywood zone. Expect high energy house, bhangra, and other Indian-flavored beats at an all-night dance party with DJ Prashant, along with a costume contest and a dance lesson of bhangra-infused “Thriller” choreography at the beginning.
High Dive, Fremont
Noise Complaint: Are You STILL Afraid of the Dark?
Monkey Loft will be transformed into a den of freaky dancing with two rooms filled with local DJs, interactive art, and lots of spider webs at this Halloween edition of Noise Complaint.
Monkey Loft, Downtown
Stayin’ Alive at the Roller Disco!
Swath yourself in silk and sequins for an undead boogie-down skate night with DJs Darek Mazzone, Supreme La Rock, Robin Burrowes, Grizz, and others.
Southgate Roller Rink, White Center
Mx. Halloween with Abhora and Yovska
As part of Queer Bar’s two-year birthday celebration, yuk it up with “drag monster-queens Abhorra and Yovska” and their brand of disturbing camp, along with the regular cast of the Mx. show.
Queer Bar, Capitol Hill
If you get your Halloween thrills from spooky circus acts, consider this aerial show your ticket to paradise the underworld. You can also expect cocktails, tasty bites, and a dance party after the show.
Emerald City Trapeze Arts, Sodo
Kat Robichaud’s Misfit Cabaret Presents Night Terrors Seattle
The Voice finalist Kat Robichaud and her cohorts promise a romp through ’80s horror, set at a sleepover party that goes hideously wrong.
Hale’s Palladium, Fremont
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26
COMMUNITY & FAMILY
Costumes on the Cobblestones
Wrangle your children and/or pets for this Pike Place harvest celebration with no fewer than eight autumnal pop-up murals to interact with, as well as live music, a costume parade, organic apple cider pressing, acorn necklace making, pumpkin decorating, a haunted landscape by guest artist Lynn Rosscamp, and other family-friendly activities.
Pike Place Market
Issaquah Zombie Walk
Issaquah’s Front Street will close to make way for a sea of the undead at this annual crawl, ending with a flash mob dance to “Thriller” at City Hall.
Various locations, Issaquah
Learn about animal behavior by watching Malayan tigers, lemurs, bears, and other zoo animals tuck into pumpkin treats at this family-friendly tradition. There will also be trick-or-treating, so kiddos are encouraged to dress up.
Woodland Park Zoo, Phinney
Snohomish Zombie Walk
Once again, this Snohomish event will provide an excuse to zombify yourself and stomp down the street with equally dead-looking individuals. Don’t have adequate makeover materials at home? Stop by the face-painting station to get that corpse pallor. You can also help prepare for a potential zombie apocalypse by bringing food for the Snohomish Food Bank.
Various locations, Snohomish
FOOD & DRINK
Witches High Tea
Witches and warlocks of all ages are welcome to come to the Sorrento for witches’ brew and assorted autumnal treats.
Hotel Sorrento, First Hill
BollyGrooves Annual Diwaloween
Kill two birds with one very festive stone by celebrating Halloween and India’s festival of lights in the same night. Hear music from Canadian dhol player 2faanmusic, dance to Bollywood music from DJ Aanshul and DJ TAMM, enter a costume contest, wear free glow necklaces, and eat free candy.
Bollywood Halloween SCREAM 6
Enjoy Halloween cocktails and get creepy and kooky on the dance floor at the sixth annual iteration of Bollywood Scream, a Bollywood-themed costume and dance party. DJs Gabbar and RKay will be spinning Bollywood beats and judges will be awarding costume prizes.
Contour, Pioneer Square
Cumbiatón: A Brujxs Ball
Talented DJ J-Na$ty from local music collective Women.Weed.Wifi will be a part of this West Coast-centric dance party that centers on femme DJs, womxn of color, people of color, and LGBTQIA communities all set to the tune of some excellent Afro-Latinx music. Forgo a Halloween costume for semi-fancy attire and shop from a night market.
Club Sur, Sodo
Halloween Booootie Seattle
The mashup DJ dance party will get the Halloween treatment. Show up in your costume for the chance to win cash prizes at the witching hour.
Hip-Hop Halloween Boat Party Seattle 2019
Get down to hip-hop bangers in your Halloween costume at this third annual DJ dance party on a moving cruise ship.
The Islander Cruise Ship
Opulent Temple: Gothica
Opulent Temple, a West Coast dance music organization that started at Burning Man, will host their fourth annual eerie gothic bacchanalia at a new Sodo venue this year. Let them guide you into an intimate zone of haunting music and dancing provided by DJs including Brian Peek, Brian Williams, and Chris Tower, all amidst the trappings of a dark and dreamy underworld costume party.
She’s All That: A ’90s Prom Party
If you’re sad your high school prom didn’t resemble the one in 10 Things I Hate About You or She’s All That, consider this your chance at redemption. Wear your best ’90s formal attire and dancing the night away to live music by “Seattle’s only boy band tribute band” All4Doras and DJ duo NisMode.
Spellbound: A Halloween ’80s Themed Dance Party
Add an ’80s-inspired element to your Halloween costume (free idea: Go as yourself 30 years in the past) and bop around to hits of the big-hair decade with DJs Evan Blackstone and Micheal & Michael – The Mike Drop. There will be a costume contest.
Clock-Out Lounge, Beacon Hill
Quality German techno export Steve Bug will head up this Halloween house show with support from lots of local ghouls (Wesley Holmes, Derrick Deep, and Alfonso Tan among them). In the next room, drum and bass DJs like KEXP’s Kid Hops and San Francisco’s UFO will create an atmosphere for hyped zombies.
Monkey Loft, Downtown
10th Annual Halloween ER Costume Crawl
Get your chills and thrills at this evening of mystery, music, dancing, libations, and undead hospital patients at the Hideout, Vito’s, and Hotel Sorrento. Start gluing some sequins, buying some fake teeth, and brewing some potions, because the winner of the costume contest will come away with a $500 cash prize.
Various locations, First Hill
’80s Party Halloween Cruise
If you can’t decide what to be for Halloween or don’t feel like buying a costume, pull the neon clothing and leg warmers out of the back of your closet for this ’80s themed Halloween party, where you’ll get to cruise through Lake Union and Lake Washington to the sounds of Michael Jackson, Madonna, Paula Abdul, and more while you reminisce about the good ol’ days.
Waterways Cruises, Fremont
The Black Cat Ball Gala Auction for Purrfect Pals
Raise money for the kitties at Purrfect Pals by wearing a feline masquerade disguise and dancing the evening away after enjoying a three-course dinner and live auction.
Meydenbauer Center, Bellevue
Fremonster Spectacular 2019
Halloween party people will be glad to know that Fremont’s annual Halloweekend bash will return with even more DJs, live performances, tricks, treats, goblins, ghouls, and inventive booze creations than ever before. Expect Valtesse go-go dancers, fog machines in every corner, bondage and suspension performances, live DJ sets, a costume contest, and a whole lot more.
Halloween Pub Crawl 2019
Give your Halloween costume a test run at this downtown pub crawl that lasts 14 hours. Spots like Blarney Stone, Hard Rock Cafe, and Xtadium will dole out drink specials and prizes.
Various locations, Downtown
Lovers Fetish Fantasy Halloween Party
Submit to Halloween’s not-so-secret kinky side at this latex- and leather-clad variety show featuring burlesque artists (like the luxe babes of Valtesse and the inimitable Ms. Briq House), aerial dancers, and shibari performance artists—not to mention signature cocktails, a pop-up boutique, and more. Wear a costume if you have one and party into the night knowing that proceeds will benefit anti-domestic violence organization Dawn.
First Pick Design, Queen Anne
Seattle’s Biggest Halloween Costume Party
Making a bold claim in a city obsessed with All Hallows’, this costume party promises a $1000 cash award for the person with the freakiest ‘fit.
STAGE Seattle, Pioneer Square
Seattle Opera Halloween Party
In honor of costume party season and Seattle Opera’s current production of Cinderella, join the BRAVO! club backstage for appetizers, drinks, and dancing at a “Once Upon a Time”-themed bash.
McCaw Hall, Seattle Center
Suite Halloween Bash
Dress as your interpretation of a sinner or a saint for the chance to win 1,000 bucks in a costume contest. Meanwhile, dance into the wee hours with resident DJs and sip drink specials.
Suite Restaurant/Lounge, Bellevue
Séance at the Nest
This rooftop bar, usually reserved for yoga classes and cocktail-filled dance parties, will transform into a spooky den of dark delights thanks to contortionists, tarot readers, and a live DJ.
The Nest, Downtown
‘Wonderous Trip to Wonderland’ Halloween Party
Journey down the rabbit hole for a soiree inspired by the whimsical world of Lewis Carroll, with wine, light bites, desserts, dancing, a costume contest, and an appearance from the Queen of Hearts.
Chateau Ste. Michelle, Woodinville
BeautyBoiz go BOO, pt. 5
Make your Halloween as queer as possible with Forward Flux and BeautyBoiz, featuring a “Drag Spooktacular,” a dance party with DJs PAPA.WAV and Cookie Couture, and an open runway with a photographer immortalizing your style.
Fred Wildlife Refuge, Capitol Hill
FEAST: All Hallow’s Eve
You’re used to celebrating Halloween in October, but what about the Gaelic harvest festival Samhain? This feast-like party hosted by Bosco and Karmen Korbel promises a night of “debauchery, decadence, and desire” to welcome the dark days of fall, featuring drag performances by Kaleena Markos, Solana Solstice, Britt Brutality, Rowan Ruthless, and others.
Queer Bar, Capitol Hill
SPORTS & RECREATION
2nd Annual Monster Dash 5k Run/Walk & Lil’ Frankenstein 1k
Lean into your competitive spirit and your costume creativity at this family-friendly 5K race.
Magnuson Halloween Run
Take part in a 5, 10, or 15K course in your costume, then stick around to snap pictures in front of a selfie wall.
Magnuson Park, Sand Point
West Seattle Monster Dash
Run along a 5K trail in your costume, then enjoy family-friendly Halloween activities at the finish line.
Lincoln Park, West Seattle
OCTOBER 26–27 & 31
Halloween Tour 2019
Step inside a world of temptresses and enchanting occultists in Unsettling Femininity: Selections from the Frye Art Museum Collection in the Frye’s special Halloween tour, which also includes Pierre Leguillon’s exhibition Arbus Bonus.
Frye Art Museum, First Hill
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 27
COMMUNITY & FAMILY
The Museum of Fright
To celebrate Halloween, the Museum of Flight will turn into the Museum of Fright, where there will be carnival games, an obstacle course, interactive activities in Frankenstein’s Lab, and more.
Museum of Flight, Tukwila
FOOD & DRINK
People’s Memorial Death Dinners
Using the comfort and emotional vulnerability of conversating around the proverbial dinner table as inspiration, this series invites you to break bread and talk about a subject that touches everyone’s lives: death.
From being a Hollywood hub in the ’20s to a haven for artists in the ’60s and ’70s, Belltown has a rich history. Learn about its evolution over the past century by checking out a series of “living pictures” by photographer Staci Bernstein, drinking special drinks, dancing to live music, and winning prizes.
SPORTS & RECREATION
Wear a costume that’s both spooky and breathable to the annual Run Scared 5/10K around Seward Park. Proceeds benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Show up early for a scavenger hunt, pumpkin treats, and a candy corn tasting bar.
Seward Park, Rainier Valley
OCTOBER 27–NOVEMBER 1
La Fin: Halloween Kink Cabaret
Expect a melding of dance, contortion, and aerial arts as the performers of burlesque revue Valtesse bring out their demons for a night of scary-sexy times.
No show October 28The Ruins, Queen Anne
HalloWEEN: An Americana Tribute to WEEN
Groove to the spooky Americana sounds of Pickup Truckers, Spare Rib & the Bluegrass Sauce, Chris Poage Band, and Pickled Okra as they cover Ween songs at this creepy and kooky dance party.
Creatures of the Night: A Live Drag Rocky Horror Shadowcast
Since no one honors the camp and bombast of the Rocky Horror Picture Show better than drag queens, local performer SHE will host this rendition of the cult-classic musical about a square couple who take shelter in a mansion of sexy fishnetted kooks.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 30
Glory Hole: Haunted House
This lineup of local drag performers—One, Miss Texas 1988 (who Jasmyne Keimig attests “quite literally throws herself into her performance, using her best tool—her body—to express and heighten emotion”), Bitch Hazel, Angel Baby Kill Kill Kill, and Old Witch—should be enough to get you to this fearsome drag/art show.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 31
The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari
Removed as they are from the modern movie-going experience, silent movies possess a special kind of hypnotic otherworldliness—and few are stranger than Robert Wiene’s 1919 Expressionist masterwork The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, a tale of a malevolent fairground “doctor” and the unfortunate sleepwalker who murders at his command. Don’t miss your chance to see this film with a live score by award-winning Seattle keyboardist Wayne Horvitz and his ensemble.
The Royal Room, Columbia City
Spend the holiday experiencing a delightfully freaky, swirly montage of music and mayhem made of found-footage phantasmagoria from the archives of the cheeky Collide-O-Scope duo Shane Wahlund and Michael Anderson. Come in costume—they may bestow one of their much-coveted prizes upon you! Plus, everyone has a chance to win a kitschy prize in the drawings. This year will feature a special musical performance by Adé A Cônnére, a VIP of Seattle’s queer scene.
SIFF Cinema Egyptian, Capitol Hill
Doom Funk Halloween Pt. 3: High Pulp, General Mojo’s, Cumbieros
Imbue your Halloween night with a side of funk and psychedelic jazz courtesy of local bands High Pulp, General Mojo’s, and Cumbieros.
KEXP & Veracity Present Hellaween
On Halloween, join killer locals Perry Porter, Cosmos the Band, and TALAYA (as well as DJ Stass THEE Boss) for some spooky all-ages revelry.
Vera Project, Seattle Center
Latino Halloween Boat Party Seattle 2019
Shake it on two separate dance floors to Mexican dance music and Latin mixes while the yacht drifts over the smooth waves of Lake Union and Washington. There’ll be a full bar to lend you courage for the costume dance-off.
The Islander Cruise Ship, Downtown
Proud & Nasty
I know organ and keys wizard Michael Zabrek from his days way back in the ol’ FL of A, when he played in a heady Tampa Bay area jazz-funk band called Worldwide Zoo. More than a decade on, he’s settled in Seattle and has taken up with another fine band of a similar sonic persuasion, Proud & Nasty (with Adam Gross on drums, Scott Morning on trumpet, and Aaron Harmonsen on bass, plus select guests). They’ve been playing an ongoing Thursday night open jam at Sea Monster for a while now, during which attendees are invited to sign up and sit in on an improvised set. I’m told it’s a very good time. (Event-length YouTube videos confirm this.) This is a special Halloween costume party edition, and attendees are encouraged to dress up (there’s a costume contest and also a Silly String art contest?!) and come get down. LEILANI POLK
Sea Monster Lounge, Wallingford
Tacocat Halloween with DoNormaal and Sundae Crush!
Stranger music calendar editor Kim Selling has written, “It’s been pretty dark lately, huh? Weeks (months, years…) of deeply impactful, negative news plastered everywhere you look can really drag a person down. I think we all deserve to feel lighter, more mobile, more buoyed by the season. Tacocat can raise you to that level. I’ve been attending their shows for a decade now, and I can attest to the health benefits of witnessing their neon-candy punk-pop explode through an ecstatic crowd.” Join them, along with local power cuties DoNormaal and Sundae Crush for a wild night out, and don’t forget your costume—these bands will surely be decked out in some Technicolor fantasy looks.
Neumos, Capitol Hill
After Hours: Halloween!
Learn about aquatic science (like creatures that glow in the dark as they swim through the sea), dissect a squid, and carve pumpkins with an adult beverage in hand.
Seattle Aquarium, Downtown
As the realm between the living and the dead opens up for All Hallows’, take the opportunity to rub elbows with your favorite departed celebrities as personified by living drag queens Shartney Love and Americano. Resident DJs Freddy King of Pants and Sling Dion will spin those sexy-spooky cuts.
Pony, Capitol Hill
Fashionably Undead 9: An Experiment In Terror
Evil scientists will run rampant with their beakers full of poison at this costume party revolving around “experiments gone wrong.” Your costume could earn you tickets to Emerald City Comic Con, Crypticon, and other geeky events on the horizon.
MoPOP, Seattle Center
Halloween at Camp Linda’s!
Use the buddy system and follow the sound of DJ Paco’s spooky camp songs to Linda’s, where you can enter a costume contest, dance into the night, drink booze, and hear about ghostly legends.
Linda’s Tavern, Capitol Hill
Queer Horror Story Halloween Party
DJs Ricki Leigh and Reece’s Pieces will keep things sexy at this gender-inclusive, body-positive Halloween bash.
Fred Wildlife Refuge, Capitol Hill
The birthday of the Fremont Troll is fatefully aligned with All Hallows’ Eve, giving the Fremont Arts Council a better reason than ever to gather under the bridge and dance into the night before galavanting through the neighborhood in the Haunt of Fremont procession (led this year by Brazilian drum and dance group VamoLá). After all of that, keep the party going at the Ballroom with a “Troll-a-keg” provided by Fremont Brewing.
The Atomic Bombshells… PUT A SPELL ON YOU!
The boisterous Atomic Bombshells troupe has been instrumental in Seattle’s burlesque revival, so if you’re craving a joyous, carnal, and glitzy spectacle for Halloween, look no further. They’re promising “the campiest vamps in the land” along with surprise guest stars. Stay on afterward for Century Ballroom’s Annual Halloween Disco Dance.
West Hall, Capitol Hill
Cucci’s Spooky Weed
Cucci Binaca, a mischievous ringleader in Seattle’s drag scene, is potty-mouthed, perpetually stoned, and the conservative right’s worst nightmare, which makes her a favorite here at The Stranger. In Cucci’s Spooky Weed, she invites drag performers to create numbers that are both spooky and stoned, and it’s a riot (sometimes literally). Get hella high before you go, and be prepared for performers who are more likely to spend their number bleeding onto a canvas than lip-synching to Britney Spears. CHASE BURNS
THROUGH OCTOBER 31
This Is Halloween
It’s Tim Burton’s classic The Nightmare Before Christmas; repackaged as a semi-scandalous spectacle for the masses. The audience eats chicken skewers and knocks back cocktails while they watch Jack “the Pumpkin King” Skellington sing and dance, cabaret-style, while a ghoulish orchestra pumps out the show’s signature tunes. Despite the glitzy and consumerist exterior, the crew manages to smuggle a complicated cabaret about the horror of fixed identities into the unpretentious space of the Triple Door. RICH SMITH
Tuesday–SundayTriple Door, Downtown
THROUGH NOVEMBER 1
Do you enjoy horror, but find it too…predictable? If you find yourself accurately predicting every jump scare, try this energetic, highly physical send-up of the genre, which will be totally improvised by talented Jet City and community performers. Best of all, you (the audience) get to choose the killer! Watch as teen screamers straight out of ’80s summer-camp slasher movies face a fearsome threat.
Jet City Improv, University District
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1
Emerald City Music: In The Dark
Following the traditions of the season, Emerald City Music will delve into the spooky with a performance of the goosebump-inducing music of George Frederick Haas set in complete darkness.
415 Westlake, South Lake Union
Nightmare at the Rink: Scott Yoder, The Whags, Fruit Juice
Burger Records’ glitter-folk balladeer Scott Yoder, funky Seattle psych-pop outfits the Whags, and Fruit Juice will carry you into your second Halloween weekend with a night of live music at the roller rink.
Southgate Roller Rink, White Center
’80s Stranger Things Party with Prom Date Mixtape
Let ’80s new wave and synth-pop tribute group Prom Date Mixtape take you back a few decades for a night of high-energy dance music this Halloween.
High Dive, Fremont
Under Pressure: A Bowie/Queen Halloween Dream
Glam it up to the nth degree and pay tribute to two of the sexiest musical legends as BowieVision joins forces with newly minted tribute Queen Mother for an explosive post-Halloween show.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2
Halloween Havoc Cruise Party
Take in views of the city, dance to live DJs, and sip drinks while you sail around Lake Union on a cruise ship. Don’t forget to wear a costume.
Islander Cruise Ship
ReDRuM — A Soft Option Halloween
Douse yourself in fake blood and finery for this dance party with Soft Option DJs. You’ll get the chance to win cash and VIP prizes for future parties if your costume is wild enough to impress the judges.
Monkey Loft, Downtown
THROUGH NOVEMBER 2
Beware the Terror of Gaylord Manor
The world-famous Seattle-based drag queen BenDeLaCreme has written and performed three acclaimed solo shows, but Beware the Terror of Gaylord Manor, which premiered in 2017, was the artist’s first foray into writing, directing, and starring in an original play of her own. It’s a spooky, campy twist on the horror-flick genre, featuring ghosts, dancers, music, and special effects. The chemistry between BenDeLaCreme and Scott Shoemaker alone is worth the price of admission. CHRISTOPHER FRIZZELLE
Wednesday–SundayACT Theatre, Downtown
THROUGH NOVEMBER 17
Stephen King Unexpected
Expect to see (we’re guessin’) gruff Northeasterners battling clowns, vampires, sentient cars, and/or the undead in this improv tribute to the horror maestro Stephen King, a perfect show for Halloween.
Unexpected Productions’ Market Theater, Downtown
This new take on the darkly sexy Gothic tale is by Seattle’s Steven Dietz, the playwright behind Lonely Planet and God’s Country. Dietz promises a new spin on the endlessly filmed, adapted, and re-adapted 1897 novel by Bram Stoker, with the character of Mina assuming a more active and heroic role. ACT’s artistic director, John Langs, will stage this chillfest with some excellent local actors, like Khanh Doan and Claudine Mboligikpelani Nako.
Tuesday–SundayACT Theatre, Downtown
THROUGH NOVEMBER 23
Simone Pin Productions Presents: Dollhouse
The burlesque talents of women of color will be front and center at Simone Pin company’s second show at the forum, featuring the Dollhouse Coven (TAQUEET$!, Lindy Lou, Jennifer Meilani, Shay Simone, Annya Pin), Mama (Adra Boo), and their creepy-sexy secrets.
Northwest Film Forum, Capitol Hill
THROUGH NOVEMBER 24
Violet’s Attic: A Grand Ball for Wicked Dolls
For an immersive show that really looks like it’ll scare your button-eyes out of their sockets, try this dinner-theater production in which you, the audience, are cast as dolls belonging to a mean little girl. Cower from the “giant Jack in the Box” and eat doll-party treats for dinner.
Wednesday–SundayCafe Nordo, Pioneer Square