This year in Seattle, you have no excuse for not having Halloween plans—check out our Halloween calendar for more than 200 events ranging from costume parties to haunted houses. But if those numbers overwhelm you, we're here to break it down even further—including with this list of big, spectacular costume parties you should buy your tickets for now, before they sell out. Find all of your options below (ranging from FreakNight to the Fremonster Spectacular to Seduction).
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 27
Baila Con Los Diablos Halloween Salsa Party
Dance and cackle wildly into the wee hours at this 12th annual Halloween bash, which promises lively performances, a costume contest, raffles and prizes, a high-stakes salsa competition, "ghoulish drinks," and more.
Embark After Dark
Party in the Museum of Flight after hours in the good company of cocktails, snacks, "atmospheric beats," and "other young professionals" while you learn about the museum's membership offerings. Costumes are encouraged, and there will also be prizes like "aerospace jewelry" and a Space Shuttle Trainer Tour.
Annual high-key wild-out throwdown FreakNight raises the bar for their 20th anniversary celebration, with a two-day set of live music, dancing, a market, and a darkly neon environment of scary circus attractions, bizarre sideshow marvels, and carnival rides. Artists this year include Adventure Club, Bear Grillz, Benny Benassi, Borgore, Brodinski, Brohug, Bro Safari, Crankdat, Herobust, Infected Mushroom, Justice (DJ Set), Liquid Soul, Malaa, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs (DJ Set), The Upbeats, Walker & Royce, and special guest Kaskade.
Get Wicked: Stanton Warriors & Worthy
Get wicked to house and breakbeat music from Stanton Warriors and Worthy, with local support from PostMatts, Dot Diggler, and Unknown ?layer. Guests can also enter to win $500 in a costume contest, so do your best work.
Kirkland Zombie Wine Walk
Even the undead enjoy a good cabernet. Lurch around downtown Kirkland on a tour that stops at several local wineries (and breweries). Dressing up isn't required, but those who go all out could win a gift certificate to Trellis.
Noise Complaint: Are You Afraid of the Dark?
See Fred Wildlife Refuge transformed into a haven of ghouls, where you can be your Halloween persona's true self by dancing to tunes from Philadelphia/NYC's Dances With White Girls, with local support from Subset, BGeezy, and Mike Devlin. They also promise tricks, treats, a costume contest, and more secret spooky fun.
Seduction: A Fundraiser for the Seattle Erotic Art Festival
People sometimes object to the sexualization of Halloween, so why not get the pervy stuff out of the way before All Hallows'? The Foundation for Sex Positive Culture and the Seattle Erotic Art Festival present what they describe as "a carnival of delights!" From interactive installations to aerial and bondage shows to a VIP Oddities Emporium to sultry games, this event will be kinda artsy and definitely sensual.
Spooky Soirée Halloween Party
Talk It Up TV presents a spooky yet classy evening replete with a dance party (with tunes courtesy of DJ E Pop) and a costume contest with secret celebrity judges. Proceeds benefit Talk It Up Foundation's programs for suicide prevention and wounded veterans.
Underdog's Halloween Bash
Get dressed in your best seasonal attire and head to the Croc for Underdog's Halloween Bash, a dance party soundtracked by DJ Phosho, with a costume contest and drink specials from Rainier.
Halloween Brazilian Party
DJ Neto will be spinning Brazilian funk, pagode, reggae, hiphop, and dance music deep into the night at this Halloween hootenanny.
Carnevolar VIII: Phobia
As if it weren't nerve-wracking enough watching acrobats flip the bird to gravity, Emerald City's high-flyers will perform a variety show based on phobias and nightmares. Shake out your jitters afterwards during a dance party at this annual Halloween circus.
Neighbours Presents: Season of the Witch
Fill your Halloweekend with two nights of witchy dancing and costume contests (promising some pretty juicy cash prizes). Roxy Doll will host Friday's party, with music by DJs Billy the Kid and Trent Von. On Saturday, Roxy Doll will co-host with Gaysha Starr, with music by DJ Randy Schlager.
Smith Tower's Zom-Bees Knees Bash!
Celebrate Halloween '20s style, speakeasy and all, with three nights of super classy (but also scary) dance parties with members of Sister Kate Dance Company. See dance performances by "zombie flappers" and mummies, participate in a séance, and don your best flapper costume.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28
11th Annual Come As You Aren't
For the last decade or so, the Skylark has hosted Come As You Aren't, a massive concert party wherein local bands compete to be the ultimate tribute group. Whoever has the best costume and live set wins a major cash prize. This year's contestants include members of Harvey Danger and Fabulous Downey Brothers as Oingo Boingo, Harrison B as The Killers, Dagger Hands as CCR, Vibe as Whitney Houston, Gibraltar as Smashing Pumpkins, Sweet Jesus as Pink Floyd, Young Chhaylee as Al Green, and Teresa and the Wolves as Pat Benatar. Troy Nelson of KEXP will serve as MC, with Johnny Nails, Atticus George-Andrijeski, Lindsay Peyton, and last year's winners Fine Prince as judges for the ultimate crowning.
Black Cat Ball
Dress up as your favorite feline at this cat-centric masquerade, where you'll find over 500 items for sale in a silent and live auction. In addition, guests can drink champagne at the reception and enjoy a three-course vegetarian (or vegan) dinner. All proceeds benefit local cats through Purrfect Pals, an organization that works to end cat homelessness in the Puget Sound.
Bollywood Halloween Scream
Enjoy Halloween cocktails and get creepy and kooky on the dance floor at a Bollywood costume and dance party. DJ RDX will be spinning Bollywood beats and judges will be awarding costume prizes.
Bollywood Thriller Halloween Costume Party
Get spooky on the dance floor to sets from DJ Phrasant, DJ KI, SKEE, the Jai Ho! Dance Troupe, and others. There will also be a costume contest with prizes and henna (by donation). They add some helpful details: "Imagine an Indian wedding gone awry as the joyful celebration takes a turn for the worst with a blast that transforms all attendees into zombies."
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, and eat free candy.
(free for ladies/$15)
The second annual Fremonster Spectacular promises wild DJ sets within a spooky nightclub atmosphere, a costume contest with a $500 cash prize, a full bar with specialty themed cocktails, festive chocolates, and aerial, shibari, and GoGo performances.
Halloween Bash 2017: Prom Night of the Living Dead
Dance your spooky socks off (in your zombie costume, of course) to live New Wave, dance, and synth hits from the '80s, brought to you by Patrick and Daniel's Prom Date Mixtape. There will also be a zombie prom queen and king crowning, '80s horror movies, drink specials, and prizes.
Halloween Party Cruise
Hop aboard Dracula’s floating castle dressed to kill, and dance the night away with your fellow spooks to Halloween-y classics and cuts.
Haunt: The Ultimate Halloween Bash
Dance to sets from "party band" Brand X and DJ Funkdaddy, watch other spooky performances, and participate in a costume contest for "most elaborate," "most creative," "scariest," "best group," and other categories in this massive Halloween celebration that MoPOP has been throwing for 16 years now.
Haunted Brewery Bash
Drink beer and booze and snack on small bites while dancing to live music and a DJ, snapping photos in a booth, and participating in a costume contest at the decked-out Redhook Brewery in Woodinville.
Haute Sauce: Halloween
Join Haute Sauce, "Seattle's home for urban music," in a freaky night of dancing maniacally to Lourawk, Beeba, Famous, and Swervewon. Guests will also have the chance to win $1,000 in a costume contest.
Opulent Temple: Gothica
Opulent Temple will host this eerie gothic bacchanalia with an intimate area of music, costumes, and dancing provided by DJs The Scumfrog, Chris Tower, Clint Williams, and Hydef, all amidst the trappings of an underworld costume party.
Suite 7th Annual Halloween Bash
Go all out with your look at this annual Halloween shindig, because the winner of the costume contest will win $2,000 in cash and prizes. Winner or not, you can still dance to beats from DJs CIDE and Joey Roxville and enjoy food and speciality drinks.
WerQ Halloween Weekend
Join RuPaul's Drag Race superstar Roxxxy Andrews and local performers Jaxen Brown, Kaleena Markos, Andrew Scott, and others at a Halloween-themed evening hosted by Seattle's Kristie Champagne.
Halloween Vibes: Blaxploitation
Celebrate your favorite characters from early 1970s "Blaxploitation" films with a candy buffet, rose bar, a costume contest, and more.
Heaven & Hell-oween
The only heavenly thing about this party will be the cocktails—otherwise, prepare for a devilish night with Veuve Clicquot, where you can dance to ghoulish tunes from DJ Marvel and enter a costume contest.
Third Time's the Charm
Show off your most diabolical dance moves, drink from an open bar, eat "supernatural snacks," and wear your creepiest getup to win the costume contest at this frightening soirée. All proceeds will benefit Reboot Theatre Company.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 31
The Bowie Ball with BowieVision
Local beloved tribute group BowieVision, which features members of Dudley Manlove Quartet and Purr Gato, plus saxophonist Brian Bermudez, will transform the Croc into a glam rock paradise with a night of wild Bowie hits, and a light show and video backdrops for bonus dazzlement. If you need help with the costume contest, the Glitter Squad will be providing makeovers.
Carnival of Souls
Celebrate All Hallows' Eve with a tribute to old time-y spook shows, featuring macabre music and magic by Jeff Ferrell Music, burlesque by Morgue Anne, a sideshow by Kino B. Demented, a screening of the horror film She Freak, and more.
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! What will the booty be? "A poster? Some DVDs? Some random thing from the dollar sore [sic]? Or maybe an ACTUAL HUMAN HEAD?!?!" There's a special treat this time: a performance by the local cabaret star and drag disaster Ms. Pak-Man.
Cucci's Spooky Weed x Messy Webs
What's spookier than spending Halloween stoned with Cucci Binaca? Binaca is a ringleader among today's alt-drag scene, which includes performers who are more likely to spend their number bleeding onto a canvas than lip-synching to Britney Spears. Cucci's Spooky Weed is a biannual offering from Binaca, and this round features popular enfants terribles like Arson Nicki, Butylene O'Kipple, and Miss Texas 1988. Get hella high, bring some dollars for tipping, and prepare to be spooked. CHASE BURNS
Roam the dark local waters on Halloween night while drinking beer from Silver City Brewery and playing games like Pin the Eyepatch on the Pirate, How Many Halloween Candies, Monster Mash Dance Off, and more. There will also be a costume contest where contestants can win gift cards to Flatstick Pub.