The things that go bump in the night might give you goosebumps, but ghosts aren’t real, right? In this storied city with a long, sordid history from disturbed Indian burial grounds to gin joints filled with vice and murder, you can find ample opportunity for hauntings. Check out these three spooky spots for some creeping scares, and decide for yourself whether or not there is such a thing as ghosts.
Kells Irish Restaurant & Pub
In the basement of the city’s first mortuary, dine on fear at Kells Irish Restaurant & Pub. The laid-back Irish pub vibe doesn’t indicate that it’s one of the most famous haunted spaces in Downtown, featured on ghost hunting shows galore. Spooky sightings include hair-raising feelings, specters, and the spirit of a child that tries to entice other youngsters to come play. It’s really no surprise, since this spot is tucked away down Post Alley in Pike Place, one of the oldest and most haunted sites in Seattle. Don’t worry; the bar keeps holy water on hand for emergencies.
A Capitol Hill favorite, the Baltic Room bar is a stop along the annual Capitol Hill Historic Ghost Tours slated for the Halloween season. This popular nightclub has been known to receive ghostly 1930s-garbed visitors, like the elegant woman in evening gown on the upstairs balcony or the fedora-sporting gentleman who wanders the floor in search of somebody he will presumably never find. Whether or not you spot this ill-fated couple yourself, enjoy the inclusive vibe at this favorite watering hole, a great spot to dance away any fear of ghosts.
Spooked in Seattle Museum
It may seem too good to be true that the headquarters and starting point for one of the city’s most popular paranormal tours is also haunted, but museum owner and ghost expert Ross Allison claims that he originally became interested in the space for its known ghostly activity. Even if you can’t pick out the unearthly strains from the music box doll of the resident child spectre, get a morbidity fix at the museum of death and dying, then take the 90 minute walking tour of Pioneer Square’s most haunted pubs. The chances of spotting residual ectoplasm only increase with each pint.