Halloween is fast approaching, so we rounded up our top 10 scary, semi-scary, and kid-friendly events (and a few parties, naturally) for the holiday weekend.
Night of the Living Dead and Texas Chain Saw Massacre Watch two of the most horrifying films ever made in the already-creepy environs of King’s Hardware in Ballard. (Have you seen the stuffed cat above the bar? Shudder.) October 31 at 8. Free.
Halloween on the Hill Capitol Hill’s annual Halloween festivities wrap with a fright fest: a horror movie double feature at Broadway Performance Hall. October 31 at 7 and 9. Free.
Get Spooked! Take a tour of the “Haunted Suite” at the Sorrento Hotel. We suggest stumbling into the ghost-infested room with friends right before close and practicing your best shriek. October 28–31, 4–10.
Evil Dead, the Musical This ArtsWest musical lampoons low-budget zombie movies with songs like “Ode to an Accidental Stabbing.” Warning: Some audience members may get splattered with fake blood. Thru November 12. 11pm shows on October 28 & 29, and a 7:30 show on October 31. $10–$35.
Mezzo Lunatico: Halloween Edition El Vez, the Mexican Elvis, emcees Teatro ZinZanni’s steamy late-night variety show: an evening of cabaret, burlesque, zombie go-go dancers, and a Night of the Living Dead costume contest. 21+. October 29 at 11. $45 (includes dinner).
This Is Halloween Tim Burton’s A Nightmare Before Christmas is the inspiration behind the Triple Door’s burlesque musical, starring the Can Can Castaways backed by Orkestar Zirkonium. October 28–31. Fri & Sat at 7 & 10; Sun & Mon at 7. $20–$25.
Neumos and Stoli Halloween Party Seattle hip-hop group Champagne Champagne headlines. There’s also a costume contest, photo booth with props, pumpkin jello shots, a kinda gross all-you-can-eat candy buffet, and an apple-bobbing contest. Awards go to the funniest, sexiest, or freakiest costume, and best zombie. October 31 at 7. Free.
Zombies Ambush Halloween Pub Crawl Zombies get thirsty, too. Join the mob at the Hammering Man outside the Seattle Art Museum and lurch across town, moaning for more ale, as you ambush a costumed crawl. Follow the route on Twitter @SeaPubCrawl. October 29, 2–8.
Halloween Camp-In This kiddie sleepover at the Pacific Science Center includes glow-in-the-dark adventures in the exhibits, laser light shows, planetarium presentations, haunted classrooms, a costume contest, and a monster mash dance. Adults are also invited, and food’s provided for your little monsters. October 29 at 5:30–October 30 at 9:30am. $50.
KEXP’s Halloween Kids Dance Party KEXP’s John Richards hosts the Tractor Tavern shindig, an afternoon of crafts and activities, with DJ Riz and kindie rock band the Not-Its getting the dance party started. October 30, 11am–2pm. $7.