For Adrenaline Junkies
KUBE 93 Haunted House
If you ever wondered which of your friends would make it out of a horror movie alive, KUBE 93 FM’s annual haunted house “Flashlight Nights” sends brave souls into the pitch-black darkness at the old Georgetown morgue. Enter if you dare. Through November 2, 5000 E Marginal Way S, $13–$40.
Seattle’s two-night wicked circus, FreakNight, features hair-raising electronic dance music, carnival rides, and more. Considering costumes are common at EDM show, the outfits on display are sure to be as over the top as the event itself. October 25 & 26, WaMu Theater, $160–$4000.
For Theater Buffs
Poe Unexpected and Campfire
Unexpected Productions hosts two shows of ghoulish humor. Join Poe Unexpected on a midnight dreary for macabre improv based on the works of Edgar Allan Poe. If sitting around and telling creepy ghost stories is more your thing, try Campfire, where a group of campers (read: improvisers) turn audience stories into spooky and hilarious yarns. Thru Oct 26, Unexpected Production's Market Theater, $10.
Carrie the Musical
What’s the first thing anyone thinks of when they hear the name Stephen King? That’s right: musical theater. Carrie: The Musical went down in history one of the biggest flops in Broadway history during its premiere run in 1988, but a 2012 Off-Broadway revival of King’s tale of a tormented teenage girl with telekinetic powers gave this kitschy, unconventional show a second life. Thru Oct 26, Moore Theatre, $17–$50.
For Film Freaks
Hitchcock’s Psycho with the Seattle Symphony
Rediscover Hitchcock’s masterpiece thriller as the Seattle Symphony plays the score live along with the film. Remember to bring your mother dearest. October 30 & 31, Benaroya Hall, $19–$112.
All Monsters Attack
Grand Illusion screens a host of blood-soaked B-movies as part of its annual month long horror fest. The offerings include cult classic Birth of the Living Dead (Oct 18-27), a five-hour horror anthology triple feature and pizza party (Oct 27), Scarecrow Video's horror clip compilation The VCR That Dripped Blood 2: Undead Media (Oct 30), and the weird and grotesque silent film Witchcraft Through the Ages (Oct 31). Thru Oct 31, Grand Illusion Cinema.
National Theatre Live: Frankenstein
If the bad special effects aren’t your thing, catch Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller taking turns playing Dr. Frankenstein and his monstrous creation in two versions of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. Oct 31–Nov 3, SIFF Cinema Uptown, $20.
Can’t Look Away: The Lure of Horror Film
EMP’s month-long exhibit of fright-inducing movies and paraphernalia takes an in-depth look at spooky pop culture icons. Visit the Scream Booth or explore the laboratory of movie props, including the axe from Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining, the monster boots from Frankenstein, and the Nighthawk stake from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Thru Oct 31, EMP, $20.
For the Whole Family
Halloween festivities aren’t complete until you’ve seen a Wiener dog dressed up as Sherlock Holmes or a Chihuahua moonlighting as Superman. Watch all the furry little ghouls run about in a dog costume contest at Genessee Dog Park to support Seattle’s off-leash dog parks. Oct 26, Genessee Park, free.
The Haunted Theatre: Backstage Tour and Eerie Dances
Tacoma City Ballet School hosts haunted backstage tours into the dark corners of its theater, then performs a family-friendly parade of spooky Halloween ballets that's full of bats, marionettes, ghosts, witches, and more. Thru Oct 27, Jan Collum Ballroom Theater at Merlino Art Center, Tacoma, $5.
Wild Waves Fright Fest
Roller coasters, food, music, or scares—Fright Fest has a thrill for everyone. Catch the Wave Pool dance party, stop by the 3D haunted house, or tour the gory Chamber of Souls. For little ones, Booville provides a scare-free night of fall crafts, a maze, and a trick-or-treating station. Thru Oct 27, Wild Waves, Federal Way, $25.