If you’re part of the latter crowd, you’ll find plenty on the Eastside to satisfy you this season. Whether you’re looking for good old-fashioned jump scares, midnight capers, or something more on the paranormal side, there are opportunities to get your spooky fix. Here’s your October fright guide to the Eastside and beyond.
Carleton Farms Fright Maze
Carelton Farms, Lake Stevens
When: Oct. 5, 11-12, 18-19, 25-27, 31
Ages: Recommended 10+
At Carleton Farms Fright Maze in Lake Stevens, thrills come in many varieties. By night, the family-friendly corn maze transforms into a fright-filled choose-your-own-adventure. Thrill-seekers can select from four distinct mazes, each with its own spooky backstory. At the Haunted Swamp, flee a swarm of zombies for a pure adrenaline rush. Or take them on yourself with paintball guns at the Zombie Hunt. Regardless of which experience you spring for, getting your blood pumping is all but guaranteed. carletonfarm.com
Snohomish Haunted Walking Tour
Snohomish (call 425-888-1923 to reserve tickets and for location)
When: Oct. 13
Haunted walking tours can offer an eerie perspective on a familiar city, often by diving into the past. So, whether you’re a ghost hunter, history buff, or true crime aficionado, the Snohomish Haunted Walking Tour will provide a paranormal deep-dive into the city’s history of strange phenomena. The three-hour walking tour, hosted by Orchard View designs, will offer insights into Snohomish’s strange and, at times sordid, history. Learn about rumored hauntings, Bigfoot sightings, and some of the region’s most chilling crimes. Local band Tinkham Road will play live music along the way.
Nightmare at Beaver Lake
Beaver Lake Park Ballfield, Sammamish
When: Oct. 11-13, 18-20, 25-27, 30-31
Torn between visiting a haunted house or haunted woods? You’ll find both at Nightmare at Beaver Lake, the region’s largest indoor-outdoor fright night. The adventure begins with a mile-long walk through the woods past ghosts and ghouls and continues once you reach the haunted house. The yearly event is organized by the Rotary Club of Sammamish, and every dollar raised and donated benefits local charities. nightmareatbeaverlake.com
Snohomish Zombie Walk
When: Oct. 25
If you’d rather join the zombie herd than battle them off, head to the Snohomish Zombie Walk. This daylight zombie experience comes to downtown Snohomish in advance of Halloween. Participants will gather by 3:30 p.m. for walk guidelines and a group photo, and the promenade begins at 4 p.m. Prepare your own ghoulish look, or arrive early for zombie face-painting. Keeping with the zombie apocalypse spirit, “rations for survivors” — cans and other nonperishable goodies — will be collected on behalf of the Snohomish Food Bank.
Wild Waves Fright Fest
Weekends through October
Wild Waves Theme & Water Park gets a haunted makeover on weekends through the month of October. For those looking for a scare, the park is worth a trip for its bundle of haunted attractions, including a haunted house and campground and a blacklight 3-D funhouse. A parade of ghouls will roam through the park each evening, and there will be cobwebs at every twist and turn. While you’re there, you can take a spin on many of their flagship rides, or head to Sharkey’s Bar for some SCARE-a-oke.
While you’re ghost-hunting in Snohomish, be sure to stop by the Oxford Saloon. Originally built as a dry goods store to service boomtown Snohomish, the building was converted into a saloon in 1910. Over the years, it changed hands and uses several times — each owner contributing to another chapter of its mysterious and sometimes-troublesome history. Among the ghosts that allegedly stalk the saloon’s halls are Henry, a policeman who was killed in a knife fight and supposedly never vacated the scene of the crime; an unidentified man in a bowler hat; and two women sporting turn-of-the-century dresses.