Halloween happenings on the Olympic Peninsula highlight the month of October. Visit now to have special experiences ranging from family-friendly to adult hair-raising. Check out the community events, spooky and historical tours and haunted hotels.
2019 PumpkinFest & North Mason Chamber Catapult Competition
PumpkinFest is month-long celebration that culminates with the famous Pumpkin Catapult Competition on Oct. 26 at Hunter Farms in Union. Yes, they really use catapults and trebuchets to send pumpkins flying aloft! You can also peruse the pumpkin patch, walk through a hay maze, take an old-fashioned hayride (pulled by a tractor), and enjoy plenty of kid-oriented games.
Rain of Terror Haunted Hangar in Forks
Not to be outdone by Fork’s reputed vampires and werewolves, the Rain of Terror Haunted Hangar offers the “Olympic Peninsula’s most extreme Halloween experience.” This haunted house takes place in an actual airplane hangar at the Quillayute Airport. It begins Oct. 11-12 and continues every Friday-Saturday through the month, plus Oct. 31 (Halloween Thursday) and Nov. 1 and 2.
Chimacum Farmers’ Market – Season Closing with Halloween Market
The seasonal closing of this popular Farmers’ Market will be celebrated Oct. 27 in Halloween-style with a costume contest, trick-or-treat vendors and pumpkin painting.
Spooky & Historical Tours:
The Olympic Peninsula holds many fascinating stories from its Victorian and early 20th-century days. Join a local tour to learn what most visitors never get a chance to experience.
Twisted History Tours
Get twisted this October as the Twisted History Tours show off Port Townsend’s darker side. Tours are offered in both family-friendly and adult-scary levels.
Port Angeles Underground & Heritage Tour
This Port Angeles tour gets haunted Oct. 11-31. Reservations are highly recommended.
Port Townsend Main Street “Haunted Histories & Mysteries”
Indulge in a weekend of spooky fun that includes tours, classes –and even an escape room – on Nov 1-2.
Pumpkin-chucking and spooky tours are great, but where can you go to possibly see some real paranormal activity? Check out one of these lodgings, which have had alleged ghost sightings:
Manresa Castle, Port Townsend
Completed in 1892 as the medieval-style residence of a wealthy business man and his family, Manresa Castle has long been home to ghost tales as well. The castle was even featured on Travel Channel’s Ghost Adventures in 2015.
Lake Crescent Lodge, west of Port Angeles
Beneath the cold, crystal-clear waters of Lake Crescent within Olympic National Park lie many secrets. The most famous is the tale of “The Lady of Lake,” Hallie Illingworth. Hallie’s story began in 1936 at Lake Crescent Lodge where she waited tables. After going missing, her remains were finally discovered in the lake four years later. Now her ghost is said to still haunt Lake Crescent Lodge…
For other lodging options (both allegedly haunted and not), be sure to check out our Lodgings listings.