As the chills of October slowly creep in, those looking forward to the spookiest month exclaim, “Hip hip!” for pillowcases soon to be full of candy and costumes so good they’re scary, a “Hooray!” for yummy, dandy decorations — and an event where you can see an adaptation of one of the most expensive movies of the season until Halloween night!
Inspired by Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas”, Can Can and The Triple Door present “This Is Halloween”, described by Can Can artistic director Chris Pink, as “an engaging multimedia spooktacular with deep collaborative roots through music, dance, comedy and the visual”. hard-to-find categories in our creative media.
What began 15 years ago as an opportunity to “pay homage to our love for all things Burton” with a great cast, comedic antics and heavy visuals has grown into “a living, breathing, changing organism that is created year after year,” Pink said.
Similar to the film, “This Is Halloween” follows the misadventures of Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King and Halloween Town’s most acclaimed citizen. This animated adaptation follows Jack as he stumbles across Christmas Town and plans to take over the holiday. Attendees might recognize Sally, Dr. Finkelstein, and even Jack’s longtime rival Oogie Boogie.
Not so similar to the movie, this naughty nightmare features a lot more glitter and a lot fewer clothes. Theater and dance combine with cabaret and burlesque production styles to drive the plot to the very end, while providing an incredibly enjoyable comedic spectacle for guests.
“We incorporate the ever-changing world around us, relevant topics and pop references,” Pink said, represented by well-timed jokes and risque innuendo. The laughter, boos, and howls from audience members in response serve as a reminder that this show is truly intended for mature audiences.
If all that doesn’t sound convincing enough, every seat in the theater has access to dinner service. Thai-inspired dishes, drinks and desserts are offered by Wild Ginger, Triple Door’s partner restaurant.
The seats at The Triple Door consist of booths and “counter” seats, which are similar to table seats. There is no bad place in the house. Ticket prices range from $32 to $54, depending on the time, day, and seat you choose.
“The show has had so many years to mold, bend, twist and turn year after year. However, at the end of the day, it’s just a damn good time…. It’s a Frankenstein that comes to life once a year to remind people not to take themselves too seriously, to love themselves and have fun,” Pink said.
“This Is Halloween” runs through October 31 at The Triple Door (216 Union St., Seattle). Early night shows are for ages 17+ and late night shows are for ages 21+. Find tickets, timetables and more information at thetripledoor.net.
Teens and adults, the rest of this overview is for you! Leave the little ones at home and check out these not-so-family-friendly spooky events.
Please note this list is not exhaustive. If your town’s haunted house or event isn’t included, check their websites to see if they plan to hold spooky festivities.
The Haunted Fort at Fort Casey State Park – October 22-30
Explore the dark tunnels and bunkers of a spooky former military fort from noon to 4 p.m. on October 22-23 and 29-30. Although the fort is recommended for ages 12 and up, there is also a family area for all ages. $5. 1280 Engle Road, Coupeville; whidbeycamanoislands.com
bitchcraft: A Haute Couture Halloween with Sonja Morgan — Oct. 28
Real Housewives of New York City star Sonja Morgan comes to Queer/Bar to host and judge the annual Halloween Costume Contest at 6 p.m. for ages 21 and older. A grand prize of $1,500 will be awarded to first place. Buy your tickets online; $30. 1518 11th Avenue, Seattle; thequeerbar.com
Nightmare on Seneca Street – October 28
W Seattle invites everyone to eat, drink and scare at 7 p.m. on Halloween pre-game weekend at the Living Room Bar and enjoy a costume contest, pop-up washed down with Moet Hennessey, a live DJ and more. RSVP online; free. 1112 Fourth Avenue, Seattle; 206-264-6000; marriott.com/en-us/hotels/seawh-w-seattle
Laurelhurst Haunted House – October 28-31
The Eighth Annual Laurelhurst Haunted House will benefit Northwest Harvest this year and will include a live haunted house, food and drink, donation-based raffle, costume contests and games from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. , 29 and 31 October. $1 or canned product. 3519 43rd Ave NE, Seattle; 206-688-0588; laurelhursthauntedhouse.com
Wicked Karma’s Beyond Bollywood Halloween SCREAM – October 29
Wicked Karma presents a Bollywood costume party at Hard Rock Cafe with Bollywood DJ Gabbar at 8 p.m. Entrants can also participate in the virtual costume contest with cash prizes for the winners. Buy your tickets online; $35/early bird, $40/general admission. 116 Pike Street, Seattle; facebook.com/WickedKarma
Monster Halloween Show – October 29
Join Amanda Lepore, Cazwell, Fantasia Royale Gaga and Twisted Pennywise for the Queer/Bar Halloween Party at 9 p.m. After the show, dance the night away with DJ Arson Nicki until 3 a.m. Buy your tickets online; $30. 1518 11th Avenue, Seattle; thequeerbar.com
The Darker Side – Death and True Crime in Victorian Seattle Walking Tour – October 29-30
The Darker Side Tour, hosted by Civil War Seattle, offers a macabre journey through history, from Civil War battlefields and prisons to the murders and horrific accidents of Seattle in the 1890s at 2 p.m. October 29 and at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on October 30. The stories and tour details are graphic. Register online; $18.90. 1200 E. Howe St., Seattle; civilwarseattle.com
Unexpected Horror – until October 30
Unexpected Productions Improv presents a series of scary stories created with the help of the public at 7 p.m. on Sundays in October (October 23 and 30). Based on the public’s suggestions, the artists will weave a haunting story before the eyes of the visitors. Buy your tickets online; $15. 1428 Post Alley, Seattle; 206-587-2414; productionsinattendues.org
Maris Farms Haunted Woods – until October 30
This fully immersive 30-minute outdoor haunt runs Friday through Sunday through October 30 and takes attendees through corn and into the haunted woods. This experience is not recommended for ages 10 and under, but there is a non-haunted flashlight maze for families with young children. Admission also includes access to unstaffed activities like the tube slide, ropes course, ball area and more. Buy your tickets online; $38/general admission, $28/maze with flashlight ($24 if purchased at least a week in advance). 25001 Sumner Buckley Hwy, Buckley; 253-862-2848; marisfarms.com
Stalker Farms – until October 30
Stocker Farms turns into Stalker Farms nightly Friday through Sunday through October 30 with several spooky attractions like the Slasher Family Homestead, Pogo’s Funny Farm, and even Clown Paintball. Tickets are available for those who want to explore the corn maze and the environment (food trucks, games and more) without getting scared. Buy your tickets online; prices vary. 8705 Marsh Road, Snohomish; 360-568-7391; stalkerfarms.com
Georgetown Morgue – until November 5
Celebrate spooky season at one of Seattle’s most terrifying haunts, allegedly the site of “the most gruesome unsolved crime in Seattle history.” Buy your tickets online; prices vary. 5000 E. Marginal Way S., Seattle; 206-762-2067; seattlehaunts.com
What else is going on
Here are some other events happening October 21-27 in the Puget Sound area. If you would like to submit an event for consideration, please email your event details to [email protected]
Rocktober – October 21
The W Seattle is hosting its second annual Air Guitar Championship where competitors will go wild for the title of Air Guitar Champion at 8 p.m. The grand prize winner will receive a one-night stay in a suite at the W Seattle, a $100 food and beverage credit while staying at the hotel, and the championship trophy. After the contest, the Living Room Bar at W Seattle will transform into a Silent Disco with a live DJ performance. Register online; free. 1112 Fourth Avenue, Seattle; 206-264-6000; marriott.com/en-us/hotels/seawh-w-seattle
CAToberfest — October 22
South County Cats presents its 15th annual cat festival and fundraiser, including kids’ activities, educational activities, rescue stories, vendors and more from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. 3000 NE Fourth St., Renton; southcountycats.org
Pacific Science Center 60th Anniversary — October 22
The Pacific Science Center will celebrate its 60th anniversary with a 21+ birthday party where attendees are invited to dress up in futuristic-themed costumes for a chance to win prizes at 8 p.m. and DJ Evie of KEXP, dancing, planetarium shows, Laser Dome shows, Live Science Stage shows, Tinker Tank Makerspace activities, and food and drink. Buy your tickets online; $75. 200 Second Avenue N., Seattle; 206-443-2001; pacificsciencecenter.org
Fall Foliage Festival — October 22-23
Celebrate fall at the Pacific Bonsai Museum’s Fall Foliage Festival with guided tours, ikebana demonstrations, a kids’ scavenger hunt, food trucks, and plant and gift shopping from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. h October 22 and 23. Free. 2515 S. 336th Street, Federal Way; 253-353-7345; pacificbonsaimuseum.org
Leif Erikson Bazaar – October 22-23
Leif Erikson Lodge 2-001, Sons of Norway, is hosting its 116th in-person bazaar from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. October 22 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. October 23. Enjoy Nordic cuisine, raffles, vendors and more. 2245 NW 57th St., Seattle; 206-783-1274; leiferiksonlodge.org