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It's almost time for Halloween – the countdown for ghouls and goblins is here, and if you've been looking for haunted houses in Spokane, you've come to the right place! Spokane is a great, if creepy, place to celebrate Halloween. The air is crisp, the leaves are falling, and the old, historic homes in Spokane neighborhoods are hiding plenty of secrets.
As we approach Halloween season, let's take a look at all the wonderful haunted houses and attractions Spokane (and the surrounding areas) offer.
Looking for more Halloween events happening in Spokane? Check out our Events calendar!
Looking for more ghostly fun? Check out our article on the best Ghost Towns in Washington!
Haunted Houses and Attractions in Spokane/Surrounding Area
Fear in the Headlights – Spokane
Fear in the Headlights is a new scary ‘haunted house' of sorts – it's a haunted house drive-thru experience! Learn more about how the event works by checking out this video from KREM below:
Unit 55 Horror Games – Spokane Valley
Open year-round, Unit 55 Horror Games takes a twist when it comes to traditional haunted houses. Unit 55 in Spokane Valley is a combination haunted house and escape game, so you have an opportunity to challenge yourself on a few levels. Prepare yourself for a fun and intense experience as you attempt to successfully make your way through the challenges, such as Psycho Circus 2, where the clowns aren’t the only evil challenging you.
Unit 55 likes to switch up things, so no two visits are the same. So, if you’re in the mood for a frightful, yet fun, Halloween experience, check Unit 55’s website for attractions dates and tickets.
King Family Haunted House – Mead
The King family in Mead creates their version of a haunted attraction each October. From a haunted circus to a movie theater, you’ll be excited to check out what they’re doing in 2020. Open weekends in October, the King Family Haunted House doesn’t charge admission, but accepts donations, which are then given to charity.
This year, the King Family Haunted House will be a drive by and/or walk up display. Some effects are weather dependent.
Check their Facebook page for specific times as the haunting season approaches.
The King Family has also put together an excellent list of Spokane spooky houses – check it out below!
The Hillbilly Haunted House – Chattaroy [closed in 2020]
Each October, the Chattaroy house, surrounded by dense forest and hills, transforms into a haunted house attraction, home to evil clowns, zombies or deadly spirits (or whatever else organizers can think of). With a new theme annually, visitors looking for a good scare have found it in a haunted theater or deadly circus at The Hillbilly Haunted House.
This event is closed due to COVID in 2020, but never fear! The Hillbilly Haunted House is planning to return in 2021.
Scarywood at Silverwood Theme Park – Coeur d’Alene [closed in 2020]
Possibly the most frightful place to observe the Halloween season, Silverwood Theme Park in Athol transforms into Scarywood at night. Zombies, monsters, clowns, and spirits of all sorts break loose to patrol the theme park’s grounds. With five haunted attractions and seven scare zones, you’re sure to find something or someone that will put the scare into you. Recommended for people 13 and older, Scarywood is sure to add to your Halloween spirit.
Scarywood is currently closed for the 2020 Halloween season due to COVID.
The Haunting of Room 13
Prefer your haunted houses to be a little more controlled? You might want to check out the Haunting of Room 13 at the Division location of Dare You 2 Escape rooms! You have 1 hour to navigate your way through the horrors to pass the final trial of your initiation… will you escape? Learn more about The Haunting of Room 13 here.
Beyond Haunted Houses in Spokane: Spooky Spokane Lore
A city this old (Spokane was founded in 1873!) certainly has its share of scary stories. Let's take a little look into some the scary stories and locales around Spokane.
Ellen, a Davenport Guest with a Disastrous Fall
Have you heard that the Davenport Hotel in downtown Spokane is haunted? According to the Spokesman-Review, in 1920, Ellen McNamara crashed through the skylight onto a crowded floor – and people say she's never left since then. For decades, “guests have reported seeing a woman dressed in 1920s fashion peering over the railing as though looking for someone in the lobby below.”
In addition to Ellen, people say the hotel founder Louis Davenport still roams the place too. He died on the 11th floor, and guests staying in his room (1105) have reported items mysteriously moving around the room. You can read more about the story behind Ellen McNamara over at the Spokesman-Review here.
Mary Clark Still Throws Parties at the Patsy Clark Mansion
Patsy Clark was a wealthy man who lived in the Patsy Clark mansion with his wife, Mary, and three children. The Clarks loved to throw extravagant parties, and some say you can still hear the music from their celebrations to this day.
In addition to the music, many say Mary Clark never truly ‘moved out' – there have been a number of sightings over the years of a woman figure wearing ‘period attire' that circulates around. Read more about this haunted mansion here.
The Chilling Tale of Minnehaha Park
Have you ever heard children laughing at Minnehaha Park… but there were no children playing there at the time? While Minnehaha might be a lovely park, how Minnehaha got its name is a little less lovely. Many claim the park is haunted by the ghosts of the children who lived in an orphanage on the property – and their little laughs gave the park its name, Minnehaha.
Monaghan Music Mansion and the Paranormal at Gonzaga
All right, so as a Gonzaga alum, I'm sorry to say I hadn't heard of this rumor until recently! I never had a chance to visit the Music mansion (as we called it), and any rumors of anything spooky happening I just chalked up to music being a difficult major. I was wrong!
According to the Gonzaga Bulletin, Monaghan Music Mansion was built by James Monaghan, a founding father of Spokane. According to the history, James Monaghan was ‘brutally murdered in the mansion' – however, these sources ended up being incorrect. Another haunting theory is that James' son, John Robert Monaghan, who was beheaded in Samoa while serving in the Navy, ‘viciously haunted' the mansion – but that theory was proven incorrect too.
What's the real story behind the Monaghan Music Mansion? We may never know… but you can read more about the story and decide for yourself!
Ghost Tours Around Spokane
All ghost tours around Spokane are currently closed for 2020 due to COVID.
Want to learn even more about Spokane and its sometimes chilling and spooky history? You won't go wrong with a ghost tour! Fall is the perfect time of year to get outside and enjoy the weather while it's still cool (but not freezing) – and enjoy a scary story or two.
Spokane Ghost Tours [currently closed for 2020]
Spokane Ghost Tours offers walking and bus ghost tours, plus small group ghost tours by appointment. Ghost tours are typically 2 hours (walking and bus). Learn more and schedule your ghost tour with Spokane Ghost Tours here.
Inland Empire Tours [not currently hosting ghost tours in 2020]
Inland Empire Tours have been some of our favorites so far – we did a bus tour for holiday lights around Spokane and highly recommend it! Ghost tours with Inland Empire offer sedentary/minimal walking tours or moderate walking, possible step ghost tours, so check out their latest offerings (and book early!) here.
Two Dog City Spokane Ghost Tours [closed for 2020]
Two Dog City is Spokane's oldest and largest ghost tour company (since 2010) according to their site, and you have plenty of choices for some spooky activities with Two Dog City! From ghost tours to psychic readings and paranormal events, Two Dog City has you covered. Learn more about what they offer here.
Haunted Houses and More in Spokane, WA
If you’re looking for fun opportunities to celebrate Halloween, the Spokane/CdA area is ripe for the “taking” of unfortunate souls with the haunted attractions. As you travel the area to visit the haunted attractions, make sure you keep your head about you and don’t become another trophy of an evil scientist’s shelf or another evil being. If you're looking for even more local fun, think about walking past any of the above mentioned places in Spokane on Halloween night… if you dare!
What's your favorite haunted house or Halloween event in Spokane? Let us know on our Facebook page!
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