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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.
In fact, Spokane has some pretty haunted places that aren’t even haunted houses! Check out this fun video about haunted places in Spokane from KREM 2 News:
Looking for more Halloween events happening in Spokane? Check out our Events calendar!
Haunted Houses and Attractions in Spokane/Surrounding Area
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.
In 2023, enjoy Casa Fantasmo, which is their nod to Dia de los Muertos, and Ward 6, which takes place in “Bedlam Asylum.”
The King family in Mead creates their version of a haunted attraction each October. The King Family Haunted House has been everything from a haunted circus to a haunted movie theater, and all donations are given to the Make-a-Wish foundation.
This year, enjoy the Icon of Horrors beginning in late October! From the King Family Halloween Display Facebook page:
Icons of Horror is a traveling roadshow started in the late 1800’s by our Great-great grandfather, Professor Bruno Lampini, under the name “Chamber of Horrors.” Unfortunately, he was murdered by Dr. Gustav Niemann in an insane plot to exact revenge on the local Burgomaster. After several other bizarre murders, Niemann later died in quicksand under “mysterious” circumstances. The family carried on the show to this day. Boasting the world’s largest collection of living and “dead” horror icons, the show travels from city to city, mostly to avoid the authorities and unhappy customers.
Pro-tip: Go early for your King Family haunting! It gets busy!
The King Family has also put together an excellent list of Spokane spooky houses – check it out below!
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).
This year, the Hillbilly Haunted House will take place from:
- Friday and Saturday October 20 & 21 – 6:30 – 10:30 pm
- Friday and Saturday October 27 & 28 – 6:30 – 10:30 pm
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 four haunted attractions and 10 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.
The haunted attractions include the Blood Bayou, Pharoah’s Curse, and Planet Zombie, among others. The Scare Zones include Clown Town, The Dark Forest, and Freak Farm, among others. As for the rides, I’ve heard the backwards Timber Terror is truly frightening!
Make sure to buy your tickets for Scarywood online – they are now only sold online and not at the gate!
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.
Dates have not yet been announced for the 2023 DeMoss Haunted Maze, and the information below is from 2022:
On Fridays and Saturdays from 6-10 PM in October, head over to Elm Street… yes, Elm Street… for a nightmare of a haunted maze! The DeMoss Haunted Maze and big event (sponsored by Halloween Express, among others!) that offers free family fun (they do accept donations of food and toys).
Head to their Facebook page to get directions and dates!
The Haunting on Greenwood Blvd was a free haunted house in Spokane, but due to Fire Department regulations, they’ve had to discontinue the haunted house. The Haunting on Greenwood Blvd is planning to turn into a haunted display in 2023, so stay tuned for more news on their Facebook page.
Head out to Springdale for two weekends of haunted fun! The Springdale Haunted House is $5 at the door and runs from October 20-21 and October 27-28 from 6 – 9 PM.
Want to be truly scared out of your mind? Then I dare you to take a multi-hour ghost hunt tour at Colfax Haunted Hospital!
“In 1893, St. Ignatius was the first hospital to serve Whitman County. The first patient was a pneumonia case. In the first month, ten were admitted. Three were released and seven remained. The first death was recorded in June of 1893, when F.E. Martin, a railroad employee, was crushed between railroad cars. He is just one of the ghosts known to walk the halls. The hospital was sold in 1968, but the building stayed open until 2003 and housed developmentally disabled adults in the bottom floors. All that remains now are the spirits of the past.“
Colfax Haunted Hospital offers a variety of tours, including the 2 hour Ghost Hunt Tour in October, a scary movie tour, photo tour and more. Visit their website to get your tickets – they sell out quickly!
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. You can find even more at KREM here!
Prefer to read your spooky stories? We highly recommend the haunted tales below, especially Haunted Spokane by Chet Caskey!
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…
Learn more about Spokane’s most haunted neighborhood, courtesy of 4 News Now, here:
Steam Plant Building
According to lore, the Steam Plant building in downtown Spokane is said to be full of ghosts! In 1915, when work began on the construction of the new steam plant destroyed in the Great Fire of 1889, workers stopped working or walked off as they heard cries and saw dark figures. During the Great Fire of 1889, a passenger terminal was destroyed and some people weren’t able to escape the devastation. Could they still be haunting the Steam Plant building? You’ll have to visit yourself!
Ghost Tours Around Spokane
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.
Unfortunately, the majority of Spokane ghost tours have gone out of business in the last few years! However, you can go on a self-guided walking tour of haunted locations around downtown Spokane, thanks to the Spokane Public Library.
You can print out a PDF walking tour guide, or take it to go on your phone! The guided tour will take you through downtown Spokane to places like the Bing Crosby Theatre, the Spaghetti Factory, and the Carnegie Library Building among other supposedly haunted places.
The library wants to remind you to be safe – and not anger any ghosts! Always obey local signs and traffic signals on your ghostly tour. Get the map here!
The City of Spokane Parks and Recreation Department offers two upcoming classes on spooky places around Spokane: The Ghosts and Haunted Places of Downtown Spokane and a Haunted Corbin Mansion Ghost Hunt.
You’ll join Chet Caskey of Two Dog City Tour for an armchair pictorial of the ghosts and haunted places of the downtown neighborhoods of Spokane, followed by a ghost hunt at Corbin Mansion. Sign up through Spokane Parks and Rec here.
In the past, the Northwest Museum’s Campbell House has hosted Dark History tours of the spooky and maybe haunted aspects of the house. In 2023, The Campbell House is offering tours throughout November, and you could certainly ask about haunts during October!
Learn all about Spokane’s haunted Thousand Steps, courtesy of KREM 2 News, below:
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!