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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 less scary but still fall-friendly events? Check out our article on fall in Spokane!
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
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 3, 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.
Prefer reading about haunted locations and eerie ghost stories? Check out this list of haunted stories below!
King Family Haunted House – Mead
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 in 2021, the theme is “Attack at King Cove.”
That’s right, the pirate dead have risen from their watery graves to haunt the King Family Haunted House! According to their event description:
Ahoy there Matey!! The pirate dead have arisen from their watery graves! Ye can be watchin them exact their revenge fer some Halloween fun!! This be an outside exhibit only!
If ye be so inclined, we be collecting your gold, silver, and dollars to give it all to Make-A-Wish! We be also takin your non-perishable foods to donate to the Food Bank to prevent the scurvy! We is recomendin wearing a mask as the crew has the foulest breath on land and sea! Be careful ye landlubbers, the dead may come after you!
15604 N. Freya, Mead, WA
And, yes, it be FREE!!!
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
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 year, the dates for the Hillbilly Haunted house are:
October 22 and 23 – 6:30 – 10 PM
October 24 – 6:30 – 9 PM
October 29 and 30 – 6:30 – 9 PM
October 31 (Halloween!) – 6:30 – 9 PM
You will need to wear a face mask at all times during this walk through haunted attraction. Learn more here.
Scarywood at Silverwood Theme Park – Coeur d’Alene
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 nine 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’re cheaper online than buying at the gate!
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.
Fear in the Headlights – Spokane [Canceled in 2021]
This event is canceled in 2021 but they’ve said they’ll be open in 2022!
Fear in the Headlights is a new scary ‘haunted house’ of sorts – it’s a haunted house drive-thru experience!
This event is called “Fear in the Headlights” and is open every Thursday-Saturday. Tickets on Thursdays and Fridays are $40 per car and $50 on Saturdays. Read more and purchase tickets 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.
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… but you can read more about the story and decide for 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!
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!
Want to enjoy more of Spokane and Washington in the fall? Check out our fall-related articles below:
- Learn more about the best ghost towns in Washington
- The most beautiful fall wedding locations around Spokane
- The best cold weather Halloween costume ideas!
- What is fall in Spokane like?