Seattle has many haunted places. For such a young city, it has the same number of haunts as bigger cities like Los Angeles and San Francisco. Get the scoop on the Top 5 haunted spots after the jump.
Seattle’s Top 5 Haunted Places
It’s that time of year again. Halloween. Everyone is thinking about ghosts, goblins, witches, peanut butter cups and getting a little frightened. You can find the most active spots with this handy little list. Here are Ghostly Activities’ picks for the 5 most haunted places in Seattle.
#5 Harvard Exit Theatre in Capitol Hill
First, Capitol Hill has as many haunts as Pioneer Square, so check out as many as you can here. Now for the Harvard Exit Theatre: All 3 floors above ground have activity. There are multiple reports of the full-bodied apparition of Bertha Landes (Seattle’s mayor from the 1920s) roaming the third floor. The second floor is known for its phantom sounds, like a kitchen on a busy day, and a door that slams shuts and locks on its own. On the main floor, the lobby has the most activity. It’s known for apparitions going about their daily business…if their business was from the 1920s. Down in the basement, staff have reported a heavy ‘presence,’ heard growls, and seen shadowy figures.
#4 Wah Mee Club in the International District
In 1983, 13 people were gunned down in the alley outside this gambling club. There’s not much standing any more: The city demolished the building in 2015. It still has a few spectral guests hanging around; a residual haunting manifests of the massacre. It includes phantom sounds of gunfire, blood-curdling screams, and shadow figures falling to the ground.
#3 University Heights Center in the University District
I’ve investigated this place a few times and I always get evidence. The center was an elementary school way back in the day. One little boy got locked in a closet by a negligent teacher and died. He’s thought to haunt a classroom inside. But, I always get evidence in the bathroom and closet in the basement. You can get more scoop on that in our ghost hunt article. You can work with Spooked in Seattle to get access to this site and investigate it.
#2 The Butterworth Building in Belltown
This building was the city’s mortuary and Kell’s Pub, the most haunted bar in America, sits in it. It’s known for roaming ghosts and spirits, still trying to find their loved ones or their killers. Nowadays, it’s filled with businesses, bars, restaurants and wine-tasting places. At Kell’s, there’s an old man ghost, who just wants to have a good time. You probably won’t be able to run an investigation, but go visit and have a drink with a dead friend.
#1 Pioneer Square
Sure, it’s a neighborhood and not a single place. But you get all the creepiness the city has to offer in Pioneer Square. There are over 25 ghosts haunting the streets, alleys and Underground. You’re bound to bump into something ghastly here. If you can, try to get into the basement of each site. They’re all connected to the Underground.
Some of the most interesting spots (with a lot of paranormal activity) include:
- Best Western hotel on Yesler near the viaduct
- Old Swedish-American Bank at 1st and Yesler (now a coffee house)
- Merchant’s Cafe near Yesler and James St.
- J&M Cafe at 1st and Washington
- The Seattle Underground (Spooked in Seattle is an easy way to use it)
That wraps the list up. Don’t forget to bring your EMF meter, digital recorder and a camera to these haunts. You may just capture a ghost.
Jacob ‘Jake’ Rice has always loved ghosts and scary stories. When he’s not being a tech nerd for work, he’s the gadget guy on the team. He hunts ghosts, spirits and other paranormal entities in Seattle and the Puget Sound area.