Puget Sounds’ theatres have productions that will thrill, excite, and scare you this season. A few will make you laugh, too. Here’s the low down on the spookiest theatre in Seattle.
Ghost Stories by Candlelight with the Cabiri
Saturday, October 6
Youngstown Cultural Arts Center
4408 Delridge Way SW
Seattle, WA 98106
For six years, the Cabiri have presented their annual sold-out Ghost Game Show, a Halloween spectacular circus cabaret where dancers, aerialists and acrobats depict tales of dark and scary spirits. Ghost Game was inspired by the ancient Japanese custom of hyaku monogatori, where friends gathered and told tales of supernatural fright by candlelight.
Arsenic and Old Lace
Friday, October 5 – Saturday, October 13
11100 Northeast 6th Street
Bellevue, WA 98004
Arsenic and Old Lace was a success both on Broadway and on the silver screen starring Cary Grant as the drama critic Mortimer Brewster. In this farcical and macabre comedy, Mortimer is about to get married when he discovers his two, sweet spinster aunts are homicidal maniacs who take in lonely old men and poison them.
Bump in the Night
Fridays and Saturdays
Friday, October 5 – Saturday, October 27
1428 Post Alley
Seattle, WA 98101
A unique show where the performers combine improvisation and Pike Place ghost lore to take you on an interactive, fully submersed, ghost hunt that will leave you shrieking in delight! All ages.
Sherlock’s Last Case
Through Sunday, October 14
5729 Lakewood Towne Center Blvd.
Lakewood, WA 98499
“Its Sherlock Holmes and Watson vs Son of Moriarity in a race against time to save the life of Holmes himself!” This Comedy-Thriller picks up where the famous stories ended. The Play centers on a death threat against Sherlock Holmes by the supposed son of his late nemesis, Professor Moriarty.
Through Saturday, October 20
204 N 85th Street
Seattle, WA 98103
Another favorite Lord Peter Wimsey novel comes to the stage this fall as Taproot Theatre presents Dorothy L. Sayers’ classic mystery, Gaudy Night. Harriet Vane’s Oxford reunion is terrorized by murderous threats from the “Poison Pen,” a vicious vandal determined to destroy our heroine and everything she holds dear. Is her sleuthing enough to apprehend the villain? And where is Lord Peter when she really needs him?
Friday, October 19 – Sunday, November 11
Tacoma Little Theatre
210 North I Street
Tacoma, WA 98403
Elaine Wheeler screams as she sees (or believes she sees) the body of a dead man in the window across the way. The police find nothing. Her husband, claiming that Elaine may be on the verge of a breakdown, calls in a lady psychiatrist, who agrees with his suggestion that Elaine should commit herself to a sanitarium for treatment. For those ages 13+.
The Addams Family
Thursday, October 24 – Sunday, November 11
1308 5th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
This smash hit brings the darkly delirious world of Gomez, Morticia, Uncle Fester, Grandma, Wednesday, Pugsley and, of course, Lurch to spooky and spectacular life. A magnificently macabre new musical comedy from Jersey Boys authors Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice and Drama Desk-winning composer/lyricist Andrew Lippa. Come meet the family, they’re dying to meet you.