Seattle has a large and rich history, and with that comes old buildings and the scary things inside of them. With Halloween creeping up, it’s time to visit the most haunted places in Seattle. From graveyards to a few surprises, this is the dark side of Seattle like you’ve never experienced it.
85 Pike St.
Seattle, WA 98101
It seems friendly enough, especially with the hustle and bustle of the day-to-day crowd and venues, but Pike Place Market is one of the most haunted places in Seattle. Before the market was ever a twinkle in anyone’s eye, the land was home to the Suquamish and Duwamish tribes for several thousand years. It wasn’t until the mid-19th century that the Treaty of Point Elliot was signed, forcing all natives off of the land. Years later, the market was built over the top of an old Indian burial ground, and strangeness has been afoot at the Circle K ever since. Supposedly, apparitions and ghostly images of people have been seen on a regular basis in the lower market for decades now.
1200 E. Howe St.
Seattle, WA 98102
In 1895, the Grand Army of the Republic (otherwise known as GAR) established the GAR Cemetery in Seattle along with several others in the region. Presently, it lies nestles up upon Capitol Hill, adjacent to Lakeview Cemetery. After several decades of upkeep by the GAR, the maintenance of the cemetery fell to the City of Seattle. Decades ran together as the cemetery fell into disrepair due to ambiguity concerning the land deed. It was during this period that the cemetery became particularly active. With more than 500 gravesites at the 110-year-old graveyard, rumor has it that at night you can hear the bloodied cries and the shouts of Civil War soldiers as they march to a battle never won.
807 E. Roy at Harvard
Seattle, WA 98102
The Harvard Exit Theatre has some age to it, but doesn’t necessarily conjure up images of ghost and goblins. Built in 1925, the theater was once the home to the Women’s Century Club. In present times it hosts a wide range of events including Seattle’s Independent Film Festival and the Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. However, every once in a while, the shadow of a mysterious figure can be seen haunting the lobby, and several floors up, women in 1920s and ’30s attire can be heard laughing.
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534 15th Ave. E.
Seattle, WA 98112
The Canterbury is building that has remained relatively unscathed through the ravages of time. For example, by holding a photograph of the building from 1937 and comparing it to the present state of the building, very little has changed. Guests have come and gone over the decades, but since the 1970s one unfriendly resident has remained. In 1978, a bar patron was shot in the face during a bar fight and subsequently died in front of the fireplace. Now patrons see reflections of a man looking down at the floor in the background in the mirror closest to the fireplace, and supposedly if you stare long enough, the faceless man will look up at you. These encounters are only accentuated by the fact that, in later years, a pentagram was found in drawn into the basement floor.
3000 California Ave. SW
Seattle, WA 98116
Former student Rose Higginbotham, who hung herself at West Seattle High in 1924, haunts the school. Also, running adjacent to the school is an equally old park that has deep connections with West Seattle High, as well as the community. On particularly foggy days, or at sunrise and sunset, Higginbotham along with several other students of the era, can be glimpsed and heard in the park.
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