Spooky Adventures in Pierce County: From Mazes to Frights

by | Oct 19, 2023

Hello, adventurers! I’m Lisa Racca, your trusted Pierce County real estate expert and self-proclaimed Halloween enthusiast. As the autumn leaves change color and the chilly winds blow, Pierce County is transforming into a hub of spooky fun and eerie excitement. Whether you’re seeking family-friendly frolics or a grown-up ghoulish gala, I’ve got you covered. Grab your broomstick (or just your car keys) and let’s explore the ghostly gatherings that await.

Halloween CarniVal: Kid Showcase

When & Where: Oct 21, 1pm-4pm | Edison Square, 5415 South Tacoma Way, Tacoma, WA

Edison Square will pulsate with youthful energy and creativity. This isn’t just a showcase; it’s a carnival of colors, sounds, and unbridled imagination. As children walk the runway in costumes ranging from ghouls to superheroes, a crowd of proud parents and community members cheers them on. Surrounding the runway, festive stalls emerge, offering handcrafted Halloween merchandise and delicious goodies. Live music and entertainment acts intersperse the fashion moments, making this event not just a visual but a multisensory extravaganza.

Halloween Festival and Car Show

When & Where: Oct 21, 4pm-8pm | 21607 Mountain Hwy E, Spanaway, WA

Classic cars, retro vibes, and a hearty dose of Halloween spirit come together for this unique festival. Rows of vehicles, from vintage models to contemporary marvels, flaunt their spooky decorations. While automotive enthusiasts can get up close and personal with the cars, foodies can relish in the carnival-like atmosphere, biting into caramelized apples or enjoying warm cups of cider. Interspersed through the event are mini-contests, like “Best Decorated Car”, ensuring excitement and anticipation run high throughout the evening.

3rd Annual Halloween Masquerade Ball: Vampire Edition

When & Where: Oct 21, 8pm – Oct 22, 1am | 8201 Pacific Avenue Tacoma, WA

Elegance. Intrigue. Immortality. This masquerade ball, inspired by timeless vampire lore, invites guests into a realm of opulence and dark romance. The grand ballroom, adorned with crimson drapes and glistening chandeliers, offers an ambiance of gothic glamour. Throughout the night, live orchestral music melds with modern beats, urging attendees onto the dance floor. Gourmet meals cater to the most refined palates. But the true highlight? A competition for the “Best Dressed,” where attire inspired by iconic vampires from literature and film is showcased and celebrated.

Trek Tacoma North End Halloween Ride

When & Where: Oct 22, 5pm-7pm | Trek Bicycle Tacoma North End, 3009 McCarver Street, Tacoma, WA

Cycling takes a mystical turn in this special event. Cyclists, donning Halloween-inspired attire, embark on a journey through Tacoma’s North End. The ride isn’t just about exercise; it’s a celebration of community, scenery, and the joy of Halloween. As the sun sets, casting a golden hue, the ride promises picturesque views of Tacoma’s architecture and landscapes. Culminating at the Trek Bicycle store, participants can gather for post-ride refreshments, sharing tales from the trail and their favorite Halloween memories.

Jack-O’-Lantern Jubilee at the Morgan Family YMCA

When & Where: Oct 26, 5:30pm-7:30pm | Morgan Family YMCA, 1002 South Pearl Street, Tacoma, WA

The glow of countless jack-o’-lanterns illuminates the YMCA premises. But beyond the light show, this jubilee is an immersive craft experience. Families can dive into creative workshops, crafting everything from haunted miniatures to painted masks. Meanwhile, games, from sack races to pumpkin toss, elicit giggles and shouts of excitement. As the evening winds down, attendees can gather for storytelling sessions, where local legends and spooky tales are shared, ensuring the spirit of Halloween is felt by all.

Halloween on the Hill

When & Where: Oct 28, 3pm-6pm | Tacoma Community House, 1314 South L Street, Tacoma, WA

A tapestry of traditions, this event is where classic Halloween meets urban celebrations. The main attraction is a vibrant parade, with participants showcasing innovative costumes. Street musicians offer melodies, from haunting tunes to festive jigs, setting the backdrop for the parade. Alongside, food stalls dish out autumnal treats. One can savor pumpkin pies, spiced donuts, or sip on warm beverages. An additional treat? A special pet parade, where Tacoma’s furry residents showcase their Halloween spirit.

Tacoma Official Halloween Bar Crawl

When & Where: October 28, 4pm | 2805 6th Ave Tacoma, WA

This isn’t just a bar crawl; it’s a journey through Tacoma’s rich and often eerie history. As participants hop from one establishment to the next, they’re not just treated to special Halloween drinks but also tales of the bars’ pasts, some of which are said to be haunted. Local actors might reenact ghostly encounters or share whispered legends, ensuring that the crawl is both intoxicating and spine-tingling.

Nite Wave: 80s Halloween Party @ Spanish Ballroom, with DJ Indica Jones

When & Where: Oct 28, 5pm | Spanish Ballroom, 565 Broadway, Tacoma, WA

Flashback to the ’80s, but with a Halloween twist. The Spanish Ballroom becomes a neon-lit dance haven. Live band Nite Wave belts out iconic ’80s hits, ensuring the dance floor is always packed. And DJ Indica Jones complements with a retro set, blending synth-pop with eerie classics. Costumes are encouraged, with prizes for the best ’80s inspired Halloween attire.

Akasha Presents: Labyrinth of Horrors

When & Where: Oct 28, 8:30pm-10:30pm | Akasha Aerial Arts, 19323 Mountain HWY E unit 104, Spanaway, WA

More than a performance, it’s an experience. The Akasha troupe transforms their studio into a maze of mysteries. At each turn, guests might encounter aerial artists performing gravity-defying routines or actors drawing them into immersive horror vignettes. Every step, every corridor, holds a new story, ensuring the audience’s heartbeats match the event’s intensity.

Trunk or Treat

When & Where: Oct 31, 5pm-8pm | Tacoma Urban Performing Arts Center, Tacoma, WA

Innovation meets tradition in this unique Halloween celebration. The parking area of the Tacoma Urban Performing Arts Center turns into a vibrant display of decorated car trunks. Children, dressed in their Halloween best, can go trunk-to-trunk, collecting candies and marveling at the creativity. To enhance the festivities, local artists offer live performances, ranging from spooky dance routines to haunting vocal numbers, ensuring a memorable Halloween evening.


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