5 Haunted Places in Seattle

5 haunted places in seattle
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Looking to give yourself a scare this Halloween? Check out these haunted places in Seattle.

In honor of Halloween coming up, I’m highlighting some of the supposed “haunted places” around Seattle. Whether these or true or not, they are a little spooky. You’ll have to decide for yourself, or maybe be brave enough to stop in to see if you spot any paranormal activity.

Kells Irish Pub

5 haunted places in seattle

1916 Post Alley, Seattle, WA 98101

Kells is a popular bar by Pike Place Market often filled to capacity on the weekends, but its history is much more interesting than people watching the drunk college students stumbling out. The original building, the Butterworth building, was built in 1903 and was the site of a mortuary.

Seattle was filling up with more dead bodies than it could handle due to disease and labor accidents, and thousands of bodies passed through the Butterworth building. Fast forward to today, where this building is now an Irish pub.

More reports of unearthly activity have been reported than can be counted. The upstairs wood floors creak when no one else is in the building, mirrors have shattered suddenly with no explanation, and people have sworn on their mother’s grave they have seen countless figures in the shadows and stairwell of the building.

Employees report feeling a sudden burst of cold air in certain parts, even with no air conditioning on. Go for a pint and see for yourself if you notice anything out of the ordinary in one of the most haunted places in Seattle.

The Cadillac Hotel


319 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98101

The original hotel opened in 1898 and was a popular place to stay with the local loggers and miners during a time the city was rebuilding from the Great Seattle Fire. Prostitution was said to be common in this hotel was well.

The hotel thrived on and off until the 1970s, when new fire regulations in the city shut down the hotel since it didn’t pass. People were reported to have been seen “floating by” the windows, even though it was vacated.

The hotel eventually reopened, but got badly destroyed in the Nisqually earthquake in 2001, and was once again abandoned for awhile. It was rebuilt and turned into the Klondike Gold Rush museum. Rumors quickly turned it into another haunted place in Seattle. A woman and her child are said to be heard crying late in the night, and a chill is often felt in the elevator, leading some to believe ghosts of past hotel guests are still guarding it.

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The Sorrento Hotel


900 Madison St, Seattle, WA 98104

I’ve been here for happy hour many times, but had no idea it was supposedly another haunted place in Seattle. Built in 1909, it was Seattle’s first boutique hotel and had amazing views of the city before other buildings went up around it. Having dinner up on the 7th floor was very popular from 1930-1950, and the restaurant was known as “Top O’ the Town” due to its location up on First Hill.

There are several ghosts who are said to still roam the hotel. One woman reportedly goes up and down the halls of the 4th floor. Another ghost is considered “friendly,” and the hotel even holds a celebratory dinner for him every year on Halloween. I have to say, it does have a creepy look to it at night with the dim lighting.

The Moore Hotel


1932 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98101

Currently a popular music and arts theater, the hotel on top is often forgot about by locals. The hotel opened in 1907 by James A. Moore from Nova Scotia (the same guy who created land around what is now Greenlake and parts of West Seattle, as well as coming up with the idea for what is now the Lake Washington Ship Canal). It became a grand theater with its lavish decorations and big name shows it brought.

It appears that some theater-goers loved it so much, they’re still here. Footsteps have been heard in unoccupied areas of both the theater and hotel, and cigar smoke has been known to come from the theater’s seats, even though smoking hasn’t been allowed in ages. Mr. Moore himself is also said to have been seen roaming through the hallways of the hotel he created.

Comet Lodge Cemetery


I’m sure you’re not surprised a cemetery might be spooky, but this one has a different reason. Years ago, a graveyard was here and the city moved the tombstones, but didn’t move the graves deep in the ground. Houses ended up being built over parts of the cemetery where children’s graves were.

The people who lived in the new homes started hearing strange noises, and each morning toys would be all over the living room. When they asked their children, they repeatedly denied it. It’s rumored the souls of the children in the graves come out at night to play.


Image attribution: Irish pub – Pixabay, Cadillac Hotel – Tadson Bussey via Flickr, Sorrento Hotel – Java Colleen via Flickr, The Moore – Adrienne via Flickr, and Cemetery – Pixabay.

Looking to give yourself a scare this Halloween? Check out these haunted places in Seattle. #halloween #haunted #ghosts #Seattle #washington

Looking to give yourself a scare this Halloween? Check out these haunted places in Seattle. #halloween #haunted #ghosts #Seattle

25 thoughts on “5 Haunted Places in Seattle

  1. Leah says:

    How fun! I always like to visit those kinds of places – just because. Here in Omaha we have a few, but mostly outside locations – so who knows! Ha! Thanks for this fun post!

  2. Jenn says:

    This is so cool! I love hearing about creepy places like these. (Visit them? Not so much, ha ha!) I used to study theatre, and always thought theater ghost stories were the most fascinating! 🙂

  3. Valerie says:

    Fun selection of places — funny how they’re almost all in Belltown! Maybe we should start a Seattle Ghost Walk to earn some extra $$ for our travel lifestyles? 🙂

  4. Postcards To Seattle says:

    Theater would be so interesting to study Jenn. I bet there are a LOT of ghost stories there!

  5. Murielle Marie says:

    I love Seattle! I was there this Summer. Your pictures are amazing, I love old, vintage buildings. These surely must be haunted, they look like they have a lot of stories to tell!

  6. Kelly says:

    I love hearing about supposedly haunted places. I always like to do a haunted tour in a city if it is known for that. There are a lot of hotels listed! That should make it easy for anyone who wants to see if it’s haunted for themselves!

  7. Vaishnavi says:

    Wow. Good to know. Love the pictures. I’m scared of spooky places but will visit these sometime 🙂

  8. Christy F says:

    These look like neat places to check out! I have only been to Seattle a few times, this post make me want to go explore Seattle some more!

  9. Angie Scheie says:

    Such a fun post! Last Halloween we had dinner at The Sorrento for that reason:-). I hadn’t heard of these other spots though. Sharing this today!

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