Halloween Events in Bellingham and Whatcom County

by Annette Bagley 20th October 2014

By Annette Bagley, Director of Marketing for Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism

Get out your costumes and mark your calendars – it’s time to get spooky in Bellingham and Whatcom County! Activities take place throughout the month of October leading up to Halloween, Oct. 31, which is a Friday this year. Here’s a list to satisfy everyone from families to college students to the curious spirits among us. Stay safe, and have fun!

Gore and Lore Walking Tours, Oct. 3 – 31, 2014

Bundle up and take a walk with The Good Time Girls as they bring Bellingham’s spooky past to life during the month of October. A tour of Fairhaven’s haunted past departs from Sycamore Square Building at 6 p.m. on Fridays. A tour with a downtown perspective departs from the Bureau of Historical Investigation (217 W. Holly St., downtown Bellingham) at 6 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. It’s best to arrive 15 minutes early. Tours are rated R: Minors ages 13-15 must be accompanied by an adult. Tarot and palm readings are available on select nights. Tickets are $15 and may be purchased online at or in person at the Bureau of Historical Investigation.

Bellingham Ghost Hunt Class, Oct. 10, 17 and 24, 2014

Bellingham Observers of the Odd and Obscure (BOOO) will host ghost hunting classes led by top paranormal investigators Chuck Crooks and Elena Stecca Oct. 10, 17, and 24 from 7-9 pm to be followed by a real life investigation from 9 pm to midnight. These seasoned Ghost Hunters will share their skills using different techniques and technologies to uncover the secrets of one of Bellingham’s most intriguing haunts. The class will provide an introduction into the world of ghost hunting. Participants will learn how to conduct an investigation, use equipment and interpret the findings. Chuck and Elena will share audio-visual evidence collected from previous investigations and will show participants how to debunk phony readings by uncovering potential non-paranormal causes.

Classes are $50/person. Attendees must be at least 18 years old. The location of the class will only be given to those who register at

Scream Fair Haunted House, Oct. 17 – Nov. 1, 2014

Be prepared to be scared at the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds in Lynden for 3 weekends in a row: Fri-Sat, Oct. 17-18 and 24-25, and Thurs-Sat, Oct. 30-Nov. 1. Tickets are $12 adult and $10 for ages 12 and younger. The event is open 6:30 – 10:30 pm on each date. Information at

Bleedingham Film Festival, Oct. 25 and Nov. 1, 2014

If you’re not sufficiently scared yet, our local film makers present an evening of horror-themed short films at the Pickford Film Center on two Saturdays in a row, both events at 9 p.m.  The Bleedingham Film Festival is in its third year. The films are scored by a panel of judges. The first night, Oct. 25, is a screening and awards event. The second night, Nov. 1, features a run of the films and an audience participation costume contest, with prizes from local businesses.

Attendees are advised to be of mature age and, as the films are not censored, to be aware that there may be some disturbing content played during the films. Tickets are available in person at the Pickford Film Center ,1318 Bay Street, Bellingham, WA 98225, or can be purchased on their website at Prices are $7.25 for Pickford members, $8 students, $10.50 general admission.

Nightmare at the Spark Museum Returns, Oct. 29, 30 and 31, 2014

Those mad scientists at the Spark Museum of Electrical Invention (1312 Bay Street) have spent all year dreaming up special effects to transform their electrical show into a Sci-Fi Halloween Adventure. Full of shocks and surprises with a haunted cast of crazy, unforgettable devices sure to thrill and chill. See Maxwell the schizoid talking robot! Hear Elvis the miraculous singing tesla coil! View the infamous Cage of Death! Witness the awe-inspiring MegaZapper – throwing 4 million volts of lightning right before your eyes! Marvel as mad scientists discover a magic caldron and conjure-up the ghosts of Thomas Edison, Nicola Tesla, and featuring special guest spirit: Benjamin Franklinstein!


“It’s tough being haunted every Halloween” muses Museum president and CEO, John Jenkins, “but somebody’s got to do it.”

The Nightmare will be unveiled at 7 p.m. for 3 nights only. Tickets are $12 adults and $8 kids 12 and under (not recommended for infants and toddlers). For an additional donation, adult visitors are invited to enter the Cage of Death and be swarmed with 4 million volts of raw electricity, and receive an official SPARK Museum “I Survived the Cage of Death” sticker. Cameras welcome! (Not recommended for pacemakers, defibrillators or faint of heart.). See Spark Museum website for more information.

Rocky Horror Picture Show, Oct. 30 – Nov. 1, 2014

The Mount Baker Theatre will present six performances of The Rocky Horror Picture Show in the Harold and Irene Walton Theatre. There will be two shows each on Thursday, Oct. 30, Friday, Oct. 31 and Saturday, Nov. 1 at 8 pm and 11:59 pm each day. This event features the original film playing on the large projection screen while local Bellingham actors also act out key scenes and sing songs. The film is rated R, and has mature content including sexual themes. No one 16 or under will be admitted without a parent or guardian. Tickets are $10 plus applicable fees. Call 360-734-6080 or online at

Trick or Treat in Fairhaven, Oct. 31, 2014

Halloween is a major tradition in Bellingham’s Fairhaven historic district, from 3 to 6 p.m., attracting thousands of ghosts, goblins, fairies, characters and homemade creations. Most merchants decorate and participate. Look for posters on the windows, and be sure to stop at Fairhaven Pharmacy. Visit to see photos from last year.

Trick or Treat in Downtown Bellingham, Oct. 31, 2014

The Downtown Bellingham Partnership invites children with their families to Downtown Trick or Treat, 3 to 5 p.m. More than 100 downtown merchants will scare up a delightful array of in-store “treats” for kids dressed in costume. Look for balloons and posters on participating doors and windows to guide you on your journey!  See the Downtown Partnership website for more details.

Ferndale Downtown Business Trick or Treat, Oct. 31, 2014

Ferndale businesses on Main Street will also open their doors to kids in costume from 3 to 6 p.m. for a safe afternoon of trick of treating. Check out the Ferndale Chamber website for a map with participating businesses.

WWW Symphony Orchestra Presents Spooky Selections, Oct. 31, 2014

Did you know Halloween also has a classy side? The WWU Symphony Orchestra will hold its annual Halloween Benefit concert at 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 31 in the Performing Arts Center (PAC) Concert Hall on Western’s campus. The selections are chosen for their associations with Halloween, eerie themes, and ubiquitous, frightening pop-culture references.

The program includes “The Sorcer’s Apprentice” popularized by Disney’s “Fantasia,” Camille Saint Saëns’ “Danse Macabre,” and Dvořák’s tone poem “The Noon Witch,” based on the tale of a mother who threatens her child with the frightening spectre of a witch if the child does not behave.

The event is open to the public. Tickets are $5 and available online at and at the door; all proceeds will benefit Western’s Music Library.

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