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Touring Haunted Seattle

Updated on March 10, 2015
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Raye was born in New England, grew up in the Mid-Atlantic, spent college out West, and presently publishes Hubs from the Pacific Northwest.

Exploring Haunted Spots

Do you like things that are off-beat, a bit creepy or macabre? Do you seek out the unusual for entertainment? If so, exploring the more morbid side of Seattle's history will keep you fascinated for hours. Beyond the often-present gray skies and overcast weather, there are several sites in and around the city of Seattle that can inform and enrich, bringing a touch of spooky to go along with the educational. Infamous serial killer Ted Bundy had a period of activity and residency in Seattle, as did the Green River killer, one of the most prolific and shocking criminals in US history. And let's not forget Seattle's vibrant Zombie community.

This Hub will show you some places you can go on your own or connect you up with some locals who give tours that take a look into the darker side of Seattle...

Plan Your Morbid Tour

Fremont Troll:
Troll Ave, Seattle, WA 98103, USA

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This large scale sculpture is both whimsical and creepy.

Lake View Cemetary:
1554 15th Ave E, Seattle, WA 98112, USA

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Many historic Seattle founders are buried here, along with movie stars Bruce and Brandon Lee.

Cobain House:
171 Lake Washington Blvd E, Seattle, WA 98112, USA

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The location rented by Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love on Lake Washington. Fans also visit the nearby park site.

Market Ghost Tour:
1410 Post Alley, Seattle, WA 98101, USA

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Take a tour of the haunted spots of Pike Place Market

Lake Sammamish State Park:
Lake Sammamish State Park, Issaquah, WA 98027, USA

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Ted Bundy abducted two women in broad daylight in July 1974 from this location.

Greenwood Cemetery:
Greenwood Cemetery, Renton, WA 98056, USA

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This is where you can visit the Jimi Hendrix grave site.

Touring Spooky Seattle

Whether you like old sites, hauntings or spots that are just sort of creepy, Seattle has lots of offer. Founded around 1851, the city suffered a massive fire in 1889 that burned pretty much everything to the ground. One of the results of this is a neat modern tour of "underground Seattle" where you can walk around in some of the basements and subbasements that date back to the original construction.

Seattle also boasts one of the oldest, continuous operating farmer's markets in the US, and along with that pedigree, Pike Place Market has some ghosts of its own. Whether you are touring creepy spots above or below ground in Seattle, remember to wear sensible footwear and bring along rain gear no matter what time of year. For night tours, bring along your own flashlight.

And let's not forget the fun but ooky too. The Fremont Troll is a somewhat creepy sculpture that can be found lurking under the bridge in the Fremont neighborhood, and he's even got his own celebration at Halloween time.

Hendrix Grave in Renton

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Seattle Gravesites

Nothing seems to bring a universal mixture of creepiness and fascination that way that old graveyards do, and Seattle's got a few fantastic spots to check out!

Historic Lake View Cemetery is where you can find the graves of many of Seattle's founding families, along with celebrities Bruce and Brandon Lee. Father and son both died tragically early and have been laid to rest side by side. Famous 90s rocker Kurt Cobain was cremated following his death, so there isn't a grave to visit, but many fans do like to stop by the house where he died, located alongside Lake Washington.

If you don't mind traveling a bit outside the city, 60s guitar virtuoso Jimi Hendrix was laid to rest in Renton, WA at Greenwood Cemetery. For many years, the musician's fans visited and found a simple headstone, but more recently the grave was moved from the original burial site to another part of the cemetery and a larger and more elaborate memorial was constructed.

The Chinatown Massacre

This is the site of one of the worst massacres in Seattle history, but you wouldn't know it just walking past...
This is the site of one of the worst massacres in Seattle history, but you wouldn't know it just walking past... | Source
Peeking in the window, you can see the abandoned front office...
Peeking in the window, you can see the abandoned front office... | Source

Seattle's Murder and Mystery Tour

After doing one of the ghost tours with Private Eye Tours, we had so much fun that my friends and I decided we'd go on the murder and mystery tour that they offer. These tours take place in the afternoon (the ghost tours are at night) and again it was in a van, so you got to literally cover a lot of ground. There are several stops where you get out and get to take a close look at some of the notorious or famous locations.

This tour covers more of the modern mysteries in Seattle, with details of both solved and unsolved crimes and strange happenings. Most of the events are post-World War II but only a hardcore local who kept their ear to the ground would even remember half of what you learn about on this tour.


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    • relache profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Paxwill, Bruce Lee was born in SF, CA but then grew up in Kowloon, China and then came back to the States when he was 18. He moved to Seattle for college and met his wife there (it was her hometown). He died in Kowloon where he'd moved back, but upon his death, his wife returned to Seattle and buried him there.

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      6 years ago

      Well, I didn't know the Lees were from Seattle. Learn something new every day I guess.

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      6 years ago

      I just moved back to Seattle so I'll have to check out some of these places. I've always wanted to do the underground tour. I'm just waiting for my son to start walking. He's way too heavy to carry, but my favorite place of all times is the Pike Place Market. I'll be heading there tomorrow if the weather cooperates. Thanks for sharing.

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      7 years ago

      I lived in Seattle for about 10 years, did not know all the history and sites to see, I was to busy working. Now I have to check these out as a tourist. Oh well. Really cool hub, thanks for the layout.

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      Mind Unsettled 

      7 years ago from In My Head

      Interesting hub! I travel to Seattle frequently and I think I'll add a few of these to my list of things to do while there. I had no idea Bruce and Brandon Lee were buried there and I never heard of the Green River killer, but I'm going to look it up now. I sometimes run on the trail along the Green River while I'm there. Cheers, MU

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      7 years ago from Seattle, Washington

      Our city is quite morbid, when you get down to it :). I would love to check out the Pike Place Market ghost tour sometime; the market is creepy at night!

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      7 years ago

      Hey dont forget the best ghost tour of seattle hosted by real ghost hunters.

      Spooked in Seattle Ghost Tours

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      James E. 

      7 years ago

      Thanks for the great information referencing the interesting tour locations. I am returning back home after many years away in the military and I have visited everywhere except the Ted Bundy kidnapping and Kurt Cobain rental...need to check them out.

    • relache profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Seattle, WA

      The Underground Tour is really fun! And you get some fascinating details about the birth of Seattle too. It's one of my faves.

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      William Benner 

      7 years ago from Savannah GA.

      Yea does rain a lot there and yet Washington is one of my favorite states! I knew Seattle can be dark and creepy sometimes, but I had no idea about the underground tour! Thanks for sharing!

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      Susan Zutautas 

      7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      While living in Seattle I took the underground city tour and loved it! I used to hang out at Lake Sammamish State which is kinda scary since Ted Bundy abducted girls from there. Great Hub. If I ever get back to Seattle I would love to do some of the Ghost tours.

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      Pamela Lipscomb 

      8 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      A strange as it may seem, people are really drawn to these types of things; like car wrecks!

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      8 years ago from fiverr dot com/idreesfarooq

      Relache, once again great information. I never think like that before.

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      8 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      I spent some time in Seattle mostly looking at the "Brooks Stevens" car museum so somehow missed all the grim stuff.

      I did witness a freak accident when a lady cleaning an upstairs window fell to the ground seriously hurting herself.

      I remember that the emergency team arrived in minutes.

      I enjoyed Seattle.

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      8 years ago from Florida

      Relache, I have friends who live in Seattle and they love it! Hope to go there on my next vacation. I also have a fascination with cemeteries....(insert spooky music here!)

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      Alison Graham 

      8 years ago from UK

      This is a great alternative to the more traditional tourist tour! I think after all that, I would definitely be 'Sleepless in Seattle'!

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      8 years ago

      I think I can visit any cemetery during broad daylight only! I am not that brave when it's dark, lol.

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      8 years ago from Philippines

      To be able to pay my respects to Bruce Lee would have made the trip worth it all. I have been a fan of his ever since he broke into the silver screen . I also share in his philosophy not only in the martial arts but life in general as many countless others do.

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      Triplet Mom 

      8 years ago from West Coast

      Relache - Great going on this. I am happy to say that I have hit every single morbid place and I would do it all again. Very fun hub!

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      Simone Haruko Smith 

      8 years ago from San Francisco

      How cool! I'm dying to go to Seattle, and all of these spots are great. Also, props on going for morbid variation! It's nice to see a mixture of modern and older elements on your sightseeing hitlist.

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      Don A. Hoglund 

      8 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      I don't know if I will ever get to seatttle but it does have a history.

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      Hello, hello, 

      8 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for your wonderful tour and well describing hub.

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      8 years ago from Dayton, Ohio

      Cool This sounds like fun

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      William F Torpey 

      8 years ago from South Valley Stream, N.Y.

      I'm not thrilled about gray clouds and overcast skies, relache, but this tour of Seattle, Bing Crosby's birthplace, is one I would definitely like to take. Cemeteries are always fascinating.


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