| 10/25/2023 | Updated | Adventure - Outdoors, Attend, Fall, Family Fun, Holiday, Seasonal Travel |   

Halloween Activities in Bellingham and Whatcom County - 2023

It’s time to get ready for Halloween in Bellingham and Whatcom County! When you’re looking for some spoooooky Halloween fun, check out this round-up of what's happening around town.  

Spooky Tours | Movies & Shows | Haunted Houses | Trick or Treating | Pumpkin Patches | Parties | Unique Events

Bayview Cemetery Tour

Join local history buffs The Good Time Girls for a guided tour of Bellingham's Bayview Cemetery!

Gore & Lore Tours 

Between Bellingham and Fairhaven Village, there is a lot of "Gore and Lore" to explore, which is why The Good Time Girls offer different tours for each part of town!  

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In this one-of-a-kind immersive escape-room-style adventure, you and your team of eight will journey through the historic Hotel Leo, built in 1929, listening to the stories it tells and unlocking the mysteries it holds.

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Starts October 28

Start at the Lightcatcher building at 10 a.m. to meet dogs and puppies from the Alternative Humane Society and make braided dog toys! You'll also get to craft fun animal masks and create spooky Halloween dioramas. 

Then, flap your wings over to Old City Hall at noon to make bat launchers, spiders, and partake in festive feathered activities inspired by the owls and ravens in the Hall of Birds. While at Old City Hall, take a guided tour through the Syre Education Center to visit with AHS cats and kittens.

Finally, tip toe down to the Old City Hall basement for ghostly (but family-friendly) tours of the old Bellingham jail. Find the old padded jail cell and see if you can make out the writing on the wall. It will be a hauntingly good time!

All month long

In honor of Halloween, Pickford Film Center in Downtown Bellingham will screen horrifying Steven King classics from The Shining to Carrie to Cujo. Catch a different spooky film every Tuesday night throughout the month of October!

October 21

Join Mount Baker Theatre for a spooky showing of Disney's Hocus Pocus. In this classic Halloween family favorite, three unsuspecting pranksters conjure up Salem's infamous Sanderson sisters for a night of zany fun and comic chaos. 

Mount Baker Theatre will kick off the evening with a costume contest, themed drinks, and more.

(photo by Kristina Gray) 

October 27-29

If it bleeds it will lead the competition at this horror filled film festival! For over ten years, Bleedingham has been supporting those who love to make and watch horror movies here in the Pacific Northwest. Submit your own spooky short to have it reviewed by a judging panel or just join in for the scares at several activities, including the annual awards ceremony to view the top selected films.

The festival is screened at Pickford Film Center. 

October 28

There is no better time than Halloween weekend to get dressed up and dance the "Time Warp" at a midnight movie tradition! Seeing The Rocky Horror Picture Show live is all about audience participation but Bellingham’s boldest actors will also be joining in on the fun and bringing the cult classic to life in front of the movie screen. 

October 20, 22, 27, & 29

In Ferndale, Whatcom Frightmare Haunted House will be presenting a range of scares for all ages. 

Earlier in evening, the "lighter scare" will be perfect for younger kids. Those brave enough for a "full scare" should stop by later at night when the haunted house will be dark and ready to frighten. 

No need to scream from hunger - the food truck WTF (Where's The Food?) will also be on site.  

October 20, 21 & 27, 28

"When the bell rings and the lights go out, evil comes out to play..."

Relive the horror of high school at this haunted house, located at the NW Washington Fair Grounds in Lynden, WA. Hours are 7-10 p.m. 

Tickets are sold at the door. If at 9 p.m. the line exceeds a two hour wait, ticket sales will stop.

October 27, 28, & 31

Come one, come all to The Nightmare on Maple! The Boundary Bay Brewery beer garden will be transformed into eerie scenes filled with ghosts, ghouls, and surprises at every turn. 

This Halloween event is all-ages from 6-9 p.m. and, during that time, features zombie dancer performances at the BAAY Theatre. 

Attendees can also head down to Boundary Bay for the “Haunted Fear Garden” (entry at the alley off of Maple St). The fear garden becomes 21+ only from 9-11 p.m., with more mature content.

Haunted Fear Garden ~ at Boundary Bay Brewery (1107 Railroad Ave) Zombie Dancers ~ performing at the BAAY Theatre (1059 N State St)  

October 28

Local businesses, organizations & community members will set up "treat stops" along the route from Lora Lane to the Birch Bay Vogt, Community Library Property. Each stop will have tasty treats for the little ones to collect!

October 28 

Head to Downtown Ferndale for another fantastic community Halloween Downtown Trick or Treat presented by WECU! 

Trick or Treating along Main St. begins at 3pm at Fourth and Main, crowds are encouraged to work their way East to First Ave. and toward the Riverwalk where a multitude of businesses will be passing out candy. 

After Trick or Treating, head to Pioneer Park for Whatcom Frightmare's Haunted Barn. More information can be found at whatcomfrightmare.com.

October 31 

๐ŸŽƒ Get Ready for Spooky Fun at the Annual Bellingham Downtown Trick-or-Treat! ๐ŸŽƒ Enjoy a candy-coated adventure where 100+ businesses are ready to treat you to some spine-tingling surprises! 

Grab your costumed kiddos (& kiddos at heart) for a fun and FREE alternative to neighborhood trick-or-treating this Halloween with fun surprises around every corner! Find maps of participating businesses around Downtown to help guide your treat-seeking adventure.

October 31,  3 - 6pm

Head down to "FEAR"haven Village to enjoy an early evening of safe trick or treating. Don't forget your costume! There will be a photo book in Finnegan's Alley. 

October 31, 2023

Local businesses are coming together at Cordata Place to host a safe, fun, and FREE trick-or-treating experience for the community. Start at CTK Bellingham for hot cocoa and glow sticks, then make your way to 25+ candy stops throughout Cordata Place to collect even more goodies! 

Plenty of parking, well-lit sidewalks, and restrooms available! Mark your calendars for Tuesday, October 31 from 4-7 PM and come dressed in your favorite costume!

Bellewood Farms is famous for its apples, but it also has a pick-your-own pumpkin patch and an Apple Bin Express train ride every fall!  

Hop aboard the train and fill a bag of ripe apples. After that, head back toward the barn where you can stop by the corn maze, u-pick pumpkin patch, or the cafe for some fresh apple cider donuts and a slice of apple pie.   

Travel Tip: Bellewood has grown-up fun too! Their distillery features “farm-to-table” spirits including brandy, vodka, and gin. Enjoy unique flavors like their Honeycrisp Vodka or Pumpkin Spice Liqueur.

Dan Cramer's Western Town in Lynden has been offering a fall pumpkin experience for more than a decade. If you’re a pumpkin aficionado, you’ll enjoy the 30 different varieties on Cramer’s farm. The farm also offers extra fun, like draft horse rides to the pumpkin patch, a hay maze, tractor train rides, and more. 

“We have lots of farm animals for the kids to look at - ducklings, baby rabbits, a baby donkey, a couple of turkeys, calves, goats, and sheep," says Dan Cramer.

This is the place for picturesque photo ops with gorgeous views of Mount Baker on clear days. If you have preschoolers, consider coming on a Friday when Cramer offers tours tailored to the Li'l crowds with instructions on how to grow pumpkins. 

Located in beautiful Whatcom County, just 13 miles north of Bellingham and two miles west of Interstate 5, Home Farm U-Pick offers a pumpkin patch and so much more! 

Wander the farm, visit the pig pens, check out the antique tractors, shop the seasonal farm store, ride the tractor train, take memorable photos, enjoy hot cider, popcorn, and mini donuts (on select days), and of course pick pumpkins!

Choose from heirloom and specialty pumpkins in a variety of sizes, shapes and colors; orange carving pumpkins; an array of squash and gourds ready to eat or decorate with; corn stalks; and mums. 

At the Stoney Ridge Farm Fall Festival you're welcomed to one of Whatcom County's most idyllic farms. The farm features estate-grown pumpkins, u-pick apples, wagon rides, animals, mini donuts, corn maze, and much more. 

There will be live music on the first two Saturdays from 11am-1pm: Queens Bluegrass will play on October 7th and Prozac Mountain Boys will play on October 14th.

Admission is $5 per person with two and under free, but WECU members who show their debit or credit card can get in free. Cicchitti's Pizza and JT's Smokin' BBQ will also be at the farm on Saturdays.

October 28

Spread the spooktacular news, the Halloween Bash is back! Head to The Event Center on Saturday, October 28th at 9pm, for a Halloween Bash hosted by Kafe 104.1! With live music by DJ Clint Westwood. 

Make sure to dress up in your creepiest costume and have a chance to win $750 in free play! 

Must be 21+

October 28

Flash tattoo Halloween event at Red Sparrow Tattoo starting at 11am following a Halloween Costume Party at Sweet As Waffles from 9pm-12am. Discounted waffles and drinks, costume contest and giveaways.

October 27

This isn’t your traditional Haunted House. Oh no! SPARK Museum is trading the jump scares and ghosts for interactive experiences, demonstrations, and games dreamed up by our very own Mad Scientist Dr. FranklinStein. 

The museum's resident mad scientists have concocted an evening full of science experiments, peculiar phenomena, and some good old-fashioned spooky fun. The experience will be open from 4 – 7 and is drop in style. Come when you can and stay as long as you like! This event is geared towards Elementary and Middle school aged children and family members. 

More details here

October 27 - 31

The 6th annual Bellingham Circus Guild Halloween show is here! Featuring hilarious tricksters, crazy feats of juggling, beloved weirdos, eerily synchronized dance, and aerial wonderments to spook and AMAZE you. This year with 100% more outrageous science experiments than ever before! 

This year's show is set in a mad scientist’s laboratory, so get ready to channel your big double brain and join us for all the fun and revelry you know to expect from the BCG! 

October 28

This candy-free event is for children Preschool through 2nd grade! Wear your costumes, make crafts, and win prizes playing games/

A sensory friendly experience will take place from 2:30 - 3:30. During this time, we will have a limited supply of headphones at the door for families to use while visiting the party.

Ages: 16 and younger for Sensory Friendly experience.

October 28

Sip a beer and carve a pumpkin at the annual Pumpkin Carving Competition and Halloween Display at Stones Throw Brewery! 

The pumpkins will be illuminated during the annual downtown Historical Fairhaven Trick-or-Treating on Oct. 31 while Stones Throw passes out candy to little ones and quenches the grown-ups' thirsts. Wear a costume on Oct. 31 and get Happy Hour Pricing!

Prizes will be given to the top three pumpkins in the Adult and Youth categories. Big thanks to Robin and Ebb & Flow Herb Farm in Skagit Valley for growing the pumpkins! 

October 28, 2023

Come show off your costumes to Taylor Dock and the boardwalk! Show us your sea witch, water warlock, monster from the deep or whatever weird costume you can find in your closet! 

This is an open-boating event. $15 per person to participate with any type of Community Boating Center (CBC) broomstick! $5 if you BYOB (Bring your own boat…eghm excuse me, broomstick.) 

There will be a guide on the water and everyone will paddle out together as a group. Use a CBC paddle board, kayak or rowboat, or bring your own! CBC equipment will be first-come first serve. Aside from parading your wonderful costumes to the world, join us post-paddle for some warm beverages. 

October 31

Halloween party? Trivia? Why not both! Trivia night at Corner Taphouse will continue on Tuesday as scheduled, but with a little extra spirit! Put on your costume and compete with your friends! We will award a prize for best costume, voted for by contestants. Prizes for top three teams! No entry fee.

Games begin at 7pm!

October 31

Thrillingham is back! Come join the fun in this free, all-ages Bellingham tradition during the 7-8 pm hour! This is a labor of love done by community members who teach others the Thriller dance during weekly classes, and then perform it for the public. 

The costumed zombies will arise to dance to Michael Jackson's Thriller, with special guests and our own Mason Graham showcasing his dancing skills in the MJ part. 

This event is made possible with the help of the Port of Bellingham, Kulshan Trackside, and Unique Technique Dance Studio. Enjoy watching Thrillingham, let DJ Areekah entertain you, and you just might win a prize if you're the last one to drain a keg at Trackside! Come get your zombie on!

October 31

You’re invited to a Halloween Tasting that is sure to fright and delight! Sample a menu of five exclusively spooky cocktails paired with hauntingly good small bites. 

Limited availability - reserve your seat soon. Call 360.756.2795 or email manager@gallowayscocktail.bar. 

5-7 p.m. | $70 PER PERSON


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