Sunday, October 1st, 2017
Halloween Events in Bellingham and Whatcom County
Annette Bagley

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 Tuesday this year. Here’s an updated 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. 6 – 28, 2017

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 the statue of Dirty Dan Harris on the Village Green at 6 p.m. on Fridays. A tour with a downtown perspective departs from the SPARK Museum of Electrical Invention at 6 p.m. on Saturdays. It’s best to arrive 15 minutes early. Tours are rated PG-13. Tickets are $13 per person, or $18 with a drink ticket for those over 21, and may be purchased online here. 

Triple-Wren Farms Pumpkin Patch Kick-Off, Oct. 7, 2017

Join Triple Wren Farms for their Pumpkin Patch Kick-Off on October 7, 2017.  They will have pumpkins of all kinds, flowers galore, Feast Food Truck, games and prizes (even a raffle for a FREE Acme Farms + Kitchen box!), animals to gander at, pollinator talks, photo opportunities everywhere, and all kinds of fun for your family. This is a fun, family-oriented, no-admission community event. Get all set for fall decorations and treats, and make some amazing memories.

Scream Fair Haunted House in Lynden, Oct. 13-14, 20-21, 27-28, and 31, 2017

If you’re not faint of heart, Whatcom County’s largest haunted house experience is inside the Henry Jansen Building at the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds (1775 Front Street) in Lynden. This year it runs for 3 weekends in a row, Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., as well as on Halloween, Tues., Oct. 31. Tickets are $12 adults, $10 kids age 12 and under. See the Scream Fair website for more details.

Bleedingham: Bellingham’s Horror Film Fest, Oct. 28, 2017

If horror movies are your favorite part of Halloween, you definitely want to check out this post about the Bleedingham horror short film festival held each October in Bellingham. Lorraine describes the multi-day event, as “the equivalent of a mini horror comic convention or comic con. Local artists and businesses that connect with the horror, paranormal, and related genres can show their wares, find new customers, and enjoy the company of the like-minded.” This year’s event is scheduled for Sat., Oct. 28, 8 p.m. at the Pickford Film Center.

Rocky Horror Picture Show at Mount Baker Theatre, Oct. 27, 28 and 31, 2017

Slip on the stilettos and gather your props, the classic “Rocky Horror” returns to the Mount Baker Theatre for 6 shows: Friday, Saturday and Tuesda, Oct 27, 28 and 31 at 8 p.m. and 11:59 p.m. each evening. Get ready for a night of fun, frivolity, and fetish as Bellingham’s boldest actors, including Miss Bette Desire, bring the cult classic’s characters to life in front of the movie screen, while squeaky clean sweethearts Brad and Janet visit a spooky mansion and embark on an adventure they’ll never forget. The movie is rated R, for ages 16 and older. Tickets are $15. Buy tickets and get more details at

The Nightmare on Railroad, Oct. 27-28, and Oct. 31, 2017

Boundary Bay Brewery and Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth (BAAY),  team up to present The Nightmare On Railroad. On Oct. 27-28 and 31, the brewery warehouse and beer garden will be transformed into spooky scenes filled with ghosts, ghouls, and surprises at every turn. The Nightmare on Railroad Haunted House will also feature live performances by the BAAY zombie dancers. These three nights of Halloween fun will be all ages from 6:00-9:00 p.m., and 21+ from 9:00-11:00 p.m. Entry fee is $5 at the door. All proceeds directly support BAAY’s mission to enrich the lives of children through exploration of the arts.

Haunt the Park in Ferndale, Oct. 28, 2017

The Ferndale Heritage Society and the Ferndale Chamber have teamed up for Haunt the Park. Head to Pioneer Park on Sat, Oct. 28 from 5 to 7 p.m. for a spooky view of the historic cabins from the outside, and trick-or-treat the cabin porches. More info at:

Trick or Treat in Fairhaven, Oct. 31, 2017

Halloween is a major tradition in Bellingham’s Fairhaven historic district, from 3 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 31, attracting thousands of ghosts, goblins, fairies, characters and homemade creations. Most merchants decorate and participate. Look for posters on the windows. Visit to see photos from last year.

Trick or Treat in Downtown Bellingham, Oct. 31, 2017

The Downtown Bellingham Partnership invites children with their families to Downtown Trick or Treat from 3 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 31. 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!  Click here for for more details.

Trick or Treat in Ferndale, Oct. 28

Downtown Ferndale also gets into the Halloween spirit from 3 to 5 p.m. on Oct. 28 with trick-or-treating at 40 stops marked by balloons.

Chuckanut Brewery, Oct. 31

After the kids finish trick-or-treating head to Chuckanut Brewery & Kitchen, 601 W Holly Street, for good beers, good laughs and an epic costume contest at 8:30 p.m. Both breweries, including the South Nut Tap Room, 11937 Higgins Airport Way, Burlington will celebrate “Day of the Dead Kill the Keg” with Mexican Style Lager pints and growler fills on sale October 27 to November 1.

You have an opportunity to win free Chuckanut schwagg if you come in the best costume to the Kitchen in Bellingham. If you’re attending Thrillingham at Maritime Heritage park, Chuckanut is located right across the street and serving food until 9 p.m. Come in to enjoy the Halloween festivities and try Chuckanut’s widely appreciated award winning beers.

Thrillingham, Oct. 31

Zombies emerge from Maritime Heritage Park in downtown Bellingham from 8 – 10 p.m. on Halloween night to dance to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.” Get all the details here:

Where to get your Costumes and Decorations

Have no fear, Teresa has done this research for you as well. Check out her article about Bellingham’s Halloween Stores. They have all the supplies you could possibly need and things you may never have even thought of.

Go scare up some fun!

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About the Author:

Annette Bagley is the Director of Marketing for Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism. As a writer and media relations consultant, her work has appeared in local and national media. She has been enjoying life in the Bellingham and Whatcom County region for more than a decade. Her ideal escapes include water, mountains, a farm visit, or a history lesson, accompanied by good food and a glass of wine.


  1. Hi Annette- SpookShop (year-around here since 1998) is hosting a haunted house in the old Billy McHale’s building in front of Costco in Bellingham.

    -Get ready to run! Empty your bladder before you slip into the darkness of the Zombie Asylum – over 3,000 square feet of decrepit, abandoned hallways that no longer keep the undead out. Not for the timid!

    Beginning Friday and Saturday the 17th and 18th, then Friday the 24th through November 1st. Created by a group of talented folks with haunted house experience, the t-shirt proclaiming that you Survived will be well earned. Optional Spatter privileges guarantee a bloody good time! Please see the Herald Events page for detailed dates/hours. We’ll also have a Kid’s Haunt the afternoon of Halloween.

    Comment by Laurel — October 12, 2014 @ 2:54 am

  2. Does anyone know if there is a place where houses and yards decorated for Halloween are listed? We have three that I’ve found within a mile of my home, but I’d like to find others.

    Any guidance most appreciated. 🙂

    Comment by Lisa — October 18, 2015 @ 7:14 pm

  3. Good idea Lisa – I don’t know of a list like that, but if you find one please share!

    Comment by Annette — October 19, 2015 @ 8:26 am

  4. Try 5358 shields rd. Ferndale wa 98248 for yard decorations

    Comment by amy nolan — October 28, 2016 @ 6:56 pm

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