Arts & Entertainment

Spooky Season is here and Tacoma is ready

It’s time for warm comfort food and a whole lotta pumpkins.

Whether you’re chasing the thrill of the spooky season, sick of the summer heat or just excited for pumpkin-themed desserts, Tacoma is full of amazing opportunities to gently transition into the fall season. Learn about the best October events, activities and eats available in the area.

Frighthouse Station:

The longstanding Tacoma haunted house takes place in Freighthouse Square, originally the historical Milwaukee Road Freight Houses built in 1909. Presumably a little haunted, the maze-like, old building is the perfect setting for an immersive haunted house experience, complete with actors and a new theme each year. Buy tickets and visit the intricate and well-designed haunted house this October, open Thursday through Saturday, 7-10 p.m.

ALMA Tacoma:

If you are looking for something entertaining, funny and fall-themed, try a spooky drag show! To put a spin on their famed regular 18+ drag events, ALMA is hosting Halloqueen: a Halloween themed drag show. Macy Marks, Ursula Major, Jack King Goff and Glenn Coco are sure to put on a horrifying show in the ALMA Venue that absolutely slays. Snag tickets before they sell out and prepare to be blown away on October 15.

Ice Cream Social: 

End any fall activity with a trip to Ice Cream Social, the cutest ice cream shops spread across Tacoma. With locally-sourced ingredients, the Social has released new fall flavors: Pumpkin, Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup, Apple Cider Sorbet (vegan/dairy free) and Coconut Cinnamon (vegan/dairy free). Visit one of their three locations in Proctor, Point Ruston or Hilltop, open everyday.

Pumpkin Patch:

If you’re dying to carve some pumpkins, consider making the trek out to Puyallup to support a local farm and get the perfect pumpkin patch experience. Located on River Road, Double R Farms and Picha Farms are offering u-pick pumpkins this fall, priced by weight. Double R famously hosts a lengthy five acre corn maze, along with pumpkin sling shots and hay rides. Visit any day of the week and find your perfect pumpkin.

Antique Row:

If you’re already starting costume prep for Halloween, check out Antique Row in Downtown Tacoma to find those special finishing touches and add some vintage flair. Located on Broadway street, the Row is more active Wednesday through Saturday, housing a variety of antique stores. From Mecca Mercantile’s “little bit of everything” approach to D. Habadashery’s curated menswear, you’ll be sure to find a showstopping costume. 

Brewery Blocks Tacoma:

Located just across from the far side of campus, Tacoma’s newest restaurant and bar hub is a great new place to check out this fall. Incline Cider House, 7 Seas Brewery and the adorable new pizza place, Camp Colvos, all are right off of 21st. Get in the fall mood with some warm pizza and delicious craft cider.

Point Defiance Zoo:

The Zoo is putting on their annual Zoo Boo, a fall-themed Zoo weekend. Watch the animals eat pumpkins, see underwater pumpkin carving and experience various ghostly games. This family friendly activity will be available October 15 and 16, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.