It’s no surprise that Seattle is full of spooky and creepy spots that are supposedly haunted. Given the many rises and falls in Seattle’s history, it’s only reasonable that there’d to be some residual energy stirring.
You’ve probably heard of some of them—whether you saw them on TV, visited them on a ghost tour, or listened to some late-night whispers. Kells Pub in Pike Place Market and Hotel Sorrento have been featured nationally as infamous haunts.
But there’s also quite a few places you might not be familiar with. Have you visited the spot where the Martha Washington School for Girls once stood? Noticed any weirdness around some train-cars-turned-restaurant in Sodo?
Check out one of these 17 haunted spots we’ve mapped, including hotels, bars, and theaters. Happy haunting, everyone.
Want to make an adventure out of it? These spooky hikes are ready for some paranormal exploration.
1. University Heights Center
Nowadays this place is a community center, but back in the day it was a school, home to a young boy who may still roam the hallways. Strange noises, children’s laughter, and other curious sounds are said to be heard here often—even when no children are present. Website
Word is that a man shot and killed inside could at some point be seen inside one of the mirrors at Canterbury Ale and Eats. Since its remodel a few years ago, who knows where that ghost hangs out now. Website
534 15th Ave E Seattle, WA 98112
Legend has it that the Re-Bar in the downtown/Denny Triangle area has two ghosts: one leather daddy that enjoys messing with the bar’s AV equipment, and a woman who owned the bar in the 1930s and died in the building. With development rampant in the area, Re-Bar is rapidly becoming one of its neighborhood’s oldest (and littlest) buildings—who knows what all those changes have stirred up. Website
1114 Howell St Seattle, WA 98101
5. Hotel Ändra
The supernatural guests at Belltown’s Andra may be more than ninety years old, but they still know how to party. Some report jazz blasting from the ninth floor accompanied by noises of breaking glass. The noise is immediately silenced when anyone ventures to the ninth floor to investigate.
Another frequent occurrence is the sighting of a woman wearing 1930s clothing. She commonly appears when guests are laying in bed and once spotted fades away. She is believed to be a former hotel employee who fell to her death from a hotel window in the 1960s. Website
Hotel Ändra, 2000 4th Ave Seattle, WA 98121
6. Mayflower Park Hotel Seattle
Throughout the years sightings of a supernatural “greeter” have been reported. In multiple, unrelated incidents, guests have reported disturbances while staying in room 1120. One guest staying in the room told the Seattle Times, “I feel as if someone is in there with me.”Website
Alice B. Toklas was credited with the invention of pot brownies back in 1954. Today she is credited with roaming the halls of The Sorrento Hotel, specifically the fourth floor, and even more specifically in and around room 408. Website
900 Madison St Seattle, WA 98104
9. Can Can
Located below-grade in Pike Place Market, it would be no surprise if the Can Can is haunted. And there are legends to back that up: One night, a bartender at the Can Can blew out all the candles, went out for a smoke, and came back in to find all the candles lit again. One neighbor said his daughter used to talk to a young apparition that would appear outside her window. Website
94 Pike St Seattle, WA 98101
10. Il Bistro
Glasses have been known to go flying off the shelves behind the bar for no reason here. Some say there’s a ghost who lives in the mirror in the dining room and likes to show up in photographs that you only notice later. Levent also speaks of a lady who floats through the hallway. Perhaps it’s the same woman?
The Arctic Club Hotel will always be known as the building where two-term U.S. Congressional Representative Marion Zioncheck leaped to his death from his fifth-story office window. It’s said that even today, sometimes the elevator rises to the fifth floor for no reason. Guests report unexplained cool breezes and hear phantom footsteps. Website
700 3rd Ave Seattle, WA 98104
12. Merchant’s Cafe and Saloon
One lady of the night has been making her presence known in this former brothel in recent years. Strange encounters have supposedly included slamming doors, moving objects, restroom faucets that appear to turn on and off without assistance, and the sighting of a full-on apparition. Website
109 Yesler Way Seattle, WA 98104
13. Cadillac Hotel
Formerly a hotel, this building is now home to the Gold Rush National Park. And it’s that legacy as Gold Rush-era lodging that earns it that haunted reputation—built in 1889, it’s one of the oldest buildings in Seattle, built right on the ashes of the Great Seattle Fire.
Some claim they’ve seen apparitions wandering in this building’s upper floors. Others have reported strange feelings of a ghostly presence in elevator and occasional strange noises. But even more haunting are the reports of hearing a woman and child crying way into all hours of the night. Rumor has it that she was a single mother who took her and her child’s life after being evicted during financially difficult times. Website
Orient Express, formerly Andy’s Diner, is located in a series of real, retired train cars in Sodo, including a car formerly belonging to former president Franklin Delano Roosevelt. It’s been rumored to be haunted for quite some time—and supposedly, when someone who didn’t believe in the ghost took over the establishment, the spirit got pretty mad, going so far as to explode lights over the owner’s head. Website
2963 4th Ave S Seattle, WA 98134
16. The Martha Washington School for Girls
The Martha Washington School for Girls, built in 1921, educated wards of King County Juvenile Court and girls that regular public schools couldn’t handle. The school shut down in 1957, and the next two tenants—a couple of other alternative schools—only stuck around for about a year each.
The building spent a long time abandoned, during which the building was the subject of a lot of “vandalism and neighborhood complaints.” Rumor has it that included animal sacrifice.
Although the buildings were demolished and it’s now the site of Martha Washington Park, paranormal events supposedly continue to occur there, especially around the old trees that were planted by some of the original residents of the school.
6612 57th Ave SW Seattle, WA 98116
17. Moore Theatre
The Moore Theatre, now a venue operated by Seattle Theater Group, might seem a little haunted just from its age—it was built in 1907. But it’s also literally built on top of a graveyard. Supposedly settler graves were removed… the ones they could find. Website