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17 of Seattle’s most haunted places

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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.

Looking for an overnight trip with some ghosts? Here’s a list of just hotels with paranormal guests.

Want to make an adventure out of it? These spooky hikes are ready for some paranormal exploration.

Map points are ordered north to south.

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.

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The former Harvard Exit Theatre

It’s now the Mexican consulate and other office space, but there’s no telling whether the recent remodel of the Harvard Exit sent any ghosts packing—or woke up any new ones. During its time as a theater, it was a popular destination for people searching for the paranormal .

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Canterbury Ale House

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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Kells Irish Restaurant

Kells been called the most haunted bar in America . There's a fantastic backstory : The Butterworth Building used to be a mortuary and the pub is in the basement, which the bar’s owner says was once the embalming room . While many ghosts are said to appear here , the two main attractions are the little girl with red hair and “Charlie,” who is said to appear in the Guinness mirror (of course).

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Hotel Sorrento

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.

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Two windows are surrounded by ornate terra cotta ornamentation, including three walruses, one in the center and one on either side. The wall is gray, with light blue and red accents.

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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.

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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?

A few ghosts have been known to throw glassware and cutlery about , too—apparently just to keep us on our toes.

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The Arctic Club Seattle

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.

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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.

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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.

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West Seattle High School

A former student supposedly died by suicide here in 1924, although nobody’s been able to back that up . Regardless, people claim to have seen her ghost roaming both the halls of the school and Hiawatha Park next door .

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Orient Express Restaurant and Lounge

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.

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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.

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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.

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Most Haunted Places in Seattle, WA

Seattle is full of exciting places to visit from the Space Needle to Pike Place Market and more. It is also home to the Seattle Seahawks football team. If not visiting for sports, shopping, or visiting friends and family, many people visit the area to see if the claims of haunting are true.

Let’s take a look at the top 10 haunted places in Seattle locals and visitors alike can go and explore:

10. The Owl n Thistle

The Owl n Thistle

The building that now houses the Owl n Thistle dates back to 1930. The building started out as a cafeteria, became a Cajun restaurant and in 1991 was purchased by a new owner and became the Owl n Thistle Pub.

It changed hands one more time but still remains a popular Irish Pub. It also has a ghost that likes to play the piano when there are very few people around.

The feeling of someone around is another claim made by staff members.

9. Grand Army of the Republic Cemetery

Grand Army of the Republic Cemetery

Included in the list of the most haunted locations in Seattle is the Grand Army of the Republic Cemetery.

The GAR cemetery as it is often called, has more than 500 graves on the premises and has been around for over 110 years.

People who have spent time at the cemetery have reported hearing the sounds of shouting and crying.

The source of these sounds are said to be the many soldiers from the Civil War and World War I that call the cemetery their final resting place.

8. Harvard Exit Theatre

 Harvard Exit Theatre

The Harvard Exit Theatre was built back in the early 1900s and had many uses over the years. It served as a home then the Women’s Century Club before new owners turned it into the Harvard Exit Theatre.

The three story building apparently has multiple ghosts that hang around the building. There is the ghost of a man who calls himself Peter. Yes, this ghost has introduced himself to people that come into the first floor.

Along with those that have claimed to see Peter others have noticed things moved around, such as films, and have felt as though someone was in the room with them.

A woman who appears to be wearing clothes from the Victorian area appears and then vanishes from a balcony.

7. Pike Place Market

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Pike Place Market is one of the most famous locations in Seattle. People come from around the world to visit the farmers market that opened back in 1907.

For more than a century people have been able to visit Pike Place Market for the highest quality produce, fish, meat, as well as other items and handcrafted products.

In addition to being a great place for shopping Pike Place Markets ranks among the most haunted areas in Seattle.

The number of people making claims of seeing ghosts or experiencing some sort of paranormal activity is rather high.

Some contribute the hauntings to the belief the market was built on Indian burial ground.

One of the most famous ghosts to continue to haunt the Market is Princess Angeline. She was the daughter of Chief Seattle of the Duwamish tribe.

She continued to live in a cabin in what is now part of the market. Despite the Treaty of Point Elliot of 1855 that ordered her tribe to leave she didn’t leave.

Even after her passing she has never left the area. People see her wandering around the market moving as slowly as she did in life.

People have witnessed the ghost of Arthur Goodwin in his old office, which is now the Goodwin Library.

The ghost of a barber who used to sing to her clients and rob from them has also been spotted. She is commonly called the “Fat Lady Barber.”

6. The Canterbury

The Canterbury

The Canterbury Ale and Eats has a lengthy history dating back to the early 1900s. The building was once used as the Capitol Hill Food Shoppe and the Gaslight Café before it eventually became the Canterbury tavern.

Many visitors to the Canterbury say it has not changed much over the years as it still has a lot of the original design features, such as the fireplace and wood paneling.

The Canterbury also has something not all of the visitors may appreciate, the ghost of a man who was killed during a bar fight in 1978.

His ghost is sometimes seen in the mirror near the fireplace, the location of his death. A bartender claimed that the jukebox played a song on its own when he was closing down the bar.

5. The Moore Theatre

The Moore Theatre

There were so many reports that the Moore Theatre was one of the most haunted buildings in Seattle that the TAPS team from the SyFy channel’s “Ghost Hunters” came to investigate.

The Theatre, which has been around since 1907, has been providing patrons with plays, live music, and other forms of entertainment.

While there is no record of any tragic deaths at the Moore Theatre employees and patrons have still reported what some consider paranormal activity.

One oddity in the theatre is a chair in the balcony that apparently always smells like cigar smoke.

Even after being cleaned and reupholstered the smell does not go away, claims are the former owner of the theatre, Mr. Moore refuses to leave.

Paranormal investigators to the Moore Theatre have captured singing, heavy breathing, and even what sounds like applause on EVP devices.

There are additional claims that shadowy figures are sometimes present in the theatre.

4. The Cadillac Hotel

The Cadillac Hotel

The Cadillac Hotel has been part of Seattle since 1889. The Cadillac Hotel served as temporary housing for many people displaced by the Great Fire.

Some of the residents including miners, loggers, and other men who liked to have the companionship of females with less than upstanding reputations.

After many years of providing a roof over people’s heads the upper sections of the hotel were cut off due to new fire safety regulations.

With so many decades of people going in and out of the Hotel it is not odd to hear of reports of ghost sightings.

Many claims were made that ghosts could be seen inside the windows of the upper floors by people passing by the hotel.

Other reports from former guests at the hotel claim that during the night they could hear the crying of a young child and possibly her mother.

Legend has it the woman killed her child and herself because she was evicted.

3. West Seattle High School

West Seattle High School

The West Seattle High School has been opened and educating the youth of the area for a century as of 2017. The school offers students a great opportunity to earn an education, participate in sports and partake in other activities associated with a high school.

Students and staff members at the High School also have the opportunity to meet one of the former students. In 1924 a student name Rose apparently died in the high school when she hung herself.

Her spirit is said to continue to roam the halls of the school. She also likes to hang out with some of her friends from that era in the park near the school.

People have reported on more than one occasion Rose and her friends have been seen and/or heard at that spot.

2. Kells Irish Restaurant & Pub

Kells Irish Restaurant & Pub

Among the most haunted places in Seattle is Kells Irish Restaurant and Pub. What is now a great place for people to kick back and enjoy a few drinks and a nice meal was something far less appealing.

When it was originally built in the early 1900s Kells’ was called the Butterworth Building. The building was originally used as a mortuary for the city.

There are also rumors that there was a great deal of corruption in the city that initiated at the Butterworth Building.

To add to the creep factor of Kells Irish Restaurant and Pub is the fact that not only was it built in the basement of the Butterworth Building but the corpses were delivered through the same entrance patrons now use when visiting the bar.

The number of hauntings and unusual activity varies from one witness to the next. There are some that say in the Bar’s Guinness mirror it is possible to see the ghost of Charlie.

Who Charlie is, nobody knows for sure. A little girl also likes to appear on occasion to patrons in the bar.

Some say if children are around she tries to get them to play with her. Witnesses have seen glasses slide right off the bar onto the floor, have watched mirrors shatter, and even plaster fall off the walls.

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The Sorrento Hotel

The Sorrento Hotel may be one of the most haunted places in Washington, never mind Seattle!

When it opened back in 1909 the Sorrento Hotel was a creepy looking building just in its design.

It has still provided its guests with excellent accommodations over the years. It also affords its guests with the opportunity to possibly encounter the ghosts of a former Seattleite and marijuana activist Alice B. Tolkas.

According to claims by staff members and guests of the hotel Alice likes to hang around the fourth floor, often seen wearing white and particularly around room 408. She is also known to wear black on occasion and has been seen moving silently down the dark hallways making lights flicker as she goes.

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