As fog begins to encompasses the wilting trees and the moon lights the path through the dark nights, it becomes increasingly clear that Halloween is within sight. This spooky time of year can be celebrated all month long with haunting activities that will leave you shivering in fright along the Hood Canal.

Pumpkinfest Hunter Farms

Established in the 1880s, Hunter Farms started as a homestead and quickly grew into a small dairy farm delivering fresh milk to local logging camps. In 1948, the farm added Christmas trees to their growing list of crops. The business soon expanded into a variety of other farm-raised items including the Halloween squash of choice, pumpkins.

Each year, Hunter Farms hosts the Union Pumpkinfest & Catapult Competition. Guests can enjoy all things pumpkin during the month of October. This includes a hayride around the farm and the grand finale—a catapult contest. Pumpkins are hurled across the patch by teams of local residents who have created handmade, wooden trebuchets. It brings a whole new perspective to the trick of smashing pumpkins to a must-see treat for the whole family.

McReavy House

Old historical homes have a tendency to be a bit creepy. In fact, they are in many cases considered haunted. Thrill seekers like to go inside and step through the dusty halls to try and catch a glimpse of paranormal activity. One of the most haunted homes in the area is the McReavy House in Union. This 1890 Victorian mansion sits upon a hill over the small town with expansive views of the Hood Canal below. Its owner, John McReavy, built the home while principal lumberman in the area. He is even one of the original signers of Washington’s Declaration of Statehood.

Hood Canal pumpkin patch
Explore the historic Hunter Farms during their annual PumpkinFest. Photo credit: Alyssa Ramsfield

The home still sits perched upon the hill and holds the title of the oldest structure standing in the quaint town of Union. Ghost hunters have frequently visited this home and many have been successful at hearing and seeing signs of paranormal activity on this property. It’s worth checking out if you are looking for a historical fright.

Lucky Dog Casino

If you are looking for something spooky and fun for the over 21 crowd, Lucky Dog Casino has you covered all month long. Its games and prizes are available daily with specialty Free KY Days. These include a slot tournament for a ghoulish $1,000 prize and a Halloween-themed fleece blanket giveaway.

On Saturday, October 27, the casino will be taken over by a Murder Mystery Live Actor performance that is sure to bring big screams. Help solve the crime with light appetizers and desserts served. As guests follow the twists and turns of the story to discover “Whodunit,” games, prizes, and drinks will be available. Entry is free with the purchase of two drink tickets. It is sure to be a treat for all that attended.

Alderbrook Resort & Spa

Looking for a more relaxing way to enjoy a fright? Check out Alderbrook Resort & Spa for their Full Moon Yoga. On Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at 7:00 p.m., guests can take in a professionally led yoga class for only $10. Dress accordingly as this outdoor class will bring the shivers of the cold, fall night. Downward Dog stretches into Howling Werewolf on this special moonlit night.

Hood Canal Lake Cushman
The trails surrounding Lake Cushman at night make visitors feel like they are hiking through a horror film set. Photo credit: Bryden McGrath

If you’re feeling hungry, on Thursday, October 18, 2018, the resort hosts their monthly cookout. The theme this month is Woodland to Waterfront. Food served at the event will start from the deep, dark forest surrounding the area and move toward the depths of the canal. It’s a beachside feast that brings the chill of the season right to your plate.

Lake Cushman

Drive deep into the darkness of the Olympic National Forest and park near the edge of Lake Cushman. The scenery here looks straight out of a horror film. The trees tower over the trails with ease turning day into night. The lake serves as a viewpoint during a haunted hike on many of the well-maintained trails. Visit with your flashlights and let the spooky sounds of the forest send shivers down your spine.

Carve time into your schedule to head north on Highway 101 to encounter all the toil and trouble that lines the Hood Canal. It could be just what your spirit needs!

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