My Dad came to visit recently and has always enjoyed anything to do with the paranormal. He’s a definite believer, and I’m more on the skeptical side. However, I found a groupon for a 2 for 1 deal for “Spooked In Seattle” ghost tours and I decided to go ahead and make a reservation. It was a cold and windy night when we met at Ye Olde Curiosity Shop on Alaskan Avenue, and Megan was our tour guide. Thankfully, it wasn’t raining, but it would have made it even creepier! As you can see, I chose to shoot only in black and white to add to the creep-factor.
Spooked in Seattle was founded by actual paranormal investigators, who’ve investigated many of the buildings on the tour and are extremely knowledgeable about the history of Seattle and the backgrounds of the buildings. Pictured above is Megan standing on the steps of the Mutual Life building, where a performer fell to his death in 1985. People have reported seeing something at the top of the building every year on the anniversary, which is pretty creepy, right? Well, as she’s talking about this (and they do have a video of the man falling, if you choose to watch), I glanced up and caught a flash of white – from an American flag flapping in the wind at the top of the building. Was I startled? You bet!
We also visited the Merchants Cafe, which is the oldest restaurant in Seattle. It also is a hotbed of paranormal activity, apparently. We weren’t witnesses to any, but our sweet tour guide, Megan, fell and injured her knee here and ended up being taken away in an ambulance! She broke her kneecap, poor thing – I can empathize and wish her a speedy recovery. Spooked in Seattle sent a replacement guide, Ross, who is actually one of the founders, a writer, as well as an investigator.
Another stop on the tour was the Smith Tower, which still has hand-cranked (controlled?) elevators. The only way they can move is if someone is inside making them move. Guess what? Security has heard them moving with no one in them! Creepy!! Even though I’m skeptical for some reason the photo above, of the elevators, gives me the heebie jeebies!
We ended the tour back at Spooked in Seattle headquarters, which has it’s own portion of the Seattle Underground. The underground is actually all the first floors and sidewalks of Seattle when it was first built. After the huge fire in 1889, the city took the opportunity to not only rebuild, but to even out the land and build up the streets and sidewalks. Everything that had been on street level became basement level, and the second floor became the first floor. Crazy, huh? It was definitely spooky down there!
Both my Dad and I really enjoyed the tour – we learned a lot about Seattle history and learned a bit about some scary stories. We also got to hear EMP recordings of ghostly voices, which caused some shivers! It’s fun and I was really happy with the tour. I’d love to take the kids when they’re older.
Have you ever taken a ghost tour? What did you think?