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America’s best haunted house? Seattle Georgetown Morgue, Mourning Market Gothic crafts.

Mourning Market, Seattle Dark Artist's Collective

My ghostly tour of Seattle, Washington continues… with a trip to a haunted morgue, and a Goth artist’s collective!

Let’s start with the Mourning Market. Every few months, the darkest artisans of the Pacific Northwest come together to display and sell their handmade works.

seattle goth, art show

Since October 2009, Ginger and Alicia have been organizing Mourning Market. They write:

“We’ve been lucky to channel an incredible group of artists, and bring them all together. There was nothing of this genre in Seattle or anywhere in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. So we took matter into our own hands and created an event like no other: one that would showcase and honor artists with a dark edge. We have had the pleasure of working with some outstanding people. This October will be our four year anniversary and we are so excited about it!”

creepy mask, goth vendors

Their success was obvious: a long line draped around the venue, El Corazon, and the two large rooms were packed. There were also spaces to eat, drink and socialize with people in the subcultures scnee.

goth skull jewelry, craft fair

At some arts & crafts fairs, items are of amateur quality. Not so at the Mourning Market. I was impressed by the high level of design and craftsmanship, and the originality of offerings (one of the first booths we visited let us try on dark, glittery lipsticks).

ouija board necklaces, brooches

Among the highlights: glammed-up Ouija board accessories, handmade from resin. Elegant leather masks. Unnerving photos and paintings.

drop dead dolls, spider web jewelry

A cobweb of spider jewelry, and drop dead dolls.

steampunk octopus jewelry, accessories

Steampunk accessories: love the octopus and clockwork parts.

goth mourning market, ray gun

Laser guns and fetuses in jars? Hell yes! (For details about the brands I’m wearing, including the Gothic Lolita dress and faux fur scarf, see this outfit post.)

seattle goths, classic goth makeup fashion

Met so many kind people at the Market. Thanks to everyone who gave me tips for Goth haunts to visit in Seattle! I hope to come back soon for a longer stay.

scottish fold cat, sony a700, f 1.8 50mm

And huge hugs to the vendors who chipped in and presented me with a generous goody bag! Basil Farrow says you’re very talented (and slightly disturbed, but we like that).

For info about the next Mourning Market and other dark events, check out their site and Facebook page.

georgetown morgue, scariest haunted house

I made more spooky new friends at Georgetown Morgue, an infamous haunted house that has been generating screams for over 10 years.

seattle morgue, halloween events

The Morgue (5000 E Marginal Way, Seattle) is a 10 minute drive south from downtown Seattle; look for the winged beast on the roof. Presented with Kube 93 radio station, the haunting takes place in a bona fide morgue from the 1920s.

zombie hair, airbrushed halloween makeup

This haunted house is consistently ranked one of the best in the USA, and deservedly so. Every year, the owners construct elaborate sets designed to frightened the most jaded Goth. The actors go through an intense audition…

scary clown makeup, zombies face

… and wear movie-quality special effects makeup. Let me tell you, I screamed when the clown popped out with a roaring chainsaw.

zombie attach, bloody makeup

We went through the Morgue before it opened, and the experience was next-level scary — both technically and creatively. I’ve been to a number of haunted houses in my day, but I’ve never seen one with falling floors, a lake of boiling bloody water, and head-to-toe smothering. Every sense is attacked, including smell (was that a whiff of charred flesh?)

zombie before and after

My friends must have gotten bitten along the way, since they transformed into zombies. The blood is a special concoction by the makeup artist.

georgetown morgue seattle haunted house, kube 93 fm

Trick or treat: we got to be actors in the haunted house. The doors opened to the public, and the scaring began. My friends did a bloody birth scene, while I was creepy doll popping out when you least expect it.

zombie girls, couples halloween costumes

We loved getting to know the crew — many have worked here for years, and the greenroom felt like a big, happy Addams family. Nothing makes me happier than seeing offbeat outsiders banding together, and creating something imaginative (in this case, a haunted house).

seattle costume rental, monster halloween masks

I hope you’ll experience the brilliance of the Georgetown Morgue before it closes on November 2nd. The team also does costume rentals and special events year-round, which you can keep track of on Facebook.

What are your plans for this Halloween? Remember, I’ll be in Portland with my Pirate film team — do keep the PDX travel tips coming. As they say in the Morgue, “Scare you later!”

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37 Comments

  1. Posted October 24, 2013 at 8:57 pm | Permalink

    “Mourning Market…” ingenious! Beautiful goths <3

    • Posted October 26, 2013 at 5:12 am | Permalink

      I thought you’d love the designs sold there!!

  2. Posted October 24, 2013 at 11:11 pm | Permalink

    As one of the workers that work there, I think I speak for all of us in saying thanks for the review, and we are all glad you liked it! Please come again next year!

    • Posted October 26, 2013 at 5:12 am | Permalink

      I’m so happy! I truly had a terrifyingly terrific time with you all!

  3. Posted October 25, 2013 at 12:08 am | Permalink

    Beautifully Gloomy Art was happy to see you there! Thanks for coming!

    https://www.facebook.com/BeautifullyGloomy

    • Posted October 25, 2013 at 12:22 am | Permalink

      It just occurred to me that working in a haunted house would be the coolest job. Ever.

      • Posted October 26, 2013 at 5:12 am | Permalink

        my friend worked at a haunted house, she said it was the best job ever! you may lose your voice from the screaming though…

    • Posted October 26, 2013 at 5:12 am | Permalink

      loved meeting you and seeing your designs!

  4. Posted October 25, 2013 at 1:29 am | Permalink

    Thank you so much for coming and visiting our show, Mourning Market! We loved having you! Please come back again and visit any time!!!!

  5. Posted October 25, 2013 at 1:54 am | Permalink

    Thanks for coming! Glammed up Ouija planchettes are available here – and more are coming soon. :) https://www.etsy.com/shop/Toxicheart?section_id=13579773

  6. Posted October 25, 2013 at 1:57 am | Permalink

    Love the photos and jewelry!

  7. Posted October 25, 2013 at 1:58 am | Permalink

    Awesome sauce

  8. Posted October 25, 2013 at 4:18 am | Permalink

    A grave trip indeed! :)

  9. Posted October 25, 2013 at 4:19 am | Permalink

    This is awesome!

  10. Posted October 25, 2013 at 4:19 am | Permalink

    win xP

  11. Posted October 25, 2013 at 4:20 am | Permalink

    Thank you!! It was great having your group!! Come back anytime!!!

  12. Posted October 25, 2013 at 5:47 am | Permalink

    Basil looks kawaii neeeeeeee

  13. Posted October 25, 2013 at 5:56 am | Permalink

    Yay! <3

  14. Posted October 25, 2013 at 5:56 am | Permalink

    Your creepy doll look on your face is priceless, lol. Looks like a lot of fun though. October is never complete without a couple Haunted House tours. The Corazon place looks pretty happening. Wish there more stores like that around everywhere else in the world.

  15. Posted October 25, 2013 at 8:21 pm | Permalink

    I so want to meet you someday

    • Posted October 26, 2013 at 5:11 am | Permalink

      keep your eyes peeled for travel announcements, you never know!

  16. Posted October 25, 2013 at 8:38 pm | Permalink

    Seattle! My home!

  17. Posted October 25, 2013 at 9:46 pm | Permalink

    Yeah!!!

  18. Posted October 25, 2013 at 10:04 pm | Permalink

    So fun! Great Photos!

    • Posted October 26, 2013 at 5:11 am | Permalink

      Had such a great time with my ghoul-friends!

  19. Posted October 26, 2013 at 5:07 am | Permalink

    Sweet the steam punk jewelry is on my list now.
    Kisses.
    Mary

  20. Posted October 26, 2013 at 8:39 pm | Permalink

    *0* ♥♥♥

  21. Posted October 26, 2013 at 9:21 pm | Permalink

    beautiufl styling
    hugs

  22. Posted October 27, 2013 at 5:58 pm | Permalink

    I’m too scared to go to a haunted house although I like the IDEa of it. Horror movies are all I can do cause the actual being there is too much for me. ;.;

  23. Posted October 28, 2013 at 6:44 am | Permalink

    Really best hunted house… Nice costume and accessories. You can use black light as well as led gloves for more hunted effect.

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  24. Posted October 28, 2013 at 11:03 am | Permalink

    Truly a great home. It was so great! I really want to visit here once.

    • Posted October 30, 2013 at 2:55 am | Permalink

      I hope you can! xoxo

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