Meeting a ghost at a party can be exciting, but the conversation usually turns morbid and the chip bowl inevitably gets covered in ectoplasm. Encounter ghosts in their natural environment with today's Groupon: for $9, you get your choice of admission to the Market Ghost Tour or the Seattle Lust Tour from Market Ghost Tour (a $17 value each). During the fall season, tours are offered Tuesdays through Sundays at 5 p.m., 7 p.m., and 9 p.m. Additional tour times are often added on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.
Named one of the Top 10 U.S. ghost tours in 2009 and 2010 by TripAdvisor, the Market Ghost Tour unveils the spooky and sordid history of Seattle's Pike Place Market. Storytelling tour guides lead the 75-minute walking tour, escorting specter-seekers past the neon and theatrical architecture of the 9-acre district. As you pass by the city's first mortuary and a former brothel, snap some photos and you might come away with some supernatural images from floating orbs to a ghost's ATM receipt.
The Seattle Lust Tour recounts all the stories from the regular tour, but blends in an adult-only (18 years and older) emphasis on the risqué. The history of Flesh Avenue comes to life in tales of serial killers and 24-hour grind houses. Family-friendly ghost tours are available, as the regular tour may touch upon some adult subjects as well, such as tax preparation.
Market Ghost Tour
Paranormal activities are commonplace for Market Ghost Tour founder Mercedes Yaeger. She grew up with the ghost stories of her father, who spooked locals with tales on Halloween nights in Pike Place Market. Since then, Mercedes has self-published a book, Market Ghost Stories, compiled from exhaustive research of municipal archives, newspaper accounts, and freeze-frame analysis of Scooby-Doo archives. She spins many of those yarns on excursions with Market Ghost Tour, which the Seattle Post-Intelligencer named “one of Seattle’s best and weirdest attractions.” Mercedes and her guides lead guests on year-round exterior tours. The 75-minute Market Ghost Tour treks past the 9-acre district’s mortuaries, graveyards, and brothels as visitors hear frightening historical tales.
Pike Place Market
1410 Post Alley
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