16th Annual Bastyr Haunted Trails is bigger and scarier - but there's a carnival for the little ones

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Bastyr University gears up for 16th annual Haunted Trails. Eastside Halloween festivities run Fridays and Saturdays, Oct. 17-18 and 24–25

Bastyr University's annual “Haunted Trails” event is returning for another year of spooky fun! Hosted rain or shine in the forest behind Bastyr University's Kenmore campus for two consecutive Fridays and Saturdays (Oct. 17-18 and 24-25), the event, now in its 16th year, is one of the Eastside’s longest-running and biggest fright fests. It includes enjoyable activities for teenagers and adults, as well as trick-or-treating for children ages 7 and younger – and is all for a good cause, with proceeds benefitting student study-abroad programs.

  • Haunted Woods: Complete with ghosts, ghouls and goblins, the Haunted Woods tour through the forest offers frights and delights around every corner. The trail is set up this year with brand-new twists and turns and a terror lurking behind every tree.
  • Hades Labyrinth: With ghouls and monsters haunting all who enter, participants must find their way through a maze of misty tunnels or be lost forever.
  • Cemetery Hill: Is there anything creepier than a foggy cemetery at night? Yes, a foggy cemetery filled with the living dead.
  • Circus of Horrors: Evil clowns make for a nightmarish experience under the big top.
  • Mummy's Tomb: It's cool to see mummies of the past, until the embalmed arise.
Please note that we do not allow children under 8 into these events. We find that it traumatizes the younger ones, which is not our intent. We only want to give the adults nightmares!
Cost: $20 per person for all five events. Major credit cards accepted. Tickets are available for purchase online and at the event starting at 6:30 p.m.

  • The Great Pumpkin's Trick-or-Treating Adventure: Bring the kids for trick-or-treating at Bastyr University's beautiful garden. Take pictures of the little ones as they get treats from and do activities with some of their favorite characters. Cost is $5 per child. (Runs 5-6:45 p.m.)
  • Children's Carnival: Entertain the younger children with various games and events just for them. Cost is dependent on activities. Cash only. (Runs 5:30-9 p.m.)

  • Mad Hatter's Shop: Buy glow sticks, glow wands, light-up helicopters, shirts, hoodies, hats, ponchos and more at this spook-and-scare store.
  • Refreshments: Food and drinks are available for purchase at the event.
  • Parking: Free event parking is available on the Bastyr University campus, 14500 Juanita Dr NE, Kenmore, WA 98028.

  • At the Door: $20 per person. Check-in and ticket sales begin at 6:30 p.m. each night. Major credit cards accepted.
  • Online: $25 per person for Fast Pass with a reserved time slot (limited quantity). Please arrive 15 minutes before your reserved time and bring your Brown Paper Tickets to the ticketing booth.
  • Please note: A limited number of tickets are sold each night. Visitors are advised to come the first weekend, Oct. 17-18, when lines are shorter. The second weekend, October 24-25, can sell out as early as 8:45pm. Haunted Trails is rain or shine; refunds are not available.

For more information, contact the Bastyr University Haunted Trails Hotline at 425-602-3303 or visit the website. Check out our Facebook page and like us or tweet us @HauntedTrailsBU, #ht2014. 


Created in 1998, Bastyr University's Haunted Trails has grown in size and popularity each year. It now attracts thousands of guests from throughout the greater Seattle area. All proceeds support the University's study away programs, including the Department of Acupuncture and East Asian Medicine's annual study trip to China. The fundraiser is run entirely by dedicated volunteer teams of Bastyr University students, faculty and staff. If you can't make the event or want to continue supporting the students of Bastyr even after being frightened, you can make a tax-deductible donation online!


Bastyr University is internationally recognized as a pioneer in natural medicine. As the largest accredited university for natural health arts and sciences in the U.S., Bastyr’s campus located near Seattle, Washington, offers more than 17 degree and certificate programs in fields such as naturopathic medicine, acupuncture and Oriental medicine, and whole-food nutrition. Founded in 1978, the University now includes a leading-edge research facility (the Bastyr University Research Institute) and outstanding clinical training at Bastyr Center for Natural Health, ranked as one of the Puget Sound’s top medical facilities for patient experience in 2013. The University’s second campus, Bastyr University California opened in San Diego, in fall 2012, becoming California’s first and only accredited school of naturopathic medicine.



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