These Escape Rooms Get Spooky for Halloween

Frights abound at haunted escape rooms
The “Disenchantment Under the Sea” room at Hourglass Escapes.
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Some people get spooked by the idea of being trapped in a room. Seattle’s 20-plus escape rooms—game rooms where teams are given the task of solving challenging puzzles before time runs out—all promise that experience. A few are upping their games with some spookier options for Halloween. Can you say boo?

Channel your inner vampire: Players of “Dracula” at Quest Factor must escape a vampire crypt, while “Castle” requires them to follow clues left by the Knights of the Round Table in order to find the Holy Grail. Times and locations vary. $30. 800.653.1953;

Break the curse: Imagine being trapped in a cursed carnival. That’s the scenario for “Escape the Midnight Carnival” game at Puzzle Break, whereby players must solve the mystery before they, too, become cursed. 10 a.m.–10 p.m. Prices and locations vary. 206.728.6264;

Pirate a ghostly adventure: “Disenchantment Under the Sea,” a benefit for Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (date TBD at press time), takes place at Hourglass Escapes and features the murder mystery game, “Tales of the Ghostly Galleon.” To win, players must solve the mystery and escape the room before they’re cursed for eternity by a pirate poltergeist. Times and prices vary. Interbay, 3131 Western Ave., Suite 422B; 206.718.3705;

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