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Concrete Ghost Walk – The Ghosts and Haunted Houses of Concrete, WA

October is the season for stories of headless horsemen, ghouls, and ghosts. In honor of this spooky month, I signed up for the 12th annual Concrete Ghost Walk in the small town of Concrete, WA. Now, I admit, I’ve never been on a ghost tour before so I have nothing to compare it too. What I do know is that this ghost walk regularly sells out, and that surely is a sign that people like it.

It also means you’ll need to get your tickets well in advance. At $15 a ticket, it is very economical. It’s important to note that participants must be 16 or older, and an adult must accompany minors.

When does it happen? Every Saturday in October at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. rain, shine, or snow. The tour starts at the haunted Concrete Theatre. Then, moves outside and includes walking on the streets of Concrete, so be prepared and dress warm, and have a flashlight ready.

The haunted Concrete Theatre in Concrete, Washington.

Concrete Ghost Walk – The Ghosts and Haunted Houses of Concrete

What To Expect

While I don’t want to give too much away, I do want to share some of what to expect. The experience starts at the haunted Concrete Theatre, which was built in 1923. Valerie Stafford, tour leader and owner of the theater, gives a brief introduction to the history of the town and the people that lived there.

Concrete Ghost Walk.

In the late 1800s and early 1900s, Concrete was a bustling town with miners, loggers, mill workers, and all the rest that comes with that like shopkeepers, houses of ill repute, bankers, and families.

Some of these people stayed behind, and many of the townspeople living there today have seen, felt and heard things they can’t explain. Valerie is one of those people. On the tour, she shares her ghost stories as well as others, and some of them will make your spine tingle.

History of Concrete Washington.

And, if you are starting to wonder, “Is this for real?” Valerie will also explain they’ve had ghost hunters and paranormal researchers visit Concrete. They’ve verified there are entities there, and sometimes told them more than they wanted to know.

After the introduction, the tour moves outside, and the walk through the streets of downtown Concrete begins.

The Concrete Ghost Walk.

Haunted Houses and Ghosts

Along the way, you’ll learn about the haunted historic houses and buildings of Concrete. Like the bank, whose basement has an angry ghost who smells of liquor and doesn’t like women.

The haunted bank in Concrete, Washington.

The hardware store, Cascade Supply, who keeps the “scary room” locked. And, the Mt. Baker Hotel whose second floor is haunted by a young girl.

Travel Tip: If you are looking for a spooky night stay, and are brave, you might want to consider staying at the haunted Mt Baker Hotel. They don’t take online reservations; you have to call them.

The haunted Mt. Baker Hotel in Concrete, Washington.

You’ll also meet some of the town ghosts and hear their tales. Some of which include beheadings, curses, suicide, and drownings.

The tour ends in the Concrete Heritage Museum, and there you can shake the chill off with hot coffee or warm cider, snack on cookies, and chat with the ghost actors.

Final Thoughts

I had no idea what to expect on the ghost walk and was pleasantly surprised by the experience. It is not a haunted house tour, where ghouls and ghosts jump out at you. Instead, it is a journey through the town’s history with first-hand ghost stories and ghost actors that bring some of these stories to life. Set at night, against the backdrop of ghost stories created a kind of unsettling eeriness as we wandered through the streets past haunted buildings.

Concrete Ghost Walk Tips

  • The tour starts at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. It all depends on how big the group is and how fast people walk.
  • Don’t wait to get your ticket. Tickets are sold at Brown Paper Tickets, $15 ($16.74 with service fee).
  • Dress warmly as the tour takes place in any weather.
  • Wear comfortable shoes/boots as you’ll be walking for most of the tour. (I wore my Bogs as they are weatherproof.)
  • Bring an umbrella (you can leave it in your car if you don’t need it, but it is better to have one handy).
  • You can bring a camera, but the use of a flash and video are not allowed.
  • Plan to eat before the tour as many places will be closed after. One of my favorite places to eat is Birdsview Brewery along HWY 20. If you’d rather eat someplace spooky, dine at the haunted HUB Grill and Bar next door to the Concrete Theater. But, you might want to use another ladies restroom as that one is haunted.
  • If you want to stay in town, and at a haunted hotel I would suggest Mt. Baker Hotel. Here is a list of other nearby accommodations.

To learn more about Concrete visit the Concrete Chamber of Commerce.

Jesse Crater has written three stories that include the Concrete Ghost Walk. You can see them below. A movie was also set in Concrete from the memoir This Boy’s Life by Tobias Wolfe.

13 thoughts on “Concrete Ghost Walk – The Ghosts and Haunted Houses of Concrete, WA”

  1. Thank you SO much for visiting, and for the write up! We appreciate the free publicity! 😀 I saw your car in town, and thought, huh, I wonder what that’s all about. Ha!

    Okay, as a writer, I’m going to do what I HATE when others do to me, but there you have it, because as mayor, I sure do wish you’d change “ghost town” to ANYTHING else: Ghostly town. Ghostly ambience of the town at night. ANYthing. Because we are not a ghost town; we are a small town with its share of struggles that is taking active and intentional steps back toward vitality.

    Thanks again. Seriously. 🙂

    Jason Miller, Mayor
    Town of Concrete

    • Jason, Thank so much for commenting. I will consider your suggestion. Looking forward to visiting concrete again (in the daylight -heehee).

  2. I think there is a growing market for this dark type of tourism as some call it. I mean who doesn’t find this sort of stuff interesting. We went on a Ghosts, Mysteries and Legends of Rome Night Walking Tour and it was amazing so these type of tours interest me.

    • Mark, the Mysteries and Legends of Rome Night Walking Tour sounds really interesting. Have you written about that? I’ll have to check out the post.

  3. I enjoy ghost tours when the focus is more on the history of a location rather than ghosts. I find that you can learn so much about a destination through the tours. This one looks fun!

    • Tonya, This had a lot of history and being a history nerd I really liked that about this tour. I learned so much about the town, which is booming in its heyday and was barely affected by the Depression.

  4. The Concrete ghost walk is indeed sounding like an intriguing experience. Though you have not disclosed all the details, the post is enough to pique my interest. The fact that it is an old mining town and has a rich history adds to the mysterious aura. i am sure we would thoroughly enjoy this experience.

  5. I used to guide raft trips down the Skagit River in the winter to watch bald eagles and I have been through Concrete several times. The ghost tour looks really cool. I love hearing the stories woven out of real history and some vivid imagination. $10 a ticket is a great price. No wonder they sell out.

    • Jen and Ed, I’ve rafted the river a couple of times but never during the time all the eagles come. I would love to do that. Maybe I’ll make that happen this year. The tour has lots of real history in it, which was one of my favorite parts. I hope you get to check it out next year.

    • Lauren, As a lover of history I really appreciated that the tour included ghost stories and history. I’d love to check out other ghost tours and Savannah would be a great place to do one. If you find one you like, let me know!


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