The Pike Place Market is the number one tourist destination in Washington, attracting more than ten million visitors a year. Very few of them see it at night. The ghost stories illustrate the history of the district. Within the Market there are the remnants of several graveyards, a former brothel that still stands with its original sign, and the nation's first Mortuary.
In 2002, Mercedes Yaeger gave her first ghost tour with her father, the Mayor of Pike Place Market, Michael Yaeger. On that Halloween night they wove stories together effortlessly. Michael passed away in August 2016 and Mercedes closed the tours down for the remainder of 2016.
After 2002, Mercedes began heavily researching the ghost stories and crafting them into a formal year round business. Her experience as a film archivist with PBS lent itself well to the research. She spent hours going through former leases, health department records and archives in the libraries around Seattle. By 2010, when ghost hunting became popular on television, she aligned herself with TV personalities and paranormal researchers to delve even further into the stories. Mercedes always maintained a simple mission; to connect people with the individuals that have impacted the Market's growth. Her development of the company led to relationships with descendants of the people she was researching, to speaking engagements about the history of the Market, and to writing a book about the subject. Her book, Seattle's Market Ghost Stories, received a Literary Lion Award in 2011 from the King County Library System. Her volunteer work along side Gregg Olsen (author of Starvation Heights) and WSPIR Paranormal helped raise over $30,000 for the Kitsap Library System in 2011. In preserving and researching the stories of the Pike Place Market she has always hoped to inspire people to see not only the Market, but their own neighborhoods and cities, in a new way.
How are your tours different from others in the area? There are no other tours of the Pike Place Market at night. Mercedes, the owner, has worked in various capacities in the Market and knows it inside out. It is her background and passion about the community that directs the tours. As for ghost tours specifically, we are different. We do not impose our own beliefs on our audience. We do not purposely try to scare you or try to prove that ghosts exist.
Do you go inside haunted locations? The entire Market is the haunted location. The Market is a nine acre district bordered by cobblestone streets. While this is an exterior tour, you will be in the Market the entire time.
I don’t believe in ghosts, is the ghost tour appropriate for me? Of course, it is a historical tour and a ghost tour.
Children? Children love the tour however the subject matters can be a little confusing and frightening. Accompanied children eight and under do not need a ticket and are free to attend any tour except private tours.
Private Tours? Private tours require contacting us. Private tours can be customized to include additional content, stops, and equipment for ghost hunting. Private tickets cost $30/each with a minimum of six tickets purchased. If you are two people and want to schedule a private tour a minimum purchase of six tickets is still required.
Tips? You bet, please tip your tour guide.
Rain or Shine? We have personal umbrellas at Ghost Alley Espresso for use when it is raining. Tours operate in any weather conditions. If it's really pouring down, we keep you covered in the arcades of the Market.
Can I take pictures on the tours? Yes! The Market at night is very beautiful on its own and worth bringing a camera for. We do not allow video recordings of the tours.
Can you guarantee that I will see a ghost on the ghost tour? This question is based on your own beliefs. Ghosts are not on payroll and do not appear on command.
Where are you? You can view a map and directions to Ghost Alley Espresso, where all the tours begin, HERE. If you are already familiar with Pike Place Market, the easiest answer is : before the Gum Wall.
Can I bring my dog? Yes! Well behaved dogs are welcome to attend the ghost tour. Our tour guides reserve the right to ask you to leave if your companion is a problem, that goes for humans as well. Dogs are not allowed on private tours.
Refund policy? There are no refunds. If you have purchased online tickets in advance & you need to change your tour date, time, or name on the tickets you may contact us at least 24 hours before your tour to do so. You can not make changes on the day of your scheduled tour or after your scheduled tour no matter when you purchased the tickets.