Hello spooky friends! Your girl just got back from a three day trip across the border to Seattle. I’d never been before and was determined to put in all the spooky visits I could! Overall, it was a really fun trip and I only had two anxiety nausea moments which is kind of a record…
Although, to be fair, I probably won’t be leaving again for a long time because that was A LOT.
Okay - first stop on the way into Seattle was of course the Funk Pop! Headquarters because COME ON. It was a really cool store and very overwhelming with the amount of options they had. We went in looking for David from The Lost Boys and Steve in his Scoops Ahoy outfit from Stranger Things. Luckily, we found Steve, but couldn’t find David. (We did find him later in Pike Market!)
Next stop was a record store for Mitch, Bop Street Records, and Ballyhoo Curiosity Shop for me. Ballyhoo was EVERYTHING. As soon as I walked down those winding stairs and entered, I felt like this was what the inside of my brain looks like but in a store. Glass bottles of doll legs, bowls of teeth, bones and horns everywhere, old photos/magazines/books and more!
It was such an incredible store and it took me ages to pick just a few items instead of buying the entire store. Highly recommend this place:
5445 Ballard Avenue
Next day we hit up Lake View Cemetery so we could show our respects to Brandon Lee and also wander around the graves.
We also visited the Wall of Death art installation.
One of the things we were really excited about was visiting Scarecrow Video, the largest independent video store in the entire country! We knew it would be great but didn’t know how great it could really be. The store was two floors of goodness, on the bottom was used VHS for sale, and DVD’s and Blu-rays. On the top was all the rentals. The horror section had me stunned speechless. There were so many damn movies it was organized by directors and theme. There were entire shelves where I didn’t recognize a single title. It was INCREDIBLE. I want to live there and then have my ashes scattered there. We grabbed a tone of movies to take home, I'll share those later when my lazy ass does a mail bag episode.
I’m really happy to see Martyrs as the second most fucked up horror movie ever because GURL…YES.
We also went to the Museum of Pop Culture so I could see the Scared to Death exhibit. While it was small, it was incredibly well done. Really interactive in parts with lots of videos playing where people like Landis, Roth, and Carpenter talk about movies. There was also a great little room that you could go in and it simulates a zombie attack experience. Very minor, but still fun. It’s like you’re trapped in a security office in a mall while the zombies invade. There was a tone of props and costumes from horror flicks and you could pop on a set of headphones and see the scenes where the props came to life.
They also had some incredible art installations around that had me puzzling out how the fuck can I pull this off in my own home….
Seattle was a lot of fun - we loved being able to dig through stores and find used books and movies. Mitch really enjoyed the food. It rained A LOT but considering we’re from Vancouver, it didn’t really bother us. But it was weird that no one there uses umbrellas…what’s that about Seattle? Ya’ll don’t have umbrellas? So weird…
THANK YOU SEATTLE!
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