"Bad Children go to The Bad Place." This refrain was common many years ago when Nightfall Orphanage still stood. Many in the community thought it was merely an archaic form of discipline for unruly children, until they began to realize...that all the children were bad.

Mr. Black invites you to step back into the Bad Place, a gateway into the phantasmagoric realm of the Dark Reach that exists in the shadows between worlds. The radiant abyss where spectral echoes of what once was, and what should not be, materialize and take shape.

They burned Nightfall Orphanage to the ground years ago...But sometimes evil rises from the ashes, some echoes never really fade, and some shadows never see the light.


Covid-19 Safety

  • Guests are required to wear masks through out the entire event

  • Hand sanitizer stations at beginning and end

  • Maintain Social Distancing, even outside the event

  • Disinfecting and cleaning at the end of each night

  • We ask that all guests be vaccinated against Covid-19 for the safety of other guests and the community

  • Do not attend if you have Covid/Flu like symptoms

  • Nightfall Orphanage is built as an outdoor event





Nightfall Orphanage may be too intense for some younger children. Parental Consideration  is advised.


2130 Alki Ave SW


Friday & Saturdays Oct 15-30
Sunday October 31
7pm -10pm

Admission is free

Donations Accepted.

Nightfall Orphanage is accepting non-perishable food items for West Seattle Food Bank. For a complete list of acceptable items please visit https://westseattlefoodbank.org/donate-food/

In addition, you can donate funds by using QR codes displayed at Nightfall Orphanage, or directly to their website.
Nightfall Orphanage is accepting  donations for Washington's National Park Fund. You can donate directly at wnpf.org or by using QR codes displayed at Nightfall Orphanage.
Nightfall Orphanage is a neighborhood haunt for the local community and accepts donations for community-based charities. All our welcome but please be respectful of the community and neighbors.
If you are looking for an awesome large-scale Halloween Haunt, we highly recommend Georgetown Morgue.


History & Rumor

Fredrick Nightfall


Born the only child of poor Norwegian immigrants Bjorn and Torill Kvelden, (Anglicized as “Nightfall”) Fredrick was unlikely to ever join the small class of rich elite industrialists that powered the nations growth. But when an uncanny series of accidents laid waste to several of a competitors best ships, Nightfall was able to step in with his small shipping company and fill the void. Soon he had put his competition out of business and was well on his way to becoming one of the largest shippers in the country.

Nightfall  Shipping Empire


Despite being known as an odd man who dabbled in the occult (as did many industrialist of the era) Fredrick was able to secure the hand of Margaret Holmes of Virginia, whose dowry helped exponentially expand the Nightfall Empire. It was an open secret in social circles that Margaret was unhappy in her marriage and suffered from severe melancholia, but she still did her duty and gave birth to Fredricks heirs, fraternal twins Aldus Emmet and Rose Elise Nightfall. With his company continuing to dominate the industry and the birth of his children, Fredrick Nightfall had risen out of the poverty of his birth, and claimed a success so seemingly unnatural, rumors abounded that it had come by way of some dark supernatural pact.

Orr Mining Co. & Gotten-Hemmel Metal Works


Secret societies were a staple of industry magnates and men of wealth, and Fredrick Nightfall was no different. He was inducted into and rose to the Rank of 4th degree Magistrate Magus of The Order of the Eastern Sky, a fraternal organization who focused on mysticism and the occult. It was here that he met Benedict Orr, Jurgen Gotten and Heinrich Hemmel. Benedict Orr had been a farmer whose crops had failed for many seasons but whose fortunes changed dramatically when he found rich copper veins on his land and founded the Orr Mining Company and Orr Town. Jurgen Gotten and Heinrich Hemmel were steel magnates whose business had grown surprisingly fast as equipment malfunctions, strange metal impurities, and lost shipments plagued their competition. Combining their means and power, the four men became well known as implacable titans of industry whose rivals and foes rarely fared well against them.

Rose Elise & Aldus Emmet Nightfall


Some power comes with a price. Margarets chronic melancholia got worse, and she was given to mad ravings about creatures roaming the Nightfall Manor, and that her own children were somehow “Unnatural.” She soon moved to her own wing of the mansion. The years took their toll on Fredrick as well, and his increasingly frail state confined him to a wheelchair. During this time he confided in servants and close friends that he was “cursed” and invested heavily in mediums, spiritualists, psychics, and demonologists. Whether true or not, nothing could improve his health, and he died of a fractured skull after a fall from the stairs. His wife ranted that his own children had killed him, a claim she maintained for the rest of her days. However, at the time of his death, his children were now grown and living abroad. They soon returned and inherited the Nightfall empire and all its spoils. Many rumors circulated concerning the twin Nightfall heirs; stories of odd gatherings at the manor, mysterious deaths of servants, and their naturally odd manner. But given their generosity in matters of philanthropy and charity, most of these rumors were dismissed.

Nightfall Manor & Nightfall Asylum


Rose and Aldus Nightfall became as well known for their generosity and charity work as they did for their odd ways and strange behavior. They moved back into their childhood home Nightfall Manor, having inherited it and the lands it stood on after their father's death. Servants came and went, many claiming that the manor itself was cursed, which did not help ongoing rumors about the Nightfall family. But Rose and Aldus Nightfall continued to serve the community even as it whispered behind their backs, and eventually opened The Nightfall Asylum for the Insane and Melancholy. Its first patient was their mother, Margaret. Though it had an ever increasing number of patients, and boasted the newest and best practices, it was noted that no patient was ever cured. Indeed, in its history, not one patient was ever discharged from Nightfall Asylum.

Nightfall Orphanage


Continuing with their charity work, Aldus and Rose Nightfall opened the Nightfall Orphanage, which they would run themselves, and promised love and care to those children who had none. Initially their continued generosity was celebrated, but soon people began to question the goings on at the Orphanage. The children, some would say, were as peculiar as the Nightfalls themselves. The rumors about the Nightfalls persisted, and met with new whispers of everything from child abuse, to dark rituals, to the orphans being supernatural themselves. Spats of disappearances in the area did nothing to help. There was growing concern about the orphanages' “Bad Place." Anger and fear in the community eventually boiled over, and one night a mob arrived with torches, and set fire to the Nightfall Orphanage. The home burned to the ground, presumably with all its inhabitants still inside, however no bodies were ever found. As the Orphanage burned into the night, many reported hearing not screams or cries for help, but the sounds of children laughing. Several people claimed that entwined with the roaring sounds of fire, “as if on the wind,” they heard children playing Ring Around the Rosy and singing "Ashes, ashes" as the Nightfall Orphanage burned down.

The Bad Place


“Bad children go to that bad place” was a warning parents still gave to their misbehaving children years after the Nightfall Orphanage was burned to the ground. When word of its existence had first reached people's ears, most thought it just a disciplinary implement for unruly children, if perhaps a little overbearing. But as time went on, and whispered warnings in the day turned to distant screams in the night, people began believing that The Bad Place was something different all together. All the children are bad, some people would say pointing their fingers when someone else was discovered missing after a dark night, or when someone else had reported seeing what became known as “the child in the bowler hat” lurking in the dark shadows of the town. Bad children going to the bad place, was not perhaps so much a disciplinary action, as it was an invitation…and requirement for entry. In the days leading to the fire, townspeople openly talked about dark rituals made, and dark beings being called. The most pervasive of these rumors, was about someone or something, the children would reverently refer to as “Mr. Giggles.”

Mr. Giggles


Although the mystery of who or what Mr. Giggles actually was has never been discovered, it was commonly said that he was some sort of demonic benefactor to the children of the Orphanage. Many believed that sightings of the so-called "Bowler Hat Kid" were related somehow, or that people who went missing during these sightings, were used in rituals to summon Mr. Giggles. Writing and illustrative fragments from the ruins of Nightfall Orphanage indeed point to some kind of creature, though it was speculated that he could assume multiple shapes and seemed to do so at the Nightfall children's delight.

Bowler Hat


"Hickory trickery, Mice and Bats
Sores and boils, alley rats
Father and mother put out the cat
and run from a kid with a bowler hat

Double Trouble, toil and shrew
make you do housework, make you eat stew
Mother and Father and bubbling brew
the bowler hat kid is coming for you

Bell Book and candle, beetle and bark
toad in a pond and song of a lark
say it three times and then it will start
the kid with the bowler hat waits in the dark"

- Old Children's Rhyme


Mr. Black

"In fields down low

or high on a hill

the carnival comes

and goes at will

A spider whispers

inside your ear

that Mr. Black

knows what you fear

Where shadows walk

and change their shape

you'll soon find out

there's no escape

For when you scream

he takes you back

then you belong

to Mr. Black"

-Old Children's Sing-Song

Stories of Mr. Black go back ages, though sometimes he is referred to by different names. The tales themselves are as variant in tone as they are in mythos. From one paranormal website or mythology blog to the next, and ancient tales from several cultures, Mr. Black has been painted as everything from a harbinger of darkness to a playful trickster spirit. But as divergent as his legends and purposes are, several elements remain constant;

Mr. Black is an avatar, or migrating spirit, who takes up residence in a host's body. He usually looks for artists or craftsman, those with talents he can use to achieve his aims. He seeks out those who have been weakened or ill, and offers them a bargain in return for using them as a vessel. He uses the symbiosis between their talents and his magic to try to rebuild his Black Carnival; a dark festival of fear and imagination, where countless nightmares come to life out of the Dark Reach. The carnival will pay his debt long owed in screams.

Nightfall Orphanage is just the beginning.




The echoes of Nightfall Orphanage do not appear in the Dark Reach with a simple wave of the hand or simple second rate magic. It takes the hard work of talented and creative people. We call them Nightmakers.

Aleister  Emmet Nightfall
Purveyor of Nightmares & Dreams

Aleister Black is the man behind the dark curtain. HIs vicious cocktail of imagination, magic and alchemy grinds the ghoulish gears of the Dark Reach. But it is only working in synergy with a talented and dedicated team that the nightmarish echoes of the Dark Reach can truly be brought to life. Aleister believes that the strength or weakness of any worthwhile endeavor rests in the people that stand beside you.

“Timore ibi libertas" or “In fear, Liberty” are the watchwords of Aleister Black. There is as much truth to find in the darkness, as there is in the light. As much to seek and to find in nightmares as in dreams.

In 2015 Aleister was prescribed the antibiotic Levaquin which damaged his mitochondria and neuromuscular system. If you do not know him and saw only his work, you would never know that he suffers from severe chronic pain. Prior to his illness Aleister was very active; He practiced Martial arts, enjoyed world travel (including in North Korea), and had worked in the Halloween Industry for 20 years. Nightfall Orphanage is part of the long road ahead, to reclaim what was taken from him by illness.

"Seek your nature not in darkness, nor in light, but in that perfect twilight of the soul to which we should be bound"

- Aleister Black

Harry Potter Stats

Calculated using the highly scientific methodology of quizzes on the interwebs


"Chainsaw" Gilmore

Cruise Director

“Chainsaw” is a senior product manager at Amazon, but that doesn't mean she isn't a good person or believes in subjugation and oppression. Also known as “Cruise Director,” she makes sure Aleister and the rest of the team don’t blow up the world or destroy the local economy. She got her masters in Primatology in Oxford, wrote a dissertation on Orangutan communication, and worked with them in the wilds of Sumatra.

Harry Potter Stats

Calculated using the highly scientific methodology of quizzes on the interwebs


Shawn of the Dead


Shawn knows how things work. Trapped in the 8th dimension for over a decade, Shawn was able to distill the ancient Sumerian texts of universal working, which allows him to design and build some really cool stuff that makes crap work. You probably won't ever see the stuff he has designed, because that's the point, but it's there in the Dark Reach…stalking you. He enjoys combat glowstick juggling, sand swimming, breeding face-huggers, and lending money to wayward fishmongers living in landlocked states.

Harry Potter Stats

Calculated using the highly scientific methodology of quizzes on the interwebs

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Crazy Halloween Lady


Crazy Halloween Lady can basically redo your kitchen & bathroom using only what you find at a 99 cent store. She can also sew like the wind just like the old woman in “Three Amigos.” If its in the Reach and it has a stitch she probably had her hands on it. She also makes sure none of us lose a finger when none of us know what the @%$#& we are doing.

Harry Potter Stats

Calculated using the highly scientific methodology of quizzes on the interwebs


Atticus Nightfall

Atticus is the prodigal Hellspawn of Aleister Black. He grew up around Special Effects Make-up and Halloween as a necessity but was always allowed to decide on his own when he was ready to watch scarier movies, use special effects make-up, and claim his Halloween birth right. He practices martial arts, plays video games, is by some strange miracle good at math, and has a very strong sense of social justice. He believes in teamwork, helping others, and doing the right thing (most of the time). This is despite the fact that he keeps leaving the house late at night with a Red Lightsaber while muttering under his breath something about “rebel scum.”

He does not believe in cleaning his @$%#! room.

Harry Potter Stats

Calculated using the highly scientific methodology of quizzes on the interwebs

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"Dandelion" David


Dandelion graduated with a degree in unified field physical engineering where he received an award for chemically reshaping the cosmos to match his wallpaper. He is an avid collector of left socks, and believes furniture makes people soft. He lives a spartan existence in a world called Thume, which apparently has a magical entry portal in his mother's basement. He enjoys the occasional joke.  

Harry Potter Stats

He is too good for the interwebs and this Harry Potter thing.

Tony "Satony"


Artists & Monster Makers

Nightfall Orphanage works with outside artists whose skill and talent help us pierce the veil between this world and the Dark Reach. If you are looking for cool Halloween merchandise, high quality special effects, or just want to take a little piece of the Dark Reach home with you, we suggest you start looking here.

Evan Parra FX

Adopt a Creepy Doll



Evan Parra is a talented sculptor and artist whose passion and attention to detail shows in all of his work. From professional quality latex masks to meticulously crafted prop busts, Evan Parra FX is a must stop destination for all Halloween, Horror, and Special Effects enthusiasts.

The Cemetery of Forgotten Dolls Collection at Adopt a Creepy Doll offers guests a way to unique way to bring Halloween into their home, while giving these lonely, misunderstood misfit dolls a loving home. Each "creepy cute" doll is a one-of-a-kind, hand painted macabre masterpiece and a must have for every Halloween fan.

Chuck Silva - Sam Hain Studios


The forces behind Nightfall Orphanage have been using FX lenses from Sam Hain Studios for years. With a wide selection including exclusive hand painted effects lenses, custom designs, and prices to match any budget, Chuck Silva's Sam Hain Studios is one of the premier providers of SFX lenses.




It is the moral imperative of all those who can do good, to do good

Keep Watch over those in your care

Protect those that cannot protect themselves

Leave no one behind

Do what is right, over what is easy

Speak the truth

Learn all you can, Teach all you know

Above all Else: