There are two really special events coming up at Fort Nisqually. The first is the candelight tour on October 7th and 8th. While not intended to be spooky, it does involve walking around in the night and watching people in costume. It’s a chance to get a close-up look at life in the 1800’s. There will even be a blacksmith in action. There is only one nightly tour of the fort a year, and you’ll want to get tickets.
The second event is Bonfires & Boogeymen on October 28th and 29th. There aren’t advance tickets to this event,but put it on your calendar now, and I’ll remind you about it in the coming weeks.
It’s an evening of old-fashioned ghost stories around a campfire. The events begins with gentler stories, and there is a cookie break before the more intense tales begin. A volunteer will come out and invite children to, “Go home if you think your grown-ups might be too scared.” How cute is that?
I spoke with storyteller, Jerry, and he assured me that while the stories are intended to be scary, they aren’t bloody or gory. He thinks 2nd grade and up is probably the target age. He also asked me to remind you to dress warmly as this is an outside event, and he said a seat cushion is a good idea, too! You’ll also want to arrive plenty early to allow time to park, stand in line to purchase tickets, and find seats.
On the fence about this one? The Fort is participating in Smithsonian Free Museum Dayon the 24th of this month, so you could take a free preview during the daytime. There is also a half-off admission coupon in the Entertainment Book. Btw, the Fort was never used for military purposes. Read up about it before you go and dazzle (or annoy) your family.