There are two really special events coming up at Tacoma’s Fort Nisqually. The first is the candelight tour on October 5th and 6th. While not intended to be spooky, it does involve walking around in the night and watching people in costume, as you get a close-up look at life in the 1800’s. This year’s event is recreating 1857, the year the fort saw a wedding, so visitors will be seeing the, “After party.” Tickets are 8.00 for kids 4-12 and 12.00 for those 13 and up, which makes this a bit of an investment, but it is a unique, once a year event. If you’d like in, advance tickets are required. To get them phone (253) 591-5339. Lane wants you to know that a few time slots are sold out, so if you have a few options when you call, that will be helpful.
The second event is Bonfires & Boogeymen on October 26th and 27th. You can buy tickets to this one beginning October 1st. I’ll remind you, but you might want to put it on your calendar now.
It’s an evening of old-fashioned ghost stories around a campfire. The event 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, last year, 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 either of these? The Fort is participating in Smithsonian Free Museum Day on the 29th of this month, so you could take a free look-see during the daytime. I believe there is also a half-off admission coupon to the fort in the Entertainment Book. You can’t use these for special events, but you could go and do a preview.