I’ve got some insider scoop on another unique, seasonal event coming this weekend. It’s Bonfires, Beaver Pelts and Bogeymen at Ft. Nisqually. This is a special evening of old-fashioned ghost stories told around a campfire. The events begin 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 can buy tickets online (they’re 3.00-5.00 or 4.00-6.00 at the event). There is usually quite a line-up to get in, so I can’t suggest this strongly enough. When you get there, you can skip the line. Just head on up to the front, waving your receipt prominently so no one thinks you’re cutting! Jerry also warned me that parking is even scarcer this year, due to some landscaping changes,AND Saturday night, the Pearl street entrance will be closed due to the Black Cat fun run. So0000…. even if you have your tickets in hand, I’d plan on arriving early to secure your spot. Otherwise, the next closest is probably at the dog park, but that’s going to mean an uphill walk on a sort of scary road in the dark. Seating starts at 6:30 and the stories begin at 7.
If you have other questions, just give the friendly folks at Ft.Nisqually a call at (253) 591-5339.
If you’ve been to this event before, I’d love to have you tell us about it! If this doesn’t sound quite right for your gang, you might consider one of the two events for younger children at the nature center this weekend, Or check out my complete (and still growing!) list of South Sound Halloween events and trick or treating spots.