There are two really special events coming up at Tacoma’s Fort Nisqually.
The first is the candelight tour on October 2nd and 3rd-yep, that’s this weekend! 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. 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, or (new this year) you can buy them online for a small extra charge. I see just one time slot sold out at the moment. It is a rain or shine event, so dress for the weather.
I think this is probably an outing best for school age children-it would be especially fun if your kiddo is studying this time period now.
The second event is Bonfires & Boogeymen on October 23rd and 24th .
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 if you didn’t get them in advance, and find seats. More information about this event is here-this is also the site for online ticket purchase-there is a small discount if you get them in advance.
If you’ve been to either of these, I would LOVE for you to leave a comment with your review or tips!
The fort is also a fun daytime outing. We think it’s best for grade school age children with an interest in history, but all ages will love running around the grounds and towers. Note that it is at Point Defiance, but is a totally separate attraction with separate fees. More on the fort here.