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Tuesday, 01 October 2019 13:34

by Matt Wakefield

Look...we all need something to look forward to between Oktoberfest and Thanksgiving, so that's why they invented Halloween*.

It's a holiday where we take a break from internal existential terror, and instead scare ourselves with the kinds of terrors that have names: ghosts, werewolves, and zombies, zombies, zombies. I'm talking about haunted houses (and fields, and farms, and literally anything that can contain a few well-placed jump-scares)!

So pack a car full of friends and family, and head out to one of these fright factories in the South Puget Sound.

* This is absolutely not true, but look at you, reading the footnotes.

 

Haunted Houses

 

Frighthouse Station

Once a year, Tacoma's historic train-depot-turned-urban-market converts itself to a paranormal emporium, when Freighthouse Square becomes Frighthouse Square. For 2019, Frighthouse Square celebrates its third season with all-new characters, storyline, and terrors too terrifying to be named.

Freighthouse Square

2501 E D St, Tacoma, WA 98421

www.tacomahaunts.com

Oct. 4-5, 10-12, 17-19, 24-26, 31; Nov. 1-2

 

Fright Factory in Buckley

The Fright Factory has been rated as one of the scariest haunted attractions in Washington State three years running, and you'll find out why as you trek through remote fields and farm outbuildings. You won't have to fear the rain, since 98% is under cover or indoors, or parking fees because parking is free.

2000 Collins Rd, Buckley, WA 98321

http://www.frightfactory.net

Oct. 4-6, 11-13, 18-20, 24-31

 

Maris Farms Haunted Woods - Buckley

This 35-minute stroll through an abandoned barn and spooky forest is full of thrills, chills, and a whole lot of nope! Also zombies, escaped prisoners and human sacrifices, so there's that.

Maris Farms

25001 Sumner Buckley Hwy, Buckley, WA 98321

www.marisfarms.com/haunted-woods/

Oct. 4-5; 11-13; 18-20; 25-27.

 

Ghost tours

These are scheduled ghost tours around Tacoma that fill up fast, so make your reservations ahead of time.

 

The Ghost Stories of Tacoma

It's the weirdest history class you'll ever take. Tacoma's history is long and occasionally sordid, and this tour dredges up the dark side of the city's murders, curses, and defiled burial ground. (EMF detection devices available)

More information here>> https://www.prettygrittytours.com/ghost-tour.html

 

Tacoma Ghost Hunt

Tacoma is full of some These small-group ghost hunt tours are a search for the paranormal, and not for the faint of heart. (EMF detection devices available).

More information here>> https://www.prettygrittytours.com/ghost-hunt.html

 

Boos and Booze Tour

Do you like your terror with a side of sessionable IPA? Pretty Gritty has you covered with their Boos and Booze tour, combining the best of their ghost tour with the best of their beer tour.

More information here>> https://www.prettygrittytours.com/boos-and-booze.html

 

Tacoma Ghost Tour

Tacoma’s first ghost tour offers stories and more than a few rumored spooks. This walking tour is led by father and son history buff duo, Andrew and Carlie Hansen. Explore stories behind the century-old Pantages Theater, and dare to cross burial grounds.

More information here>>  http://www.tacomaghosttours.com/

 

Halloween celebrations

 

Zoo Boo

Full disclosure up front: The animals will not be in costume. However, the exhibit areas will be decked out, kids can trick-or-treat for candy or participate in a costume parade, and the animals will be enjoying eating gourds and special treats, and the elephants will be smashing pumpkins.

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

5400 N Pearl St, Tacoma, WA 98407

www.pdza.org/zoo-boo/

Oct. 12-13

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