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Washington State History Museum to get haunted

Post by Craig Sailor / The News Tribune on June 22, 2012 at 6:07 am with 4 Comments »
June 21, 2012 5:58 pm

The past really will come alive this fall at the Washington State History Museum. More precisely, it will become undead.

“Terror in Tacoma” will take over the museum from Thursday, Oct. 25 to Saturday Oct. 27. It’s a haunted house being put on by the museum as a fundraiser.

Don’t expect history lessons here, said Scott Schoenen, director of marketing for the museum. “Our objective is to terrorize you,” he said.

The event will be on multiple floors and take over part of the permanent gallery. The haunted house will be in the evening after the museum closes.

Pricing is still being worked out, Schoenen said, but he expects it will be in the $13 range. A VIP ticket, around $20, will be get you in immediately. Museum members will get a discount.

Don’t expect a run-of-the-mill spook fest with tired vampires springing up from coffins and worn out chainsaw wielding murderers. The museum has hired special effects make-up wizard Marcel Banks to produce the show.

Marcel Banks (Syfy Network)
Banks, you may remember, was a contestant on the first season of the Syfy network’s reality show “Face Off” which features professional special effects makeup artists competing for a monetary prize. Banks now splits his time between hometown Tacoma and Los Angeles where he’s worked on a variety of film projects since appearing on the show in 2011. He recently worked on the latest Vin Diesel “Riddick” installment.

I spoke with Banks recently where he told me some of his plans for the haunted house. But details were still being worked out with the museum at the time so nothing was official. Suffice it to say Banks is very ambitious and if he gets his way Tacoma will have a Halloween event like this state has never seen.

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  1. tomwa007 says:

    If the museum had decent historical exhibits they would not be trying this hair-brained money making scheme. This must be a reflection on the quality of the new director

    What a stupid gamble and waste of taxpayer funds.

  2. sockhat32 says:

    Way to be supportive TomWA007….what’s your idea of a respectable fundraiser?? Silent Auction, wine tasting, YAWWWWWWN!!! I think it’s pretty cool the museum is stepping outside the box or coffin in this case and taking a chance…a gamble…. No risk, no reward…. It sounds like you may know the new Director and have a personal issue…I don’t know her but I know she hasn’t been there very long & there’s nothing wrong with making history fun, exciting, even scary…

    I’m surprised you don’t see the value of spending a buck to make $5.00. Maybe you should pick up a bundle of Papa Murphy cards for a buck each and stand on the off ramp…

  3. Pecksbadboy says:

    What about “The Bodies” exhibit to creap people out but use it as learning’s experience.

    Might as well have a bake sale because it fit Tacoma soooooooo well.

    The Seattle Theater Group made a couple million hosting that exhibit but Tacoma is too provincial for that so we get a scary gamble instead.

    How is this endeavor beneficial to:

    Our mission is to be Washington’s flagship historical organization offering resources and services to citizens, visitors, and others interested in our state’s history. By preserving and interpreting the stories, images, and objects of our state’s past, the Washington State Historical Society helps residents and visitors understand the present and shape the future.

  4. smedina146 says:

    I for one am extremely excited for the event!

    What a good way to raise money, not to mention bring people to the Museum. It reads as being hip and modern, not just a stuffy place where relics are kept. This is a common misconception of the museum unfortunately, and one I continuely try to dispel.

    Persoally, I adore the museum and haunted houses. By the way, I am 40years old. When I mentioned this event to my niece, who is 16, she said, “We could spend the day at the Museum, go for dinner downtown, and then go back to the haunted house!” Doesn’t that say something?

    With so many people coming to Tacoma, it means business for local spots as well. Many people will travel to Tacoma who have ever been just for this wonderful event and will most likely return at a later time.

    I realize you can’t please everyone all the time; someone is going to complain. However, I would like to go on record that I am all for it and will widely publicize the event to my friends, family, coworkers, and even on facebook.

    Kudos to the new director, whoever you are! I think you will be very pleased the turnout!

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