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.
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.