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OLYMPIA – Oct. 9, 2017 – Washington State Parks and the Keepers of the Admiralty Head Lighthouse invite the public to experience Fort Casey Historical State Park at its scariest during the park’s 3rd annual Haunted Fort event.The pre-Halloween ghoulish good fun runs from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20 and 21, at Kingsbury Battery in Fort Casey Historical State Park, 1280 Engle Rd., Coupeville. (Directions)“Fort Casey makes the perfect setting for the Haunted Fort,” said Sharon Young-Hale, program specialist at Fort Casey’s Admiralty Head Lighthouse. “This event offers a rare after-hours glimpse into the dark dungeon-like rooms of the fort’s batteries and the old switchboard room. Since the Haunted Fort started two years ago, we’ve made a real effort to improve on the scare factor while providing family-friendly activities.”Organizers of the Haunted Fort have been planning for the Haunted Fort for several months, enlisting the aid of a cast of volunteer actors, guards, prop builders, make-up artists, parking attendants and more.Admission to the event includes the haunted fort and a tour of the old switchboard—for ages 10 and up. More child-friendly activities include a children’s Trick or Treat Street, games, ghost stories and Bounce House. Food vendors will also be on hand to provide sustenance to the adventurous participants. This is a great opportunity to experience Fort Casey in a festive, spooky and thrilling way.Tickets for the Haunted Fort are $8 per person or $30 for a family up to six members. All proceeds benefit the Keepers of Admiralty Head Lighthouse. A Discover Pass is required for vehicle entrance to the park and the event. About Fort Casey Historical State ParkThe park sits above the expansive Admiralty Inlet, with views of Port Townsend and the Olympic Mountain Range to the west. The Admiralty Head Lighthouse perches on a cliff overlooking the inlet and Admiralty Bay, where the ferry from Port Townsend docks. Bunkers, gun batteries and a map room are reminders of the fort’s military past. The park offers camping sites for RV and tents and opportunities for hiking, boating, bird-watching and diving. For more information, visit: http://parks.state.wa.us/505/Fort-Casey. About the Keepers of the Admiralty Head LighthouseKeepers of Admiralty Head support restoration and enhancement activities on behalf of the Admiralty Head Lighthouse through membership contributions, fundraising activities and grant opportunities, including Lighthouse Environmental Programs (LEP) grants. Learn more about the organization here: http://washingtonlighthouses.org/data/keepers.html. Events at Washington’s state parksWashington’s state parks provide a backdrop and sometimes center stage for fun, educational and inspirational events, classes, workshops, nature hikes and more throughout the year. To find out what’s happening, visit State Parks’ online calendar: http://parks.state.wa.us/Calendar.aspx
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission manages more than 100 state parks and properties totaling approximately 120,000 acres. The Commission provides a variety of recreation opportunities for citizens and provides stewardship protection for a diverse array of natural, cultural and historic resources. State Parks’ statewide programs include long-distance trails, boating safety and winter recreation.
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