Arts & Culture

Scare up some fun at fairgrounds

If someone invites you to the Thurston County Fair and it's October, beware.

Because there’s no fair this month. Instead, the fairgrounds becomes the home to something a little less wholesome: the Thurston County Scare.

The scare is designed to be frightening but family friendly.

“It’s not that it’s not scary, but I have an 8-year-old and a 6-year-old who just think it’s the funniest thing ever,’ said Tonya Vaughan of Lacey, one of the organizers. “They like to be scared. But we don’t bring all the gore that you might find elsewhere. There’s minimal blood.

“There are things lurking in the dark or jumping out of corners.”

The third annual event benefits community organizations, including the Lacey Fire Department and the Thurston County Food Bank. It features different frightening features (and in different buildings) each year, but does have some common themes.

“We are expanding on our clown area this year,” Vaughan said. “Clowns are creepy to a lot of people.

“And we tend to have zombies lurking around.”

This year, the event is cohosted by the Advanced Ghost Hunters of Seattle and Tacoma, who have set up a Ghost Museum and a Death Museum.

The ghost museum will include evidence collected by the ghost hunters of the 9-year-old AGHOST, said Ross Allison of Tacoma, the group’s president and founder. The museum also will tell some famous ghost stories.

“The death museum will have death jewelry, made from locks of the deceased person’s hair,” he added. “There will be death photos.”

The museums are recommended for ages 16 and older. “The photos of deceased people could be a little disturbing for young children,” he said.