Tacoma’s about to get a little spookier. This Friday, the Foss Waterway Seaport opens up its historical Balfour Dock building at night for a flashlight tour complete with ghosts from the past. Well, actually, they will be actors from the School of the Arts — and the stories they’ll tell about the people who lived and worked on Tacoma’s docks in the 1900s will be fascinating and just a bit eerie.
“The idea was to get folks into the building at night, since it’s such a unique experience,” said Cindy Arnold of Live Paint theater, which is partnering with SOTA and the Seaport to produce “Ghosts in the Balfour Dock Building.” “We wanted to tell stories from people who would have used the building (when it was built) or in the surrounding areas.”
The event is a guided in-the-dark tour of the 115-year-old warehouse, with student actors emerging from the gloom dressed in historical costume and telling personal historical narratives. Characters include a wheat farmer and a bartender at the Tacoma Hotel reminiscing about Jack the bear.
While it’s not a Halloween haunted house, the tour is definitely “atmospheric,” Arnold said, and it is recommended for ages 9 and older. It’s also going to be cold — the Balfour building is unheated, and visitors should dress warmly.