....They can't in downtown Tacoma, either, or so the folks at Sanford & Son tell us. Washington doesn't have too many actual haunted houses anymore, thanks to tighter regulations making them on a par with nightclubs liability-wise.
Sure, we have no shortage of haunted woods, haunted corn mazes, even a haunted barn or two, but an actual haunted house? Pretty unusual.
Pierce County seems to have the haunted market cornered, with no less than three actual haunted houses. Of course, one is located on Fort Lewis, and only available to military and their families, but the other two are open to anyone brave enough to seek them out.
Sanford & Son, the huge antique store anchoring Tacoma's antique row, is sponsoring one at 745 St. Helens, beginning next Thursday. They warn me this is not for children under 10. "This is not your mommas haunted house. This is the one that makes you cry. You will climb, crawl and beg for the exit. This is not for the weak."
...What about Buckley, can the weak go there? Apparently not. The organizers of the Fright Factory Haunted House warn that they provided a very realistic and horrifying show "located in a secluded area of Buckley, where no one can hear you scream."
I wonder if they can hear the Maris Farms Haunted Woods visitors screaming from there? We tried that in 2005 and found it to be satisfyingly scary. If you're headed out to Buckley for the Fright Factory, it might be worth a double header. If you dare....
For more haunted locations around Western WA, check out tacomamama.com/halloween.