Scary stuff arises at old fort

Halloween and history always come together at the Fort Langley National Historic Site in October.

The annual Family Fright at the Fort event returns this weekend, Oct. 25 and 26, for some mild scares, family entertainment, and trick or treating within the walls of the historic Fort Langley.

The big new attraction this year will be a pirate theme.

Scary Gary, aka local magician Gary Savard, will be dressed in his pirate captain finery, complete with Coco the parrot as part of his act.

Coco is a blue and gold macaw and has been Savard’s for about two years.

“She works for peanuts,” Savard joked.

Coco is fully feathered and can fly, will say hello, especially if offered a treat, and is friendly enough to sit on the arms of strangers.

To go with Scary Gary, his wife and partner Pirate Jeannie, and Coco there will be a 16-foot pirate ship constructed inside the Fort itself.

Gary does magic that can be appreciated by anyone from age five to 95, he said.

“It’s all family-oriented,” said Savard.

The pirate magic will include doves and a few other animals besides Coco as well, he said.

Savard will be doing six 45-minute shows over the course of the weekend.

Family Fright runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on both days, and costs $6.30 per child aged 3-16, $11.70 for adults, and children two and under free.

Advance tickets are available at and tickets are available at the door.

Savard’s Scary Gary show will start at 11:30, 12:45, and 2 p.m. on both days, and he’ll give kids and adults a closer look at Coco after the shows.

In addition to magic, there will be a mild haunted house in the Servants Quarters building of the Fort, with staff providing the scares. Kids can also do some pumpkin carving and crafts, and get their faces painted.

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