2018 halloween events

October is a great time to get the family together and have some spook-tacular fun!

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It’s that time of year – jack-o-melon carving time! Watermelon carvings are a fun and different way to show off your spookiest Halloween faces. Try this watermelon carving for the ultimate centerpiece as the head of Frankenstein.

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Sept. 29 Trunk-or-Treat
Join the Arc of Anchorage for a family-friendly, inclusive trunk-or-treat event before the cold of October comes! Guests will walk to each decorated vehicle's "trunk station" and collect candy and small prizes. Admission ticket includes a treat collection bag, treats and prizes at trunk stations. $10 per person; $35 for a family four-pack (only available online), adults not collecting candy/prizes will not need a ticket. Bring your Eventbrite receipt to event ticket booth if you purchase them online. Food, sweet treats and beverages available for purchase. The funds from the 2018 event will go toward the purchase of an ADA accessible vehicle that will provide transportation for individuals of all ages who experience disabilities in the greater Anchorage area who receive service from The Arc. 5-8 pm, Arc of Anchorage parking lot. For info, visit trunkortreatak.org.

Ongoing in October The Ooky Spooky Music Show 
Experience Halloween music in the Thomas Planetarium with this family-friendly show. Classic and favorite Halloween tunes such as “The Monster Mash,” “Ghostbusters,” “Thriller” and more come to life with playful and spooky visuals. 4:30 pm Tuesday-Sunday, Anchorage Museum. $6 plus museum admission. For info, call 929-9200, or visit anchoragemuseum.org.

Oct. 14 Zombie Half Marathon and Kids Zombie 2.5k 
Wear your best zombie costume for this late season event on the Coastal and Chester Creek trails. The races will be held regardless of weather and trail conditions. Half marathon starts at Goose Lake Park, 9 am. $45 for members; $50 for non-members; $60 day of race. Kidz Zombie 2.5k starts at noon at the Kincaid Park Chalet. For info email info@anchoragerunningclub.org or visit anchoragerunningclub.org/Zombie.html.

Oct. 27-31 Ye Old Nightmare Hollow
The modern-day spooks of Nightmare Hollow travel back in time to meet this William Shakespeare guy, and fun and hijinks ensue as our friendly fiends inspire some of Shakespeare's greatest works. Join the fun in this brand-new Halloween musical suited for all ages! Trick or treat from the cast after the show! For info, call 677-7529 or visit tbatheatre.org.

Oct. 27 Kid’s Halloween Train 
Hop aboard the Alaska Railroad from Anchorage to Indian, a 2.5-hour route round-trip, and have a blast with costumes, tasty treats, bingo, a raffle, coloring contest, and even a magician and balloon artists! 10 am-12:30 pm and 3-5:30 pm both dates. Tickets on sale Aug. 23. For more, visit alaskarailroad.com.

Oct. 25-31 Something Wicked
When a theatre company produces William Shakespeare's Macbeth, everything seems to be going well, until the curse of the show takes its toll on the production. This audience submersive thriller is performed in real time and is recommended for ages 10 and up or those who can handle a good scare. For info, call 677-7529 or visit tbatheatre.org.

Oct. 20-21, 26-37 Halloween Events at Bass Pro Shop
Join us for a week of fun, free Halloween activities at the Bass Pro Shop, Anchorage. There will be photos, Halloween crafts and trick-or-treating. For details, visit basspro.com or call 330-5200.

Oct. 26 Halloween Carnival
Fun for the whole family with carnival games, a haunted house, trunk-or-treat and the legendary cake walk. 6-8 pm, Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church. For more, visit akseas.com.

Oct. 25 Haunted & Enchanted Trails of Goose Lake
Celebrate our favorite creepy, crawly holiday with fun for all ages; music, food trucks, warming barrels, and more! Come dressed to impress in your costume. Enchanted trail is suitable for ages 3 and up, 4:30-6:30 pm. Haunted trail is suitable for ages 8 and up, 6:45-8:30 pm. $5 per person. For info, call 343-4354. Register online at muni.org/active.

Oct. 27 Fall Festival
Trick-or-treat around village sites, watch Alaska Native dance and listen to local music. Dress up, get your face painted, and even enter the costume contest! Noon-6 pm, Alaska Native Heritage Center. Free admission. For more info, call 330-8000.

Oct. 27 Frightening 4K
Back for the 5th year, this fun out-and-back course will allow you to see all the awesome costumes. There will be a team and individual costume contest with great prizes after the run. All activities are based on the 4th Avenue side of the Captain Cook. After you run, hit businesses downtown with the kids for Trick or Treat Street starting at 12 pm. Race starts at 11 am. $30-$40 per member. Visit skinnyraven.com/races/frightening-4k.

Oct. 27 Haunted Halloween Fun Night
A safe, warm alternative to trick-or-treating for over 25 years. Student clubs/organizations take over the Student Union and host Halloween activities for the community. All proceeds of the event go to a charity the students pick – this year, it’s benefitting Big Brothers Big Sisters of Anchorage. Tickets are 50 cents each. 1-6 pm, UAA Student Union. For more, call 786-1385.

Oct. 27 Trick or Treat Street 
A free and fun event for families and children to trick or treat from business to business in downtown Anchorage in a safe and friendly environment. Join us from 12-4 pm for activities throughout downtown and the 5th Ave. Mall including face painting, Halloween cookie decorating at the Hotel Captain Cook, costume contests, horse drawn hay rides and more. The run starts at 11 am, followed by a costume contest at noon to help kick-off the Trick or Treat Street activities! Dress up, run and win LOTS of prizes! Noon, Skinny Raven Downtown. For more info, visit anchoragedowntown.org/events-space-activation/annual-events/trick-or-treat-street.

Oct. 30 Pumpkin Patch Party
Crafts, cookie decorating, a pumpkin walk and games! Kids can create, play and make new friends. Must pre-register online at muni.org/active to attend. 10:30 am-12 pm, 6-7:30 pm. Spenard Recreation Center. For information, call 343-4160.

Oct. 31 Malloween 
Trick or Treat so others can Eat! Stay out of the cold and trick-or-treat to benefit a great charity! Entry is $5 (donated to Red Cross of Alaska). Register and pick up your official Malloween Trick-or-Treat bag until October 31 at guest services in the Dimond Mall. Register early and avoid lines the day of. Or register online, print your confirmation and bring it to guest services instead. Malloween benefits the Red Cross. 6-8 pm, Dimond Center Mall. $5 or 2 cans of food. For info, call 344-2581 or visit dimondcenter.com

Oct. 31 Zoo Boo 
Spooky trail decorations, event staff in costumes, and trick-or-treat stations throughout zoo grounds. Dress warm and flashlights are encouraged. 4 -8 pm at the Alaska Zoo. Regular Admission. Ages 2 and under, free. For info, call 346-2133 or visit alaskazoo.org/zoo-boo.

Eagle River

Oct. 13 Boo at the Beach
Up for a scare? Take a walk along the haunted trail! If you’re a more timid trick-or-treater, walk along the trick-or-treat trail instead. $5 for trick-or-treat trail, $10 to haunted trail; cash only. 5-7:30 pm for trick-or-treat trail; 7-10 pm for haunted trail. Beach Lake Chalet. For more, call 343-1500.

Oct. 27  Jr. Naturalist Program (K-6th)
Families with children are invited to visit a series of fun (perhaps even creepy & gross) and educational Halloween-themed stations set up along the Rodak Nature Trail (3/4 mile round-trip). Come anytime between 2-4pm, and allow enough time to visit all the stations at your own pace. Costumes are welcome, but be sure to dress warmly for the outdoors. No registration needed. Eagle River Nature Center, ernc.org.


Oct. 27 Creamer’s Creepy Critters
Every year, the Friends of Creamer’s Field host an educational holiday event with crafts, snacks and safe adventure practices. Fun for all ages. 12-4 pm at Creamer's Field Farmhouse. $3 donation suggested. For info, call 452-5162 or visit friendsofcreamersfield.org.

Oct. 31 Halloween at the Museum 
Costumed superheroes, zombies and scary monsters of all kinds are invited to see bones and bugs, bats and birds in the museum’s research labs and explore the galleries. Ages 12 and under with adult chaperones. 4-7 pm at the University of Alaska Museum of the North. Admission is free with a donation of canned food for the Fairbanks Community Food Bank. For info, call 474-7505 or visit museum.uaf.edu.


Oct. 20 5K Costume Run and Fall Carnival
Registration starts at 10 am. Race entry: Canned or nonperishable food items for our Community Food Drive. Prizes for the best costumes! All ages welcome. Family-friendly event. Race located on the NPRSA Trails. (Mostly flat, but there are some hills.) Race beings at 11 am at the Nikiski Community Recreation Center. For info, visit northpenrec.com.

Oct. 25 Halloween Party
Join us for our Halloween party! There will be a special selection of spooky stories, a cupcake walk, trick or treating in the library with a costume parade, and a spooky craft. Don't forget to dress up! All ages. 3 pm at the Soldotna Library. For info, visit library@soldotna.org.

Oct. 27 4th Annual Peninsula Center Mall Halloween Trick or Treat
Bring the family for some fun indoor trick or treating, carnival games, haunted house, wall of guns, live music and much more. 3-6 pm, Peninsula Center Mall, Soldotna.

Oct. 27 Fall Harvest Carnival
A fundraiser for the Yaghanen Youth Center. Enjoy games, prizes and delicious food. For kids ages 3-12. Tickets sold at the door. 12-4 pm, Yaghanen Youth Center, Soldotna. For more, call 335-7290.

Mat-Su Valley

Oct. 6, 13, 20 Happy Fall Y'all!
Enjoy a reindeer tour, wagon and pony rides, a pumpkin patch, a spooky walk, reindeer barrel train, rubber duck races, wagon rides, hay bale maze, potato launching, games for kids and live entertainment. 10 am-5 pm at the Reindeer Farm, Palmer. $12 per person. Ages 2 and under, free. For info, call 745-4000 or visit reindeerfarm.com.

Oct. 31 Night at the Museum
Come out to our ghoulish and fun-filled event. Trick or treat historical and Halloween characters. Visit our Haunted Historical Whitney Section House, Take a tour through our spooky train. Great family activity. 4-8 pm at the Museum of Alaska Transportation and Industry. $5 per person. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. For info, call 376-1211 or visit museumofalaska.org.