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Harvest or Halloween, candy for all
Find your best costume, build up an appetite for apples, candy and chili and ready yourself for Sequim's Halloween and Harvest offerings.
This year all ages can participate in a number of events from Trunk-or-Treating to live music to even a pet costume contest. Several events lead up to Halloween, including the eighth annual Sequim High School's Haunted Hallways on Oct. 27 for children 10 and under.
ASB adviser Jennifer Van De Wege said they annually see about 500 students and this year the Sequim High School Choir returns with a secret song and dance number to follow up their “Nightmare before Christmas” routine in 2011.
The night before, the Sequim Boys & Girls Club hosts multiple events for all ages for $1 each. There's a middle school dance, games and prizes, and a haunted house.
Club Executive Director Mary Budke said the event ranges from family friendly to scary and caters to all tastes.
On Halloween, Sequim businesses host hundreds of trick-or-treaters in their store fronts on Halloween afternoon and multiple churches organize their own events in safe environments in the evening.
One of the area's biggest events on Halloween fills most of the church grounds at King's Way Foursquare Church. About 1,000 people attend “The Bash” for rock climbing, free food and candy and pony rides.
Annually, the church books an up-and-coming Christian band, like Remedy Drive from Lincoln, Neb. The pop rock band has been compared in sound to Switchfoot, Skillet and Kutless. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door.
The Pumpkin Patch continues to sell pumpkins and opens its Haunted House through Halloween.
Friday, Oct. 26
• Boys & Girls BOOgy down
The Sequim Boys & Girls Club, 400 W. Fir St., hosts an evening for all ages starting from 6-8 p.m. Entry is $1 for a middle school dance, haunted house and the family fun event that includes games, face painting, music, food and prizes. For more information, call 683-8095. Costumes welcome.
Saturday, Oct. 27
• Apple press offers fun, games, cider
New Life Open Bible Church invites the community to experience an old-fashioned apple press from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at 402 E. Sixth St., Port Angeles. The free event includes games, a bounce house, face painting, chili and other goodies. Bring a container and take home some fresh apple cider. Phone the Rev. Bill Asselin for information at 360-775-5889. Apple donations appreciated.
• Doll up your pet
Petco, 1205 W. Washington St., hosts a free pet costume contest Saturday, Oct. 27, starting at 2 p.m. Register right before the event for a chance to win a $10 gift certificate.
• The return of the Haunted Hallway
Sequim High Schoolers host trick-or-treating, games and prizes from 1-4 p.m. for children 10 and younger in the Sequim High School’s H-building, 601 N. Sequim Ave., the brick building closest to the soccer field. Costumes are encouraged. The Sequim High School Choir performs a secret number. Call 582-3600 for more information.
• Costume party at casino
Club Seven inside Seven Cedars Casino, 270756 Highway 101, Blyn, hosts its annual Halloween party this year with a theme “Monsters, Zombies and Happily Ever After.” Register at the Totem Rewards Desk 8-10 p.m. for a chance to win the costume contest. Judging begins at 11 p.m. Gold Digger, a top-40 cover band, plays at 9 p.m. DJ OB1 plays the patio at the same time. Anyone dressed up and registered receives a free $5 slot voucher. For more information, call 683-7777.
Sunday, Oct. 28
• Dungeness Trunk R Treat
Dungeness Community Church, 45 Eberle Lane, hosts a Trunk R Treat at 12:30 p.m. with decorated cars and candy for young costumed trick-or-treaters. Call 683-7333 for more information.
• Jaunt and Haunt
Olympic Medical Center and the Jamestown Family Health Center sponsor a 1-mile "Jaunt and Haunt," a family wellness walk and fair — costumes encouraged — from 2-4 p.m. at 808 N. Fifth Ave., Sequim. There are free lunch coolers for the first 250 children.
Wednesday, Oct. 31
• March with the merchants
Businesses offer trick-or-treating along Washington Street and in downtown Sequim from 3-5 p.m. Participating businesses will have a sign in their windows. For more information, call 683-6197.
A tentative (early) list includes A Dropped Stitch, American Family Insurance, Applebee’s, AT&T, Bill’s Plumbing, Castell Insurance (special treats for “kids” with Medicare cards), Clallam Title, First Federal (both branches), The Good Book, Heather Creek, Hurricane Coffee, Joyful Noise, Key Bank, Pacific Mist Books, Prairie Springs, The Red Rooster Grocery, Sequim Library, Sequim Tax Service, Starbucks, U.S. Bank,Crumb Grabbers Bakery, Sequim Vision, Sunshine Café and The Co-op Farm and Garden.
• Fun time at Harvest Festival
Faith Lutheran Church, 382 W. Cedar St., hosts its annual Hallow'd Eve Harvest Festival from 5-7 p.m. The free event features games, prizes, candy, a cake walk and a cooking contest called "Full of Beans" — with beans the main ingredient — being judged at 4:45 p.m. Food is served at 5 p.m., and the Olympic Mountain Cloggers perform 5:30-6:30 p.m. The Winding River Band plays from 6:30-7 p.m. Costumes are optional. Call 683-4803 for more information.
• Concert and 'Bash' mark harvest at King's Way
King's Way Foursquare Church hosts its annual harvest festival, The Bash, at 5-8 p.m. with a concert by Christian rock band Remedy Drive at 7:30 p.m. at 1023 Kitchen-Dick Road, Sequim.
The Bash, a free all-ages party, includes pony rides, a rock climbing wall, Angry Bird Blitz, bounce houses, a bungie run, a mini Ferris wheel, glo golf, face painting, a cake walk and more games.
Remedy Drive has many hits — "Daylight," "All Along" — on Christian Radio and has had an album in the top five on the Billboard charts as well. For tickets ($12, $10 in advance), phone King's Way at 683-8020, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit The Good Book, 108 W. Washington St.
• Trunk R Treat
Olympic View Church of God sponsors safe family fun with its third annual Trunk R Treat from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, at the corner of Brown Road and Fir Street in Sequim. Church members decorate their cars and pass out candy to the children. There also are hay rides, free hotdogs and hot cider. Call the church office for more information at 683-7897.
• Free Community Harvest Party
Children in preschool through fifth grade and their families are invited to join the free fun from 5:30-8 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Sequim, 1323 Sequim-Dungeness Way. Costumes welcomed as children trek though the Trunk-or-Treat Maze, decorate a pumpkin, enjoy a snack and play games at a cake walk, fishing booth, Slay the Giant, Space Crawl and more. Prizes and candy go to all participants. For more information, call 683-2114, fbcsequim.com or on Facebook.
• Take the Trunk or Treat or Train
Eastern Hills’ Trunk or Treat Eastern Hills Community Church, 91 Savannah Lane, Carlsborg, hosts its annual Trunk or Treat from 6-8 p.m. on Halloween night. It features free train rides, hot dogs, apple cider, bounce houses and candy. For more information, call 681-4367 or visit www.ehcchurch.org.
• Church travels to Promised Land
Sequim Community Church hosts an all-ages event, "Journey to the Promised Land," from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, at 950 N. Fifth Ave. The free party includes a hotdog and chili bar and carnival games.
• Middle school Harvest Party
Dungeness Community Church, 45 Eberle Lane, sponsors a Middle School Harvest Party from 8 p.m.-midnight, with games, apple-bobbing and a corn roast. For more information, call the church at 683-7333.
Through Oct. 31
• Pumpkin Patch staple
The Pumpkin Patch, at the corner of Kitchen-Dick and U.S. Highway 101, is open 9 a.m.-dusk weekdays with a corn maze, horse rides, U-pick pumpkins, Haunted House 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, draft horses wagon ride Saturday and a straw maze Friday-Saturday. For more information, call 461-0940. Fees apply.