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Halloween events

Halloween events

Wednesday Oct. 27

? "Harry Potter" party for all ages at 6:30 p.m. Port Angeles Library, 2210 S. Peabody St., Port Angeles. Prizes for best "Harry Potter" character costume and trivia contest winners. Refreshments worthy of Hogwarts will be served.

Contact the library at 417-8502 or kids@nols.org. Sponsored by the Port Angeles Friends of the Library.

Wednesday-Sunday Oct. 27-31

? House of FEAR Haunted House. Olympic Theatre Arts, 414 N. Sequim Ave. It will be open from 6-10 p.m. on Oct. 27-28, 7-10 p.m. on Oct. 29, 2-5 p.m. on Oct. 30 and 5-8 p.m. on Oct. 31. Tickets are $4 for ages 18 and older; $3 for ages 13-17; and $2 for ages 7-12, who must be accompanied by an adult. Children younger than 7 are not allowed. Call 683-7326 for more information.

Friday Oct. 29

? Madrona's Open Space Dance Jam. Costumes encouraged. Live drumming, DJ Anglefire. 8-11 p.m. Madrona MindBody Institute, 310 Fort Worden Way, Port Townsend. 360-344-4475.

? Hallows Eve Costume Party. Bands, DJs, belly dancers, cash prizes for costumes. 8:30 p.m. Oasis Sports Bar & Grill, 301 E. Washington St., Sequim. 582-3143.

Friday-Sunday Oct. 29-31

? "BOO!" A series of 13 comedic sketches with a Halloween touch. Port Angeles High School Thespian Society. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 29-30, 3 p.m. Oct. 31. P.A. High School auditorium, 304 E. Park Ave., Port Angeles. $7 general admission, $6 students, children under age 10, free. 452-7602.

? Hauntownsend "Carnival of the Twilight." Jefferson County Fairgrounds, 4907 Landes St., Port Townsend. Not recommended for children under 14, under age 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Visit hauntownsend.com or theexproject.com. $10, benefits local charities and youth organizations.

Saturday Oct. 30

? Family Fun Fest & Apple Press. Cider for the holidays. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Corner of Sixth and Peabody streets, Port Angeles. Free, apple donations needed. 457-8888 or 775-5889.

? "Haunted Hallways." 1-4 p.m. "H" building, Sequim High School, 601 N. Sequim Ave., Sequim. Free, park by the soccer field. 582-3600

? Merchants Halloween trick or treat. 2-5 p.m. Downtown Sequim. 683-6197.

? Fifth annual D?a de Los Muertos celebration. Dinner, program and auction. 5:30 p.m. Sequim Prairie Grange, 290 Macleay Road, Sequim. $15 suggested donation, proceeds go to Mujeres de Maiz Opportunity Foundation. 683-8979.

? OlyCAP Halloween Gala. Entertainment by magician Kevin Wolfe, a menu showcasing the talents of OlyCAP's senior nutrition program. Costumes encouraged, not required. 6-9:30 p.m. Sunland Golf & Country Club, 109 Hilltop Drive, Sequim. Benefits OlyCAP and the Oral Health Center. $35 per person, not available at the door. 457-1771 or 452-4726, ext. 6100.

? Halloween Costume Party. Nasty Habits at Club 7, DJ OB-1, event center. 9 p.m.-1 a.m., costume contest 11 p.m.

7 Cedars Casino, 270756 Highway 101, Blyn. 683-7777.

Through Sunday Oct. 31

? The Pumpkin Patch includes a corn maze, straw maze, horse rides and children's field trip tours. 9 a.m.-dusk. Kitchen-Dick Road and U.S. Highway 101. 461-0540. Fees apply.

Sunday Oct. 31

? Trunk or treat. Trick or treating from car trunks, refreshments. 4-6 p.m. Olympic View Church of God, 503 N. Brown Road, Sequim. Free. 452-8262 or 683-7897.

? Port Townsend Community Photo shoot precedes downtown trick or treat at

4 p.m. Sponsored by Port Townsend Main Street Program, 360-385-7911, ptmainstreet.org.

? Pumpkin Batch Bash. Family friendly costumes, games, prizes, pony rides and a Ferris wheel for grades K-8. 5-8 p.m. Kingsway Foursquare Church, 1023 Kitchen-Dick Road, Sequim. Free. 683-8020.

? Eastern Hills Community Church's annual "Trunk or Treat." Trick or treat, bounce houses, refreshments, six-piece monster band. 6-8 p.m. 91 Savannah Lane, Sequim. Free. 681-4367 or www.ehcchurch.org.

Tips for safe trick-or-treating

The Mayo Clinic offers these tips for safe trick-or-treating:

? The brighter the better. Whether you buy a costume or make one yourself, choose bright colors and flame-retardant materials. If your child will be trick-or-treating outdoors after dark, attach reflective tape to the costume.

? Size it right. If it's chilly outdoors, make sure your child's costume is loose enough for warm clothing to be worn underneath - but not long enough to cause tripping. Avoid oversized shoes and high heels.

? Skip the masks. A mask can obstruct your child's vision, especially if it slips out of place. Use kid-friendly makeup instead.

? Limit accessories. Pointed props - such as wands, swords and knives - may pose safety hazards.

? Get in on the fun. Accompany trick-or-treaters younger than age 12. Pin a piece of paper with your child's name, address and phone number inside your child's pocket in case you get separated. Encourage older kids to trick-or-treat with a group of friends, parents or older siblings. Make sure someone carries a flashlight with fresh batteries.

? Stay close to home. Don't allow your child to go door to door in an unfamiliar neighborhood.

? Set ground rules. If your child will trick-or-treat without you, establish a route and set a curfew. You may want to give your child a cell phone for the evening should he or she need to contact you.

? Inspect the treats. Don't let your child snack while he or she is trick-or-treating. Inspect the treats first - and discard anything that's not sealed, has torn packaging or looks questionable. If you have young children, weed out gum, peanuts, hard candies and other choking hazards.

? Ration the loot. If your child collects gobs of goodies, dole out a few pieces at a time and save the rest. You may even ask your child if he or she would like to swap some - or all - of the candy for a special toy, book or outing.

? Plan a party. Consider planning a trick-or-treat party with a couple of neighbors instead of house-to-house door knocking. Decorate the garages, have a costume contest, and plan games and prizes. This can be safer and healthier, and it allows your child to interact with more children.

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