Raeylnn Dickinson shows her excitement for this year’s Sequim Prairie Grange Trunk or Treat on Oct. 30. Photo courtesy Sherrie Cerutti

Raeylnn Dickinson shows her excitement for this year’s Sequim Prairie Grange Trunk or Treat on Oct. 30. Photo courtesy Sherrie Cerutti

Halloween returns for Sequim

Drive-through, outdoor events held

Local churches, groups and businesses look to keep the tricks and treats going in some capacity for Halloween this year, though Sequim’s popular annual downtown event has been canceled for 2021.

Most Sequim-area events are set for Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 30-31.

To add an event to this list, email reporter Matthew Nash at mnash@sequimgazette.com.

• Boo Hunger campaign to begin

The Sequim Food Bank partners with Sequim High School for the Boo Hunger campaign, with students placing about 700 donation bags at Sequim homes on Oct. 22 and picking them up between 3:30-5:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 29.

• Library storytimes go seasonal

Children and their families are encouraged to wear costumes to Outdoor Storytimes at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 26, at the Sequim Branch Library, 630 N. Sequim Ave.; and 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 28, at the Port Angeles Main Library, 2210 S. Peabody St. For more information, visit nols.org/storytimes.

• Downtown event canceled

The Downtown Sequim Merchants’ annual trick-or-treat has been canceled for the second year. Charla Wright, board president with the Sequim-Dungeness Valley Chamber of Commerce, told the Peninsula Daily News, “it was a combination of rising COVID cases and merchants not being open on Sunday,” she said. “Halloween is not on their normal business day and most of them are already having staffing challenges, which makes events like this difficult to handle.”

Oct. 30

• YMCA offers treats

The YMCA of Sequim, 610 N. Fifth Ave., hosts a drive-through Halloween event from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30. Children are invited to wear costumes. Parents can drive through the parking lot or walk with children on the sidewalk with social distancing encouraged. Donations of unopened candy bags are welcome by October 28.

• Theatre shares scary tales

​​Olympic Theatre Arts Center, 414 N. Sequim Ave., invites adults to come share and hear “Scary Stories” for the first “Tale Spinners” — a new, monthly event at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30. Costumes encouraged. Star Pittman hosts seasoned local storytellers as well as “walk-in” storytellers from the public. Tickets are $10 online at olympictheatrearts.org or at the door. Refreshments available. Proof of vaccine or negative PRC lab test less than 72 hours old is required for admittance to the theatre; face masks are mandatory. For more information, visit olympic theatrearts.org or call the box office at 360-683-7326 between 1-4 p.m., Tuesday-Friday. See story, A-3.

• Grange plans

drive-through trunk or treat

Sequim Prairie Grange, 290 MacLeay Road, offers a Drive-Thru Trunk or Treat from 3-6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, rain or shine. Families can stay in their vehicle and drive through as “ghosts” and “goblins’ hand out candy at each trunk full of goodies. Costumes encouraged. Each family has a chance to vote for their favorite trunk. Organizers say donations appreciated and will help the “Grange continue to be a valuable asset to our community and help pay the bills.”

• Costume contest,

Bingo to entertain at casino

7 Cedars Casino, 270756 US Highway 101, hosts numerous activities for Halloween weekend. A virtual costume contest will be held from 6-11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, with participants photographed in the casino lobby. Judges will post the top 10 on the casino’s Facebook page on Halloween for a public vote. Participants must be 21 or older to participate. First place is $500.

The casino hosts Whiskey River at 9 p.m. Oct. 30 in Club Seven and Hippy & The Squids at 9 p.m. in the Rainforest Bar.

BinGLO Session begins at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29, with a $250 costume contest. Halloween Bingo runs from 5-8 p.m. Sunday with various specials. For more information, visit 7cedars.com.

Oct. 31

• Boys & Girls Club

presents drive-through

The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Olympic Peninsula Sequim branch at 400 W. Fir St., hosts a drive-through trick or treat event from 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31. Staff will be dressed up handing out treats, goodies and lunches for children.

• Faith Lutheran

provides outdoor event

Faith Lutheran Church, 354 W. Cedar St., offers a “walk through” event with free treats for children from 3- 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31, between the preschool and church.

• Elks offer

drive-through Halloween

Sequim Elks Lodge, 143 Port Williams Road, opens its driveway for a Drive-Thru Trick or Treat from 3- 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31, with free candy along with drug awareness pamphlets. For more information, call Karen at 360-460-0380.

• First Baptist

hosts harvest festival

First Baptist Church, 1323 Sequim-Dungeness Way, hosts an outdoor harvest festival from 4-6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31, in its parking lot with candy and games. For more information, call 360-683-2114.

• King’s Way continues Bash

King’s Way, 1023 Kitchen-Dick Road, brings back its The Bash for a 24th year from 5-8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31. The event will be outdoors with games, rides, snacks and candy. Family-friendly costumes only, organizers say.

• Eastern Hills

sets Trunk or Treat

Eastern Hills Community Church, 91 Savannah Lane, brings its annual Trunk or Treat from 6- 8 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 31, outside the church with games, music and free candy, hot dogs, chips and drinks. For more information, call 360-681-4367.

Kayleen McDonald of the Sequim unit of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Olympic Peninsula delivers bagged lunches to a waiting car during a drive-thru Halloween event last year. Organizers host another drive-through event from 1-3 p.m. on Halloween this year. Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News

Kayleen McDonald of the Sequim unit of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Olympic Peninsula delivers bagged lunches to a waiting car during a drive-thru Halloween event last year. Organizers host another drive-through event from 1-3 p.m. on Halloween this year. Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News

Mary Anne Crabtree won second place and $300 as Lady Thor at 7 Cedars Casino’s costume contest last year. The virtual event is held again in the casino’s lobby from 6-11 p.m. on Saturday and Facebook users voting on the top 10 photos on Halloween. Photo by Stephanie Gray Photography

Mary Anne Crabtree won second place and $300 as Lady Thor at 7 Cedars Casino’s costume contest last year. The virtual event is held again in the casino’s lobby from 6-11 p.m. on Saturday and Facebook users voting on the top 10 photos on Halloween. Photo by Stephanie Gray Photography

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