The hunt for the Great Pumpkin is on, skeletons and zombies are roaming front yards, and candy bags are flying off store shelves. It must be Halloween time.
This weekend hosts the first of many harvest- and Halloween-themed events leading up to the holiday on Thursday, Oct. 31. Some are all-ages, some for adults-only and some cost money, so plan accordingly.
If there’s a Halloween event we missed, email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 360-683-3311.
Saturday, Oct. 26
• Wild Birds Unlimited celebrates Owl-oween
Wild Birds Unlimited in Gardiner, 275953 US Highway 101, hosts an Owl-oween party to raise money for Discovery Bay Wild Bird Rescue from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26.
Discovery Bay Wild Bird Rescue will bring its rescued Educational Owl Ambassadors. The event features games and prizes for youths. There is also a drawing for a barn owl raffle; winners receive a locally-made (Port Angeles High students) barn owl box with two ready-to-release barn owls (some restrictions apply). Call 360-797-7100 for more information.
• Parkwood hosts artisan fair
Parkwood, 41 Green Meadow Drive, Sequim, hosts a Harvest Artisan Fair, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26. Local artisans show off their jewelry, fine art, glass work, woodworking and more at this free event featuring art raffles and concessions.
• ‘Haunted Hallways’ returns to high school
Sequim High School’s annual Haunted Hallways event runs 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, in the high school’s H building, 601 N. Sequim Ave. Parents/guardians can bring children dressed in costumes for games, crafts and treats. Admission is one can of food for donation to the Sequim Food Bank.
• Grange arranges pumpkin party, carnival
Sequim Prairie Grange, 290 Macleay Road, hosts a Pumpkin Party from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, in the outdoor kitchen, with a free pumpkin to carve from Sunny Farms and cookie decorating.
The Country Fair is from 4:30-6:30 p.m. with carnival games. Tickets are $0.25 for games, such as, Darts, Ring Toss, Cake Walk and more. Costumes welcome. The event includes hot dogs, hamburgers, beef stew and homemade pies available in the kitchen. For more information, call Dorinda Becker at 360-460-4575.
• ‘Monster Bash’ Zumbathon set at YMCA
The YMCA of Sequim hosts a Zumbathon Monster Bash charity event from 5-6:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at the YMCA facility, 610 N. Fifth Ave. Cost is a $10 donation, with proceeds going to the Port Angeles Symphony.
The event is a combination dance party and workout, though no Zumba nor any kind of dance experience is needed. All ages and ability levels are welcome. With Halloween so close the theme is “Monster Bash,” and some of the songs might be about zombies and such; costumes are welcomed but not required, organizer Li Gordon said.
For more information, call the Sequim YMCA at 360-477-4381 or the symphony at 360-457-5579, or see PortAngelesSymphony.org.
• Classic scary movies on screen at American Legion
The American Legion Post 62, 107 E. Prairie St., Sequim, hosts showings of classic horror, black-and-white films “Dracula,” “The Mummy,” “The Wolfman,” and “Frankenstein” from 5:30 p.m.-11 pm. Friday, Oct. 26. Admission is free with treats provided.
• Boys and Girls Club hold another bash
The Sequim Boys and Girls Club, 400 W. Fir St., hosts a Halloween Bash from 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26. Admission is $2 per person and includes 10 game tickets with additional tickets costing 10 for $1 with each game costing one ticket.
Activities include music and dancing, costume contest, arts and crafts, haunted house (may not be appropriate for younger children), a scary movie, cupcake walk and more.
To enter the Jack-O-Lantern carving contest, bring a carved pumpkin to the club Friday, Oct. 25, from noon-6 p.m. for judging on Saturday. Dinner at the event costs $2 for a slice of pizza or $3 for a slice, chips and soda.
(As a reminder, the Sequim club is open Friday, Nov. 1, as Sequim School District will be closed. For more information, call 360-683-8095.)
• PAFAC sets pre-Halloween ‘Dark Side of Arts’
Sequim actor-storyteller Ginny Holladay joins other performers at “The Dark Side of Art,” a pre-Halloween affair at the Port Angeles Fine Arts Center Saturday, Oct. 26. The event for ages 15 and older is set for 6-9 p.m. at the center, 1203 E. Lauridsen Blvd. (See story, B-3)
• Casino hosts costume contest, music
7 Cedars Casino throws another Halloween starting at 8:30 p.m. featuring music by The Nasty Habits and a costume contest at 11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at Club Seven, 270756 U.S. Highway 101, Blyn.
Costume contest features $2,500 in cash prizes including individual and group costume prizes. No cover, guests must be 21 and older. For more information, visit 7cedars.com.
Sunday, Oct. 27
• Halloween party at Elks
A Halloween Dance Party is set for 6-8:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, at the Sequim Elks Lodge, 143 Port Williams Road. Slated to take the stage are Cool Jam and the Marmalades. Cost is a $10 cover. Costumes are welcome.
Tuesday, Oct. 29
• Low sensory fall carnival set
Stay & Play Port Angeles is hosting a low sensory Fall Carnival for children with special needs, their siblings and parents/caregivers. The indoor carnival is from 5-7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 29, in the Fellowship Hall at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 301 E. Lopez Ave., Port Angeles.
Carnival games include ring toss, golf ball shuffle, plinko and ping pong toss. Attendees can also enjoy decorating masks, trick or treat bags and pumpkins.
Learn more about Parent to Parent of Clallam County at www.clallammosaic.org/p2p.
• Toastmasters to tell scary tales
The Skwim Toastmasters Club invites the community to the club’s free “Spooky Stories!” event, set for 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, in the Sequim Library conference room, 630 N. Sequim Ave. (See story, B-8)
Thursday, Oct. 31
• Merchants offer candy downtown
Downtown Sequim businesses with pumpkin signs in their windows offer trick-or-treating from 3-5 p.m. on Halloween. Sequim-Dungeness Valley Chamber of Commerce and Sequim Merchants sponsor the free event.
• King’s Way keeps ‘The Bash’ big
King’s Way Foursquare Church, 1023 Kitchen-Dick Road, continues its big event “The Bash” from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31. Popular features like bounce houses, a rock wall, pony rides, games, candy and more all return. Admission is a food donation which goes to the Sequim Food Bank. Friendly costumes are welcome. Call 360-683-8020 or email to email@example.com for more information.
• Preschool hosts treats, restrooms
Bananas Preschool, 412 N. Haller Ave., offers an open house for families to enjoy candy, use the restroom, and take a break while trick-or-treating from 5-6:30 p.m. on Halloween near Carrie Blake Community Park.
• Harvest Happening at Faith Lutheran
Faith Lutheran Church, 382 W. Cedar St., hosts a Harvest Happening event from 5-7 p.m. on Halloween. Wear harvest-themed clothing or friendly costumes and an evening of games, prizes, candy, food, crafts, a cake walk, line dancing and fun for the whole family. A dinner of hot dogs, chili and chips will be provided. Call 360-683-4803 for more information.
• Eastern Hills hosts 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 with free candy in the parking lot, hot dogs, train rides, live music and bounce houses.
For more information, call (360) 681-4367.
• Halloween party at Wind Rose Cellars
Wind Rose Cellars, 143 W. Washington St., hosts a Halloween Party from 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31. Attendees who dresses up in costume gets $1 off the beverage of their choice. The party includes a contest for best overall costume and best couple. Dawn Martin entertains the audience from 7-9 p.m.; there is no cover. Call 360-681-0690 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Through Oct. 31
• Pumpkin options open at patch
The Pumpkin Patch, a 33-acre farm at the corner of U.S. Highway 101 and Kitchen-Dick Road, is open Monday-Thursday by appointment only, 2-6 p.m. on Oct. 25 and 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Oct. 26-27, through Thursday, Oct. 31. U-pick pumpkins vary in cost. The farm also offers a pumpkin shoot daily, fees apply. To schedule a field trip, call Theresa Lassila at 360-461-0940.