Halloween: Don’t Let the Night Go By Without Having Some Fun

This article appears in the current edition of the McKinleyville Press, available now in news racks all over town, including Safeway, Denny’s and Tastebud’s.

Frightfully Fun Halloween Events for All Ages

Halloween promises to be a dark and moonless night, but Humboldt County offers plenty of festivities to brighten your spirit.

For the under-10 crowd, the Eighth Annual Halloween Carnival offers games and goodies in a safe and fun environment. This event lasts from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and will be at the Arcata Community Center. The cost is only $2 per person, and proceeds benefit local youth through the Youth Development Scholarship Fund.

For those under 12, the Halloween Party at Dow’s Prairie Grange in McKinleyville features carnival games, a costume contest and a haunted house. This free event lasts from 5 to 8 p.m. and is a safe trick-or-treat alternative for young children.

Trick-or-treat on the Plaza in Arcata is from 4 to 6 p.m. and will feature a costume parade at 5 p.m. led by the HSU Marching Lumberjacks marching band. Afterward, participants will receive a sweet treat on the Plaza, sponsored by Arcata Main Street and Safeway. Downtown merchants will award prizes for the best costumes in four age categories, 0-2 years, 3-4 years, 5-8 years and 9-12 years.

Haunted Houses are not for the faint of heart, and this year there are three. The Carnival of Chaos Haunted House will scare and entertain visitors of all ages. Located at 2962 Janes Road, next to Pacific Union School in Arcata, the Carnival of Chaos starts at 6:30 p.m. Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult.

For those 14 and up, the Haunted Kinetic Lab of Horrors feature the creative ingenuity of local artist Duane Flatmo. The lab will be open from 7 p.m. to midnight Wednesday, Oct. 29 through Friday, Halloween. No one under 14 will be admitted due to the grotesque and startling nature of the Lab of Horrors. The cost is $5.

The Coast Guard’s annual Haunted House will be open Tuesday, October 28 through Friday, Halloween. This very popular event starts at 7 p.m. and is located at the Coast Guard Barn at the end of Terrace Way across from Lafayette School in Eureka. The cost is $4 for children under 12 and $6 for those 12 and older. Baked goods, hot chocolate and apple cider will be available for purchase.

For adults, the 5th Annual Pirates Ball at Six Rivers Brewery in McKinleyville starts at 5 p.m. Music will feature the Pine Box Boys, a country/bluegrass/Americana band from San Francisco.

Other local taverns and coffee houses have special Halloween festivities planned including the Boiler Room, Humboldt Brews and Muddy’s Hot Cup in Arcata and the Pearl Lounge in Eureka.

If you like horror flicks, the “Rocky Horror Picture Show” is playing Friday at the HSU Studio Theater. The 42nd Humboldt Film Festival & Psychotic Cabaret present cult classic along with live actor accompaniment. Come in costume and be prepared to do the Time Warp. Cost is $10-15, tickets are available at the Works and seating will be limited.

At local theaters, “Saw V” and “Quarantine” promise plenty of thrills and chills.

Finally, if theater is more to your taste you will enjoy “The Horror Experiment,” which offers three “bone chilling plays in the original style of the theatre of horror”: “Random Hookup,” “The Office of Dr. Mangel” and “Acid Bath.” The Horror Experiment will be at the Arcata Playhouse starting Thursday, October 30 through Saturday, Nov. 1 at 8 p.m. The cost is $8 to $10. These plays are not recommended for children or the faint of heart, organizers say.

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