By Arwyn Rice
Peninsula Daily News
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Halloween spooks will be out and about this weekend before Thursday's All Hallow's Eve, as the annual fall celebration of the imagination gets underway.
The weekend will be filled with frights and flights of fancy, including haunted houses, Halloween festivals, harvest fun and parties.
Here's a list:
Elks haunted house
PORT ANGELES — The Fifth Floor Haunted House opens from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. today and from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Elks Naval Lodge, 131 E. First St.
Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for children.
A kid-friendly version of the haunted house will run from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday.
Halloween admission is $3 for two children and one adult.
Fall fest event
PORT ANGELES — Lighthouse Christian Center, 304 Viewcrest Ave., will hold its annual Fall Fest Candy Land event from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.
Free admission is offered to each attendee who brings a bag of wrapped candy.
The event features free candy, games and giant inflatables.
There is a rock-climbing wall for an added fee.
Food will be available for purchase from the church kitchen, and the church cafe will offer coffee drinks, hot chocolate or creme frappes.
Students in seventh through 12th grade are invited to experience “Illuminate the Dark!”
Wristbands are available for pre-sale for all attractions.
Apple Press Fest
PORT ANGELES — The sixth annual Apple Press and Fun Fest will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
The festival will be at the New Life Open Bible Church, at the corner of Sixth and Peabody streets.
The community is invited to the free harvest season event to experience an old-fashioned apple press, where families can press apples and bring home fresh apple cider.
Donations of apples are requested, and participants must bring their own containers for cider.
There also will be games, a bounce house for young children, face painting, chili and other goodies.
Costume shop open
PORT ANGELES — A nonprofit costume shop is open Saturday, courtesy of the Port Angeles Light Opera Association, aka PALOA.
One-of-a-kind Halloween costumes for men and women, size small to triple-extra large, historical to horror, are available for rent from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the PALOA Center, 522 Mount Pleasant Way.
Some of PALOA's collection may be previewed at www.PALOA.org.
SEQUIM — Haunted Hallways, a family Halloween festival, will be from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Sequim High School.
Activities will include a cake walk, a bean bag toss and musical performances.
Participants are encouraged to wear costumes.
There is no admission charge, but donations for the Sequim Food Bank are encouraged.
Pumpkin Party, fair
SEQUIM — The Sequim Prairie Grange Pumpkin Party and Country Fair will be held at the grange, 290 Macleay Road, on Saturday.
The children's pumpkin party starts at 4 p.m. with pumpkin carving and sugar cookie decorating.
The grange ladies will open the kitchen and start serving food at 4:30 p.m..
The country fair starts at 5 p.m. with games, face painting, cake walk and a white elephant table.
SEQUIM — A 90-minute Zumba dance-athon and Halloween monster bash is set for Sunday at the Sequim unit of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Olympic Peninsula, 400 W. Fir St.
Admission is by donation, with all proceeds to benefit the nonprofit Welfare for Animals Guild, aka WAG.
Doors will open at 2 p.m., and several instructors will teach Zumba, a dance exercise routine done to Latin and pop music, for an hour and a half.
People of all ages are welcome to participate, while Halloween costumes are optional.
Prize drawings for items donated by local businesses also will be part of the event, which will close at 4 p.m.
For more details, see the “Zumbathon and Monster Bash Raffle” page on Facebook.
To learn more about WAG and its dog rescue and adoption efforts, visit www.Welfare4AnimalsGuild.org.
Costumed line dancing
SEQUIM — The Sequim Elks Lodge's weekly line-dancing class will hold a Halloween-themed event from 10 a.m. to noon today.
The event is open to the public at 143 Port Williams Road. Cost is $3.
Attendees are encouraged to come in costume.
SEQUIM — Dungeness Community Church will host a free fall festival from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday.
The church is at 45 Eberle Lane.
Games, with candy as prizes, are planned along with a chili cook-off and pie-baking contest.
Costumes are encouraged.
For more information, phone 360-683-7333.
'Rain of Terror'
FORKS — The “Rain of Terror” Haunted House will be open from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. today and Saturday.
The haunted house will be at the Forks Teen Center, 945 S. Forks Ave.
Entry is $3 per person. Proceeds benefit the Forks Police Foundation.
Sunshine & Rainbows
FORKS — On Sunday, children 12 and younger are invited to the free Sunshine & Rainbows Halloween Party at 945 S. Forks Ave.
The party will include games and door prizes, and a contest for best costume.
CHIMACUM — The Chimacum Schools' Fall Carnival will be in the elementary school's multipurpose room, 91 West Valley Road, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. today.
The evening is billed as a “fun family event for families with kids 12 and younger.”
Children can win a giant pumpkin or a goldfish.
There also will be a costume contest with prizes.
Pizza, hot dogs, popcorn, pop and juice are on the dinner menu.
The Chimacum PTSA is sponsoring the event.
For information, contact Elma Beary at 360-379-6519 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
School's fall festival
BRINNON — Brinnon School's annual Fall Festival will be held from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday in the school gym, 46 Schoolhouse Road.
Costumes are encouraged.
Games will include a cake walk, bakery bingo, Wheel of Fortune and Plinko.
Junior high students will serve pizza, hot dogs and nachos.
A Halloween display can be viewed at Whitney Gardens, 306264 U.S. Highway 101, during business hours.
NORDLAND — The fifth annual Halloween Carnival at Fort Flagler State Park will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Attendees can bring their families down Trick or Treat Street for some sweets, play carnival games, take a zombie hayride or bring their best-decorated pumpkin to enter into a contest.
For a “good scare,” attendees can visit the all-new Powerhouse of Peril, while the younger crowd can take their tots down Trick or Treat Street for some sweets.
A Crazy Carnival is planned for the Flagler Theatre, with games and a bouncy house.
There also will be tractor-led hay rides through the park, a photo booth and warm drinks and snacks available from the park's welcome center.
Admission is $5 per person or $15 per group of four.
Proceeds will go toward the purchase of a new playground at Fort Flagler.