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And the spook-tacular events run the gamut: historical Peninsula characters in Port Angeles; pet costume contests in Sequim and Port Townsend; apple-cider pressing in Sekiu and, of course, many Halloween parties tailored for costumed children and adults are planned.
Here's a summary of weekend activities for young and old:
■ The Fifth Floor Haunted House offers spooks and screams in downtown Port Angeles from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. today and Saturday at the Elks Naval Lodge, 131 E. First St.
Admission is $10 for adults and $7 for children. Proceeds benefit the Elks National Foundation as well as local Elks scholarships.
The haunted house reopens Wednesday afternoon for Halloween.
■ Queen of Angels School will host a Halloween Carnival today in the gym on 11th Street between Cherry and Oak streets.
Open to the public, the 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. carnival will features games, prizes, “tasty treats” and a bounce house.
■ An old-West-themed Halloween party and haunted house based on the pilot TV series “The Olympians” will open at a downtown nightspot at 8 p.m. Saturday for people older than 21.
At Bar N9NE, 229 W. First St., Saturday's celebration includes a costume contest and a “Shanghaied Tour” in which visitors get a shanghaied experience as they explore the “underground” portion of the Bar N9NE building.
The winner of the best-costume contest will win a $100 grand prize.
Entry is $3, and proceeds for the evening will fund the final production of “The Olympians: Shanghaied.”
■ The Monster Mashup, with a costume contest and mustache competition, begins at 8 p.m. Saturday at Studio Bob, upstairs at 118½ E. Front St.
Tickets are $20 and can be purchased in advance at www.BrownPaperTickets.com.
■ A Camp Fire Halloween Party and open house will be held from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
The event will be held at the Camp Fire Clubhouse, 618 E. Fourth St.
Activities include ghoulish good times, games, treats and pumpkin decoration.
For more information, phone 360-457-8442.
■ Teens and older celebrants can experience dark Gothic music and poetry during “An Evening with the Kreep” at 8 p.m. today and Saturday.
The event is, appropriately, underground at Port Townsend's Undertown Coffee and Wine Bar, 211 Taylor St.
■ The ReCyclery, corner of Blaine and Kearney streets, will host a Halloween Harvest Party from 2:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. today.
The free event will celebrate the end of the summer season under the new sheltered space built by ReCyclery volunteers.
An apple-cider pressing will kick things off at 2:30 p.m., followed by games, pumpkin carving, haunted bike polo, an outdoor movie and more.
The ReCyclery is a nonprofit community bike shop. For more information, visit www.ptrecyclery.com.
■ Dogs, cats and other pets are invited to the “Fur Ball” pet costume contest and Halloween party from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the American Legion Hall, 209 Monroe St.
Human entry is free, but there's a contest entry fee of $10 entry fee for one pet or $15 for two pets. Proceeds benefit Center Valley Animal Rescue.
Judging is at 2 p.m.
Entry forms will be available at the door, but entrants must bring their animal's proof of rabies vaccination when registering.
There's also a costume contest for pet owners, with prizes for the best costumed duo.
In addition to the contest, there will be Halloween-themed food, music and other activities, contest sponsors said.
More details are at www.centervalleyanimalrescue.org or by phoning Jean Holtz at 360-437-5184.
■ Port Townsend's Manresa Castle will host a Haunted Halloween Costume Ball from 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday at 651 Cleveland St.
Admission is $10 for the 21-and-older event.
■ The Sequim Boys & Girls Club will host a “BOOgy” evening for all ages from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at the club building, 400 W. Fir St.
The all-ages event, to which admission is $1, includes a middle school dance, haunted house, games, face painting, music, food and prizes.
Participants are encouraged to wear costumes.
Additional information is available at 360-683-8095.
■ The Sequim Pumpkin Patch offers pumpkins, horseback rides, mazes and a catapult each weekend through Halloween.
The business on U.S. Highway 101 at Kitchen-Dick Road is open from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. today and Saturday, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday through Thursday.
The cornfield maze is $5 for youths ages 12 and younger, $10 for ages 13 and older.
For $5, horseback rides are available, or people can use a catapult to send pumpkins flying for a chance at a $100 prize. There also is a straw maze that is $5 for youths and free for adults.
For more information, phone at 360-461-0940.
■ The Haunted Forest, a “half-acre trail with witches, devils, ghosts and goblins to scare you,” will be held at 396 Taylor Cutoff Road from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday.
Candy and toys will be available at each stop on the trail.
Cost is $5 for ages 12 and younger, $7 for ages 13-19.
Admission is free for parents accompanying their children. Participants are urged to bring a flashlight to the event.
■ Petco at 1205 W. Washington St. will host a free pet costume contest Saturday at 2 p.m.
Registration is taken just before the event, in which a $10 gift certificate prize is offered.
■ The Sequim High School Choir will be featured at a Halloween-themed event Saturday in the high school's H Building, 601 N. Sequim Ave., from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Costumes are encouraged for the event, aimed at children 10 and younger.
■ The Jamestown S'Klallam tribe will host the Jamestown Family Jaunt and Haunt from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Jamestown Family Health Center, 808 N. Fifth Ave.
The event, co-sponsored by Olympic Medical Center, is billed as a “free family-friendly wellness walk and fair.”
Costumed participants will take a noncompetitive 1-mile walk around OMC's Sequim campus.
The first 250 costumed children to attend will receive a free cooler lunch bag.
■ Dungeness Community Church will host a “Trunk R. Treat” at 12:30 p.m. Sunday for costumed trick-or-treaters.
Cars will be decorated, and candy will be available for the youngsters at the church, 45 Eberle Lane.
More information is available by phoning 360-683-7333.
■ A costume party will be held at 7 Cedars Casino's Club Seven Lounge on Saturday.
Costume contest registration starts at 8 p.m. at the Totem Rewards Desk, and judging will start at 11 p.m.
Live music by the band Gold Digger starts at 9 p.m.
Phone 360-683-7777 for additional contest information.
■ A free children's Halloween party with games, fun and food will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Sunshine and Rainbows Child Development Center, 945 S. Forks Ave.
Ghoulish games and “frightening food” are planned by Forks High School senior Sara Lester, who is planning the party as her senior project.
■ The Clallam Bay haunted house, a benefit for United Way of Clallam County, will be held from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. today, from noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, and from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday at the Clallam Bay-Sekiu Visitor Center, 16753 State Highway 112.
Admission is $4.
Among the features will be the West End Youth and Community Club's apple-cider pressing from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Halloween House opens at 5 p.m. for a second time (it opens first today at 5 p.m.).
■ A Halloween party at the Three Sisters of Clallam Art Gallery, 16590 W. state Highway 112, begins at 7 p.m. Saturday.
The band Soul Duc will perform for the costumed audience.
■ Families are invited to free games, prizes, goodies and photos at the Raven's Revenge Halloween Party.
Doors open at 6 p.m. at the Quilcene Community Center, 294952 U.S. Highway 101.
■ The fourth annual Halloween Carnival at Fort Flagler State Park will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. today and Saturday.
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.
A kid-friendly haunted house, The Portal of Peril, will be featured this year.
Admission is $5 per person or $15 per group of four.
Proceeds will go toward the purchase of a new playground at Fort Flagler.
Information compiled by Michael Carman and Arwyn Rice of the Peninsula Daily News.