An array of haunted houses, pumpkin carving contests and other activities are on tap for this year’s Halloween celebrations across the North Olympic Peninsula.
HAUNTED HOUSES AND TOURS
Twisted History tours
Twisted History’s Halloween Happenings offers various daily tours across Port Townsend and Port Angeles year-round. This year, however, people’s curiosity seems to be piqued like no other, a tour guide said.
“It’s the best year we’ve ever had,” Geoff “Grymm” Gardner said.
“I don’t know why — something gave.”
In Port Townsend, tour settings include Uptown, Water Street, Laurel Grove Cemetery and Washington Street.
A paranormal investigation tour, “In the Dead of Night,” costs $40 per person (adults only).
The tour begins at 10 p.m. at Washington and Taylor streets at the base of the stairs and lasts until the “witching hour.”
Uptown Haunts costs $25 for adults and $15 for children. It is offered seven days per week at 6 p.m., 8 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Downtown Dare explores dark shanghai tunnels to swarthy sailors for $25 per adult and $15 per child.
To experience both Uptown Haunts and Downtown Dare, Twice as Twisted offers the two for a discounted rate: $40 for adults and $25 for children.
To check the availability of Port Townsend tours, visit www.tourporttownsend.com, click on the “History” tab and then click on Port Townsend.
Port Angeles Twisted History Tours’ offerings include two of the same: “In the Dead of Night” and “Downtown Dare” catered to Port Angeles spooks, plus “Intuitive Clairvoyant,” readings by Gussy that cost $60 per hour.
For Port Angeles availability online, see the Port Angeles tab under “History.”
Tours are offered every night until availability fills up.
PORT ANGELES — Port Angeles Heritage Tours will feature Haunted Underground tours today and Saturday.
The cost is $19 for adults, $17 for students and seniors, and free for youths 6 and younger.
Students must provide valid school identification.
Tours will be at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. both days, with another tour Saturday at 10 a.m.
All tours depart from the Port Angeles Visitors Center, 121 Railroad Ave.
Walk-ins can join in on a first-come, first-served basis 10 minutes before a scheduled tour.
Event organizers advise that the tour is suitable for children ages 13 and older with parental accompaniment.
Children 16 and older do not need accompaniment.
The tour will begin with an overview of the city’s history and the manner in which the city raised its streets in 1914, after which attendees will be guided through downtown to visit basements, tunnels and the city’s original movie theater.
There will be multiple opportunities to sit and relax during the tours, which can range from 90 minutes to two hours depending on group size and questions, operator Bruce Erlwein said.
For more information, email info@portangeles heritagetours.com.
PORT TOWNSEND — The Port Townsend Kiwanis Club’s Haunt Town will continue today and Saturday in the basement of the Elks Club building.
Tickets are $10 to the event at the lodge at 555 Otto St. It will be from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. both days.
Students are asked to show their Associated Student Body cards at the door so their schools will receive their donations.
Attendees are encouraged to park in the Elks parking lot and walk around to the left side of the building to the back basement entrance.
Proceeds will benefit the Kiwanis, Elks Club and local school ASB clubs.
For more information, contact Steve Spencer at 360-774-0879 or email@example.com, or visit www.facebook.com/haunt town.
PORT TOWNSEND — Port Townsend’s Haunted Bordello will be available to those 17 and older tonight and Saturday.
The cost is $15 per person to the event at The Old Consulate Inn, 313 Walker St.
Reservations are recommended and can be placed online at www.hauntedbordello.com.
The haunted house is a guided tour.
“If you are disturbed by skin, sin or scariness, this event isn’t for you,” event organizers said.
For more information, call 360-301-5884 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Fifth Floor
PORT ANGELES — The Fifth Floor haunted house will be available from 6 to 9 tonight, Saturday and Tuesday nights.
Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for youths 12 and younger at the Port Angeles Elks Naval Lodge, 131 E. First St.
Proceeds will benefit the Elks National Foundation, which supports community grants and scholarships.
The haunted house will be located on the fifth floor of the lodge.
Participants and actors are not allowed to touch.
Benefit haunted house
CLALLAM BAY — The Hess Mart will sponsor a haunted house from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. from today through Sunday.
Admission is by donation to the family-friendly haunted house at 16940 state Highway 112.
Proceeds will benefit the Clallam Bay High School’s track team. No age restrictions apply.
Scares for younger housegoers will be toned down, event organizers said.
For more information, call Jeremy Rock at 360-640-8826 or Aaron Burdette at 360-460-9497.
Rain of Terror
FORKS — The haunted house Rain of Terror will continue today, Saturday and Tuesday from 7 p.m. to 11:45 p.m.
Tickets are $8 per person at the Quillayute Airport building, 5144 Quillayute Road.
The haunted house offers more than 30 rooms and four flights of stairs.
Some have not been able to navigate the entire thing, organizers have said.
For more information, call Phillip Sifuentes at 360-780-2077.
Other Halloween events
PORT TOWNSEND — The Port Townsend Main Street Program’s Trick-or-Treat & Costume Parade will kick off at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.
At 3:45 p.m., children in kindergarten through sixth grade will meet at First Security Bank, 734 Water St., for the 4 p.m. parade, which will head toward Quimper Mercantile Plaza.
Water Street and side streets from Madison to Polk streets will be closed to traffic due to public safety, event organizers said.
Approximately 1,500 to 2,000 people are expected to attend, according to a press release.
For more information, call 360-385-7911 or email email@example.com.
PORT TOWNSEND — The Mountain View Pool will host a “Spooky Swim” from 7 to 9 tonight.
The cost is $5 per person at the pool, 1925 Blaine St.
Attendees will receive free candy at the event, which will feature Halloween-themed music and lights.
For more information, call 360-385-7665 or visit www.cityofpt.us/pool.
‘Tea and Tarot’
PORT HADLOCK — The Old Alcohol Plant will serve up Halloween festivities for those 21 and older Saturday.
A costume party featuring prizes, dancing and a cocktail and appetizer reception will be available at the plant, 310 Hadlock Bay Road, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Tickets are $45.
Music will be provided by One Egg Night, and there will be a tarot and photo booth by Anami.
For more information, visit www.oldalcoholplant.com.
QUILCENE — The Quilcene Fire Department invites the public to its Halloween party from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday.
The free party will feature trick-or-treating, games and a bounce house at the department, 70 Herbert St.
For more information, call 360-765-3333.
Cookie bash, party
QUILCENE — A Halloween cookie bash party and the 11th annual Spooktacular Party will be available at the Quilcene Masonic Hall, 170 Herbert St., on Tuesday.
From 3 p.m. to 4 p.m., families and kids can partake in games with prizes, treats and cookies.
From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., free food, games and a costume party will be held.
During the party, prizes will be awarded for the best dressed flying monkey, family costume, weirdest, oldest and youngest costumes.
Both events are free, with donations accepted.
For more information, call 360-765-0390.
BRINNON — The third annual free Trunk-or-Treat will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday.
The event will be in the lot next to the Brinnon General Store, 306413 U.S. Highway 101.
Those interested in participating can decorate their vehicle as they like, pass out store-bought candy or have games available for children.
Event organizers will not permit alcohol, scary and gory costumes or decorations, or homemade treats.
GARDINER — Members of the public can get a personal and up-close look at owls during Wild Birds Unlimited’s Owl-Oween event at 11 a.m. Sunday.
Games, prizes, owls and a visit from Hairy Potter will be available at the store at 275953 U.S. Highway 101.
MariePaul Bermersch will set up in the garden to whip up Belgian waffles.
For each waffle sold, she will donate $1 to Discovery Bay Wild Bird Rescue.
Bermersch’s family introduced America to authentic Belgian waffles at the 1964 World’s Fair, according to a press release.
For more information, contact Christie Lassen at 360-797-7100 or marcL2377@msn.com.
Party, costume contest
BLYN — Seven Cedars will throw a Halloween party and costume contest for those 21 and older from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday.
There is no cover for the event in Club Seven at the casino, 270756 U.S. Highway 101.
The costume contest with musical guest Sway begins at 11 p.m., and there will be $2,500 in cash prizes.
SEQUIM — The annual Sequim Merchants Trick-or-Treat will be held at a variety of Sequim businesses from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday.
Participating businesses will be identified by a picture of a pumpkin.
The free event is sponsored by the Sequim-Dungeness Valley Chamber of Commerce and Sequim merchants.
For more information, call 360-683-6197.
Pumpkin party, fair
SEQUIM — The public is invited to the Sequim Prairie Grange’s family-friendly Pumpkin Party and Country Fair on Saturday.
At 4 p.m., the party will commence at the memorial kitchen behind the grange, 290 Macleay Road, after which the grange’s hall doors to the fair will open. Twenty-five-cent game tickets and food will be available to purchase in the memorial kitchen.
Costumes are welcome.
For more information, call Dorinda Becker at 360-683-8296.
SEQUIM — The Sequim unit of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Olympic Peninsula will offer music and jack-o’-lantern judging as part of its Halloween bash from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday.
Those interested in participating in the judging can drop off carved pumpkins to the club, 400 W. Fir St., between noon and 6 p.m. today.
Admission is $1 per person and includes 10 game tickets to the bash at the club.
During the event, 10 additional tickets can be bought for $1.
Each game takes one ticket.
Dancing, costume contests, arts, crafts, a cupcake walk, a haunted house and a scary movie also will be offered.
The haunted house is slaughterhouse-themed and might not be suitable for children, event organizers said.
For more information, call 360-683-8095.
SEQUIM — The Sequim Pumpkin Patch will feature a corn maze and pumpkin toss.
The 33-acre farm at 260045 U.S. Highway 101 will be open from noon to 6 p.m. today, Monday and Tuesday, and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
The maze costs $5 for youths 12 and younger, and $10 for 13 and older.
The pumpkin shoot costs $5 for two pumpkins and a chance at $100 if it goes in the barrel.
The corn maze features an “Alice in Wonderland” theme.
U-pick pumpkins vary in cost depending on the size, type and style of pumpkin, according to a news release.
For more information, call 360-461-0940.
SEQUIM — The public and festive monsters are invited to Sinclair Place trick-or-treating at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Until 7 p.m., trick-or-treating and hot apple cider will be served at Sinclair Place, 680 W. Prairie St.
For more information, call 360-558-3250.
SEQUIM — Families can explore the outdoors at the Dungeness Schoolhouse during a fall family scavenger hunt from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday.
Admission is $5 per person and $15 per family at the schoolhouse, 2781 Towne Road.
Storytelling and snacks will be available.
Proceeds will benefit Olympic Nature Experience.
For more information, visit www.olympicnatureexperience.org.
SEQUIM — Sequim High School students will offer family-oriented entertainment during its Haunted Hallways from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
Donations of canned food are suggested admission to the event at the school’s H Building, 601 N. Sequim Ave.
Face painting, arts, crafts and a cupcake walk will be featured.
For more information, contact Sean O’Mera at 360-582-3600 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
SEQUIM — The SKWIM Toastmasters will host “A Ghost Storytelling Party” at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
Members of the public are invited to the free event at Sinclair Place, 680 W. Prairie St.
Attendees are encouraged to wear costumes.
Light refreshments will be served.
For more information, call Sharon Lebreque at 360-582-9145.
Gas office treats
SEQUIM — The staff at the Ferrell gas office will hand out treats for children and pets from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday.
The office is at 646 S. Third Ave.
Food for fun
SEQUIM — King’s Way Foursquare Church will host the 20th annual “The Bash — Food for Fun” at 5 p.m. Tuesday.
The family-friendly event at 1023 Kitchen-Dick Road will feature game booths, bounce houses, pony rides and a rock-climbing wall.
Admission is a food donation, which goes to the Sequim Food Bank.
Hot dogs and snacks will be available for purchase.
Friendly costumes are welcome.
At 7 p.m., a showing of “Luther” — which celebrates the 500th anniversary of the Reformation — will be held.
For more information, call 360-683-8020 or email email@example.com.
PORT ANGELES — The Port Angeles Downtown Association Trick or Treat will occur at 2 p.m. Tuesday.
Until 5 p.m., costumed youngsters accompanied by parents or caregivers can visit stores bearing a “trick or treat” sign to receive treats.
Downtown streets will remain open to traffic, so care should be exercised when crossing streets, event organizers said.
Attendees can get their picture taken for free at two photo areas on East Front and First streets.
For more information, call 360-457-9614.
PORT ANGELES — The Port Angeles Library will host an After-Hours-Lock-In for teens ages 12 to 18 at 6 p.m. Monday.
The evening’s festivities will include karaoke, snacks and video games at the library, 2210 S. Peabody St.
The video games, dubbed “Jackbox Party,” are interactive games that use smartphones as a controller.
While some devices will be available, event organizers urge attendees to bring their own smartphones or tablets.
Teens are encouraged to wear costumes, but participation is optional.
For more information, call 360-417-8500, ext. 7705; email firstname.lastname@example.org; or visit www.nols.org.
Bewitching high tea
PORT ANGELES — The Jet Set Soroptimists will hold the group’s inaugural “Bewitching Tea & Silent Auction” from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
The tea is $35 for witches and wanna-be witches at the Elks Naval Lodge, 131 E. First St.
Featured at the event will be a lunch and entertainment provided by Todd Ortloff and Amanda Bacon.
Tickets can be purchased from Jet Set members, the lodge or online at www.sijetset.com.
For more information, call 360-460-5654.
Witches Tea Party
PORT ANGELES — Lake Crescent Lodge will host a Witches Tea Party from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
The party will be at the lodge at 416 Lake Crescent Road.
Admission is $9 for children and $19 for adults.
Participants are invited to come dressed in costume.
Finger sandwiches, pastries, desserts and other assorted fare will be served.
For more information, call 360-928-3211.
PORT ANGELES — Peninsula College’s Magic of Cinema will screen “Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror,” with an original live score by local composer and musician Linda Dowdell, at 7 tonight.
The screening is free and open to the public in the Maier Performance Hall, 1502 E. Lauridsen Blvd.
Nick Thompson, a local filmmaker and photographer, will introduce the film.
For more information, email Sean Gomez at email@example.com.
CLALLAM BAY — The Clallam Bay Library will host its fourth annual all-ages pumpkin decorating and carving contest Tuesday.
Artists can submit their completed creations to the library at 16990 state Highway 112 during regular library hours beginning at 11 a.m. Monday until judging commences at 4 p.m. Tuesday.
Entries will not be accepted after 4 p.m. Tuesday.
Prizes for Best in Show will be awarded in four age divisions of youths, 6 and younger; kids, 7 to 12 years old; young adult, 13 to 17 years old; and adult, 18 and older.
Only real pumpkins, vegetables and fruit can be used.
Artificial craft pumpkins are not eligible.
For more information, call 360-374-6402, email ClallamBay@nols.org or visit www.nols.org.
FORKS — Sunshine & Rainbow Child Development Center will host a community Halloween party from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. today.
The party, which will offer family-friendly activities, will be at the center at 945 S. Forks Ave.
Admission is free. Costumes are not required but will be welcome.
Children younger than 12 must be accompanied by adults.
For more information, call Concerned Citizens at 360-374-9340.
FORKS — Blakeslee’s Bar & Grill will host a Halloween Costume Party on Saturday.
The party will begin at 9 p.m. at the business at 1222 S. Forks Ave. Judging of costumes will be at 11 p.m.
Trunk or Treat
FORKS — The Forks Assembly of God will offer Trunk or Treat from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday.
The free event will be at the church at 81 Huckleberry Lane.
For more information, call 360-374-6909.
FORKS — The family-friendly Forks Halloween 5K will be held — rain or shine — at 9 a.m. Saturday.
Sign-ups for the race will be at 8 a.m. at the Elk Creek Conservation Trail, 2156-2290 Calawah Way.
A $10 donation is suggested, with proceeds benefiting United Way of Clallam County.
Participants are encouraged to wear costumes.
Awards will be granted to the first 60 finishers.
Those concerned about safety are welcome to inspect the course prior to the race, event organizers said.