Trick or treat, it’s a thriller of a weekend.
According to Twilight, the North Olympic Peninsula is home to vampires and werewolves.
This weekend and Monday, it adds ghosts, goblins, zombies, princesses, superheroes and other characters for a frightfully fun Halloween celebration of trick-or-treating, haunted houses and spooky hauntings.
Trick-or-treating is welcomed in downtowns across the Peninsula.
Port Angeles on Monday
The Port Angeles Downtown Association’s annual trick-or-treat will welcome little monsters and witches to the historic downtown area from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday.
Many of the historic buildings on the trick-or-treat route may have a little extra creepy pizzazz Halloween night.
“There are reports that some of the buildings are haunted, but I’m not sure the owners would like people to know which ones,” said Barbara Frederick, Port Angeles Downtown Association executive director.
Downtown provides a great place to show off costumes where people can see everyone else’s costumes, Frederick said.
There are also many other activities in downtown Port Angeles.
Halloween photos will be offered in the fountain area, and several downtown businesses are planning parties or other events, which are listed below.
Sequim on Saturday
The merchants of Sequim and the Sequim-Dungeness Valley Chamber of Commerce are sponsoring trick-or-treating from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday.
Look for a pumpkin in the windows of participating businesses.
Port Townsend on Monday
The Port Townsend Main Street Program will sponsor a costume parade and trick-or-treat from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday.
“It’s geared toward children in kindergarten through sixth grade,” said Mari Mullen, director of Port Townsend Main Street.
Parade participants will meet at the Bank of America, 734 Water St., then proceed to Polk Street.
“We trick-or-treat on the way back,” Mullen said.
When the parade ends, children can trick-or-treat at participating businesses, which will display trick-or-treat posters.
Water Street will be closed to vehicular traffic from 3:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Forks’ happenings now
Downtown festivities have already begun in Forks, possibly to try to satisfy the local vampires’ sweet fangs before the big night.
They will continue through Halloween night, with trick-or-treating available every day through then.
PT zombies on Saturday
Zombies will walk the streets of Port Townsend on Saturday, and the only thing to save the rest of us will be the Chrononaut Steampunks.
The first-ever Port Townsend Zombie Walk will assemble in the parking lot of the former Swain’s Outdoor, 1121 Water St., at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.
The zombies will shamble their way down Water and Madison streets to Jefferson County Memorial Athletic Field, where they will perform a shortened version of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” video at the field.
Costumed zombies will compete for prizes — some donated by Elevated Ice Cream Co. — before a mock battle between the zombie horde and a heroic group of steampunks.
Steampunk is a fashion and role-play subculture inspired by science fiction novels such as 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, television shows like “Wild Wild West,” films and comics.
It features advanced technology based on the steam power of the 19th century and Victorian and Edwardian fashion.
Among other notable adventures planned this weekend is an Outer Space Ball in Chimacum and Hauntstownsend in Port Townsend.
Chimacum party Saturday
The Outer Space Ball Halloween dance party benefit for the Tri-Area Community Center in Chimacum will be at 6 p.m. Saturday.
The alcohol-free event at the Tri-Area Community Center, 10 West Valley Road in Chimacum, has an outer space, extraterrestrial theme and is open to the public.
It will include a dance and costume contest with prizes, the music of Greased Lightning and free food and beverages.
Suggested donation is $15.
The Hauntownsend Carnival of the Twilight Haunted House is open all weekend at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds, 4907 Landes St. in Port Townsend.
Haunted house hours are from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. today and Saturday and from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday and Monday.
Admission is $11, cash only. VIP admission, which will put the ticket holder at the head of the line, is $16.
The suggested age for this event is 14 years to adult. Children younger than 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Tickets can be pre-purchased online at www.hauntownsend.com.
For more information, visit the website, phone 360-689-1642 or email email@example.com.
Here are other haunted houses, parties and gatherings:
Elks haunted house
PORT ANGELES — Spooks and ghouls will inhabit the fifth floor of the Elks Naval Lodge at 131 E. First St. this weekend.
The haunted house will be from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. today and Saturday.
On Halloween Day, the lodge will open with a child-friendly haunted house from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., with the spine-tingling Halloween night event from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
All proceeds will benefit the Elks National Foundation.
Admission is $5 for children 13 and younger and $7 for adults and children 14 and older.
The Elks Lodge will rock at 8 p.m. Saturday, with a costume dance party with Mister Sister, the band formerly known as Big Fine Daddies.
Awards will be given for the best male, female and couple’s costumes.
Admission is $10 per person for adults age 21 and older.
PORT ANGELES — A masquerade party begins tonight at Steppin’ Out Salon.
The party is to go on until 1 a.m. Saturday at the salon at 125 W. First St.
The party for adults age 21 and older is co-hosted by Twisted and requires that masks be worn.
Entry to the party is $5.
Food and drinks, treats, music and dancing with a live disc jockey are planned.
Enter from the alley to the big basement of Steppin’ Out Salon.
Free haunted house
PORT ANGELES — White Crane Martial Arts will host a free haunted house during downtown trick-or-treating Monday.
The haunted house will be from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the studio at 129 W. First St.
Donations will be accepted for the Port Angeles Food Bank.
PORT ANGELES — First Baptist Church, 105 W. Sixth St., will hold its annual Harvest Fest from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday.
Harvest Fest is a free event for younger trick-or-treaters and family to come and enjoy indoor carnival games, a bounce house and “tons of candy.”
For more information, phone the church at 360-457-3313 or visit www.fbcpa.org.
PORT ANGELES — The annual Queen of Angels Carnival will be held at the school’s gymnasium, 209 W. Eleventh St., from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. today.
The carnival will include baked goods, games, activities, prizes, a bounce house, face-painting, temporary tattoos and raffle drawings.
Carnival booths will include ring toss, duck pond, cake walk, lollipop pull, pumpkin bowling, duck shoot, basketball and more.
PORT ANGELES — Olympic Cellars, the boutique winery at 255410 U.S. Highway 101 just east of town, is getting all dolled up for pre-Halloween festivities Saturday night.
Owner Kathy Charlton and her crew are inviting costumed revelers to enjoy complimentary wine-tasting and treats from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m., while French photographer Phil Tauran will be on the scene to take portraits.
The cellar will be decorated in a Halloween tableau, providing a backdrop for the photographs.
Costumed pets are also welcome to join in, too.
Tauran, who now lives in Sequim, will offer 5-inch-by-7-inch portraits for $10.
For more details, phone Olympic Cellars at 360-452-0160.
SEQUIM — For last-minute pumpkin shoppers and fun-seekers, the Sequim Pumpkin Patch, located at U.S. Highway 101 and Kitchen-Dick Road, offers farm-fresh pumpkins and holiday entertainment.
The patch is open from 9 a.m. until 11 p.m. today, Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
Evening maze adventures and the patch’s haunted house will be open at 7 p.m. today and Saturday.
A cornfield maze is $5 for youths ages 12 and younger, $10 for ages 13 and older.
Horseback rides are available for $5, a pumpkin launch will allow participants to use a propelled launch to send three pumpkins flying for $5 for a chance at a $100 prize, and there is a straw maze for $5 for youths and free for adults today and Saturday.
For more information, phone Theresa Lassila at 360-461-0940.
SEQUIM — Trick-or-treating will be encouraged at the Sequim Library, 630 N. Sequim Ave., from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Monday.
For more information, phone 360-683-1161.
‘Trunk or Treat’ set
CARLSBORG — Eastern Hills Community Church’s annual “Trunk or Treat” will be held at the church, 91 Savannah Lane, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday.
The event provides a safe place for children to trick-or-treat on Halloween.
Kids can trick-or-treat from tons of decorated cars.
Trunk or Treat will also include train rides, hot dogs and hot drinks, and a bonfire.
For more information, phone 360-681-4367 or visit www.ehcchurch.org.
SEQUIM — Olympic View Church of God, 503 N. Brown Road, will hold a Trunk-R-Treat Halloween event from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday.
This is a free family-friendly event that is open to the community.
Trick-or-treaters can go from car to car collecting treats in a safe environment.
Hot dogs, hot cocoa, cider and coffee will be served.
Hay rides will be available for the whole family.
For more information, phone Christine Paulsen at 360-461-1866 or the church at 360-683-7897.
SEQUIM — Bark-o-Ween, a Halloween celebration for pets and their owners, will be held at Best Friend Nutrition from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Monday.
All dogs in costume and all humans in costume will get treats both days and will be entered into a drawing to win a variety of prizes for both dogs and cats.
Products from Blue Buffalo, Innova, EVO, Primal Pet Foods, Liquid Health, Organic Pet Super Foods, toys and treats will be featured prizes.
Winners will be announced Tuesday.
Best Friend Nutrition is a locally owned and operated pet health food store owned by Hope and Jim Williams.
It is located at 680 W. Washington, Suite B-102, in the Safeway shopping plaza.
For more information, phone 360-681-8458.
Hallow’d Eve festival
SEQUIM — Faith Lutheran Church will host a Hallow’d Eve Harvest Festival on Monday.
Admission will be free to the festival from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the church at 382 W. Cedar St., Sequim.
Games, prizes, candy and food are planned along with a performance by the Olympic Mountain Cloggers.
For more information, phone 360-683-4803.
Bash and concert
SEQUIM — King’s Way Foursquare Church, 1023 Kitchen-Dick Road, will hold a Halloween Bash and Christian rock concert Monday.
The free bash will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and will include games, prizes, snacks, pony rides and a rock climbing wall.
The Exchange, a Christian rock band, will perform at 7 p.m.
Cost is $5 for the concert.
For more information, phone the church at 360-683-8020.
SEQUIM — Sequim High School students will host an afternoon of trick-or-treating, games and prizes for children 10 and younger at Sequim High School’s H Building, 601 N. Sequim Ave., from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
Costumes are encouraged.
For more information, phone 360-582-3600.
SEQUIM — First Baptist Church, 1323 Sequim-Dungeness Way, will hold a “Heroes Unmasked” event from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday.
The church’s youth groups will run free games for a chance at prizes.
The event will include a cake walk and photo area with free food.
Costumes are welcome.
For more information, phone 360-683-2114 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free carnival tonight
SEQUIM — The Sequim Boys and Girls Club, 400 W. Fir St., will hold a free carnival tonight.
The carnival will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the gym and a haunted house operated by Teen Club members.
For more information, phone 360-683-8095.
BLYN — The 7 Cedars Casino, 270756 U.S. Highway 101, will be transformed into a Halloween destination Saturday.
The casino will host its annual Halloween party with an “Angels or Demons” theme from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
A highlight of the event will be a costume contest at 11 p.m.
The event includes $500 in prizes.
There is no cost to attend the party, but attendees must be 21 or older.
Live music will include performances by Nasty Habits and DJ OB-1 throughout the evening.
For more details, visit www.7cedarsresort.com or phone 360-683-7777.
PORT TOWNSEND/JEFFERSON COUNTY
Pet costume contest
PORT TOWNSEND — Center Valley Animal Rescue will present a pet costume contest at the American Legion Hall, corner of Water and Monroe streets, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
Pet owners are encouraged to come in costume as well, and there will be prizes for the best costumed duo.
Cost is $10 for one pet, $15 for two.
The costume contest will be judged by veterinarians Virginia Johnson, Abbie Doll and Jeff Highbarger.
Dave Cunningham, a local actor and writer, will be the master of ceremonies.
Animal-related organizations and businesses will sell gifts for pets and pet owners.
Proceeds from the event will benefit Center Valley Animal Rescue, a “no-kill” adoption center and animal sanctuary on Center Road near Quilcene.
Organizers are asking participants to bring proof of vaccinations for their animal companions and recommend that all animals have been treated recently for fleas.
For more information, phone Jean Holtz at 360-437-5184 or email email@example.com.
QUILCENE — The Quilcene Community Center, 294952 U.S. Highway 101, will hold its fifth annual Halloween party at 6 p.m. Monday.
The event will include games and prizes.
Center Director Bob Rosen will take free photos of costumed youngsters.
NORDLAND — The third annual Fort Flagler State Park Halloween Carnival will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Kids can visit “Trick or Treat Street” for sweets and play games, hitch a ride on the zombie hayride or try the Halloween photo booth.
“The Power House of (Even More) Peril” haunted house returns as the main attraction.
The carnival is a community event and is safe fun for the whole family.
Admission is $5 per person or $15 per group of four.
Proceeds support the carnival and other family-friendly events at Fort Flagler State Park.
The event is presented by the Friends of Fort Flagler.
A Discover Pass is not required to attend the event.
PORT TOWNSEND — Rock ‘n’ roll band Blacky Sheridan will perform at the fifth annual Halloween Costume Ball at the Highway 20 Road House, 2152 W. Sims Way, at 9:30 p.m. Saturday.
The 21-and-older event will include more than $200 in cash and prizes.
Cover is $5.
PORT TOWNSEND — The Undertown Coffee and Wine Bar’s Halloween party Saturday will feature a Coen brothers theme.
The event will start at 9 p.m. at the Undertown, 211 Taylor St.
Attendees are encouraged to dress as their favorite characters from any of Joel and Ethan Coen’s films, which include “The Big Lebowski,” “Fargo” and “O Brother Where Art Thou.”
The Better Half will perform music.
Cover is $7.
‘Nightmare’ at Sirens
PORT TOWNSEND — Sirens Pub, 823 Water St., will present “Nightmare on Water Street,” a Halloween party with music by MongoSmash and Lowire, beginning at 8 p.m. Saturday.
A costume contest with $200 in prizes and a zombie dance contest are scheduled.
Drink specials include $1 Jell-O shots and $5 gruesome gruel.
There is a cover charge. Attendees must be at least 21 years old.
Halloween dance party
PORT TOWNSEND — The Uptown Pub, 1016 Lawrence St., will host “The Night of the Living DJs Dance Party” with local DJs RoMiro and Juliet (aka Miro Luther-Lund and Juliet Martin) starting at 9 p.m. Saturday.
The event, open to those 21 and older, includes costume contests, $1 Pabst Blue Ribbon beer and champagne specials.
Costume prizes from $50 to $100 go to winners in many categories, including scariest, most original and best couple.
Cover is $5 at the door.
Party in Transylvania
PORT TOWNSEND — Key City Public Theatre and the Old Consulate Inn will throw a Dracula-themed costume party at the theatre, 419 Washington St., on Sunday.
A cocktail party with a costume contest is at 5:15 p.m., followed by a special performance of “Dracula” at the Key City Playhouse.
A reception with the cast follows the show. Tickets for the event are $45 per person.
For more information, visit www.keycitypublictheatre.org.
Masquerade with ghosts
PORT TOWNSEND — Manresa Castle and Castle Key Restaurant will hold a “Halloween Masquerade Blues Ball” from 8 p.m. to midnight, with live music from the James Howard Blues Band at 11 p.m., on Saturday.
The event will include a costume contest.
Manresa Castle is thought by many to be haunted.
Cover is $10.
PORT TOWNSEND — Chainsaw artist Steve Backus will bring his family of woodcarvers to Port Townsend’s Jackpot Food Mart for a Halloween Pumpkin Carving event today and Saturday.
Backus and his clan will carve at the convenience store, 2342 W. Sims Way, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.
A public auction of their carvings with a portion of proceeds going to the Port Townsend Food Bank will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday.
The event will include speed woodcarving demonstrations, chainsaw carvings for sale, and kids can have a pumpkin carved for them.
Those with solid pieces of recycled wood can donate their stumps and logs for carving at Jackpot before noon today.
For more information, phone Peter Wiant at 360-301-0041.
Breakfast, pumpkin events
COYLE — The Coyle Women’s club will host a breakfast buffet, pumpkin picking and pumpkin carving contest at the Laurel B. Johnson Community Center, 923 Hazel Point Road, Quilcene, on Saturday.
Breakfast is $6 for adults, $2.50 for children from 4 to 10.
After breakfast, children can pick a pumpkin from the patch to decorate.
A pumpkin-carving contest has a $25 prize for the scariest and funniest pumpkins.
Pre-carved pumpkins can be entered into the contest.
Costumes are encouraged.
Haunted house set
JOYCE — A benefit haunted house will be staged at Joyce Self Storage from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. today through Sunday.
The haunted house boasts of a biohazard freak show, a torture chamber and “scare zones” located inside and outside the building.
Organizers are also challenging participants to be the first to “survive” a contest called “Wanna Play a Game?”
Admission is $6.
Proceeds will go to Relay For Life.
Parking for the event will be available next door at the Crescent Grange.
FORKS — A pumpkin-carving contest is scheduled at Forks Congregational Church on Saturday.
The contest, set for 3 p.m. at the church at 280 S. Spartan Ave., is part of a senior project for Forks High School seniors Louis Ash-Kaufman and Hector Dominguez, Forks Forum said.
The entry fee is $5 to cover the cost of the pumpkins. Carving tools will be provided.
Fifteen slots are open in each of two categories: children 8 to 14, and those 15 and older.
FORKS — The Sunshine and Rainbow Community Halloween Party will be Sunday.
The party for children up to 12 years old will be at 945 S. Forks Ave., across from Forks Outfitters.
Admission is free.
A contest for the best homemade costume and games and prizes are planned.
Children must be accompanied by adults.
Reporter Arwyn Rice can be reached at 360-417-3535 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.