Downtown Port Townsend trick or treating, other haunted happenings today

Kids across Jefferson County and the North Olympic Peninsula can celebrate Halloween today with trick-or-treating, scary stories, a parade and more.

The festivities include trick or treating in downtown Port Townsend, free admission to the museum’s haunted jail for those who dare, drawing contests and so much more it’s downright scary, including:

* Downtown Port Townsend will be transformed into a candy paradise for children today.

The Main Street Downtown Trick-or-Treat encourages preschoolers through sixth-graders to parade in costume through the town and collect candy from area merchants.

Children and their parents can meet at 3:45 p.m. under the Bank of America clock, 734 Water St.

The parade, led by the Port Townsend Police Department and an orange Parks and Recreation truck, leaves at 4 p.m.

Trick-or-treating is available from Water to Washington streets and all the streets in between from merchants whose windows feature orange “Trick or Treat Here” signs.

Water Street will be closed to traffic from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. for the parade from Adams to Polk streets.

A prize will be awarded for the most creative merchant costume.

* The Jefferson County Historical Museum’s Haunted Jail offers free admission, treats and spooky fun starting at 5:30 p.m.

The jail is located within the museum, 210 Madison St.

Volunteers have transformed the jail into a dungeon filled with scary surprises, a few spiderwebs and screaming curators.

The Haunted Jail may be too scary for very young children.

Parents are encouraged to use their discretion when considering taking younger children to the event.

* The Max Grover Gallery and the Richard Jesse Watson Gallery will offer Halloween art projects and treats to all children today.

Coloring pages of Halloween images will be available for children to take home to color.

The galleries will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

* The All in All Animal Ball, a costume party, will be held at 3 p.m. at 443 N. Jacob Miller Road.

“Annie and the Enchanted Whale” will be performed by the Zambini Brothers Puppet Company.

The event, which is a fund-raiser for the animal-related performing arts advocacy work of All My Relations, will feature food and Halloween cookie decorating.

All ages are welcome.

Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for children.

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