Wednesday, October 30, 2013
OKANOGAN Several Halloween events are planned tomorrow and through the weekend.
The Hip-hop Hallelujah Carnival, which annually draws about 2,500 people, will be Oct. 31 at the fairgrounds Agriplex, 175 Rodeo Trail Road. Hours are 5-8 p.m.
The event, organized by Cornerstone Christian Fellowship Church, several civic organizations and other churches, is a family gathering that offers free hot dogs, popcorn and drinks. Admission is free, although donations will be accepted for the food bank.
Activities include carnival games, a cake walk and bouncy house. Treats will be given, and a fire truck and ambulance are scheduled to be there for children to explore.
Costumes are welcome, but organizers ask that no scary costumes be worn.
The event draws about 2,500 people each year.
Other events include:
• American Legion Columbia Post 97 will host trunk-or-treat at 4 p.m. Oct. 31 in the Legion hall’s parking lot, 102 Third St.
A costume contest will be at 4:30 p.m. in the same place.
All ages are welcome at the costume contest, but trophies and ribbons will be awarded to children in ages 0-2 years, 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12.
• Trick-or-treating at the businesses along Main Street will follow the Legion party.
The Keller School trunk-or-treat event will be at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 31 at the school, 17 S. School Road.
A harvest carnival will be from 6-7:30 p.m. Oct. 31 at Mansfield High School, 491 Road 14 N.E.
A costume contest is planned.
Colville Tribal Credit Corp. plans a costume competition 1 p.m. Oct. 31 at the credit office, 14 Moses Road.
Prizes of cash and gift cards will be given in categories for children up to age 17 and for those 18 and older.
A coloring contest also is planned for those through age 17, with cash prizes offered. Contest information is on the Colville Confederated Tribes’ website.
• A costume contest will be at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 31 at Rawson’s Department Store, 212 S. Second Ave., Okanogan. Prizes will be given in several categories for best homemade costume, scariest costume and judge’s choice.
• “Haunted Scaregrounds,” a haunted house-type event at the Okanogan County Fairgrounds, 175 Rodeo Trail Road, is planned Oct. 30 and 31.
The Okanogan High School Dawg Stars drama club is organizing the event, which is geared toward those in third-grade and older.
Hours are 7-9 p.m. Oct. 30 and 7-9 p.m. Oct. 31.
Admission includes a hay ride.
• A costume contest is planned Oct. 31 at the Club Sports Bar and Grill, 125 Pine St. Judging will be at 10 p.m.
• Businesses plan a trick-or-treat the merchants event from 3-5:30 p.m. Oct. 31.
• There are 11 locations competing in the Halloween or Harvest home and business decorating contest, put on by the city of Omak and the Chamber of Commerce. The competitors are Omak Inn, 912 Koala St.; Studio Off Main, 23 N. Main St.; ResCare Home Care, 523 Riverside Dr.; Country Cabin Espresso, 210 N. Main St.; Al Bosco, Alju Stove and Fireplace, 550 Riverside Dr.; Covey’s, 560 E. Riverside Dr.; Mari St. Pierre, 317 Edmond St.; Tasha Taksic, 23 S. Fir St.; Dan Wood, 621 Hillcrest Circle Drive; Crystal Newport, 542 W. Third St.; Sunshine Poliouin, 729 W. Ridge Drive.
Businesses posting a green trick-or-treat sign will offer treats from 3-6 p.m. Oct. 31.
Merchants are encouraged by the Chamber of Commerce to wear costumes.
A contest is planned for best costumes and decorations among businesses.
The annual “Nightmare at the Museum” will be from 6-9 p.m. Oct. 31 with a theme of “Cirque de Freaks.”
The museum, located within City Hall at 113 Lakeshore Drive, will be decorated with “cool oddities” and feature volunteers dressed up as “circus and sideshow freaks and creepy clowns,” according to organizer Tiffany Sullivan.
For younger children, the city plans to turn the neighboring council chambers into a less scary space with games and treats, she said.
Volunteers and donated materials are still being sought. Anyone who wishes to participate in the event should show up by 5 p.m. at the museum.
The Tonasket Community Cultural Center Halloween party starts at 5 p.m. Oct. 31 at the center, 411 S. Western Ave. It features finger foods, candy, games and a haunted house.
• A trunk-or-treat event will be from 5-6:30 p.m. Oct. 31 at the Community Covenant Church, 210 state Highway 20.
• Burgar Street will be closed to traffic from 5-10 p.m. Oct. 31 for trick-or-treating.
• Dinner and a fall carnival will be from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31 at Cascade Bible Church, 1119 S. Methow Valley Highway.
• A Halloween party and costume contest will be at 9 p.m. Nov. 1 at the Twisp River Pub, 201 state Highway 20. Shakedonia and Noah Ashford will perform.
• Halloween masquerade ball, complete with dancing, decorations, drinks and fortune telling, is planned at 8 p.m. Nov. 2, also in the Community Center.
The event, for those age 21 and older, is a fundraiser for Methow Valley Theater costume storage.
An entrance fee will be charged.
Costumes are optional. The theater will have costumes and accessories for purchase or rental.
Help is sought in setting up and operating the event.
Trunk-or-treat will be hosted by the United Methodist Church from 5-8 p.m. Oct. 31 across from Town Hall, 206 Riverside Ave.