It’s time, it’s time! The pumpkins have been purchased, the costume box is now sitting in the middle of our family room floor, and my inbox is fairly bursting with event submissions for the AKontheGO calendar. Halloween’s seasonal push is on, friends, so heed our spooky lineup of family fun, below. Psst: Save some doughnuts and apple cider for me, will you? It’s my favorite way to celebrate my favorite time of year.FAIRBANKS
Creamer’s Field is hosting a ‘Creepy Critters’ event Saturday, October 24, from 12-4 p.m. The theme is bears, and all sorts of activities are planned for kids in preschool on up. A $3 donation is suggested. Dress for weather, and meet at the Farmhouse Visitor Center.
Pioneer Park is the place to be on October 24th, too, as the annual Trick or Treat Town starts at 12 p.m. and continues until 7 p.m. Follow the Trick or Treat Town Facebook page for updates and ticket information. Bring the big pillowcase to this one. #Treats.
Williams Reindeer Farm in Palmer begins their Fall Family Fun events, starting Saturday, October 17. Tickets are $10/pp for ages 3-103, and feature reindeer visits, a hay maze, reindeer train (yes, really), and lots and lots of music, food, and family fun. Pumpkins can be picked out, all while savoring the stunning views from this family farm at the foot of the Butte.
Eagle River Nature Center hosts family-centered, Halloween-themed programs on the weekends of October 24/25, and October 31/November 1. Bats, bugs, and even a witch and her owl! Make crafts, have some hot cider, and be sure to dress up for the Halloween Nature Walk (yes, staff will let you know if the Rodak Nature Trail is open). Keep tabs on all the happenings HERE.
Famous DJ Spencer Lee, Anchorage’s music man (and dad of adorable twin boys), is cooking up some Halloween trouble at the Baby Loves Disco/Family Halloween Dance Part on Sunday, October 25 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. NOT just for babies, the whole family is invited to move and groove to Spencer’s sounds, and in costume too. And this just in: Make-A-Wish Kid, #StarLauren, who appeared in an amazing music video to Michael Jackson’s ‘Beat It’ will be signing autographs and doin’ some moonwalking on stage at the event. Don’t miss this. We’ll be there helping to give away prizes! Tickets and info, HERE.
Anchorage Parks and Recreation presents a Haunted Trails event on Friday, October 23 from 4:30-8:30 p.m. Two trails (one less scary than the other) are available for your walking pleasure (or scare!). The Trick or Treat Trail starts at 4:30, and lasts until 6:30, and is geared toward smaller children who may not enjoy headless horsemen and such. This trail is $6/advance ticket, or $8/day of event. The Spooky Trail begins at 6:45 and lasts until 8:30, and IS spooky. Tickets are $8/advance, or $10/day of event. BOTH trails are $11/advance, $15/day of event. Register now at muni.org/active or in person at either Fairview or Spenard Recreation Centers. We’ve tried to attend this event since AK Kid was a little guy, and always enjoy being outside together, all dressed up.
The Anchorage Downtown Partnership is once again rallying the downtown core businesses for the amazing, awesome, and totally goody-rich day of Trick or Treat Street. Saturday, October 31 is the day. Noon-4 p.m. is the time. Cost? FREE. Dress up, bring your kids, and enjoy a day of safe trick-or-treating in downtown Anchorage. We’ll be at our usual station of Salmon Berry Tours and Alaska Center for Pediatrics on 4th Avenue. Stop by and say ‘Hi’!
The Alaska Zoo is getting spooky again — but in a good way, as the annual Zoo Boo takes place Halloween night from 5-9 p.m. Click the links for online ticket purchase, and get ready to dress up and trick-or-treat with the animals. Dress for our changing weather, and plan to get there early; we’re hearing this will be a sellout! Zoo Boo is definitely a camera-worthy event, too, as the entire zoo will be dressed up for Halloween.
AKontheGO tip: Put some chemical handwarmers in your pockets for warm-ups as kids trek around the outdoors. Add long underwear and warm socks, too. While we still don’t have any snow, the damp weather makes for cold Trick-or-Treating.