I’m not sure we could have ordered a more perfect weekend to celebrate the pagan custom of dressing up in crazy costumes and parading around in search of treats. An almost-full moon, frosty ground, and gnarled, naked tree branches that reach out spindly fingers toward unsuspecting little ghosts and goblins…..EEK! Take a look at our lineup of Halloween-related events to inspire the trickster of any age, all around town:
FRIDAY: The Municipality of Anchorage is sponsoring another year of Haunted Trails at Goose Lake Park near the university. Two trails; one for kids under eight starts at 4:30 p.m.; the second for those eight and older begins at 6:45. Dress in warm costumes, wear the headlamp, and get ready for some spine-tingling, spooky trail fun! Seriously, this is one of our fav Halloween events; we’re outside, we’re walking around, and every year some headless creature comes tearing out of the woods to scare me into the following year. It’s fabulous, and really, not that spooky. $10/family if you head to the Fairview Rec Center this morning, but $15/family if you purchase at Goose Lake Park tonight, 2811 UAA Drive.
The Alaska Museum of Natural History invites all budding scientists to a Icky, Squishy, and Gooey party TODAY from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at the facility in Anchorage’s Mountain View neighborhood. A biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will bring a, uh, deceased sea otter and show the inside, outside, and all sides of this creature. If that’s too much ickiness, take the self-guided scavenger hunt, or make your own slime. Admission ranges from $3-$5/pp, depending upon age.
SATURDAY: Trick or Treat Street welcomes you to wander the downtown Anchorage area between noon and 4 p.m., and we’ll be hanging out in the Salmon Berry Tours office at 515 W. 4th Avenue! Begin with us at noon, or pick up your TOTS map in any Anchorage Press edition, and make your way ’round the city. Hey – there’s even a Frightening 4k race starting on 4th Avenue at 11 a.m., so why not get some exercise before candy-grabbing? Find out everything you need to know about the day right HERE. We can’t wait! Free.
Bird TLC’s Owl-O-Ween will be held at the Alaska Heritage Museum at Wells Fargo, 301 W. Northern Lights Blvd., from 3-5 p.m. This free, annual event is always so interesting and quite a way to celebrate after parading around downtown in costume.
The Reindeer Farm in Palmer is hosting its final weekend of harvest-y fun, and they’re encouraging everyone to attend in costume on Saturday! Hit the hay maze, meet a moose, bison, or reindeer, and pick out the perfect pumpkin for Halloween night. $10/pp, but kids under 2 are free. Hey, if you need a spot for that family holiday photo, by the way, this is a great place; the mountain backdrop is stunning.
Our good friends at Eagle River Nature Center are ramping up their Enchanted Forest events, one for little kids, and one for bigger kids. Take a short hike, play some games, and explore the magical forest surrounding this lovely nature center. Psst – do WATCH OUT for the witch, she could be anywhere!!!! Call ERNC at 907-694-2108 to make reservations and double check times. Free, but $5/parking for non members.
The Museum of Alaska Transportation and Industry welcomes all ages to experience a Night at the Museum, 4-8 p.m. on Saturday. Ooooh, my, the Alaska Railroad train will be all spooky and decorated for the event, as will the other exhibits, so dress up, show up, and get ready for a unique way to celebrate Halloween. This is a fabulous museum, by the way, so take advantage of the opportunity and explore the indoor and outdoor exhibits, plus a special viewing of the model train house. $18/family.
There’s lots more family fun on the AKontheGO calendar of events - so don’t forget to take a look, and be sure you’re subscribed to our regular post updates, it’s really the way to stay on top of family travel information in Alaska!