Let the kids sleep in a bit while you peruse our absolutely incredible lineup of Halloween weekend activities. The combination of learning and fun just sends me to the moon this year; or, at least, to the pantry for a little Milky Way pick-me-up. Especially after looking at this photo (above) of AK Dad making his “I need more coffee” face.
This special Halloween Edition of Fun Friday is sponsored by Alaska Center for Pediatrics, caring for kids (and their candy-filled tummies) since 1982. We’ll be glad we said that later, won’t we?
First, however, speaking of drama and costumes; do give a listen to the podcast of this week’s Alaska Travelgram Show. Our friend Richard Beneville of Nome Discovery Tours gave us a great verbal tour of the city, its history, and a few options for visitors, no matter their age. My cohost, Scott McMurren, called Richard “indefatigable,” and he always tells me I use big words! Hit the link HERE and tell me if you agree. And while you’re at it, DO sign up for Scott’s Alaska Travelgram newsletter. With all the airlines at their most crazy this time of year, you’d be crazy not to. Seriously, he has The 4-1-1 on all things travel-deal. Listen to him. I do. Sometimes.
FRIDAY: Reindeer Farm, Palmer. BIG KIDS. 6-10 p.m. Fri./Sat. The kinder-gentler Halloween pumpkin patch is done, and in its place is a haunted hay maze waiting to scare the bejeebers out of your middle school/high school kids. $10. 745-4000.
Haunted Trails, Goose Lake Park, Anchorage. Fun for ages 3+ from 4:30-8:30 p.m. Come in costume to impress the ghosts and ghouls who will hand out treats at various stations throughout the park. $15/family on day of event. Call 343-4130 for info. Goose Lake Park is at 2811 UAA Drive.
Girdwood Kids’ Carnival, Alyeska Resort Daylodge, Girdwood. 4:30-8:30. All ages. A fundraiser for the Girdwood School, this carnival is like the ones you rememer attending as a kid. Games, candy bar-walk, mildly scary haunted house, yep, it’s all here. Catch the music and fun this afternoon/evening in costume! $3/pp, $5/family.
SATURDAY: The Reindeer Farm continues its family-friendly Halloween activities from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. in Palmer. Wagon rides, pumpkin patch, and reindeer-kissing. Okay, maybe I made that last thing up. $10. 745-4000.
Night at the Museum, Alaska Museum of Transportation and Industry, Wasilla. All ages, 4-8 p.m. Oh my gosh, this is the COOLEST, ever. The Museum of Trans is our fam favorite, and everyone should dress up and head to Wasilla and find out why. A haunted train? EEEK! Museum characters who come to life in the gallery? NO WAY! Kids must be accompanied by parents. $5/pp. 3800 W. Museum Drive, Wasilla.
Wild Night at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, Portage. 5-8 p.m., all ages. What goes “boo” in the barn? Not you, of course, but a ton of family-friendly wild critters who want to welcome you and your family to a great Halloween celebration! Check out skulls, scat, and scary animals at this carnival-like party, at the invitation of Snickers the Porcupine (I made that up, too, but I’m sure he’ll be there in his best prickly frame of mind). $10. 783-2025. Mile 79 Seward Highway.
Halloween at Eagle River Nature Center, Eagle River, 2 p.m., pre-school on Saturday. The Enchanted Forest awaits little ones, with a stroll through a lovely forest just right for small goblins. FREE, $5 parking for non-members. 694-2108.
SUNDAY: Bird TLC’s Owl-O-Ween, Alaska Heritage Museum, Anchorage. 3-5 p.m. All ages. Join a parliament of live owls as they celebrate their favorite time of year! Find out why owls are a witch’s best friend, and how ghost stories really got started. Kids, come in costume, of course! FREE. 301 W. Northern Lights Blvd (Wells Fargo bldg). 562-4852.
Eagle River Nature Center Halloween, Eagle River, 3 p.m. K-6. Meet a good witch and learn a little more about the history of Hallow’s Eve as you walk down to the classroom yurt today. Come in costume! FREE, $5 parking for non-members. 694-2108.
MONDAY: Zoo Boo! Alaska Zoo, Anchorage. All ages.Get your tickets today for this way-popular event where the animals invite you to trick or treat, their way! Take a walk along the spoooooky trails from 5-8 p.m. and see what treats the tiger has this year (remember, he just had a root canal!). Regular admission applies, pass-holders receive discount. Call 346-2133 for complete layout of info.
Live outside the greater Anchorage area? Check out AKontheGO’s post from a week ago, talking about other fabulous Halloween events, including some wonderful opportunities in Fairbanks! Hit the AKontheGO calendar, too, and don’t forget to list your event with us; remember, the holiday season is coming up and we’d love to give your business or organization a shout-out! Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or hit the “Calendar of Events” tab at the top of this page.
Save me some chocolate, somebody, please? Have a happy and safe Halloween!