Halloween in Alaska: Last-minute ideas for spooky family fun

Greetings, dahlings, and welcome to a special Halloween edition from AKontheGO. We’re doing the Monster Mash around here today, in anticipation of a candy-fueled, costume-clad October 31 of Alaska family fun. Below are five options, statewide, for unique and often creepy-crawly Halloween fun. Ready – grab your favorite chocolate bar, and let’s get to it!

No snow, but plenty of great views in Girdwood for Halloween night! (turnagaintimes.com)

Girdwood: The Girdwood School is hosting their annual Halloween carnival from 5-8 p.m. in the Alyeska Resort Daylodge. We’ve attended in the past, and it’s always full of old-fashioned family fun. Ring toss, haunted castle, face painting, you name it, it’s there. Bring some cash for incidentals, like plastic spider rings and a snack. Hey, while you’re at it, swing into the Hotel Alyeska and make reservations for a Fall Family Package some fine weekend. There may not be snow, yet, but for $179, your family of up to five people can enjoy overnight accommodations, $50 in resort credit, a movie, and milk and cookies. Heck of a good deal, especially when you think about the outdoor options for fun – hiking, biking, moose-watching. It’s awesome. But don’t delay!

AK Kid's rendition of a "zombie tour guide" is a perfect costume for the Alaska Zoo's "ZooBoo" event!

Anchorage: ZooBoo is tonight from 5-8 p.m. at the Alaska Zoo, and is an extremely popular event with local families. My advice? Swing into the zoo today, if you can, and purchase those tickets; $7/pp, or $5/pp pass holders. It’s worth it, though, to see Knobby the Bactrian Camel come sauntering over for a “howdy”. ALERT! Tomorrow, Nov 1, tickets go on sale for ZooLights, the coolest, brightest, most twinkling display of lights in town. You’ll want to make tracks to this event, too, so plan on a second visit to the Zoo, or their website, Friday morning. It’s a great way to work off all that candy.

Yes, that's a big spider clinging to the outside of the Museum.

Fairbanks: The University of Alaska Museum of the North has gone bat-ty today, with all sorts of creepy experiments, displays, and opportunities to come in from the chilly, dark Interior weather for a bit of Halloween trickery. Swing on in with a can of food for the Food Bank, and receive FREE admission! Open from 4-7 just for you trick-or-treaters. Ask about the new partnership with the Fairbanks Childrens Museum, too; it’s a wonderful new opportunity for kids to enjoy hands-on learning in Alaska. Boo-yah to that!

Trick-or-treat at the Pratt Museum's Homestead Cabin. Watch out!

Homer: The Pratt Museum on Bartlett Street in downtown Homer will welcome goody-seekers at their spooooooky homestead cabin from 4-6 p.m. today. The cabin is an excellent example of early Alaska life, and we always enjoy poking around this little dwelling, and marvelling at how people did so well with so little. FREE. Why not stay for a weekend? Lands End Resort  sits right on the tip of Homer Spit and offers some great storm-watching, beachcombing, and relaxing family time. Check their website for specials!

It might not be spooky, but caring for our whales is important!

Sitka: Hey, Whalefest starts today! Okay, it’s not Halloween-themed, but Whalefest is amazing. A celebration of Sitka Sound, oceans, and the gentle giants who inhabit this watery space, Whalefest is a busy week of events, lectures, and kid-friendly whale-spying time. Need some candy? Head to downtown Sitka merchants; they’ll be dressed up and waiting for YOU! Don’t forget to walk the grounds at Sitka National Historical Park, too. With the government shutdown over, trails are open and ready for a ghostly walk through the totems. EEEEEK!

AKontheGO’ers, be sure to keep tabs on all sorts of Alaska family fun on our Calendar page, and stay tuned – we have BIG news coming tomorrow about a particularly awesome partnership with Alaska Public Media. 

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