KTVA 11 Daybreak: Family Fun in October

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The KTVA 11 Daybreak crew hoists a cuppa for October family fun!

It’s the first Thursday of October, and that means KTVA 11 Daybreak Family Fun Expert day; the morning I get up reeeeeeeally early and join my delightful hosts for five minutes of Alaska’s best bets in kid-friendly activities and events. Below is the lowdown from today, PLUS, an extra bit for AKontheGO’ers who are lucky enough to subscribe to our blog posts. Just head to the bottom of the AKontheGO home page and sign up where it says ‘subscribe’. See how simple that is?

Bundle up and hike along the Iditarod Trail at Eagle River Nature Center.

Eagle River Nature Center is hosting a family-friendly hike on Saturday, October 11. A great stroll down the historic Iditarod Trail with the help of a guide. Strollers are okay, backpacks best, and don’t forget your water and snacks! Then, on Saturday, October 25, dress up in your favorite costume for a Halloween Nature Walk with ERNC naturalists. Treat stations, costumes, and lots of smiles await your family at this great Halloween nighttime alternative. Be sure to dress up for weather, however; I think winter is on its way! Call ERNC for details, times, and reservations for the October 11 hike: 694-2108.

Even the Anchorage Fire Department joins the fun for Trick or Treat Street. Photo from ADP

Frightening 4K runners and walkers take off in downtown Anchorage. Photo ADP

Anchorage Downtown Partnership is happy to sponsor another year of Trick or Treat Street in the greater downtown area. Dress up, visit local merchants, and try some hands-on fun for the whole family. Also fun is an earlier Frightening 4k and costumed fun run suitable for all ages. It’s a great way to exercise, then try some carmel apples. Right? Find everything you need to know at the ADP website, above.

Even the ghosts seem happy to be at ZooBoo! Photo - John Gomes

Happy trick-or-treaters at ZooBoo! Photo - John Gomes

ZooBoo is back! And with Halloween on a Friday night, it’s a great place to be for tricks, treats, and your favorite Alaska animal friends. Bundle up the kids (it’s always cold at the zoo), bring a candy bucket, and join the party. Tickets are required for this event, and you’ll need to act fast for purchase; pass-holders, you’ll pay only $5, non pass-holders, you pay $7.

More Halloween fun, coming your way!


Fairbanks: Visit the University of Alaska Museum of the North for their annual Halloween open house event. Admission is FREE, and kids can touch spooky things, like bones or spiders (ICK). Find our more HERE. 

Halloween Trick or Treat Town will be an outdoor Halloween alternative to the usual neighborhood. How about the historic mock-ups of old-time Fairbanks, instead? Great fun, lots of crafts, candy, and music for the whole family. Do dress warm!! Details on the Trick or Treat Town Facebook page, HERE.

Palmer: Oh yes, the Williams Reindeer Farm is hosting their annual fall festival of events, but – they’ve gone even farther with the Halloween thing. Yes, the Tootsie Roll Bandit is still running away from kids in the hay maze; yes, the hay rides are still going on, but this year they’ve added lights and sounds and really cool decorations. Come see the reindeer, pick up a pumpkin, take a walk around the farm, and enjoy this family-friendly place. We do like their hospitality. Find information and ticket prices HERE. 

Celebrate Alaska's purchase from Russia at the Sitka Alaska Day Festival, now in its 65th year! AlaskaDayFestival.org


Tomorrow is First Friday in Anchorage! Stop by downtown merchants, or help dedicate the new raven sculpture at Westchester Lagoon at 5:30 p.m. It’s a great way to enjoy the last gasp of sunshine from a wonderful fall. Take a walk down the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail while you’re there, and play on the newly renovared playground. It’s a favorite family stop!

 Sitka celebrates 65 years of their Alaska Day Festival this year, starting on October 9th and running all week. A parade, period costumes, a grand ball, and all sorts of family fun at this historic event marking the purchase of Alaska from Russia. Not sure about airfares? Try using miles with Alaska Airlines – 15,000 will get you a round-trip ticket for a weekend getaway to another time in history. Pretty cool!

I love October; it’s just a jump away from winter, but with all the activity of a harvest season. Get outside and enjoy every minute with your family, and we’ll see you on KTVA 11 Daybreak the first Thursday of November!


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