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Posted: Monday, October 29, 2012 2:37 pm | Updated: 2:01 pm, Wed Jan 16, 2013.

Ready to get your scare on? Here’s a short list of events in and around Fairbanks on Halloween.

• The Noel Wien Public Library, 1215 Cowles St., is hosting its Halloween Howl for 3- to 6-year-olds at 10:30 a.m. The children’s event includes stories and games and costumes are welcome. 459-1052.

• From 2 to 5 p.m., the University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute is hosting trick-or-treating for kids on campus.

• Costumed kids and their families are invited to the University of Alaska Museum of the North’s Halloween celebration on from 4-7 p.m. Visitors are invited to watch scientific experiments and tour the museum’s research labs. There will be crafts in the Ed Center and non-edible Halloween treats. For children ages 12 and under with adult chaperones. Please bring a donation of canned food for the Fairbanks Community Food Bank. 474-7505 or visit the museum online at

• The First Assembly of God, 2830 Airport Way, is hosting a Harvest Festival beginning at 7 p.m. for ages 1 to 12. The event is free and open to the public. 474-9112

• From noon to 1 p.m., you’re invited to Zumba Thriller at Dance Theater Fairbanks, 656 Seventh Ave. Participants are encouraged to show up in costume and zumba their Michael Jackson-loving hearts out. 378-3657 or visit

• The first cross-country ski race of the season will be on Halloween night with a Wednesday Night Race Series event. The race will take place at the Birch Hill Recreation Area Oct. 31 and start in the stadium at 6:45 p.m. Skiers who ski in a costume will be awarded a 30-second head start on their competitors.

The race is five kilometers and is a mass start. Registration opens at 6 p.m. in the old warming hut on Birch Hill and will close five minutes before the start of the race. Race fees are $3 for members of the Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks or $20 for the whole series (8 races). Fees for non-NSCF members are $5 or $25, respectively.

There will be divisions for males and females with three age classes each — youth (12-18), adult (19-49) and masters (50 ). There will be a team division this year also. Prizes will be awarded after the race. Last year, more than $600 in prizes was given to race participants for the series.

The temperature cutoff for the race will be -4 degrees, as determined by the Birch Hill web thermometer at 5:30 p.m. on race day. For race information, schedule, registration forms, race video, results and race route maps visit the or call Ken Leary at 450-2353.

• What’s Halloween without Rocky, Frankenfurter, Brad and Janet? The Cafe Society for Dogs/Raven Veterinary Service, 1890 Hollowell Road in North Pole, is hosting a viewing of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” at 7 p.m. on Halloween night. There is no fee but donations are accepted. It’s an outside event, so dress accordingly. 488-2906

• Zombies are still the rage — just tune into AMC’s hit show “The Walking Dead” — and as such, the reanimation of the deceased is the topic of a lecture by Dr. Michael Harris, a neuroscientist at the Institute of Arctic Biology at UAF. He will speak on “Zombies: Physiology of the Undead” from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in Schaible Auditorium at UAF. Free. 450-8772


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