FAIRBANKS — Halloween is right around the corner, and whether you’re taking your little ones trick-or-treating or hitting the city yourself dressed as this year’s most redundant costume (that would be Big Bird), you shouldn’t be at a loss for events to attend come All Hallows’ Eve.
Here’s a brief roundup of events for you to sink your fake fanged teeth into, so get up, get out and go get your spook on from kid-friendly family events to more raucous gatherings geared toward the adult crowd.
Note: There are many events going on in the Fairbanks area that are not listed here. However, these are the ones we were alerted to. And seriously, reconsider the Big Bird thing.
Friday, Oct. 26
• Girl Scout Troops 56 and 149 are hosting a family friendly, not-so-scary haunted house from 5:30-9:30 p.m. at the Girl Scout Council Office on the Old Steese Highway. Admission is $2 per person. 347-4823
• A group called The Hook Up Entertainment is presenting its first Halloween bash from 8 p.m. to midnight, billed as a safe event catering to teens ages 13 to 18. The night includes a costume contest and dance, with prizes for best costume. Cover is $8 at the door, $5 if in costume. 310 First Avenue, downstairs. 374-4634
Saturday, Oct. 27
• On Saturday, take the kids out the Chief David Salmon Tribal Hall from 6-9 p.m. for a night of games, raffles and fun centered around a Halloween carnival. Admission is $8 per family or $5 per person, and games are $1 each. It is sponsored by Young Native Fiddlers. 479-2608.
Halloween, Oct. 31
• 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 museum.uaf.edu.
• 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
Saturday, Oct. 27
These next two events are two of the most popular Halloween gatherings for adults in Fairbanks, so weigh your options wisely. Both of these events draw big crowds with great, creative costumes.
• The Blue Loon, 2999 Parks Highway, is hosting its Halloween party starting at 9 p.m. in conjunction with KWLF 98.1 FM’s birthday bash. Cash prizes will be awarded for best costume. Cover is $10 in costume, $20 without. 457-5666
• The Howling Dog Saloon, Old Steese Highway in Fox, is hosting its Halloween party and costume contest starting at 10 p.m. with Ukulele Russ and Friends taking the stage. Prizes will be awarded for costumes. 456-4695
Scary & sporty
Halloween, Oct. 31
• 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 www.facebook.com/zumbawithreinahasting
• 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 wnrace.com or call Ken Leary at 450-2353.
Halloween, Oct. 31
• 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
Saturday, Oct. 27.
• Petco, 417 Merhar Ave., is hosting a Halloween costume contest for pets at 2 p.m.
Contact Features Editor Gary Black at 459-7504 or on Twitter at @FDNMfeatures.