On Tuesday, Oct. 31, trick-or-treaters will fill Friday Harbor streets, or mainly just a few neighborhoods.
“There are certain neighborhoods around Argyle, that are really close to town, where a bunch of kids go,” said Kiwanis President Vicky Thalacker. “It’s always been that way.”
To help the hardest hit streets, like Hunts, Grover and Spruce, the local Kiwanis Club supplies a donation bin for Halloween candy at the Friday Harbor Drug Store.
“We appreciate anything we get from the community,” said Thalacker.
The San Juan Island Sheriff’s Office will block traffic on Spruce and Rose Streets for safe door-to-door travels. Residents who live on those streets can pass at slow speeds, said San Juan County Sheriff Ron Krebs.
Krebs suggests kids wear glow sticks or carry flashlights to remain well lit at night, especially in dark costumes.
“Sometimes it’s hard to see them,” he said about trick-or-treaters, who, in that area, seem to be “every kid on the island.” He advised trick-or-treaters to look both ways before crossing streets and walk in groups.
San Juan Island Fire and Rescue staff will also light Hunt and Spruce Streets from about 5:30 to 8 p.m., as well as pass out candy. The lights are normally used to illuminate emergency scenes.
Teens in grades six through 12 can join Island Rec’s Halloween party that evening, from 7:30-9:30 p.m., at Paradise Lanes Bowling Alley for free. Wear costumes to possibly win a prize and enjoy pizza. For more information, call 360-378-4953.
Islanders can also view “The Passion of Dracula,” for free at the San Juan Community Theatre at 7:30 p.m. on Halloween. It also plays on Nov. 1.
Before the spooky day, islanders can celebrate at other local events.
View “Dawn of the Dead” at 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 27 and Saturday, Oct. 28 at the San Juan Island Library for free. Staff will show George Romero’s 1978 version, as well as Zack Snyder’s 2004 remake, and both are rated R.
The Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor will hold a fundraiser called “Howl” from 6 to 11 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 28 at the Swinomish Casino and Lodge in Anacortes. The San Juan Island Brewing Company is sponsoring the costume contest, too. The entire event features a Vancouver DJ, dining, dancing, and cash prizes. Tickets are $75 and attendees must be age 21 or older. To learn more, visit www.apsfh.com.
Islanders can participate in a global dance to Micheal Jackson’s “Thriller” on Saturday, Oct. 28 at Brickworks for $5. Registration starts at 2:30 p.m. and the dance begins at 3 p.m. For information, visit Thrill the World Friday Harbor on Facebook.
There’s also a haunted house at the San Juan County Fairgrounds, the weekend before Halloween. For more information, visit fridayharborhauntedhouse.com and view the schedule, below.
Friday, Oct. 27: 6-10 p.m., ages 10 and up for a scary night; $10
Saturday, Oct. 28: 2-6 p.m., for little ones and seniors with no scares, scenery only; $5
Saturday, Oct. 28; 6-10 p.m., age 10 and up for a scary night; $10