San Juan Island Halloween events

Halloween may fall in the middle of the week this year, but islanders know that means there will be a whole spooky weekend. From family fun to dance parties, there are events for ghosts and goblins of all ages.

Thursday, Oct. 25, San Juan Island Brewing will welcome the Halloween weekend with a pumpkin carving contest. The fun begins at 5:30 p.m., and all ages are welcomed. The best carving winners, for both the adult and child contests, will be announced the next day.

At 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 26, at the San Juan Island Library, get batty with Russel Barsh, Kwiaht ecologist. Barsh will share what he has learned during his five-year study of island bats and play recordings he has collected of about 1 million individual bats.

Saturday, Oct. 27, the American Legion Post 163 kicks off their annual Spooktacular Halloween Party for members and guests. There will be live music, food, fun and prizes. The costume contest will be judged at 11 p.m.

There are plenty events on Halloween too. The annual Friday Harbor Elementary School Halloween parade allows students to get into the spirit, and show off their costumes. The parade leaves the campus at 9:30 a.m., Oct. 31, and will proceed down Argyle Avenue to Spring Street, looping through town before heading back to school.

From 5:30-8 p.m., Hunt Street and Spruce Street will be well lit for young goblins to go trick or treating. San Juan Island Fire and Rescue staff will be on hand to provide lights for safety.

From 7:30-9:30 p.m., Island Rec will host a teen Halloween party. This free dance party takes place at Brickworks, for grades 6-12. The infamous DJ Doug will preside over the music. Games will be set up, and there will prizes for best costume. Island Rec staff request no masks or no fake weapons. Pizza and treats will be provided.