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Zombies, bats and foxes

Halloween festivities begin early this year, continue through next week

Posted: October 24, 2013 - 12:00am
  Art by Melissa Griffiths
Art by Melissa Griffiths

Halloween falls on a Thursday this year, so the revelry will likely spread across both weekends on either side. Most events are scheduled for this weekend, including the popular Zombie Walk, the Halloween skate at the Treadwell arena and a Horror-a-thon movie marathon at the Gold Town Nickelodeon, as well as costume parties all over the place. (Trending this year, according to Google figures based on the most-searched costume names: foxes, thanks to Ylvis’ video “The Fox”, characters from “Despicable Me” and “The Great Gatsby,” and, as always, Batman.)

 

THURSDAY

Haunted House at the Prospector

From 6-9 p.m. tonight, Friday and Saturday, the Prospector Hotel will be offering a Haunted House, suitable for teens and up (PG-13). A $10 admission fee will include a free dessert coupon to be used at TK’s Maguires. The Haunted House will also be offered on Halloween, Oct. 31. Proceeds from this event will go toward Big Brothers Big Sisters.

 

FRIDAY

The Canvas Halloween Party

The Canvas, located at 223 Seward St., will host a range of Halloween events for all ages on Friday from 2-10 p.m. All are free.

From 2-6 p.m., there will be a Halloween Carnival, complete with mad scientists, face painting, oreo races, and more. Participants also have a chance to win creepy, crawly, spidery prizes from a variety of Halloween-themed carnival games.

From 6-7 p.m., local storytellers will tell scary “campfire” stories. And from 8-10 p.m., the Canvas will host a showing of the movie “Ghostbusters.” Audience members are encouraged to come dresses as their favorite character. Kids under 13 must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information, visit www.canvasarts.org.

 

Halloween Fun at the Mall

The Nugget Mall will host Halloween activities for all ages -- including the TMHS Haunted House, Boy Scouts Goblin Golf and Helping Hands Halloween Carnival -- on Friday from 5:30-7:30 p.m., on Saturday from 12-4 p.m. and on Sunday from 1-4 p.m. Next week, on Halloween, the mall will host a costume contest at 5 p.m. and trick-or-treating from 5:30-7 p.m.

 

3rd Annual KXLL Zombie Walk

The streets of downtown Juneau will be filled with the undead beginning at 7:30 p.m. Friday during KXLL’s third annual Zombie Walk. Zombie gathering time is 7 p.m. at Evergreen Cemetery. At the end of the walk, zombies have two options: both the Rendezvous and Gold Town will be hosting zombie-related events beginning at 8:30 p.m. See below.

 

11th annual Halloween Skate

The Halloween skate, an annual event, is hosted by the City of Juneau, and includes ice skating in costumes to spooky music and lighting effects. Adults admission is $5, kids are $4, and skate rental is $2. This all ages event runs from 8-9:30 p.m., at the Treadwell Ice Arena.

For more information, call 586-0410 or visit www.douglas4thofjuly.com

 

Zombie Fresh Flesh Flick

Stagger over to the Gold Town Nickelodeon after the walk for a best zombie contest, beginning around 8:30 p.m. Collette Costa will be MCing and the theater will be showing a surprise fresh flesh flick. This event is open to zombies of all ages. The theater is located in the Emporium Mall, behind Heritage Coffee.

 

Zombie Dance With the Dead

The Rendezvous will host a bloody best zombie contest for those 21 and over, with a surprise zombie MC and live music with four bands. Admission is $5 and it begins at 8:30 p.m.

 

SATURDAY

Horror-thon fundraiser

Head back to the Gold Town on Saturday for a “Keep Gold Town Shining” movie “Horror-thon” fundraiser. The event will open on Saturday with Halloween-themed cartoons and movies from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., followed by silent and classic titles from 1-4 p.m. Regular feature films will run at 4 and 7 p.m. and then the overnight marathon begins, running from 8:30 p.m. Saturday through 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Scary titles TBA (a list will be posted at the theater on Saturday) but manager and co-owner Collette Costa says to expect a wide variety of film genres and styles, including "silent films, schlock-fests, comedy horror, giant monsters, bug invasions, Twilight Zones, ghost stories and even a few face-meltings." Doors will be locked after 1 a.m.

The proceeds from the horror-a-thon will go toward helping pay for the theater’s new digital projector, installed last month after the old one bit the dust.

 

“Bat Days” at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center

Staff at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center will focus on these creepy creatures from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, providing bat-centered crafts, games, videos and information sessions for visiting kids and their families.

 

Haunted room at Riverbend

Riverbend Elementary School will welcome the brave into its Haunted Room on both Saturday and Sunday at the school, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and Oct 1-3 p.m. Sunday. The event is sponsored by TMHS cross country team and Riverbend music and library programs, and admission is $3.

 

Making Monsters kids drawing workshop

The Alaska Robotics Gallery, at 220 Front St., will host a “Making Monsters” drawing workshop for kids from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, led by Lisa Schramek. The workshop is suitable for K-8th graders and space is limited; register by calling 523-0303 or stopping by the gallery. Admission is $10/student.

 

Colored pencil drawing workshop with Ray Troll

Over at the Douglas Library, also at 1 p.m. Saturday, Ketchikan artist Ray Troll will be leading a drawing workshop as well. (It’s not Halloween related, but he does have some creepy fish in his pictures.) Troll’s workshop is free, and all art supplies are provided. Register by calling Andi Hirsh at 586-0442 or andrea_hirsh@juneau.org.

 

Costume parties

A costume party will be held during the halftime show at the “No Umbrellas” fashion event at Centennial Hall on Saturday, which runs from 7-9 p.m.

And the Viking has planned a costume contest as part of their Halloween party, which will be held upstairs on Saturday. First prize is $200 cash.

Most downtown bars will be having parties that night as well.

Looking ahead, McGiveney’s Sports Bar and Grill will hold their Halloween Costume Party next weekend, Nov. 1, featuring music from Susu and the Prophets beginning at 10 p.m. First place in that contest is $250 in cash.

 

WEDNESDAY

“The Bats of Southeast Alaska,”

And on Wednesday, Oct. 30, the Alaska Wildlife Alliance Southeast Chapter will host a special Wildlife Wednesday presentation on bats at the Thunder Mountain High School library, beginning at 7 p.m.

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