With "Dracula" on stage, zombies in a local art gallery, haunted houses in the malls and monsters in the bars, Juneau is stretching Halloween into a four-day celebration.
Halloween is Tuesday, Oct. 31, but festivities already have begun. A "bone-chilling" haunted house has been set up and staffed at the Mendenhall Mall Annex by members of the Home Builders Association of Juneau. They recommend kids under 10 be accompanied by an adult, due to the fright factor.
"The job description for the actors reads, 'Must love to scare the daylights out of children,' " said Kelly Corrigan of the Home Builders Association. "It's for a little bit older kids."
The house will be chilling bones from 6 to midnight tonight, and from noon to midnight Saturday, Sunday afternoon and Monday and Tuesday evenings. Cost is $5.
For milder terror, Banfield Hall on the campus of the University of Alaska Southeast has been transformed into a three-story haunted house. This is geared for elementary school-age kids, and has two levels of scariness. One floor is very mellow, said housing manager Timi Tullis, and two other floors are scarier. Admission is canned food for the Juneau Food Bank. The haunted hall, located off the Back Loop Road, is open from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday.
UAS also is hosting "Stories on a Dark Night" at 9 p.m. Monday at the Student Activities Center at Auke Bay. Faculty and students will read scary tales, and it's free and open to all.
A Halloween carnival for young children will offer games, activities, refreshments and prizes from noon to 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the Fairweather Equition Center Barn at the end of Crazy Horse Drive. Admission is free and tickets will be sold for the carnival games.
Nugget Mall is hosting a costume contest at 1 p.m. Saturday, and a haunted house for kids Saturday and Sunday afternoons and Monday and Tuesday evenings.
The Great Pumpkin Carving Contest will be held Saturday at Don Abel Building Supply. Carving time begins at 10 a.m., and judging is at noon.Participants should bring their own pumpkins.
There are vampires at JuneauDouglas High School, thanks to the drama department. "Dracula" opens tonight and plays Saturday and Tuesday, plus Nov. 3 and 4. All shows are at 7 p.m.
"October Decomposure," an art show featuring ghoulish paintings, masks and sculptures by Juneau artist Jacob Higgins is on display Monday and Tuesday afternoon at the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council gallery. Higgins will have a closing reception from 4:30 to 8 p.m. on Halloween.
There's a Halloween costume ball contra dance, open to all ages, from 7:30 to 11 p.m. Saturday at the Scottish Rite Temple.
For adult Halloween partiers, Mike's Place in Douglas is hosting a "Spooktacular Halloween Bash" Saturday night, a music party with four bands formed for the occasion. Marlintini's Lounge is also hosting a costume party Saturday night with live music and $500 in prizes for the best costumes. Peabody's Monster is playing a Halloween dance at the Alaskan Bar. There's a Halloween costume party with DJ music in the Hangar Ballroom on Saturday night, and a charity ball tonight at Squire's Rest in Auke Bay. This is a benefit for the Seth McBride Foundation, with food, a DJ and a costume parade.