Best Bets

Spooky season is in full tilt, friends. The Betster has started to see positively frightful decorations of all things creepy and crawly springing up outside homes all around town.

Even with such a year as this, it’s nice to be surrounded by the traditional comforts of one’s favorite season. (No shame if Fall isn’t your favorite season — but also, you’re wrong.)

Soon parents and neighborhoods will be tasked with figuring out how to enjoy the traditional Tick-or-Treat festivities for Halloween in a safe way. It’s likely to look a little different than years past, but if the Betster knows parents and their determination, there is now doubt that an enterprising mom with a sewing machine will be able to make a mask look good with any costume.

Some events are forging ahead — like the annual Trunk-or-Treat event in Anchor Point and a spooky, Shakespeare-themed walk through the Pratt Museum trails being put on by Pier One Theatre — while others are still in limbo. No matter what form the spooktastic events of this season take, no one can take away the spirit(s) of Halloween (both spooky and benign).

Now’s the time to pick out those pumpkins and string up those spider webs. Put the finishing touches on costumes and get to work on your candy collecting plan.

Just don’t be surprised if you find a carved pumpkin left out to brighten the porch becomes a moose’s lunch at some point throughout the course of the month.

While you’re scaring yourself silly thinking about all the Halloween possibilities, check out these best bets:

BEST LET IT GO BET: Dig into your closets and pull out treasure — all those old computers, keyboards, mice and stuff you no longer need — and bring it to the 15th annual Electronics Recycling event. Cook Inletkeeper will host the event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, at Spenard Builders Supply. Dispose properly of obsolete computer equipment. Households, businesses and nonprofit agencies are encouraged to bring electronics for recycling. For more information, call 907-235-4068 ext. 26, or email

BEST BACK TO THE BAY BET: What? You thought sportfishing was done? Not when there are beautiful winter kings to be caught. It’s the 24th Annual Homer Elks Lodge Winter King Salmon Derby from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. All proceeds benefit Homer area youth, veterans and scholarships. To register, call Homer Elks Lodge at 235-2127 for pre-registration and entry fee payment, or stop by the lodge after 3 p.m. The dinner and derby awards are at 5:30 p.m. Sunday at the Homer Elks Lodge.

BEST COME TOGETHER BET: We could all use a little pick me up right about now, right? Set Free Alaska wants to help provide a little hope, and is hosting an open house and barbecue from noon to 2 p.m. this Sunday at the Set Free Alaska Outpatient office at 1130 Ocean Dr., Suite A. This is open to the public. Set Free wants to bring hope to those who might be experiencing addiction or mental health issues, and those who care or work for people who are struggling.

BEST FAMILY BET: Want to learn how to bring family members together more effectively? Enroll in the “Caregiving 101 Webinar: Family Meeting” from 1-2 p.m. Friday. Held online, it’s free. How can people involve different family members, near and far, in the responsibilities of caregiving? In this class you will learn how a family meeting might bring family members together to effectively identify needs and concerns of a loved one and those providing day-to-day care, and create opportunities for the sharing of responsibilities in ways that realistically serve the family as a whole. For more information email Amber Smith 907-586-6044