The little goblins, ghouls and ghosts of Homer still have plenty of options for Halloween fun this year.
Below are several events happening on or around Halloween in Homer and Anchor Point.
The Mountainview and Bayview neighborhood in Homer traditionally shuts down one lane of traffic in the area, hosting hundreds of trick-or-treaters during a one-way Halloween event. That will not be happening this year, according to organizers.
While the official event is not happening and some homes are taking a year off, others will continue to hand out candy this year and accept trick-or-treaters in the neighborhood.
Another highly anticipated annual event that will not take place as usual this year is the Haunted Hickory. The U.S. Coast Guard stationed in Homer normally decks out the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Hickory in the spookiest of decorations, and leads families and friends through the ship turned haunted house, with the admission fee being food items to be donated to the community.
The Hickory crew will not host the Haunted Hickory this year, according to a press release from the Coast Guard. However, they will continue that service to the community through a Holiday Food Drive.
The crew of the Hickory will work with the crew of the Maritime Safety Detachment in Homer to collect food through Nov. 23, which will be donated to local charities. The MSD Homer and Hickory crews will accept food donations from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday at the collection point at 104 East Pioneer Ave.
“Please remember MSD Homer is taking every precaution to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community,” the press release states. “Masks and social distancing are required when entering the facility.”
Join in The Story Real Estate 2020 Virtual Costume Contest. It’s easy — just take a photo of your child or your family in their most creative, spooky, or fabulously homemade costumes, and post it to the Story Real Estate Facebook page by midnight on Oct. 31. Story Real Estate will award a $50 gift certificate to Captain’s Toy Chest to three lucky winners. A bonus $50 gift card to Homer Animal Friends will be awarded for the best pet costume, so don’t forget your Fur Baby.
Winners will be announced Tuesday, Nov. 3 on the Story Real Estate Facebook page and on On Top of the World Radio with Chris Story at 1 p.m. on KPEN and KGTL.
907Vets is hosting a Halloween Eve Walk and Costume Contest from 4-5:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30 on the Homer Spit. Wear a costume and mask, meet at the fishing hole at 3:45-4 p.m. to walk the one-third mile (while socially distancing) to the nice, new pavilion in the Homer Harbor. They will have a costume contest with prizes. Bring family and friends for fellowship and festivities.
For those who want to get things started early, there will be a Trunk or Treat event at the Anchor Point Senior Center from 3-4:30 p.m. on Oct. 31 in the parking lot. All are welcome. Decorate your car, bring the kids, and share a scare. Donations of treats are always appreciated. Call 235-7786 for more information.
Then, the 10th Annual Anchor Point Trunk or Treat takes place at the Cheeky Moose from 4:30-6 p.m. Trick out your car and hand out treats to the little (and big) goblins. A prize will be given out for the best tricked out car. Candy and other donations are very much welcome and always used. If you can’t participate, donate to any car or participant.
In Homer, Regent Life Church and Bozz Hogz will host a free Trunk or Treat event from 4-7 p.m. on Halloween in the restaurant/church parking lot at 672 East End Road. There will be food, games and prizes. For more information, call 907-235-5555.
Also in Homer, there will also be a Trunk or Treat event from 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31 at Glacierview Baptist Church at 960 East End Road. This is a free event.
Homer Thrift will be host a drive-through trick-or-treat event from 3-5 p.m. on Halloween, at 1067 Ocean Dr. Organizers will wear masks and gloves, and will be using grabbers to remain 6 feet from the participating vehicles.