Happy Haunting!

Local organizations hold Halloween events

Superheroes, witches, royalty, monsters and more will be on the hunt this weekend for sweet treats and hauntings as Halloween approaches.

To give trick-or-treaters the best experience this Halloween, Homer News has compiled a list of local spooky events for all ages to participate in.

The Bayview and Mountain View neighborhoods will be the haunt to hit on Sunday, Oct. 31 for trick-or-treating. There will not be one-way traffic in those areas, but Homer Police will have extensive patrols in the area to keep trick-or-treaters safe.

The Story Real Estate annual Halloween Candy Drive to provide candy for the Bayview and Mountain View neighborhoods will take candy donations through Friday, Oct. 29. Story Real Estate matches all donations and delivers about 100 reusable bags filled with candy to each participating home in the area. For more information or to donate, contact Zoe Story at 907-298-3621.

Want to get a workout in before all of the Halloween candy piles up at home? Check out the Halloween Glow Zumba Party from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. at the SPARC on Friday, Oct. 29. The zumba class will serve as a fundraiser for Hospice of Homer and a $10 donation is suggested for participants. Everyone is encouraged to wear costumes and prizes will be awarded.

The South Peninsula Haven House will host the Haven House Halloween drive-thru at Homer Thrift on Sunday, Oct. 31 from 2-4 p.m. They will be giving out candy for kids of all ages and spooky music will be provided by the new Development Director, Michael Hurd. Everyone is welcome to stop by for candy, stories and pictures.

Check out the first annual WeSkate Halloween Bash at the Kevin Bell Arena from 5-7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31 for an open skate event for all ages. The Halloween Bash costs $10 per person, which includes the cost of skate rentals. The event will feature games, music and a costume contest.

Glacierview Baptist Church is hosting a trunk-or-treat event from 6-8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31 in the church parking lot.

The Anchor Point VFW has events all weekend for all to enjoy. On Saturday, Oct. 30, the organization is hosting a Halloween bash with live music, finger foods and a costume contest. The band begins at 7 p.m. and everyone is asked to bring finger foods to share. On Sunday, Oct. 31, Halloween Bingo will begin at 1:30 p.m. before trick-or-treating begins at 2 p.m. A potluck lunch will also be served, so participants are asked to bring a dish to share.

The Anchor Point Senior Citizen Center is hosting a trunk-or-treat event at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31 for the public to attend. The center encourages everyone to check out the spooky cars and share a scare.

The Cheeky Moose in Anchor Point will finish out the town’s events at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31 with the 11th annual Trunk or Treat at the Cheeky Moose.

With all of these spooky parties to choose from, Homer News hopes everyone has a safe and haunted Halloween this year!

Carol Standaert hands out candy on Halloween night, Oct. 31, 2020, in downtown Homer, Alaska. Trick or treating was more subdued than usual, but still drew children in costume to neighborhood above Pioneer Avenue. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)