Get out your costumes and mark your calendars – it’s time to get spooky in Bellingham and Whatcom County! Activities take place throughout the month of October leading up to Halloween, Oct. 31, which is a Wednesday this year. Here’s an updated list to satisfy everyone from families to college students to the curious spirits among us. Stay safe, and have fun!
Gore and Lore Walking Tours, Oct. 2018
Triple-Wren Farms Pumpkin Patch Kick-Off, Oct. 6, 2018
JoinÂ Triple Wren Farms for their Pumpkin Patch Kick-OffÂ on October 6, 2018. They will have pumpkins of all kinds, flowers galore,Â Feast Food Truck, games and prizes (even a raffle for a FREEÂ Acme Farms + KitchenÂ box!), animals to gander at, pollinator talks, photo opportunities everywhere, and all kinds of fun for your family.Â This is a fun, family-oriented, no-admission community event.Â Get all set for fall decorations and treats, and make some amazing memories.
Scream Fair Haunted House in Lynden, Oct. 19-20, 26-27, and 31, 2018
If you’re not faint of heart, Whatcom County’s largest haunted house experience is inside the Henry Jansen Building at the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds (1775 Front Street) in Lynden. This year it runs for 3 weekends in a row, Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., as well as on Halloween, Tues., Oct. 31. Tickets are $12 adults, $10 kids age 12 and under. See the Scream Fair website for more details.
Bleedingham: Bellingham’s Horror Film Fest
If horror movies are your favorite part of Halloween, you definitely want to check out this post about the Bleedingham horror short film festival held each October in Bellingham. Lorraine describes the multi-day event, as “the equivalent of a mini horror comic convention or comic con. Local artists and businesses that connect with the horror, paranormal, and related genres can show their wares, find new customers, and enjoy the company of the like-minded.”
Rocky Horror Picture Show at Mount Baker Theatre
Slip on the stilettos and gather your props, the classic “Rocky Horror” returns to the Mount Baker Theatre. Get ready for a night of fun, frivolity, and fetish as Bellinghamâ€™s boldest actors, including Miss Bette Desire, bring the cult classicâ€™s characters to life in front of the movie screen, while squeaky clean sweethearts Brad and Janet visit a spooky mansion and embark on an adventure they’ll never forget. The movie is rated R, for ages 16 and older. Buy tickets and get more details at mountbakertheatre.com
The Nightmare on Railroad, Oct. 29, 30, 31, 2018
Boundary Bay Brewery and Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth (BAAY),Â team up to present The Nightmare On Railroad. On Oct. 29, 30, 31, the brewery warehouse and beer garden will be transformed into spooky scenes filled with ghosts, ghouls, and surprises at every turn. The Nightmare on Railroad Haunted House will also feature live performances by the BAAY zombie dancers. These three nights of Halloween fun will be all ages from 6:00-9:00 p.m., and 21+ from 9:00-11:00 p.m. Entry fee is $5 at the door. All proceeds directly support BAAYâ€™s mission to enrich the lives of children through exploration of the arts.
Haunt the Park in Ferndale
The Ferndale Heritage Society and the Ferndale Chamber have teamed up for Haunt the Park. Head to Pioneer Park for a spooky view of the historic cabins from the outside, and trick-or-treat the cabin porches. More info at: http://www.ferndaleheritagesociety.com/special-events/haunt-the-park
Trick or Treat in Fairhaven, Oct. 31, 2018
Halloween is a major tradition in Bellingham’s Fairhaven historic district, from 3 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 31, attracting thousands of ghosts, goblins, fairies, characters and homemade creations. Most merchants decorate and participate. Look for posters on the windows. Visit Fairhaven.com to see photos from last year.
Trick or Treat in Downtown Bellingham, Oct. 31, 2018
The Downtown Bellingham Partnership invites children with their families to Downtown Trick or Treat from 3 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 31. More than 100 downtown merchants will scare up a delightful array of in-store â€śtreatsâ€ť for kids dressed in costume. Look for balloons and posters on participating doors and windows to guide you on your journey!Â Click here for for more details.
Trick or Treat in Ferndale
Downtown Ferndale also gets into the Halloween spirit with trick-or-treating at 40 stops marked by balloons.
Chuckanut Brewery, Oct. 31, 2018
After the kids finish trick-or-treating head to Chuckanut Brewery & Kitchen, 601 W Holly Street, for good beers, good laughs and classical music on tap on the back patio.
Thrillingham, Oct. 31
Zombies emerge from Maritime Heritage Park in downtown Bellingham from 8 – 10 p.m. on Halloween night to dance to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.” Get all the details here: https://www.bellingham.org/events/thrillingham/
Where to get your Costumes and Decorations
Have no fear, Teresa has done this research for you as well. Check out her article about Bellingham’s Halloween Stores. They have all the supplies you could possibly need and things you may never have even thought of.
Go scare up some fun!