Halloween fun in Blaine and beyond


By Steve Guntli

Halloween is approaching, and while many people will use the opportunity to get in costume and go door to door in search of candy, options beyond the usual trick-or-treating are available throughout the county. Here’s a brief list of some of the parties, presentations and events for kids, families and adults taking place this Halloween.

“Frankenstein” multimedia presentation

On Tuesday, October 27, Bellingham Public Library is teaming up with the Pickford Film Center to give a multimedia presentation on an icon of horror: Frankenstein.

At 6 p.m., Seattle-based literature and film scholar Lance Rhodes will lead a presentation on Mary Shelley’s classic horror novel, discussing the novel’s enduring themes about life, creation and technology.

At 8 p.m., the Pickford will feature a presentation of National Theatre Live’s 2011 production of “Frankenstein.” The theatrical production stars Johnny Lee Miller (“Elementary”) and Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC’s “Sherlock”) in alternating roles as Dr. Victor Frankenstein and his monster. Academy Award winner Danny Boyle (“Slumdog Millionaire,” “Steve Jobs”) directs.

Tickets are $20 for general admission, $16 for Pickford Film Club members and $10 for students. For more information, visit pickfordfilmcenter.org or bellinghampubliclibrary.org.

Halloween Pajama Storytime

Blaine Public Library is hosting a special Halloween shindig for kids ages 3 to 8.

The Halloween Pajama Storytime will take place on Wednesday, October 28 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Kids are invited to come either in costume or in pajamas, and are encouraged to bring their favorite stuffed animal or toy. Children’s entertainer Dana Cohenour will perform music and tell Halloween-themed stories.

Whatcom Museum

Whatcom Museum is offering families a chance to bond over Halloween stories, while making a few of their own. On October 31 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the museum is hosting Tell a Tale of Halloween. Kids and parents will have a chance to hear some non-scary Halloween stories, as well as design and print their own Halloween books. There will also be face painting and arts and crafts throughout the day.

Admission for the event is $3, or free for museum members. Tell a Tale of Halloween will take place at the Lightcatcher Building, 250 Flora Street in Bellingham.

Trunk or Treat

Blaine High School students are sponsoring a centrally located trick or treat experience in the school parking lot.

Chloe Foster, student body president and event organizer, said Trunk or Treat provides a more convenient alternative to traditional door-to-door trick-or-treating.

Businesses and clubs that sponsor the event can set up a station in the parking lot to pass out candy and treats to visiting families. Game stations and prizes will be available for participating trick-or-treaters.

Trunk or Treat will take place on Saturday, October 31 from 6 to 8 p.m. Organizers are still looking for businesses to sponsor stations. Anyone interested should contact Quila Welch at 383-6236.

Packer’s Oyster Bar

Semiahmoo Resort is hosting a Halloween party from 7 to 11 p.m. at Packer’s Oyster Bar on October 31. The party will include a live performance from Birch Bay favorites The Replayzmentz, as well as holiday-themed cocktails specials. Costumes are welcome but not required to enjoy the festivities.

Hotel Bellwether

Bellingham’s iconic Hotel Bellwether is boasting the “best party in town” for Halloween night from 7 to 11 p.m. The 21-and-over party will feature a costume contest, prizes, a cash bar, food and lots of dancing, with live entertainment by The Atlantics. The party will take place in the hotel’s ballroom. Pre-sale tickets are available for $10 or for $15 at the door. Call 360/392-3100 to reserve a ticket now.

Paso Del Norte

Blaine Mexican restaurant Paso Del Norte will host a big Halloween bash from 8 to 11 p.m. October 31. The party will feature costume contests, drink specials and live music from JP Falcon Grady. The party is free to attend.

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