There’s a haunted house for everyone this year. Some, like Haunted Trails and Haunted Halloween Fun Night, should be a blast for families with small children. Fright Night Haunted House in the Northway Mall is a perennial favorite and is fine for school-age kids and older. New this year? 3-D special effects. Gateway to Darkness in Wasilla is perhaps the scariest of them all. Recommended for ages 12 and older, their website says the littler ones “just don’t have enough meat on their bones.”
Those interested in supporting a good cause should check out the American Legion’s haunted house. Proceeds benefit military veterans. Animal lovers might want to visit the Mat-Su Animal Shelter. Money taken in supports the shelter’s cats, dogs and other critters.
Below is a roundup of what's happening where, and let us know in the comments of any we may have missed.
Celebrating 27 years of scaring Alaska, this year Fright Night Haunted House is 3-D, with specialty rooms like the Doll House, Pirate Galley, Elm Street, CSI Room, Clown Room and their signature scare, Chainsaw Alley. 6-11 p.m. daily through Halloween, Northway Mall, 3101 Penland Parkway. $10 per person and $15 for 3-D. (272-7126)
Celebrate this favorite creepy, crawly holiday with fun for all ages — carnival games, the Trick-or-Treat Trail and the Spooky Haunted Trail. The Trick-or-Treat trail is suitable for ages 3 and older and runs 4:30-6:30 p.m. Spooky Trail is best for ages 8 and older and runs 6:45-8 p.m. Purchase your tickets now at the Fairview Recreation Center. $10 per family in advance; $15 per family the day of. 4:30-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, Goose Lake Park, 2811 UAA Drive.
Halloween Fun Night
For more than 20 years, student organizations at the University of Alaska Anchorage have sponsored Haunted Halloween Fun Night. UAA students organize this event for the UAA and Anchorage communities. Children and their parents are invited to the Student Union to participate in Halloween themed carnival games, walk through a haunted house and trick-or-treat. Each student club designs a booth that is fun, interactive and geared towards children between the ages of 2 and 12. 1-6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at Student Union Building. Entrance and parking are free; activity tickets are 25 cents each. (786-1385)
Haunted House at the Legion
Proceeds from the American Legion’s haunted house benefit programs for veterans. 4-9 p.m. Saturday, Oct 27, Jack Henry Post 1 American Legion, 840 W. Fireweed Lane. Cost is $3 for adults and $2 for kids. (272-5242)
Gateway to Darkness
Geared to teens and adults, this haunted house features zombies and ghouls galore. 7-11 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19-20 and Oct. 25-27; 6-9 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21 and Oct. 29-31, 1241 Melanie Ave., Wasilla. Get a discount by purchasing tickets online. Early bird (by Oct. 21), $13 per person, $24 per couple, $11 per person for family of up to five people. Oct. 25-31, $15 per person, $30 per couple and $13 per person for family of up to five. (hauntak.com)
Two Nights of Horror
This all-ages haunted house supports the animals at Mat-Su Animal Shelter. In addition to the haunted house, the shelter will also host Halloween activities, refreshments and a petting zoo. 7-11:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, 9470 E. Chanlyut Circle. $5 per person. (746-5500)