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Halloween weekend events: what frights and delights are in store for Anchorage and beyond

Craig MedredAlaska Dispatch

Here is a short list of events and things to do the weekend before, and the day of, Halloween 2012 in Anchorage, Fairbanks and the Matanuska Valley.

This week in Anchorage

Now open: 3-D Fright Night Manor Haunted House at the Northway Mall. Open from Oct. 18- 31, 6:00- 9:00 p.m.

Thursday 10/26- Tuesday 10/30 Alaska Experience Theater presents the Halloween Film Festival featuring "Goonies" the movie. Check out AET's webpage for more information.

Friday and Saturday 10/26 & 27 10 am to 5 pm Icky, Squishy & Gooey Party at the Museum

Friday, Saturday and Sunday 10/26, 27 & 28 The Sorcerer's Apprentice presented by the Alaska Dance Theater at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts. Click here for show times and ticket prices.

Friday and Saturday 10/26 & 27 21st Annual Trick or Treat Town, tickets are $7 in advance, $10 at the door. Tickets are available for two shifts on Friday, 5:30 to 7:30 pm and 7:00 to 9:00 pm, and five on Saturday: 11-1, noon-2, 2-4, 4 to 6 and 6-8 pm.

Friday 10/26 VivaVoom Brr-Lesque: End of Daze: click here for ticket information.

Friday 10/26- 4:30 to 8 Haunted Trails at Goose Lake Park from 4:30 to 8 pm. Families are welcome, tickets are available at the Fairview Recreation Center, 343-4130.

Friday 10/26, 27, 30, 31 from 7 to 11 pm APU Ghoul Hall "residents of evil" free haunted house

Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday 10/26, 27, 28 & 30 Chilkoot Charlie's hosts the TWISTED FAIRYTALES party. Prizes for best costume range from $200 to $500. Click here for more information, including what bands and entertainment are lined up for each of the nights.

Saturday 10/27 OwlOWeen 2012 from BirdTLC and Alaskan Heritage Museum. Join a Parliament of Owls for a bewitching evening at the Wells Fargo Alaskan Heritage Museum [here's a map]. The birds preside from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. More information: 907-562-4852.

Saturday 10/27 Kids in Nature, Crazy Critters at the Loussac Library and Cuddy Family Midtown Park from 10:30 am to noon. Click here for more information.

Saturday 10/27 from noon to 9 pm enjoy Trick or Treat Street's Zombie/Halloween Movie Fest at the Alaska Experience Theater. The Theater will be playing "Wallace & Gromit" and "Night of the Living Dead." Click here for movie times and more information.

Saturday 10/27 Haunted Halloween Fun Night at the University of Alaska Anchorage Student Union Building from 1 - 6 pm for kids and families, free parking and admission.

Sunday 10/28 Halloween Storytelling at the Anchorage Community Theater, admission is free. Contact ACT at 344-4713 for more information.

Saturday 10/27 Dress up your dog for the Halloween Dog Parade at the University Lake Dog Park beginning at 2 pm.

Saturday 10/27 The Alyeska Halloween Train ride: Ride from Anchorage to Girdwood in your best costume. Event is for persons 21 and over and tickets are $249 per person, based on double occupancy and include dinner and a hotel room at the Alyeska Prince Hotel in Girdwood. Click here for more.

Saturday 10/27 Dance party at McGinley's' "Samhain" celebration with DJ Encyclopedia Brown

Saturday 10/27 Monster's Ball at the Museum! Come dressed to win because there will be prizes for best costume in several different categories. Tickets are $30, buy online here. This event will begin at 8 pm and runs until 2 a.m. Sunday.

Saturday 10/27 Bike around town in costume and complete challenges at the Halloween Alley Hunt Scavenger Rally

Saturday 10/27 Masquerade Ball at the Tap Root with The Modern Savage, Dabarko, The Sweeteners and DJ Clint Samples. Event is 21 and up, tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door, party begins at 8 pm.

Sunday 10/28 noon to 4pm Howl-o-ween pet fair at Anchorage Animal Care & Control

For even more events in Eagle River, the Matsu Valley and Anchorage check out KTUU's list of events here.

This week in the Matanuska Valley and Eagle River

Now open: Gateway to Darkness Haunted House in Wasilla, tickets range from $10-30, buy online and check the online operations schedule here.

Saturday and Sunday 10/27 & 28 Family events at the Eagle River Nature Center beginning at 2 pm. Tickets are $5 per person or $20 for a family. Events include a guided walk around the Rodak Natural Trail to a Halloween yurt for games and treats. Click here for more.

Monday 10/29 Alice in Horrorland Haunted House at 1041 E. Susitna Dr. Wasilla, AK. Haunted house is family friendly, but children under five must be chaperoned by a teen or an adult. $1 suggested donation.

For even more events in Eagle River, the Matsu Valley and Anchorage check out KTUU's list of events here.

This week in Fairbanks

Friday 10/26 Sleepless Night at the Empress Theater featuring performances of Poe stories and some original works. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for students, military and seniors and $10 for anyone under 18. Play open on Friday and runs until Oct. 31. Show time for all performances except Oct. 28 begin at 7:30 pm. Oct. 28's show begins at 2 pm.

Friday 10/26 The Thriller Dance party at the Westmark Fairbanks Hotel with DJ TonyH, DJ Stylezx and The Ice Villains (DJ 50-50 and The Decibel Outlaw). Tickets are $10 in advanced and $20 at the door.

Saturday 10/27 Fairbanks Asylum at the Tanana Valley Fair Grounds, $13 for general admission and $11 for military and students

Saturday 10/27 The Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Westmark Fairbanks Hotel, tickets are $10, show starts at 11 pm. Purchas tickets here.

Saturday 10/27 Halloween Party and KWLF birthday bash at the Blue Loon, $5 cover w/ costume, $10 without

For more events in Fairbanks check out the 2012 Halloween guide here.

Next week in Anchorage

Wednesday 10/31 bring the family for Zoo Boo at the Alaska Zoo from 5 to 8 pm. There will be a haunted house and more. Admission is $5 for annual passholders, $7 for nonpassholders and free for children two and under. Click here for more.

Wednesday 10/31 Chilkoot Charlie's last TWISTED FAIRYTALES party offers a $500 prize for best costume and the entertainment of The Dope Show and a Marilyn Manson Tribute Show.

Next week in Fairbanks

Wednesday 10/31 "Zombies: Physiology of the Undead " at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Lecture presented by Dr. Michael Harris, Professor of Biology at UAF. The event, to be held in the Schaible Auditorium, is free and open to the public.

Wednesday 10/31 Halloween at the Museum at the University of Alaska Museum of the North open to children 12 and under with adult chaperone. Admission is free with a donation of canned food for the Fairbanks Community Food Bank.

Wednesday 10/31 Family Halloween Party at Forget-Me-Not Books from 3 to 5 pm. This event is free and will feature family activities, story time for kids and Halloween goodies. Costumes are