Grab a costume and round up your crew of goblins and ghosties, it's Halloween weekend. Whether you're looking for fun that's silly or scary, there's a Halloween party for just about everyone happening between now and Monday. Here are some highlights.
For families and kids
Trick or Treat Street — Downtown will be decked out for Halloween, with trick or treating from business to business for kids. There will also be the Skinny Raven Frightening 4K (starts at 11 a.m.), haunted Anchorage fire truck, cookie decorating at Hotel Captain Cook, horse wagon hayrides, zombie flash mob and more. Go online for more information, to see a full list of activities, and download a copy of the event map. Noon-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, along Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Avenues between C and L Streets. (anchoragedowntown.org)
Haunted Halloween Fun Night — Students are transforming the Student Union at UAA into a Halloween wonderland, with trick-or-treating, games and activities for families. Costumes welcome. 1 p.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 29, UAA Student Union, 2921 Spirit Way. $10-$30, ticket bundle discounts offered. (907-252-5345, email@example.com)
Halloween Craftacular — This event will have snacks, crafts, masks, music and more. Celebrate Halloween and make something to wear while trick-or-treating. 2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Mountain View Library, 120 Bragaw St. Free. (907-343-2818, anchoragelibrary.org)
Trunk or Treat Halloween Festival — This event will have free hot dogs, hot chocolate and activities for children, who can bring their favorite Halloween bags to collect treats. 2 p.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at The Salvation Army Anchorage Community Center, 1701 C Street. (907-375-3583 or 907-375-3587)
Halloween Nature Walk — Families with children are invited to visit a series of Halloween-themed stations that are set up along the Rodak Nature Trail (3/4-mile round-trip). For children from kindergarten through sixth grade. Starts anytime between 2 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. to allow enough time to visit all of the stations. Costumes are welcome, but be sure to dress warm for being outdoors. $5 parking for nonmembers. 2 p.m. Saturday, Eagle River Nature Center, 32750 Eagle River Road. Free. (907-694-2108, ernc.org)
The Witch & Her Owl — Why are owls associated with Halloween? Find out all about owls from volunteer Ginamaria Smith, who will bring her education bird, a great-horned owl, to visit. Costumes encouraged. 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30, Eagle River Nature Center, 32750 Eagle River Road. Free program; $5 parking for nonmembers. All ages program. (ernc.org)
Trunk or Treat — This event at Anchorage Lutheran Church will feature age-appropriate ghost stories for kids needing to warm up inside. Free. All welcome. 5:30-8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31, 1420 N St. (907-272-5323, anchoragelutheran.org)
Mall-o-ween: Say Boo to Hunger — This indoor Halloween event at the Dimond Center benefits local charities. Cost: $5 (donated to Red Cross of Alaska) or two cans of food (donated to Food Bank of Alaska). 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31, Dimond Center Mall, 800 E. Dimond Blvd. Register online at eventbrite.com to avoid lines the day of the event. (907-929-7108, firstname.lastname@example.org, bit.ly/2e1yeiQ)
Halloween Hollow — There will be 35 games to choose from, all indoors, at this trick-or-treat carnival, and concessions available including hot dogs, nachos, drinks and more. Tickets are $5 per person or one new, unwrapped toy (no stuffed animals). 3-8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31, Raven Hall, Alaska State Fair grounds, Palmer, 2075 Glenn Highway. (see alaskastatefair.org/site/halloween-hallow or call 907-631-0649)
Parties for adults
Conceal | Reveal — The Anchorage Museum is kicking off its major fall exhibition "Camouflage: In Plain Sight" with (appropriately enough) a costume party. Explore being seen and unseen with live music, art activities and a secret speakeasy. Enhance your attire with supplies in the museum's Art Lab. Artist James Temte will facilitate a tour of objects that inspire his creative practice. 8 p.m. to midnight Friday, Oct. 28, Anchorage Museum. 40 Below members and those with VIP tickets get a free drink and access to a VIP lounge. $20-$25; $15 extra for VIP. 21 years and older. (anchoragemuseum.org)
AkS4Life Halloween Costume Party — The local chapter of the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life team, AkS4life, is kicking off the new relay season with a costume party upstairs at the Anchorage Hard Rock Cafe. Best costumes win prizes; everyone has a chance to win a door prize. All proceeds support ACS. Enjoy free food as DJ Reymi plays some hardcore Halloween hits. 7:30-11:59 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, 415 E St. $35 advance, $45 door. Go online for tickets. (907-227-4515, email@example.com, aks4life.brownbagtickets.com)
Dia de los Muertos — All costumes are welcome at this Halloween Day of the Dead party, 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, at Humpy's Great Alaskan Alehouse, 610 W. Sixth Ave. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Nocturnal Halloween Massive — Organizers of this annual electronic dance party promise scripted live entertainment, "next-level" lighting design and theatrical stage decor at the Egan Center. Headlining this year is DJ The Gaslamp Killer, with supporting acts Tigon, Tony H and DammBro and dance performances from Dead Disco. Must be 17 to party, and of course 21 to drink. 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28. Tickets $35 in advance at ticketmaster.com or the Sullivan Arena box office; $40 at the door. (Search "Nocturnal Halloween Massive" on Facebook).
Halloween with Lez Zeppelin — Lez Zeppelin is back for another Halloween bash, this year at the Sitzmark. Door are at 8 p.m., show starts at 8:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 28-29. There's a Halloween train package available that includes a one-night stay, tickets on the Alaska Railroad with appetizers provided by Alyeska Resort, tickets to the show on either Oct. 28 or Oct. 29 and a motor coach ride back to Anchorage the next morning. Check-in for that is at the Alaska Railroad Depot at 3:30 p.m. Call for reservations and concert package prices. (907-754-1111, alyeskaresort.com/hotel-specials-packages)
Cut Throat Freak Show at Koot's — Jeremy Kinison and his freak show troupe have appeared on "America's Got Talent," performing astonishing acts with nothing more than a chair, broken glass and a couple of swords. Not for the faint of stomach. (Seriously. Look them up on YouTube if you have the tiniest doubt.) Tickets are $20. 8 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28 and 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31, Koot's, 2435 Spenard Road. (koots.com/events/cut-throat-freak-show-2).
Animal Eyes Halloween Party — See Alaska grown, Portland-residing psychedelic rock band Animal Eyes perform at Tap Root for a special one-night-only Halloween show. 10 p.m.-1 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, 3300 Spenard Road. $15 advance, $20 door. (taprootalaska.com)
STAR's 2016 Masquerade Ball — Standing Together Against Rape's 2016 Masquerade Ball is an evening of cocktails, dinner and auctions, with entertainment, dancing and merriment to follow. All funds raised will go to help STAR continue to provide services for victims of sexual assault/abuse and their families. Formal attire appreciated; masks encouraged. 6-11:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, Anchorage Hilton, 500 W. Third Ave. Tickets $150 (on.adn.com/2fkuJYz). (907-276-7279, email@example.com)
Halloween Social — This is a Halloween social and fundraiser to help VFW 10252. Raise funds that go toward donating in the community. 10 p.m. Saturday, Northland VFW. 10252, 3105 Mountain View Road. Free. (907-341-9677,
Monster Ball — All clowns are welcome at this party at the Sheraton Anchorage Hotel. There will also be a costume contest and prizes. 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29. Tickets $40 plus fees at brownpapertickets.com. 21 and over.
Rogues and Wenches Halloween — Costumes would certainly not be out of place at a show featuring this band of pirates and balladeers for a special Halloween performance. Doors at 6 p.m., show at 7 p.m. Saturday at Tap Root. Tickets $7. (3300 Spenard Road, taprootalaska.com). Ages 21 and over.
Halloween swing dance party — Spend the evening with Anchorage Swing Dancers. Costume contest begins at 7 p.m. and there will be two categories: individual and couple/group. (Organizers ask to "keep costumes classy and dance appropriate"). Prizes vary. A $5 donation is suggested. 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30, 12100 Coffee and Communitas, 121000 Old Seward Highway. (facebook.com; search for "Anchorage Swing Dancers")
Metal Massacre at Koot's — Check out local metal bands Shifter, Part Time Super Heroes, Illuminance, Transitions, Delirium Tremors, Devil Witch, Distance Defined, City in Ashes and Old Hounds. Special performances by Cut Throat Freak Show and a live suspension show from Body Piercing Unlimited. Tickets are $5. 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30, Koot's, 2435 Spenard Road. (koots.com/events/metal-massacre).
Halloween Horde: Berserker Release — The Berserkers were a horde of Norsefolk, known for being wild, crazed and frenzied in their battles. Head to Midnight Sun Brewing to check out the latest release of Berserker Imperial Stout on Halloween night. You can try a flight of vintage Berserker or buy a bottle of the barrel-aged brew. All those in Ancient Norse clothing receive 10 percent off their Berserker bottle purchase. 4 p.m.-8 p.m. Monday, Midnight Sun Brewing Co., 8111 Dimond Hook Drive. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Haunted trails and houses
Haunted and Enchanted Trails at Goose Lake Park — Costumes are encouraged and there will be music, live magic, food trucks and warming barrels to get cozy around at this year's Haunted and Enchanted Trails at Goose Lake Park. Pick your path: The Enchanted Trail is lighthearted fun for the young, from 4-6:30 p.m. The Haunted Trail is not for the faint of heart; prepare for the thrills and frights that come out at night from 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27. Register by calling. $5. (on.adn.com/2ecumk0; 907-343-4354)
A Fright Night Haunted House — Nearly 10,000 square feet in the Northway Mall will become a Haunted House maze, complete with a clown room, "Nightmare on Elm Street"-themed chamber and the all-new zombie house. It takes about 15-20 minutes to walk through. Open 6-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Oct. 28-29; 6-10 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30; and 6-11 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31. Northway Mall. $15. (email@example.com)
Pulse Dance Company's 'Haunted Burlesque' — Join the ladies of Pulse in the company's annual burlesque fundraiser, set in a haunted mansion and featuring succubi, vampires, vixens, asylum patients, witches and more. 8 p.m. Friday and 8 and 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28-29, Koot's, 2435 Spenard Road. 21 and over. (koots.com)
Halloween Storytelling — Enjoy a night of scary stories, not for the very young or faint of heart. 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, Anchorage Community Theatre, 1133 E. 70th Ave. $5. (907-345-9658, storytellersguildofanchorage.org)
'The Rocky Horror Show' — "The Rocky Horror Show" is the timeless tale of a newly engaged couple that happens across the home of a mad transvestite scientist unveiling his new creation, a sort of Frankenstein-style monster in the form of an artificially made, fully grown muscle man named Rocky Horror. 21 and over. 7 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays through Nov. 12, Mad Myrna's, 530 E. Fifth Ave. $32.75. (alaskapac.centertix.net)
Iñupiat Halloween — Join Aku-Matu (the performance name of Alaska artist Allison Warden) to celebrate Halloween like she does in her village. This sober event includes an aġġi (Iñupiaq traditional dance), a costume party at 9:30 p.m. and an Aku-Matu concert from 10 p.m. to midnight Friday, Oct. 28. Entry included with tickets to Conceal | Reveal at the Anchorage Museum. Ages 21 and older. (anchoragemuseum.org).
'The Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow' — Watch Washington Irving's classic ghost story of Ichabod Crane and the small township terrorized by the ghost of the headless horseman. Recommended for ages 10 and older or those who can handle a good scare. 7 p.m. Oct. 28-Nov. 5 and 10 p.m. Oct. 31, APU Grant Hall, 4101 University Drive. $6-$11. (tbatheatre.org)
'And Then There Were None' — In this classic mystery, 10 strangers are summoned to an island and cut off from contact with the outside world. One by one they are murdered. Can the survivors discover the murderer before it's too late? The show is based on Agatha Christie's classic by the same name and directed by Dr. Brian Cook. 8 p.m. Friday-Sunday, UAA Mainstage Theater, 3700 Alumni Loop. $10-$20. (907-786-1683, uaatix.com)
'Halloween in Nightmare Hollow' — With witches, vampires, mummies, zombie pirates, mad scientists and even a ghost, this Halloween musical is for the whole family. Trick or treat from the cast after the show. 1 and 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, 3 p.m. Sunday Oct. 30 and 4:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31, APU Grant Hall, 4101 University Drive. $6-$11. (firstname.lastname@example.org or visit tbatheatre.org)