Halloween events: Oct. 18-24
Pumpkin Carving Party — Carve a pumpkin or two, bob for apples, have some pizza and stop by the photo booth at this family friendly event. Admission for one adult and child includes a pumpkin, carving tools, apple bobbing, a 49th State beer or soft drink for you, a soft drink for your child and 2 slices of pizza. $20. (Each additional person is $9) 3-6 p.m. Saturday at 49th State Brewing, 717 W. Third Ave. (brownpapertickets.com)
Zombie Pub Crawl — Put on your best, most creatively undead ensemble and head out to join the rest of the hungry-for-brains horde downtown. There will be a zombie fx makeup studio, vendor market, over 15 locations, professional photos, costume contest and games. Starts at 7 p.m. Saturday. Locations include Avenue Bar, Williwaw Social, Pioneer Bar, 49th State, Denali Dispensaries and others. Other details are vague, but you can check out “Zombie Crawl ANC 2019” on Facebook for more information (including info on the preparty).
Jams for Fams Halloween — There will be DJs, dancing, prizes, a photo booth and Bear Tooth food and beverages available for purchase at this family-oriented costume party. Recommended for families with kids 10 and under. Two sessions: 10 a.m.–noon and 1-3 p.m. (Both sessions often sell out, so you may want to purchase in advance). General admission: $15 individual $12.50/each for a family four pack. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Non-walking babies get in free. Sunday. Tickets at beartooththeatre.net. At The Bear Tooth Theatrepub, 1230 W. 27th Ave.
Enchanted and Haunted trails — Families will find magic fairytale creatures on the Enchanted Trail, while ghouls and ghosties will give visitors a scare on the Haunted Trail. After exploring one or both trails, hang out at a beach party from 4:30-9 p.m. and enjoy a family dance party with DJ Spencer Lee, food trucks and fire dance performances. Costumes highly encouraged. Enchanted Trail is 4:30-6:30 p.m., Haunted Trail is 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24 (note the date - it’s next week). $15 per person. At Goose Lake.
Halloween: Celestial Origins in the Thomas Planetarium — Discover the connections between trick-or-treating, costumes, spirits and our mysterious universe. Traverse the night sky and learn what planets, constellations and stars will be out on Halloween evening. $6. 3:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, Anchorage Museum, 625 C St. (anchoragemuseum.org)
The Ooky Spooky Light Show at the Thomas Planetarium — Classic Halloween tunes such as “The Monster Mash,” “Ghostbusters,” “Thriller,” and more come to life with funny and spooky visuals. Recommended for ages 5 and up (organizers note there will be loud music, flashing lights and spinning effects for those sensitive). $4-$6. 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays at the Anchorage Museum (625 C St., anchoragemuseum.org)
Fright Night Haunted House — Reappearing every Halloween for the past 34 years, Fright Night has grown into a 10,000 square-foot haunted house with 15 themed rooms. Included: “the real chainsaw alley,” “the bottomless black maze of terror,” “all-new zombie land” and “Clowns, Clowns. Clowns, Clowns, Clowns, and more CLOWNS.” Organizers say it takes about 15-25 minutes to walk through. During that time, participants can navigate through two mazes, two clown rooms and more (if … they dare). 6-11 p.m. Friday through Nov. 2 in the Northway Mall. $15 (email@example.com)
More events around Anchorage
Alaska in Motion: 100 Years in Film and Video — Here’s a chance to see Alaskans hunting, fishing, exploring, building, flying, floating and celebrating over the course of the last 100 years through highlights from historical Alaska film and video collections. UAF Film Archivist Angela Schmidt will present. Free. 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24. Anchorage Public Library, Loussac, 3600 Denali St. (facebook.com/TundraVision)
Rad Trads — Rad Trads will bring driving horns, five distinct vocalists and infectious punk rock energy to the Discovery Theater. $33-$56.50 at centertix.com. 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Discovery Theatre, 621 West Sixth Ave. (anchorageconcerts.org)
Take One: The Barber of Seville — Hang out with the stars of Anchorage Opera’s upcoming production, “The Barber of Seville” at this afternoon of music, discussion, food and drink with the cast and artistic team of Rossini’s comic masterpiece. A reception will follow, with a complete catered buffet of food and drinks. Doors 4 p.m., 4:30 p.m. Take One, 5:30-6:30 p.m. reception. Sunday. $50 (includes everything). For tickets call 907-279-2557. (5063 Heritage Heights Drive, anchorageopera.org)
Taps and tapas — Inlet Tower and the Brewers Guild are getting together to host this eight-course beer and plate pairing featuring offerings from Juneau, Fairbanks, Anchorage, Talkeetna, Girdwood and beyond. 6-9 p.m. Friday. $60. Inlet Tower Hotel and Suites, 1020 W. 12th Ave. (see Facebook for details)
International Archaeology Day Celebration — Learn about archaeology with a variety of indoor and outdoor activity stations for kids and adults. Create cave paintings, learn to hunt using an atlatl and spear, listen to stories about the Dena’ina way of life, make a Yup’ik-style mask, and check out the life-sized inflatable mammoth known as Pingo Peat. There will also be two interpretive walks to see the World War II archaeological features on Campbell Tract at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. From 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. BLM Campbell Creek Science Center, 5600 Science Center Drive. Free. (907-267-1247; Facebook event)
NATS Cabaret Fundraiser — Musical theatre and cabaret classics are on the program at The National Association of Teachers of Singing Alaska Chapter annual fundraiser. Featuring the student winners of the NATS 2019 Music Theatre Auditions, NATS teachers and Janet Carr-Campbell on piano. Drinks and seating at 6:30 p.m., show begins at 7 p.m. Sunday at Chester Park Cooperative, 2020 Muldoon Road $10-$45. (brownpapertickets.com; Facebook event)