Arts and Entertainment

Fun things coming up: Family-friendly Halloween events around Anchorage

TBA Theatre’s “Death Valley’s Halloween Hoedown” — Death Valley is out of luck because pumpkins don’t grow in the desert. Will four skeletons, three witches, a vampire, a ghost and the nameless dark thing in the corner be able to save Halloween? Find out in this musical treat-or-treat sing-along written by Anchorage playwright Shane Mitchell. Tickets $8-$14 at tbatheatre.org. 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28; 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30; and 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31 at APU Grant Hall E.R. Brown Auditorium (tbatheatre.org ; 4101 University Dr.)

Face masks must be worn over the nose and mouth inside Grant Hall and inside the theater.

Halloween photo scavenger hunt — Find a list of items throughout the Midtown Mall’s hallways and display windows for a chance to win prizes — first prize is a $500 gift certificate to REI. The way this scavenger hunt is set up requires a device to post to social media or send Facebook direct messages. Children 16 and younger can get a free treat bag from the mall security desk. Runs Oct. 29-31. Face masks required. (600 E. Northern Lights Blvd.; midtownmall.com/halloween-scavenger-hunt)

“13 Tales of Terror” — Head to the jack-o’-lantern-lit darkness of APU’s Grant Hall and listen to five shadowy storytellers tell 13 tales to make you tremble. This event is pay-what-you-decide. Pre-purchasing tickets is encouraged as it has sold out in the past. 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29. Face masks required. (tbatheatre.org; 4101 University Dr.)

Tea and Tarot — Book a private session with professional card reader Alysha from Tales of the Tarot and visit wellness stations of healing herbs, crystals and group tea leaf readings. Pre-paid admission is required; call to book: 907-222-4832. $20. 7-9:30 Friday, Oct. 29. See Facebook for details. (spiceandtea.com; 10950 O’Malley Centre Drive)

“Ghastly Alice” — In this world premiere production from TBA Theatre, a folk tale turns frighteningly real when three families are terrorized by a vengeful spirit summoned by young girls dabbling with powers beyond their control. Recommended for ages 10 and up or those who can handle a good scare. Written and directed by Anchorage playwright Wayne Mitchell. 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 29-30, 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31, At APU’s Grant Hall. Tickets $8-$14. Face masks required. (4101 University Drive; tbatheatre.org)

Halloween hockey with the Wolverines — If you wear a costume to the game on Friday or Saturday you’ll get in free to see the games between the Anchorage Wolverines and the Janesville Jets. Doors will open for season pass holders at 6 p.m., general admission at 6:30 p.m., pucks drops at 7:07 p.m. at Ben Boeke Ice Arena. Go to myalaskatix.com to reserve your spot. Oct. 29 and Oct. 30. (1600 Gambell St.)

Fright Nite — Haunting Anchorage’s young and old since 1985, the Fright Nite haunted house is a spooky season institution. $15-$20. Open 6 p.m. each night until Oct. 31. (701 W. 36th Ave.; See Facebook)

Frightening 4K — There will be treats and a costume contest at the most frightening 4K around. Staging will be out of the spooky Captain Cook courtyard. Register online. 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 30. (skinnyraven.com; 939 W. Fifth Ave)

Halloween nature walk — Families with pre-kindergarten and early elementary-school-aged children are invited to visit a series of fun, creepy, gross and educational stations along the Rodak Trail. Arrive anytime between 1-3 p.m. and explore at your own pace. Costumes encouraged, but be sure to dress warmly enough for the weather. This is an all-outdoors event, no registration required. $5 parking for nonmembers. Saturday, Oct. 30, at the Eagle River Nature Center (ernc.org ; 32750 Eagle River Rd.)

Aerial View Performing Company Halloween performance — Check out Aerial View Performing Company’s first public performance. This is a Halloween-themed, family-friendly show and masks will be required. Tickets are $13 and available online. Cash tips for the performers is welcomed. 4 p.m and 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30 (4101 Arctic Blvd; aerialsilksalaska.com)

A haunting session at the Historic Anchorage Hotel — Join Michael “The Alaskan Ghost Hunter” as he tries to make contact with the spirits that haunt the Historic Anchorage Hotel. Join special guests and see vendors showcase their products for you to grab this Halloween. $2.99. 11:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30 on Facebook Live.

Mask Up for Trick or Treat Fish Creek — Trick-or-ireat stations will be set up along the trail between Kiwanis Fish Creek Park and Barbara Street Park at this family-friendly and COVID-safe event. Masks are required. Join in anywhere along the trail. Parking is limited so you may want to consider riding your bike or walking to this event. 4-6 p.m. Sunday. Oct. 31. (Woodland Park, 3508 Iowa St.; See Facebook for details)

Halloween Block Party at Camp Crystal — There will be vendors, food, music, games and more at this event supporting the Power Center at Alaska Behavioral Health, which provides mental health services for Anchorage youth. Donation bins will be on hand for coats, boots, hats and gloves. Starts at 5 p.m.; a running of the zombies will be at 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31. (6701 E 16th Ave.; see Facebook event)

Trunk-or-treat events

Faith Lutheran Church: Candy, games, crafts, photo booth, Kaladi coffee and cocoa. 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29. (5200 Lake Otis Pkwy; see Facebook event)

Barnes & Noble: Starts at 7:30 p.m. and goes until the candy runs out. Friday, Oct. 29. (200 E. Northern Lights Blvd.; See Facebook event)

Eagle River Trunk or Treat: Dress warm so you can walk around comfortably from trunk to trunk. 5-6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30 (11901 Business Blvd, Eagle River; See Facebook event)

Alaska Native Cultural Charter School: $3 per child will go to funding a new building for the school. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, Bettye Davis High School parking lot. (4025 E Northern Lights Blvd.; See Facebook event)

Wayland Baptist University: This will be a drive-thru trick-or-treat, so attendees will stay in their cars. Starts at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30 in the parking lot. (7801 E 32nd Ave. ; see Facebook event)

St. John United Methodist Church: Located in the west parking lot; 2:30-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31. See Facebook event. (1801 O’Malley Road; face masks required)

Spenard Trunk or Treat: This free event is put on by four area churches. 5-8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31 (3300 Spenard Rd. ; see Facebook event)

Awaken Church: All are welcome to a free drive-thru trunk or treat. There will also be an in-person, outdoor Fall Fest. 4-6 Sunday, Oct. 31. (5295 Juneau St.; See Facebook for details)

Grandview Baptist Church: Visit decorated trunks, participate in a scavenger hunt and get a drink of hot cocoa while warming up around a bonfire. 6-8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31. (1300 Columbine St.; See Facebook event)

Rocky Horror Sparkle Show — This production of the cult classic will feature a “shadow cast”: a troupe of actors who will act, mime and dance in front of a large screen that is showing the film. It’s all part of that rich, weird tapestry that makes up the Rocky Horror tradition, and speaking of which — prop bags will be for sale at the show (you can bring your own, but some common props are forbidden by the venue, and organizers say they will be checking). See ticketing for more details — as of publication, a few seats were still available 7-9 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31. $30 at myalaskatix.com.

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