Hailey Helms gets help carving a pumpkin from her mom, Laura, during a Halloween party at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center last year. This year s carving contest will be held at the center on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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Like Jason, Chucky or Freddy Krueger closing in for the kill, so, too, is Halloween preparing to strike another year. However, unlike a slasher film victim that has no idea of what is about to happen, the central peninsula is fully prepared for the fall holiday with numerous pumpkin programs and haunted happenings.
· Soldotna Public Library’s annual pumpkin carving or painting contest continues through Saturday, when judging will commence and awards will be given out. Entries should be of a fictional book character.
Painted and carved pumpkins may be dropped off through Saturday. For more information, call 262-4227.
· Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Soldotna will host its second annual Community Halloween Carnival on Friday from 5-9 p.m. and again Saturday from 1-5 p.m.
There will be a haunted house, candy scramble, cake walk and plenty of concessions including pulled pork sandwiches, hot dogs, baked beans, coleslaw and popcorn balls. There also will be gallons of hot apple cider to wash it all down. For more information, call 262-4749.
Trick or treaters get ready to take flight at the "trunk or treat" event in front of the Boys and Girls Club of the Kenai Peninsula in Kenai two years ago. This year's event will take place Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m.
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· Halloween will also come early to the Grace Lutheran Church and School. They are having their annual Harvest Festival from 6-8 p.m. Friday.
There will be a costume parade, games and plenty of good eats including a chili cook-off and a pie-baking contest. The event is open to everyone, but each family is asked to donate a bag of candy for prizes.
· The Triumvirate Theatre in the Peninsula Center Mall will have a haunted house from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Monday and on Halloween.
“It can get pretty interesting. It’s a fundraiser for the Nikiski drama, debate and forensics team, so the kids build it, run it and spook it,” said Chris Jenness.
While he didn’t want to reveal what the house of horror would hold this year, he said based on last season’s it should be pretty good.
“Last year we had a lot of stuff a scarecrow that chased people, a guy that came out of a coffin and a living doll that was pretty scary,” he said.
Admission will be $3 at the door.
· The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center is hoping people take a stab during their Community Halloween Pumpkin Carving event on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
“Everyone is welcome and each family gets one free pumpkin,” said Natasha Ala, program coordinator for the KVCC.
Ala said every is asked to come in costume. In addition to the pumpkin carving there will be scary stories and Halloween-related craft activities for kids. For more information, call 283-1991 or visit the Internet site www.artskenai.com.
· Alaska Army National Guard soldiers and their families are invited to attend a Halloween event with pumpkin carving, snacks, crafts and more from 6-8 p.m. Saturday at the armory on Forest Drive in Kenai. For more information, call Maggie Moonin at 283-1438 or 394-1381.
· Kasilof is known year-round for having some unusual characters and events, and Halloween follows in stride. A crashed alien space ship and a shipwrecked pirate vessel are just two of the weird wonders that will be part of the Decanter Inn RV Park’s Haunted Swamp.
“It’s just like a haunted house, except children go through the RV park, and each RV spot will be a different themed station,” said Glenn Tisdale, owner of the Decanter Inn.
Tisdale said a ghoulish graveyard, spider web and a Fear Factor station with plenty of gross things will also be part of the event. Children will also get candy as they make their way through.
“We’ll also have a bonfire about halfway through where kids can warm up and get some hot chocolate,” he said.
The Decanter Inn Haunted Swamp begins at 5 p.m. For more information, contact Glenn Tisdale or Robin Williams at 262-5917.
· The fourth annual Trunk or Treat event will be held in Kasilof at the Tustumena School parking lot from 5-7 p.m. on Halloween.
Parents can park their car with booty in the trunk, and participants are asked to decorate their cars in addition to themselves for a car costume contest. Boo-mobiles and “Sweeter Beater” vehicles are ideal. For more information, call Jim Russell at 262-5291 or 398-0101.
· The Kenai Boys and Girls Club also will hold a Trunk or Treat event from 6-8 p.m. on Halloween. For more information, call Kimberli Dent at 283-2682.
· The Kenai Elks will hold a Spooktacular from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Halloween. This is a free kids carnival. Food, games, a haunted house and cake walk will be available. There will also be a costume contest and a pumpkin-carving contest, but entrants are asked to bring already carved pumpkins from home.
· The Peninsula Center Mall in Soldotna will hold a Halloween carnival from 4 to 7 p.m. on Halloween. Bring canned for items to the Buck Buck Buck Store for five tickets to be used for various carnival games and events throughout the mall. For more information on the carnival, call 262-9001.
· Kenai New Life Assembly of God Church is set to spook and will hold a harvest festival from 6 to 8 p.m. on Halloween. Games, candy, food, a cake walk and jumping balloon castle are some of the planned events. Tickets are 25 cents each and will be available at the door. For more information, call 283-7752.
· Kenai Peninsula College wants people to dress up as something other than students for its costume contest from noon to 8 p.m. Halloween in the commons. Prizes will be awarded at 8 p.m., with first prize worth $50, second $30 and third $20. All ages are welcome.
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