Ghouls, gremlins, costumes, pumpkins, dancing and the dead will all be celebrated during several Halloween and harvest festivities over the coming weeks on South Whidbey.
The events cover a range of celebrations, from the macabre to the agrarian to the joyous. Some are pure Halloween parties, with costumes and Jack-O-Lanterns and candy, while others are designed to celebrate the summer harvest without any of the frights. Others are fundraisers and free-for-all sweet treat grabs for the little monsters, heroes, knights and fairies running around.
With so many events planned, here’s a primer for what each is, where it’s happening, what it may cost (or not), and how to get involved.
Monster Mash Dance-a-Thon
3-9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24 at Bayview Hall, 5642 Bayview Road, Langley
Anyone willing to pound their feet to the rhythms of a few hours’ worth of music should hit up the Dance-a-Thon.
Hosted by Whidbey Children’s Theater as a fundraiser, the day starts with non-dancing activities. A costume contest and mummy wrapping contest precede the last-man-dancing marathon.
Music can be requested online for the dance-a-thon.
The event is also done in the spirit and honor of Rhianna Kingley Dickson Hobbs, who unexpectedly died in 2013 and was an active young thespian with the theater.
Tickets cost $10 for the dance or $25 to be a fundraiser and participate in the other activities, including a raffle. The goal is to raise $8,000.
To register, call the theater office at 360-221-8707 or visit http://wctmagic.org/calendar/2015/10/24/monster-mash-dance-a-thon-2015.
Day of the Dead Sugar Skull Decorating
5-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28 at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts (or WICA) 565 Camano Ave., Langley
A Mexican tradition as part of the celebration of the Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos), WICA brings sugar skull decorating to Langley.
Decorate a sugar skull, traditionally used as an offering, with the name of a deceased loved one. All materials will be provided, though colored foil, glitter, fabric and outside decorations are allowed.
There is a 40-student limit to the event, which is open to all ages.
Tickets cost $10.
Register by calling the WICA office at 360-221-8262 or 1-800-638-7631, or email Education Director Deana Duncan at email@example.com.
All Hallow’s Eve Bash
6-9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30 at Kalakala Mercantile Co., 132 2nd St., Langley
Try your pumpkin carving hand against others and be judged by artist/animator Drew Christie. This night-before-Halloween event is free, includes music, caramel apples, harvest punch, pumpkin carving and costumes. It’s BYOP — bring your own pumpkin — and that includes the carving tools.
The restaurant/shop is also taking a dollar off draft beer, but participants should remember not to drink and carve.
To cap it off, a fireside ghost story session out on the shop’s patio.
There is no registration, just show up. A Facebook event was created and can be joined online at www.facebook.com/events/981474961985393.
Boo LaLa! Burlesque Halloween Weekend
7:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30 and 9:30-10:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31 at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, Langley
The most adult-themed and provocative entertainment of the holiday weekend will kick off courtesy of Seattle’s Can Can Productions. A burlesque show, created especially for WICA, will take over the performing arts stage.
“There’s lots of kids stuff, which is great. But this is not for kids,” said WICA marketing director Fritha Strand.
Even after an hour of racy entertainment, the party continues with a post-show celebration in Zech Hall to meet and greet the dancers and get a small burlesque lesson.
Adults only. Tickets cost $25, which includes the party.
Order online at www.wicaonline.org/events-calendar-view/2015/10/30/boo-lala-burlesque-halloween-weekend or by calling the box office at 360-221-8268 or at the box office starting two hours before the show.
2:30-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31 downtown Langley
The Village by the Sea becomes a land of treats at its downtown shops for the annual trick-or-treat afternoon.
See the wood and metal crows made by Scott Alexander and Mike McVay, visit stores with candy and treats and see plenty of costumes.
Head up Anthes Avenue to the Langley United Methodist Church for the Trunk-or-Treat with hot apple cider, treats, crafts and fun.
Free and for all ages, there is no registration necessary. More details may be found online at the Langley Chamber of Commerce http://visitlangley.com/lp/spooktacular.
5-8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31 at Island Church of Whidbey, 503 Cascade Ave., Langley
The annual alternate children’s event is held by the Island Church in Langley. It celebrates costumes with candy and games.
For details, call the church at 360-341-3474 or visit the web site at http://islandchurchofwhidbey.org.
All Soul’s Eve Luminaria
5-8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 1 at Langley Woodmen Cemetery, 5043 Al Anderson Ave.
An annual celebration of All Soul’s Eve, a night of remembrance, will be marked in candle light. Luminaries line the road and driveway and may be placed on graves or other areas for deceased loved ones not buried there.
As the evening descends further into dark, the cemetery becomes illuminated with the luminaries.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit https://langleywoodmencemetery.wordpress.com for more information.
Frida Kahlo Dia de los Muertos
7:30-9:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 1 at WICA, 565 Camano Ave., Langley
This celebration of Mexico’s pre-Hispanic past honors deceased relatives and welcomes the return of loved ones’ souls on All Souls Day, Nov. 2.
Joni Takanikos will read poetry and other writings from artist Frida Kahlo, plus host an open mic for those who would like to read or recite poetry.
The late October-early November time frame covers other celebrations recognizing the dead and the living.
“I do think that as a mixed bag of cultures in these United States it is lovely to honor this tradition from Mexico and to see how it may change our conceptions of death, grief and remembrance,” said Takanikos in a press release.
Small plates of food will be available to buy and a no-host bar will be open 6:30 p.m. to close.
All seats cost $12. Buy online at www.wicaonline.org/events-calendar-view/2015/11/1/frida-kahlo-dia-de-los-muertos or by calling the box office at 360-221-8268 or at the box office starting two hours before the show.