Spooky season is back in swing and there are plenty of pumpkin-picking opportunities and events that promise a ghoulishly good time. Halloween falls on a Sunday this year and many happenings on the island take place that weekend.
Fearless fellows looking for a fright can head to the Roller Barn at 98 Northeast Barron Drive for its annual haunted house. This year there are three experiences to choose from: play laser tag in the haunted house, go on a self-guided tour of the display or take a walk through the set-up with the lights on (“For the not-so-fearless.”) Visitors can purchase tickets at therollerbarn.com.
Ghosts and goblins can head over to Ghoulish Good Times at the Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce building from 3-5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 29 to find some sweet treats. The event is free and open to the public.
The next day, little monsters can head downtown Oak Harbor for No Tricks, Safe Treats hosted by the Oak Harbor Main Street Association. The event runs 3-5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30, and is free to the public.
The Blue Fox Drive-In is asking anyone who has a trunk with room for junk to sign up for its Trunk or Treat event from noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 31. Businesses, organizations or creative families can sign up to bring treats for kids to the free event and win prizes for their displays. Those interested should contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
People looking for a scare can go to Fort Casey State Park every weekend in Octobver from noon to 3 p.m. for the “Fright at Fort Casey” presented by the state park and the Keepers of Admiralty Head Lighthouse. It is a modified version of the state park’s popular Haunted Fort Casey that it put on during Halloween in order to maintain COVID-19 safety protocols. Admission is $1 to the spooky scene and the children’s game area is free.
It’s practically magic in Coupeville during the last two weeks of October. The festivities kick off the morning of Saturday, Oct. 23 at Coupeville Elementary with Spells and Brews Bike for a family ride through town, hosted by the Whidbey Island Bike Club. Later, those 21 years and older can head to the Spells and Brews Beer Garden from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at the haunted parking lot where Coveland Street meets North Main Street. There will also be food and non-alcoholic beverages available for purchase.
Magpie wannabes may want to try the Coupeville Historic Waterfront Association’s Slightly Batty Scavenger Hunt from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 23 and 30. For a $10 entry fee, scavengers will receive a hat or a cape before scrounging around local businesses for supplies to decorate their new apparel. Sign up at the haunted parking lot where Coveland Street meets North Main Street and to receive a map.
There will be three movie screenings of “Practical Magic,” at the Coupeville Rec Hall which features the town in all of its glory. The screening for those 21 years and older at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 23 and 30 with margaritas, wine, beer, soft drinks, popcorn and movie candy available for purchase. The movie is free to view, although donations are appreciated and will go to the Coupeville Historic Waterfront Association. Teens get a night of their own to enjoy the movie for free at 6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 29 with popcorn, movie candy and non-alcoholic beverages.
Cheer on speeding gourds at the Great Pumpkin Races at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30. Participants should note that double axles are required and the race will be on Alexander Street between Coveland and Front Streets.
The weekend wraps up with the Torchlight Halloween Parade at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30. Marchers should gather at 4:45 p.m. in Cooke’s Corner Park in their full Halloween regalia.
Sweet tooths can head over to Christian Life Center Trunk or Treat from 3-5 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 31. There will be games, pumpkin painting, a photo booth and lots of candy. 1832 Scott Road.
Langley is going all-out for Halloween. South Whidbey Fire/EMS will have sweets to give out at its Trunk or Treat event from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 22 at the fire station on 5579 Bayview Road.
Artists can decorate a pumpkin from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30 at Langley Park on Second Street and Anthes Avenue for free.
The Atomic Bombshells will charm audiences at their “Put a Spell on You” show at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30. The professional burlesque troupe will showcase their good humor and classic style in a performance that combines elements of burlesque, drag, dance and theater. Tickets cost $45 for premium seats or $30 for standard and can be purchased online at wicaonline.org.
Kids have another chance for some candy at the St. Hubert’s Council of the Knights of Columbus Truck-or-Treat at 804 3rd Street from 2-5 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 31.
Trick-or-treaters won’t even need to leave their cars to find candy in the South End. There will be a drive-thru trick-or-treat at the Clinton Community Hall from 4-6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30. Costumed characters will be handing out candy and other treats to kids and their parents through their car windows.
Corn Mazes & Pumpkin Patches
K & R Farms in Oak Harbor has a pumpkin patch and corn maze open every day from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Plus, you’ll be greeted by Captain America made of hay. 36699 Highway 20, Oak Harbor.
Case Farm in Oak Harbor has a hay maze that’s perfect for kids, and lots of pumpkins and heirloom squash to take home. 98 Case Road, Oak Harbor.
Whidbey Farm and Market has a “dastardly” corn maze open from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Sunday and offers fright with its night corn maze on Saturday and Sunday only. It also has plenty of pumpkins to pick from. 1422 N Monroe Landing Rd, Oak Harbor
Bell’s Farm has all kinds of gourds and fall favorites at its Honesty Stand open from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. year-round. 892 West Beach Road, Coupeville.
Sherman’s Pioneer Farm in Coupeville is a classic stop for pumpkins, squash and all kinds of glorious gourds. The farmer offers hay wagon and trolley rides on the weekends. 46 S. Ebey Road, Coupeville.