Mike Craghead of Eureka has been carving pumpkins most of his life, but really got into intricate designs in 2005. He’ll be carving at Organic Matters in Eureka this weekend. Last year, he competed on the Food Network’s “Halloween Wars.” Here’s one of his creations. (Courtesy of Mike Craghead)
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A cornucopia of family oriented Halloween and harvest events are taking place over the next week. Carnivals, parties, trick-or-treating events, costume parades and more are planned in Humboldt County. Here’s a sampling of some of the activities scheduled for this year’s spooky season:

Friday

Haunted house

Eureka: Forever Found — located off Fifth and B streets — is presenting the “Ultimate Fright Fest” Friday through Sunday and again on Wednesday (Halloween night). For the event, the historic Loheide building is being transformed into a multi-level, haunted house. Hours are 4 to 7 p.m. each day for those 13 and under, with admission being $6. Admission is $10 during the later hours of 7 p.m. to midnight, which is designed for those over 13 years of age due to more scare tactics. Non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages will be available to purchase. A margin of the event proceeds will go to the Ink People Center for the Arts and to Forever Found, Eureka’s newest cultural center.

Victorian Halloween

Ferndale: A Victorian Village Halloween is set for Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. in Ferndale. This is a family friendly evening of storytelling, music, book signings, candy, shopping and more. Shops will stay open until 8 p.m. and everyone is encouraged to wear costumes. Students from Ferndale Elementary School will have the pretzel cart out and Girl Scouts will be telling spooky stories. Matthew Brockmeyer and H.R. Conklin will sign copies of their books, “King Nepenthe” and “The Witch’s Knot,” respectively, at Chapman’s Bookery.

A spooky sky settles in Eureka before Halloween. (Heather Shelton — The Times-Standard)

Saturday

Halloween carnival

Eureka: The city of Eureka will present its annual Halloween carnival Saturday from 4 to 6 p.m. at Sequoia Park, 3414 W St. This year’s theme is “Enchanted Forest.” This free family event is for kids 12 and under. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Come play classic carnival games, get your face panted and win candy, prizes and more. In the event of rain, the carnival will be moved to the Adorni Center at 1011 Waterfront Drive. For more information, call Whitney Flenner at 707-502-7550 or the Adorni Center at 707-441-4248.

Trick-or-treat

Eureka: Eureka Main Street will host its annual trick-or-treat event Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. in downtown and Old Town Eureka. Over 80 participating stores will have trick-or-treat signs in their windows. Children 12 and under, in costume and accompanied by an adult, are encouraged to attend. For more information, call Eureka Main Street at 707-442-9054.

Costume parade

McKinleyville: The McKinleyville Shopping Center will be holding its 33rd annual Halloween costume parade Saturday at 11 a.m. Children are invited to visit the shopping center for a safe and fun trick-or-treating experience. This free community event is open to all children and there will be free candy and Halloween treats given out by the merchants. Children should meet by the signs in the parking lot at the shopping center before 11 a.m. to join in the fun. The parade starts promptly at 11 a.m.

Dunes event

Manila: Celebrate Halloween with Friends of the Dunes Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. during a “Spooky Dunes” event. Tour guides will lead kids and their adults through the dunes, where they will meet spooky and silly dune characters. Come dressed in costume and be prepared for a short hike in the sand. One-hour tours will start at the Humboldt Coastal Nature Center, 220 Stamps Lane, every 30 minutes starting at 1 p.m. The cost is $5 per child or $3 per child for members and Manila residents. Space is limited. To RSVP, call 707-444-1397 or send an email to info@friendsofthedunes.org stating your name, phone number, party size and preferred tour time.

Families enjoy a past “Spooky Dunes” event in Manila. This year’s event is scheduled for the weekend. (Friends of the Dunes — Contributed)

Trick-or-treat

Eureka: Henderson Center merchants are hosting “Trick-or-Treat in Henderson Center” Saturday from noon to 2 p.m. Children 12 and under are welcome to participate.

Alternative Halloween

Bayside: Looking for a magically different Halloween experience? Come “Into the Mystery” at the Humboldt Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m. This year’s festival will explore cultural themes for this time of year from around the world. There will be at least a dozen skits, complete with small gifts, and a visit with the King and Queen of Halloween. Bring the entire family for an evening of storytelling, performing and gifts. Free cupcakes and cider will be offered (gluten-free and vegan options will be available). The fellowship is located at 24 Fellowship Way. A limited number of tickets are available for this event. Purchase tickets online at huuf.org or at Wildberries Marketplace in Arcata.

A Eureka house is decked out for Halloween. (Heather Shelton — The Times-Standard)

Halloween event

Eureka: Friends of the Headwaters Forest Reserve, the Bureau of Land Management, Arcata Field Office and the Redwood Parks Conservancy will host the third annual “Halloween at Headwaters” event Saturday. Free guided tours are by reservation only and will begin at 4:15 p.m. and run every 20 minutes, with the last tour starting at 5:50 p.m. There is limited space available and reservations are required. Reservations can be made at www.eventbrite.com/e/halloween-at-headwaters-tickets-50464287041. Due to limited parking, shuttles to the Elk River Trail Head will be required. There is no room in the shuttle for dogs. Tour duration with parking, shuttle, tour and storytelling is approximately 90 minutes. This family friendly event is a candlelit guided living history tour through the once bustling logging town of Falk, located within the Headwaters Forest Reserve. Guided tours include a half-mile walk. The walking tour ends at the historic train barn with candlelit storytelling. Bring warm clothing, water and flashlights.

Sunday

Halloween concert

Arcata: All Seasons Orchestra will host a free concert and Halloween party Sunday at 5 p.m. at the D Street Neighborhood Center, 1301 D St. This event will feature a wide array of scary music. Bring a carved pumpkin to enter the Jack-o-lantern contest and wear a costume for the Halloween parade. Free refreshments will be available. For more information, contact Dick LaForge at 707-443-2626.

Celebrate ‘Howloween’

Arcata: Humboldt Pet Supply will host its annual “Howloween Party” fundraiser Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. at its store at 145 G St. There will be activities for both pets and humans (big and small), including a haunted pet maze, costume contests, tricks for treats, a photo booth and other games and prizes. There will also be free snacks for all as well as libations of the adult variety. The event is being held to raise money for Companion Animal Foundation’s mobile veterinary unit.

Haunted house

Arcata: Hensel’s Ace Hardware — located at 884 Ninth St. — is holding an all-ages haunted house event Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. There will be a haunted house, costume contest, face and pumpkin painting, carnival games, music and more.

Tuesday

Halloween craft

Rio Dell: A drop-in craft event is being held Tuesday from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Rio Dell Branch Library, 715 Wildwood Ave. Everyone attending can create a trick-or-treat bag.

Wednesday

Fall festival

Arcata: Arcata First Baptist Church will have its annual “Family Fall Festival” Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. in the church gymnasium, 17th and Union streets. There’s no charge to attend. There will be free food, candy, two bounce houses, a maze, face painting and more. No scary costumes, please. For more information, call 707-822-0367.

Trick-or-treat

Arcata: Arcata Main Street will present “Trick-or-Treat on the Arcata Plaza” Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m. There is no charge to participate in this family friendly event. Downtown streets will be closed to traffic so families can safely enjoy treats from participating stores. There will be a “Ghost and Ghoul Procession” starting at 4 p.m. at the corner of 11th and H streets. There will also be a live performance of “Thriller” at 4:30 and 6 p.m., hay bale rides, a fire truck and vintage police car, a carnival, photos with the Halloween Fairy, live music, giant puppets, jugglers and more. Parking will be limited.

Kids Karnival

Eureka: Faith Center will have its annual “Kids Karnival” Wednesday from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Redwood Acres, 3750 Harris St. Children through the fifth grade and their families are invited to this free and safe Halloween night event. There’ll be games, candy, prizes, food and more.

 

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