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THINGS THAT GO BUMP IN THE FOREST: Shannon Buxton of the Bainbridge Island Metro Park & Recreation District wrestles with a nasty critter as she helps ready Battle Point Park for its Saturday Halloween celebration, which will include both spooky and family-friendly activities. - Brad Camp/Staff Photo
THINGS THAT GO BUMP IN THE FOREST: Shannon Buxton of the Bainbridge Island Metro Park & Recreation District wrestles with a nasty critter as she helps ready Battle Point Park for its Saturday Halloween celebration, which will include both spooky and family-friendly activities.
— image credit: Brad Camp/Staff Photo

Good ghoulie, Halloween is nearly here. Here’s a rundown of activities through Wednesday:

• Wilkes Carnival: Wilkes hosts its annual room-to-room extravaganza from 1 to 6 p.m. Oct. 27. There’ll be a cake walk, bouncy house, innumerable games and prizes and the fourth grade’s unparalleled haunted house. Call 842-4411 for info.

• Haunting of Battle Point: The Bainbridge Metro Park & Recreation District takes over Battle Point from 7 to 10 p.m. Oct. 27 with fun and screams for the whole family including horse-drawn hay rides; a covered straw maze; spooky B-movies in the Transmitter Building basement; a haunted woods – best for teens and older; and plenty of concessions to keep revelers warm. The $5 admission benefits the teen center, gymnastics program and Transmitter Building restoration project. Call 842-2306 for info.

• Jekyll & Hyde: Catch the final weekend of BPA’s no-holds-barred production, which runs at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 27 and 28, with a 3 p.m. Sunday matinee. Tickets are $20/$15 at 842-8569.

• HOWL-o-ween: Create your own wacky Halloween creature using pumpkins and other fall vegetables, leaves, foliage and seeds from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 28 at IslandWood. Children’s librarian Carmine Rau and Bat Man Dan Hannafioius will be there too. Bring your own pumpkin. Suggested donation: $5/person, $10/family. Registration: www.islandwood.org.

• BPA Bash: Get in the “spirit” for the All Hallow’s Eve Bash from 8 to 11 p.m. Oct. 30 at Bainbridge Performing Arts. The evening includes a special showing of the 1922 classic “Nosferatu” followed by a DJ dance party, along with themed food and drink; a no-host bar with specialty spirits; and a costume contest. Ages 16 and up. Tickets: $20 advance/$24 at the door. Call 842-8569.

• Winslow Trick or Treat: Take the town on Halloween. The Bainbridge Downtown Association and downtown merchants will host the island’s annual trick-or-treat fest from 4 to 6 p.m. Oct. 31 including family fun, spooky music, free cider and more candy than you can shake a Streetscape at. Info: www.bainbridgedowntown.org or 842-2982.

• Halloween Chili: Eagle Harbor Congregational Church hosts its annual Halloween hotdog-n-chili dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 31. Follow the spooky music to food, fun and fuel while trick-or-treating in Winslow, and raise money for UNICEF. Info: 842-4657.

• Trick or Can: Forget papering trees. On Halloween night, Bainbridge High School’s National Honor Society and Eagle Harbor High School’s Associated Student Body officers will team for “Trick or Canning.” Students will canvass island neighborhoods to collect packaged food for donation to the Helpline House food bank. So along with the Reese’s and Snickers bars, be sure to have a few non-perishables on hand. For info, contact Lindsay van Winkle at 855-0471; Steve Swanson at 780-1642 or Emily Grice at 855-0452.

• Rocky Horror: There’s a liiiiiight....“The Rocky Horror Picture Show” plays at 8 p.m. Oct. 31 at Bainbridge Cinemas. Dress up and bring rice, newspapers, water guns, flashlights, noisemakers, Scott toilet paper and toast. You know the drill. Tickets, $8.50, are at the cinema box office. Info: www.bainbridgepavilion.com.

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