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Plenty of frights, sights for fans of Halloween

Events begin with the popular Pumpkin Walk this weekend.

Glowing heads aren’t just for ghouls this Halloween.

“The Curious Lab of Dr. Synapse” at the Children’s Museum on Madison Avenue will make illuminate young craniums, with activities for ages 3 and up.

“We wanted to do something that was educational and interactive for fun,” said Andrew Hill, director of outreach for the Children’s Museum, of the spooky science events. “It’s an alternative to the downtown trick-or-treat or parties.”

Halloween promises fun activities for the very young through adults; festivities start today and run through the witching hour on Oct. 31.

The highlight of the season is the annual downtown trick-or-treat on Halloween. Stores with an orange “Trick or Treat Here” sign will open specially for this event along Madison Avenue from the Pavilion to Parfitt Way, part of Eriksen Avenue and along Winslow Way, which will be closed off from 3-7 p.m.

Cris Beattie, executive director of the Bainbridge Island Downtown Association said the association is expecting at least 1,000 to come from on and off island.

New this year is live music by country western band Dream Ranch at Winslow Green. Warm yourself with free hot cider from the association’s booth there. The police department will also have a booth.

“So many parents wear costumes, we’re encouraging parents and kids to dress up,” Beattie said, recalling last year as just “kids everywhere.”

What Halloween would be complete without ghost stories?

Bainbridge High School’s own Robert McAllister will tell the Halloween masterpiece “The River Boys” and a Bainbridge Island ghost tale “The Story of the Standard” Oct. 30 at the high school’s LGI. Also get a peek of the school theater troupe’s “The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940.”

Start the chills early in the day by visiting the haunted house at Wilkes Elementary School’s Halloween Carnival. Families can enjoy the Bouncy obstacle course, rooms full of fun and games, an old-fashioned cake walk, balloons, prizes and more.

For the timid-hearted and kids age 7 and under, visit the annual Halloween House at the Bainbridge Island Teen Center on Oct. 28-29.

“The haunted houses are scary,” said Sam Maes, public relations officer at the center, “and little kids don’t want to go. We’re doing this so little kids can go.”

Variously themed rooms will include a Candyland room with floor squares like the game board of the same name, belly-dancing in black light and a fairy pumpkin land with genuine, giant carved pumpkins.

If carved pumpkins are your favorites, Bainbridge Gardens hosts its annual Pumpkin Walk Oct. 23. This year’s event will raise money for the Bainbridge Island Boys and Girls Club. Admission is free with suggested donations for each activity.

Donna Harui of Bainbridge Gardens says she expects to have close to 300 lighted pumpkins carved by community members illuminating their nature trail with figures of dragonflies, baseball, flowers and wacky hair and faces.

The fiddle tunes of Kitsap Connection provide live music. Kids can run through a harvest maze of hay and enjoy a bounce house and other games.

The Art Center challenges the imagination, hosting a Halloween costume dance party for kids and adults Oct. 28 with judging and prizes for costumes from 8:30-9 p.m.

Kids are welcome from 7-9 p.m. and adults can stay through the witching hour.

Amy Williams, co-founder of the center, says the party is a first for the Art Center, which recently expanded its space.

She looks forward to seeing people express themselves in their costumes. Party-goers should look for two “famous artists” in the crowd.

“There isn’t a place for kids and adults to have a party together,” Williams said. “So we want to break in the new space with a party and hope it pushes people to be creative and have fun.”

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More treats than tricks

Halloween events on Bainbridge Island:

Oct 23 - Pumpkin Walk: Bainbridge Gardens sponsors its annual pumpkin walk 6-8:30 p.m. at Bainbridge Gardens, 9415 Miller Rd. Free. Suggested donation for attractions to benefit the Bainbridge Island Boys and Girls Club. Information: 842-5888.

Oct. 28 - Art Center Halloween: The Art Center sponsors a Halloween costume dance party for kids and adults 7 p.m. Oct. 28 at the Art Center, 9338 Sportsman Club Rd. Free. Costume judging from 8:30-9 p.m. Refreshments served. RSVP requested but not required. Information: 842-8511 or www.theartcenter.us.

Oct. 29-30 - Halloween House: The Teen Center hosts a Children’s Halloween House for ages 7 and younger from 4-8 p.m. Oct. 29-30 at the Teen Center, 9332 High School Rd. Just $5 per family and a food donation to Helpline. Information: 780-9622.

Oct. 30 - Halloween Carnival: Wilkes Elementary School has its annual Halloween carnival from 1-6 p.m. Oct. 30 at the school, 12781 Madison Ave. Haunted house and fun and games. Information: 842-4411.

Oct. 30 - Ghost Stories: Robert McAllister tells his Halloween masterpiece “The River Boys” and island ghost tale “The Story of the Standard” in a benefit for Bainbridge High School Theatre and Northwest Folklore 7 p.m. Oct. 30 at BHS LGI room. Admission is $10 and $5 for students.

Oct. 31 - Downtown Trick Or Treat: The Bainbridge Downtown merchants invite island kids and families to the annual Downtown Trick-or-Treat, 4-6 p.m. Oct. 31 in downtown Winslow. For traffic safety, Winslow Way will be closed between Ericksen and Madison from 3-7 p.m. Information: 842-2982.

Oct. 31 - Halloween Science: The Children’s Museum hosts “The Curious Lab of Dr. Synapse,” a spooky, silly science laboratory with interactive activities 4-8 p.m. Oct. 31 at 305 Madison Ave. N. Information: 855-4650 or www.cmobi.org.

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