Halloween has a couple of new wrinkles in the valley this year, giving kids and adults alike opportunities for tricking, treating and courting the creepy.
The traditional tour of Burgar Street in Twisp will once again draw a steady stream of costumed kids to not only collect a bagful of goodies, but also admire the elaborately decorated homes. Parents will probably enjoy that as well. Expect traffic control for the busy venue.
New this year: The Methow Valley Community Center in Twisp will host a fun-filled Halloween Day event with activities for kids from youngsters to teens and adults, from 5-8 p.m.
The gym will be transformed into “Happy Halloween Lane,” where children can trick-or-treat through a maze of friendly inflatable characters — nothing scary. There will also be volunteer-staffed candy stations. All ages are welcome. The free event is supported by Winthrop Kiwanis and local business sponsors.
A zombie-themed haunted house (with a separate entrance) will be staged at the same time, in the center’s main building. Students from the Independent Learning Center are making creepy props, sets and costumes. They will be joined by other teens and volunteers, transforming the community center into a spooky fun experience for older kids and adults. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. The entrance to this event is at the top of the stairs at the north entrance. Entrance fee is $5 and the proceeds will support the Community Center’s ongoing efforts to update and enhance the facility.
Joe Marver of Twisp River Suites is sponsoring the haunted house, and provided three animatronic zombies.
Volunteers are needed to help set up the event or hand out candy in the gym. appreciated. For more information or to volunteer for either event, call Anita at (509) 997-2926 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pine Near Park in Winthrop will host an “Old West Mining Ghost Town Halloween” from 4:30-7:30 p.m.
Out at the far end of the valley, The Mazama Store will be the center of activity for the evening’s festivities. Several neighbors of the store open their homes starting at 5 p.m. as part of the designated trick-or-treating trail for which the Mazama Store provides a map. At the store courtyard, there will be donuts, cider, and a warming fire.
In the past, some local churches have also hosted trunk-or-treat events, as has downtown Winthrop, but there was no word from those venues as of press time.
Some related events following Halloween:
• A Day of the Dead concert and Community Grief Tending Ritual will be hosted by Old Schoolhouse Brewery and Rooted Nature School on Sunday (Oct. 29), from 3-5 p.m. at the TwispWorks Plaza Stage. Bring pictures of deceased loved ones, candles and blankets. Free entry; soup and cider by donation.
• Methow At Home will host a remembrance ceremony on Thursday, Nov. 2, from 3:30-5 p.m. at the Twisp Town Park picnic shelter. Light a candle, place a photo or name or whatever feels right for you. There will also be time to share a story, poem, music, food, or silence to honor our loved ones who are no longer here. To register for the free event, visit methowathome.org.
• Methow Episcopal will celebrate All Saints Day at Friendship Alliance Church in Winthrop on Oct. 29 at 5 p.m. Bring photos of those you would like honor for the altar.