Halloween events include new Haunted Forest walk
COUNTY – Halloween events will be taking place throughout the county this month, including a new Haunted Forest Walk in the Nugents Corner river access area.
Haunted Forest Walk
The Northwest Wildlife Rehabilitation Center will host a Haunted Forest Walk from Oct. 27-31 at the Nugents Corner Nooksack River Access area off of Mount Baker Highway. The spooky trail walk will be family friendly, though it will feature enough thrills and scares to keep older kids and adults entertained along the way. The admission fee is $5 per person, payable at the trailhead. Hours are 7 to 10 p.m.
All proceeds will benefit the rehab center, which is located nearby and run entirely on donations. The center takes in injured and orphaned wild animals for rehabilitation and, when possible, eventual return to the wild.
“There’s no funding for this kind of thing through state or federal programs, so we’re dependent on donations,” Board of Directors President Kraig Hansen said.
Hansen hopes that the trail walk, which is being held with permission from the Whatcom County Parks Department, will help fund vital support for the wildlife of Whatcom County. “We’re just doing the walk this year,” he said, adding that if it’s a success then they may add concessions and other features in future years. When asked if the event is weather dependent, he says it isn’t. “In the Pacific Northwest, we’re going to run rain or shine.”
Volunteers, role players and donations of Halloween decorations are needed. If interested, contact Kraig at NWwildlife@aol.com
Not for the faint of heart, the Scream Fair Haunted Houses (there are four of them) will take place in the Henry Jansen building at the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds in Lynden on Oct. 20-22 and Oct. 27-29. Hours are Thursdays 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., and 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. General admission is $13 per person, and VIP ticket (moves you to the front of the line) is $25 per person. One ticket is good for all haunted houses. This event is not recommended for children under 10 years old, unless accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 220-ZOMBIE.
The Lynden Pumpkin Festival will be held Saturday, Oct. 15 (rescheduled from Oct. 8), featuring giant pumpkins with participants competing for Heaviest Pumpkin. The festival takes places at the Lynden Fairway Shopping Center in Lynden. Registration is free. Visit lynden.org or call 354-5995.
Pumpkins on Parade
This all-ages event invites you to bring decorated pumpkins to the Sumas Library on Oct. 26 or Oct. 29 during regular library hours. Participants will receive a Sumas book buck good for any book in the Sumas Friends of the Library used book nook. Pumpkins can be taken home at the end of the day on Oct. 29. The Sumas Library is located at 451 2nd St in. Sumas and can be reached at 988-2501.
Kelvin Saxton, Tom McCormick, and Bruce Craig, of the Bellingham Storytellers Guild, will share stories derived from myths, legends, and oral histories from Whatcom County’s past. All welcome to this free event, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the Everson Library, 104 Kirsch Dr. Call 966-5100.
For other Halloween and autumn events, check out the community calendar on page 15.