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Fright Nights

A terrifying timeline of events

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Every Halloween, I go a little crazy trying to figure out what to focus my attention on when it comes to highlighting the horrors of the holiday. This year, with an abundance of ghoulish good times on the horizon, I’ve chosen to compile a terrifying timeline of events—ensuring you’ll be scared silly between Friday and Tuesday (All Hallows’ Eve). 

Personally, I’m planning a Friday night return visit to the Scream Fair: Haunted Barn at Lynden’s Northwest Washington Fair Grounds, where I once screeched in terror even before entering the darkened den of depravity after being surprised by a zombie at the car door. The able actors portraying everyone from cannibals to ghouls to vampires will be at it Saturday and Tuesday night, too, so plan your life (and possible death) accordingly. This year, Ferndale is also hosting its own Haunted Barn Fri.-Sat., Oct. 27-28 at Pioneer Park, so perhaps our posse will head there next in search of some additional frights. Info: http://www.screamfairhaunt.com or www.ferndale-chamber.com

Come Saturday, I’m hoping to catch an episode of “Hellingham” at the Upfront Theatre. As a former performer at the venue, I’ve been both a killer and a victim during the improvised murder mysteries that, every October, fill the room to capacity and have the audience guessing whodunit (something not even the rest of the cast knows until the end of the show). And with every performance ending differently, there’s no telling what sort of nefarious shenanigans the citizens of Hellingham will be up to. I’m also interested in exploring the inaugural “Beastly, Frightful, Unspeakably Spooky Circus of Doom” happening Saturday and Tuesday at the Bellingham Circus Guild’s Cirque Lab. Boasting “hideous and hilarious tricksters,” aerial acts, acrobats and more—with one kid-friendly show and a couple others for the 21-and-over set—this is an event I can get behind. Info: http://www.upfront.com or www.bellinghamcircusguild.com

Come Halloween proper, a number of additional options abound, such as the continuation of the “BAAY Haunted House: The Nightmare on Railroad” at Boundary Bay Brewery; two nighttime viewings of the cult classic known as The Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Mount Baker Theatre; and, at 8pm, Thrillingham at Maritime Heritage Park.

I’ve been in attendance for the past few Thrillinghams, and can attest to the fact that in addition to watching zombies perform Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” at the venue’s outdoor amphitheater, the free event is chock-full of sights both scary and surreal—from the performers, but also from the hordes of costumed citizens gathered at the park to celebrate Halloween. Twice now, I’ve even seen a cowboy bring his steed to the steps of the stage during the post-performance dance party, making me think I was sharing in a group hallucination. Info: http://www.facebook.com/thrillingham. Additional details about the aforementioned events can be found in the listings section.

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