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Frightmares and nightmares

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Adrenaline junkies have a reason to celebrate this week. With Halloween drawing near, a number of haunts designed to help people scare themselves silly are opening their creaky doors to the public. Enter if you dare—or on a dare.

The last time I was in the barn at Ferndale’s Pioneer Park, it was during the city’s annual Christmastime celebration, and I was lucky enough to pet a horse and meet a sweet goat that was wearing fake reindeer antlers. But I have a feeling the Whatcom Frightmare Haunted House taking place Friday and Saturday at the historic space won’t be quite as warm and fuzzy of an experience. Offering both “full scare” and “light scare” experiences throughout the course of the weekend, the event that is part of the city’s “Haunt the Park” lineup might also result in giving attendees phobias about entering dark barns. Somehow, I’m not soothed by the fact that “children under 5 will be scared for free.” When: 5-10pm Fri.-Sat., Oct 26-27. Cost: $5 per person, $20 per family (five people). Info: http://www.facebook.com/whatcomfrightmare

Similarly, I’m somewhat spooked by the tagline for the Scream Fair Haunted House: Carnival of Terror taking place this weekend at Lynden’s Northwest Washington Fairgrounds. “When the lights go down and the crowds go home…who is there to hear you scream?” they ponder. Well, if this year’s event is anything like past Scream Fairs I’ve attended, the actors and makeup artists bringing the theme of the night to life will be more than happy to stick around for the duration in order to listen to their visitors howling in terror. I’m expecting crazed clowns, an array of freak show candidates, knife throwers who’ve made unfortunate life choices and plenty of things that snarl in the night. When: 7-10pm Oct. 26-27; 7-9pm Wed., Oct. 31. Cost: Tickets at the door will be $10 for kids (parental discretion is advised) and $12 for adults. Info: http://www.screamfairhaunt.com

Once a year, Boundary Bay Brewery’s beer garden in downtown Bellingham turns into a fear garden, courtesy of The Nightmare on Railroad Haunted House. Per usual, the scares will come via Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth students, who will transform into ghosts and ghouls for the duration of their “performances” throughout the brewery’s warehouse and garden. Additionally, the BAAY Haunted Dancers will take center stage at regular intervals, making attendees believe the dead really can dance. Entry fees support BAAY’s mission to enrich the lives of children through the exploration of the arts, so scare up some cash and show your undying support. When: 6-9pm (all ages) and 9-11pm (21 and over) Oct. 26, 27 and 31. Cost: $5. Info: http://www.baay.org

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