Spooktacular: The Sequel
Halloween is forever
Wednesday, October 30, 2019
If you’re not from here, odds are you remember when you noticed how little chill Bellingham has on the subject of Halloween. It’s like Halloween is Laurie Strode and all of us are Michael Myers, obsessed and possessed, but more fun and less murdery.
For many years, I’ve believed that Bellingham’s most perfect expression of its Halloween obsession was when Oct. 31 falls on a weekend, ideally on a Friday. This is an easy conclusion to draw given how thoroughly we celebrate when that happens.
But I was wrong.
Because this was the year I realized we reach Peak Halloween when Oct. 31 is a Thursday. It allows us to begin celebrating the weekend prior (which many of you did), continue the revelry throughout the week (optional for many, but definitely an acceptable course of action) before going all out again when Halloween hits. The true devotees will go one further and take it into the following weekend.
In this town, we’ll take the 10 days of Halloween over the 12 days of Christmas every time.
As such a second installment of Halloween happenings is clearly called for.
Alternative Library: It’s entirely possible that I included the Alternative Library in this roundup purely because they’ve dubbed their Oct. 31 show a “spooktacular,” which is a term I also favor. It’s further possible that I’m encouraging you to attend all the shows you’re able to at the grassroots organization’s current venue because they’ll be on the move again in a couple of months. However, the likeliest scenario is that seeing Analog Brass, Bobby Petite, and Guest at a place where no one will bust your chops about not wearing a costume sounds like a delightful way to spend Halloween.
Depot Market Square: What do you do after you take your kids trick or treating downtown and they’re too wound up on sugar and big costume energy to haul home without calamity? You head to the Depot Market Square for Bellingham Parks and Recreation’s family-friendly Boo Boogie. There, the tricking and treating will continue, goodie bags will be doled out and, according to event info, boogie oogie oogie will commence. The soundtrack for the aforementioned boogie (singular) oogie (plural) will be provided by Mikey Mike the Rad Scientist, who will sing to you of a water molecule named Carlos, among other things. Tucker the kids out, take them home, steal their candy while the sleep, win Halloween.
Firefly Lounge: On the one hand, the Bellingham music scene, with its parallel affection for the genres of loud rock and alt-country, is my particular paradise. On the other, I am less enamored of Belingham’s ongoing and enduring love of Ween. It seems that into every occasion a little Ween must fall, and never is that more true than when the occasion has Ween in its very name. The only question is where the Ween tribute band will appear. This year, the lucky locale is the Firefly Lounge, for its aptly named Hallo-Ween celebration, starring Weener (because I am a child, that makes me laugh) and Deerman. Even for an Oct. 31 with a whole lot going on, this show is sure to be packed, so get there early and stake out your spot.
Paws For a Beer: Bold statement that possibly exposes some personal bias on my part: Spending Halloween at the dog bar sounds like an excellent idea bordering on genius. Reasons: 1. Dog costume contest. 2. Human/dog team costume contest. 3. Music from Calaskan and Original Jim. 4. Hot dogs from Big Hot Wieners, which are sort of like tiny dogs in fancy edible costumes (don’t think about that one too hard). 5. It’s Paws For a Beer’s third anniversary. 6. Decent chance of meeting June, the Cascadia Weekly’s part-time office dog and full-time best good girl. I could come up with other reasons, but if you’re anything like me, you were sold after “dog costume contest.”
Skylark’s Hidden Cafe: Even though I’ve had my aura photographed, my tea leaves interpreted and my fortune told (I was supposed to have been married and divorced—twice—by now, according to the psychic), I have never had a tarot card reading. That could all change on Oct. 31 if I attend the Mystic Halloween Party at Skylark’s Hidden Cafe. In between the tarot readings and the drink specials, East Coast Dave and the Midwest Swingers will perform, so even if the reading deems your future to be iffy, you will be thoroughly entertained in the present.
Thousand Acre Cider House: Not only did Thousand Acre Cider House bust out a “spooktacular” in the description for their Halloween event, they followed it up by throwing down a “trick or treat yo’self” and that’s all it takes for me to pledge allegiance to the recently opened taproom and bottle shop devoted to craft cider. Their Halloween will consist of a costume contest and candy—and an array of ciders from 2 Towns Ciderhouse as well as Hallow Jack’d hot mulled cider, which is just the thing to ward off the end-of-October chill when you realize that your brilliant costume idea is not weather-appropriate.
Twin Sisters Brewing: Twin Sisters didn’t opt for “spooktacular” when naming their Oct. 31 event, but they did go for a variant, dubbing it the Sunnyland Spookfest. Their all-ages Halloween party consists of the standard-issue costume contest and trick or treatery, and amps the proceedings up a bit with a pasta buffet, laser tag—allow me to say that again with the proper emphasis: LASER TAG—and music by Ebb, Slack and Flood. The Spookfest serves as a benefit for Sunnyland Elementary School, so if you blow all your scratch on 10-minute bouts of laser tag, you’ll be secure in the knowledge that you helped out some kids and did Halloween just right.
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