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Halloween events had regional impact

Ghouls, goblins, witches and pirates dominated the scene Halloween eve in the north end of Kootenai County. Starting early in Athol, the Baptist Church held a tailgate party that was all about treats and not about tricks.

Concerned about children walking the unlit streets after dark, the church started this event last year. It was a great success so they did it again. Ten or so SUVs were parked at the Athol Community Center for the candy fest. Children showed up from all over the area and appeared to have a great time.

Down the street at Timberlake Fire District Station 1, Sparky the fire dog gave treats to all of the kids. The small guests crawled all over the fire trucks, blowing the horn and sounding the sirens. This fire department steps up for community affairs on a regular basis, always willing to lend a helping hand, as well as fighting fires within the district and farther, due to reciprocal agreements with neighboring jurisdictions.

A little later, the adult entertainment started. The Pastime Club had karaoke, while next door, American Legion Post 149 held its annual costume party. Also present for the revelry was the band Southern Comfort, always a favorite. The place was packed with costumed characters as well as those who just came as they were. Even some of the seasoned citizens got up and danced the evening away.

Shifting to the big leagues, the 20-something annual Halloween party at the Captain’s Wheel had a packed house as always. Pirates and witches were in the majority this year, vut devils and angels were also there, representing mock good and evil. At last observation, it looked like evil was winning. Across the room was a British judge complete with periwig, talking with an escaped convict. Many regular summer residents and visitors appeared as well from places such as Spokane, Post Falls, Coeur d’Alene, Sandpoint and the Silver Valley, all congregated for the biggest party of the year. While most bars claim New Year’s Eve as the biggest and best, the tradition at the Captain’s Wheel for Halloween is the largest party of the year.

Beginning next week, the Captain’s Wheel goes to winter hours, closing Monday and Tuesdays.

Contact correspondent Herb Huseland at bayviewherb@ Read his blog at


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