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Haunted happenings: Things to do, places to go to get your scare on

UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 25, 2018

Clowns. They’re freaking scary. And there are a lot of them at Scarywood this year. (Libby Kamrowski / The Spokesman-Review)
Clowns. They’re freaking scary. And there are a lot of them at Scarywood this year. (Libby Kamrowski / The Spokesman-Review)

If you’re having trouble finding something festive to do for Halloween, fear not. We’re rounding up the best options for spooky Halloween-themed events this weekend and beyond.

Northwest Horror Film Fest

HIT THE TRAIL PRODUCTIONS is organizing its first Horror Film Festival at the Garland Theater featuring scary movies created by Pacific Northwest filmmakers. Films to be screened include John Reddy’s “Chopped,” Adrienne and Joseph Dellwo’s “Childhood Memento” and Marc Harvey’s “Amy.” Visitors are invited to come in their Halloween best: “Spooky Black Tie Optional.” This event is recommended for viewers ages 13 and older. 7 p.m. to midnight Friday, Garland Theater, 924 W. Garland Ave. Tickets: $15. For information visit HIT THE TRAIL PRODUCTIONS on Facebook or call (509) 990-1189.

‘Haunted Hallows – The Music of Harry Potter’

The Spokane Symphony will be giving three performances of “Haunted Hallows – The Music of Harry Potter” this weekend, each with its own Halloween- and “Harry Potter”-themed celebrations. Concert-goers are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite Harry Potter characters and enjoy activities in the lobby before the show. A variety of Potter-themed goodies will be on sale including wands and robes, specialty beverages for kids and adults, candy from Bloem Flowers & Chocolates and haunted hallows themed T-shirts designed on site by Chris Bovey. Concerts are at 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday, activities start 90 minutes before each performance. Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox, 1001 W. Sprague Ave. Tickets: $29-$125 for adults; $20-$90 for children 12 and under. Info: or (509) 624-1200. Saturday’s 8 p.m. performance is sold out.

Spooky Looff

Saturday night, Riverfront Park is putting together its first teens-only event with music, food, video games, haunted carousel rides and other Halloween-themed activities for those ages 13-18. Attendees are encouraged to come in costume, but organizers ask that you leave any weapons or masks at home. 7-10 p.m. Saturday, Riverfront Park, 507 N. Howard St. Admission: $12-$15. Info: or (509) 625-6601.

SpookWalk in Browne’s Addition

If you like the idea of traipsing through the dark on Halloween but dread the candy guilt of trick-or-treating, join the residents and ghosts of Browne’s Addition for a spooky walking tour of the neighborhood, a visit to a cemetery and the chance to chant festive poetry with the spirit of American poet Vachel Lindsay. Friday, Saturday and Halloween night, spook-walkers are invited to meet at the Secret Garden behind Browne’s Tavern to sing All Hallows Eve carols and drink apple cider. Organizers recommend attendees bring flashlights and wear sturdy walking shoes. 6:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Wednesday, 1928 W. Pacific. Tickets: $20, available at Info: (509) 850-0056.

Scarywood Theme Park Haunted Nights 2018

Saturday night will be your last chance to catch Scarywood’s haunted attractions, rides and scare zones this season. Visitors will get the change to ride attractions like Corkscrew, Panic Plunge, and Timber Terror (backwards) in the dark. “Haunts” like Total Darkness, 3Dementia and Planet Zombie range from spooky to terrifying and if that’s not enough you can always get yourself chased by Leatherface and company through the scare zones. Souvenirs and snacks will be available for purchase. 7 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday, Silverwood Theme Park, 27843 N. Highway 95, Athol, Idaho. $38-$45. Info: or (208) 683-3400.

Fright Flight - Haunted Zipline Tours

In case regular ziplining wasn’t thrilling enough, this weekend and Halloween night, guests of Mica Moon Zip Tours and Aerial Park will be flying through a haunted forest filled with jumpscares. The tour at Mica Moon lasts three hours and includes a shuttle ride, ATV ride and hot cocoa service. This event is for ages 16 and older. 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. Friday, 6 and 7 p.m. Saturday and Wednesday, Mica Moon Zip Tours and Aerial Park, 23403 E Mission Ave., Suite 111, Liberty Lake. Tickets: $98. Reservations and info: or (509) 587-4020.

‘Rocky Horror Picture Show’

Saturday night, the Garland Theater will be gathering together the most eccentric of Halloween celebrators for a showing of the cult classic “Rocky Horror Picture Show.” Viewers are encouraged to dress up and sing along as always, but the Halloween season calls for a little extra Rocky Horror spirit. It’s time to “do the timewarp again.” Midnight Saturday, Garland Theater, 924 W. Garland Ave. Tickets: $7. Info: or (509) 327-1050.

Ghost Ball 2018

Raise funds for children with special needs at the annual Ghost Ball with KXLY’s Mark Peterson as host. There will be music, dancing, drinks, heavy appetizers, live and silent auctions. All funds raised will go to Elevations - A Children’s Therapy Resource Foundation. atAttendees are invited to dress up in Halloween finery for photos and celebrations. 7 p.m. Saturday, Riverside Place, 1110 W. Riverside Ave. Tickets: $60-$75. Info: or (509) 385-2116.

Dead Man’s Party

The Big Dipper is hosting Dead Man’s Party presented by local burlesque troupes Rouge la Rue & The Vaude Villains. Dead Man’s Party is a funny, Halloween-themed show featuring dance, acrobatics, burlesque and magic. The show is for adults, 18 and older. 8 to 11 p.m. Friday, The Big Dipper, 171 S. Washington St. Tickets: $15-$20. Info:

Dia de los Muertos Fiesta

Keep the festivities going with Emerge’s Dia de los Muertos Fiesta in Coeur d’Alene on Nov. 2. The event celebrates ancestry and artistry with “traditional-meets-modern” dishes from Latin America and Mexico provided by local chefs and restaurants and live entertainment by Milonga and Spokane Aerial Acrobatics. Featured restaurants and chefs include Honey, Moon Time, Bardenay, Vine and Olive, Spoonful of Sugar and Spice, Lime, Fish and Salt, Cochinito Taqueria, Lesa LeBeau, and White Pine. Silent and live auctions will benefit Emerge’s community arts program. 6 p.m. Nov. 2, Honey Eatery and Social Club, 317 Sherman Ave., Couer d’Alene. Tickets: $50-$55. Info: or (208) 818-3342.

This article has been updated to highlight the correct organizers of the Northwest Horror Film Fest.

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