Here's the rundown of practically every freaky and fun thing going on in NoHum for Halloween.
Lab of Horrors The Haunted Kinetic Lab of Horrors is Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Thursday (Halloween night), Oct. 25-27 and 31 from 7 p.m. to midnight. The mad engineers at the Kinetic Sculpture Lab bring another fright-filled Halloween so scary, they plan to make you cry all over again. The shop itself is a scary place, and that’s in the daytime; who knows what lurks there after hours? Take a guided tour of the facility and meet some of the unwanted Lab guests. Admission is $10 at the gate and proceeds help keep the doors of the Kinetic Sculpture Lab open for another year of Kinetic Sculpture Racing. The Lab is at the corner of 8th and N streets.Recommended for ages from 13 and up.
Mill of Terror Horror has a new home this year as the North Coast Repertory Theatre (NCRT) and the Blue Ox Millworks Historic Park bring you the Haunted Mill Tour. Sexy zombies, demented blacksmiths and all manner of creepy crawlers take over the historic Blue Ox Millworks site for this four-night event, which features fortune-telling, ghost stories, and a tour of the fully functional Victorian mill and its very disturbing inhabitants. The scary fun takes place on October 25, 26, 30, and 31 from 8 p.m. to midnight. Tours begin every five minutes. Admission is $10 and open to all ages. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Located at the corner of First and X Streets in Eureka, near Target. A fundraiser benefiting NCRT and Blue Ox Youth and Community Radio, a program of the Ink People Center for the Arts.
Boo at the Zoo Sequoia Park Zoo hosts the 16th annual Boo at the Zoo in Eureka on Saturday, Oct. 26 from noon to 4 p.m. Learn about slimy, slithery, creepy and crawly creatures through games, crafts,and animal encounters. The animals at the Zoo also get to celebrate Halloween with their very own surprise-stuffed Jack-o-Lanterns. Show off your wild wear and join the Costume Parade & Contest at 2 p.m. for a chance to win prizes. sequoiaparkzoo.net
Halloween at HUUF The King and Queen of Halloween are among the highlights at the Humboldt Unitarian Universalist Fellowship’s Halloween Festival from 5 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26. The fundraiser is a non-scary way for children and their parents to celebrate the season. It begins with a series of fairytale skits, through which participants are led by a benevolent “spirit” in white. This is followed by a treat of a cupcake and cider around the campfire. Participants of all ages are encouraged to wear costumes. Tickets are $5 each for all ages and must be purchased in advanced for specific times; available at the Garden Gate on the Arcata Plaza. HUUF is located at 24 Fellowship Way, just off Jacoby Creek Road, in Bayside. (707) 822-3793
Spooky Stories Carpathian the Wandering Spectre returns to one of his regular haunts for his annual Halloween extravaganza, Halloween Spooks: Stories & Songs for the October Season, Saturday, Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. at Old Town Coffee & Chocolates, 211 F St, Old Town Eureka. Enjoy a free night of spooky stories, scary songs, and macabre merriment with the Carpathian, Paul Woodland, Amanda Lightfoot-Wright and Eine Perez. This is an all-ages event. (707) 445-8600, patientcreatures.com
Night of the Living Dead The North Coast Repertory Theatre (NCRT) presents the 1968 horror classic Night of the Living Dead, 8 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 27 at NCRT, 300 Fifth St. in Eureka. Night of the Living Dead was heavily criticized at its release owing to explicit content (perhaps the first instance of zombies munching human flesh on film!), but eventually garnered critical acclaim and has been selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the National Film Registry as a film deemed “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant.” Admission is only $5. Refreshments will be available.
Fall Carnival Trinidad School presents a Fall Carnival Wednesday, Oct. 30 from 6 to 8 p.m. There will be booths with games and children’s activities featuring prizes and candy for winners. A cupcake walk and a pumpkin carving contest will also be featured. Proceeds benefit the 7th & 8th grade class trips.
Halloween Parade Costumed kindergrateners through eighth graders march through the streets of Trinidad at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 31.
Plaza Trick-or-Treat Arcata Main Street invites kids of all ages to trick or treat around the Arcata Plaza Thursday, Oct. 31 from 4 to 6 p.m. The Marching Lumberjacks lead the parade at 4:30 p.m. The Arcata Chamber of Commerce hosts a costume contest at 5 p.m. in Jacoby’s Storehouse. The Show Devils and Arial Dance Circus perform on the Plaza at 6 p.m.
Under the Sea Humboldt State University Recreation students and the City of Arcata Recreation Division invite children and parents to an Under the Sea themed Halloween carnival at the Arcata Community Center from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Halloween, Thursday, Oct. 31. Children ages 10 and under are welcome to play fun carnival games and all participants receive awesome prizes. Dive in this Halloween and spend the evening in the deep and mysterious undersea world. All proceeds from the event go to the Youth Development Scholarship Fund. Donations of $2 per person at the door are suggested and children under age 2 are free. Contact the Arcata Recreation Division office for more information at (707) 822-7091.
Trunk or Treat The Church on the Rock, 2333 McKinleyville Ave. in McKinleyville, hosts a fun and safe way to trick or treat, with free activities for the kids. Thursday, Oct. 31 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Circus Gone Bad Haunted House Experience the ultimate in fear Halloween night, Thursday, Oct. 31, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Dream Quest, 100 Country Club Drive, Willow Creek, with imagery, sounds and sensations intended to cause fear, phobias or nightmares. It is NOT intended for children under 12 or the faint of heart. $3 adults/ $2 youth
Halloween Carnival The members of Dow’s Prairie Grange present their annual free community Halloween carnival for youth under 12, Thursday, Oct. 31 from 6 to 9 p.m. at 3995 Dow’s Prairie Rd., McKinleyville. Featuring games such as the ring toss, duck pond, and go fishing so children can win small prizes and candy. A costume parade and contest will be held at 7 p.m. and again at 8:30 p.m. After judging for the best costume in each age category, the children will be able to take turns trying to break open a piñata for even more sweet treats. Community members are encouraged to bring canned food or other non-perishables to support the Grange’s holiday food basket program to serve those in need.
Rooster McClintock Celebrate Halloween with some good old fashioned honkey tonk. Costumes strongly encouraged. Thursday, Oct. 31 at 8 p.m. at Six Rivers Brewery, 1300 Central Ave., McKinleyville
Roots and Culture and Costumes Robert Goodman Wines, 937 10th St., Arcata presents a costume and dance party Thursday, Oct. 31 at 9 p.m.
Halloween Spirits Original gypsygrass band Kindred Spirits plays the Clam Beach Inn Digger Bar, 4611 Central Ave., McKinleyville Thursday, Oct. 31 at 9 p.m.
Halloween Party with music by The Hills on Thursday, Oct. 31 at 9 p.m. at the Logger Bar, 510 Railroad Dr., Blue Lake.
Halloween Soul Fright Missing Link presents their second annual party on Thursday, Oct. 31 at 9 p.m. at Humbrews, 856 10th St., Arcata.
FouRLoWeen The Four Low perform original music, classic covers and a little WEEN. Plus, there's a $100 prize in the costume contest. Be there at 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31 at Simon LeGrees, Hwy. 299 at Denny Rd., Hawkins Bar.
Halloween Monster Mash World Famous Productions presents Nasty Nasty, Kalya Scintilla, Bird of Prey and Psy Fi Thursday, Oct. 31 at 9:30 p.m., Arcata Theatre Lounge, 1036 G St., Arcata. Admission is $25; $20 limited advance tickets are available at People’s Records in Arcata, DTA in Arcata, Wildberries Marketplace, The Works in Eureka and worldfamousproductions.net. Event is 21 and over.
Kamikaze Karaoke This is your big chance, if you've always wanted to karaoke but don't want to be recognized: a karaoke and costume contest. Starts at 10 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 31 at Blue Lake Casino, 777 Casino Way, Blue Lake.
Halloween with Motherlode Thursday, Oct. 31 at 10 p.m., at, where else, Jambalaya, 915 H St., Arcata.