Humboldt Halloween horrors and happenings

TRICK OR TREAT Arcata Main Street presents Trick or Treat on the Arcata Plaza today, Oct. 31 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The actual trick or treat part of the event takes place from 4 to 6 p.m. Downtown Plaza streets will be closed to vehicle traffic  so families can safely enjoy free treats from participating stores. A Ghost & Ghoul Procession starts at 4 p.m. at the corner of 11th and H streets. A fire truck and vintage police car will be available for photo ops. A live performance of Thriller will take place at 5 p.m. There will be giant puppets from Arcata Playhouse and DJs will play Halloween music.

HORROR AWAITS Check out the gruesome Kinetic Lab of Horrors. From poster made by Duane Flatmo

KINETIC LAB OF HORRORS Grab your loved ones and prepare to be scared! The 13th annual Haunted Kinetic Lab of Horrors is open tonight, Oct. 31 from 7 p.m. until midnight. Tour guides bring groups of 4-6 patrons through the lab at a time, drawing attention to the creepiest, scariest corners of the lab. It’s an elaborate production with approximately 10 synchronized “stages” designed to stimulate and terrify even the bravest of souls. Lighting, sound effects, special effects and dark humor all add to the experience. Live music by The Dead Drops will be heard and a food truck by La Bonita will be parked out front creating a vibrant scene for those waiting in line. Tickets are available at the gate for $12, and it is recommended for those 13 years and older. The Haunted Kinetic Lab of Horrors is located at the end of 8th Street (at M Street) in Arcata’s Creamery District. For more information, visit

HALLOWEEN CARNIVAL The members of Dow’s Prairie Grange in McKinleyville are sponsoring their 21st annual free community Halloween carnival for youth under 12 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. today, Oct. 31.  Halloween night will find Grange members and youth volunteers running both new and traditional games including Nerf target practice, ring toss, Skee ball and many others with plenty of candy and small prizes available to win.  Face painting and temporary tattoos will also be available as well as a costume contest and photo opportunities.Community members are encouraged to bring canned food or other non-perishables to support Grange’s holiday food basket program to serve those in need. The Dow’s Prairie Grange is located at 3995 Dow’s Prairie Rd. in McKinleyville opposite the elementary school.


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