Your guide to Halloween & Day of the Dead festivities

Haunted 1091 Ghost Ship

The Humboldt Bay Maritime Museum and the Humboldt Bay Air-Sea Naval Museum will present a seaworthy scare this Halloween Season during the “Haunted 1091 Ghost Ship” aboard the Air-Sea Naval Museum’s landing craft vessel docked at the Foot of Commercial Street in Eureka.

In its fourth year of taking the science of fear very seriously with a simple goal of scaring guests, the vessel has been transformed from giving military enthusiasts weekend history tours to a horrifying gore tour for Halloween thrill seekers.

Three decks and seven compartments of the 72-year-old steel navy vessel are designed with an array of hair-raising sights, sounds and chilling skits to evoke the participant’s memory of their worst nightmares.

Nearly 30 deathly and spine-chilling actors make up the volunteer cast for this interactive experience and are aboard to scare teen and adult audiences, not children younger than 12.

The terror begins from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 28 and Saturday, Oct. 29 with $10 tickets sold at the dock. Flat shoes are suggested as patrons will travel through the ship via stairwells and bulkheads.

All proceeds benefit the restoration and upkeep of the Maritime Museum historic vessel Stephanie and the Navy Museums Landing Craft 1091. For more information visit or

Kinetic Lab of Horrors

The freaks and geeks from the Arcata Kinetic Sculpture Lab invite the public to tour the Haunted Kinetic Lab of Horrors, the annual FUNdraiser that helps keep the Kinetic Lab up and running.

Guided tours run Friday, Oct. 28; Saturday, Oct. 29; Sunday, Oct. 30; and Monday, Oct. 31 from 7 p.m. until midnight. Tickets are $12 at the door and the recommended age is 13 and over “but you can bring your momma if you’re skaird,” stated a press release. The lab is located at Eighth and N streets in Arcata. (707) 822-4805

Harvest Festival Saturday

It will be a bigger and better Harvest Festival Saturday, Oct. 29 at the Arcata Farmers’ Market this year. Not only will there be five categories in the pumpkin contest but there will also be face painting, arts and crafts activities for kids, a bounty basket raffle, and an education area focusing on healthy Halloween ideas.

The festival will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the north side of the Plaza, but the market itself will be open regular hours from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Categories in the pumpkin contest include Best Carved and Best Decorated. Categories that require growing your own pumpkin are Best Shape, Biggest and Gnarliest. There will be prizes for each category and a cash prize for best of show.

The two raffle baskets will be filled with produce, North Coast Growers Association merchandise, and haunted house tickets. Winners will be announced at 1 p.m. Raffle proceeds support NCGA’s work supporting local agriculture.

Halloween Parade in McKinleyville

In celebration of Halloween, McKinleyville Shopping Center will be holding its 32nd Annual Halloween Costume Parade on Saturday, Oct. 29 at 11 a.m.

Children are invited to visit the McKinleyville Shopping Center for a safe and fun trick-or-treating experience. This free community event is open to all children, and there will be lots of free candy and Halloween treats given out by the merchants.

Children should meet by the signs in the parking lot at the Shopping Center before 11 a.m. to join in the fun. The parade starts promptly at 11 a.m. for all participants.

For information about the Halloween Costume Parade, contact Taffy Stockton at (707) 834-6460.

These volunteers help make the parade safe and fun at the McKinleyville Shopping Center.

These volunteers help make the parade safe and fun at the McKinleyville Shopping Center.

Trick-or-Treat in Old Town Eureka

Eureka Main Street holds its annual Trick-or-Treat  throughout historic Downtown and Old Town, Eureka.  This Trick-or-Treat event will be held 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.  Saturday, Oct. 29.

Over 80 participating stores will have Trick-or-Treat signs in their windows. Children 12 and under, in costume, accompanied by an adult are encouraged to attend. For more information, call Eureka Main Street at 442-9054.

Halloween Hunt and Hustle Extravaganza

Apprentice Entertainment presents an all teen event for the Halloween festivities at the Arcata Playhouse Saturday October 29th  at 6:30 PM.
On Saturday night be ready for a high-tech, advanced twist on the idea of a scavenger hunt. Complete with prizes and ending after hunting all throughout the city of Arcata. Ending in an eerie, hair-raising dance party.
Come to meet new people and compete for the crown of cunning and cleverness, all while using photos, phones, and challenging clues to race to prizes and a spooky dance party where spine chilling drinks and refreshments walk amidst the intimidating folds, frills, and beats of DJ Brother.
The event is $8 for both scavenger hunt and dance, and $5 for just dancing or hunting.
We look forward to having a blood-curdling time of fun and dancing. For more information please call 707-822-1575 or email [email protected] and make sure to check out our website for chances to volunteer and news!

Trick-or-Treating in Arcata

Arcata Main Street invites families to Trick-or-Treat in Downtown Arcata this Halloween, Monday, Oct. 31, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Streets will be closed so families can safely enjoy treats from participating stores and free cider from Arcata Main Street and Wildberries Marketplace. Get your picture taken with Shoshanna, the Halloween Fairy, sponsored by the Arcata Chamber of Commerce.

Entertainment includes a parade. Please gather at the corner of 11th and H streets at 4 p.m. Halloween music will be provided on the Plaza by KRFH 105 DJs, with dance performances of Thriller at 4:15 and 6 p.m. There will be a Merchant Costume Contest, Giant Puppets from the Arcata Playhouse, police and fire department photo ops, live music, jugglers, bubbles, and much more.

Enter your carved pumpkin in a Carving Contest via For $20 you get a pumpkin and a T-shirt delivered the week before Halloween, and a chance to win cash prizes. Public judging happens from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. during Trick-or-Treating.

Come by broom, parking is limited (no parking on H Street between 11th and  Eighth streets or G Street between 10th and Eighth streets.) Please leave your dogs at home. (707) 822-4500

Halloween Carnival in McKinleyville

The members of Dow’s Prairie Grange in McKinleyville are sponsoring their annual free community Halloween carnival for youth under 12. From 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday, Halloween night, Grange volunteers will run 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 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 Grange’s holiday food basket program to serve those in need.

 The Dow’s Prairie Grange is located at 3995 Dow’s Prairie Road in McKinleyville opposite the elementary school.

Día de los Muertos

Arcata Main Street and Los Bagels invite the public to a Celebration of Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, on Wednesday, Nov. 2, at 6 p.m. on the Arcata Plaza.

Daniela Vargas will guide attendees through this Mexican tradition with spoken word, special guests and other surprises. Bring photos and mementos of deceased loved ones to add to the community ofrenda (altar). Pan muerto and drinks will be served, and candles will be provided, but you can also bring your own.


Prior to the event, on Nov. 1 and Nov. 2, members of the community are invited to contribute to an ofrenda in Arcata Main Street’s Plaza office, 761 8th St., in the hallway by Libation and Willow. The display will be included in the Wednesday evening Celebration.

The public is also encouraged to share personal ofrendas using the hashtag #arcatamainstreetdod.  Some of Arcata’s Downtown storefronts will participate with their own altars.

Día de los Muertos has increased in popularity around the world since the 1970s. It is characterized by honoring those who are no longer with us. It is also a celebration of life and a way to express concerns about important issues. Locally, Día de los Muertos celebrations are to large degree a reflection of our growing local Latino/Latina population.

For information call (707) 822-4500 or visit Los Bagels in Arcata and Eureka have a fresh supply of materials for setting up altars.


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