Whether you celebrate full-blown Halloween or its close cousin the Fall Harvest Festival, there are no shortage of fun and festive things to do this weekend and early next week. Here is a partial list of some of the activities going on around the central peninsula.
* Grace Lutheran Church and School harvest festival featuring carnival games, costume parade, soup cook off and cheesecake competition will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at the school. Families are asked to donate a bag of candy for prizes. For more information, call Dennis Leckwee at 283-9551 or visit www.gracelutherankenai.com.
* Our Lady of Perpetual Help's Halloween carnival will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. and from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday. Games, activities and refreshments will take place in the old Catholic Church at 222 W. Redoubt in Soldotna.
The church also will host an Octoberfest bingo for quilts from 6 to 9 p.m. Barbecue pork sandwiches, baked beans, coleslaw, assorted pies and desserts and coffee and hot cider will be served.
For more information, call 262-7801.
* The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center will host a Halloween Family Fun Day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For this free event there will be Halloween movies, a cupcake walk and craft activities. Participants are asked to come in costume.
"We'll also have free pumpkins donated by the Patrons of the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center, and the Brown Bear hockey team and their mascot will be here to help people carve them. We'll also have Benjamin Schleifman, a Tlingit carver from Juneau, that will be doing some unique, contemporary carving on a giant pumpkin," said Natasha Ala, program and exhibit manager at KVCC.
For more information, call Ala at 283-1991 or visit www.artskenai.com.
* A Halloween extravaganza to benefit the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. at the north end of the Peninsula Center Mall in Soldotna. Games prizes, crazy hair, pictures, treats and a fortune-teller are planned. Attendees donating canned food will receive tickets for carnival booths. Proceeds from purchased tickets and canned food will be donated to the food bank. For more information, call 262-2678 or 262-3111.
* The third annual Pumpkin Carving/Painting Contest at the Soldotna Public Library will conclude with all entries judged. Entries must represent a fictional book character. Prizes will be awarded for Preschool, Elementary, Teen and Family categories. For more information about the contest, or for further contest guidelines, contact Margaret Hawkinson at 262-4227.
* Nikiski North Star Elementary will be hosting a Fall Harvest Carnival and Raffle on from 2 to 5 p.m. A "no-scary" costume contest will be held from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. while the raffle tickets will be sold until the event begins at 4 p.m.
"We've got some outrageously good stuff for the raffle this year. It's the quality of stuff you see at a major fundraiser, and we've only sold about 100 tickets so far, so some people will be getting some good deals on the stuff they go home with," said carnival chair Kelli Brewer.
For more information on the event, contact Brewer at 776-5520.
Tuesday and Wednesday:
* The Nikiski High School Drama/Debate Team will be hosting a haunted house for kids of all ages at the Triumvirate Theatre in the Peninsula Center Mall, from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thuesday and Wednesay. Admission is $3. For more information, contact Joe Rizzo at 953-7262 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
* Kenai New Life Assembly of God's harvest carnival will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the church at 209 Princess St. The carnival is for children ages 3 to 11. Games, a donkey ride, food, candy, prizes and a jumping balloon castle are planned.
For more information, call 283-7752.
* Abundant Life Church will host a glow in the dark fall harvest carnival from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the church at Mile 81.5 of the Sterling Highway. There will be no charge for games, food and candy. For more information, call 262-7266.
* The Sterling Senior Center will host a free Halloween party from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. Games, prizes, juice and cookies are planned. Donations of candy are being sought. For more information, call 262-6808.
* Trunk or Treat from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Sterling Elementary School.
* The fifth annual Trunk or Treat event at the Tustumena Elementary School will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday.
* Strut Your Mutt 2007 Howl'oween Dog Costume Contest will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Nikiski Community Recreation Center. Dogs must be people and dog friendly and on a leash at all times. For more information, call Tammy at 776-8800.
* The Kenai Boys and Girls Club will hold a Trunk or Treat event on Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. As part of the event, the Boys and Girls Club is challenging all local businesses/organizations to donate two bags of wrapped candy or to sign up for a spot along Trunk or Treat lane.
For more information, call Kimberli Dent at 283-2682.
* The Kenai Elks will be hosting a Spooktacular at their lodge on Barnacle Way, near the Kenai Post Office, on Wednesday. There will be indoor trick or treating, a cake walk and a haunted house. Game booths will be open 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. with a costume contest at 7:30 p.m. Hot dogs and macaroni will also be served to children. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact April Bower or Mary Jackson at 283-7776.
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