Drayden Spooner explores the Literary Haunted House at the Kenai Community Library in Kenai, Alaska on Saturday, October 28, 2017. Spooner donned a Spider-Man and Hulk outfit while visiting the haunted house, which takes children through the classic scary stories, without being too spooky. The haunted house runs through Tuesday. It is open Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m., Monday from 4 to 6 p.m. and Tuesday fro 11 a.m. to noon and again from 4 to 6 p.m. (Photo by Kat Sorensen)

Costumed in Kenai

Throughout Kenai on Saturday, children and their families celebrated Halloween early with trick-or-treating and haunted houses. Costumes ranged from farm animals to superheroes. There were a lot of minion charcters and a few It clowns, but the classic costumes, such as witch and cats, were spotted as well.

Festivities continue through until Halloween on Tuesday. The Kenai Community Library will continue hosting their Literary Haunted House. The free event is open to children of all ages and isn’t too scary.

“Watch your favorite spooky stories come to life with bubbling cauldrons, interactive exhibits and so much more,” according to the library.

Children under 10 must be accompanied by a parent.

At Tsalteshi Trails on Sunday night, runners are tasked with donning costumes for Spook Night. The spooky festivities start at 5 p.m. with a trick-or-treat trail for kids. Then at 6 p.m., there will be a 5k run throughout the trails. The race is $30, with discounts for those in costume.

Don’t forget about the pets, either. On Tuesday, the Strut Your Mutt event will be held at the Nikiski Community Recreation Center. At 5:30 p.m., children are invited to explore the trick-or-treat alley before all costumed dogs are brought out to strut their stuff at 6:30 p.m. Admission for the dog costume contest is $5 per entry.

The Kenai Elks Lodge will host its annual Sppoktacular from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday. The event includes games, candy, prizes, food and costume contests for the family. The Soldotna Church of God will host its annual Truth Time Machine, also on Tuesday from 6 to 9 p.m. The event will be a “safe, enjoyable and enlightening alternative to traditional Halloween trick-or-treating,” according to a release from the church.

Soldotna Student Council will also be hosting “Haunted Halls” from 5 to 8 p.m. at Soldotna Prep School. The student-led event will feature a pumpkin patch walk and trick-or-treating for younger kids. The haunted house is only recommended for middle-school aged students and up. Admission is $2.

Reach Kat Sorensen at kat.sorensen@peninsulaclarion.com

Mary Felt roasts a marshmallow for her s’mores during the Boys and Girls Club trunk or treat event in Kenai, Alaska on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017. The firepit and s’more materials were provided by River of Life Community Church in Kenai. (Photo by Kat Sorensen/Peninsula Clarion)

Kezia Pribbenow, a friendly polar bear, trick or treats during the Trunk or Treat at the Kenai Boys and Girls Club in Kenai, Alaska on Saturday, Oct. 28. The event included carnival games and lots of candy, as well as indoor events. (Photo by Kat Sorensen/Peninsula Clarion) Kezia Pribbenow, a friendly polar bear, trick or treats during the Trunk or Treat at the Kenai Boys and Girls Club in Kenai on Saturday. The event included carnival games and lots of candy, as well as indoor events. (Photo by Kat Sorensen/Peninsula Clarion)

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