Some of the pumpkins submitted to the pumpkin decorating contest are seen here during the 5th annual Kenai Fall Pumpkin Festival in Kenai, Alaska on Oct. 10, 2020. (Peninsula Clarion file)

Some of the pumpkins submitted to the pumpkin decorating contest are seen here during the 5th annual Kenai Fall Pumpkin Festival in Kenai, Alaska on Oct. 10, 2020. (Peninsula Clarion file)

Spooky season is upon us

Trick-or-treating, pumpkin decorating and scavenger hunts are featured this Halloween month.

Spooky season is upon the central peninsula, and local organizations are preparing accordingly.

The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce announced multiple Halloween events through the rest of the month for anyone brave enough to participate:

The Kenai Pumpkin Festival is set to kick off the Halloween season Saturday, and also includes a weeklong scavenger hunt that began Monday. Local businesses will compete for best spooky decorations and scavenger hunt participants will be entered to win raffle prizes. To learn more, visit the Kenai Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center webpage.

The Boys and Girls Club will be hosting its Trunk-or-Treat evening on Oct. 30 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. To register for the event and sponsor the club, visit the club’s interland link.

There will be events hosted by the Peninsula Center Mall for Halloweekend, including pumpkin carving and trick-or-treating on Oct. 30. The celebration will last between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., with the pumpkin carving champions announced at 3 p.m.

Rules for the pumpkin carving contest state that only one will be accepted per family and it must be registered and carved before the event. According to the event flier, the prize is valued at $350.

For more information on the Peninsula Center Mall’s Halloween happenings, visit the Facebook page.

The Kenai Peninsula Food Bank is putting on the “It’s Scary to be Hungry” food drive on Halloween day. The event will be a drive-thru drop-off, and will include a treat for donors. The drive is from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Oct. 31.

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