Alaskans’ Halloween memories are different than most people who grew up in the Lower 48. In Alaska the number one consideration when picking a Halloween costume isn’t about the most popular super hero or princess of the year but about staying warm while trick-or-treating through snowdrifts and frigid temperatures. Alaskans aren’t about to let cold weather rain – or snow – on their parade, but moving the party indoors doesn’t hurt. From Anchorage to Fairbanks, Westmark guests have a number of Halloween events to give them a taste of All Hallow’s Eve.
If you’re in Anchorage, there are a few family-friendly events that should be on your radar. Avoid the cold temperatures with Malloween, which gives kids of all ages a chance to walk around Dimond Center Mall on Halloween from 6 – 10 p.m. It’s all of the candy collecting and none of the chill. Tickets are only $5 and include a trick-or-treat bag. All proceeds are donated to the Red Cross of Alaska.
Another great indoor option is the Anchorage Museum, where costumes are highly encouraged on Halloween. The full schedule of events includes a spooky story time with shadow puppets in the planetarium, hands-on science demonstrations and a Halloween music show with creepy (but fun) lights and visuals.
While the Alaska Zoo’s annual Zoo Boo event is outside, the bonfire and hot cocoa will keep trick-or-treaters warm while they explore zoo grounds, spooktacularly decorated for the Halloween holiday, collect candy and visit with all the animals from 4 – 8 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 31.
In Fairbanks, start your night at Hoarfrost Distilling. They’ll have a photo booth to help capture your group’s costumes and drink specials like the staked vampire heart bloody Mary and caramel apple cocktail. At the University of Alaska Museum of the North, kids can explore the creepiest items in the museum’s collection – bones, bugs, bats and more. To support the community while celebrating Halloween, the Museum of the North will be collecting food donations for the Fairbanks Community Food Bank while the Halloween exhibit is on display.
Best witches for a safe and happy Halloween!