Bellingham's kid-friendly Halloween experiences

BELLINGHAM HERALDOctober 21, 2013 

Surrounded by costumed trick or treaters, Evan Tablatin of the James Place Child Development Center pushes a six-seat stroller full of costumed kids on Cornwall Ave. Oct. 31, 2012. Merchants participating in the Downtown Trick or Treat, sponsored by the Downtown Bellingham Partnership, hung orange and black balloons outside their businesses and handed out candy to costumed kids.

RUSS KENDALL — THE BELLINGHAM HERALD

A variety of events for Halloween include downtown trick-or-treating, Sunday fun at WWU and scary and not-so-scary options at BAAY.

DOWNTOWN TRICK OR TREAT

The Downtown Bellingham Partnership invites children with their families to attend the annual Downtown Trick or Treat in Bellingham, sponsored by Little Tiger Toys, on Thursday, Oct. 31, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Downtown merchants will scare up a delightful array of in-store “treats” for kids dressed in costume, according to a press release.

More than 100 downtown businesses participate in this Halloween alternative for young trick or treaters. Trick or Treat posters and balloons will help you know who is participating.

Also downtown is the Downtown Halloween Carnival from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 31 at Depot Market Square. The event, for ages second grade and younger, will feature 13 booths, a bouncy house, face painters, balloon artists and circus performers. Admission is $3 per child, adults are free.

Free parking in the Parking Garage at 1300 Commercial Street starts at 3 p.m., courtesy of the City of Bellingham.

SUNDAY FUN AT WWU

More than 150 costumed Western Washington University students will be waiting to welcome local trick-or-treaters from 4-7 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 27, at the Ridgeway University Residences complex, according to a university press release.

All of Ridgeway’s community lounges will be decorated in fun, safe, age-appropriate themes aimed at children ages 4-12. Groups of trick-or-treaters will be taken, along with their required adult escort, on tours of the complex’s various themed locations, with the total tour taking about an hour to complete. A member of Western’s Residence Life Student staff or a Ridgeway complex resident will lead each tour.

This year’s themes will include: “WALL-E,” Under the Sea, Luau, Jungle, “Despicable Me,” Treasure Island, “Monsters University” and Galaxy!

For more information, contact the Ridgeway Kappa front desk on Oct. 27 at 360-650-4778.

SCARY, NOT-SO-SCARY OPTIONS

The Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth, known as BAAY, is offering two youth-oriented Halloween experiences at its 1059 N. State St. facility.

A "Protected Pumpkin Patch," a not-haunted house for kids 6 and younger opens 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, at the Bellingham Preschool of the Arts. Admission is by donation and goes to scholarships for students. Director David Post's press release says: "expect to see lots of delightful, happy and sweet characters sharing stories and goodies for children. Come and join in the festivities! BAAY Alum Maddy Hamilton directs."

The 4th annual BAAY Haunted House opens at 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26. This spooky tour includes a ghoulish dance performance, live actors and fun special effects. Cost is $5, and the money also goes towards scholarships. This event is recommended for ages 8 and older. Tours begin every 15 minutes and will end at 8:30 p.m. Enter Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth through the preschool.

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