The Halloween season is a fun time for many. No longer merely a single-day event where families go trick or treating, the entire month of October—and especially the week around Halloween—is filled with things to do.
Throughout the month of October, visiting a pumpkin patch is the perfect way to enjoy the Halloween/harvest season. Pick out a pumpkin or two (or three!), and often join in some fun fall activities, from sipping apple cider to navigating corn mazes to petting zoos.
The Lewis County Historical Museum in downtown Chehalis is having “spirited” October all month long, involving several events for kids and adults. On October 22 from 1:00-3:30 p.m., they’re featuring a fun and interactive ghost camp for children aged 8-13. For $15, kids will be taught by White Light Paranormal Insight, a paranormal investigative team, on how to use equipment to track ghosts in the haunted historical museum.
Also, this year is the Lewis County Historical Museum’s third anniversary hosting a free kids’ Halloween carnival on the day of Halloween, from 3:00-6:00 p.m. The first 550 kids receive a free goodie bag from the museum’s board of directors. The carnival is part of the Trick or Treat Trolley through the Twin Cities, which invites kids of all ages to ride the trolley or transit in order to go trick or treating around different locations in Chehalis and Centralia from 3:00-5:30 p.m. They’ve made sure to increase their transit to accommodate how popular the ride around both towns has become.
The Centralia-Chehalis Railroad & Museum are offering Pumpkin Train rides for children and adults alike October 29 and 30. The ride is 30 minutes on a vintage 1916 logging locomotive and kids will get to stop and find the perfect fall pumpkin. They’ll receive goodies and there’s even a costume contest for three age groups: 4 and under, 5-12, and 13+. There is open and enclosed seating available, but because of the popularity of the ride, it’s limited for the first 250 passengers per train, which means reservations are a necessity. Tickets are $10 plus a convenience fee and can be bought online in advance. Children 2 and under can ride free, but they must sit on an adult’s lap. The Saturday ride times are 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m. and the Sunday ride times are 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
If you’d like a fun, but less conventional way to celebrate the month of Halloween, join the Centralia College Zombie 5K Fun Run on October 22. Open to all, the run includes running from zombies spread out along the course and will really get your blood pumping! Registration is $25 for adults, $15 for students, and kids $10 (children 12 and younger get in for free.) The price includes the run, a t-shirt to commemorate the frightening event, tickets to the Centralia Fox Theatre’s double feature of Frankenstein and Dracula, and a goodie bag. If you’re interested in the double feature alone, the cost of admission is $10 per person or $25 for a family of 3-4. The showings take place on Saturday, October 29 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
There’s plenty to do around the Twin Cities for October to get in the mood for All Hallows Eve. Find a couple great activities to be a part of and make the most of the month!