By Annette Bagley, Director of Marketing for Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism
Get out your costumes and mark your calendars – it’s time to get spooky in Bellingham and Whatcom County! Activities take place throughout the month of October leading up to Halloween, Oct. 31, which is a Friday this year. Here’s a list to satisfy everyone from families to college students to the curious spirits among us. Stay safe, and have fun!
Gore and Lore Walking Tours, Oct. 3 – 31, 2014
Bundle up and take a walk with The Good Time Girls as they bring Bellingham’s spooky past to life during the month of October. A tour of Fairhaven’s haunted past departs from Sycamore Square Building at 6 p.m. on Fridays. A tour with a downtown perspective departs from the Bureau of Historical Investigation (217 W. Holly St., downtown Bellingham) at 6 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. It’s best to arrive 15 minutes early. Tours are rated R: Minors ages 13-15 must be accompanied by an adult. Tarot and palm readings are available on select nights. Tickets are $15 and may be purchased online at thebureaubellingham.com or in person at the Bureau of Historical Investigation.
Bellingham Ghost Hunt Class, Oct. 10, 17 and 24, 2014
Bellingham Observers of the Odd and Obscure (BOOO) will host ghost hunting classes led by top paranormal investigators Chuck Crooks and Elena Stecca Oct. 10, 17, and 24 from 7-9 pm to be followed by a real life investigation from 9 pm to midnight. These seasoned Ghost Hunters will share their skills using different techniques and technologies to uncover the secrets of one of Bellingham’s most intriguing haunts. The class will provide an introduction into the world of ghost hunting. Participants will learn how to conduct an investigation, use equipment and interpret the findings. Chuck and Elena will share audio-visual evidence collected from previous investigations and will show participants how to debunk phony readings by uncovering potential non-paranormal causes.
Classes are $50/person. Attendees must be at least 18 years old. The location of the class will only be given to those who register at ghosthuntclass.wix.com/bellingham
Scream Fair Haunted House, Oct. 17 – Nov. 1, 2014
Be prepared to be scared at the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds in Lynden for 3 weekends in a row: Fri-Sat, Oct. 17-18 and 24-25, and Thurs-Sat, Oct. 30-Nov. 1. Tickets are $12 adult and $10 for ages 12 and younger. The event is open 6:30 – 10:30 pm on each date. Information at www.lastchanceproductions.com/ScreamFair.
Bleedingham Film Festival, Oct. 25 and Nov. 1, 2014
If you’re not sufficiently scared yet, our local film makers present an evening of horror-themed short films at the Pickford Film Center on two Saturdays in a row, both events at 9 p.m. The Bleedingham Film Festival is in its third year. The films are scored by a panel of judges. The first night, Oct. 25, is a screening and awards event. The second night, Nov. 1, features a run of the films and an audience participation costume contest, with prizes from local businesses.
Attendees are advised to be of mature age and, as the films are not censored, to be aware that there may be some disturbing content played during the films. Tickets are available in person at the Pickford Film Center ,1318 Bay Street, Bellingham, WA 98225, or can be purchased on their website at www.pickfordfilmcenter.org. Prices are $7.25 for Pickford members, $8 students, $10.50 general admission.
Nightmare at the Spark Museum Returns, Oct. 29, 30 and 31, 2014
Those mad scientists at the Spark Museum of Electrical Invention (1312 Bay Street) have spent all year dreaming up special effects to transform their electrical show into a Sci-Fi Halloween Adventure. Full of shocks and surprises with a haunted cast of crazy, unforgettable devices sure to thrill and chill. See Maxwell the schizoid talking robot! Hear Elvis the miraculous singing tesla coil! View the infamous Cage of Death! Witness the awe-inspiring MegaZapper – throwing 4 million volts of lightning right before your eyes! Marvel as mad scientists discover a magic caldron and conjure-up the ghosts of Thomas Edison, Nicola Tesla, and featuring special guest spirit: Benjamin Franklinstein!