A ‘spook-tacular’ time

Local area features Halloween events for all ages

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A youngster shoots hoops during the annual Family Halloween Night at Liberty Middle School. The event, sponsored by Camas Parks and Recreation, features a game area for children ages 5 and younger, as well as activities for older kids.

As the leaves begin falling and the days get cooler, one thing is for sure: It’s fall in the Northwest. In Camas and Washougal, that means an abundance of Halloween events and harvest festivals to keep kids supplied with enough sugar to last all winter.

The following is a sampling of the more popular events:

Family Halloween Night

Camas Parks and Recreation will host its annual Family Halloween Night at Liberty Middle School, 1612 N.E. Garfield St., from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29.

The entire family is invited for a fun-filled night of carnival games, which are designed for children ages 2 through 12, and prizes.

A costume contest, bingo, inflatable games, caricature drawings and crafts will complete the evening. All children attending must be accompanied by an adult.

Bring two cans of food or a new, unwrapped toy to benefit the Inter-Faith Treasure House and be eligible for the evening’s raffle. For more information, contact Parks and Recreation at 834-5307.

Boo Bash

Little goblins and princesses can hit the streets of downtown Camas where local business owners on Fourth Avenue and adjoining streets will provide candy for trick-or-treaters Wednesday, Oct. 26, from 3 to 5 p.m.

Attendees should arrive a few minutes early, as parking becomes scarce as the afternoon goes on.

Halloween Bash

Camas Burgerville and Bead Paradise are hosting a Halloween bash and free kids beading class. There will be two events.

The first is from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28 at Burgerville, 518 N.E. Third Ave. It will feature $2 off kids meals.

The second event is from 3 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29 at Bead Paradise, 415 N.E. Fourth Ave. On Saturday, all those who come in costume receive 20 percent off any purchases.

Humane Society Haunted House

The Camas Community Center, 1718 S.E. Seventh Ave., will be the setting of the West Columbia Gorge Humane Society’s haunted house from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29.

It will include a scary maze and is intended for older children and adults. There will also be a game and craft room with a special show by BJ the Clown from 6 to 7 p.m., for younger children.

All proceeds will benefit the shelter animals. There is a suggested $5 minimum donation.

“A Monster Masquerade Ball”

Stevenson’s grown-up Halloween party for adults ages 21 and older will be Saturday, Oct. 29, from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Sponsored by the Stevenson Business Association, the night of fun takes place in the exhibit hall at the Skamania County Fairgrounds. The cost is $10 per person.

An 80s cover band, “Hit Machine,” will play live music for dancing, with a DJ spinning tunes in-between sets. The Skamania Lodge will provide drinks at a no-host bar.

For more information, call 800-989-9178.