(The 2008 Rutabaga Queen Lotta Paintbuckets, a.k.a. Kati Texas, takes a tour of The Haunted Kinetic Lab of Horrors Tuesday afternoon before opening to the public tonight at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $5.00 for entry, 14 years or older only. Daniel Solomon/The Eureka Reporter)
Halloween originated at a Gaelic/Celtic festival of harvest and slaughter, at which some believed the line between alive and dead was smeared and where people wore masks to pacify evil spirits (according to Wikipedia). Now we slaughter pumpkins, harvest candy and wear itty-bitty trashy outfits despite the dropping temperatures.
In addition to those modern traditions, adults in our culture have taken to going to parties and bars to celebrate the harvest and awakening of the dead. Now don’t be fooled; while every bar has a Halloween event, some are simply “Halloween at insert bar name.” If you just want to ring in the undead at a bar, go right ahead, but if you want a truly amazing Halloween night, here are some fun events around the county.
In keeping with pagan tradition, Pathfinders Bookstore is having a magic fair that takes place all day Halloween and Saturday. Admission is free and activities include learning spells, making mojo bags and psychic readings.
At Jambalaya, KSLG 94.1 FM is hosting a Halloween Ball, with music by groovy local rockers Strix Vega and Portland country-folk band Power of County. And I could say there’s going to be a costume contest, but I’m pretty sure that’s a given for all of these Halloween events.
One unique take on the holiday costuming is Six Rivers Brewery’s Pirate Ball, now in its fifth year. According to the employees at the Costume Boutique in the mall, pirate costumes are on a decline this year, so that could mean people are finally over the pirate fad (we all know ninjas are far superior) or that not as many people are planning on attending the Pirate Ball. Well, the Pine Box Boys will be at the Pirate Ball if that makes a difference.
If you have children, there are options for the little tykes, too. Dow’s Prairie Grange is having a Halloween party with carnival games and a haunted house from 5 to 8 p.m.
North Coast Big Brothers Big Sisters has a Carnival of Chaos Haunted House at 2968 Janes Road in Arcata. That starts at 6:30 p.m. and children under 10 need adult accompaniment.
Probably the largest and most elaborate haunted place in the county is the Haunted Kinetic Lab of Horrors, open Halloween and Saturday from 7 p.m. to midnight. Folks, there is a line, and it’s usually long, but it’s always worth it. This is scary and limited to kids 14 and up. That’s $5 to scare yourself silly.
A Halloween tradition takes place in the HSU Studio Theatre with a screening and live cabaret of the “Rocky Horror Picture Show.” That starts at 8 p.m. and plays both Halloween and Saturday.
Here are some other Halloween options for those of you who just want to dress up and go to a bar and maybe hear a little music.
Halloween 08 - dance party with live DJs - from 10 p.m. to 6 p.m. and it’s +18. The Portuguese Hall. $15/$25
Halloween party with DJ Ray - The Boiler Room
Halloween Costume Bash - The Playroom (Fortuna)
Halloween at the Pearl - Pearl Lounge
Halloween with Greensky Bluegrass - Humboldt Brews
Sadistic Hallucinations (death metal), Madhammer (metal), Alder Camp (Crescent City metal)- Schooner Saloon (Third St., Eureka) - $5
No Go Know - Logger Bar
Moo-Got-2 Halloween Party Madness - Muddy’s Hot Cup - $5 and all ages; this should be an excellent way to spend your Halloween (if you like dancing and happiness).
Speaking of events for the younger-but-not-children demographic, Accurate Productions Inc. is putting on two parties in Arcata, one at the Arcata Community Center at 8 p.m. for high school-age people, and one at the Portuguese Hall at 10 p.m. for the 18-plus crowd. These events are $10 at the door and feature live DJs.
Now you are informed on a smidgen of what’s happening in this county for Halloween. There are more events I didn’t mention, but you’ll have to do your own research on those. Have a safe, happy Halloween!