Halloween is the highlight of the fall season for many people. Children and adults alike become giddy over Halloween and all the fun it has to offer. In keeping with the season, we've created a list of Halloween events in Anchorage, Alaska. From family events offering kid-friendly activities to spooky haunted houses for those who dare, Anchorage has Halloween celebrations for everyone.
Fright Night Manor Haunted House
The Fright Night Manor Haunted House is celebrating it's 33rd year of spooking and terrifying visitors. At 10,000 square feet, it's the largest haunted house in Alaska, and this year there are even more rooms to shock you and send you screaming. Enter if you dare, and encounter mummies, zombies, ghosts and ghouls. For an even more frightening experience, try out the 3D version of the haunted house this year! Open from October 16—31 inside Northway Mall, the Fright Night Manor Haunted House is sure to make this Halloween your spookiest yet!
For $15 admission, ‘victims' are treated to 10,000 square feet of sheer terror filled with dozens of clowns—including IT—and even video ghost enhancers so you can see the real deal. It takes approximately 20 minutes to navigate the various mazes, multiple theme rooms and terrifying 3-D rooms including:
- ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street'
- Zombie Land
- Chainsaw Alley
- 9-Foot Spider's House
- Endless Black Maze of Terror
- Many more!
Frightening 4-K & Trick or Treat Street
Take trick-or-treating to the next level with the Frightening 4K run on October 27. Dress up in costume and collect treats at every kilometer of the course! Prizes will be awarded for individual and team costumes, so be creative! After the run, families and children can head downtown to Trick or Treat Street from 12-4 PM for trick or treating at local participating businesses. Activities will also be available throughout downtown Anchorage, offering families face painting, cookie decorating and horse-drawn hay rides.
Now in it's sixth year, the 3.7K run starts at 11 am, and this year entries will be limited to 1100, so early sign up is recommended. To sign up for the Frightening 4-K and view the course map, visit Skinny Raven Sports. Activities after the race will primarily be based on 4th, 5th and 6th Avenues on the Captain Cook side. Bring out the whole family for a day filled with frights and fun.
Hotel Alyeska Halloween Weekend Concert with Young Dubliners
With two ‘spooktacular' evenings available to catch the Celtic Rock group Young Dubliners amid one of Anchorage's most haunted hotels, there's no excuse to miss this opportunity. October 26th and 27th the doors of the Sitzmark Bar & Grill within the grand Hotel Alyeska open at 8 pm for these 21 and over only shows. There will also be a costume contest starting at 9 pm, so wear your Halloween finest! The hotel is offering a package deal that includes a one-night stay and a pair of concert tickets.
However, those just wanting to see Young Dubliners will also be in for a treat. While much of the band's music is consider Celtic-inspired, many musical influences are apparent on both their albums and during their exciting and unpredictable live shows. However, with two band members who once lived in Ireland missing home, some Celtic swing now plays a dominant role. Visit the Hotel Alyeska Resort website for more information or to purchase event tickets.
Ride the Kid's Halloween Train on the Alaska Railroad
The Halloween Train on the Alaska Railroad is ideal family fun for kids of all ages to enjoy. Curl-toeing scares accompany giggles along this two-and a half hour round trip journey from Anchorage to Indian on Saturday, October 27th. Ride the rails along with other costumed riders while participating in games, crafts and getting your sweet tooth satisfied Halloween style. There will be a magician, balloon animals, a coloring contest and other monster-size fun the entire ride!
The morning train will depart at Saturday at 10 am and a second trip departs at 3 pm from the Anchorage Train Depot at 411 West 1st Avenue. Tickets are available online with adult admission priced at $69, Children 2-11 and infants in seats are $35, and those on an adults lap are free. Get your tickets, now because this spooky train fills up quickly.
Halloween at the Museum
Put a costume and a thinking cap on and join the fun for Halloween at the Museum on October 31st from 3-6 pm for a variety of engaging activities and events. Go trick or treating in the separate exhibit galleries or just head to the treat station in the Atrium for cookies and punch. Two story time options are available to choose from, with one featuring local storytellers recounting tales of early Alaskan settlers scary adventures. Another, of course features spooky stories in the planetarium with shadow puppets for younger audiences.
Enjoy hands on science and create something to take home at various stations in the Discovery Center. However, guests shouldn't miss the Ooky Spooky Music Show in the Planetarium to wrap up the Halloween at the Museum experience. Classic favorites like ‘Ghostbusters' and ‘The Monster Mash' are accompanied by stunning visuals such as flashing lights, spinning stars and Halloween themed special effects.