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Local Halloween Haunts


Northwest Guardian

Published: 01:54PM October 26th, 2017

Northwest Guardian/2016

Family members capture bubbles as they pass “bubble fogger” during a 2016 Trunk-or-Treat event at the 1st Special Forces Group compound on Lewis Main.

If you go

Halloween Fun!, Book Patch Library, Building 2109 N. 10th and Pendleton streets, Lewis Main; Halloween from 2 to 6 p.m. For ages 3 to 12 years old. Face painting, trick-or-treating, a free book and plenty of spookiness. Come in costume. 253-967-5533.

Pet Brigade Halloween Party , 4907 Pendleton Drive on Lewis North; Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m. Dog costume contest, chili cook-off, bobbing for treats and other games and prizes. Open to dogs, cats, children and adults. Expect a barking good time. 253-912-4898.

Trunk or Treat , Shoreline Park, Shoreline Beach Road on Lewis North; Saturday from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Prizes for best-decorated vehicle and various costume categories based on age. There also will be a book for each child, while supplies last, and Halloween crafts. Price is $2 per child. 253-967-2510.

A Walk in the Dark at Shoreline Park, Shoreline Beach Road on Lewis North; Friday and Saturday from 7 to 11 p.m. and not-so-scary event Saturday from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Cost is $10 for ages 13 and older and $7 for ages 12 and younger. Purchase tickets on site. For more information, visit

Samuel Adams Brewhouse Halloween Party , at Samuel Adams Brewhouse, 2400 Bitar Ave. at South Division on Lewis Main; Friday 7 to 10 p.m. Ages 21 and older. Prizes for costume contest and trivia games.

Nightmare on Barnes Boulevard , 627th Civil Engineer Squadron, Barnes Boulevard, McChord Field, Friday, Saturday and Halloween from 7:30 to 11 p.m. Cost is $8 for adults; get $1 off with any canned food donation. $5 for children ages 12 and younger. Hot food and drinks will be available. Day care for younger children is provided.

Whether its Trunk-or-Treats or haunted houses, there are plenty of haunts and howls to make this Halloween a holiday to remember on and around Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

Perhaps the most unique activity planned for the season is for the pet lovers. At JBLM’s Pet Brigade Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m., costumed canines and felines cannot only compete in costume contests for treats, they can bob for treats and have some spooky good fun. Pets must be accompanied by an owner and need not be clients of the Pet Brigade.

“We think having a Halloween party for the pets is a nice way to engage our clients and also bring in new clients,” said Rebecca Roach, assistant manager at the Pet Brigade.

Roach plans to bring her recently-adopted boxer dog, Halo, likely dressed as an angel.

“I have (yet) to do my shopping, but I’ve heard (local pet stores) have some really good costumes, so I’m sure I will find a good costume for halo,” Roach said.

One activity at the Pet Brigade party that Roach is looking forward to is the chili cook off, she said.

“Pet parents don’t need to bring any (food) to the party, but if they want, they can bring chili for the cook off,” she said. “We have some really great prizes.”

Roach said she’s also looking forward to the pet games and contests.

“I love to see what all the pets come dressed as, and the games — especially bobbing for treats — are really enjoyable to watch,” she said. “Some of the dogs look at the treats floating in the water and aren’t sure what to do. Other pets just dive right in.”

As for local events for the kids, many units on the installation will host Trunk-or-Treat events in the coming days, so be sure and check with your Family Readiness Group leader so your family doesn’t miss out on the fun.

Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers’ not-so-scary Walk in the Dark Trunk-or-Treat event is scheduled Saturday from 4 to 7:30 p.m. at Shoreline Park. The cost for that event is $2 per child. An event is planned for kids ages 3 to 12 years old at the Book Patch Library on Lewis Main on Halloween from 2 to 6 p.m.

And, for the older Halloween enthusiasts, a Halloween Party at the Samuel Adams Brewhouse on Lewis Main is set for Friday from 7 to 10 p.m. Adults ages 21 years old and older can dress up for a Halloween costume contest. Trivia games also will be part of the evening of fun.