Of tricks, treats and all things Halloween

U-B file photo - Trick-or-treaters file along with their reflections from Main Street business windows.

U-B file photo - Trick-or-treaters file along with their reflections from Main Street business windows. Photo by Jeff Horner.

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When it comes to Halloween activities throughout the Walla Walla Valley, the selection is a treat on its own.

So many businesses and organizations are hosting events for a variety of age groups that choosing may be the hardest part.

Festivities this year are hardly limited to fright night. Starting Friday and running through the holiday is an array of parties and events.

Friday 26

WATERBROOK WINERY HALLOWEEN PARTY: The winery is pairing with fellow Precept wineries Canoe Ridge Vineyards and Chocolate Shop to host what’s billed as the “Halloween party of the year.” The event starts at 6 p.m. and includes live music from Gary Winston & the Real Deal, costume contests, dancing, pumpkin painting and food and wine at the tasting room, 10518 W. U.S. Highway 12. The cost is $5 for wine club/VIP members and $10 for general admission. For more details, call 522-1262.

Saturday 27

ELKS HALLOWEEN PARTY: The Walla Walla Elks Lodge #287 will host a Halloween party at 351 E. Rose St., starting at 6 p.m. Music by DJ Randy; costume contest; prizes; drink specials; and food for purchase. The cost is $5. For more details call 525-2870.

EAGLES HALLOWEEN PARTY: The aerie, 350 S. Second Ave., will host a free party and dance for those 21 and older. The Chinook Winds Band will perform. The party runs 8 p.m.-midnight.

PHUOMY’S HIP HOP SHOW: The costume-themed event runs 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m. at 1582 Isaacs Ave. Hip-hop artists from Missoula and the Tri-Cities will perform. A tattoo raffle will take place. The event is for those 18 and older. Cost is $10.

HALLOWEEN PARTY AT ANCHOR BAR: The Waitsburg bar, 128 Main St., will be a destination for Halloween revelry from 9 p.m. to close. The event includes a costume contest with cash prizes, and more.

RED MONKEY DOWNTOWN LOUNGE & STONE HUT BAR & GRILL: The businesses will host a duo of a Halloween party. Guests can start at Stone Hut, 1427 Plaza Way, where the celebration will run 9-11 p.m. There’s no cover charge for the event. The best costume will get a $100 prize. A $75 bar tab will be awarded for the best group/couple costume. The most creative costume will get $50 cash. After that, the party will take off at Red Monkey, 25 W. Alder St., 11 p.m.-1 a.m. A $10 cover charge starts there at 9 p.m. Host Gaylord Focker of 97Rock will lead the festivities. Best costume will get $200 cash. A $75 bar tab will be awarded for best group/couple costume. The most creative costume will get $75 cash. The Red Monkey will have limited VIP/reserved seating for $20 a person. To reserve a spot call 200-9639.

WILDFIRE SPORTS BAR: Sexy siren costume contest at 46510 Wildhorse Blvd., 9-11 p.m. Cash and prizes for costume winners. Music. No cover charge. For more details call 800-654-9453, extension 1777.

LA RAMADA: The restaurant, 1708 Isaacs Ave., will host a “Sexy & Scary” 21-and-older Halloween party at 10 p.m. with music from DJ Alan. Pictures will be provided. Ladies are invited to participate in a sexy costume contest. There’s a $5 cover charge. For more details call 525-5555.

Sunday 28

‘SPOOKTACULAR CONCERT:’ The Walla Walla Valley Band’s concert band and Mill Creek and Main Street jazz bands will perform a variety of music — some “spooktacular” themed — at the Walla Walla Community College Performing Arts Auditorium, starting at 3 p.m. Performers will be dressed in costume. The cost is $8 for adults; $5 for students and seniors. For more details, visit wwvalleybands.org .

LITTLE GOBLINS NIGHT, Milton-Freewater: Little witches, wizars, princesses and priates are invited to attend an evening of stories, crafts, treats and other activities at the Milton-Freewater Public Library. The event runs 6-7:30 p.m. in the Albee Room at the library, 8 S.W. Eighth Ave., next to City Hall. Preschool and elementary school kids are encouraged to attend in their costumes and may bring an adult. Alex Stockdale will coordinate the autumnal activities as she whips up scary stories.

SPRINKLE PARTY: Downtown Walla Walla cupcake shop Frosted will host a Halloween-themed Sprinkle Party for those 4 and older. The event runs 4-6 p.m. at the business, 7 S. First Ave. Participants are encouraged to dress up to decorate cupcakes. The cost is $15 per kid and includes a take-home box of uniquely made cupcakes and hot chocolate and juice. Adults who don’t plan to decorate cupcakes can attend free. Walk-ins are welcome but space is limited. Participants are asked to reserve a spot call 525-2434.

M-F TRUNK OR TREAT: Christ the King Lutheran Church, 325 S.W. Sixth Ave., Milton-Freewater, will have a Trunk-or-Treat event, 3-5 p.m. Trunks will be decorated, and candy will be handed out to youngsters.

Wednesday 31

NOTHING BUT TREATS: Wheatland Village, 1500 Catherine St. Trick-or-treaters up to 12 years old are invited to visit the complex for treats, 4-5 p.m. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH: First Presbyterian Church at First Avenue and Birch Street continues its Halloween tradition with its fifth annual Halloween Harvest Carnival featuring carnival-style games, popcorn, puppet theater, candy and mroe. The event runs 3-5 p.m. For more details, call 525-1093.

HALLOWEEN SPECTACULAR: The Dance Center of Walla Walla will host an evening of games, dancing and prizes for the best costumes in what will also double as a fundraiser for the performing company’s 2013 Italy Tour. The event runs 4-10:30 p.m. and will be broken down for various age groups. Elementary kids will be welcome 4-5 p.m.; middle school, 6-7 p.m.; and high school kids, for whom there will be a dance party, 8-10:30 p.m. The cost is $5.

BLUE MOUNTAIN COMMUNITY CHURCH: The church, 928 Sturm St., will host its annual Harvest Carnival, 5:30-8 p.m. Games, a photo booth, whale maze and more will be offered. For more details call 529-1212.

THE SWEET PUTT: Walla Walla’s miniature golf course will host a costume contest with a “puttacular” prize package for the winner. Entrants can stop in 2-8 p.m.

MARCY’S BAR & LOUNGE: The downtown lounge, 35 S. Colville St., will host a party with DJ Failsworth and prizes from Marcy’s, Door Number Two and The Garden Vegan Café for best costume. The event runs 8:30 p.m.-1 a.m.

THE BANK & GRILL: Milton-Freewater restaurant The Bank & Grill will host a Halloween party at 601 N. Main St. The event runs 5-9 p.m. and features Ash Hollow as guest winery. A costume contest will be part of the festivities.

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