Ghosts and goblins abound in the Mat-Su Valley this weekend, as Halloween takes center stage at several events being held around the community. No matter how old your ghost or goblin is, there is bound to be something to keep them entertained - or scared.
Halloween Hollow takes place from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Alaska State Fairgrounds, in Raven Hall. This is a an excellent opportunity to take your young trick-or-treaters to a warm and safe environment, and manage to give back to the community in the process. Halloween Hollow is put on by the Mat-Su Special Santa program, and the admission is $5 or one unwrapped toy. The proceeds, along with the toys, are then used to give local children a Christmas filled with joy for those less fortunate. At Halloween Hollow, there is a classic trick-or-treat carnival, tons of games, face painting and of course, lots of candy.
For those a little older - and wanting to be scared a little more - the Reindeer Farm in Palmer is hosting a zombie hay maze that is sure to spook even then bravest of souls. From 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., those ages 10 and up can take part in the zombie maze for $7, with all proceeds going to the Palmer High School music department.
The Bone Breaker Haunt is taking place in Big Lake this weekend, at the Meadowood Mall. it is a series of rooms connected by darkened halls, all with Halloween themes, along with balloon sculptures and a zombie nursery. It is operated by the Houston and Meadow Lakes fire departments.
For the biggest screams, try the Gateway of Darkness at 1241 W. Melanie Ave. in Wasilla. This for-profit haunted house is open through Nov. 1 and features a ton of scream-inducing and spine-chilling moments. Admission is $15.
If you prefer to trick-or-treat in local neighborhoods, remember to dress warm and stay safe. Have a good Halloween!