Fall is in full force, with sunny, calm days that are perceptibly warm and alternating with blustering winds, precipitation and did you know there’s snow on the mountains!? Halloween marks the beginning of the “holy-days” and its usually a whirlwind until January 1st. This events list will keep you in the loop for the end of 2021.
FRIDAY OCTOBER 29TH
US CAPITOL CHRISTMAS TREE VIEWING
(Okay – I may have passed the law enforcement procession escorting this tree up the highway earlier this week… see pic below)… But this Friday, you can see it in person at Madaket Plaza. 4:30-6:30P – This free event will feature Music, Cookies, Hot Cocoa and Cider. There will be a Toy Drive, Kid’s Crafts and Homemade ornament kits to take home. (There is a similar event taking place earlier in the day in Crescent City and on Saturday in Fortuna and Willow Creek).
EPIC’S VIRTUAL SILENT AUCTION
Ongoing through November 5th – “…help us accomplish our fundraising goal and support our work to monitor over 5 million acres of public lands and advocate for the protection of clean water, endangered species and unique forests.” Link in title.
THE BIG CHILI COOK-OFF WEEK
Week long throughout Humboldt County, benefitting North Coast Big Brothers Big Sisters. Visit your favorite participating restaurants.
SCREAM-A-TORIUM HAUNTED HOUSE
Friday/Saturday 6-11:30P and Sunday 11:30A-11:30P At the Antique Depot in Fortuna. Click the link for details.
HALLOWEEN PARTY 1: “THE BOOZENING”
Friday-Sunday 6-9P – A Pay-as-you-go pub crawl. Bars and Restaurants will be offering Halloween themed specials for the weekend. Throughout Old Town.
MONSTER TRUCK RACING
Friday and Saturday 10/29&30, 7P – Head to head Monster Truck competition. Identity Theft The Ride will be giving rides. Plus, MEGASAURUS, a 30-foot tall car eating, fire breathing, transforming dinosaur! Gates at 4:30, Pit Party at 5P.
NEON DAWN AT FAR NORTH CLIMBING
5P – Everyone’s favorite blacklight climbing competition is back at Far North.this October and we’d like everyone to join in on the fun. details in link.
HALLOWEEN SKATE NIGHT AT THE MUNI
6:30-9:30P – Roller skating is back for a Halloween Skate Night. Limited to 30 people.
SHE KILLS MONSTERS
Friday and Saturday 10/29&30th, 7:30P – Eureka High Players presents their fall play. Dramatic comedy about the world of fantasy role-playing games. Email in link to reserve a ticket. Also showing 11/4-6.
6:30-10:30 – Hike through an old barn and along a trail uphill into the dark forest. The trail is wide and not too steep. Be ready for spooks and scares!
7-9P – Tours every 15 mins, guided by Apprentice Entertainment from the Arcata Playhouse. Includes 5 outdoor stages and also featuring the Dell’ Arte alumni Sleeper Theater, Outer Space and a performance from The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
ARCATA’S GOT TALENT
7P- The Arcata Arts Institute is proud to present our school-wide live-streamed variety show with a small live audience!
PAPA AND BARKEY SOCIAL
Happy Halloween! 8-10P we will be showing the original Night of the Living Dead.
SATURDAY OCTOBER 30TH
TRINIDAD ART NIGHT
3-6P A town-wide event including venues, galleries, wine tasting, outdoor music, live art, fire dancing, kids activities and various performances throughout the night.
40TH ANNIVERSARY FALL FESTIVAL – FRUITLAND RIDGE VOLUNTEER FIRE
11A-4P – Meet your new fire crew, free pumpkins to carve (pre cleaned), a dessert walk, wear a costume, 50/50 drawing, Tri-tip sandwiches, BBQ chicken, BBQ beans, salads, drinks and raffle. More details in link.
COMMUNITY PAINTING DAY ON THE PLAZA
11A-2P – Help paint the initial panels for a mural to be installed on the east side of the G street bridge. Paint and brushes will be provided. Meet the Playhouse Arts bridge team on the Plaza at Lush Newton’s 16-foot polka dot pony.
AUDUBON SOCIETY FIELD TRIP – ARCATA MARSH
8:30-11:30A – Join Redwood Region Audubon Society for a free guided field trip at the Arcata Marsh. Celebrate Halloween in costume. Meeet leader Janelle Chojnack at the end of south I street. Bring your binoculars and have a great morning birding. Let us know you plant to attend by texting 707-499-1247 with the walk date and name/email/phone number of each participant.
HALLOWEEN MASQUERADE BALL
7P – Music by Hot Buttered Rum, Twango and the Absynth Quartet. Costume contests, full bar and Halloween treats for purchase. Proof of vaccinations or a negative COVID test within 24 hours of the event required. Tests available at the event for a fee. Incorporate your masks into your costume, if possible. At the Mateel Community Center.
HSU WIND ENSEMBLE AND JAZZ ORCHESTRA
8-10P At Fulkerson Recital Hall – Classical music for concert band featuring brass, woodwinds and percussion, as well as jazz music arranged for big band. Proof of vaccination is required.
ARCATA MARSH TOUR
2P – Leader Lynn Jones will meet you at the Interpretive center to lead a 90 minute walk focusing on Marsh Ecology.
SUNDAY OCTOBER 31ST AND BEYOND…
ZEN MEDITATION AND DHARMA TALK9:45-10:30A – The Arcata Zen Group invites the public to a Dharma talk entitled “Bodhisattva ideal—How does understanding causation influence my behavior.”
ALL HALLOWS EVE AT DEADWOOD MANOR
4P – These homeowners find more than they expected during their home renovations. Walkthrough the cemetery and haunted speakeasy, or take the safer path for some trick-or-treating. Info in link.
HALLOWEEN MOVIE NIGHT
6:30 – Bring your family to hang out with Team ERB in the Beer Garden this Halloween. Movies start with The Last Man on Earth (1964) and The Brain That Wouldn’t Die (1962). Plenty of covered seating and heaters available.
7-9P – Live music by The Left Fields. Hosted by Megan D’Arcy. Comedy by Melissa Gordon. Burlesque and Drag. Costumes encouraged, horror characters around the grass in front of the Pub from 4-6P
4:30-11P – Ready to get spooked?! The Eureka High School Drama Club presents their annual Haunted Theater.
THE WITCHING HOURS: 4TH ANNUAL HALLOWEEN AT THE HISTORIC EAGLE HOUSE
9P-3A – We’ve all been in need of an epically freaky and fantastic time in a safe environment and we are here to offer just that! Details in link.
HUMBOLDT HISTORY SYMPOSIUM
November 1-5 – Online presentations and events connection local historians, representatives of regional historical organizations, and students and academics with the community.
LIVE FIGURE DRAWING
Monday 11/1 and Thursday, 11/4, 6-8P – At the Sanctuary in Arcata. $10.
DAY OF THE DEAD FESTIVAL OF ALTARS
Tuesday, November 2nd, 4-8P – Day of the Dead Festival of Altars is a ritual celebration of our ancestors and loved ones. Honor your familia by bringing ofrendas that light up the old town square. This is a free community event. There will be food, music and ritual.
FREE GUIDED WALK
Wednesday, November 3rd, 9-11A – Join naturalist Louise Bacon-Ogden for a leisurely walk around the Shorebird Loop Trail. Bring binoculars and wear a face mask. Meet at the visitors center.
ARCATA THEATER LOUNGE
HallowQueen- Friday 10/29, 9PS!CL!CK, Saturday, 10/30, 9P
Halloween double feature, Young Frankenstien(1974) and The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) Sunday 10/31, Doors 5P, movies 6/8:15P
BEAR RIVER CASINO
Pumpkin Carving with Mike Craghead, Saturday, 10/30 4-10P
The Undercovers, Saturday 10/30, 9PDr. Squid, Saturday, 10/30, 9P
Dj Pachanguero, Sunday, 10/31, 9PLord Cervos, Sunday, 10/31, 9P
Open Mic, Thursdays, 5-8P
BLUE LAKE CASINO
Dr. Squid, Friday, 10/29, 9P
Mojo Rockers, Saturday, 10/30, 9P
CHER-AE HEIGHTS CASINO
DJ Chill Will, Friday 10/29 9P
EEL RIVER BREWERY
Unkindness Winter Concert: Ghost Train, Saturday, 10/30 3-6:30P
FIELDBROOK MARKET AND EATERY
Live Music, Fridays, 6-8:30P
Minnesota – Halloween Circus of Freaks and Oddities, Friday 10/29, 9P
Haunted Forest Humboldt, Saturday, 10/30, 9P
GYPPO ALE MILL
No Big Deal, Saturday, 10/30 5-8P
Scavenger Skull Hunt, and Day of the Dead, Sunday 10/31, 4-9P
Halloween Costume Contest, Sunday 10/31 6:30-7:30
HPRC EUREKA HALLOWEEN PARTY
LOUD Neighbors Brass Band, Sunday, 10/31 1P
Soul Party: Back From the Grave Mask-erade, Saturday, 10/31, 9P
Object Heavy, Sunday, 10/31, 9P-12:30A
The Coffis Brothers, Wednesday, 11/3, 9P
Michael Dayvid, Friday, 10/29 5-8P
MARIO’S MARINA BAR
Halloween Bash, Saturday, 10/30, 4P-12M
PAPA WHEELIES PUB
Irie Vibes Friday, 6P-12A
RICHARD’S GOAT TAVERN
Freaky Tiki Friday, Friday, 10/29 9-11:59P
Haunted Disco, Saturday 10/30, 9-11:59P
Halloween Scaraoke, Sunday, 10/31, 8:30P
ROCKSLIDE BAR AND GRILL
Jimi Jeff Harvest Halloween Party, Friday 10/29, 8-11:59P
SAVAGE HENRY COMEDY CLUB
Ryan Goodcase, Friday and Saturday 10/29 and 30, 9-11P
Open Mic, Sundays, 9P
Open Mic, Wednesdays 9-11:45
SIREN’S SONG TAVERN
Over Yonder, Hore, Biomass, Friday, 10/29, 8P
Halloween Spooktackular, Saturday, 10/30, 9-12:59P
Open Mic, Thursdays, 7P
Anna “Banana” Hamilton Saturday 10/30- 2-4P
Arcane Artists: Fright Night, Friday, 10/29 9:30P-2A
Karaoke, Mondays 9P
THE LOCAL CIDER BAR
Baes in Wonderland, Halloween Show, Sunday, 10/31, 3-5
Tuesday and Friday nights – Opera Alley Cats, Jazz 7-10P Ongoing
Saturdays, 7-10, Jenni and David and the Sweet Soul Band
Karaoke, Thursdays 9P-12A
HUMBOLDT CRIBBAGE CLUB 6 GAME TOURNAMENT
Tuesdays, 6:15-9P at the Moose Lodge, Cutten – Weekly tournament, experienced players are welcome. Inexperienced players are welcome to come watch and learn to play games on the side. Moose dinner available at 5:30. Questions, call Rick at 707-599-4605.
FAIR CURVE FARM STAND
Saturdays, 10A-2P ongoing through December 18th with certified organic vegetables. At Main and Shaw in Ferndale.
COMMUNITY APPLE PRESSING
Thursdays and Saturdays 11-2P through November at the Kneeland Glen Farm stand.
SAMOA DUNES AND WETLANDS GUIDED WALK
Third Saturday, 10A-12:3oP – through December 18th. Join a Friends of the Dunes Naturalist for a guided tour. The hike will include walking on loose sand and up and down some moderate slopes. Reservation required. Contact at 707-444-1397
DAD’S SUPPORT GROUP
Zoom Group, happening on the 7th of each month, ongoing through April 2022. Details in Link.
ART HIKE ADVENTURE TOUR: VICTORIAN VILLAGE
9A – Ongoing through October, a walking, interactive art tour, ages 10+ Check the link for details and tickets
ASK A MASTER GARDENER
2nd Thursdays 11/11, 12/9 – This Zoom based gardening hour starts with an interesting discussion on a specific topic and then they open the room for your questions! Courtesy of the Humboldt and Del Norte Master Gardeners.
EUREKA CHAMBER MUSIC SERIES
11/6, 1/22, 3/26, 7:30-9:30P -Bringing the best of live classical music to Eureka. Visiting artists from the world of live classical music present intimate concerts in a local venue. Follow the link for more details. Masks and proof of Covid vaccination required.
Mondays, 8:30P, Stone Junction Bar and Grill
|NORTH COAST GROWER’S ASSOCIATION FARMER’S MARKETS|
Arcata Plaza Farmer’s Market Main Season – Saturdays 9am-2pm, April 3-November 20. Check out their Harvest Box program for CSA-style food boxes.
DRIVE-THROUGH DINNER – MATEEL COMMUNITY CENTER
Each Friday 2-8P the Mateel hosts a different guest chef. Support this community center by buying a meal, or volunteering to help with food prep. Consider being a guest chef…? HCBMAA READING AND BOOK DISCUSSION
Saturdays, 12-1P through October 30th –
Presented by the HC Black Music and Arts Association every Saturday during farmers market. For youth and families.
|HUMBOLDT FLEA MARKET|
The First Sunday of every month, 9A-4P – NEW LOCATION, Arcata Community Center. $2, under 13 free. 707-822-7091
ABBEY OF THE REDWOODS FLEA MARKET
The first Saturday of the month, 8A-4P – Local arts, products and goods. Free entry at 450 Hiller Road, Mckineyville.
FOOD NOT BOMBS
Sundays, 4P – Free, hot food for everyone. Mostly vegan and organic and always delicious.
UJIMA PARENT PEER SUPPORT
Thursdays, 6:30-7:30P – Online support group for BIPOC families.
Mondays, 6-7P at 1450 Hiller Road, Mckinleyville – An interfaith exploration of meditation and mindfulness. Drawing from a wide range of transitions including Buddhism, Christian mysticism, Vedanta, Zen and Taoism, as well as modern insights from psychology and cognitive science, this conversation will provide guidance for integrating the healing wisdom of meditation and mindful self-examination into your modern life.
VISIT A PUMPKIN PATCH
HUDDIE’S HARVEST PUMPKIN PATCH
Wednesday-Sundays 10A-6P, Ongoing through October 31st – Pumpkin Patch, Corn Maze, Farm Stand, 3364 Foster Ave, Arcata.
EARTHLY EDIBLES PUMPKIN PATCH
Tuesdays-Fridays 1-6P/Saturdays and Sundays 10A-6P, Ongoing through October 31st – Organic Pumpkins and Farm Stand, Earthly Edibles Farm, Riverside Road, Korbel.
ORGANIC MATTERS PUMPKIN PATCH
Weekdays 12-6P/Weekends 10A-6P, 6821 Myrtle Avenue
THE PUMPKIN PATCH
Wednesdays-Fridays 10/1-29 1-6P and Saturdays-Sundays 10/2-31 10A-6P – Pumpkins of all shapes and size, and a wide trail corn maze. At the Pifferini Ranch, 1171 Mad River Road
LEONARDI PUMPKIN PATCH
12-5P – Ongoing through Oct. 31st – 1901 Christiansen Lane, Ferndale.
JUST FOR KIDS – HALLOWEEN EDITION
Friday, 10/29 – You can join in with The Fortuna Downtown to set up a trick-or-treat station in your trunk! Or bring your kids down to enjoy the festivities/3-5P.
Friday, 10/29 5;30-7P – At Alice Birney School – There will be prizes, a photo booth and of course, lots of candy. If you would like to participate, there will be a sign up sheet in the office.
Saturday, 10/30- 12:30-3P – Join Sequoia Humane Society for Trunk or Treat. They will be handing out coloring books and sealed treats ready for children and friendly dogs. Costumes Encouraged.
Sunday, 10/31, 2-4P – at the Church of the Joyful Healer, Eureka, bring the family for some trick-or-treating fun for our 2nd Annual Trunk-or-treat!
Sunday 10/31, 3-4:30P – Join us at Timber Ridge Mckinleyville and/or Eureka to trick-or-treat! Sunday, 10/31, 3-5P – at the Humboldt Grange. Drive up to the Grange hall and all the kiddos get a bag of candy and treats!
Sunday 10/31, 4P – Dow’s Prairie Grange, handing out candy.
Sunday, 10/31, 5-6:30P – Drive through costumed scenes, vote for your favorite at the end and recieve a candy bag while supplies last. First Covenant Church 2526 J Street, Eureka.
GREAT PUMPKIN HUNT
Friday-Sunday, 10/29-10/31 – 10A-5P – A FREE Family-Friendly Event for children 18 years of age and younger. Pumpkin Hunters pick up a participation form at the Eureka Visitor’s Center (240 E Street) and walk around Old Town/Downtown to find 20 pumpkins hiding in store windows. Once 20 are found, the form can be brought back to receive a treat bag!
TRICK-OR-TREAT AT THE TAP ROOM
Friday, October 29th, 4-8P – Handing out candy to the monsters, ghouls, superheros and creatures of every kind for some early Halloween fun at the mad River Brewery Tap Room in Blue Lake.
TRICK-OR-TREAT HENDERSON CENTER
Saturday, 10/30, 12-2P – In the Henderson Center business district. Masks required. HAUNTED HALLOWEEN AT HUMBOLDT REDWOODS
Saturday, 10/30 6-10P – A Spooky, guided candlelit walk through the redwoods with spirits and stories along the way. games, candy and fun, rain or shine. 6 different tour times. Proceeds benefit the Humboldt Redwoods Interpretive Association. Tickets online at Brown Paper Tickets.
FIELDBROOK VALLEY APPLE FARMS COSTUME CONTEST
Sunday, 10/31 10A-4P – Show up in your favorit Halloween costume, get your picture taken and pick your favorite apples. We will choose 3 lucky winners that evening once we close to win a prize – winners photos posted on our Facebook Page.
BOO AT THE ZOO
Sunday, 10/31 12-4P – Conservation-minded candy stations while supplies last, a spooky science lab, animal Pumpkin Stomp & Chomp and more. Face masks (not just costume masks) wether indoors or outdoors.
HALLOWEEN FAIRY’S PLAZA PARTY
Sunday, 10/31 – Arcata’s Halloween Fairy Shoshanna will host a Plaza Party from 11A-4P that offers local artist vendors, school fundarisers, music by The Dead Drops and more, a Halloween Belly Dance show, Trick or Treating on the Plaza and around the downtown area, and other family friendly activities. We hope you will wear a mask and costume and join us for a spooky good time!
LAS CALABAZAS EMBRUJADAS
Sunday, 10/31, 12-5P – Support local entrepreneurs of food and goodies, participate in a costume contest, adventure a haunted house, paint a pumpkin to take home, explore a petting zoo with Foggy Bottoms Boys Farm and get supplies for a Dia De Los Muertos ofrenda to take home. Face masks required.
HARVEST FESTIVAL CELEBRATION
Sunday, 10/31, 2-4P – Come and join us for some Halloween Harvest fun, Costume contest and trick-or-treats for the kids! Don’t forget to mask up! At the Fieldbrook Community Club.
FREE HAUNTED HOUSE FESTIVAL
Sunday, 10/31, 2-8:30P – Ace Hardware and The Minor Theater in Arcata team up. Includes Carnival Games, Peace Pops, Tie Dye T-shirts, hamburgers/hot dogs, face painting and pumpkin painting all free! Follow the link for more details.
RHONER PARK SPOOK-A-THON
Sunday, 10/31 3-5P – An outdoor, carnival-style celebration geared towards youth ages 10 and under, featuring games, a photo stop with a costume contest, vendors with resources for families and goodies for the kids, a pumpkin-carving contest and more!
TRICK-OR-TREAT BLUE LAKE
4-6P – Trick-or-treat at local businesses in downtown Blue Lake. Maps available, follow the link for details.
Saturday 10/30, 2-3 P – Geared for ages 3-6, Nature story time focuses on local wildlife and is paired with a simple craft project, props and fun movement activities. Please reserve a spot by calling 707-444-1397 or email us at [email protected]
M/W/F 3:30-5P – Far North Climbing Gym’s after school program for kids 7-11.
THE HARAMBEE YOUTH PROGRAM
August 24th-November 26th – The Harambee Youth Program starts the fall session. New Restorative classes starting at 4P. Classes include teachers from the Hispanic Community teaching bilingual musical theater, hispanic art and dance cute. Afrocentric classes will also be offered, including somatic movement, memetic yoga, the brotherhood, the sister mentor, the Ujima Parent Peer Support and more. To sign up, email the link in title.
Ongoing program for youth ages 12 to 26 offering the tools to help them express themselves creatively in visual art, audio and video production. Meets via Zoom by appointment. Email in link, call 442-8413 or contact them on social media.
REDWOOD EDVENTURE QUESTS
A local program where families get outdoors together to complete outdoor quests. Kids get badges for completed quests. It’ll get you all over Humboldt County and might encourage a reluctant adventurer!
FORTUNA LIBRARY RECORDED READINGS
Online picture books read aloud and posted frequently on their Facebook Page.
SCHOOL-AGE STORY TIME
Ongoing Fridays at 11A – Offered through Arcata library. Email the link to sign up.
PRESCHOOL STORY TIME
Wednesdays and Saturdays at 11A – Hosted by the Arcata Branch Library via Zoom. To sign up, email [email protected] or call 822-5954
TRINIDAD LIGHTHOUSE STEWARDSHIP WORK DAY
9:30A-12P – Help with interior paint removal in preparation for a fresh coat, minor repairs, invasive plant removal and native plant planting. Snacks provided. you’ll need closed-toed shoes, a long sleeve to protect against poison oak, warm layers and a water bottle. Email in link to sign up.
TRINIDAD COASTAL AMBASSADOR TRAINING
Saturday, 10/30 9A-12:30P – This 3 week class combines hands-on training, zoom sessions and field trips to coastal properties to prepare for leadership roles in coastal conservation.
STEWARDSHIP WORK DAYS
Saturdays 11/6, 12/4, 9:30A-12P – Looking for ways to give back to the lands you love? Join volunteers at Stewardship Work Days at various Land Trust properties to care for the coast. We’ll be working on various projects. Follow link in title for more details.
ARCATA MUTUAL AID
Tuesdays, Thursdays, Sundays, 12-5, Cooking and clean up volunteers needed. Email at [email protected] for more info.
FOOD FOR PEOPLE
Mondays, 2:30P – Ongoing, follow the email in the link to attend volunteer orientation.
SEAGOAT FARM GARDEN VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY
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