North End set for night of fright

It’s that time of year for the spooky ghosts and wee goblins of North Kitsap to come out of hiding for their annual haunting among the communities. From carnivals and music to tunnels of terror, everyone from Harry Potter to Winnie the Pooh shouldn’t have a problem finding a sweet trick or treat Oct. 31.

Various Halloween and harvest events will be taking place this Friday throughout several of the North Kitsap communities.

Kingston’s downtown area will be filled with activities for the young and young at heart.

From 4-6 p.m. at the former site of the Old Country Pet Shoppe in the Kingston Thriftway Shopping Complex, the Kingston Revitalization Association will have bales of hay, an antique tractor and cornstalks set up as the back drop for its annual Halloween costume contest. Kids will also have a chance to get their picture taken in front of the fall set up.

The costume contest starts at 4:30 p.m. and will be for children through the age of 12. The age categories will be newborns-3, 4-7 and 8-12.

Miss Kingston Brenda Stice and princesses Sarah Eddy and Kayla Tippie will be on hand to help judge the costume contest.

From 5-6 p.m., participating downtown Kingston businesses will be open for trick or treaters to stop in and fill their plastic bags, pumpkins or pillowcases with delectable delights.

Down the street at the Kingston Community Center, from 5-7 p.m., the kid-oriented folks of the Kingston Kiwanis, Kingston Junior High Builders Club and Key Club will be hosting their annual Kingston Halloween Fun House.

“It’s a non-scary event, as we call it, for the youngsters,” said event organizer and Kiwanian Debbie Anderson, noting that the event will include a kid-size maze, a fishing pond, the fire station bounce house and “lots of candy.”

A life-size Winnie the Pooh is expected to make an appearance and everyone in costume can get their picture taken with the cuddly yellow bear before going through the maze or trying their hand at “fishing” for numerous prizes.

From 5-8 p.m., Kingston Christian Church across from Kola Kole Park will open its doors with festivities for the community.

Kids can participate in carnival games including tricycle races and bean bag games. The 1950s band Cruzin’ will perform at the event, which will host and hula-hooping and bubble gum blowing contests.

“We’ve done this the last two years, it’s been very successful,” said associate pastor Ken Lundgren, noting the theme this year is “The price has already been paid.”

Everything is free of charge and there will be no admission, Lundgren said, noting all the kids will receive candy for participating in all the events.

Finally, deep in the heart of Indianola, families and their tiny tricksters will gather for their annual pre-trick or treat celebration.

The Tunnel of Terror and Parade of Costumes will take place from 5-6:30 p.m. at the Indianola Clubhouse.

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