Trick-or-treating, costume contests and a haunted ship are just some of the ways Cordovans are celebrating Halloween this year. Many local businesses are opening their doors to trick-or-treaters throughout the day on Wednesday, Oct. 31. Each year the Cordova Chamber of Commerce publishes a schedule of Halloween events and trick-or-treating opportunities.
Here are the highlights of what is happening around town for this year’s Halloween:
Reluctant Fisherman Halloween Party
Stop by the Reluctant Fisherman from 9:30 p.m. to bar close on Friday, Oct. 26 for ages 21 and older to participate in team trivia, a costume contest, gift card prizes, piñata and dancing.
GOTR costume 5K and spooky games
A 5K Girls on the Run race, open to the community, will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27 at Mt. Eccles Elementary School. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. The race fee is $10, but free for ages 15 and younger. Spooky games and activities will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Halloween Party & Costume Contest
Stop by the Alaskan Bar & Hotel from 9 p.m. to bar close Saturday, Oct. 27 for people ages 21 and older featuring snacks, a DJ and prizes for the best costume.
A shipboard haunted house through the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Sycamore will take place Sunday, Oct. 28. A version for young kids will be from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. while a scarier version for older kids will be held from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Admission is free but canned goods will be accepted for the food bank. Bring your ID.
Halloween Mystery Box
Beginning at 9 a.m. and running until 4 p.m. Oct. 29-31, stop by GCI and take a peek at their Halloween mystery box and win a prize. The event is free and open to all ages.
Stop by the First National Bank in a costume from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and get a treat.
Wells Fargo trick-or-treat
Stop by Wells Fargo in a costume from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and get a treat.
The Cordova Times trick-or-treat
Stop by The Cordova Times’ office at the Masonic Lodge, 400 First St., from 11 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. to see Vivian and Emily for a special treat and to pick up an official Halloween scavenger hunt check list. Turn in the completed scavenger hunt by 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1 for your chance to win a cauldron of candy.
Stop by GCI from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. for dreadfully delicious nachos, terrifying treats and jack-o-lantern juice.
Explore the bat cave exhibit, play games, win prizes, make crafts and enjoy sweet treats from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the U.S. Forest Service district office located at 612 2nd Street.
Stop by the Native Village of Eyak, 110 Nicholoff Way, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. to see fun decorations and to trick-or-treat at each office.
Ilanka Cultural Center trick-or-treat
Stop by the Ilanka Cultural Center, below NVE main office, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. to see fun decorations and to trick-or-treat at each office.
Ilanka Health Center trick-or-treat
Stop by the Ilanka Health Center, 705 2nd Street, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. to see fun decorations and to trick-or-treat at each office.
Stop by the Cordova Telephone Cooperative in a costume from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and get a treat.
Stop by Cordova Wireless in a costume from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and get a treat.
Trick-or-treat for Booooks!
Sponsored by the Friends of the Cordova Public Library, stop by the education room in the Cordova Center from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. to trick-or-treat for a book instead of candy. The event is for ages Pre-K-teen.
Fire Department Halloween
Visit the Fire Station from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. for a treat bag and a ride on a fire engine. The event is open to all ages.
Fun games and activities, free hot dogs and hot chocolate and free family photos will be available from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. downstairs at the Christian Center/HomePort.
CCMC Halloween Treatfest
Celebrate Halloween with our seniors and enjoy some festivities from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Cordova Community Medical Center’s main reception area. This event is for children ages 1-12.