Shocking Halloween fun at Bellingham's Spark Museum


John Jenkins, the president of SPARK Museum, sits inside a "Lightning Cage" designed by Steampunk sculptor Rik Allen.


Conjuring the spirit of early Hollywood horror films, Spark Museum of Electrical Invention is offering "Nightmare at the Spark Museum" for several performances this weekend and next week.

It's an hour-long Halloween homage to the Golden Age of horror, said Tana Granack, operations director of the museum.

"We have a lot of the equipment that was used (for special effects) in the early Frankenstein films," Granack said. "We take the audience through this story of performing the last rites on a curator of the dark arts," he said.

This week's shows incorporate some of the devices that thrill viewers at the museum's regular electrical shows, including the MegaZapper, a talking robot and one of the largest Tesla coils in the country.

Visitors will hear eerie sounds and see spectacular electrical displays, Granack said. Because of the surprise factor, it's recommended for children kindergarten and older, he said.

"We're not gory, but we are pretty spooky," he said. "We try to surprise you."

Performances are at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 25-26 and Tuesday through Thursday, Oct. 29-31, at the Spark Museum, 1312 Bay St. near West Champion Street. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for children 11 and younger.

For an additional donation, adult visitors are invited to enter the Cage of Death and be swarmed with 4 million volts of raw electricity.

For more information about Spark, go to or call 360-738-3886.


Bellingham embraces Halloween with a passion, and many local organizations are offering special events and activities.

Costume sale: Flesh out your Halloween party attire at the Bellingham Theatre Guild's Costume and Prop Sale, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at the Bellingham Theatre Guild, 1600 H St. between Holly and DuPont streets.

For more information, call 360-733-3811 or go to

Halloween Carnival: Children ages preschool through second grade are invited to the Bellingham Parks & Recreation Department's Halloween Carnival for games and entertainment from 4-6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, at the Depot Market Square, corner of Maple Street and Railroad Avenue. Children are encouraged to wear a costume and bring a trick-or-treat container. Cost is $3 per child; accompanying adults are admitted free.

Trick or Treat in Downtown Bellingham: The Downtown Bellingham Partnership invites children with their families to trick or treat at more than 100 participating businesses from 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31. Look for balloons and posters on participating doors and windows. Parking is free starting at 3 p.m. in the Parkade garage at 1300 Commercial St. between Holly and Magnolia streets.

Trick or Treat in Fairhaven: Most merchants are part of traditional Halloween festivities in the historic shopping district, offering treats for all ages from 3-6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31. You'll see a poster in the window of participating businesses. Get your picture taken at Fairhaven Pharmacy, 1115 Harris Ave., between 11th and 12th streets.

Trick or Treat in Ferndale: Main Street businesses welcome trick-or-treaters from 3-6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31. A map of participating businesses will be available at and at the chamber office, 5683 Second Ave.

Rocky Horror Picture Show: Six performances of the cult classic "Rocky Horror Picture Show" are featured in the Harold and Irene Walton Theatre at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. at West Champion Street. It features the original film playing on a large projection screen while local Bellingham actors act out key scenes and sing songs - in the best "Rocky Horror" tradition. The film is rated R for mature content including sexual themes. No one 16 or under will be admitted without a parent or guardian.

Performances are 8 p.m. and 11:59 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31; Friday, Nov. 1; and Saturday, Nov. 2. Tickets are $9 plus any fees and are available at theater or at

Thrillingham!: Join other dancing zombies in a participatory performance at the sixth annual Thrillingham! based on Michael Jackson's "Thriller" dance at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, in Maritime Heritage Park. All ages are welcome and there's no fee - but donations will be collected to benefit the Womencare Shelter and Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Scary stories: Hear extremely scary stories as told by the Bellingham Storytellers' Guild from 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, free in the Fireplace Room of the Fairhaven Branch Library, 1117 12th St. between Knox and Mill streets. It's billed as an event for older teens and adults. For more information, go online to

Robert Mittendorf is a Herald copy editor and page designer. Contact him at 360-756-2805 or at

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