Bellingham celebrates Halloween and Dia de los Muertos all weekend

Costumes ready? Bellingham’s Halloween traditions are happening once again, and because Halloween falls on a Friday, and Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is on Saturday, Nov. 1, revelers will be celebrating through the weekend.

Here are some of the events taking place in Whatcom County. Events are free and in Bellingham unless noted. For more, see page of Take Five, or search for “Halloween” on calendar.bellinghamherald.com.

Creepy Cabaret Thursday, Oct. 30, 6:30 p.m. Bellingham High School, 2020 Cornwall Ave.; $10 adults, $5 students Before the show, enjoy a soup and dessert buffet. Bellingham High choir students will entertain with solo and ensemble performances. A silent auction will benefit the choir program.

Downtown Trick or Treat Friday, Oct. 31, 3 p.m. Downtown Bellingham, 360-527-8710 Downtown Bellingham Partnership invites children with their families to attend the annual Downtown Trick or Treat from 3 to 5 p.m. More than 100 downtown businesses participate. Details: downtownbham.wordpress.com.

Trick or Treat in Fairhaven Friday, Oct. 31, 3 p.m. Fairhaven Historic District. All ages can dress up in costume to accompany young trick-or-treaters from 3 to 6 p.m. in Fairhaven’s business district. Details: fairhaven.com/events.

A Masquerade Eve Friday, Oct. 31, 6 p.m. Fairhaven Middle School, 110 Parkridge Road; by donation. Once you’re done trick-or-treating, go to Fairhaven Middle School for music, storytelling, fortune-telling, mask-making, bobbing for apples and other costumed festivity. Doors open 6 p.m., show starts at 7. Open to all ages. Proceeds benefit Rooted Emerging, a nonprofit that offers coming-of-age programs for youths. Details: rootedemerging.org.

Orchestra Halloween Benefit Friday, Oct. 31, 8 p.m. Western Washington University Performing Arts Center Concert Hall; $5; 360-650-6146. The WWU Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Ryan Dudenbostel, presents its annual Halloween benefit with music with eerie themes and frightening pop-culture references, including “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” popularized by Disney’s “Fantasia,” Camille Saint Saens’ “Danse Macabre,” and Dvorak’s tone poem “The Noon Witch.” Tickets available at tickets.wwu.edu and the door. Proceeds benefit Western’s Music Library.

Thrillingham Friday, Oct. 31, 8 p.m., Maritime Heritage Park, 514 W. Holly St. Bellingham zombies pay tribute to the late Michael Jackson in the annual Thrillingham from 8 to 10 p.m. Proceeds from donations benefit Womencare Shelter.

Dead Musicians Halloween Party Friday, Oct. 31, 8:30 p.m. Honey Moon Mead & Cider tasting room, 1053 N. State St. Honey Moon presents its second party featuring great musical ghosts, a spirited costume contest, and treats galore, hosted by Anna Evans. People are encouraged to dress and perform as a musician, poet, comedian or spoken-word artist who has died. Plan on a 5- to 15-minute set. Email honeymoonbooking@gmail.com to sign up.

“Day of the Dead” Art Show 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, The Lucky Monkey, 312 W. Champion St.; 360-393-4068 The Lucky Monkey’s fifth annual art show runs through Dia de los Muertos on Nov. 2. The shop will be open until 10 p.m Saturday to celebrate Dia de los Muertos. Visitors can come by in Day of the Dead attire. There will be a professional make-up artist form 7 to 9 p.m. to enhance your facial presentation, with a group photo of all costumed participants and prizes for the top three creative skeletons. There will be a button-making table for constructing photo pins from previously printed pictures that you bring of friends and family members who have died. Refreshments and treats available; bBring something to share.

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