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Arts-oriented “Haunted House” at BAAY

Music, dance and theater combine for a pair of Halloween events this weekend at Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth.

“A Haunted House Celebration” features ghoulish actors and a spooky tour guide from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, at BAAY Theatre, 1059. N. State St. BAAY director David Post said groups of 30 at a time will see the show, which takes about 15 minutes.

“It’s really a hoot,” he said. “They kids dress up and really make it happen.”

There’s a “ghostly host” to act as a guide, followed by a zombie dance number, a walk through “zombieland,” and a chamber of horrors that includes a representation of the “Little Shop of Horrors” character Audrey II.

“They’re interactive ghoulish scenes,” Post said. “For the faint of heart, we have an art project they can do, because not everyone likes that.”

With that in mind, BAAY also offers a “Protected Pumpkin Patch,” billed as a nurturing alternative celebration from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2, also at BAAY. Tots will meet storybook characters, engage in art projects, sample treats and hear stories read aloud.

“There’s such a big need for them, to have a gentle, whimsical fantasy,” Post said.

Admission is $5 for Saturday’s haunted house, and free with a suggested $5 donation for the Sunday event. Proceeds support scholarships at the nonprofit arts school and performance space.

Details: 360-306-8531 and baay.org.

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