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Check out these places for your ghoul and ghostie to celebrate Halloween all month long

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Halloween hobbyist Julia Stark of Bellingham, Washington shares some tricks and techniques on how to carve the best Halloween jack-o'-lantern.
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Halloween hobbyist Julia Stark of Bellingham, Washington shares some tricks and techniques on how to carve the best Halloween jack-o'-lantern.

October seems like a good excuse to celebrate Halloween for an entire month – planning for costumes, get-togethers and special events. Be sure to check ahead to make sure event details haven’t changed.

Through October

Library Halloween Fun

Branch libraries of the Whatcom County Library System host mask-making activities and story times throughout October. Free.

Details: 360-305-3600, wcls.org.

Oct. 28

Pumpkin Patch in the Pool

The annual event is from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the Arne Hanna Aquatic Center, 1114 Potter St., hosted by Bellingham Parks and Recreation Department and Friends of the Arne Hanna Aquatic Center. Participants swim around and pick a pumpkin and can enjoy games and water safety activities. $5.

Details: 360-778-7665, 360-778-7000, cob.org/ahac.

Oct. 26

The Arc of Whatcom County’s Halloween Party

The Arc’s Halloween Party is hosted by Arc’s Young Adult Self-Advocacy Group from 5-7 p.m. at the Bloedel Donovan Community Building, 2214 Electric Ave. and is accessible to individuals of all abilities and appropriate for all ages. Free, but donations for Bellingham Food Bank encouraged.

Details: 360-715-0170, arcwhatcom.org.

Oct. 27-28 and 31

“Nightmare on Railroad” and Halloween Bash

Young actors from Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth produce all-ages shows from 6:30-9:30 p.m. and 21-and-over shows at 9:45 p.m. at Boundary Bay Brewery, 1107 Railroad Ave., to raise scholarship money for BAAY students. BAAY actors lead guests to the haunted chamber at the “BOO-ery,” with Lisa Markowitz’ BAAY Dance Company presenting an artfully ghoulish performance. Then audience members will be led down a scary road to the Beer Garden of Doom Dungeon. It’s open to all ages until 10 p.m. and then it’s for those 21 and older until 11:30 p.m. $5.

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

Oct. 28

Trick-or-Treat in Ferndale, “Haunt the Park”

The Ferndale Chamber puts on Downtown Trick or Treat from 3-5 p.m. in downtown Ferndale at approximately 40 stops, marked by balloons and signs.

Maps can be picked up the week before the event at the Ferndale Chamber of Commerce, 2007 Cherry St., Ferndale Mini Mart, 2085 Main St., and at Ferndale Public Library, 2125 Main St.

The chamber hosts the second “Haunt the Park” at historic – and spooky – Pioneer Park, right after Downtown Trick or Treat from 5-7 p.m. Haunt the Park gives families the opportunity to snoop around the outside of the historic haunted houses of Pioneer Park and trick-or-treat the cabin porches. Free.

Details: 360-384-3042, ferndale-chamber.com.

Oct. 31

Trick-or-Treat Downtown

Downtown Bellingham Partnership hosts its annual trick-or-treating from 3-5 p.m. Participating merchants will display a poster. Free.

Details: 360-527-8710, downtownbellingham.com.

Trick-or-Treat in Fairhaven

Trick-or-treating is from 3-6 p.m. at stores in the historic district. Free.

Details: fairhaven.com.

Thrillingham

Watch citizens of Whatcom County emerge as zombies and dance to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” from 8-10 p.m. on Halloween night, Oct. 31, at Maritime Heritage Park, 500 Holly St. Rehearsals take place from 7-9 p.m. Sept. 29, Oct. 6, 13 and 27 at Bloedel Donovan Multipurpose Room, 2114 Electric Ave. Buy raffle tickets for $1 to support Brigadoon Service Dogs. Free.

Details: thrillingham.com.

Other special events

Fall is a great time to visit area farms and farmers markets around Whatcom County, where kids can pick the perfect pumpkin. There are also a few special family-friendly events in our region.

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Portia Gordley of Lynden spent a lot of her time playing with the hay while going through hay maze south of Lynden in 2009. The 2017 maze will be open Sept. 2 through Oct. 1. Staff The Bellingham Herald

Sept. 1-Oct. 1

Lynden High School FFA Corn Maze

The annual corn maze is open from 6-10 p.m. Fridays, 2-10 p.m. Saturdays, 2-6 p.m. Sundays (and Labor Day), with flashlight mazes after dark, just south of Lynden on Hannegan Road. Weather may affect hours.

Details: 360-354-4401, lyndenffa.com/corn-maze.

Sept. 2-Oct. 29

“Harvest Happens”

“Harvest Happens” takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday at Bellewood Acres, 6140 Guide Meridian, with u-pick or we-pick apples and pumpkins, apple bin train rides, live music, a corn maze, a corn cannon, face painting and more. Free.

Details: 360-318-7720, bellewoodfarms.com.

Sept. 9-10

Whatcom County Farm Tour

Discover Whatcom County farms through the annual self-guided, 12-stop Whatcom County Farm Tour from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Families can meet local farmers, explore the farms, and taste the bounty our region has to offer. Free.

Details: 360-647-7093, sustainableconnections.org.

Oct. 7-8

Cloud Mountain’s bountiful fruit

Cloud Mountain Farm Center near Everson opens its farm for samplings of more than 200 varieties of fruit and fruit products to taste and enjoy at the annual Fall Fruit Festival. There’s also live music, and Julia’s Pumpkin Patch is open for u-pick. $3.50 per person, $9 per carload.

Details: 360-966-5859, cloudmountainfarmcenter.org.

Oct. 15

Harvest Festival

Ferndale Downtown Association hosts its annual Harvest Festival and pumpkins events from noon to 2 p.m. in the field by the between the Pioneer Pavilion Community Center and the Boys & Girls Club Ferndale clubhouse, Cherry Street at First Avenue. There will be small pumpkins given to children to draw faces on, plus cookies and apple juice and pumpkin games. Free.

Details: 384-1453, ferndaledowntown.org.

Get your pumpkins

BelleWood Acres

6140 Guide Meridian, Bellingham

Details: 360-318-7720, bellewoodfarms.com.

Bellingham Country Gardens

2838 E. Kelly Road, Bellingham

Details: 360-223-3724, bellinghamcountrygardens.com, Facebook

Cloud Mountain Farm Center

6906 Goodwin Road, Everson

Details: 360-966-5859, cloudmountainfarmcenter.org.

Hopewell Farm

3072 Massey Road, Everson

Details: 360-927-8433, hopewellfarm@live.com, Facebook.

Joe’s Gardens

3110 Taylor Ave., Bellingham

Details: 360-671-7639, joesgardens.com.

Mama’s Garden

2600 Valley Highway, Deming

Details: 360-595-2110, Facebook.

Misty Mountain Farms

5969 James Road, Deming

Details: 206-406-5345, Facebook

Slanted Sun Farm

Lawrence Road, Everson

Details: 509-290-2965, Facebook

Spring Frog at the Holistic Homestead

5709 Putnam Road, Everson

Details: 360-303-3711, holistichomestead.net

Kamm Creek Farm

850 Hampton Road, Lynden

Details: 360-815-4360; kammcreekfarm.com, Facebook

Lynblu Farms

371 Birch Bay-Lynden Road, Lynden.

Details: 360-815-0631, and Facebook

Farmers Markets

Thursdays

Lynden Farmers Market Noon to 5 p.m. 324 Front St., Lynden, through Oct. 13.

Details: 360-961-4061, lyndenfarmersmarket.com, dave.timmer@arocha.org.

Fridays

Ferndale Farmers Market 3-7 p.m., Centennial Riverwalk Park, 5667 Front St., Ferndale, through Oct. 13.

Details: 360-220-3847, ferndalepublicmarket.org and on Facebook.

Saturdays

Twin Sisters Market 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Nugents Corner, Mount Baker Highway, Deming; and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the East Whatcom Regional Resource Center, 8251 Kendall Road, through Oct. 29.

Details: 360-599-3944, twinsistersmarket.com.

Bellingham Farmers Market 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Bellingham Farmers Market, 1100 Railroad Ave., through Dec. 17. Kids vending days are the last Saturday of the month, demo days are the second Saturday and chef in the market days are the third Saturday.

Details: 360-647-2060, bellinghamfarmers.org.

Lummi Island Farmers Market 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Islander Store field, 2106 S. Nugent Road, Lummi Island, through Sept. 3.

Details: 360-380-0979, 360-758-2815

Blaine Gardener’s Market 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., H Street Plaza, Blaine, through Oct. 28.

Details: 360-332-6484, blainechamber.com.

Mondays

Grow Market Stand 3 p.m. Northwest Youth Services, 1020 N. State St., through Sept. 26.

Details: 360-734-9862, nwys.org.

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