Halloween and all things green usher in the late fall season for the next two weeks, with preparations under way for the spooky celebration of Oct. 31 preceded by the ever-growing revelry of the Irish Music Festival Oct. 20-23.
The Halloween festivities begin at Seabrook starting Friday with a hay bale maze in the Farm District until Oct 31. On Saturday, Oct. 15, Professional Pumpkin Carver Eric Hawley will carve a giant pumpkin. At 3 p.m., enter the first family carving contest for prizes. Bring or buy your own pumpkin and tools from Seabrook.
Seabrook also will celebrate Halloween on Oct. 29 with the North Coast Montessori School hosting activities from noon – 4 p.m. at the Town Hall. Cost for the event is $3 or three cans of food to be donated to the food bank. Trick or treating at area businesses and around town at 4 p.m. Adults should stick around for the evening Halloween costume party in Town Hall from 8-11 p.m. DJ music, no cover charge, cash bar and photo booth available.
In Ocean Shores, Halloween for children and students is celebrated on Oct. 31 at the Ocean Shores Convention Center, where the Ocean Shores Firefighters Association sponsors trick-or-treating, haunted houses and a costume contest for North Beach School District students and their families.
In Pacific Beach, there is a haunted house at the Pacific Beach Resort and Recreation Center starting at 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 28-29.
There’s also the Halloween Weekend Bash Oct. 27-31 at the Quinault Beach Resort and Casino with a Nightmare Ball on Saturday Oct. 29 and a costume contest on Monday night Oct. 31.
Irish Music Festival
• Oct. 20-23 — Galway Bay, Ocean Shores Convention Center, and 8th Street Ale House in Hoquiam. Largest Irish music celebration on the West Coast with 30 or more bands scheduled. (www.galwaybayirishpub.com).
The headliners this year are two of the most popular acts from previous years: Dublin’s Derek Warfield and The Young Wolfetones, and Celtica Pipes Rock from Vienna, Austria.
Warfield is one of the great Irish ballad singers and a founding member and long-serving front man of the legendary Wolfe Tones:”A charismatic all-round performer, a historian, retriever and writer of songs and a man who cares passionately for the Irish song tradition.”
Celtica Pipes Rock last year at the festival showcased their unique sound of blazing bagpipes, mighty drums and the power of a rock band. A show not to be missed.
A Wine, Cheese and Chocolates Wine Tasting evening with silent auction will take place Oct. 15 from 4-7 p.m. at 973 Adak Court SE to benefit the Garden by the Sea community garden in Ocean Shores.
Tickets are $15/each and include tastings of five featured wines along with samples of delicious appetizers and desserts.
Tickets can be purchased through Sushila Ravard (email@example.com, 360-593-8720).
All proceeds go to Garden by the Sea’s effort to keep community gardening going strong in Ocean Shores.
Harbor Art Guild
Harbor Art Guild presents oil paintings by Tina Atterbury Karvonen in a solo show titled “Where Art Thou?” through Nov. 13 at Six Rivers Gallery. An opening reception is Sunday, Oct. 23, 1-4 p.m., providing an opportunity to meet the artist. Karvonen has been working on this show for over a year. Also well known for her intricately designed and dyed Pysanky Eggs, she has painted in oils for about 15 years. The show is at Six Rivers Gallery, 210 6th Street in Hoquiam.
• Oct. 15 — Grays Harbor CASA’s Benefit Concert &Art Show, 6-9 p.m. at the Log Pavilion in Aberdeen; Featuring art by local foster children and local musicians. Tickets are $30 and available at http://ghcasa.bpt.me/ and at the Grays Harbor CASA office.
• Nov. 5 — Seabrook Tour of Homes.
From 11 -3 p.m., Seabrook will open Farm District, Elk Creek ocean side, cottage rentals and for sale homes during this tour. Free.
• Nov. 12 — A Toast to Heroes: Seabrook hosts Wishkah River Distillery and music by Seattle’s The Pop Cycle for an all-ages event at the Town Hall, no cover charge. Spirit tasting and specialty cocktail tickets will be available for purchase at the door for those 21 and over.
• Nov. 25-27 — Winter Fanta-Sea at the Ocean Shores Convention Center; Unique handmade items just in time for the holidays.
• Nov. 25 — Seabrook annual Christmas Tree Lighting, with hot chocolate bar, cookie exchange, caroling, and Santa arriving on a bike, outside Town Hall in Seabrook.
• Dec. 3 — Community Christmas Tree Lighting Pacific Beach, 5 p.m.The GHFD No. 8 Santa and his crew will be there, local businesses will have treats. Contact Stephanie at (360) 276-0009.
• Dec. 23 — Seabrook’s Holiday Concert at Town Hall, 7 p.m. Performing again this year will be Ericka Corban and a special musical guest; $5 per person, pay at the door.