LAUGHLIN — October is a month full of Halloween-themed fun and this year is no different for the Laughlin area with several events and activities planned for revelers of all ages.
Ask anyone what they love about October and they might say they enjoy films such as “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” or the horror film series, “Halloween.”
It could be the chance to read about Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman in Washington Irving’s “The Legend of Sleepy Hallow,” or watching “Ghostbusters.” Maybe it’s fun to go to a haunted attraction such as KnottScary Farm in Los Angeles or The Asylum in Las Vegas.
Maybe what makes it fun is the pumpkin carving and drinking hot cocoa or bobbing for apples at a fall festival. For many, trick-or-treating is the highlight of the month.
“This is my favorite month,” said Tanya Brown-Wirth, Laughlin Library branch manager. “This is the real start of our season. Fall is here, the winter visitors are coming back.”
October is when the high heat finally breaks and people feel like they can be outdoors, said Brown-Wirth.
This time of year means being able to get dressed up in costumes, carving pumpkins and eating stews and soups, said Brown-Wirth. It’s a welcome change of pace, she added.
The library has several Halloween and fall themed activities planned, including movie screenings for adults. “What we tried to do this year is to do a full all day marathon instead of only one movie at a time,” said Brown-Wirth.
Sunday, Oct. 21, the library will show “The ’Burbs” starring Tom Hanks, followed by “The Addams Family” starring Raul Julia and Anjelica Huston.
On Halloween the library will show “Shaun of the Dead,” at 11 a.m.; “Invasion of the Body Snatchers,” at 1 p.m.; “Get Out” at 3 p.m. and “Night of the Living Dead” at 5 p.m.
“We have a lot of people who love the horror film selection we have,” said Brown-Wirth. “They always check out the scary movies.”
A lot of the Halloween-themed fun is geared for children, said Brown-Wirth, including pumpkin painting, a traditional activity for local children.
Each child gets their own mini-pumpkin and gets to decorate it, she said.
“Since the pumpkin painting takes place Oct. 18, the children’s pumpkins can be part of the Halloween decor at home,” said Brown-Wirth. The program is slated for 4:30 p.m.
Other spooky fun is science based.
“This year we also threw in a STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) program,” said Brown-Wirth.
The program will teach children about bioluminescence by teaching them to make bouncy balls, she said.
The movie club will show “The Nightmare Before Christmas” Tuesday, Oct. 23 at 4 p.m.
LuAnn Leas-Kruz’s piano students will be showcasing their musical talents on the library’s piano Sunday, Oct. 28, at 2:30 p.m.
Brown-Wirth said she wasn’t sure what the music will be like but the group typically goes all out for a theme and is expecting the pianists to be in full costume. The event is free and open to the public.
“I’m really excited for the Li-BOO-rary,” said Brown-Wirth. “It’s open to all ages and there will be different stations for activities. It has a festival kind of feel.”
In years past, the event has included several carnival-like games with the opportunity to earn prizes and treats.
“It’s not structured and it’s when (the staff) gets to meet a lot of families,” said Brown-Wirth.
Li-BOO-rary is set for 4:30 p.m. Halloween.
For additional information or questions about library events, call 702-507-4060.
There are additional options for some Halloween fun coming up also.
Katherine Landing, 2690 E. Katherine Spur Road, will be offering its first ever trunk-or-treat event in conjunction with California Urban Parks. The trunk-or-treat, called Monsters in the Marina, is set for 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27.
The event will include a raffle drawing with the chance to win a winter package deal, said Chelsea Rush, clerk and social media coordinator. The winter package includes a two-night stay, boat rental and a meal for two. Tickets cost $1 each.
Face painting, a mystery box, ring toss and other games will be offered, said Rush. Children can bring a pumpkin and they can paint and decorate pumpkins.
“Hotel Transylvania,” a cartoon about the world’s monsters being able to take a break from human civilization at a hotel run by Count Dracula, will be shown at 7:30 p.m.
For more information call 928-754-3245.
The Kiwanis Club of the Colorado River is holding their annual Trunk-or-Treat on Halloween at Gary Keith Civic Center Park, 2345 Mohave Valley from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Costume and coloring contests will be part of the fun.
Not all the fun is for children. The American Legion Riders Post 60 will be holding their Spooktacular Poker Run, Saturday, Oct. 20. It starts at 9 a.m. with the last bike in by 3 p.m.
The ride begins and ends at the American Legion Richard Springston Post 60, 1510 Bruce Woodbury Drive. Cost is $20 for riders and $10 for passengers and includes a meal after the run and one poker hand. An extra hand costs $10 and an extra card at the end of the run is $10.
Proceeds benefit local veterans. The event will include raffle drawings, high and low hand prizes and prizes for best costume.
For more information call 928-404-3841 or send email to email@example.com.
Four legged friends haven’t been left out of the spooky fun.
The fifth annual Howl-O-Ween Pet Costume Contest is set for Saturday, Oct. 20 from 1 to 3 p.m. It will be at Tractor Supply, 967 Hancock Road, Bullhead City. Call 928-758-8464 or 704-321-4700 for more information.
The Tropicana Laughlin is holding their Halloween Haunt and Glow Car show Friday, Oct. 26 through Sunday, Oct. 28. Call 702-298-4200 for more information.
Pirate’s Cove, south of Needles, is holding their Halloween Run, an off-road hunt with an after party at the restaurant and bar, on Saturday, Oct. 27.
Breakfast is from 8 to 10 a.m. with a driver meeting at 10 a.m. Participants will be given an off-road map to find different stops throughout the property to collect candy and raffle tickets. The after party will be from noon to 4 p.m. with various contests, kids corner and more.
Cost to register is $10 per vehicle with a limit of 200 vehicles.
Visit www.piratescoveresort.com for more information.
No need to drive to Las Vegas for a haunted house fix. Get tickets for the one night only haunted house at Needles’ infamous Green House, 517 K St. The haunted house will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27. Advance tickets may be purchased at the Needles Chamber of Commerce on G Street. Tickets will also be available at the door.
With all the activity, masks, costumes and more, there are a few safety elements to keep in mind.
“It’s always good to remember that children (and adults) are likely to wear dark clothing and they may be hard to see,” said Lt. Jeff Hewes, of the Laughlin Substation. “It’s not just the day of but it’s all leading up to Halloween, too.”
He advised drivers to be on the look out and to anticipate someone possibly jumping out from between vehicles. Drivers need to be sure to keep their phones away because even a moment could mean the difference, he said.
On the flip side, Hewes advised trick-or-treaters and parents to be sure to not run out into the street and to not assume they have the right-of-way.
“Always take a close look at the candy,” said Hewes. “If anything looks tampered with or resealed, any minor red flag, don’t allow children to have that candy.”
At home, it’s fun to decorate but be sure to keep decorations away from windows and doors so as to avoid obstructing views, said Hewes.