Halloween happenings in the Tri-Cities
Trick-or-treating, children's parties
-- A Halloween party for kids 5 to 12 will be at the Columbia Gymnastics Academy, 1523 Fowler St. in Richland. The costume party is from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Oct. 22. Admission is $10. There will be two bounce houses, a rope swing, a mummy wrap game, foam pits, costume contests, cookies to decorate and more.
-- A costume party for ages 5 to 12 will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 28 at Elite Force Cheer at 8382 W. Gage Blvd., Suite N, behind Columbia Center. There will be a bounce house castle with slide, Tumble Trak, Zip Line, mummy wrap game, costume contest and much more. Admission is $8.
-- A Halloween party for babies to age 6 is from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Oct. 31 at Tiny Tots Indoor Playground, 1523 Fowler in Richland. Cost is $5 for ages 18 months to 6 and free for 17 months and younger.
-- A costume party is from noon to 1:30 p.m. for babies to age 6 at Elite Force Cheer, 8382 W. Gage Blvd., Suite N, behind Columbia Center. There will be equipment to play on, toys, snacks and drinks. Cost is $5. For more information, call 735-3861.
-- The YMCA of the Greater Tri-Cities will hold its annual "Trick or Treat on the Trail," a Halloween-themed hike up Badger Mountain Trail. The walk starts at 10 a.m. Oct. 29. The event is free and open to all ages. Adults and children are encouraged to dress up in their Halloween costumes.
Participants will be provided with trick-or-treat bags, goodies, a snack and water. The walk will be followed by a barbecue picnic, pumpkin decorating and face painting.
Registration, which is required, begins at 9:15 a.m. The first 100 children registered will receive a free T-shirt.
-- Trunk or Treating sponsored by the Sunnyside Police Department is from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 30 in the parking lot at the Law & Justice Center in downtown Sunnyside. Free.
-- Historic Downtown Prosser merchants will offer treats to trick-or-treaters from 3 to 6 p.m. Oct. 31. There will be posters on the doors of participating businesses.
For more information, call 509-786-2399.
-- Ranch & Home's SafeT Street Trick or Treat event is from 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 31 at the Red Lion Hotel next to Columbia Center mall in Kennewick.
Festivals, corn mazes
-- Walla Walla Corn Maze is open Thursdays through Sundays through Oct. 31. The site is at 853 Five Mile Road in Walla Walla. Hours are from 6 to 10 p.m. Thursdays, from 6 to 11 p.m. Fridays, from 2 to 11 p.m. Saturdays and from 4 to 9 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $6 for ages 12 and older, $4 for ages 11 and younger and free for ages 3 and younger. For more information, call 509-525-4798.
-- The Apple and Pumpkin Festival at Bill's Berry Farm, 3674 N. County Line Road, Grandview, features U-pick crisp apples and pumpkins, hay rides, fresh-squeezed apple cider, corn mazes, barnyard train rides, petting zoo and pony rides from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Oct. 22.
Each Saturday throughout the festival there will be live music, hands-on crafts and cooking demonstrations. Admission is free. Cost for the corn maze is $6 for ages 4 and up. Children 3 and under are free. Group rates are available.
For more information, call 509-882-3200.
-- Fall Carnival is from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 28 at the Richland Community Center. Admission is $2 for Richland residents and $2.50 for nonresidents.
-- The Columbia River Dance Band provides the music for the all-ages Halloween dance from 1 to 3:45 p.m. Oct. 26 at the Pasco Senior Center, 1315 North Seventh Ave. Costumes are encouraged. Admission is $5. For more information, call 946-6276.
-- Battle of the Bands Halloween party starts at 6 p.m. Oct. 28 at the Rock Reactor, 117 W. Kennewick Ave. Cover is $10. For more information, call 987-7772.
-- Radamus Halloween party starts at 7 p.m. Oct. 28 at the Kennewick Jacksons, 3320 W. Kennewick Ave. Cover is $5. Prizes will be awarded for best costumes.
-- The rock band Reckless will provide the music for O'Callanhan's Halloween party from 7 to 10 p.m. Oct. 28 at the Shilo Inn, Richland. There is no cover, and costumes are encouraged.
-- Freak Fest 2011 Costume Ball starts at 10 p.m. Oct. 28-29 at Jack Didley's Comedy Club, 109 W. Kennewick Ave. Cancun trip giveaways are the top prize for the costume contests each night. The event is open to the 21 and older crowd. Cover is $3.
-- Fright Flight & Art Spectacle is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 29 at the Three Rivers Winery, 5641 W. Highway 12, Walla Walla. Cost is $10 to $15. For more information, call 509-526-9463. Bewitch the senses with a frightening flight of wines paired with different sticky, chewy, crunchy and gooey Halloween treats.
-- Spooktacular Halloween party featuring Primitive Circus is from 7 to 11 p.m. Oct. 29 at Bookwalter Winery, 894 Tulip Lane, Richland. Costumes are required. Bring a carved pumpkin for a contest. Admission is $30.
-- The rock band 3rd Date plays Oct. 29 at The Pub Tavern in Kennewick. Music starts at 9 p.m. Cover is $5. Prizes will be awarded to the top three costumes. The event is open only to those 21 and older.
-- The Lawyers and Artists' Costume Ball will be from 7 to 10 p.m. Oct. 29 at Clover Island Inn, Cedars Restaurant and Ice Harbor Brewery, all in Kennewick. The event features live music by various bands, food and beverages.
Admission is $25. All proceeds go to My Friend's Place, an emergency shelter for homeless teenagers in the Tri-Cities. Tickets are available at the hotel. Open only to those 21 and older.
-- The Haunted Forest at Sacajawea State Park in Pasco is from 7 to 11 p.m. Oct. 21-22, 28-29 and 31. Cost is $9 with kids 5 and younger free.
Visitors to the Haunted Forest must park their car at the east end of Port of Pasco and be shuttled into the park for the fright night. Participants should dress warm, wear comfortable shoes and be ready for a good scare.
But before the haunting starts, there will be trick-or-treat fun from 1 to 5 p.m. Oct. 29 at the park. Festivities include face painting, pumpkin crafts, carnival games, costume contest, candy and snacks. Admission is free, but donations are welcome.
For more information, go to www.pascojaycees.org.
-- An alternative to the haunted house and now a Halloween tradition, Richland Baptist Church's Judgement House offers a dramatic walk-through presentation about the truth of people's choices and their consequences -- in this life and the next.
The free one-hour tours are from 6 to 9 p.m. at the church, 1632 George Washington Way, on the following evenings: Oct. 21-23. Reservations are required. Call 943-9177. For more information, go to www.richlandbaptistchurch.org/jh.html.
-- The 3 Rivers Road Runners' Howl 'n Scream Scram on Oct. 22 will feature four races. The kid's quarter-mile and the half-mile races will begin at 9:30 a.m. The 10k and the 5k races will begin at 10 a.m. All runs will begin at Badger Mountain Park, 350 Keene Road, Richland.
Race day registration will be available on the day of the race, which is from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Cost is $18 including a shirt and $8 without a shirt. Kids races are $13 including a shirt and $4 without a shirt.
Awards will be given to the best male and female time in the 5k and 10k races. Ribbons will be awarded to the top five male and female runners in each age group. All kids who finish the race receive a ribbon.
*Dori O'Neal: 582-1514; firstname.lastname@example.org