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Island hauntings
The haunting of Whidbey Island is in progress this weekend as islanders volunteer to get their wits scared out of them at varied venues, among them a haunted Roller Barn and Haunted Trail. It all culminates on Halloween night. Here are some of the hair-straightening highlights.
Crypt of Terror: Sponsored by Partnership With Youth, this haunted house can be found at the Roller Barn, 98 NE Barron Dr., Oak Harbor. Hours today, Oct. 27, are 4 p.m. for a young kids’ session, and 7-9 p.m. for older youth and adults. Hours Monday and Tuesday are 6-9 p.m., and on Halloween 6-10 p.m. Admission is $6, or $5 if you bring a can of food for Help House.
Halloween Hunt: 10 a.m. to noon today, Market Place, on NE Midway Blvd. For ages 1-10, there will be a candy and prizes hidden in the hay, a Halloween costume contest with prizes, and free hot chocolate, apple cider and coffee.
Haunted trail: Watch out for spooks on the Haunted Trail at Cornet Bay Environmental Learning Center on Halloween day, Oct. 31, from 2 to 6:30 p.m. The event will mix education with fright as you learn about creepy critters and “Halloween creatures” in the area. Interpreters will lead groups along the haunted trail, where strange creatures await. Depending on weather, there may be a bonfire with spooky story telling. Learn about bats, snakes, owls and worms inside. The interpreters plan to have educational displays and activities, story telling and an eerie box of composting worms. Admission is free but donations are welcome. Call 675-2417.
Family Halloween: The whole community is invited to a family Halloween party today, Oct. 27, from 1:30-4:30 p.m. at Fleet Reserve Association, 331 SE 8th Ave. Sponsors are the American Legion and Fleet Reserve Association, who are responding to the need for a safe environment for children. Attractions include bobbing for apples, costume contest, games and prizes for ages 17 and under, and karaoke, plus an adult costume contest. Call 675-3414.
Fil-Am Halloween: At 6 p.m. today, the Fil-Am Association welcomes everyone to a Halloween party, including a costume contest, games and potluck, at the Knights of Columbus Hall. Call 675-9248.

“Big” debuts next Friday
A big, boisterous, production of “Big, the Musical,” suitable for the entire family, debuts Friday, Nov. 2 at Whidbey Playhouse in Oak Harbor.
The show, directed by Sue Riney, is based on the popular movie that starred Tom Hanks. The Playhouse production will include the show-stopping piano-dance sequence featuring Josh and president of MacMillan Toys. A boisterous chorus of youngsters bounce around throughout the show. Performance dates are Nov. 2, 3, 9 10, 16, 17, 23, and 24 at 8 p.m.; Nov. 8 and 15 at 7:30 p.m.; and Nov. 4, 11, 18 and 24 at 2:30 p.m.Call 679-2237; all major credit cards accepted. The theater is at 730 SE Midway Blvd., Oak Harbor.

Play held over, matinee added
The hit play, “Five Women Wearing the Same Dress,” finishes its run at WICA this weekend.
Five very different women discover a common bond in this wickedly funny, irreverent and touching play.
Performances start at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 26 and 27. A matinee at 2 p.m. has been added for Sunday, Oct. 28. Ticket prices are $12 adults, $10 seniors/students, matinee $8 all seats. Call WICA at 1-800-638-7631.

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