Jackie Bartsch of Rain Shadow Nursery hangs a vampire in front of her perennials. Photos by Laura Guido/ Whidbey News Group

Jackie Bartsch of Rain Shadow Nursery hangs a vampire in front of her perennials. Photos by Laura Guido/ Whidbey News Group

Haunting of Coupeville: Events throughout the month offer thrills, chills

On Monday morning, Coupeville residents awoke to find their quaint, seaside town had suddenly turned spooky. Throughout the month of October, the Haunting of Coupeville returns.

The roads are lined with entrants in the annual “Scare Crow Alley,” and the public can vote for the best one at the Chamber of Commerce or Coupeville Library. The Weary Bones Rest Stop Graveyard can be accessed through the Recreation Hall parking lot.

The Haunting’s website warns people to “use caution, not all our cemetery Residents Rest in Peace.”

During the week, Sherman’s Haunted Barn will be open from 3 to 5 p.m., and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday through Saturday. While at the farm, families can also enjoy trolley rides and pumpkin picking. The trolley rides are available by appointment only, which can be made by calling 360-678-4675.

On Oct. 18, Front Street Grill brings back its popular Mystery Dinner Theater. Starting at 6 p.m., participants can enjoy a catered meal while trading clues, gathering information and solving a mafia-themed murder. Costumes, including flapper dresses, zoot suits and fedoras are encouraged. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

Fort Casey will become haunted once again, starting Friday Oct. 26. From 6:30 to 10:30 p.m., on that Friday and Saturday the fort will be filled with a trick or treat lane, games, ghost stories, food vendors and haunted Fort and Switchboard tours for kids 10 years and older.

Also on Oct. 27, ghouls, goblins, witches and more will parade through town. Costume judging will begin at 4:45 p.m. at Cook’s Corner Park. Central Whidbey Island Fire and Rescue will be giving out free flashlights to the first 100 kids who are 10 years old and younger.

The last weekend of the month will be capped with the Great Pumpkin Race. From 1 to 5 p.m., handmade pumpkin race cars will compete head-to-head for the coveted Pumpkin Race Championship Trophy. Other awards will be given for Best Decoration, Most Innovative Design and Best Crash.

Rain Shadow Nursery’s “Rainy,” part of the annual “Scare Crow Alley” competition sits on the Coupe’s Village tower.

Rain Shadow Nursery’s “Rainy,” part of the annual “Scare Crow Alley” competition sits on the Coupe’s Village tower.

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