Celebrate Fall and Halloween Bainbridge Island Style
As many islanders know, we love our holidays here on Bainbridge, and celebrating Fall and Halloween is no different. There’s a lot going on throughout the month, check out our list:
COSTUME SWAP at KiDiMu – Find your next kids Halloween costume at KiDiMu! October 15th, 22nd, and 29th from 10am – 12pm – Come swap or “shop” for a “new-to-you” costume! For additional details, click here. October 31st from 1pm to 5pm, KiDiMu will be celebrating with pumpkin science, painting ghosts & pumpkins, trick-or-treating, and more!
COSTUMES, DOGS, MUSIC & WINE – Winslow Mall, Saturday October 29th
Music by DJ Sisco Kid, Dancing, Wine, and a costume contest for you and your dog. Costume prizes awarded at 7pm.
A SCRAPPY HAUNTED HOUSE AT SCRAPPY ART LAB! OCT 31st, 3:30- 5:30pm – Crawl through their creepy tunnel, crafted by the After School kids! Also trick-or-treat at the stoop for some surprise give-aways! During Downtown Bainbridge Island’s Halloween Walk. At Scrappy Art Lab, 123 Bjune Drive SE, one block south of Winslow.
PUMPKIN WALK AT BAINBRIDGE GARDENS – All month – Pumpkin Walk 2022 is an all-month, festive daytime event, and admission is free. Enjoy walking the historic Nature Trail and view hundreds of hand designed pumpkins, you can even add your own pumpkin to the trail.
BAINBRIDGE ISLAND/SUYEMATSU PUMPKIN PATCH 2022 – All month – Don’t have that perfect pumpkin yet? Stop by the farm and pick your own right out of the field at Day Road’s Suyematsu Farms. They have a huge variety of carving pumpkins and winter squash, and their patch is filled with everything you need for your fall decorating and baking. They also have beautiful fresh fall wreaths, ornamental corn, corn stalks; unique and unusual pumpkins and gourds, autumn bouquets, fresh local produce, U-cut dahlias…and more! This year, they brought back their ever-popular Kiddy Corn Maze and tractor rides around the pumpkin patch.
BLOEDEL RESERVE – Woodland owls will lead you on an all-ages scavenger hunt through the gardens in search of gourds, squash and pumpkins! Stop, explore, and snap a photo of yourselves with their friendly garden guides. Guess the weight of their largest pumpkin this year at the Residence, and win prizes at the Shop at the Gatehouse when you complete the scavenger hunt. October 9th through October 30th – Ticket Website
HAUNTED HAYRIDE AT BATTLE POINT PARK brought to you by the Bainbridge Island Metro Park & Recreation District (BIMPRD) – Ride hay wagons through the haunted pumpkin-lined trails of Battle Point Park, where not-too-spooky characters and displays emerge from the shadows. October 25-27th 5:30- 9:00 – $11 per person, registration required.
Registration – Special Events | Bainbridge Island Metro Park & Recreation District (biparks.org)
Red Pine Park Work Party – Where: Red Pine Park, 418 Wood Ave SW – When: Tuesday, October 11 (2nd Tuesday), 10:00a-12:00p
Moritani Preserve Work Party – Where: Moritani Preserve, 542 Winslow Way W – When: Thursday, October 20 (3rd Thursday), 10:00a-12:00p
Trails Work Party – Where: Grand Forest West/East, 9752 Miller Rd NE – When: Saturday, October 22 (4th Saturday), 10:00a-12:00p
IT’S A DARK & STORMY NIGHT AT BARN – Sat, Oct 29 @ 7:00 pm. The ghouls are back in town and back in person. Get into the Halloween spirit with stories that will chill you to your toes. After darkness falls, these wonderful local authors will emerge in the BARN Great Room with stories each has written to frighten and bewitch you. Join them for a festive evening sipping wine and Dark & Stormies and nibbling yummy treats. You can even come in costume… if you dare. Please note that this is a 21+ event. Registration is required – Go to Ticket Website here. This year, the chilling authors are: Martha Brockenbrough, Christine Day, Robert Dugoni, Luciano Marano, Jon Mooallem, and Dylan Tomine
DIA DE LOS MUERTOS at the BAINBRIDGE ISLAND MUSEUM OF ART (BIMA) – BIMA’s annual Día de los Muertos celebration, brought to you by the greater Kitsap Community, features an ofrenda, art kits, music, and shared stories about the history and traditions of this festival, which originated in Mexico. Plus: Día de los Muertos art kits, free tastings of pan de muerto and Mexican hot chocolate (while supplies last), live music, looping films in auditorium. There’s a ton more going at BIMA as well, click here to learn more.
ISLANDWOOD – Enjoy the trails and get some mileage out of your Halloween costume at the same time! This family-friendly event will feature warm cookies, hot cider, and seasonal treats for you, a visit to the garden to learn the science of squash, storytelling next to a roaring bonfire at the Friendship Circle, a fall craft in the art studio, and a boneyard investigation with Dr. McDiggins! A special guest will be delivering a lecture about predators in the great hall. Naturalists will be on the trails to visit with you and share some spooky scientific facts about nocturnal wildlife. Sunday October 23rd. $5 If cost is a barrier to you or your family, please contact Christina Woolf at email@example.com for financial assistance. Ticket Website
If all of that wasn’t enough – HOMETOWN HALLOWEEN IN WINSLOW IS BACK!
Hometown Halloween presented by the Bainbridge Island Downtown Association, an all-ages Island tradition, continues this year on Monday, October 31st, from 4:00-6:00pm on Winslow Way in downtown Bainbridge. Winslow Way merchants join the festivities to pass out treats to masked superheroes, pirates, fairies, storybook characters, and more as they descend on downtown for Halloween fun. Winslow Way will be open for pedestrian traffic only from 3:00-7:00pm.
For more events throughout the month, visit BIDA’s event page at Events – Bainbridge Island Downtown Association (bainbridgedowntown.org)
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*Images and information provided and used with permission from the Bainbridge Island Downtown Association, Scrappy Art Lab, Suyematsu Farm, BIMPRD, and BIMA.
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