5 Frightful and Spooky Places to Visit in Anchorage
The crisp fall air pinching your cheeks, the sound of kids laughing as they run door to door, haunted voices ringing from nearby buildings; this is Halloween. One of the most beloved days of the year for kids and adults alike, Halloween can be filled with fright or it can be more relaxed with just passing out candy. Even more, the beautiful city of Anchorage has a lot of fun activities that you can enjoy with your friends and family. There are unique activities such as a spooky train ride or taking the opportunity to see animals in a spooky, nocturnal setting. Whatever level of thrill you seek; you can find it here in Anchorage. Grab your hot chocolate and costume and get ready for 5 Frightful and Spooky Places to Visit in Anchorage.
If you are looking for a -true to its name- haunted house, look no further. The Fright Nite Manor has been around since 1985 and is Alaska’s longest-running haunted house. You will be scared with every corner you turn and object you touch. This haunted manor has 10,000 sq. ft. of thrilling frights like spooky clowns, creepy dolls, zombies, screams and much more! The Manor features video ghost enhancements so that you can capture a real live ghost experience. Try out the 3D edition of various rooms to maximize your scare!
The Fright Nite Manor haunted house is located just inside the Northway Mall and is open now through Halloween. It will take around twenty (20) minutes to navigate through the various components that make up this Fright Nite - assuming you can make it. The entrance fee is $15 so bring your friends for a spook and be prepared to scream!
2. Frightening 4K Race and Trick-or-Treat Street
Grab your costume and hit the street for Anchorage’s 8th annual Frightening 4k run. This is a great experience for the whole family. There will be a costume contest for both teams and individuals. The cost for individuals is just $35, and for teams consisting of at least three people is $30 per member. The race begins at 11:00 am and all activities are based on the 4th Avenue side of Captain Hook. The race will only include 1,100 racers, so be sure to sign up early here: https://skinnyraven.com/event/frightening-4k/
After getting a chance to run and see all the different and spooky costumes, head to the business district for Trick-or-Treat Street. The kids will love this, especially after a run! Trick-or-Treat Street starts promptly at noon, so even if you did not partake in the run you can still reap the benefits. Activities include cookie decorating, face painting, costume contests, hayrides and more!
3. Spooky Train on the Alaska Railroad
This is not your typical Halloween event, but it does not fall short of capturing the essence. Take your family on a 2.5-hour round trip adventure from Anchorage to Indian. The train will be ready to spook and satisfy all your Halloween needs. Some of the onboard Halloween amenities include balloon animals, a magician, a raffle, and more ghoulish fun!
You can book this spooky train online at https://www.alaskarailroad.com/ride-a-train/event-trains/kids-halloween-train or by calling The Alaska Railroad directly. The Halloween train offers two separate departure times on Saturday, October 26th, 2019. The first train departs promptly at 10:00 am and again at 3:00 pm. The cost for adults is $70 per person and $36 for ages 2-11. Infants ride in-lap for free. Don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy a unique Halloween experience.
4. Halloween at the Museum
The Anchorage Museum allows your child to enjoy fun and creative Halloween activities and still have time to trick-or-treat after dark. The museum has an evening filled with unique experiences like the discovery center, planetarium, and atrium. The museum highly encourages costumes! There will be music, cookies, and a special “witches brew” punch. From 3 pm to 6 pm you can make your way through the various sections of the museum. The treat station will be in the atrium where there will also be a toddler dance party. The colab will feature interactive activities such as Spooky Storytime. Another exciting part of the museum is the Planetarium where there will be a special shadow puppet show for ages 5 and under. Finally, the discovery center will take you through the spooks and thrills of Halloween with science.
Admission is free with membership or if you’re an Alaskan resident it is $15 per adult. Children ages 3-12 are $9 and 2 and younger are free. The Anchorage Museum is located at 625 C Street Anchorage, AK 99501. Whether you want to dance, create, or watch a show, the Museum has something for all ages.
Zoo Boo is ready to spook! On October 31st, from 4:00 to 8:00 pm visit the animals in their nocturnal setting. The zoo will feature spooky trail decorations, staff in costumes, and treat stations at various points throughout the grounds. Bring your costume but also dress warm! The zoo staff recommends carrying a flashlight to light your way or if it gets too scary!
Motorcoach shuttle will be providing services from the South High School parking lot. The last entry will be at 7:30 pm. For non-members, the price for an adult is $9 and $8 for members. Children ages 3-17 are $7.00 and 2 and under are free. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to see amazing animals in a spooky setting!
Halloween is a fun night to enjoy with friends and family. From trick-or-treating to haunted houses, spooky train rides, and creative indoor activities, this list is sure to please. If you are looking for something laid back or something that will scare you to the core, Anchorage offers various events and activities for all ages. Have fun filling your candy bags and practice safe trick-or-treating!