PUBLISHED: 4:23 PM on Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Ketchikan kicks-off Halloween
Ketchikan kicked off its annual Halloween festivities a few days early. Ketchikan's First Halloween Ghost Town Party was Friday, Oct. 26, and the first stop was Ketchikan Visitor Bureau. It was transformed into Pirates of the KVB'ean for the first 500 participants to pick up their free treat bag and scavenger hunt maps to lead to the seven locations around town for stamps and activities.

Events coordinator Leslie Swada organized the Haunted Ghost town and Southeast Alaska Discovery Center Haunted Rainforest became a temporary home to Sasquatch, a devil fish and the spirits of departed miners, loggers and fisherman. New this year was the dragon fairies flitting around the Ecosystems Room created by a local Brownie troop and The Wicked Witch of Southeast Alaska whom everyone dared to get their stamps from. The Ketchikan Public Library read aloud spooky stories and the first 100 families received Maurice Sendak's pop up book "I Want My Mummy." Quoted by library staff, "The event exceeded our expectations."

"There were not enough pumpkins, they went through 130 mini pumpkins within the first fifty minutes of the night and it was nice seeing all the tons of people, it also gave new faces a chance to see the gallery,"said Ann Froechle, program director.

Photo by Elzabeth Flom
  The Ghostly Miner of Southeast Alaska was among many suprises at Ketchikan's Fist Halloween Ghost Town Party, Friday, Oct. 26.
Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council offered ghouls and goblins free miniature pumpkins to decorate.

Next stop was the Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show which was set up as a Graveyard in its gift shop and chocolate bars The Motherlode were being distributed. The Salmon Landing Market was another great stop where businesses and organizations offered booths, games, treats and live music. The booths were set up on both levels and went very smoothly.

"There were lots of kids and it was a nice flow all evening and everyone looked great," said to Sherri from DockSide Gallery & Bead and Yarn Shop.

"It was a lot of fun everyone commented on how appropriate The Zombie Football team looked for our Football game booth," said Blaine Ashcraft, executive director of Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce.

Last stop for the not so weak was the U.S. Coast Guard base participating in the events with a Haunted Insane Asylum located in Ketchi-Traz this was co-sponsored by the Ketchikan Fire Department there was a small fee for this event with a discount for people who donated a canned food item. This event was meant to scare its visitors and all involved did a spooktacular job at showing what life is all about at Ketchi-traz Insane Asylum. Overall the night was a howling success and for the participants with at least six stamps they were entered into a drawing for a prize at the end of the night.