Halloween Hot Stuff

Spooky time fun for all
Town goes all out for Halloween

For Skagway, Halloween is the first time to socialize and reconnect with friends after the season. Everyone’s caught up on their sleep, had quiet time, and now was the time to socialize.

With the big selection of things to do over a six-day period, from the Harvest Fair to Fright Night at the Haven Cafe to the Paranormal Conference at the A.B. Hall, there were activities guaranteed to bring everyone out.
The Haven Cafe was packed when Master of Ceremonies Andrew Cremata threw the floor open to scary storytellers. One about the ebola virus was enacted by his wife, Angie, who dragged herself across the big picture window outside, all the while dumping what looked like a combination of elbow macaroni and beet juice on the window. The buffet table offered Steve Collins’ head on a platter thanks to a hole in the table.
Next night was the Eagles Halloween Dance that has become something of a costume marathon with people outdoing themselves year after year, leaving bar manager Tammy Cochran to lament that the bar and the costumes are getting too big for the space.
The Convention and Visitors Bureau hosted a witch this year all the way from the East Coast for its Paranormal Conference. But Rosemary Kooiman was a pretty benign witch.

Halloween has become the second, most lucrative holiday for businesses in the United States and Canada, she said – second only to Christmas.
You could even say she was a good witch, giving warnings to people trying to harm others. It’s called the Rule of Three – whatever you do to another person, whether good or evil, will come back to you three-fold.
“So, who would want to do evil?” she said.
Witches believe when a witch dies, she said, they go to “Summerland,” and there they wait until it’s time for them to come back as a human baby. She doesn’t believe you come back as an animal

Fifty percent of the people in her group in Washington, D.C. work for the federal government, she said. They’ve been sending energy to the capital now because the city needs healing and to New York City too. “And some to the Middle East,” she said.
She does not believe in Satan or the devil, she said.
“If we have good, we have evil,” she said simply. “My religion makes us responsible for our actions.”
Halloween night itself saw the reincarnation of the Eagles Haunted House. Starting at the McCabe parking lot, in the shadow of a darkened City Hall, an estimated 150 people took the trip through the woods, across the stream to the Eagles, where they went through a horror-filled maze in the main room.
Days later spooks were recognized on the street by local kids. But if you asked them if they were scared, the said not. Well, wait til next year.–DL

From Top: Fred and Wilma Flintstone and the Rubbles take top prize at the Eagles Halloween bash; Bonnie Blanchard, 6, bites the donut at the Harvest Fair at the Presbyterian Church; Aliens, Reba Radey and Vanessa Flynn, operate on Trish Radey at the Eagles Haunted House Halloween night; A pinata is broken at the Halloween Carnival at the Rec. Center; and Polly Brown skates across the old school gym at a Halloween party.

Photos by Jeff Brady, Dimitra Lavrakas, and Stan Bush