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Late-August - Fairbanks Halloween

September is coming and so is the autumn and Halloween season. Big updates are posted below. Where's the shopping? Where and what are their events? Which bars are having events? Email me at


  • JoAnn Fabric - Halloween stuff is out!

  • Michaels - Harvest stuff is out. Halloween is slowly coming out!

  • Fred Meyer - Halloween is getting set up.

  • Safeway - Halloween stuff is out! Seasonal section, pumpkin spice stuff, spooky cereals.

  • Walmart - Halloween stuff is out.

  • Co-Op Market - Not yet, though you can find great local harvest produce.

  • Spirit Halloween - Opening at the beginning of September.

  • Value Village - Not yet, probably early September.

  • Home Depot - Slowly getting Halloween stuff.

  • Lowes - Halloween stuff is out.


  • Corn Maze at Arctic Harvest Distillery. Starts August 13, runs Thursday-Saturday (until snow flies), 4-9pm. Cost is $5/person and kids under 2 are free. Website

  • First Friday, September. September 3. First Friday is a local art walk that happens on each First Friday, starting around 5pm. FB Group & Daily News-Miner's Latitude 65 for listings.

  • Boreal Bigfoot Expo. September 4. 10am - 5pm. General Admission $25. All about bigfoot and other Alaskan cryptids. Guest speakers, vendors, displays, etc. Centennial Center @ Pioneer Park. Website

  • Autumn Equinox Walk - September 18. Creamer's Field. 1PM. Website

  • Escape Room AK. This is a year-round thing. Solving a mystery seems kind of spooky/closely related to me. Right now they have two going on: Arctic Asylum and Operation Blackout. Make reservations online. Website

  • First Friday, October. October 1. First Friday is a local art walk that happens on each First Friday, starting around 5pm. FB Group & Daily News-Miner's Latitude 65 for listings.

  • Fall Festival - Tanana Valley Fair Grounds - October 2. Noon to 4pm. $5 per person, $12 Per single family. Pick & purchase your favorite pumpkin! Food Trucks • Music • Hay Rides • Looking Zoo • Games • Movie • Story Time and more! FB Event

  • Vintage Faire - Oct 2nd (10a-5p) and Oct 3rd (11a-5p), Shoppers Forum Mall. Come and join us for a fun filled day of shopping for vintage to new items. Furniture to little knickknacks and everything in between can be found here. FB Event (not a Halloween event, but something to do)

  • 3rd Annual Haunted House - Tanana Valley Fair Grounds - Badger Hall. October. $5 entry, cash only. Confirmed, but waiting for event listing. Time TBD.

  • Creepy Critters - October 30. Creamer's Field. 1pm-3pm. Website

  • 38th Annual Halloween Family Run - October 30. 10am. UAF Patty Center. 2 miles or 10K. Costumed runners get a head start. Arrive early for the costume contest at 9:45am inside the Patty Center. Website

  • Rocky Horror Picture Show - TBA

  • Full Moon Run - October 31. 5:45pm. Run by the light of the moon! 4 mile fun run. Website

Bar Scene

These places usually have Halloween events, but nothing is posted yet.

  • Red Fox - TBA

  • Ivory Jacks - TBA

  • Boatel - TBA

  • Big I - TBA

  • Crow Bar - TBA

Let me know about other stuff going on locally!

I'd love to know what you would LOVE to see in Fairbanks around Harvest and Halloween (September, October, and early-November). Who has an idea? I'd love to hear about it! Post in the comments.

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Jessie Desmond
Jessie Desmond
Aug 25, 2021

I have 3 ideas.

Local showing of horror films by specific theme or director, like "Stephen King" or "John Carpenter" or "Haunted House" or "80s Slasher" or something like that. I guess we would need a venue for something like this.

Spooky murder mystery with limited tickets, dinner, drinks, and of course...a murder mystery to solve. People come dressed as their character.

Harvest Baking Competition. Categories can be fairly simple like Yeasted Bread, Quick Bread, Cake, Pie, Savory, and Totally Alaskan (challenge to come up with Alaskan cuisine). It would be a great time for it with everyone harvesting from their gardens, foraging for wild edibles, and wanting to make stuff.

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