Weekend best bets: Halloween festivities, music and theater

Classically scary: For people who want something different on Halloween, the music director at Edmonds United Methodist Church will play the church’s mighty Visser-Rowland pipe organ for a free showing of “The Phantom of the Opera” on Friday night. He’ll play live, improvised music, just like in the time of silent films. Read all about it in our story here.

Spooky science: Visit a haunted lab at Edmonds Community College from noon to 6 p.m. on Friday. See explosive — yet safe — demonstrations and participate in hands-on activities such as 3D ghost printing and laser cutting goblins. There will also be candy launches and vortex smoke rings. Free and open to the public. All ages welcome. In Monroe Hall at the college, 6606 196th St. SW, Lynnwood.

Community Halloween: Many cities are offering Halloween celebrations.

  • Lake Stevens offers a community Halloween event from 5 to 8:30 p.m. at the Lake Stevens Boys and Girls Club. Kids will parade down Main Street beginning at 5 p.m. and then go trick-or-treating at local businesses.
  • The city of Mill Creek and Canyon Creek Church are hosting a “Trunk or Treat Halloween Haunt” from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Friday. The event features the City Hall parking lot full of cars with trunks decorated and filled with candy. Children age 12 and younger can go from car to car to collect candy. They need to bring a bag to carry their treats. It’s free, but people are asked to bring a nonperishable can of food to donate to the Mill Creek Food Bank.
  • Edmonds offers trick-or-treating in downtown, near the fountain from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday. There will be music and treats as well as costume contests. The nearby streets will be closed to vehicles.
  • Snohomish offers trick-or-treating at downtown businesses from 3 to 5 p.m. on Friday.
  • Langley on Whidbey Island offers a haunted house from 5 to 10 p.m. on Friday at WICA’s Zech Hall. Also on Friday, kids can trick-or-treat at businesses from 2:30 to 5 p.m. On Saturday, The South Whidbey High School Wind Ensemble will perform the haunted tunes of “Nosferatu,” a 1922 German horror film. Get more info here
  • Country Village in Bothell offers trick-or-treating at shops from 4 to 6 p.m. on Friday. The Village Bean will be offering Halloween photos all day long.

Music Hey Marseilles, a band founded at the University of Washington, brings its blend of rock, indie, folk, chamber and pop music to Edmonds Center for the Arts on Sunday. Get more info here.

Free concert: Peter Ali offers a free flute concert in honor of Native American Heritage Month at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Everett Public Library Auditorium, 2702 Hoyt Ave. Ali will play a variety of Native American flutes, as well as a Norwegian and an Egyptian flute. He will demonstrate music of these cultures, in particular the plains and woodland tribes of North America.

Local authors: Hear eight authors from Snohomish and Island counties talk about their craft at 2 p.m. on Sunday at Snohomish Library. The authors are Carole Estby Dagg, Lish McBride, Dorothy Read, Susan Schreyer, Isle Smit, Valerie Stein, Aarene Storms and Lisa Stowe. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

Art show: The Northwest Artists Holiday Show is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Edmonds Unitarian Universalist Church. More than 50 Northwest artists will show and sell their art. Admission is $3, which includes parking and childcare. Park at Chase Community School, 21603 84th Ave. W., Edmonds, and catch the shuttle. For more info, go here.

Not in Kansas: A premiere of a new version of “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: A New Musical” opens on Friday at Historic Everett Theatre. The show will run Thursdays through Sundays through Nov. 23. Get tickets here.

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