October events in the Upper Valley

From spooky to silly to just plain fun, October events in the Upper Valley are designed to entertain all ages.

Concrete Ghost Walk (every Saturday in October)

Now in its 12th year, the Concrete Ghost Walk returns to share stories and legends of Concrete’s colorful past. The tours take place every Saturday night—Oct. 7, 14, 21, and 28—beginning at the historic and haunted Concrete Theatre, in Concrete Town Center at 6 p.m.

Ticket prices are $10 each and available online: www.concrete-wa.com. Tickets will not be sold at the door.

Participants will learn about the characters and events that have shaped this spirited community, hear from local residents (living and otherwise), and enjoy a tour along the haunts and landmarks.

Walkers should come prepared for the October weather, wear sturdy shoes, and bring a flashlight and umbrella if desired. The tour requires a 45-minute walk, including dark alleys, where participants will hear stories and tall tales, all “based on actual events!”

The Ghost Walk is limited to those over the age of 16; minors need to be accompanied by an adult. Please note: this is not a “haunted house,” instead, it requires walking, standing, listening quietly. Plan accordingly when including younger people, and please leave babies and pets at home.

The Concrete Ghost Walk is a collaborative effort produced by the Concrete Chamber of Commerce, Concrete Heritage Museum, Concrete Herald, and Concrete Theatre, with dozens of community volunteers supporting and assisting.

Space is limited, and only those with confirmed reservations will be lucky enough to participate.
For more details, contact Concrete Ghost Walk leader Valerie Stafford at chamber@concrete-wa.com, or text 360.466.8754.

Concrete Saturday Harvest Market (Oct. 7)

Community members and visitors are invited to a special Concrete Saturday Harvest Market on Oct. 7 at the Concrete Community Center, 45821 Railroad St., from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Scheduled activities include live music by Gretchen Hewitt from 11 a.m.. to 1 p.m., story times with Carrie from the Upper Skagit Library at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., a bake sale to benefit the Concrete Food Bank, and a Home Harvest food swap from 3 to 4 p.m.

Shoppers will find apples, pears, squash, pumpkins, garlic, and other fall produce. Soaps, lotions, photography, wood products, knitted/crocheted items, fabric art, and jewelry will be offered by crafters and artisans. You’ll see new products like local, organically grown apples, handmade musical instruments, herbal salves, metal art, and tie-dyed clothing, as well as current favorite items.

Watch for more information on Concrete Saturday Market’s Facebook page. New vendors are invited to participate. For more information, e-mail concretesaturdaymarket1@gmail.com.

Sauk State Asylum (Oct. 13–14, 27–28)

This is the truly scary one, a haunted house in an abandoned warehouse at 44872 SR 20 near Concrete, just west across the field from the Grasmere Fire Station.

The $7 admission fee will support the Concrete High School class of 2018 and Skagit County Fire District 10.

A preview will be offered on Fri., Oct. 13 from 8 p.m. to midnight. Regular showings are Oct. 14, 27, and 28, from 8 p.m. to midnight.

Spirits that live in the museum (Oct. 13–14)

The Sedro-Woolley Museum (727 Murdock) welcomes back actor and paranormal investigator Chad Lindberg, who will revisit the spirits that call the museum home. The event will be held on Oct. 13 and 14, with two tours each night:

Oct. 13: 5 to 7 p.m. and 7:30 to 9 p.m.
Oct. 14: 5 to 7 p.m. and 7:30 to 9 p.m.

Each event is limited to 25 people. Admission is $10 per person. Depending on the response, there may be an encore on Sun., Oct. 15.
Reservations are encouraged; spots fill up fast. For more information and to make reservations, call 360.855.2390.

Kids Halloween Bash (Oct. 27)

In Marblemount, Citipoint North Cascade Church has planned a Kids Halloween Bash for Oct. 27, from 5 to 9 p.m. at the church, 59850 SR 20.

Kids are encouraged to wear their costumes for the party, which will include games, candy, activities, and more.

Trunk or Treat (Oct. 31)

Parents looking for a low-key event for their littles will welcome Trunk or Treat. Held at Bear Square in Concrete Town Center, this perennial favorite places all the candy in the trunks of parked cars, with their owners standing by to greet your little goblins. Show up between 4 and 5 p.m. for a safe, fun environment with candy as the payoff.

Concrete Lions Club Halloween Party (Oct. 31)

The fun returns to the Concrete Elementary School gym on Halloween night, Tue., Oct. 31, from 5 to 7 p.m. Kids are encouraged to wear their costumes and show up for games, candy, and hot dogs.

Lions Club members welcome anyone who’d like to help set up from 4 to 5 p.m.

Sedro-Woolley Halloween Kiddies Parade (Oct. 31)

Put on their costumes and get your kids to downtown Sedro-Woolley before 4 p.m., because that’s when the Halloween Kiddies Parade begins.


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