It was a dark and stormy night, and all through Gig Harbor, the people were stirring with indoor events and activities to keep them warm and entertained on the shorter and darker nights.
Yes it is true, during October, we can have a stormy night now and then. But isn’t it fun to bundle up and watch a good movie? Boy do we have a selection to offer you.
The Gig Harbor Film Festival falls during the perfect time of year, and the sixth annual event will return to the Uptown Galaxy Theater Oct. 18-20. This is real gem for our community because it brings together independent filmmakers and fans from all over. If you have never visited the festival, now is the time.
Also this month, Worldvision will host the premier of Girl Rising, a documentary film that features narration by about a dozen celebrities. It is a compelling film, and the exclusive screening will be at Galaxy Theater on Oct. 28.
On a slightly more creepy note, Paradise Theatre premiered Brahm Stoker’s “Dracula” Sept. 20, and it will run through Sunday. There is still time to catch a showing in the comfortable indoor theater located on Burnham Drive.
But don’t fear, the annual Paradise Theatre Haunted House will return in late October, and it’s guaranteed to send shivers down your spine.
Believe it or not, October also can be one of the most beautiful times of the year. A sunny, crisp fall day in the harbor is my favorite!
Luckily, outdoor activities loaded with family fun and games abound. The Patterson Pumpkin Patch rolled into town Oct. 1 with 12 varieties of pumpkins, including a pink pumpkin. All proceeds will benefit cancer research.
On the other side of town, join Rosedale Gardens as it hosts “The Great Pumpkin Hunt,” a mystery word scavenger hunt during which you are asked to find pumpkins hidden throughout the nursery, solve a puzzle and win prizes. It is free to participate and fun for the whole family.
For a spooky good time, visit Harbor WildWatch naturalists and “Pier Into the Night.” They will investigate marine life in Puget Sound from a night-time perspective as they place lights into the darkness and draw marine species into view that are seldom seen during the day. You can catch Harbor WildWatch at Jerisich Dock on Oct. 19 and Oct. 31.
My favorite event of fall is the giant pumpkin carving at the Uptown Gig Harbor Shopping Center. The wonderful smell of autumn fills the area, and the humongous pumpkins come to life before your eyes.
Last year, the artist carved a 1,250-pound pumpkin. This year’s carving will take place Oct. 28.
The sweetest of them all — the trick-or-treating events — will take place on Halloween at both Uptown and downtown locations. Uptown trick-or-treating will run from 4 to 6 p.m., and Trick or Treat on Harborview will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. The Rotary Club of Gig Harbor North will offer photos at the pavilion for a $5 donation, which will help the Food Backpacks for Kids program, and Gig Harbor Fire & Medic One will have an engine and an aid car on Harborview Drive for kids to see.
I’m also told there will be a “spooktacular” surprise in front of Skansie Brothers Park at 5 p.m.
Don’t fear: Even though the days are shorter and the nights longer, there is plenty to do and see in town.Karen Scott is the marketing director for the City of Gig Harbor. She can be reached by email at scottk@cityof gigharbor.net. For more information, visit www.gigharborguide.com.