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Tips for Halloween in Alaska

One must be truly dedicated to trick or treat in Alaska. This is one holiday where Alaskan kids have it a little harder than tots in warmer climates! By Oct. 31, temperatures often have already dipped below freezing and it’s not uncommon for snow to be on the ground. Every Halloween, countless would-be princesses and Spidermen are forced to don snowsuits and coats over (or under, if they’re really stubborn) elaborate costumes, and little hands fumble to carry baskets of candy in gloves and mittens. It isn’t long before noses become frosted and the delegations of candy beggars have no choice but to turn inside (not before they locate the house handing out the king-size candy bars, of course). Luckily, there are several fun ways to combat this chilly Halloween roadblock if you plan to be trick-or-treating in Alaska.

Get creative with your costume

Your Tinker Bell outfit is not going to come across effectively under layers of long johns and snow pants. If you know you’ll be spending time outside on Halloween, we suggest taking a page from this list of cold-weather costumes. A few of our favorites from this roundup are Totoro the garden gnome and the ever-classic mummy. All of these allow for ample body coverage, especially the mummy, so you and yours can get your creep on while staying toasty warm!

Take it indoors

Trick-or-treating in Alaska is not restricted to the streets. One of the best family-friendly Halloween events is Trick or Treat Town – a safe, indoor trick-or-treating experience that helps support the Boys & Girls Club. This year, the event transforms a warehouse into a Halloween wonderland with businesses across town hosting candy stations for the more than 10,000 participants. In its 23rdyear, Trick or Treat Town is the perfect place to show off your costume and load up on candy without freezing your Superman cape off.

Why are you still trick-or-treating?

If you’re an adult with no children this Halloween, you probably have no business trick-or-treating. (Seriously, go buy your own candy!) Still, there are plenty of totally fun ways to celebrate this holiday without sending your blood sugar through the roof. Back due to popular demand, the Alaska Railroad will offer the Alyeska Halloween Train on Saturday, Nov. 1. The package includes a roundtrip ride on the Alaska Railroad to the popular ski town of Girdwood, complete with an onboard spooky dance party.

Whatever type of night you’re feeling, Alaskans have plenty of tricks to beat the cold and make sure you have a Halloween for the books!

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