At a Glance: October events

Meet candidates for office, sit and paint, and go trick-or-treating on Cole Street this month.


100th anniversary bridge caravan

The Friends of the Carbon Canyon community group is holding a public 100-year anniversary re-enactment of the 1921 dedication of the James R. O’Farrell Bridge this Saturday, Oct. 2 at 11 a.m.

The caravan will start at the Wilkeson Elementary School at 11, and cross the bridge toward the Carbon River Entrance at Mt. Rainier National Park for refreshments.

Sit n’ Paint

Arts Alive! on Cole Street is hosting a Sit n’ Paint event with Denise Clardy on Saturday, Oct. 2 from 1 to 3 p.m. The cost to attend is $40; the venue will provide all necessary supplies. For more information, call 360-802-6787.

Hometown Harvest Festival

The Matson Family Farm will host its annual Hometown Harvest Festival this Saturday, Oct. 2, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 46620 228th Ave SE, Enumclaw.

The outdoor event features a bake sale and activities for all ages, like doll making, lavender sachets, and crafts like corn brooms, pine cone bird feeders and autumn bouquets. Coffee, apple cider and other farm produce will be available.

The event is co-hosted by Hygge Lodge 188, Danish Sisterhood of America. It is free but donations to keep the festival going are highly appreciated.

BINGO in the big tent

The Enumclaw Chamber of Commerce is once again hosting one of its highly popular BINGO nights on Saturday, Oct. 2. Check-in for the event is at 3:30 p.m., and the first game begins at 4 p.m. Tickets are available online only at, and cost $95 per table (which sits up to six people); tickets include 24 BINGO cards, six daubers, a charcuterie board and six drink tickets. Beer, wine, and seltzers will also be available at the event. For more information, head to

Coffee with a cop

Join the Enumclaw Police Department at The Local coffee shop (1616 Cole St, Enumclaw) on Wednesday, Oct. 6 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Members of the community will get to chat with members of the department about the work they do and ask questions about law enforcement. The goal of the event is to break down barriers between police and the community and foster mutual understanding.

Courier-Herald candidate forum

Join candidates for Metropolitan King County Council District 9 Reagan Dunn and Kim-Khanh Van for an evening of civil discussion and debate on Oct. 6 at the Enumclaw Expo Center Fieldhouse.

Attendance is free, and seats will be available first-come, first-serve. The fieldhouse is located at 1456 Roosevelt Avenue.

Courier-Herald editor Ray Miller-Still will emcee the evening, and moderating the forum will be Federal Way Mirror Editorial Director Andy Hobbs. The candidates will answer questions from the Courier-Herald and the audience.

The event will also be available through a livestream on the Courier-Herald’s Facebook page. We may include questions from Facebook users during our questions from the audience period.

Witch’s Night Out

Dress up in your finest costumes on Saturday, Oct. 9, and come to downtown Enumclaw for a pub crawl complete with a costume contest, prize drawings, and a scavenger hunt. Registration will be open from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., location TBD. Tickets are available online at until Oct. 8; early bird prices are now up to $30, and day-of ticket prices will be $35. Tickets can also be bought at the event, if available, as the event typically sells out. For more information, head to

Decorative wire wrapped jewelry

Arts Alive! is hosting Twisted Wire Studios’ Charlain Jorgenson for a decorative wire-wrapped jewelry class on Sunday, Oct. 16 from 1 to 3 p.m. The class costs $60, and include all supplies. For more information, call 360-802-6787.

Enumclaw pumpkin carving contest

Join Enumclaw’s pumpkin carving contest this year, and your artistic creation could be displayed downtown for all to see over Halloween weekend.

The contest will accept pumpkins on Oct. 29 from 5 to 6 p.m., and there are five age groups for submission: 5 to 8 years old (decorate, paint or carve), 9 to 12 years old, 13 to 16 years old, 17 to 20 years old, and 21 and older.

The event is hosted by Enumclaw Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services. Finished pumpkins can be submitted at the big tent at the corner of Cole Street and Myrtle Avenue. For more information, call 360-825-3594.


A Halloween tradition returns to Enumclaw! Cole Street will be closed Sunday, Oct. 31 for trick-or-treaters from 4 to 6 p.m.


Harvest Market

The Enumclaw Farmer’s Market is shifting gears, and for the first time, will be hosting a Harvest Market every Thursday from 3 to 7 p.m. from Oct. 7 to Nov. 18 under the big tent on the corner of Cole St. and Myrtle Ave. For more information, head to


Maris Farms

Maris Farms’ Haunted Woods are returning to Buckley for another season of scares. This year, the Woods will be open Fridays and Saturdays (Oct. 1 – 2 from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., 8 – 9 from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., and 15 – 16, 22 – 23, and 29 – 30 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.) as well as Sundays (Oct. 10, 17, and 24 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.).

General admission tickets are $38 and Fast Pass tickets are $50; tickets can be purchased at

New this year are Haunt & Play tickets, which adds $15 to your ticket price in exchange for being able to arrive up to four hours earlier before your Haunted Woods time and participate in all farm play activities (which includes the corn maze, the Hot Seat Escape Room, and the mechanical bull).

The Fright Factory

Rated Washington’s best haunted house in 2016 and 2017, The Fright Factory is ready to churn out some more horror this Halloween season. This year, the Factory is open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from Oct. 1 – 31. Operating hours vary; head to for more info.

Tickets are $15 for general admission, or $25 for a fast pass.

As always, the Factory is a cash-only venue, and you can receive $1 off by donating canned food at the door.

For additional discounts and specials, head to the Facebook page at

Close to 125 Enumclaw residents showed up to the Sept. 11 Beautify Enumclaw event to make their city a prettier place to live. Myriad projects were tackled around town, including painting the gazebo at McFarland Park and tearing down the fencing from the defunct community garden near the local library. Photo courtesy Beautify Enumclaw