Did you run into poison ivy on your trip to the pumpkin patch? Are you really, really itching to get out of town? Here are some perfectly seasonal October diversions beyond Seattle:
If you’re in the spooky spirit, now’s the time to take a ride on the Halloween Ghost Train in Vancouver, B.C.’s Stanley Park. This year’s theme is “Monster Movie Mashup.” The park’s miniature train winds through the park as you meet ghoul friends such as Dracula, Wolfman, the Mummy and more. Rides happen nightly between 6 and 10 p.m., with added attractions in the plaza, or there are matinee rides Friday through Sunday between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. (train only). $5.50-$11.
Watch windsurfers and kite boarders while you sample the best Anjou pears, heirloom apples, local beers and more at the annual Hood River Valley Harvest Fest, on the Columbia River waterfront in Hood River, Ore. There will be music and other entertainment, arts and crafts, a kids zone, food court and more, Friday through Sunday.
Head for Port Townsend to see Key City Public Theatre‘s live production and Pacific Northwest premiere of “Zombie Town.” Publicity for the show describes it thusly: “ ‘Zombie Town’ blends the ‘mockumentary’ approach used in filmmaking with the live theater experience. Drama therapy begins and sarcasm abounds in this hilarious and hellacious satire of overly earnest theater troupes, documentary plays, and zombie madness.” 8 p.m. Friday (opening night), 2:30 Saturday or 7 p.m. Sunday (and other dates through Halloween), Key City Playhouse, 419 Washington St., Port Townsend; $18-$20.