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October 23, 2014 at 6:30 AM

3 getaways for this weekend, from spooky Victoria to whiskery Portland

Are you haunted by the fact that you never get out of town? Are you feeling like a workaholic zombie? Here are three ideas to get you on the road this weekend:

1 Haunt Victoria for ghost season

Ghost Tour of Ross Bay Cemetery, 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26, $5; other events through Oct. 31, various prices and locations, Victoria, B.C.

Victoria's Parliament Building is said to be haunted. (photo by Barbara Kinney / Seattle Times files)

Victoria’s Parliament Building is said to be haunted. (photo by Barbara Kinney / Seattle Times files)

The Ghosts of Victoria Festival involves spooky activities throughout the B.C. capital, including the annual Ghost Tour of Ross Bay Cemetery, one of Canada’s oldest graveyards, plus ghost tours at the Maritime Museum of British Columbia, Ghost Bus tours, horse-drawn Ghost Trolley tours, the Galey Farms Festival of Fear, and pumpkin art on Oak Bay Avenue. Even the Parliament Buildings are haunted, they say, by the architect who designed them.

2 See amazing moustaches in Portland

Pioneer Courthouse Square procession, 4 p.m. Friday; competition, 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, Keller Auditorium, 222 S.W. Clay St., Portland; competitors’ registration, $40; spectators, $10.

Look for facial adornments like this in Portland this weekend. (photo by Ross Mantle/The Seattle Times, 2008)

Look for facial adornments like this in Portland this weekend. (photo by Ross Mantle/The Seattle Times, 2008)

Head to Portland for Saturday’s World Beard & Moustache Championships. From delicate Dali moustaches to beards in categories from “Musketeer” to “Amish,” this competition represents the full spectrum of beard and moustache art with 18 categories. The grand prize is an all-expense paid trip to the 2015 world championships in Austria.

3 Carve a pumpkin in the high Cascades

4-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24; 2-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 25-26; $6; Sleeping Lady Resort, 7375 Icicle Road, Leavenworth

(photo by Jim Bates/Seattle Times files)

(photo by Jim Bates/Seattle Times files)

For low-key family fun and a day trip to the mountains, head for pumpkin carving weekend at Sleeping Lady Resort, just outside Leavenworth. The resort’s O’Grady’s Pantry cafe offers pumpkins, carving tools, patterns, festive cookies and punch, all for $6 per person, plus offerings from the regular menu. And they say the best part is they do the clean up. (No more picking pumpkin guts off your kitchen floor.)

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