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Virtual Zombie Run Oct. 16–31. Register at or by calling 253-967-6420. Cost: $15 for the 5K and $5 for the 1K. Run your own route and share your run experience and completion on the event with the hashtag #JBLMraces. Participants receive a medal, shirt, glow-in-the-dark bracelet and bib. Every participant who submits a photo wearing costumes will be entered into a drawing to receive prizes.

Those who registered by Sept. 29 will get a race shirt by packet pick-up, Oct. 15,  11 a.m. –6 p.m. at Warrior Zone. All participants will get a T-shirt. Packets can also be mailed for an additional postage fee, call 253-967-6420 to make arrangements.

Haunted Crooked Road Oct. 22–23 at Lewis Main. Be prepared to have frightful, delightful fun as you cruise through scary scenarios just outside the safety of your vehicle.

Friday, Oct. 22 (7–10 p.m.) and Saturday, Oct. 23 (6:30–10 p.m.) are the scariest versions and cost $15 per vehicle. The price includes a goody bag while supplies last.

Saturday, Oct. 23, 1–4 p.m. is a not-as-scary version suited for families with younger children. Each vehicle will get a goody bag at the end while supplies last. The cost is $10 per vehicle.

Click here for a map and directions to the event near the Scouts Out Gate. Cash and credit cards are accepted at the entrance. Purchase your tickets in advance at Leisure Travel Services and save! Scary: $13 per vehicle, Not-so-scary: $9 per vehicle.

Smith Rock, Oregon Halloween Getaway Oct 28, 8 a.m. – Oct 31, 9 p.m. $229
Smith Rock State Park in Oregon reigns as a premier climbing and hiking destination in the world. Join us for our annual Halloween getaway where we’ll camp in the beautiful arid grasslands near the site. Days consist of hiking opportunities and guided group climbing instruction throughout multiple scenic destinations within the park. The Deschutes River frames the canyon and reflects the sunset of the spectacular volcanic stone. 
Participant restrictions: 16+ with supervision, comfort tent camping, multi-day outdoor comfort in a wide temperature range.



Halloween mask-decorating contest at Oct. 1–27. All you need to do is post a photo of your best home-decorated mask on our event. Arts & Crafts Center staff will judge the masks by originality and choose the first-, second, and third-place winners Thursday, Oct. 28. Winners will be notified to pick up their prizes: $50 in MWR bucks for first place, $25 in MWR bucks for second place and $10 in MWR bucks for third place.

JBLM Libraries’ Howl-o-ween Pet Costume Contest starting Friday, Oct. 1. Show off your fur-kids, both dogs and cats, in their funniest and best Halloween outfits! Post a photo on our Facebook announcement. One costume winner for dogs and one for cats will be chosen and announced Friday, Oct. 29. Winners can pick up their dog or cat prize basket filled with pet goodies (treats, toys, shampoo, brush, soft blanket and more) at Book Patch Children’s Library.

Pumpkin-Carving Contest Oct. 4–25. Email a photo of your creatively carved Halloween pumpkin to us at with “Pumpkin-Carving Contest” in the subject line. We’ll choose one winner per week who will receive a $100 Exchange gift card and post the weekly winner photo on on Tuesdays, Oct. 12, 19 and 26.

Literary Pumpkin Patch Decorating Contest at Book Patch Children’s Library and McChord Library. Pick up your free pumpkin at either library Oct. 9–22 while supplies last. Due to spoilage, pumpkins shouldn’t be carved!

Decorate your pumpkin to represent a literary character from a children’s book (for example, Skippyjon Jones or Peppa Pig). Various media may be used, such as paint, markers, colored paper, felt, glue and glitter.

Submit your entry during regular business hours the week of Oct. 18–23 with the title of the book and character your pumpkin depicts. If we have the book, we’ll place the book next to the pumpkin on display.

After we select the winners, we’ll announce them at Friday, Oct. 29 at 4 p.m. One winner in each age category will be announced; each winner receives a $25 gift card. Age categories are adults ages 18 and older, teens ages 13–17, kids ages 6–12 and toddlers ages 5 and younger.

Halloween Costume Contest Oct. 22–Nov. 2. Email a photo of your Halloween costumers to us at with “Halloween Costume Contest” in the subject line. Photos will be judged by the Scariest, Most Creative and Best Family Costumes. We’ll choose a first- and second-place winner for each of the three categories. First place receives a $100 Exchange gift card; second place wins a $50 Exchange gift card. Winning photos will be posted on Thursday, Nov. 4.

Fantober-themed weekly events with special activities at your JBLM libraries! Here’s what we’re offering:

Oct. 1–9 is a ‘90s theme that includes ‘90s movie day Friday, Oct. 1 at Grandstaff Library (“Hocus Pocus at 4 p.m.) and Saturday, Oct. 2 at McChord Library (“Honey, I Shrunk the Kids” at 12:30 p.m. and “Casper” at 2:30).

Oct. 11–16 during Pokémon week, drop by Book Patch Children’s Library or McChord Library to guess what Pokémon character silhouette is being displayed and get a participation prize!

Oct. 18–23 is Star Wars week! Create a homemade droid using household items and show us a photo by bringing it in or posting it at to get a prize.

Oct. 25–30, celebrate Halloween by heading to Book Patch Children’s Library or McChord Library to trick-or-treat at the circulation desk. We’d love to see you in your Halloween costume!

Thursday, Oct. 28, join McChord Library at a special trick-or-treat storytime at 11 a.m. with fun Halloween tales and festive crafts. Feel free to wear your Halloween costumes! Be sure to register for this special storytime here.


JBLM Trick-or-Treating Info:

Ready for a spooktacular Halloween? JBLM will host trick or treating with COVID-19 precautions from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31.

Please stay safe and abide by the following guidelines:

  • Parents, please accompany young children and use caution crossing roadways.
  • Barracks and dorms are not authorized trick or treating locations.
  • Trick or treating is authorized with social distancing precautions.
  • Only visit homes where the residents are known and outside lights are on as a welcome.
  • Children can carry flashlights or glow sticks to be easily seen.
  • Residents should secure pets and remove items from the porch and front yard to prevent tripping hazards.
  • Only trick or treat outdoors.
  • Limit to small groups within the same household.
  • Maintain six feet of separation.
  • Cloth face coverings should be worn by those giving and taking candy.
  • Wear a cloth face covering and/or a mask that has one built-in.
  • Avoid carnivals, live entertainment, haunted house attractions and large gatherings.
  • Limit handling of candy by multiple individuals and use gloves to distribute (individual bags or cups, set up a table, distribute with tongs or grabbers.)
  • No communal treat bowls.
  • No home-baked goods – prepackaged candy only
  • Wash and sanitize hands frequently while trick or treating.
  • If you are sick – stay home and do not participate in any way!

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