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Central Whidbey barn opens for Halloween frights By RON NEWBERRY Staff reporter
When Dale Sherman slides open the door of a rustic old barn, a musty scent immediately fills the nostrils. It’s a creepy old place, for sure, with dusty cobwebs galore, hooks and ropes that dangle from the rafters and a large hole in the floor covered by loose boards. All things considered, it is the ideal site for the “Haunted Barn” attraction that is part of “The Haunting of Coupeville” this month. Sherman’s Pioneer Farm on Ebey Road has been home to pumpkin patches, trolley rides and other kids’ activities for years. But this is the first time that the historic Terry Barn on the property is being converted into a “Haunted Barn.” And it was clear from a quick tour of the 19th century structure that few props will be required to elicit a scare. The original portion of the barn dates back to 1855, according to Sherman. It was once owned by Charles
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Central Whidbey squash farmer Dale Sherman is converting a 19th century barn on his property to be used as a ‘Haunted Barn.’ He’s getting help from his family and the Coupeville High tennis team. ‘I’m going to pretend that I have something to do,’ he said. Terry, who passed the farm down to his son-in-law Ben Tufts, who built on to the structure. Tufts sold the farm in
1956 to Edwin Sherman, Dale’s father, who started a successful Hubbard squash business and used the barn for storing squash.
That practice mostly ended on the family farm in the 1990s when two more modern barns were built specifically designed
to store squash, relegating the historic barn to general storage of farming equipment and packing materials.
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Until now. The Coupeville High School tennis team has stepped up to lead the Haunted Barn project, with help from the Sherman family and others in the community. There will be a scarier Haunted Barn for adults and older teens held from 6-10 p.m. on Oct. 23, 24, 30 and 31. Admission is $10. A family-friendly version will take place from 3-6 p.m. Oct. 25, 26, 27, 28 and 29. Tickets are $5 with children under 12 admitted for free. Dale Sherman wasn’t sure if he’d be part of the frightening cast. “I hope not. I probably will be,” he said. “I’m sure that daughter Shannon and wife Liz will get me in there somehow, but I hope not. I’m going to pretend that I have something to do.” Also, this Friday and Saturday night only, Oct. 23-24, Fort Casey State Park is hosting the “Haunted Fort” from 6:30-10:30 p.m. The event starts at the Admiralty Head Lighthouse. Admission is $7 per person or $25 per family.
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Ready Readers: Baby & Me Storytime, 9:30 a.m., Oct. 21, at the Oak Harbor Library meeting room. Wiggle and giggle with your toddler while listening to silly stories, rhymes and happy songs and participating in activities that inspire a love of reading. Playtime will follow. For children ages newborn through 24 months with a caregiver. 360-675-5115. Mother Mentors volunteer training, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Oct. 21, at the Oak Harbor Presbyterian Church. Volunteer a couple of hours a week to help a young family by playing with kids or helping with chores, or volunteer with the play-andlearn program, Playscape, on Fridays. www.mother
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How to Start a Business, 1 p.m., Oct. 22, at the Oak Harbor Library meeting room. Learn to write a business plan and discover library tools to help you save money. Pre-registration required. Call the library at 360-6755115 or visit sno-isle.org Ready Readers: Preschool Storytime, 9:30 a.m., Oct. 22, at the Oak Harbor Library meeting room. Let imaginations run wild with fun books, sing-along songs and creative activities that prepare young minds for reading. Playtime or crafting may follow. For children ages three to five years with a caregiver. 360-675-5115.
Tween STEAM Club: Physics, 4 p.m., Oct. 22, at the Coupeville Library. Accelerate learning and launch creativity with a mixture of physics experiments. During this session, we will discuss the scientific method and explore some of the basic laws of physics with hands-on activities. For children ages nine to 13. Pre-registration required. Come by the library or call 360-678-4911.
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Día de los Muertos for Teens & Tweens, noon, Oct. 23, at the Coupeville Library. Decorate ceramic “sugar” skulls in celebration of the Mexican holiday, Día de los Muertos. Snacks will be provided. Contact Lindsey Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 360-678-4911 for more
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Fort Casey’s Haunted Fort, Oct. 23-24. Children’s games, food vendors, haunted battery. $7 for adults or $25 for family of 4. Haunted Corn Maze, 5-8 p.m., Oct. 23-24, at Engle Family Farm. Entrance at Ebey Bowl. $10 per person. Bring a flashlight. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
Coupeville Garden Club Fall Bulb Sale, 2-6 p.m., Oct. 24, at the Coupeville Rec Hall. Buy specialty bulbs from John Scheepers (daffodils, tulips, allium, narcissus and muscari) and unusual peony tubers and plants. All bulbs and plants will be sold below retail catalogue prices. Come early for the best selection. All proceeds from the sale will support beautification and educational projects in Coupeville. Pumpkin Painting, 12-2 p.m., Oct. 24, at the Pacific Northwest Art School. Bring your own
pumpkin to decorate. School will provide art supplies and refreshments. Halloween Torchlight Parade, 5 p.m., Oct. 24, in downtown Coupeville. Costume judging 4:45 p.m. at Cooks Corner Park. Fall Festival, 5:458 p.m., at Coupeville Elementary School. Games and activities for children. Fiber Day With the Whidbey Weavers Guild: Learn Beginning Knitting, 10 a.m., Oct. 24, at the Oak Harbor Library meeting room. Weaving and spinning will be demonstrated at this fiber arts workshop. Classes in beginning knitting, Kumihimo braiding, beginning embroidery and basketry will be offered. Each student may register to learn two skills. Each class
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