Treats and spooky events by non-profit organizations


By Mary Beth Harrington, CVA

Charity please? The thing is, what can you believe October is almost over? ! It is the fastest month this year. The fun, of course, is that Halloween is next Monday, so this week’s column is full of fun things to do with your favorite guy and ghoul friends.

Halloween Events – Participate at your own risk!

  • CarnEVIL is a Halloween Festival of Fear featuring Steampunk Horror, Creatures of the Night and exciting performers like stilt walkers and fire troop dancers. (We were there last year, and I assure you it’s an event not to be missed!) There are different artists every night, as well as a variety of food trucks, fear zones and a house of the horror ! If you’d rather scare than be scared, volunteers are still needed for this event. CarnEVIL is an annual fundraiser for Our Ark, a non-profit organization whose mission is to break the cycle of homelessness. For more details, click here.
  • Hope Village is co-hosting Coffee & Costume with a Cop with Lacey PD at Starbucks at College and Pacific on Friday, October 28. For more information contact
  • Get your costumes ready for a 5k to benefit All Kids Win on Saturday, October 29. According to their website, this is the best kind of 5k because you can participate in person, or you can participate virtually and race anywhere in the world, on your own time. All ages, families and even your four-legged family members are welcome to participate. All Kid’s Win is a 501c3 nonprofit committed to ending homelessness by giving teens the help they need so they can focus on school, graduate, and become active citizens. . For more details, click here.
  • Enjoy Halloween games, treats, and an All Saints’ Day memorial service at St. Benedict’s Episcopal Church on Monday, October 31. All are welcome! For more details, click here.
  • Join organist Nathan Jensen on Monday, October 31, as John’s Episcopal Church presents ‘spooky’ organ music at their annual open house. The event also includes a screening of the classic 1925 silent film, “Phantom of the Opera,” starring Lon Chaney. Jensen will accompany the film with improvised organ music. For more details, click here.
  • Save your candy and enjoy a grown-up Halloween on Monday, October 31. Join acclaimed local author Jim Lynch (The Highest Side, Border Songs) as he shares a (scary!) new short story, followed by the one-man show Edgar Allan Poe – The Poet’s Journey. Adapted by local playwright Bryan Willis and starring Bradford Farwell (Indecent, representing Seattle), the life, obsessions and genius of Mr. Poe come to life through Harlequin Productions. For more diabolical details, click here.

For more fantastic, even spooky fun, check out these calendar events from The Jolt

  • Join Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS), South Sound Reading Foundation and other organizations for our 3rd Annual Trick-or-Read Drive-Thru. This is a completely free event and you do not need to be part of the BBBS program. Young people will receive a book, sweets and other treats. Dress up in your costume and take pictures with our spooky setup! For more information, head to The Jolt timeline,6949
  • Dress up in your favorite costumes and bring your little ghosts, dinosaurs, superheroes and princesses to the Boo Bash at Hands On Children’s Museum. For more details, visit The Jolt schedule,7521

Life is a cabaret old friend

  • The Olympia Musical Theater (OMT) will host an open mic cabaret on Saturday, October 29. According to Sue Rudisill, a member of the organisation’s board of directors, “this is a chance for singers who want to perform show songs (soloists, duets, small groups) to show off their stage skills. OMT will provide the accompanist and location; you provide the vocals. Attendees are asked to bring sheet music in their key, and each cabaret must include at least one ensemble production number to sing from a favorite musical. location and more information, click here.

Volunteer Events – Costume Optional

  • The Thurston and Mason Counties Crisis Clinic needs volunteers, according to Noelle Gichohi, program manager for the organization. “The clinic, which provides a telephone resource for people in crisis, currently has 20 volunteers,” Gichohi said, “but we hope to return to pre-pandemic levels when we had 60 volunteers.” Although the organization offers a number of volunteer opportunities, it primarily needs individuals to be a resource when a call comes in. Volunteers man the phones for four-hour shifts throughout the day, although there is a night shift that runs from midnight to 8 a.m. am For more information and to complete an interest request, click here.
  • Hope Village in Olympia is looking for volunteers to help renovate their tiny homes. According to Samantha Rose Curtis, their new coordinator, “We are a small community of 8 people and when a guest moves out, we like to clean up and paint for the new guest that comes along. I have a small vacant house that will soon be occupied and it needs to be painted! Hope Village will provide the paint, brushes, tarps and two helping hands to get the job done. Hope Village is a program of Westminster Presbyterian Church whose mission is to welcome all people to worship the living God through Christ, as together we learn to love and care for one another. , to grow in faith and to promote social justice. If interested, contact
  • It’s not too early to start planning your volunteering this summer (really, it’ll be here before we know it!) Thurston County Relay For Life is hosting a volunteer interest meeting on October 27th. available now thanks to our event next summer. Whether you have the occasional hour now or know you will have time next year, there are volunteer opportunities to suit everyone’s availability. For more details, click here.

Solicit your ideas

If you know of a nonprofit that’s doing something great, celebrating a success, needs amazing volunteers, or hosting an event, let me know! This column (aside from a little education) celebrates nonprofits!

Mary Beth Harrington, CVA (Certified Volunteer Administrator) lives in Tumwater. She travels the country speaking at conferences and for individual organizations articulating issues facing nonprofits. Send your ideas to


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