Story last updated at 1:32 PM on Thursday, October 27, 2005

Homer’s Best Bets




Those Homer kids! You think the little rascals these days are mischievous? They’ve got nothing on their elders, who in times past — way, way past — engaged in the sport of outhouse tipping. As Brant Edens tells it, back in the day when Homer was no more than a handful of houses on Main Street, gangs of rowdies roamed town on Halloween with the mission of leaving no outhouse unturned.

Or they’d steal them, like the time they planted an outhouse in the parking lot of the Heady Hotel — now the Heritage Hotel — with a sign snatched from a minister’s house so the loo read “Home of the Reverend Dale Davis.” Then they stole a sign from the Hilltop Bar and put that on the Rev’s house. What pranksters.

Well, you’d have to go a few miles out of town to find an outhouse these days, and then brave dark, scary roads to get to one. Nah, your modern Halloweener commutes to downtown Homer and sucks up treats from the poor folks who pay the chocolate tax for the privilege of living in town. If you live anywhere beyond Pioneer Avenue, don’t be expecting any scary creatures knocking on your door — especially now that the elections are over.

So look out for the kids and slow down, for gosh sakes. Adults have plenty of opportunity for a scary good time, too. From costume parties to carnivals, there’s lots to do this weekend, like some of these Best Bets:

BEST ZOOMING ZAMBONI BET:

Forget big box stores or fancy new libraries. You know why Homer is a real town now? Because we finally have our own indoor ice arena. This Friday, the Homer High School Mariner hockey team christens the ice when they take on Wasilla at the Homer Ice Arena. The JV team plays at 5:30 p.m. followed by the varsity team at 6:30 p.m. Open skate starts this weekend, too, from 2-3:30 p.m. Saturday.

BEST BE NICE TO THE NEIGHBORS BET:

Why can’t we all get along? Even in town, we share the land with our ursine friends, those big black and brown bears. If we all put away our garbage and did a few other things, we’d get along better. Want to learn more about “Living in Bear Country?” That’s the title of a talk at 7 p.m. Friday at the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center.

BEST HALLOWEEN CLASSIC BET:

Even though the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Sedge is now part of the Nigerian Navy, the Halloween tradition of turning a cutter into a fright palace continues. Tonight from 6-9 p.m., our Coastie neighbors do their best to scare us on the Haunted Hickory at the Pioneer Dock. It's a fund-raiser for the Homer Food Pantry, so bring the admission price of one canned food item to get in. Unfortunately, the Betster incorrectly reported in the print version of the Homer News that the Haunted Hickory would be open Monday. For more Best Bets (with the correct date, we promise), click here. Happy Halloween.

BEST WHEN YOU’RE A SHARK YOU’RE A SHARK BET:

Fishermen sometimes haul up weird, frightening things from the bay — and not just a halibut with last year’s $10,000 tag. We’re talking sharks, big fast fish with lots of teeth. At 3 p.m. Friday, there’s a Discovery Lab at the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center, a chance to learn more about those neat fish.

BEST HE WEARS FISHNET STOCKINGS WELL: Guys, here’s your chance to put on stockings, a cute little gold lame dress, maybe doll it up a bit. That’s right, it’s the annual showing of the Rocky Horror Picture Show at 11 p.m. Saturday at the Homer Theatre. Damn it, Janet! Great Scott! It’ll be a fun time for all. Admission is a suggested $10 donation, and benefits the Kachemak Bay Campus Student Association.

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