One couple is finishing a velociraptor with a blowtorch.

TURN RIGHT OUT OF of the three-story lighthouse, walk between the ice cream cones topped with cherries and pass beneath the candy canes, and one of the first things you see is Hansel and Gretel’s cabin complete with witch. This witch has a cutout where her face should be, so that people can have their pictures taken in it. “I want to be the witch, Mom!” a little girl says, and shortly she is clutching the sides of the ice witch with her purple mittens and peering out of the witch’s face as cameras click. I have to say she doesn’t look like much of a threat to Hansel and Gretel, standing a few feet away. What makes this Kiddie Land different from the one at any other theme park is that this witch is carved from ice. So is her cottage, and her cauldron, and Hansel and Gretel, and the lighthouse and the ice cream cones and everything else I’m writing about in this column.

Dana Stabenow. Alaska Traveler (Kindle Locations 2837-2844). Gere Donovan Press.

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