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Halloween Fun in the Valley

IN THE October 7 ISSUE

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by Lorie Lewis Ham

I love Halloween! I’m betting many of you do as well, so I compiled a list of several of the Halloween related events happening in the Valley this month. There are events for small children, all the way up to adults. I know I didn’t get anywhere near everything, but there’s a lot here to choose from!

300x300groveWebBanner_LogoOnlyIf you enjoy being scared, Hobb’s Grove in Sanger is one of the top haunts in the country. They opened on October 2 and will end with a Halloween party on October 31. There are three different areas to enjoy-The House, The Hayride, and the Forest. There is also a fun middle section called the Midway where you can get some yummy fair type food, and enjoy some interesting characters running around. On some nights, they also have entertainment. For the smaller children they have the Pumpkin Grove open October 17, 18, 24, 25 & 31, 2015 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can learn more about all of the fun available at Hobb’s Grove on their website.

They are located at 14265 E Goodfellow Ave. in Sanger. Check out the calendar below for dates and ticket info, and tickets can be purchased at Hobb’s or online at: secure.interactiveticketing.com/1.5/921303/#/select.

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The Discovery Center in Fresno has a Pumpkin Patch for kids, which kicked off on October 3 and is open from 10-4. They also have a Fall Festival on October 23 called “A Night in the Museum.” Advanced tickets for adults are $6 and kids 3-17 are $4 until the 18th of October when tickets will go up to $10 for adults and $6 for kids. Anyone younger will be FREE and they will be having a costume parade, cake walk, trick or treating, story telling, games, and even a little spooky fun! The Discovery Center is located at 1944 N. Winery Ave. in Fresno. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for more info: www.facebook.com/TheFresnoDiscoveryCenter?fref=ts.

The City of Sanger will be having their 27th Annual Halloween Party on Saturday, October 31 in Downtown Sanger (7th & N Streets) from 6:30-8 p.m. Safe and fun trick or treating for children preschool to sixth grades. Calvary Fellowship Church sells hot dogs and Frito boats. Safe and Fun Trick-Or-Treating open to all children and their parents.

Bullfrogs Bar & Grill in Kingsburg will be having some more adult Halloween fun on October 17 at 7:30 p.m. There will be a concert featuring several local bands along with a Halloween Costume Contest, Pumpkin Carving Contest, and more. They are located at 38743 California 99 in Kingsburg. Tickets are available at: www.livemusiccity.com/event/3485. This is a 21 and over event.

The Fresno County Libraries will be having some Halloween fun as well-
Sanger Library Halloween Costume Swap-
Event Type: Special Event
Age Group(s): families, kids (K-6), pre-schoolers
Date: 10/10/2015
Start Time: 11:00 a.m.
End Time: 2:00 p.m.
Description:
Bring a costume! Get a costume. Bring your gently-used Halloween-wear to the Sanger Library leading up to the event or day of and get a ticket to redeem for a new-to-you costume! Costumes for children and adults, and a great way to save money.
Library: Sanger Branch Library
Location: Sanger Meeting Room

Decorate Mini Pumpkins-
Event Type: Arts & Crafts
Age Group(s): kids (K-6), teens, adults
Date: 10/27/2015
Start Time: 3:30 p.m.
End Time: 4:30 p.m.
Description:
It’s pumpkin decorating time. Decorate your mini pumpkin as crazy, funny, scary, or goofy as you like! Materials provided.
Library: Sunnyside Regional Library poe
Location: Sunnyside Meeting Room

Woodward Park: Halloween Movie Night
Event Type: Movie
Age Group(s): teens, tweens
Date: 10/29/2015
Start Time: 6:00 p.m.
End Time: 8:30 p.m.
Description:
Come celebrate the spookiest time of the year – Halloween – with a classic Halloween movie – Hocus Pocus (PG)! Seating is limited, so arrive early.
Library: Woodward Park Regional Library
Location: Woodward Park Meeting Room

They will also have four performances of The Shadow of the Raven, a one man Edgar Allan Poe show presented by actor Duffy Hudson. Watch for an interview with Duffy in KRL coming up soon!
Performance dates & locations;
October 21 at 6:30 p.m. at the Reedley Library, 1027 E. Street
October 22 at 6:30 p.m. at the Gillis Library in Fresno, 629 West Dakota Ave.
October 23 at Clovis Centennial Plaza at Bullard and Pollasky in Fresno at 6:30 p.m. This is an outdoor event, please bring a lawn chair.
October 24 at 11 a.m. at the Sanger Library, 1812 Seventh St. and at 3 p.m. at the Sunnyside Library in Fresno at 5566 E. Kings Canyon Rd.

You can learn more about these free fun Halloween events on the library website: califa.evanced.info/fresno/lib/eventcalendar.asp.

Hillcrest Farm in Reedley also has a Pumpkin Patch and will be open to the public with the steam trains running every Saturday and Sunday in October and November 1, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.. Free Addmission & Free Parking. Pumpkins and all types of harvest products, $4 Steam Train and $3 hayrides, hot food, snow cones, Nature Trail, and Play House Area. You can learn more on their website.pumpkin

If you have kids you will not want to miss Zoo Boo at the Fresno Zoo on October 23 – 24 and 30 – 31from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. With FOUR nights to choose from, it’s a safe, fun, not-so-scary way for families to enjoy the fall holiday. The entire Zoo will be decorated for this special evening of trick-or-treating, carnival games, live entertainment, and animal attractions. Get lost in the hay maze, play carnival games (extra charges may apply) and dance the night away to kid-friendly music in Dracula’s Disco.

Children are encouraged to dress in costumes. (Non-scary costumes are appropriate for this event – please select a costume that is appealing to children and does not contain horror elements of any kind.) Only adults accompanied by a child or children under 13 years of age will be permitted to wear costumes on Zoo grounds. Adults, please do not wear a full face mask or have your face completely covered.
Admission prices: (Children 1 and under are FREE)
Fresno Chaffee Zoo Members: $12 Adults, $10 Child (ages 2 – 11)
Non-Members: $14 Adults, $12 Child (ages 2 – 11)
Day of Event (if not sold out): $16 Adults, $14 Child (ages 2 – 11)
Children 1 and under are FREE
You can learn more on their website.

Reedley will have its annual Halloween and Red Ribbon Carnival on October 30 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Reedley Armory Building. Activities include bounce houses, coloring table, carnival games, face painting, costume contests, prizes and much, much more. This is a safe, indoor venue. Ages 2 and up $3 and adults with children are free.

Fresno Halloween Rockabilly Music Roundup and Car Show will be on October 24 at 9 a.m. and last until midnight at Marlo’s Club & Mexican Restaurant, 468 N Palm Ave, in Fresno, California. You can find more info on Facebook event page.

For more scary fun, check out Raisin Hell Ranch about 20 miles outside of Fresno open from October 10-31. Details on their website.

For something a little different this Halloween check out Halloween at Crystal Cave from October 23-26, and October 30-November 1. Watch for a more detailed article about this event later this month in KRL. More info can be found on their website.

Check out Dawn of Night Zombie Run in Visalia at the Valley Oaks Gold Course, 1800 S. Plaza St., on October 30 at 6 p.m. Run for your life through a 2.5 mile trail fun run where zombie are the obstacles. This is a 21 and over event. More info can be found on Facebook.

If you want even more zombie fun, check out the Zombie Survival Crawl & Horror Festival in Woodward Park, 7775 N. Friant Road in Fresno Saturday, October 24 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. It will feature a Zombie Apocalypse Run, Laser Tag Zombie Hunt, Horror Exhibit, Bounce House, Food Vendors and more! More details on their website and watch for an article about the event here in KRL on Saturday.

And there’s also the 6th Annual Fresno Zombie Crawl in the Tower District on October 17 at 7:30 p.m. Definitely another adult Halloween event. You can learn more on the Fresno Zombie Society’s Facebook.

Also in Fresno, a Monster Dash at Woodward Park on October 31 at 9 a.m. This one is for the whole family and features a 5k Run and a Little Monster Mash Dash. Costume contest and a finisher’s medallion for all! More info can be found here: fresnobee.eventsabout.com/performer.aspx?perf_id=2240170.

Rocky_1516_seasonThe Visalia Players will be having a special Halloween night performance of the Rocky Horror Show at midnight. Watch KRL for more info on this show and you can get more details on their website. and COS in Visalia is performing Dracula October 16-24.

Another fun event for the whole family is Whitie’s Pets Pooch Parade Canine Carnival and Costume Contest on October 24 from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Former Blockbuster Parking Lot (Olive & Yosemite avenues). There will be prizes for Best Dog Costume, Best Dog/Owner Costume Combo, Cutest Dog, and Best Dog Float. Dog-oriented booths, family entertainment, Beer & Bone Garden and lots of furry fun! It is free to attend, with a $10 contest entry fee. More info can be found on Facebook.

Warnors Center For the Performing Arts in Fresno will be playing three spooky films this month- The Phantom of the Opera, Night of the Living Dead, and Psycho. More info can be found on their KRL event page.

Windsong Productions will be presenting The Germ 13 on October 15, which will feature horror films. More info can be found on their Facebook event page.

Several local animal rescues will be having their own fun Halloween events, which also act as fundraisers for the rescues. The Fresno Bully Rescue will be having the Fresno Boo Walk on October 18 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. More details can be found on their Facebook event page, and registration is on their website.

Animal Rescue of Fresno will be having a scary fun event on October 30 and 31. It will be D.R. Chiddick’s Freak Show-details on the flier below:
arf halloween

Last but certainly not least a couple of church events. The Reedley MB will be having its annual Fall Family Fun Night on Halloween. Details on flier below:
FFFN 2015 Poster-page-0

The Big Red Church will be having its annual Halloween concert called Halloween on Van Ness on October 25. Details in flier below:
Halloween on Van Ness Poster 2015-page-0

If you know of other fun Halloween events not included here please share in the comments and let’s all have a fun and safe Halloween!

You can find more entertainment articles, in our Arts & Entertainment section.

Lorie Lewis Ham is our Editor-in-Chief and an enthusiastic contributor to various sections, coupling her journalism experience with her connection to the literary and entertainment worlds. Explore Lorie’s mystery writing at Mysteryrat’s Closet.

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