MODESTO -- No tricks, just visual treats will be in store for Halloween-happy participants in Modesto next weekend.
Omega Nu looks to scare up some financial help for local service, arts and other organizations in the region with its first Halloween Home Tour on Oct. 6.
Four Modesto homes of Halloween collectors will be decorated in spirited splendor for the event, a fund-raiser for nonprofit Omega Nu's numerous beneficiaries in Stanislaus County.
"Halloween has gotten to be such a huge, huge holiday," said Roxanne Catti, Omega Nu member and co-organizer for the event. "It just made sense to do it."
Multiple rooms inside the homes will be decorated and accessible to ticket holders. The decor runs the gamut from whimsical to bewitching to just plain fun (skeleton taking a bubble bath, anyone?). Sizable collections of vintage Halloween items will also be on display.
"There're two houses on the tour that are going to have a lot of vintage," Catti said.
And while this might be a Halloween-specific event, it's about decor not demons. These aren't haunted houses and frights won't be in store for those who enter.
"There won't be something jumping out at you," Catti said.
Homeowners on the tour not only are opening their doors to the public, they also have provided their own decorations, time and energy.
"These homes are donated, they don't get an allotment, nobody comes in and helps them," Catti said.
Tickets for the event list the addresses on the tour and maps will be available at each of the homes. Participants can make a day of the event, come and go at their leisure to tour the decorated rooms and take pictures, if they wish.
"I think it just gets everybody into the mood (for the season). You can see your friends before all the holidays start. You're able to just kind of relax," Catti said. "It doesn't bump up against all the Christmas and Thanksgiving (events) and everything else. It's just a nice weekend."
Also available will be several huge pumpkins, grown and donated for the event and for sale.
Omega Nu is a nonprofit organization that raises funds through a variety of events for a host of local groups. The numerous recipients have included the Howard Training Center, Red Cross, Bethany Christian Services, Hutton House, Central West Ballet, Children's Crisis Center, Community Hospice and Habitat for Humanity.
The Halloween Home Tour was added to help boost the group's fund-raising efforts to meet what's continues to be a growing need in the region, Catti said.
"Times are tough," she said.
The group has been raising funds for Stanislaus County organizations for 88 years.
"We call ourselves a sisterhood," Catti said of the more than 70-strong group.
"Once Omega Nu, always Omega Nu."
HALLOWEEN HOME TOUR
WHEN: Oct. 6, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
WHERE: Four homes in Modesto
TICKETS: $35, available in Modesto at Keller's and Mulberry Lane, both in McHenry Village; Beverly's Fabrics and Crafts, 2013 Evergreen Ave.; McHenry Mansion Gift Shop, 924 15th St.
CALL: (209) 681-4322