Scary good times coming to Modesto area this Halloween

10/24/2013 12:00 AM

10/25/2013 8:04 AM

Ghosts and ghouls of all ages will find plenty of spooks this Halloween.

Events are planned across the Central Valley and foothills sure to frighten up some scares. From family festivities to adult gatherings, there should be no reason to haunt your couch this All Hallows Eve.


Haunted McHenry Museum – The Boys & Girls Clubs of Stanislaus County presents a children’s haunted house with a haunted maze, kids games, pumpkin decorating, costumed performers from Prospect Theater Project and more. 5-9 p.m. today-Thursday at the McHenry Museum, 1402 I St., Modesto. Tickets are $5 (free for children 5 and under). Call (209) 222-5826.

Monster Mash – KMPH Graffiti Gold Radio celebrates with hits from the 1950s and 1960s at this costumed 21-and-over dinner and dance. 5 p.m. today at Shooters Pub & Grill, 1612 Sisk Road, Modesto. Tickets are $5. Call (209) 521-1612.

Zombie Apocalypse Haunted House – Brush up on your zombie survival basics before entering the haunted house. 5-8 p.m. today, Johansen High School, 641 Norseman Drive Modesto. Tickets are $2 and proceeds benefit the Johansen High Digital Arts & Technology Advancement Pathway.

Deathworkz Haunted House – Haunted house extraordinaire with costumed performers and big scares. 7-10 p.m. today, 18-and-older 7-10 p.m. Sunday, and 5:30-6:30 p.m. for children and 7-10 p.m. for teens and older Thursday at St. Charles Place, 2404 St Charles Place, Modesto. Donations accepted. Call (209) 605-3975 or visit

Haunted Hayride – Family rides through a haunted forest and more at the annual event. 7 p.m.-9:30 p.m. today, 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Saturday. Jacob Myers Park, Riverbank. Tickets $7 adults, $5 ages 4-12, under 3 are free (209) 863-7150.

Realms of Darkness – Get scared at the Hi 4-H Haunted House featuring eight performances nightly and a special matinee for families and children. 7-9 p.m. today-Thursday, matinee 3-5 p.m. Saturday at J.S. West Lumber, 730 S. Washington St., Sonora. Tickets are $1 matinee; $7 evening. Call (209) 768-8209 or (209) 352-0476 or visit

Spook Walk – All are welcome to the Delta Tule Trekkers hosted event which features a barbeque after the walk both days and costume contest on Saturday. 8 a.m.-noon Saturday-Sunday at Caswell State Park, 28000 Austin Road, Ripon. Admission is free with park entry fee. Call (209) 931-0557.

Halloween Comicfest – Celebrate with free comics, games, activities and a costume contest. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday at Bonanza Books and Comics, 2308 McHenry Ave., Modesto. Free admission. Call (209) 529-0415.

Halloween Parade and Costume Contest – Bring a Halloween bag or bucket for candy collection and dress to impress for costume judging in three ages groups. 10 a.m. Saturday at Junction Shopping Center, Highway 108 and Tuolumne Road, Sonora. Free admission.

Harvest Haunt Express – Family-friendly train rides Saturday and Sunday. Hourly 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday-Sunday at Railtown 1897 State Historic Park, Jamestown. Tickets are $15 adults, $8 youths ages 6-17, ages 5 and under are free. Call (209) 984-3953 or visit

Ghost Tours – Walk through Columbia Historic State with a costumed guide as you hear stories of people from the past. 3 p.m. Saturday at Columbia Historic State Park. Main and State streets. Tickets are $10. Call (209) 532-3184.

The Summoning – Chris Ricci Presents a 21-and-over downtown Modesto Halloween street party along 11th Street complete with costume contests, zombie prom, monster wrestling, games, food, drinks, the Deathworkz Haunted House and more. 7 p.m. Saturday at the Fat Cat Music House & Lounge, 930 11th St., Modesto. Tickets are $10 advance, $20 gate. Call (209) 524-1400.

Higbee Horror Haunted House – Haunted house for those ages 13-and-older. 7-10 p.m. Saturday-Sunday and Thursday at 1501 Higbee Drive. Tickets are $5.

Sassy Senior Masquerade Ball – Seniors can enjoy dinner, dancing and souvenirs at this costumed event. 7-11 p.m. Saturday at the King-Kennedy Memorial Center, 601 N. Martin Luther King Drive, Modesto. Tickets are $25. Call (209) 341-2974.

Annual Safe Halloween – Celebrate with games attractions and food at this annual family-friendly event. 4:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday at St. Anthony’s School, 323 N. Fremont St., Manteca. Free admission. Call (209) 823-4513.

Love At First Bite – Hear Michael & Jeanne perform a special Halloween night show complete with costume contest. 7 p.m. Thursday at The Queen Bean Coffee House, 1126 14th St., Modesto. Tickets are $5. Call (209) 521-8000.

Club Ghoul and The Monsters Ball – All-ages theatrical production featuring 10 performers including an Elvira impersonator and “The Spirit of Michael Jackson.” 8 p.m. Thursday at the State Theatre, 1307 J St., Modesto. Tickets are $25. Call (209) 527-4697 or visit

The Return of Nightmare on L Street – Take part in a costume contest with prizes and enjoy music by DJ Evil Ray. 8 p.m. Thursday at The Brewhouse, 821 L St., Modesto. Tickets are $5. Call (209) 524-2337.

MJC Presents Frankenstein –Special Halloween-night production of the classic play “Frankenstein” at Modesto Junior College features a costume contest. 9 p.m. costume contest, 10 p.m. play at MJC East Campus, Mainstage Auditorium, 435 College Ave. Tickets are $10 general, $8 students and seniors. Call (209) 575-6621 or visit

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari – See what is considered one of the greatest horror films of the silent era complete with accompanying live music from local musicians. 7:30 p.m. Nov. 1 at the Carnegie Arts Center, 250 N. Broadway, Turlock. Tickets are $5. Call (209) 632-5761 or visit


Dell’Osso Family Farm – Through Oct. 31. Attractions include corn mazes, zip lines, a mystery tour, bucking pumpkins, a haunted castle, a train, pumpkin blasters, jumping pillows, pony rides, a petting zoo, face painting, a tractor train, a scarecrow ride and many more. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. daily. Dell’Osso Farms, 26 W. Stewart Road, Lathrop. Admission and parking are free; prices vary for attractions. Call (209) 982-0833.

Dodasa Ranch – Through Oct. 31. Pumpkin patch plus zip lines, a rock climbing wall, hay rides, paint ball, archery, fishing pond, petting zoo, pumpkin launcher and more. A special event is Sunday: the Calaveras Family Fest with numerous activities from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Pumpkin patch is open weekends 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 5059 Carol Lane, Valley Springs. Tickets for the Family Fest are $15. (209) 772-2700.

Dutch Hollow Farms – Through Oct. 31. Large pumpkin patch, a picnic area, kids play area and farm animals plus corn maze. Pumpkin patch 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; corn mazes open at 2 p.m. weekdays and all day on weekends. Admission is free, corn maze $5. 5101 Oakdale Road, Modesto. Call (209) 456-4629.

Fantozzi Farms – Through Oct 31. The corn mazes at this Patterson farm cover about 25 acres and include more than 5 miles of paths. The farm also features pig races, corn cannons, cow train rides, a hay-bale maze, farm animals, hay-bale pyramids, pony rides, a picnic area, a pumpkin patch and more. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sundays. 2665 Sperry Ave., Patterson. Admission and parking are free; attraction tickets are $7-$12. Call (209) 892-2015.

R.A.M. Farms Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze – Through Oct. 31. A 20-acre corn maze covers the Turlock farm with Freaky Flashlight Nights on Fridays and Saturdays are offered through the maze (bring your own flashlights) as well as pumpkin bowling, pedal tractors and a scary shed. Noon-dusk weekdays, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. weekends. R.A.M. Farms, Inc., 716 N. Daubenberger Road, Turlock. Admission ranges from $6-$10. Call (209) 668-2425 or

Resendiz Farms – Through Oct. 31. Offers a pumpkin patch and hay maze daily, 6:30 a.m.-7 p.m., with more events on weekends, including pony rides, face painting, a kettle corn booth, games, train rides and a tricycle track. 4342 Geer Road, Hughson. Call (209) 883-0100.

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