A lot of whimsy with just a hint of wickedness returns Saturday as the ladies of Omega Nu bring back their Halloween Home Tour for a third year.
The tour, a benefit for the many local groups funded by Omega Nu, will include three homes this year, filled with Halloween and fall decorations set to cast a charming spell on ticket holders. Last year’s home tour raised $5,000, and 100 percent of those proceeds benefited local charities, according to organizers Cyndi Campbell, Roxanne Catti and Jan Hill.
As in past years, the homes will feature Halloween treats but no horror-show tricks, with homes decorated in fun and whimsical styles rather than gory. Tour-takers will have access to multiple rooms decorated inside the homes and can expect bewitching décor outside, as well.
“Ticket holders are going to be pleasantly surprised as they walk up to each home and then see what’s inside,” according to an email release from the organizers.
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Homeowners provide their own decorations, time and energy for the event.
A boutique will be set up in the courtyard at one of the homes on the tour, where decorative wares will be sold, including those from collectors, artists and local stores.
Tickets for the Halloween Home Tour list the addresses of the bedecked homes, and maps to each will be printed on the back. Participants can make a day of the event, coming and going at their leisure to tour and even re-tour the decorated rooms.
Nearly 50 charities received financial help last year from the nonprofit Omega Nu, which has been raising funds for Stanislaus County organizations for 90 years. Among the beneficiaries last year were Children’s Crisis Center, Camp Jack Hazard, Community Hospice, Healthy Aging Association, Parent Resource Center, Sierra Vista Child & Family Services, Stanislaus Special Olympics, Valley Recovery Resources and Youth for Christ.
Among Omega Nu’s other large fundraisers are its Christmas Home Tour and Spring Fashion Show.
Halloween has gained more and more pop-culture cachet, helping the home tour catch on, organizers said.
“Especially from people in our community who love Halloween,” they said in the email release.
“This is only our third year, so hopefully as more word gets out about it, we hope to sell more tickets in the coming years.”