Sneak Peak: House of Dystopia
Feeling spirited? And by spirited, we’re talking the ghostly, ghastly kind.
Ghoulish news: There are plenty of Halloween haunts popping up across the region to help get your wicked rising.
Cities and organizations around Modesto and the Mother Lode have conjured up a variety of spooktacular events, with options from super-scary haunted houses and parties to more low-key activities for younger revelers. Here’s a look at what’s continuing and what’s still to come:
RANCH OF HORROR – Through Oct. 31: At the Stanislaus County “Feargrounds,” this macabre spread features 13 attractions such as a House of Dystopia haunted house, a Zombie Escape town paintball event, Rancher’s Revenge laser tag, a Haunted Hayride, a Headless Horseman, an escape room and more. Some attractions are family friendly. Free screenings nightly of scary movies at 7 and 9 p.m. Stanislaus County Fairgrounds 900 N. Broadway, Turlock. Attraction prices are $5-$25. www.ranchofhorror.com.
HIGBEE HORROR HAUNT – Through Oct. 31: Located inside The Halloween Guys store, this weekend walk-through haunted house (also open Halloween night) has themed areas with real-life characters. 7-10 p.m. Oct. 20-21, Oct. 27-28, Oct. 31. 2936 Veneman Ave., Modesto. $13 adults; $8 children. http://higbeehorrorhaunt.com.
MONSTERS IN MODESTO – Through Oct. 31: With options from low scares to full-throated horror, this haunted house includes a Cemetarium, Psycho Circus and more. 7 to 10 p.m. Oct. 22-26 and Oct. 29-31; open until midnight Oct. 20-21 and Oct. 27-28. Vintage Faire Mall parking lot, 3401 Dale Road, Modesto. $8-$21. www.monstersinmodesto.com.
HAUNTED MUSEUM – Oct. 26-28: The annual Boys & Girls Club of Stanislaus County event features lighter scares for the age 5-to-12 set with seven themed rooms, Halloween crafts, face painting and an arcade. Live character actors provided by Kit Fox Trolley will re-enact spooky but not scary theatrical scenes. 5-8 p.m. McHenry Museum, 14th and I streets, Modesto. $5; free age 5 and under. www.bgcstan.org.
HAUNTED HALLOWEEN HAYRIDE – Oct. 27-28: The city of Riverbank sponsors this family-friendly event with a hayride through a variety of scary themed areas. Concessions available. 7-9:30 p.m. Friday, 7-10 p.m Saturday. Jacob Myers Park, Riverbank. Adults $12, children $6; free under age 3. 209-863-7150.
TRUNK OR TREAT – Oct. 27: Family event with classic cars, games for the kids, trunk-or-treating, pumpkin bowling, pumpkin painting, music and more. 5:30-8 p.m. Tenth Street Plaza, 1010 10th St., Modesto. Free. 209-529-9303.
DEATHWORKZ HALLOWEEN FESTIVAL – Oct. 27-29: Two haunted mazes – Backroads and Nyctophobia, vendors, food and live entertainment. 5 p.m.-midnight Oct. 27-28, 5-10 p.m. Oct. 29. Stanislaus County Fairground, 900 N. Broadway, Turlock. $5-$20. www.deathworkz.com.
BOO BOULEVARD – Saturday, Oct. 28: Several trick-or-treat stops, historical games from 3-6:30 p.m. Wagon rides through the decorated Diggins Tent Town site. Illumination of the jack-o’-lanterns from 6:30-8 p.m. Columbia State Historic Park. www.visitcolumbiacalifornia.com.
THE SUMMONING HALLOWEEN PARTY – Oct. 28: Street party featuring several Halloween-themed party rooms including CarnEvil, Zombie Prom, Hocus Pocus, Chucky’s Playhouse and others, costume contests and more. 21-and-older event. 6 p.m.-2 a.m. Downtown Modesto, 11th and J streets. $10 presale, $20 gate. halloweenmodesto.com.
SPOOKTACULAR FEST – Oct. 28: St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and MoPRIDE host this event with a DJ, dancing, costume contests, food and no-host bar. 7 p.m.-midnight. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1528 Oakdale Road, Modesto. $10 advance, $15 at the door. www.mopride.org.
ALL HALLOWS FANTASY FAIRE – Oct. 28-29: Live music, craft vendors, magicians and jugglers, food and drink and more. Noon-11 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Mother Lode Fairgrounds, 220 Southgate Drive, Sonora. $14 advance, $18 at gate adults Saturday; $12 advance, $15 at gate adult Sunday; $5 kids 6-12 presale, $7 kids at the gate. www.allhallowsfaire.com.
OAKDALE TRICK OR TREAT – Oct. 31: Community event with a haunted hospital, music, inflatables and more. 6-8 p.m. Downtown Oakdale. Free. www.facebook.com/City-of-Oakdale-511696508856027.
Mazes & Patches
DELL’OSSO FAMILY FARM – Through Oct. 31: Large, elaborate corn maze, pumpkins, zip lines, a mystery tour ride, giant pumpkin balls, a haunted castle, pumpkin blasters, a petting zoo, pig races and more. There’s a pumpkin patch, food court and a country store also open. Live entertainment nightly. Attractions are open 10 a.m.-8 p.m. daily at Dell’Osso Farms, 26 W. Stewart Road, Lathrop. Admission is $13.95 Mondays-Thursdays; $17.95 Fridays-Sundays; free ages 2 and under. Most attractions are included with admission but a few have additional fees. See pumpkinmaze.com.
FANTOZZI FARMS – Through Oct. 31: Corn mazes include more than 5 miles of paths; within each are 12 hidden checkpoints to seek out. A separate haunted maze is open Friday and Saturday nights in October from 7 p.m. until closing (take a flashlight). Other attractions include a zombie shooting range, corn cannons, cow train rides, a petting zoo, hayrides, a corn seed pit, hay pyramids, pedal carts, a picnic area and pig races. Hours are 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Fridays-Saturday; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sundays. Access to the pumpkin patch is free; attraction tickets are $3-$12. 2665 Sperry Ave., Patterson. fantozzifarms.com.
R.A.M. FARMS – Through Oct. 31: A 20-acre corn maze, Freaky Flashlight Nights through the mazes is held on Fridays and Saturdays (take your own flashlights) beginning at dusk. Also on site are a hay maze, scary shed, sandbox and tractor corral. Movies under the stars will be shown for free on Fridays and Saturdays beginning at 7:15 p.m. featuring a variety of family films (weather permitting). There are more than 60 varieties of pumpkins and gourds on site, and wandering the patch is free. Attraction tickets are $7-$11. Open noon to dusk Mondays-Thursdays; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sundays. R.A.M. Farms Inc., 716 N. Daubenberger Road, Turlock. ramfarms.com.
DUTCH HOLLOW FARMS – Through Oct. 31: New corn maze with an agriculture theme covering 10 acres. The farm also has a large pumpkin patch, hayride, covered picnic area, kids play area, farm animals, mini corn maze and more. Admission to the patch is free with $5 admission to the farm area with activities; $6 for the corn maze; $8 for a combo pass to activities and maze. Hours are 9 a.m.-7 p.m. daily at 5101 Oakdale Road, Modesto. dutchhollowfarms.com.
Other seasonal activities
HARVEST HAUNT EXPRESS – Through Oct. 29: Hop aboard the Harvest Haunt Express that runs at Railtown 1897 State Historic Park in Jamestown. Weekends are themed: Oct. 15, Superheroes & Villains; Oct. 21-22, Pirates & Princess; Oct. 28-29, Witches & Wizards. Riders can dress for the theme or in Halloween attire. Trains run on Saturdays and Sundays at 10:30 a.m., noon, 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Rides are $10-$15, free ages 5 and under. railtown1897.org.
DIA DE LOS MUERTOS CELEBRATION – Oct. 21: Free, family-friendly celebration of Day of the Dead. Vendors selling handmade Artisan items, entertainment, ballet folklorico, Altares, Catrin & Catrina pageant, activities for children including face painting, and a procession at 6 p.m. 11a.m.-7 p.m., 1010 10th St., Modesto. www.facebook.com/ddlmmodesto.org.
ZIP LINE PUMPKIN SMASH – Oct. 28: Drop a pumpkin from the 1,500-foot zip line and try to hit targets on the ground. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Moaning Cavern Adventure Park, 5350 Moaning Caverns Road, Vallecito. $45 per ride/smash. caverntours.com.
KNIGHTS FERRY PUMPKIN ROLL – Nov. 5: The annual pumpkin roll wraps up the Halloween season with a craft fair, food, games and the titular roll. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Knights Ferry, Sonora Road, off Highway 120. 209-881-3314.