Whether your kids are dressing up as vampires or queens (or vampire queens), chances are they are excited about Halloween. Check out these local events for safe Halloween fun. Find even more stuff to do in the Calendar of Events (page 22).
Ukiah: Country PumpkinFest Celebrate Halloween at the largest street fair in Mendocino County. From the popular children's carnival and craft vendors to the 3-on-3 hoop tourney and pumpkin-baking contest, there are plenty of family-friendly amusements. The free event will be held in downtown Ukiah on October 13, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., and October 14, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. For pre-festival fun, let kids ogle unusually large squash at the Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off on October 12, 4-7 p.m., at the Alex R. Thomas Plaza. For details, go to cityofukiah.com/pumpkinfest.
Calpella: Enchanted Pumpkin Path The Mendocino County Waldorf School annually puts on this unique celebration at which a fairytale, not candy, takes center stage. As kids walk down a path, they are drawn into a story that, bit by bit, costumed actors play out. Games, food, and music are part of the afternoon, too. The event will be held at the school on October 31, 4:30-8:30 p.m. Tickets are $8 (babes-in-arms free) and are available at waldorfmendocino.org/enchanted-pumpkin-path. Call 485-8719 for more information.
Ukiah: The Apocalypse It's the end of the world and your only neighbors are mutants and zombies. That's the premise of this haunted house, the first of its kind in Ukiah. Set in an old adult probation building (280 E. Standley Street), the environs already carry a Dark Side vibe. Feel the fear for yourself on October 19-20 and 26-27, 6 p.m.-midnight; October 21 and 28, 5-8 p.m.; and October 31, 6 p.m.-2 a.m. Admission is $10. Call 463-6231 or see cityofukiah.com/haunted-house for more information.
Clearlake: Trunk-or-Treat If you live out in a rural area or don't like the idea of going door-to-door, then the parking lot of the Clearlake Youth Center may become your neighborhood. Go there on October 31, 5-8 p.m., and you will find festively decorated, candy-filled car trunks, ready for benevolent pilfering. To find out more information, call 994-5437.
Kelseyville: Autumn Fun Why walk to a pumpkin patch when you can take a hayride to one? Along with hopping on a haystack the family can also listen to live music, play games, and indulge in goodies, including wine, hot cocoa, cider, and other treats. Come in costume and perhaps win a prize or at the very least take a goofy picture of yourselves in the photo booth. The fun happens on October 27, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., at the Boatique Winery. Admission is free; there are small fees for pumpkins, food, and other activities. For further details, see boatiquewines.com.
Kelseyville: Pumpkins n' Ponies At this event, kids can look for a nice carve-able jack-o'-lantern and then have their pictures taken while they sit on ponies. They may even get to take a little ride. A Halloween-themed animated show or film will be presented and snacks and candy will be available, too. The fun will happen October 13, 20, and 27, 10-2 p.m., at 7105 Live Oak Drive. Admission is $15, with proceeds benefiting Soul2Soul, an organization that rescues neglected horses and nurses them back to health before placing them in a new home. Call 279-0732 for further details.
Lakeport: Kiwanis Kids Halloween Fair Are you one of those people who can accurately guess how many marbles are in a jar? Then perhaps you have a knack for predicting a pumpkin's weight. Find out at this fair, which will not only have opportunities for figuring out the poundage of squash, but also for winning a prize for the best costume. You can play games and eat treats, too. Check it all out at Clear Lake High School on October 31, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Go to facebook.com/events/274404180069309/ to find out more.
Lakeport: Paradise Skate Costume Contest/Haunted House Give your imagination some wheels at this costume contest at Paradise Skate, at the Lake County Fairgrounds, on October 27, 3:30-5 p.m. When you dress up, you'll get $2 off the regular admission fee ($7). After your skate, you can head over to the Crypt Keepers Maze, also at the fairgrounds. This haunted house promises not only to freak you out, but give your $5 admission donation to fire survivors. The house will be held October 26, 5-10 p.m., and October 27, 5-11 p.m. Call 262-0123 for more information.