Fall is here, and the fun is just beginning! Here are five ways in Calaveras County to celebrate this spooky season.
Whether you like decorating your home, yard or business with fall themed decorations, carving pumpkins, dressing up or painting at night, there is something for you.
Olive Crush Farms in Valley Springs is offering fall-themed paint and sip classes scheduled for October 20 and 29, and the Mountain Ranch Community Center is also hosting a paint and sip fundraiser on October 25 at 5 p.m. Other places like Arnold’s Artistic pieces and Serendipity by Murphys also offer creative seasonal courses.
Costume contests abound throughout the month. Events like this Saturday’s 12th Annual “Walking Dead Sonora” Fundraiser in Sonora and the All Hallows Fantasy Faire at the Calaveras County Fairgrounds on October 9 offer the whole family the opportunity to get creative with their wardrobe!
Get thrills at local theaters
Celebrate the “thinning of the veil” this Halloween by attending haunted houses, horror-themed plays, and paranormal activities. In West Point, the Blue Mountain Theater is once again bringing its haunted house experience to Main Street. This year’s theme is “West Point Hospital for Experimental Treatments,” and the haunted house will be open from 7-10 p.m. on October 28-29. Admission is $5 for adults and children under 12 pay $2.50.
Other theatrical highlights include the Fourth Wall Entertainment Troupe’s “Deathtrap,” a “clever, mysterious comedy with lots of twists!” which runs through November 6 with screenings Friday and Saturday nights at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. at the Metropolitan in San Andreas.
Before stocking up on sweets, eat a delicious meal at one of the many restaurants offering special menus and events. On October 28, La Contenta Golf Club is hosting a four-course pre-fix meal paired with four Sierra Nevada beers for $65 per person. Seating is 4:30-6:30 p.m. or 6:30-8:30 p.m. The Copper Valley Golf Club is also offering a special dinner with a costume contest and dance on October 29 from 6-10 p.m. h.
Put on your dancing shoes and listen to live music on Halloween weekend.
Howard’s Mystic Saloon in Avery will be partying all weekend, with live music from The Get Down Crew at a special Drive in Disco party on October 28, starting at 9 p.m. Classic horror films “Halloween” 1 and 2 will be released on the big screen.
On October 29, the Mystic Halloween Bash will entertain with a costume contest, live music from Just Like Heaven (tribute band to The Cure) and DJ Handsome Hawk. Then, on Halloween, they do it again with a post-Halloween party, PARTAAY!! from 20h
The Leger Hotel in Mokelumne Hill will hold its annual Halloween Party and Costume Contest on October 29 at 8:30 p.m. Live music will be provided by the Kool Shifters Band.
Also on Saturdays starting at 8 p.m., the Pour House will have its Halloween Bash with live music by the Dive Bar Poets.
Trick or Treat (family events)
Celebrate with the whole family at one of the many old-fashioned festivals, festivals and walks around the neighborhood.
October 22, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., is the Copper Valley Harvest Fest, which features a pie contest, pumpkin pie, and craft table for the kids.
On October 27, from 2 to 5 p.m., the Arnold Library is hosting a Scarecrow Night, featuring a costume contest for all ages, activities, treats, and free books.
On October 28, you’ll find cool events for kids at Mark Twain Elementary School at 5:30 p.m., Hazel Fischer Elementary School at 4 p.m.
On October 29, from 5 to 7 p.m., San Andreas Central Library will host its Halloween Party with free games, prizes, treats, and spooky stories. A costume parade will also take place.
Also on October 29, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Michelson Elementary will host a fundraiser featuring a 4-H petting zoo, treats and pumpkins for sale, plus games, face painting and crafts for kids. children.
Later in the day, the Mountain Ranch Spooky Walk from 4-7 p.m., which includes live music, candy and kids’ activities, a bake sale, and local vendors. There is an admission fee of $1 per person, and all proceeds will go to the Mountain Ranch Youth Alliance & Food Pantry (MRYA), a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
The Foothill Community Church in Angels Camp is hosting a harvest festival on Oct. 29, starting at 5 p.m., with trunk or candy contests, seed-spitting and pumpkin-rolling contests, as well as chili with bread from corn and hot chocolate.
On October 30, beginning at 8 a.m., the Friends of Mokelumne Hill Horse Arena Halloween Obstacle Playday fundraiser will be held at the DK Lawson Horse Arena. Equine and human costume contests will accompany obstacle course challenges and raffles. Pre-register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also on the 30th, Copperopolis Elementary’s Trunk or Treat & Haunted House is from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., which includes a haunted house experience in the gymnasium designed by 6th graders. Entry fees are $2 or $5 for unlimited entry, with proceeds going to the science camp. Toffee apples and pizza will be available for purchase and carnival games and a photo booth will provide additional entertainment.
On Halloween night, party at Copperopolis Square from 4-7 p.m. or at Mountain Christian Fellowship’s Pumpkin Palooza in Murphys.
Whatever your poison, there are plenty of ways to celebrate and entertain this spooky season. Be sure to check with your favorite local restaurant, business, or community groups to see what other fun activities, specials, or fall events they offer.