The Scream Zone at the Del Mar Scaregrounds

The Scream Zone at the Del Mar Fairgrounds provides multiple-haunted attractions and entertainment that give all ages the opportunity to have the “yell” scared out of them. Don’t miss the final days, October 24-31, 2012.

The Scream Zone has been haunting and taunting Southern Californians since 1998, each year extending a new era in Halloween entertainment for San Diego County! Its attractions are:

The Haunted Hayride, a first in Southern California, provides thrills and chills as friends and family huddle together while stalked by ghouls, zombies and other worldly creatures flying through the night! This hayride will scare anyone brave enough to come along for the ride!

The House of Horror, features 25 rooms filled with mazes of terror and blood curdling scares lurking at every turn and corridor. Not recommended for kids younger than 10, The House of Horror is the most ghoulish and spine tingling attraction of all. The House of Horror is not for the weak of heart, young children or wimps!

The Chamber has the largest spinning tunnel in San Diego, in a twisting, turning labyrinth of scares. As you claw your way through, monsters and zombies around every corner will chill you to the bone.

For additional details, visit thescreamzone.com

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Haunted Birch Aquarium

Ghouls and buoys of all ages are invited to spend a safe and spirited Halloween with Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego.

Discover what lurks beneath the surface Oct. 26 & 27 at the 12th annual Haunted Birch Aquarium: Shipwrecked! The entire family can soak up spooky science activities, explore the aquarium’s “wreckage” for sunken treasures, BOO-gie down with zydeco band Billy Lee & the Swamp Critters and enjoy close encounters of the fishy kind.

Haunted Birch Aquarium offers participants a fun and informal atmosphere in which to learn about ocean science. This spooktacular event is geared toward families and open to guests of all ages. Children ages 2 and under are free, and children under 16 must also be accompanied by a paid adult.

Come dressed to impress in your best costume for great prizes! Proceeds support exhibits and educational programming at Birch Aquarium at Scripps.

For additional details, visit aquarium.ucsd.edu

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2nd Annual Pumpkin Fun Day

The 2nd annual Pumpkin Fun Day is coming to Plaza Park, Thursday October 25, 2012 and showcases the wonderful fall harvest.  There will be many events going on continuously throughout the celebration including a pumpkin decorating contest, costume contest with prizes at 12:30 pm; and a trick or treating event at 10:30 am.  Other types of events will be free pumpkin bowling, free pumpkin weight guessing with prizes, face painting, live music, BBQs and more.  Registration for event will begin at 9:30 am with the festival ending at 1:00 pm.  The event will be held at the Downtown Oxnard Certified Farmers’ Market, which is located at Plaza Park, Downtown Oxnard, CA 93035.  The entire event is free and open to the public.

For additional details, please check out visitoxnard.com

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Screamline Haunted Zipline Adventure

Get your scream on at the 13th Annual Howling Halloween party at Forever Florida.  Brace yourself for a night filled with things that go bump in the night in the Screamline Haunted Zipline Adventure.  This one of a kind Halloween zipline adventure will allow those brave enough and fool hearty enough to step off into the darkness 68 feet off the ground flying through the trees at speeds up to 30 miles per hour through 7 screaming ziplines and 3 spirited bridges.  Other events include a Haunted Coach Safari and hayrides. The fun begins at 7pm on October 19, 20, 26 and 27, 2012. 

Visit floridaecosafaris.com to get all the spooky details.

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Poway-Midland Railroad

If you’re into steam trains, and want to ride aboard one without going to a theme park, then the Poway-Midland Railroad might be just the ticket.  A keeper of a critical slice of southern California history long lost to time, the Poway-Midland Railroad is a nonprofit heritage railroad charged with preserving various vintage vehicles, restored to functioning status, and now chugging along the perimeter of Old Poway Park for visiting train enthusiasts, child and adult alike.

Although arguably the centerpiece of Old Poway Park, the Poway-Midland Railroad is by no means the only thing to visit here. Peppered throughout the grounds, a number of restored, antique structures invite guests to explore Poway’s past, including the town’s original assembly hall, a locally-focused heritage museum, an early 1900s-era homestead and a functioning blacksmith’s shop. The Park is also home to a farmers’ market every Saturday morning, featuring fresh, local produce and direct access to its growers. Elsewhere, the juried arts and crafts show of the Boardwalk Craft Market lets traditional artists show off and sell their work to local patrons. Next door, the popular Hamburger Factory restaurant serves a standard array of American fare from breakfast to dinner.  Across the street, the bright-colored, Old West-styled facades of the Old Poway Village Shopping Center present additional shopping spots, as well as Cafe Lily, a cozy joint for coffee, sandwiches, and sweets.

Different types of trains operate on different days, so check the website for train schedule.

If you are planning a visit, you might want to make a trip on October 28, 2012.  Old Poway Park is hosting “Once Upon a Hallowe’en,” a family-friendly event that is now in its fifth year. Celebrate Halloween in a distinctly different way by taking a ride into the past aboard the “Halloween Express.” Participate in a pumpkin carving contest. Brave your way through a haunted house. Children will delight in playing a variety of carnival-type games, racing ducks in the Fountain and making a Hallowe’en “Haunt” to take home as a remembrance of the magical evening.  The fun begins at 5:30 pm.

To learn additional details about the Poway Midland Railroad and the Once Upon a Hallowe’en even, visit powaymidlandrr.org

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Stagecoach Music Festival

 

When a concert festival’s line-up is announced more than half a year in advance, you know it probably lands on the “world-famous” side of things. And Stagecoach indeed does; becoming one of country music’s biggest gatherings, spotlighting both bands and artists sitting atop the current charts as well as those tunesmiths that held sway a decade, or several, back.  

On the weekend of April 26-28, 2013, the seventh annual Stagecoach: California’s Country Music Festival will take place in Indio, CA. This three day festival offers a diverse array of country music talent. Nashville legends, mainstream country groups, as well as up and coming artists are all featured in this year’s lineup. Stagecoach’s headliners include Toby Keith, Lady Antebellum, and the Zac Brown Band.

Tickets officially go on sale October 20th at 10 am. Visit stagecoachfestival.com

 

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Art Beat ~ 2nd Saturdays in Downtown Oxnard

Downtown Oxnard comes alive every 2nd Saturday with art, music, dancing & dining. Park the car and explore! Every month features new and different exhibitions, events and entertainment. Experience world class collections and meet emerging artists, try on an antique kimono or howl into a karaoke mike, blow some bubbles in the park or catch a late movie, listen to jazz or play a game of pool – all on the Art Beat. Expect the unexpected – and don’t forget dessert! View website for specific locations participating:  downtownoxnard.org

 

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Brick-or-Treat at LEGOLAND® California Resort in Carlsbad

LEGOLAND® California Resort is gearing up for the biggest kids’ Halloween celebration in San Diego, Brick-or –Treats Party Nights.  

Every weekend in October (Oct. 13 & 14, 20 & 21, 27 and 28), children 12 and under can trick-or-treat on the Brick-or-Treat Trail in the Enchanted Walk gathering goodies, tasty treats and other surprises.  This kid-sized cul-de-sacs feature seven uniquely LEGO® -themed treat stations and offer a safe, fun and entertaining trick-or-treating experience for all to enjoy.  

In addition, every Saturday in October from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., the family theme park transforms into a not-too-spooky Halloween celebration. Brick-or-Treat Party Nights features costume contests, nighttime trick-or-treating on one of two Brick or Treat Trails, festive music, entertainment, interaction with the “Boo Crew”, the animated light show “Spirits of Halloween” after sundown and fireworks cap off the night at 9 p.m. 



Several ghoulishly fun areas of LEGOLAND are open late for Party Nights on October 13, 20 and 27, including Land of Adventure, Castle Hill, Imagination Zone and Park favorites: Coastersaurus, Safari Trek and Fairy Tale Brook. Children can enjoy activities like Hubble Bubble’s Dance Party, the Haunted Hideaways and a LEGOLAND pumpkin patch building activity with glow-in-the-dark treats for nighttime fun. As children “boo-gie” down during Party Nights, they will also love interacting with the “Boo Crew” including Silly Scarecrow, Howlin’ Howie, Jester Funny Bones, Count Brickula plus acts including magic shows, entertainment from the “Wichettes”, a splash artist creating paintings to music and tap dancing skeletons. New this year, kids can help build a giant LEGO Vampire model!  

Visit california.legoland.com/bot/for additional details.

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Kids Free in October 2012

Museums and attractions throughout San Diego will be offering free admission for children 12 and under during the month of October. Participating Oceanside museums include the popular California Surf Museum (CSM) and the Oceanside Museum of Art (OMA). At the surf museum, kids will be stoked on exhibits including one entitled Secret Spot and another featuring teen surfer Bethany Hamilton’s shark-bitten surfboard. The OMA’s current lowrider exhibit is a popular draw as is the Free Family Art Day on October 14 where kids can spend a creative afternoon exploring a diverse selection of Asian-inspired art activities such as origami, crafting a paper koi fish and gyotaku or fish rubbing. For more information on Kids Free, visitoceanside.org/kids-free-in-oceanside/

 

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Zoo Boo Bash

Trick or treat in the wildest neighborhood in town during the Central Florida Zoo’s Zoo Boo Bash. It’s a safe, fun, and not-too-scary event for young and old alike. Kids are invited to bring goodie bags and wear costumes for trick or treat stations. If you forget your costume, face painting will be available. Take a haunted hayride, and learn about the myths and realities of some misunderstood animals. The fun begins on October 20th, 21st, 27th and 28th. Visit the event’s site for additional information at: centralflordiazoo.org

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