October is over halfway gone, and Halloween is almost here! While you’re scrambling to put together the perfect costume and buying candy in bulk for trick-or-treaters, think about trying some fun, diﬀerent ways to celebrate the spooky holiday! There are a lot of ways to celebrate the season besides trick-or-treating on Halloween night, and Ventura County has a lot of great events! Conejo Valley Guide created a list of Ventura County Halloween events, and we picked some of our favorites to share with you. From pumpkin patches to haunted houses, check out all the fun ways to celebrate Halloween in 2017! For the full list from Conejo Vally Guide, click here.
2017 Reign of Terror Haunted House, Lights On Tour
October 21st & 28th
Perfect for families who enjoy getting spooked but don’t want to overdo it with their younger kids. With over 100 rooms, Reign of Terror Haunted House is one of the top-ranked immersive haunt attractions in the United States. Normally, this haunted house isn’t suited for kids because it’s too intense. However, on two Saturday afternoons from 1-4pm, Reign of Terror Haunted House will be offering a less intense experience for families with younger kids. The cost for the Lights On Tour is $5 per child and adult.
Find more information here: www.rothauntedhouse.com
20th Annual Underwood Family Farms Fall Harvest Festival
September 30th-October 31st
Going to a pumpkin patch is a classic way to celebrate Halloween. It’s a great place to pick out pumpkins for your house, and it’s also the perfect spot for taking fall family pictures. At the Underwood Family Farms Fall Harvest Festival, the pumpkin patch becomes a big party for the family. On the weekends, food vendors offer everything from hamburgers and corn on the cob to sweets like shaved ice and cookies. Besides tons of food, there will be plenty of country games and activities, including pig races!
Weekend tickets are $20, and weekday, non-festival tickets are $6. Check out www.underwoodfamilyfarms.com/fall_harvest_festival.html for more information!
Día de los Muertos Celebration at Santa Paula Cemetery
Besides Halloween, October is also the month to celebrate Día de los Muertos. Santa Paula is offering several events for celebrating on October 29th, which you can look at here. The Pierce Brothers Santa Paula Cemetery will be hosting an event from 12 pm to 5 pm where you can get your face painted, decorate a sugar skull or altar, watch Folklorico dancers, and eat tamales while listening to mariachi music. This is a great experience and a time for celebrating the lives of your dearly departed!
4th Annual Halloween Fundraiser at Bard Mansion
This annual Halloween celebration will be held the historic Bard Mansion on the Port Hueneme Naval Base. The event is 6-10pm and includes a formal dinner, wine and beverages, a silent auction, and a rafﬂe. The night’s entertainment includes a show by a magician from the Magic Castle, psychics, a tour with ghost hunters, live music, and a comedy show.
Tickets for the event cost $140 and can be purchased: hermanbennettfoundation.org/events.html.
2017 Reign of Terror Haunted House
October 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29, 30 & 31
Bring the kids to the Lights On Tour, but leave them at home for your own terrifying adventure in California’s largest haunted house! This attraction is open 7-10pm on weekdays and 7-11pm on Saturdays. Lines for ROT are long, and its recommended that you buy your tickets in advance! Luckily, anyone who’s still in line at closing is guaranteed entrance.
Tickets cost $15 to $35 dollars. Check out their website for more details: www.rothauntedhouse.com