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Matilda the Musical
The power of imagination and the inspiring story of a girl who dreams of a better life
Every Fri and Sa (Oct 18-Oct 26) from 7:00pm to 9:30pm
Location: Rio theatre, 1205 Soquel, Santa Cruz Map

(0 A September 2019) matilda.jpgInspired by the twisted genius of Roald Dahl, the Tony Award-winning Roald Dahl's Matilda The Musical is the captivating masterpiece from the Royal Shakespeare Company that revels in the anarchy of childhood, the power of imagination and the inspiring story of a girl who dreams of a better life. With book by Dennis Kelly and original songs by Tim Minchin, Matilda has won 47 international awards and continues to thrill sold-out audiences of all ages around the world.

Matilda is a little girl with astonishing wit, intelligence and psychokinetic powers. She's unloved by her cruel parents but impresses her schoolteacher, the highly loveable Miss Honey. Over the course of her first term at school, Matilda and Miss Honey have a profound effect on each other's lives, as Miss Honey begins not only to recognize but also appreciate Matilda's extraordinary personality. Matilda's school life isn't completely smooth sailing, however - the school's mean headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, hates children and just loves thinking up new punishments for those who don't abide by her rules. But Matilda has courage and cleverness in equal amounts, and could be the school pupils' saving grace!

Packed with high-energy dance numbers, catchy songs and an unforgettable star turn for a young actress, Matilda is a joyous girl power romp. Children and adults alike will be thrilled and delighted by the story of the special little girl with an extraordinary imagination.


Show time: 7:00 PM, doors 6:00 PM
Tickets: $18 Gen, $28 Gold Circle
Advance tickets: www.allabouttheatre.org
Event website: www.allabouttheatre.org

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Santa Cruz Mountains Harvest Festival
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Santa Cruz Mountains Harvest Festival
Great local artists, wineries, breweries, musicians, games, hayrides and crafts, petting zoo, jump house, face painting and more
Date: 09/30/2019 from 11:00am to 6:30pm


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Join us for a day of music, great food, amazing artists, & small town traditions!

 

Santa Cruz Mountains Harvest Festival is located in Boulder Creek Ca. This event aims to help raise money for local non-profits as well as contributing money towards other like minded organizations & local companies.

 

The SCM Harvest Festival works with local farms, artists, musicians, downtown BC Merchants and local non-profits. We hope you will come and support your local friends and get involved if you are interested. The event is run through our local Boulder Creek Recreation and Park District and Foundation. Visit our website to see what we do in the community. www.bcrpd.org


Phone: 831-588-5628 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Harvest Faire & Steam Festival
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Roaring Camp
Admission is FREE for the whole family October 4-5 and children with a Steam Train ticket get to pick out a free pumpkin from ou
Date: Every day (Oct 5-Oct 6)
Admission Fees: Adults: $32 ~ Children: $23 (ages 2-12)

Harvest Faire & Steam Festival

 

Step into the incredible world of steam power at the Harvest Faire & Steam Festival presented by Kinetic Steam Works and Roaring Camp Railroads. Welcome Fall with heritage children's activities like scarecrow making, pumpkin patch picking, candle making and gold panning. Behold a variety of steam and belt-powered equipment on display.

 

Admission is FREE for the whole family September 30th and October 1st and children with a Steam Train ticket get to pick out a free pumpkin from our Harvest Pumpkin Patch on Bear Mountain.

 

Harvest & Steam themed activities include 'Make & Take' Scarecrows, Blacksmith and Print Shop demonstrations, gold panning, candle making and much more.

 

Purchase Steam Train Tickets Here.


Location: Hwy 9, Felton Map
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Oktoberfest at Elks Club!
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Santa Cruz Elks Lodge #824
An Oktoberfest Fundraiser for Children's Charities
Date: 10/12/2019 from 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Ages: All Ages Admission Fees: $25, a limited number will be available at the door for $30

An Oktoberfest Fundraiser for Children's Charities at the Santa Cruz Elks Lodge!

Join us for an Oktoberfest party at the Santa Cruz Elks Lodge on October 12th!

Traditional music by Alpinesound

 

Food provided by Mickey's Catering-sausages, schnitzel, pretzels, potatoes roasted with whole grain mustard, red cabbage, cucumbers salad and apple strudel.

 

Beer available for purchase from New Bohemian Brewing Company.

 

All proceeds will go to California-Hawaii Elks Major Project Inc to provide free therapy for children with disabilities.

 

Ages 21+

Tickets: $25, a limited number will be available at the door for $30

If you have a larger group (6+), call the Lodge to inquire about reserving a full table with some fun perks! (831-423-8240)


Location: Santa Cruz Elks Lodge, 150 Jewell Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Craft Sale in the Mountains
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Made in the Mountains
Artists line the sidewalks showing of their amazing crafts.
Date: The 3rd Sa of every month (May 1-Sep 21) from 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Admission Fees: free

(0 April 2018) MadeInMountains2018.jpgIt's back!! The sidewalks will be filled with art and crafts again on the 3rd Saturday of the month. And we're adding music to the event! So, come out, enjoy the incredible spring weather and load up on art and joy!

 

I can't wait to see what creativity the winter months brought out in all of the artists' work!

We're continuing the "Spend $50, get $100" game, too! The Boulder Bucks program works like this - if you spend $50 or more at any local business during the Made in the Mountains event (buying groceries, getting a mani/pedi, buying pizza for the kids' baseball team, .... ) just take your receipt to Emelia at Air & Fire before the event is over. Your name will be added to the drawing that will happen within the week after the event. You could be the one that wins $100 in the form of a gift certificate to spend at a local business of your choice! You can also split the $100 into 2 gift certificates to different businesses.

 

So, getting the kids pizza could turn into a free necklace for yourself! Or the tools bought at the hardware store could get you a free mani/pedi for after the yardwork is done and some Chinese food for dinner! Nice, right!?

 

See ya out there!

 


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Heritage Harvest Festival
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State Park Wilder Ranch
Celebrate! The harvest is in. See tractor, draft horse and living history demonstrations, listen to music, make crafts, and ...
Date: 10/19/2019 from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Ages: All
Special Instructions: $10 parking

Heritage Harvest Festival
Saturday, October 19 from 11am to 3pm

Celebrate! The harvest is in! See historic tractors, living history demonstrations, and live music, make crafts, and participate in harvest-time activities and games. Draft horse wagon rides available. Food available for sale, including hand-cranked pumpkin ice cream and apple tasting, or bring a picnic lunch. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 426-0505. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.


Location: Wilder Ranch , Hwy 1, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831.426-0505 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Floating Pumpkin Patch
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Santa Cruz County Parks
Catch a pumpkin, games, prizes, and a waterslide!
Date: 10/20/2019 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Ages: all Admission Fees: $8.00 adults/$6.00 children & seniors. Swim for a pumpkin $4.00/pumpkin

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Simpkins Family Swim Center - Sunday, October 20, 1-4 PM


We're putting a fun spin on the tradition of pumpkin picking by creating a patch in the pool just for you! In addition to pumpkins, we've got plenty of other fun activities planned for the day, including games, prizes, music, popcorn, and pumpkin decorating, and the waterslide will be open!

 

Costumes are encouraged and there will be a costume contest and photo booth for those that dress up!  Bring your suit and towel, your friends and family, and make a day of it!  This is a drop-in, rain or shine event; pre-registration is not required. 

 

Please note: The floating pumpkin patch opens at 1:30. Only those picking out a pumpkin can swim in the pumpkin patch.  Don't miss this fun fall family event at the Swim Center!  Check HERE for the schedule of activities and admission information.


Location: Simpkin Family Swim Center, 979 17th Ave., Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 454-7946 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
HALLOWEEN DANCE!
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Santa Cruz Dance
Contra dancing for beginners and experienced dancers - Make dance magic happen on the dance floor!
Date: 10/25/2019 from 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Ages: 7+ Admission Fees: $12 (general)($20 supporters, $8 students)
Special Instructions: Hillbillies from Mars, with Kevin Carr, Ray Bierl, Paul Kotapish, and Daniel Steinberg on a dizzying array of ghoulish instruments

COME DANCE!


October 25: 4th Fri HALLOWEEN VMH Contra Dance! Claire Takemori calls to tunes by Shira Kammen, Rebecca Richman, Jim Oakden, Daniel Steinberg.

 

Dances coming up:

Please

  • Bring soft-soled, non-marking shoes to help protect the floor

  • Keep our dances fragrance free for the comfort of all

  • Bring a snack to share if you have one.

  • Help support our community -- invite a new friend to experience contra dancing!

THE SANTA CRUZ CONTRA COMMUNITY needs YOUR HELP!

Making the second monthly dance sustainable has more than doubled our workload. This presents an opportunity for those with as little as one hour per month to contribute to the ongoing success of this endeavor. We need co-managers who will help set up or close the dances with other volunteers. Please contact the board at volunteer@santacruzdance.org and one of us will get back to you.

 

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Contra Dances Further Afield


Location: Veteran's Hall, 846 Front St, Santa Cruz Map
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11th Annual Pumpkin Carving & Pizza Spooky Night Out!
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Art Factory
Includes: pizza, a pumpkin for carving and a spooky project!THIS YEAR WE HAVE ONE FOR THE TEENAGERS TOO!
Date: Every day (Oct 25-Oct 26) from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Ages: 7-12 Admission Fees: PRE-REGISTER: $45 per child

11th Annual Pumpkin Carving & Pizza Spooky Night Out!
*NEW* THIS YEAR WE HAVE ONE FOR THE TEENAGERS TOO!

It's back... Our annual fall favorite!  Come spend a spooky, skill building, pumpkin carving night at the Art Factory! Pizza, pumpkins and carving tools are included.


Kids love a night out at the studio for lots of fun carving tips and tricks. And the teenagers will dive into drills, chisels and extreme carving tools!


KIDS; Ages 7-12; Fri. Oct. 25, 6:30pm-8:30pm
TEENS; Ages 13-17 Sat. Oct. 26, 6:30-8:30pm
PRE-REGISTER: $45 per student Includes: pizza & a pumpkin for carving 831-688-8862 www.artfactorystudios.com


Location: 9099 Soquel Dr. #15, Aptos Map
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Free Pumpkin Carving
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Library Boulder Creek
Join the Friends of Boulder Creek Library for a Free Pumpkin Carving Event!
Date: 10/26/2019 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Ages: all Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Limited amount of Pumpkins

Free Pumpkin Carving

Join the Friends of Boulder Creek Library for a Free Pumpkin Carving Event!

Leave the mess at the library and come carve a pumpkin with us! Pumpkins are free, tools are provided and refreshments will be served.

This event is sponsored by the Friends of Boulder Creek Library

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  • October 26th 2:00-4:00pm

Boulder Creek Library
13390 West Park Ave. BC

 

Limited amount of Pumpkins, please come at 2:00pm to assure free pumpkin or you may also being your own pumpkin to event.

 


Location: Boulder Creek Branch Library, 13390 West Park Avenue, Boulder Creek Map
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The Missing Arm
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State Park Big Basin
Experience the haunted tale of Big Basin's last lumber mill owner and his fateful encounter with a grizzly bear!
Date: 10/26/2019 at 6:30pm


"THE MISSING ARM" A SPECIAL EVENT!
7-9 pm
Registration begins at 6:30 pm. Walks every 15 minutes, starting at 7 pm.
Experience a haunted tale of Big Basin's last lumber mill owner and his fateful encounter with a grizzly bear! Celebrate the forest in autumn with this spooky and slightly silly half-mile theatrical guided walk through the redwoods at night. Ranger apples cooked around the campfire ,music and crafts round out this festive family event. The trail is stroller and wheelchair accessible. Registration begins at 6:30 pm. Parking is $10.00 per vehicle. Bring a flashlight.

 


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: (831) 338-8883 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Witches Ball
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Brookdale Lodge
Date: 10/26/2019 from 8:00pm to 1:00am
Ages: 21+

(0 A October 2018) WitchesBall_2018Ad.jpgHeld at the most haunted place in California, the Brookdale Lodge!

The Witches Ball is coming soon, so grab your hat and your broom.
Whether you walk, fly creep or crawl, make you way to the Witches Ball.

Live music by Rockblock Weekend! Witch hat contest! Witchy and all costumes expected.

Limited rooms available at Brookdale Lodge


Location: 11570 Hwy 9, Brookdale Map
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Halloween Bash
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Tannery World Dance and Cultural Center
Dance performance, haunted house, games, trick or treat, bistro, photo booth
Date: 10/26/2019 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Ages: All ages Admission Fees: $5-15 sliding scale

(0 A September 2019) tannery-halloween-2019.jpgTannery World Dance and Cultural Center  Come one come all!! To TWDCC's Halloween Bash!

 

Join us for an evening filled to the brim with the Halloween spirit. Kick off the party with a dance performance, then head into the haunted house, play games, trick or treat, and step into a professional photo booth with Devi Pride!

 

+ Bistro open for parents to enjoy.

 

$5-15 sliding scale.

 

See you there!!


Location: 1050 River St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 621-6226 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Haunted Harbor
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Santa Cruz Harbor
Come enjoy a "spooktacular" evening of trick-or-treating at Santa Cruz Harbor!
Date: 10/26/2019 from 4:00pm to 7:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

Haunted Harbor
Saturday, October 26, 2019
Come experience a "spooktacular" evening of trick-or-treating at Santa Cruz Harbor! Wind your way through an eerie adventure and collect Halloween treats along the way! Join us for family fun and adventure on Saturday, October 26, 2019, from 4 PM - 7 PM. More details to come.

 

 


Location: 135 Fifth Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831)425-0690 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Scotts Valley Haunted House
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Scotts Valley High School
Quite scary haunted house put on by students for ages 10+
Date: Every day (Oct 24-Oct 26) from 6:30pm to 10:00pm
Ages: 10 and up Admission Fees: Tickets are $10 each, or $35 for a group of 4.

(0 A September 2019) haunted-house-scotts-valley.jpgThe annual Scotts Valley High School haunted house is built and run by teens.  Recommended for people ages 10 and up.

 

Proceeds benefit charities.

 

Scream for a good cause! Scotts Valley High School will raise the hair on the back of your neck while raising money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. This year's theme: Area 51. Not recommended for children under 10.

 

 

 

 


Location: 555 Glenwood Dr, Scotts Valley Map
Phone: 831.439-9555 •website Scotts Valley create a direct event link
Chile Cookoff - 10th!
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Beach Boardwalk
Taste and vote for your favorite chile
Date: 10/26/2019 from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: All Ages Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: $10for a tasting kit

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Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

Chili Cook-Off

"Bring your appetite and join the fun as both professional and amateur chefs work their culinary magic and compete for the title of Best Chili!

 

"Admission to the Chili Cook-Off is free. Visitors can watch chefs prepare their chili on the Boardwalk.

 

"Boardwalk admission is free! Just purchase a Tasting Kit to sample chili from dozens of competitors. Tasting Kits are $10 each and include six taste tickets, spoon, cup and a People's Choice ballot.

 

Cook-Off Schedule

  • 9am-10am: Chef's prep (no heat)
  • 10am-1pm: Chili cook time
  • 10am: Tasting kits go on sale
  • 1pm: Public tasting begins
  • 4pm: Winners announced at the Neptune's Stage (beachside of Neptune's Kingdom)

 

Try Some Chili!

Boardwalk admission is free! Just purchase a Tasting Kit to sample chili from dozens of competitors. Tasting Kits are $10 each and include six (6) taste tickets, spoon, cup, and a People's Choice ballot.

 

Portion of Proceeds

A portion of the proceeds from Tasting Kit sales will benefit CASA of Santa Cruz County , Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) support children in the foster care system who have been abused or neglected and provide them with an adult volunteer who represents their voice in court and advocates for their best interests in court, school, and the community.


Location: 400 Beach Street, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 426-7433 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Thrill the World Santa Cruz
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Louden Nelson Center
Thriller Dancing Class! Dress rehearsal/sneak peek performances on Friday, October 25. Performances on Saturday, October 26, 1-3
Date: Every day (Oct 25-Oct 26)
Ages: All ages welcome Admission Fees: free

(0 Oct 2017) Halloween_ThrillerDance.jpgThrill the World Santa Cruz

 

Every year, on the Saturday before Halloween, night creatures call and the dead start to walk in their masquerade. So basically, a zombie flash mob Thriller dance. There are plenty of opportunities to learn the dance all month and participate in a world-wide simultaneous Thriller Dance at various venues throughout the county. Family and zombie-friendly!

 

Ask about Performance at Louden Nelson Center

This is your chance to participate in the world-wide simultaneous Thriller Dance, which happens every year on the Saturday before Halloween!!! Zombie flash mobs gather in cities across the globe to "Thrill The World" in celebration of community, fun, friends.  Learn the dance and join the mob!!

 

Dress rehearsal/sneak peek performances on Friday, October 25. Performances on Saturday, October 26, 1-3pm and 6-8pm.


Location: 301 Center Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Haunted HouseActing Classes
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Louden Nelson Center
Create masks, hang with zombies and take your costumes out on a pre-Halloween test ride. Tons of fun for the whole family.
Date: Every Wed, Fri and Sa (Oct 2-Oct 26)
Ages: All ages welcome Admission Fees: free

Play a frightening or fantastic role in the popular Louden Nelson Community Center Haunted House. Join us for this spooktacular tradition! No previous experience required. Dress rehearsal/sneak peek performances on Friday, October 25. Performances on Saturday, October 26, 1-3pm and 6-8pm. Parent volunteers welcome! Register online at santacruzparksandrec.com or call 420-5270.

 

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Location: 301 Center Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Capitola Village Halloween Parade
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Chamber Capitola Village
Ghosts, goblins, boys and ghouls...join us for the annual Capitola Village Halloween Parade!
Date: 10/27/2019 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

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Ghosts, goblins, boys and ghouls...join us for the annual Capitola Village Halloween Parade! Line up begins at 1:30pm in the Beach & Village Parking Lot above Capitola City Hall.

 

Parade begins promptly at 2pm. Parade will head down Capitola Avenue, wind through Capitola Village to the Esplanade ending at Esplanade Park, where trick-or-treat bags, balloons, and refreshments will be waiting. New Leaf Community Market will be there with treats! Trick-or-treating at Capitola Village shops following parade.


Capitola Village Halloween Parade Date: October 27, 2019 Time: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM


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Zootoberfest
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San Francisco Zoo
Come to SF Zoo to welcome our favorite season... FALL!
Date: Every Su and Sa (Oct 5-Oct 27) from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Admission Fees: Free (inder3) to $15

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Dress up in costume for one of San Francisco Zoo & Garden's most popular

Come to SF Zoo to welcome our favorite season... FALL!

 

Every weekend in October, go on an adventure in "Harvest Hallow" for access to new and exciting attractions. Navigate through San Francisco's largest hay maze, a 5,000-square-foot structure made from 600 bales of straw and incorporates play areas within the design. Free with paid admission to San Francisco Zoo & Gardens!

For kids AND adults, SF Zoo's "Zoo Brew Haus" at The Depot Grill is pouring a great selection of brews, and cooking a full smorgasbord of German-inspired dishes, like beer-braised bratwurst with Guinness mustard and Sauerkraut! During lunch, dine to the upbeat sounds of a live band playing traditional European polka music. You might even want to get up and dance!

 


Location: 1 Zoo Way, San Francisco Map
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Thomas and Percy's Halloween Party
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Roaring Camp
Dress up for Halloween with favorites Thomas and Percy, for a 20 minute train ride, entertainment, and fun filled activities
Date: Every Su and Sa (Oct 12-Oct 27)
Admission Fees: Adults: $45 ~ Children: $35 (ages 2-12)

Thomas and Percy's Halloween Party

October 12-13, 19-20, 26-27

 

Dress up for Halloween with favorites Thomas and Percy, for a 20 minute train ride, entertainment, and fun filled activities for the entire family.

 

(0 A September 2019) ThomasHalloween2019.jpgWhat is Day Out With ThomasTM Presents: Thomas and Percy's Halloween Party?

Day Out With ThomasTM Presents: Thomas and Percy's Halloween party is a family event that offers aspiring engineers and their families the unique opportunity to take a ride with the classic storybook engine, Percy as well as Thomas the Tank EngineTM at regional heritage railroads across the country.

 

Thomas the Tank Engine and Percy

Since Thomas the Tank Engine and Percy left the depot more than 65 years ago, these Really Useful Engines and their Island of Sodor friends have chugged their way into the hearts of preschoolers and grownups worldwide. Based on The Railway Series of classic stories authored by a father who loved trains and wanted a shared experience with his son, Thomas & FriendsTM is a rite of passage that inspires the imagination while teaching the life lessons of friendship, exploration and cooperation.

 

Appropriate ages for Thomas and Percy's Halloween Party

Thomas and Percy's Halloween Party is a family event that welcomes passengers of all ages.

Thomas Train  25 mins   See Departures

Activities

  • Face Painting
  • Storytelling
  • Train Play Tables
  • Cookie Decorating
  • Coloring
  • Pick a Pumpkin

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Location: Hwy 9, Felton Map
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5K/3K Run & Dia de los Muertos Fesitival
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Boys & Girls Club & El Rosal Bakery
The festival features a diverse line-up of Mexican dance and colorful costumes, special performances, homemade altars (ofrendas)
Date: 10/27/2019 from 9:00am to 3:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: $10 for youth (race);$35 for adults (race); $50 for families (2 Adults max) (race); $75 for group of 4 (race); Festival is free
Special Instructions: 21513 E. Cliff Dr. Santa Cruz, CA 95062

(0 A August 2019) DiaDeLosMuertosBandGClub.jpgDia de los Muertos Festival brings families together for a celebration and some healthy exercise with a 3K or 5K run. The festival features a diverse line-up of Mexican dance and colorful costumes, special performances, homemade altars (ofrendas), face painting, and foods.

A morning 3/5K walk/run along the ocean will kick off the day's events. Admission to the festival is free after the run.

Free parking is available to all festival and run participants.

Registration fees are $10 for youth, $35 for adults, families $50 (max 2 adults) and $75 for groups of four. Registration fee includes a tee-shirt, awards, refreshments, and swim pass for Simpkins Swim Club (valid for race day only).

Register by Friday, October 11 to receive a t-shirt.


Location: El Rosal Bakery, 21513 E. Cliff Dr. , Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 423-3138 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Santa Cruz Glass Pumpkin Patch
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Live Oak Grange
Beautiful hand-made glass pumpkins and gourds created in the glass blowing studio of local artist Cris Johnson
Date: Every day (Oct 26-Oct 27) from 10:00am to 4:00pm


(0 Oct 2017) Halloween_glass-pumpkin-5.jpgSanta Cruz Glass Pumpkin Patch at Live Oak Grange Returns with golden leaves and autumn breezes! We are delighted to again be in the heirloom fruit garden at historic Live Oak Grange on 17th Ave.

Beautiful hand-made glass pumpkins and gourds created in the glass blowing studio of local glass artist Chris Johnson. A dazzling array of colors, in all sizes and for every budget.

Five percent of all proceeds will be donated to the Live Oak Grange to sustain their awesome work in the community.

Join us Saturday and Sunday, October 26 & 27, 10AM-4PM. No purchase required - all are welcome to come enjoy the beautiful art glass! One weekend only.


Location: 1900 17th Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Fern Creek RR Invaded Halloween Night!
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Fern Creek and Western Garden Railroad
Lights, fog machines, jumping spiders, the grim reaper, haunted scare crow, not to mention flying ghosts and other ghouls!
Date: 10/31/2019 at 6:00pm


(0 Oct 2017) Halloween_FC_Best.jpgThe Fern Creek and Western Garden Railroad is open to the public on Halloween night.

 

All are welcome to come and watch trains run around the garden.

 

Lights, fog machines, jumping spiders, the grim reaper, haunted scare crow, not to mention flying ghosts and other ghouls!


You can join the event through the Fern Creek and Western Garden Railroad Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/359214540921968/

Tell your friends and family to join in the fun and we hope to see you there!


Location: 419 Ocean View Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Halloween at the Seymour Center!
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Seymour Marine Discovery Center
Wear your costume for reduced admission
Date: 10/31/2019 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Special one-day-only price: Adult $7 | Senior, Student, Child $5 | Children 2 and under FREE | Members FREE

(0 A 1.1 October) Seymour-logo-oct-19.jpgWear your costume to the Seymour Center on Halloween and receive $2 off regular price admission!

 

Discount available for adults, seniors, and children on Thursday, October 31, 2019 from 10 AM-5 PM.


Location: 100 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz Map
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Halloween Downtown Santa Cruz
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Downtown Santa Cruz
Halloween fun for children downtown
Date: 10/31/2019 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Ages: All

Downtown Santa Cruz Trick-or-Treat

Bring the kids, the neighbors, and even the dog for this annual free family friendly event in Downtown Santa Cruz.

 

Pacific Avenue will be closed to traffic, and the downtown merchants will be handing out treats to costumed kids.

 

Whether you're spooky or sparkly, creepy and crawly, or cute and cuddly, wear your most creative costume and bring your camera to this fun, safe and free annual community celebration.


Location: Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831.429.8433 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Pumpkin Farms
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Pumpkin Farmers
Pumpkin Farms and more!
Date: Every day (Sep 1-Oct 31)


Borchard Farms
142 Rodgers Road, Salinas
Find thousands of pumpkins, gourds, and squash a Ghost Town, Haunted Barn, 5 acre corn maze, and lots of farm animals.

Crystal Bay Farm
40 Zils Road, Watsonville
Great variety at this small organic farm!

The Farm
Spreckles Blvd Exit off Hwy 68, Salinas
Family friendly pumpkin patch, animals, hay rides, puppet shows and a cow train.

Rodoni Farms
4444 Coast Road, Santa Cruz
North of Santa Cruz on HWY 1.
Beautiful views, pumpkins, specialty squash, a fun corn maze and hay forts.

Arata Pumpkin Farm
185 Verde Rd
Half Moon Bay
Hay maze, haunted barn, hay rides, petting zoo and a pumpkin for everyone!

Cardinale and Wright Pumpkin Patch
Monterey Fairgrounds
2004 Fairground Road, Monterey
Great service and lots of pumpkins to choose from.

Earthbound Farms
725 Carmel Valley Road,Carmel Valley
Farm stand with organic veggies, frozen yogurt, pumpkins and a children's garden.

Hacienda Hay and Feed
7180 Carmel Valley Rd, Carmel Valley
Haunted hay maze, pumpkins,donkey, goats, turtles, an Emu, and more

Swank Farms
4751 Pacheco Pass Highway, Hollister
Huge pumpkin patch! Giant corn maze, little kids' play areas, jumping pillows, cow train, corn cannons, hours of fun for the kids!

Lemos Farm
12320 San Mateo Rd. (Hwy 92)
Half Moon Bay
One zone for the little ones who don't want to be really scared and another scare zone with live actors who will do their best to "scare the yell out of you," train rides, hay rides, pony rides and pumpkins

Uesugi Farms
14485 Monterey Highway, San Martin
Pumpkinville Railroad, Corn Maze, Pumpkin Blasters and Pumpkins


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Uesugi Farms
Pumpkinville Railroad, Corn Maze, Pumpkin Blasters and Pumpkins for Sale
Date: Every day (Sep 20-Oct 31)
Admission Fees: free to enter, fees for ticketed rides

Ride the Pumpkinville Railroad!  Take a nostalgic ride aboard our Allan Herschell Iron Horse or our blue and yellow Arrow Streamliner trains. Visit Morgania, where our scarecrows live.

Operates 9am-closing daily.

 

Saturday, October 5th
11am-1pm 
3pm - 5pm   Noah Kibreab Band
Sunday, October 6th
11am -  1pm Patty Kistner Band 
3pm-5pm  SDR
Saturday, October 12th
10:30am - 12:30pm Bert and the Cruzers 
3pm-7pm JJ Hawg   

ALL DAY Gourd Festival (gourd art, vendors, demos & exhibits)

 

 

Sunday, October 13th

12pm - 2pm  Relatively Key

5pm - 7pm Noah Kibreab Band 
 Saturday, October 19th
12pm - 2pm  Fred McCarty Band 
5pm - 7pm  Isiah
Sunday, October 20th
12pm - 2pm Patty Kistner Band 
5pm - 7pm Soul Kiss
Saturday, October 26th
12pm - 2pm Relatively Key
5pm - 7pm  Matt Massih Band
Sunday, October 27th 12pm - 2pm Wild West 
5pm - 7pm ) Noah Kibreab Band 
Thursday, October 31st
HAPPY HALLOWEEN!
5pm - 7pm Morgan Hill downtown trick or treat

 

 

 

 

Get Lost in Kayla's Korn Maze.  Try to find your way out of this 2 acre corn maze with interactive trivia cards.  Fun for the whole family.

 

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Train Take a nostalgic ride aboard our Allan Herschell Iron Horse or our blue and yellow Arrow Streamliner trains. Visit Morgania, where our scarecrows live. Operates 9am-closing daily.

 

Pumpkin Pete's Enchanted Hayride Meet Pumpkin Pete and travel through some of the most beautiful and awe-inspiring lands of Uesugi Farms. Visit Pumpkinland, our gorgeous Sunflower Gallery, and the spectacular Marigoldland, filled with over 100,000 hand-sown flowers. This one of a kind hayride is completely narrated and complimented with charming music. It's a must see! Operates 9am-6:30pm daily.

 

Corn Maze Take a stroll through this 2 acre corn maze and try to find your way out. Interactive trivia cards will help you navigate through this aMAIZEing Corn Maze. Fun for the whole family. Children under the age of 10 need to be accompanied by an adult. Operates 9am-closing.


The Cow TrainThis may be the silliest fun you have all year!A favorite with the kids!Operates 9am-closing daily. Last ride leaves 15 min to closing.

 

Butterfly Valley Take a stroll along this path and learn about the fascinating lives of butterflies through interactive storyboards. Operates 9am-Close daily.


Bootsie The Bee Follow the corn path to discover all of Bootsie's colorful, textured friends, and learn fascinating 'bee-facts' too. Be sure to visit Bootsie at night. All the storyboards are lit up with blacklights. Operates 9am-closing daily.

Carousel Everyone can remember riding a carousel as a youngster, and this one rivals the best.Operates 9am-closing daily.


Pumpkin Blasters Come and shoot targets with mini pumpkins out of this gun... at 90mph.What a blast!! Safe for all ages. Operates 9am-closing daily.

 

Bootsie's Honey Hut Bee sure to stop by Bootsie's Honey Hut. You can see live bees in their hive working away. You can purchase all kinds of bee-made goodies such as jars of honey, honey sticks, candy and candles. Get your honey all year long by visiting www.allhoneystore.com

Pumpkin Pyramid It takes over 4000 pumpkins to cover our pyramid. A splendiferice site of epic proportions. Have your picture taken while sitting in our king or queen thrones. Operates 9am-closing daily.


Petting Coral Don't forget to visit our friendly farm animals. Featuring goats, chickens, rabbits, ducks and our favorite, Henry the miniature donkey!Operates weekends  9am-5:30pm


Pony Rides Our sweet ponies will bring joy to everyone's faces. Stop for a photo to cherish this memory forever.Operates Sat-Sun 9am-5:30pm

 

Super Slide $3.50 per person/one time  Operates 9am-closing daily.

 

Fees


Location: 14485 Monterey Highway, San Martin Map
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Arata Farm Hay Maze
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Arata Pumpkin Farm
Hey everyone, it's that time of year again! Come on out to the farm and enjoy the world famous Minotaur's Labyrinth Hay Maze, or
Date: Every day (Sep 20-Oct 31) from 9:00am to 7:00pm


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Arata's Pumpkin Farm is the must-visited destination for all your pumpkin needs. We have pumpkins of all sizes and in dozens of varieties. We have the special pumpkin for everyone in your family!

 

But there's so much more to us than just pumpkins! Challenge yourself mentally and physically in our world famous two-acre Minotaur's Labyrinth hay maze. Take in the wonders of our six-acre corn field and Pumpkin River. Brace yourself for thrills and chills in our haunted barn. Kick back and enjoy one of our hay rides. There are also picnic areas throughout the farm, for when you want to relax and refuel.

 

Arata's is a terrific choice to spend the day with the young ones as well. We've got a Play Land playground with a miniature version of our hay maze, a train ride, guided pony rides and even a petting zoo! At Arata's Pumpkin Farm we have something for everybody!

Attractions and Fees: Minotaur's Labyrinth Hay Maze and Haunted Barn Combo ~  Hay Ride  ~  Pony Ride  ~  Play Land

October Hours

Sunday - Thursday 9am - 6:30pm

Friday - Saturday 9am - 10:30pm

 


Location: 185 Verde Rd, Half Moon Bay Map
Phone: (650) 726-7548 •website Half Moon Bay create a direct event link
Pumpkin Patch, You Pick Pumpkins
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Rodoni Farms
Great local place to pick your pumpkin right from the field and have fun in the corn maze! Open Oct. 1
Date: Every day (Sep 20-Oct 31)

Special Instructions: 4 miles North of Santa Cruz, California on Hwy. 1

Pumpkins are HERE!!

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Pumpkins and fun are what it's all about! Come roam through the fields of pumpkins. There are so many varieties to choose from! We have hay bales, scary cutouts, and a 5 acre corn maze! We also have fresh Brussels sprouts on the stalk, artichokes, corn stalks, and gourds.
**Pumpkins are priced by size, not weight.

 

Choosing your pumpkin:
There are two methods of choosing your pumpkin to carve. The first way is my favorite. As you stroll through the pumpkin patch a certain individual pumpkin will jump out at you! That's the ONE! The other method is to have a pattern or face in mind and look for a pumpkin that will work with your design. Usually a large stem makes a nice addition to the pumpkin.
Remember!. The more unusual the better!

 

  • Bring your camera! There are many fun photo spots!
  • Come spend the day by the California coastline and hand pick your Halloween pumpkin!
  • We are open every daily, 9 AM - 6 PM from October 1st through Halloween. After Halloween we will remain open on the honor system until Christmas.
  • We are dog friendly. We kindly ask that you keep them on a leash at all times and pick-up after them, if need be.
  • CASH OR CHECK ONLY PLEASE.

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Directions:
Our Pumpkin Patch, U Pick Em Pumpkins, is located at 4444 Coast Rd. (Hwy 1)

4 miles North of Santa Cruz, California on Hwy. 1. Take Mission Street through the center of town and continue on to Hwy. 1 towards San Francisco/ Halfmoon Bay. We are on the right side just after Dimeo Lane.


Location: 4444 Coast Rd. , Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 426-6438 •website Davenport create a direct event link
Pumpkin Junction
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Casa de Fruta
Date: Every day (Oct 1-Oct 31) from 9:00am to 4:00pm


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October 1st through October 31st, 8am - 8pm

Experience Pumpkin Junction on a Field Trip or on a family outing. Your children will make lasting memories as they enjoy the Harvest season and explore all that Casa de Fruta has to offer! Come and find the perfect pumpkin, mine for gemstones at Casa de Miner's Sluice, ride Casa de Choo Choo and take a spin on Casa de Carousel! For more info call 1-800-543-1702 or email info@casadefruta.com.

Fruit Stand parking area.


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Location: 10021 Pacheco Pass Highway, Hollister Map
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