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Harvest / Halloween

A Special Event Newsletter


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Healthy Halloween

Treats for Kids:

Make n' Take!


A nutritious class

with Kelly Dearie

of Sustainable Nutrition

Sunday 10/26 3-5pm

Oops! A goblin has eaten some of your child's Halloween candy! What do you do? Replace it with something yummy and healthy!

Learn tricks to transition children to healthier sweets, and make delicious sweet treats for children.

Relax and sample goodies like coconut-cream pie on a raw-flax crust, or bring your ingredients from a list that we'll supply and "make and take"!

Come learn about the healthiest sweeteners available!

All ages are welcome... please come in costume. There will be a kid's activity corner with Halloween fun!


Sustainable Nutrition

Culinary Center
504-A front St.

Santa Cruz



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Fresh Prep Kitchens
Fall Open House!

Sat Oct 18,


  Fun, FREE event!

• Tastings from our October menu
• Try our service! Make a 3-serving dinner for $13.95
• Raffle for two $50 Gift Certificates
• Meet chef instructors and learn about upcoming classes


For details, visit

Culinary Center

of Santa Cruz


Fresh Prep Kitchens

Or call us 429-1390.




 infants to tweens! 

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Go to

Baby Bloomers

Water St,

Santa Cruz


Jelli Beanz

2555 Soquel Av,

Santa Cruz


Little Peoples

2601 Main St, Soquel

& Safeway Center,

Scotts Valley

476.7244, 438.7245



Baby Shoppe

1101 Pacific Ave

Santa Cruz

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There's a goblin at my window,
A monster by my door.
The pumpkin at my table
Keeps on smiling more and more.
There's a ghost who haunts my bedroom,
A witch whose face is green.
They used to be my family,
Till they dressed for Halloween.
by Sandra Liatsos





For a full list of events and harvest locations, please visit our calendar there are many choices here for all ages.  Have a bountiful fall harvest and a safe Halloween.  Parmalee


First!  Harvest Bounty for You! 

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(Special Event Page Graphics) HalloweenMazeSwank.jpgHarvest 9/19-11/2 Swank Farms Pumpkin Patch is home to a large pumpkin patch, Kiddy Korral and petting zoo, pumpkin sling shots, and mazes and labyrinths. On weekend nights Swank Farms plays host to the Conover Mystery Ranch haunted attraction and Sinisterium set deep inside a maze.  2600 San Felipe Rd., Hollister 






10/1-31, 10am-7pm Fambrini's Farm Fresh Produce Pumpkin Patch plus fresh produce. Half-mile south of Davenport on Cabrillo Hwy. (Hwy 1) 831-423-2532

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10/1-31, 10am-6pm
Crystal Bay Farm Pumpkin Patch.  Pretty organic pumpkin patch that also offers fruits and vegetables. 40 Zils Rd., Watsonville

10/1-31, 11am-6pm,
Great Pumpkin Patch - This street corner lot features lots of pretty pumpkins and more! Mission St. and Van Ness Ave., Santa Cruz

9/28-10/31, 9am-6pm, Rodoni Farms Pumpkin Patch, Pumpkins and fun are what it's all about! Come roam through the fields of pumpkins. Great picnic sites, hay bales, and scary cut-outs. Four miles north of Santa Cruz on Highway 1,

10/1-31, 9am-6pm, Seaside Pumpkin Farms This spacious pumpkin farm has plenty of pumpkins for you to pick that special one...or five! Half-mile north of Davenport on Highway 1


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8/15-12/31 9:30am-5pm daily, Silva's Apple Barn - pumpkins, prepicked apples, 1765 Hames Rd, Aptos, CA, 95003. (831) 724-8119 or (831) 724-2467. Hwy 1 to Freedom Blvd, go 3 miles turn left on Hames Rd approx 1/4 mile. Prepicked apple varieties: Gravenstein, Gala, King, McIntosh, Spartan, Ida Red, Bellflower, Golden Delicious, Newtown Pippin, Winesap, Black Twig, Fuji. Also Tomatoes, dried fruits, honey, jams, butters, butter, applesauce, preserves and syrups.


10/1-31, 8am-8pm, Pumpkin Junction at Casa de Fruta - Pumpkin Patch, Fruit Stand Parking Area, 6680 Pacheco Pass Hwy., Hollister, CA. Huge pumpkin patch plus spooky characters lurking amongst the pumpkins. Bring your camera and your family and make a day of it. Ride the train! Ride the miniature locomotive creekside and see the natural wonders that make Casa de Fruta's setting unique in the world.


(Site Photos) AppleButter.jpg10/18 Apple Butter Festival, Gizdich Ranch, Plan ahead for this event, you don't want to miss it. Every year we hold the Apple Butter Festival here, at the Ranch, with HAYRIDES, ANTIQUE ENGINE DISPLAY, PUMPKIN PATCH, and of course, APPLE BUTTER COOKING and CANNING, plus MUCH MORE.  The Entire Family is Welcomed -- there is no entrance fee. Just come and bring the entire family and join the FUN! 55 Peckham Rd, Watsonville


Halloween Fun!!


(Special Event Page Graphics) HalloweenTreasureHunt.jpg10/4-5, 11-12, 18-19, 25-26, 2008, 10 am-6 pm. Gilroy Gardens Halloween Treasure Hunt Come to Gilroy Gardens for its Fall Halloween Celebration! Guests are invited to participate in the Halloween Treasure Hunt. Kids 12 years and under can pick up a treasure map and search for hidden locations. Each location will give participants a special treasure. Plus, guests will be treated to a special community Scarecrow Alley. Sycamore Bridge will be transformed with 30-40 scarecrows created by community organizations and businesses. In addition, guests can shop at the sidewalk sale outside Hall's Mercantile to purchase various items including pumpkins. And throughout the day guests can meet the costumed character, Gil, who will be dressed for the occasion! Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park, 3050 Hecker Pass Hwy., Gilroy, $42.99,



Fridays 10/3-24, 7-9pm Halloween Movie Nights, Ages 13-22, Free. Come see Halloween movies every Friday night in October (except for October 31). All movies will be rated G or PG. Please call the center each week to find out what movie will be shown. Popcorn and juice will also be available. Children under 6 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Ramsay Park Family Center, 1301 Main St., Watsonville

10/18-19, Family Overnight Halloween Camp Gilroy Gardens
, Overnight Halloween Camp at Gilroy Gardens, Exciting activities ▪ Treasure Hunt , 3050 Hecker Pass, Gilroy


Oct. 3-5, 10-12, 17-19, 24-26, 31-11/1, 7 pm-midnight Halloween Haunt at Great America. This ultimate, in-your-face, Halloween extravaganza will feature five spine-tingling haunted mazes, four themed scare zones, one themed attraction, three head-turning live stage shows, plus the park's collection of world-class thrill rides. In addition, Logger's Run, the park's classic flume attraction will transform into Camp Gonna Getcha, a summer camp that takes on a dark, twisted side. California's Great America, 4701 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara Oct. 3-5, 10-12, 17-19, 24-26, 31-Nov. 1, 2008, 7 pm-midnight $39.99

10/18 11am  The Farm Fall Festival Start the day with a puppet show 11am followed by a pumpkin race and hayrides. Visit our pumpkin patch. Hwy 68 & Spreckles Rd exit, Salinas


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10/4-11/2, San Jose Skate Haunted House Haunted house brought to you by San Jose Skate! 397 Blossom Hill Rd., San Jose, Fri. 7:30 pm-9:30 pm; Sat. 1:30 pm-4:30 pm and 7 pm-9 pm; and Sun. 2:30 pm-4:30 pm, $3.

Oct 18-Oct 19 Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival, Pumpkin Mecca Celebrates the Great Gourd
SF Giants Great Will Clark to Serve as Parade Grand Marshall.  Year after year, festival goers enjoy a memorable experience with the special display of massive weigh-off champion pumpkins, the remarkable "Picasso of pumpkin carvers" sculpting and shaping a monster 1,000+ pound pumpkin, three stages of blockbuster entertainment, everyone's favorite home-spun parade, harvest-inspired crafts, the tastiest pumpkin pie on the planet, enchanting events and contests for the whole family, and the never-ending search for the Great Pumpkin waiting to be picked from one of the rustic pumpkin patches dotting the coast.

Oct 24-Oct 25 6-10pm Creepy Crib, Ages 13-22 Admission Fees: $2
It's close to midnight and something creepy is lurking in the dark. The ghosts and ghouls have taken over the Youth Center. Be prepared to scream and hold on a little tighter as you walk through the various haunted halls and rooms. Watch out! Something might just pop up around the corner. Do you dare to come in? G.H.W.R. Youth Center, Watsonville

(Special Event Page Graphics) GhostTrain.jpgOct 24-Oct 25 Roaring Camp Ghost Train, All Admission Fees: $25/person, Reservations required
This is a family and children's Halloween event! Relive "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" this Halloween at Roaring Camp as you ride vintage railway cars through a Redwood forest to Bear Mountain. Named one of the top 10 Halloween events by USA Today. Costumed actors re-enact scenes from the story as it's narrated during the one-hour ride. Designed for young children and the young-at-heart, the event is a light and lively adaptation of the famous tale. Trains at 6:00, 6:30, 8:00, 8:30 pm, Graham Hill Road, Felton

Oct 24-Oct 25 6-10pm, Haunted Trail, Santa Cruz County Parks, Ages: may be too intense for children Admission Fees: $5, Meet ghosts from the past. For just two spine chilling nights, the trails of Twin Lakes State park (behind the Simpkins Family Swim Center) will be transformed into an experience not recommended for the faint of heart. Learn about and discover first-hand the dark and mysterious history that curses Santa Cruz.
     Learn and discover first-hand the dark and mysterious history that curses Santa Cruz. The Haunted Trail is an inexpensive alternative to other holiday events that is fun for the whole family and encourages the public to get out and enjoy one of California's beautiful state parks.
     The annual Haunted Trail event is coming up on its third year and even though it is hosted by the Santa Cruz County Parks and Recreation Department, it is made possible through multiple individual volunteers and volunteer groups from around Santa Cruz County. Last year over 50 volunteers helped to make up the Haunted Trail event that hosted over 700 people in one night. This year the event is back to two nights and is looking to be one of the most frightful years yet! As well, local theatre groups join in on this event making it not only a spookily historical experience, but a theatrical one as well. Furthermore, not only is this a fun holiday event the whole family can enjoy, but it is also an opportunity for local school groups and non-profit organizations to fundraise by sponsoring a booth outside the trail entrance.
     Can you only imagine walking down a darkened trail at Twin Lakes State Park while chilling screams and shrills emanates from the forest ahead? As you make your way along a cobweb covered trail, something drips on your head from the trees above, (what can it be?), a headless ghoul pops out from behind the tree and you know that you're on the Haunted Trail!
Simpkins Swim Center, 17th St, Santa Cruz


10/25 11am-4pm, Heritage Harvest Festival, Wilder Ranch, $6 parking, Celebrate harvest time the old-fashioned way at Wilder Ranch State Park's Heritage Harvest Festival. Choose and decorate a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch, take a wagon ride, watch draft horses, antique tractor, and living history demonstrations, try your hand at some old-time harvest activities, listen to live bluegrass and western music, learn to square dance, play cow pie bingo, enjoy hand-cranked pumpkin ice cream, harvest goodies, and more. Hwy 1, 2 mi north of Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz

(Special Event Page Graphics) HalloweenJackOLanternStarsCat.jpg10/25 10am-4pm Halloween & Harvest Carnival, Aptos Academy, Fun for the whole family. Haunted house, horse rides, dunk tank, cake walk, games, jump house, face painting, balloons, arts and crafts activities. Plus raffle, live music, seasonal crafts vendors, gourmet hog dogs and food concession. Costumes optional!  1940 Bonita Dr, Aptos

Oct 25-Oct 30, 10am-5pm Boo at the Zoo, San Francisco Zoo,
 Haunted Nature Trail ▪ Creepy Crawley Critters, Pumpkin Stomp and Chomp, 47th & Sloat, San Francisco

10/25 6:30pm, The Missing Arm of William Waddell
, Big Basin, A half-mile guided walk through a forest decorated in the spirit of Halloween. Walks leave every 20 minutes, from 7 pm. Big Basin Redwoods State Park, Boulder Creek

10/25 11am-3pm, Family Festival, MAH, Día de los Muertos
(Day of the Dead) is a traditional Mexican celebration that honors family and friends who have passed away. The Museum's annual community altar celebrates the vibrancy of this holiday and the Santa Cruz County community. Children and adults will enjoy live music, dance performances, and colorful art activities! Special performances by Xochipilli Grupo Folklorico and other local groups. 705 Front Street, Santa Cruz

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10/25 9:30am-2pm, Gault Halloween/Dia de los Muertos,

Parade/Carnival, Free admission, carnival game tix 25 cents ea., wristbands $20. 60th Annual Gault Elementary School Halloween-Dia de los Muertos Costume Parade and Carnival. Parade 9:30-10 assembles at B40 Small Schools, Carnival at Gault 10-2. Prizes for best home made costumes, carnival games, activities, food. A Seabright Tradition since 1948. 1320 Seabright Avenue, Santa Cruz


10/26 1-4pm, Gateway School Harvest Festival, Gateway School, Come to this fun family event. There will be lots of booths for kids including pumpkin walk, bean bag toss, obstacle course, climbing wall, bake sale and barbecue.  126 Eucalyptus Ave., Santa Cruz

10/26 1:30pm, Capitola Halloween Parade, City of Capitola. Free.  Line-up at 1:30pm at Pacific Cove Parking Lot above Capitola Police Department & City Hall. Parade starts at 2pm and winds through Capitola Village and ends at Esplanade Park. Capitola


Fri, 10/31, 7:30am-6 pm, All Day Program Halloween Program, Santa Cruz County Parks
$40 Res/$44 Non-Res Children ages 6-12 can spend their school break with their friends and our trained and experienced recreation staff.  Special activities are planned around a Halloween theme, including games, sports, crafts, mad science and a costume parade. Aptos Village Park, Aptos

(Icons/Graphics) HalloweenKidstoColor.jpgFri, 10/31, Halloween on the SANTA CRUZ WHARF 3:30pm - 6pm FACE the PAINT Face & Body Painting is being sponsored by the City of SANTA CRUZ! This means FREE FACE PAINTING for the kids on HALLOWEEN! Come down to the Santa Cruz Wharf for Halloween Celebration. Contests and Halloween FUN!


Fri, 10/31, 6pm - 8:30pm, Marine Masquerade & Scary Aquary! Seymour Marine Discovery Center Marine Masquerade & Scary Aquary Family fun with seaside storytelling, night-time whale skeleton tours, crafts, scavenger hunt and costume parade. 100 Shaffer Rd , Santa Cruz


Fri, Oct 31, 2:30-5pm, Trick or Treat Downtown Santa Cruz, Children's Halloween, Halloween activities and merchant trick-or-treat on Pacific Ave from Laurel to Water St. Lincoln and Cedar Streets, Santa Cruz


(Special Event Page Graphics) HalloweenZooKids.jpgFri, Oct 31 Spooky Sleepover at the SF Zoo San Francisco, Zoo Family Overnights Several times a year, including Memorial Day weekend, Father's Day, and Halloween, the San Francisco Zoo provides an exciting opportunity for families to spend the night in the "wild". Small family groups will enjoy guided tours and fun evening activities based on educational themes. Family Wild Nights Gift Certificates are a great gift idea for friends and family! Minimum age for children participating is 6 years old. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Family Overnight Fees:
Members Kids 6-12 yrs. $65.00, 12 yrs. and older $75.00;
Non-Members Kids 6-12 yrs. $75.00, 12 yrs. and older $85.00
Overnights Contact Information: (415) 753-8124 17th & Sloat, San Francisco


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