MONSTER DASH: The Monster Dash Halloween Fun Run will be held Saturday, Oct. 29, in Ashland's Lithia Park. A one-mile fun run/walk will begin at 10 a.m., and five- and 10-kilometer runs will begin at 10:45 a.m. Runners are encouraged to wear costumes, and prizes will be awarded for best Halloween garb at 9:30 a.m. Registration is $25, $10 for runners 18 and younger. The Monster Dash is hosted by the Kiwanis Club of Ashland and the Ashland Schools Foundation. See www.ashlandkiwanismonsterdash.com or call 541-488-4897.
SPOOKY SCIENCE: Write messages in ghostly ink, make witch's brew, create smoking bubbles and gooey stuff while exploring the science behind tricks and illusions from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30, at ScienceWorks Hands-On Museum, 1500 E. Main St., Ashland. Also, a Spooktacular Science show will be presented at noon Saturday and at 3 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $7.50, $5 for ages 2 through 12. See www.scienceworksmuseum.org or call 541-482-6767.
HALLOWEEN SCIENCE: Make slimy goo, bloody handprints and other creepy Halloween things from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, with the Southern Oregon University Chemistry Club at the Northwest Nature Shop, 154 Oak St., Ashland. See www.northwesternatureshop.com.
DANCE PARTY: A masquerade ball with dancing to spins by DJ Chris Deckker, a costume contest, prizes and food and drinks from Cafe Nameste will be held from 7 to 11 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30, in the Casbah Tent at Jackson WellSprings, 2253 Highway 99, Ashland. Admission is $20. Proceeds will benefit the Southern Oregon Barter Fair. Call 541-482-3776.
HALLOWEEN CELEBRATION: The 15th annual Children's Halloween Celebration, hosted by the Ashland Chamber of Commerce, will be held from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31. The parade begins at 3 p.m. in front of the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd., and makes its way down East Main Street to the Plaza. Children and families will lead the parade, followed by adults without children. From 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., there will be trick-or-treating at various businesses along East Main Street. There will be live music by the Ashland Middle School Band, Ashland High School Band, Ashland High School Orchestra, The Jazzmen and Samba Like It Hot along East Main Street. A troupe from Ashland Danceworks will present two choreographed performances of Michael Jackson's "Thriller" on Pioneer Street. Renaissance Rose will host a costume contest in the Plaza. Tree House Books will sponsor a story time. Persons costumed as book characters Curious George and Clifford the Big Red Dog will be available for photographs with children. Face painting and fall treats will be available outside the Ashland Chamber of Commerce, 110 E. Main St. See www.ashlandchamber.com.
HAUNTED HOUSE: A "spooktacular" haunted house and ghost-town carnival will be open from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 28-29, in Sacred Heart Catholic School, 431 S. Ivy St., Medford. There will be carnival games, including a frightening fish pond, beanbag toss and trick-or-treating. The cost is $4 for the haunted house, $2 for each additional visit and $4 to participate in eight games. Call 541-772-4105.
HAUNTED HOUSE: The 19th-century Gothic Darkwing Manor — a haven for vampires and other creatures of the night — and the Morguetorium Museum will open its doors from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 28-29, at 4192 Coleman Creek Road, Medford. Last year, the haunted house won Best Home Haunt in America by the Home Haunters Association. This event is not recommended for children 10 and younger. Admission is $7, and proceeds will benefit Community Works' domestic-violence prevention and Dunn House women's shelter. See www.darkwing-manor.com.
DEADLY DRAMA: Students will act out George Romero's zombie classic, "Night of the Living Dead," at 7 p.m. Friday through Monday, Oct. 28-31, at the theater at South Medford High School, 1551 Cunningham Ave. Tickets cost $6, $4 for seniors. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Call 541-842-3680.
HAUNTED HOUSE: Fir Street Production Studio plans to scare your socks off at its "Frightmare on Fir Street" haunted house from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, and from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at the studio, 327 Fir St., Medford. Admission to the haunted house is $5. There also will be an adults-only costume dance party from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday, at the studio. Cover to the party is $10 and includes free haunted-house entry that evening from 9 to 10 p.m. Call 541-941-6609.
HOWL-O-WEEN PARTY: Prizes for Halloween-themed games, food, candy and a haunted house will be available from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at the Santo Community Center, 701 N. Columbus Ave., Medford. The event is free, and costumes are encouraged. See www.playmedford.com.
MASQUERADE BALL: Southern Oregon Rollergirls will host its Mysterious Masquerade Ball — replete with a beer garden, haunted house, dance lessons, music, costume contest, bounce house and food and drinks provided by Los Arcos — from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at the Medford Armory, 1701 S. Pacific Highway. Tickets cost $15, $5 for ages 6 through 13. Admission is free for ages 5 and younger. Tickets are available at www.brownpapertickets.com, Epic Ink and Bad Ass Coffee in Medford or at the door. Call 541-690-8846 or see www.sorollergirls.org.
TRUNK-OR-TREAT: Rogue Valley Family YMCA will host its Halloween Trunk-or-Treat — a tailgate party for kids — from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31, at the YMCA parking lot, 522 W. Sixth St., Medford. Children can go from car to car to collect treats. Volunteers may sign up to bring cars decorated for Halloween. Admission is free. Call 541-772-6295, ext. 205.
HAUNTED HOUSE: Witches, ghosts and disembodied spirits haunt the 2011 Circus of Screams. The haunted house, 9512 Highway 62, Eagle Point, will be open from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28; 6:30 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29; and 6:30 to 9 p.m. Sunday and Monday, Oct. 30-31. Fiendish characters will hide throughout the 5,000-square-foot, circus-themed house, scaring guests at every turn. Admission is $10 or $7 with a nonperishable food item. Proceeds will benefit local school programs, and food items will be donated to ACCESS Inc. and Maslow Project. See www.circusofscreams.net.
HALLOWEEN FEST: Free candy and cookies will be available from 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 29-30, at the Wood House, 12988 Highway 62, Eagle Point. Call 541-826-2177.
GOLD HILL HAUNTED HOUSE: A haunted house will be open from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday through Sunday, Oct. 28-30, at the Gold Hill Museum, 504 First Ave.This century-old house will be full of ghoulish fun and treats for children and adults. Admission is $3, $2 for ages 6 through 12 and free for ages 5 and younger. Proceeds benefit the Gold Hill Historical Society. Call 541-855-1182.
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