Weeks and in some cases months of preparation come to a head tonight when haunted houses, decorated houses, trick-or-treating events and other Halloween festivities take place around the valley.

You can find a list of tonight’s events for kids (and a few for adults) on our October events page here, along with links to scary stories and Halloween photo galleries from last and this year.

Mail Tribune photographers will be out and about tonight as well, and photos from this year’s events will be posted at mailtribune.com beginning this evening.