Creeks and squeaks for Halloween
Haunted houses, spooky tales, costume and dance parties — find your favorite seasonal fun with Tempo’s guide to October events.
Halloween Carnival: Bellview Elementary will hold its 78th annual Halloween carnival from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at 1070 Tolman Creek Road, Ashland. Every kid in a costume gets two free tickets. Tickets are two for $1 and dinner tickets are $2.50. Dinner options include Martolli’s Pizza or Katrina’s Tamales. Activities include carnival games and prizes, face-painting, a photo booth, fortune telling, a haunted house and cotton candy. Activities take one to four tickets each.
Pheasant Fields Farm: Harvest Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through October at the 20-acre farm, 1865 Camp Baker Road, Phoenix. Activities include a corn maze, hay rides, face painting, pumpkin carving, animal exhibits, 10-passenger cow train and country store with local organic produce, handcrafted items, bread, caramel apples, espresso drinks and meal choices. Activity tickets are $1.25. Flashlight nights in the corn maze are offered from 7 to 10 p.m. on select evenings in October. Admission for the flashlight night is $6, $4 for kids 6 and younger. Check the farm’s Facebook page, email firstname.lastname@example.org or see pheasantfieldsfarm.com.
Nightmare Chamber Haunted House: This year’s theme for Randall’s horror haunt is “Evil Dead,” after the 1981 film by director Sam Raimi, and sequels to the film, “Evil Dead 2” and “Army of Darkness,” released in 1987 and 1992. The haunt will be open at 7 p.m. Friday through Wednesday, Oct. 26-31, and Friday and Saturday, Nov. 2-3, at Randall Theatre, 10 E. Third St., Medford. Tickets are $12 and are available at randalltheatre.com or at the door. Tickets discounted $2 can be purchased at all Magic Man Fun Shops in Medford and Grants Pass. Fast passes are $15 and allow visitors to skip wait time. Regular tickets can be upgraded to fast passes for $5 at the door.
Just Scream Haunted House: Just Scream Halloween presents a haunted house from 7 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday, Oct. 26-27, at 604 W. Main St., Medford. The frightful haunted house features a dark world of zombies, ghouls and goblins. Children younger than 7 will not be admitted. Kids 7 to 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Child care is available. Admission is $6. Proceeds benefit animals at Southern Oregon Humane Society. See sohumane.org.
Gold Hill Halloween Haunted House & Graveyard: A two-story, family-friendly haunted house more than 100 years old is the setting for ghoulish good fun and treats for all ages from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 26-27, and Wednesday, Oct. 31, at 504 First Ave., Gold Hill. Also look for a bake sale for goodies and spooky treats. Tickets are $5 for ages 13 and older, $3 for ages 6 to 12, $1 for ages 3 to 5 and free for ages 2 and younger. Call 541-855-1182 or email at email@example.com.
Dead and Breakfast Haunted House: One Eleven Theatre Company in Grants Pass will host “Dead and Breakfast” Haunted House. Ghost guides Helga and Maximus will guide walking tours through this halfway house for lost souls. The “hotel” is open from 6 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 26-27, 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, and from 6 p.m. to midnight Wednesday, Oct. 31, at 937 N.E. D St., Suite C, Grants Pass. Admission is$5. Call 541-450-9778.
Monster Dash: The 10th annual Monster Dash Run for Education will be held Saturday, Oct. 27, in Ashland’s Lithia Park. A one-mile fun run/walk starts at 10 a.m., and 5K and 10K runs begin at 10:45. Top male and female finishers receive cash prizes. Age group winners also receive prizes, and all youth finishers will receive a medal. Proceeds benefit Ashland public schools. All races are chip-timed, and costumes are encouraged. For information and to register, see ashlandmonsterdash.com or call 541-482-8197.
Monster Ball Pasta Party: Non-runners and runners participating in Saturday’s Monster Dash are invited to a pasta party to benefit Ashland public schools from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, at the Historic Ashland Armory, 208 Oak St. Events include a pasta dinner, silent auction, DJ music, kids’ activities and costume contest. See ashlandmonsterdash.com or call 541-482-8197.
Puss ‘n Boots Ball: The 27th annual Puss ‘n Boots Costume Ball and Auction will be held from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at ScienceWorks Hands-on Museum, 1500 E. Main St., Ashland. Tickets are $50 and include dinner, dessert and dancing to live music by The Rogue Suspects. Additional activities include Halloween costume contests, silent auctions and several opportunities to make donations. The event benefits Friends of the Animal Shelter. Purchase tickets in advance at Paddington Station, 125 E. Main St., or Music Coop, 268 E. Main St., Ashland, or at Jackson County Animal Services, 5595 S. Pacific Highway, Phoenix, or by visiting fotas.org/pnb.
Halloween at Railroad Park: Visitors are encouraged to wear Halloween costumes on Sunday, Oct. 28, at the park, at Table Rock Road and Berrydale Avenue in Medford. Hours are from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visitors can ride diesel trains and a motor car, see unique model railroad layouts and the Hogwarts Express, send and receive telegrams, tour historical railroad equipment and more. Admission is free, but donations are accepted. This is the last day the park will be open until April. See ci.medford.or.us.
Children’s Halloween Parade
Ashland’s annual Halloween celebration for kids will kick off from 3 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, with Halloween-themed activities and live music by Tish McFadden and Brian Freeman at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. The kids parade will begin at 3:45 p.m., following East Main Street to the Ashland Plaza. Kids can trick-or-treat at downtown businesses, get photographs taken at the Ashland Chamber of Commerce, 110 E. Main St., and get their faces painted in front of Wells Fargo Bank, 67 E. Main St. Look for live entertainment along the way by Samba Like It Hot and a preformance of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.” Spooky Science, an exhibit from ScienceWorks Hands-On Museum will be on Oak Street. There will be a dance party at Tree House Books, 15 N. Main St. See ashlandchamber.com/halloween or call 541-482-3486 for details.
Spookadelic Halloween Funktacular: This dance party will feature soul band Monophonics, soul singer Tiffany Wilson, and DJ Frankenstein Wednesday, Oct. 31, at the Historic Ashland Armory, 208 Oak St. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased at Music Coop, 268 E. Main St., Ashland; Immortal Spirits, 141 S. Central Ave., Medford; or at liveatthearmory.com. The party is open to ages 21 and older.