October events bring the fun and fright to valley
Haunted houses, spooky tales, costume and dance parties — find your favorite seasonal fun with Tempo’s guide to October events.
Halloween Art Exhibit: Art Presence Art Center will open its annual “October Imaginarium: Mischief & Magic,” an artfully “magical” Halloween exhibit, on Friday, Oct. 4, at the art center, 206 N. Fifth St., Jacksonville. The main gallery will feature painted, decorated or altered wooden artist palettes, and guests will have the opportunity to vote on the most fun and creative presentation. An artists reception will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5. The venue is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday. The show runs through Sunday, Oct. 27. Call 541-941-7057.
Scarecrow Festival: The Southern Oregon Historical Society will host the ninth annual scarecrow festival from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, and Sunday, Oct. 6, at the Historic Hanley Farm, 1053 Hanley Road, Central Point. Admission is free, $15 to make a full-sized scarecrow with all materials provided, then enter it in the Scarecrow Contest and compete for a People’s Choice Award, or take your scarecrow home with you. Look for hayrides, apple bobbing, pumpkin painting and more. Tours of the Hanley House will be available for $5. See sohs.org or call 541-664-2079.
Wood House Harvest Festival: The festival is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, at the historic Wood House, 12988 Highway 62, outside Eagle Point. Admission is $2 for adults and free for children ages 12 and younger. The festival includes old-fashioned tractors, live music, food vendors and craft vendors offering jewelry, antiques, clothing, wood-working and more. Proceeds go for maintenance of the 1870 Wood House, which operates as a museum and will be open during the festival for tours. Call 541-826-2177 or see oldwoodhouse.org.
Pheasant Fields Farm: The 16th annual Harvest Festival runs from 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. Live music will be performed from 1 to 4 p.m. Admission is $6, $4 for children 6 and younger. Flashlight nights in the corn maze are offered from 7 to 10 p.m. on select evenings in October beginning Friday, Oct. 4. Admission for the flashlight night is $7, $5 for kids 6 and younger. Check the farm’s Facebook page for more information and updates, email at firstname.lastname@example.org or see pheasantfieldsfarm.com.
Harvest Festival w/Pumpkin Chuckin’: LongSword Vineyard will hold its annual harvest festival from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 12-13, at LongSword Vineyard, 8555 Highway 238, Jacksonville. Purchase a pumpkin for $5, take aim at a straw bale castle and launch your pumpkin with the pumpkin chuckin’ trebuchet. Also look for live music preformed by Jeff Kloetzel and Stay Tuned, pumpkin painting, wine tasting and more. Food available from local food trucks. Admission is free. Proceeds from the sale of pumpkins to benefit Siskiyou Upland Trails Association, an organization which maintains and creates local hiking trails. Call 541-899-1746 or fine LongSword Vineyard on Facebook.com.
Hanley Farm Haunted Adventure: Take a guided tour by lantern through the dark fields of Hanley Farm during “The Boogeyman’s Bride: A Haunting Adventure” Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 12-13, and Saturday, Oct. 19, at the farm, 1053 Hanley Road, Central Point. Those you encounter along the tour will unfold the mystery of the Bride and why she haunts the fields. Tours are family friendly and recommended for ages 5 and older. Gates open at 6 p.m. with guided group walks from 7 to 9 p.m. Admission is $10, $5 for children. Purchase tickets online at sohs.org. For information email at email@example.com or call 541-664-2079.
Barbie’s Scream House: One Eleven Theatre Company in Grants Pass will host “Barbie’s Scream House” Haunted House. Ken and Barbie will lead you on a tour through their haunted Dream “Scream” House, before they must return to their boxes at closing time. Be careful you don’t get caught in one too, or you’ll be stuck in the “dream” forever. The “house” is open from 7 to 10 p.m. Thursdays Oct. 17-24 and Wednesday, Oct. 31; 7 to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Oct. 18-26, and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. midnight Wednesday, Oct. 31, at 937 NE D St., Suite C, Grants Pass, in the shopping center next to GNC. Admission is $5. A $4 preview night will be offered on Thursday, Oct. 17. Not recommended for children 10 and younger. Call 541-450-9778.
Just Scream Haunted House: Just Scream Halloween presents a haunted house featuring scary fairy tales from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 18-19, and 25-26, at 2065 Lars Way, behind Rogue Karting and off Sage Road, in 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. Fridays and Saturdays, Oct. 18-26, and Thursday, Oct. 31, at 504 First Ave., Gold Hill. Also look for a bake sale for goodies and spooky treats. Activities will be available for young children. 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. All proceeds go toward the Gold Hill Historical Society for museum and preservation projects. Call 541-855-1182 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nightmare Chamber Haunted House: This year’s theme for Randall Theatre’s horror haunt is “Nightmare X-Treme,” bringing back the best scares from the past 10 years and putting them all into one haunted house. The haunt runs from 7 to 10 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, Oct. 18-27, and Tuesday through Saturday, Oct. 29-Nov. 3, at Randall Theatre, 10 E. Third St., Medford. Tickets are $13 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 $16 and allow visitors to skip wait time. Regular tickets can be upgraded to fast passes for $5 at the door.
Apple Celebration: Shooting Star Nursery will host its annual Apple Tasting and Fall Celebration from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at the nursery, 3223 Taylor Road, Central Point. Look for a selection of fresh apple varieties for tasting from local farmers, regional food and ciders, live music by Doug Warner Blues and Justin Gordon Trio, kid crafts and more. This is an all-ages event, and dogs are welcome if leashed. Admission is free, but registration is recommended. See roguevalleynursery.com.
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. 25, 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.
Monster Dash: The 11th annual Monster Dash Run for Education begins in Lithia Park in Ashland on Saturday, Oct. 26. 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 will 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.
Pumpkin Fest: Central Point Parks and Recreation will host its annual Pumpkin Fest from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at the Historic Hanley Farm, 1053 Hanley Road, Central Point. Look for tours of the Hanley House, pumpkin decorating, costume contests, hayrides, crafts, games and more. Admission is $2, free for children 3 and younger. Proceeds benefit the Southern Oregon Historical Society. See sohs.org or call 541-664-2079.
Puss ’n’ Boots Ball: The 28th annual Puss ’n’ Boots Costume Ball and Auction will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at the Historic Ashland Armory, 208 Oak St., Ashland. Tickets are $45 and include dinner by Mexican restaurant El Paraiso, dessert, dancing to live music by Blue Lightning, and entrance to the VIP “Speakeasy Lounge.” Additional activities include Halloween costume contests, silent auctions and several opportunities to make donations. The event benefits Friends of the Animal Shelter efforts to increase pet adoption, foster pets and promote spay and neuter programs. Purchase tickets in advance at Paddington Station, 125 E. Main St., or at Jackson County Animal Services, 5595 S. Pacific Highway, Phoenix, or by visiting fotas.org/pnb.
Children’s Halloween Parade
Ashland’s annual Halloween celebration for kids will kick off from 3 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, 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 such as a performance of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” by Ashland Danceworks. Spooky Science, an exhibit from ScienceWorks Hands-On Museum, will be on Oak Street. There will be a dancing party at Tree House Books, 15 N. Main St. See ashlandchamber.com/halloween or call 541-482-3486 for details.