Autumn and Halloween events in the Rogue Valley
Pheasant Fields Farm: The 17th annual Harvest Festival runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through October at the 20-acre farm, 1865 Camp Baker Road, Phoenix. Activities include a corn maze, hay rides, pumpkin-picking, animal exhibits, 10-passenger cow train and vendors with local organic produce, handcrafted items, bread, caramel apples, espresso drinks and more. Due to COVID-19 concerns, the farm will offer three different 21/2-hour time slots on Saturdays and Sundays to help manage crowds and wait times. Admission is $12 in advance, $13 at the door. Children 2 and younger get in free. Check the farm’s Facebook page for more information and updates; see pheasantfieldsfarm.com or call 541-535-3873 to purchase advance tickets.
Fort Vannoy Farms Harvest Festival: The annual fall festival runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily throughout October at the farm, 5791 Lower River Road, Grants Pass. Activities include a corn maze, cow train, petting zoo, pumpkin patch, farm stand with local organic vegetables for purchase and more. A haunted maze will be available on Saturday and Sunday evenings between 7 and 10 p.m. Admission to the farm is free, tickets for the corn maze and cow train are $6; maze admission is free for children 5 and younger. For further details, see fortvannoyfarms.com or call 541-479-3765.
Nightmare Chamber Haunted House: This will be the final season for Randall Theatre’s annual horror haunt, the theme of which will be “Nightmare X-Treme,” bringing the creatures from all your own worst nightmares to life. The haunt runs from 7 to 10 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, Oct. 14-24, and Wednesday through Sunday, Oct.27-31, at 10 E. Third St., the corner of Front and Third Streets in Medford. The Nightmare Chamber is a high-scare haunted house. It is not recommended for children 10 and under, if you are pregnant, prone to seizures or have problems with flashing lights and loud sounds. Regular tickets are $12. Tickets discounted $2 can be purchased at all Magic Man Fun Shops in Medford and Grants Pass. Fast passes are $13 in advance, $15 at the door, with a minimum purchase of two tickets. Fast passes allow visitors to skip wait time with a scheduled appointment. For more information, tickets and COVID-19 rules see nightmarechamber.com or 541-632-3258.
Killer Valley Horror Film Festival: The annual Killer Valley Horror Film Festival, based in Ashland, will be held virtually again this year, spanning over three weekends, Friday through Sunday, Oct.15-31. The festival features original independent horror films from all over the world, including one feature-length film, two 20- to 30-minute featurettes, 37 shorts and 21 micro-shorts. The festival is broken up into viewing blocks. Each viewing block will screen for one weekend. Ticket passes are $10 for each weekend, or a “View All Pass” is available for $20, which allows you to watch all three blocks of films this month. Founded in 2007, The Killer Valley Horror Film Festival is a showcase for independent and underground horror/fantasy film makers. For a full listing of films, to purchase viewing passes and further information, see killervalleyhorrorfilmfestival.com.
‘Amy and the Ghosts —Tales of the Dark’: Crater High School drama students will present “Amy and the Ghosts: Tales of the Dark,” a haunted field performance at the Historic Hanley Farm, 1053 Hanley Road, Central Point. Written by Southern Oregon Historical Society members Steve Corelis and Larry Mullaly, “Amy and the Ghosts” evokes the American “ghost story” tradition, a popular form of entertainment among early pioneer and farm families. Directed by Davey Kashuba. Performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 16-17, and at 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 24. The show will take place at the farm outdoor stage. Lawn seating will be available with clustered seating for family groups. All COVID requirements will be observed; Masks are required and SOHS asks that you also practice social distancing. Tickets are $10, and $5 for children 12 and younger. Tickets will not be sold at the event; purchase tickets online, through HauntPay, at app.hauntpay.com/events/amy-and-the-ghosts. For further information see sohs.org or call 541-773-6536.
Monster Dash: Run, walk or zombie-stroll to support our local community. The 13th annual Monster Dash Run for Education will have a virtual option and in-person race. Racers can sign up for the 1-mile, 5k or 10k distances — either in-person at Lithia Park in Ashland on race day, Saturday, Oct. 30, or virtually from Friday through Sunday, Oct. 22-31. The in-person race will be socially-distanced, with limited registrations, staggered start times, and mask requirements. This year look for contests and prizes, including a kids-choice toy or science kit included in all youth racer packets. All registrants receive a bib and medal. All races are chip-timed, and costumes are encouraged. Proceeds benefit Ashland public schools. For information and to register, see ashlandmonsterdash.com or call 541-482-8197.
Just Scream Haunted House: Just Scream Halloween presents a haunted house featuring “Your Worst Nightmare” from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 22-30, at 2065 Lars Way, Medford, behind Rogue Karting and off Sage Road, in Medford. Travel through a dark world of zombies, ghouls and goblins. Children younger than 5 will not be admitted, child care will be available. Kids 7 to 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Admission is $6 at the door. Proceeds benefit animals at Southern Oregon Humane Society. See sohumane.org or call 541-779-3215.
Liam’s Trunk Or Treat: Families are invited to a free family Halloween event from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, at Twin Creeks Park, 555 Twin Creeks Crossing Loop, Central Point. Children can wear their costumes and trick-or-treat for Halloween goodies while going from car to car ( some of the cars will be decorated), and play games. Beginning at dusk, the Disney movie “Cruella,”will be shown. Bring blankets or chairs, seating will not be provided. All COVID safety guidelines will be followed. For more information see centralpointoregon.gov/parksrec, email at email@example.com or call 541-664-3321, ext. 130.
Halloween Photo Booth: Pose for a photo and show off your Halloween costume in front of a spooky backdrop from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, Oct. 24-28, and Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 30-31, at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. For further details see jcls.org and click on Programs & Events and then JCLS Calendar or call 541-774-6980.
Central Point Library Trick-or-Treat: Costumed kids are invited to stop by the Central Point library, 116 S. Third St., for trick-or-treating during regular library hours Friday and Saturday, Oct. 29-30. For further details see jcls.org and click on Programs & Events and then JCLS Calendar or call 541-664-3228.
Haunted Drive-In: The city of Medford will host a Halloween event from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29, at the City of Medford Service Center, 821 N. Columbus Ave., Medford. Look for drive-thru trick-or-treating, costume and decorated car contests, and a screening of the film “The Nightmare Before Christmas.” Admission is $9 per car, and registration is required. For further information and to register see playmedford.com or call 541-774-2400.
Medford Library Trick-or-Treat: Kids are invited to stop by the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave., for trick-or-treating from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 30-31. Costumes are encouraged but not required. For further details see jcls.org and click on Programs & Events and then JCLS Calendar or call 541-774-8679.
White City Library Trick-or-Treat: Costumed kids are invited to stop by the White City library, 3143 Avenue C., for trick-or-treating from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30. For further details see jcls.org and click on Programs & Events and then JCLS Calendar or call 541-864-8880.