Rogue Valley Halloween events, harvest festivals: Oct. 29
Editor’s note: Ashland Chamber of Commerce has canceled the 2021 Children’s Halloween Parade out of “an abundance of caution and concern for the community’s public health and safety,” Travel Ashland Executive Director Katharine Cato stated in a news release.
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 concerns the farm will offering 3 different 2.5 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. Friday through Sunday, Oct. 29-31, 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 rules see nightmarechamber.com or 541-632-3258.
Killer Valley Horror Film Festival: The annual Killer Valley Horror Film Festival, based in Ashland, is again virtual this year and runs through Oct. 31.The festival features original independent horror films from all over the world, including one feature-length film, two 20-30 minute featurettes, 37 shorts and 21 micro-shorts. The festival is broken up into viewing blocks. Ticket passes are $10 for each weekend. 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.
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 through Sunday, Oct. 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. 29-30, at 2065 Lars Way, Medford, behind Rogue Karting and off Sage Road. 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.
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. 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.