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Farm fests and haunts fill October around the Rogue Valley

Pheasant Fields Farm: Harvest Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through October at the 20-acre farm, located at 1865 Camp Baker Road, Phoenix. Activities include a corn maze, hay rides, face painting, pear shooting gallery, animal display, 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. Check the farm's Facebook page for updates, call 541-535-3873 or see www.pheasantfieldsfarm.com.

Seven Oaks Farm: Pumpkin Patch Days run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through October at 5504 Rogue Valley Highway, a half-mile north of Central Point. Activities include pony and hay rides, pumpkin and cookie decorating, face painting, friendly goats and a dark maze designed for younger children. Food, pumpkins, apples and fall decor are available. For more information, call 541-664-2060.

Halloween Art Exhibit: The Art Presence Art Center will host their fifth annual "October Imaginarium: Hats & Masks - An Artfully Twisted Halloween Exhibit" beginning Friday, Oct. 6, through Sunday, Oct. 29, at the Art Presence Art Center, 206 N. Fifth St., Jacksonville. The Art Center is open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. An Artists reception will be held Saturday, Oct. 7, from 1 to 4 p.m. Call 541-941-7057.

Hanley Farm: Tour through the fields of historic Hanley Farm guided by lantern light and experience the haunting adventure of "Max and the Monster," Saturday, Oct. 7, Sunday, Oct. 8, and Sunday, Oct. 15. Gates open at 6 p.m. and tours begin at 7p.m. through 9 p.m. . Admission is $8, $5 for youths 12 and under. Admission includes apple bobbing, movies, music and more. Refreshments will be available for purchase. For reserve tickets see sohs.org

Scarecrow Festival: The Southern Oregon Historical Society will host the seventh annual scarecrow festival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, and Sunday, Oct. 8, at the Historic Hanley Farm, 1053 Hanley Road, Central Point. Admission is free, $15 to make a full-sized scarecrow with all materials provided. Look for hayrides, apple bobbing, pumpkin painting and more. See sohs.org.

Talent Harvest Festival: The annual Harvest Festival in downtown Talent kicks off with a pancake breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 7. The 5K, 10K Run and Walk takes off at 8 a.m. The main attraction, the Grand Parade will travel along Main Street at 10 a.m. Live music by Ur Mom, Ashland Taiko and The Rogue Suspects starts at 11 a.m. on the City Hall Stage. A clown and puppet show and dancing by Ballet Folklorico Ritmo Alegre will be at the Skate Park. Look for growers' booths, food vendors, children's activities and a car and motorcycle show. There will be arts and crafts booths and a car and motorcycle show.

Monster Ball Pasta Party: Non-runners and runners in a Monster Dash on Saturday are invited to a Monster Ball Pasta Party to benefit Ashland public schools from 5 to 8:00 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27, at the Historic Ashland Armory, 208 Oak St. Events include a pasta dinner, silent auction, DJ music, kids' activities and costume party. see www.ashlandmonsterdash.com or call 541-482-8197.

Monster Dash: The ninth annual Monster Dash Run for Education is Saturday, Oct. 28, beginning in Lithia Park in Ashland. The 10K run begins at 8:30 a.m., a one-mile fun run/walk is at 10:00 a.m., followed by 5K run/walk at 10:45 a.m. Top male and female winners receive cash prizes. Age group winners receive gift card prizes. Proceeds benefit Ashland public schools.All races are chip timed, and costumes are encouraged. For information and to register, see www.ashlandmonsterdash.com or call 541-482-8197.

Puss 'n Boots Ball: The 26th Annual Puss 'n Boots Costume Ball and Auction is from 6 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, at the Historic Ashland Armory, 208 Oak St., Ashland. Tickets are $45 and include dinner and dessert by The Arbor House of Talent 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 efforts to increase pet adoption, foster pets and promote spay and neuter programs. The event sells out each year. Purchase tickets in advance at Paddington Station, 125 E. Main St., Ashland, or by visiting www.fotas.org/pnb.

Lola Zurita, 5, of Medford, struggles to lift a pumpkin at Pheasant Fields Farms. [Mail Tribune file photo]