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Spine-chilling & spooky fun in Mesa County this month

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. -From haunted houses and pumpkin patches to costumes and lots of theme parties, there's no shortage of spooky Halloween fun this year in Mesa County. So, get in the spirit of ghoulish delight with a variety of spine-chilling activities meant to spookify your soul. Boo!

Studt's Pumpkin Patch & Corn Maze offers fun for the whole family, including an extra-large pumpkin patch, games, a petting zoo, rides, a scary corn maze and more. For folks just interested in purchasing pumpkins and gourds, there's no admission. However, families must purchase tickets for all other activities. General admission is $8 (kids aged 3 and under are free) and that entrance fee covers all activities except pony rides, hay rides, an animal train and a "Corn Ball Corral" (which is an extra $4). The Dark Acres Haunted Maze is $10, and it runs in the evenings.Studt's Pumpkin Patch is currently open for business and will remain open through Oct. 31. Visit www.studtspumpkinpatch.com for more details.Moon Farm's second annual Pumpkin Patch, 1360 18 1/2 Road in Fruita, will run until Oct. 31 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. General admission is $7 per person (kids under 4 get in free) and it includes access to Moon Farm, the petting zoo, a straw maze, a corn maze and a hay ride. Pumpkins will be sold by size.Visit www.moonfarm.net for more details.

Whether you want a pre-made Halloween costume or supplies to make your own, there's lots of places to go in Grand Junction. Here's just a few: • Mad Margaret's at 807 N. First St.• In Mesa Mall (there's a temporary Halloween store near JCPenney)• Performing Arts Center of the Grand Valley, 448 Main St. (It's hosting a costume liquidation!)And once your costume is all set, head over to 95 Rock's 14th annual Halloween Costume Craze 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at Mesa Theater, 538 Main St. Costume contest is at midnight; plenty of prizes to be won.

Get creeped out with the X-Treme Torment Haunted House at 2846 I-70 Business Loop - at the corner of 28 1/2 and I-70B. It will be open Fridays and Saturdays for the rest of the month, plus Wednesday, Oct. 31. Admission is $12 per person, and this haunted house runs from 7-11 p.m.Visit www.x-tremetormenthauntedhouse.com for details.The Partners Haunted House, located at 3210 I-70 Business Loop, will benefit Mesa County Partners, as well as two other nonprofits - the Testicular Cancer Foundation and the Wounded Warriors Foundation. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for military or students, and $5 for kids. It's open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays over the next two weekends, as well as Oct. 30-31. Doors open at 6 p.m. and visitors go on self-guided tours through the haunted house until 11 p.m. (or until the line is done).

Every Tuesday in Grand Junction means it's "Dinner and a Movie" night - all movies are free (for two people) with the purchase of dinner on Main Street. Simply present your dinner receipt. Or pay $5 a piece at the door and enjoy the show. The Avalon will play "The Shining" Oct. 30, from 7:15-9 p.m.

Grand Junction's Spooktacular event is scheduled for Oct. 27, and it's meant for kids 12 and under. All activities will run from 3:30-5 p.m. at Sixth and Main streets, and every child should wear a costume. Kids can decorate cookies and pumpkins while listing to "spooky" music. The event will end at 5 p.m. with a costume parade "up and down Main Street led by a witch," a press release said.Truck N Treat in Fruita is set for 10 a.m.-noon Oct. 27 at Fruita Civic Center, 325 E. Aspen Ave. In addition to a street full of trick or treating, kids can check out all the trucks on display including fire trucks, dump trucks, semis and much more.Another kid-focused event, the Halloween Carnival, is set to run Wednesday, Oct. 31 from 5-8 p.m. at Creative Avenues, 835 N. 26th St.. It's for ages 3-10, and activities include games, crafts, face painting, snacks and a "spooky maze treasure hunt." Free "Thriller" and "Monster Mash" dance workshops will kick off at 7:30 p.m. for all ages. Proceeds from the carnival benefit the Youth Theatre Project and Student Dance Company.And don't forget about Trick-or-Treat Street at Mesa Mall which runs from 5-7 p.m. Oct. 31.

Hoping to give back this Halloween season? Four parties promote spooky fun and raise funds for local nonprofits.The Operation Interdependence Halloween Dance is set for Saturday, Oct. 27, at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1247, located at 1404 Ute Ave. It'll run from 7-9 p.m., and activities also include a costume contest, a silent auction and refreshments. For more information, call 970-523-4217.The Rotary Club of Grand Junction's annual Masquerade Ball will run from 6:30 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Oct. 27, at the DoubleTree by Hilton (743 Horizon Drive) in the Grand Ballroom. This year's ball will benefit Homeward Bound, The House and Catholic Outreach. Ticket's are $100 per person, and costumes and masks should be worn. For more information, visit www.masqueradegj.com.Grand Junction's Zombie Prom is scheduled for 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, at Mesa Theater, 538 Main St. This year, organizers said "the dead will rise to benefit KAFM Community Radio. Anyone with a lick of brainzzzz! will not want to miss this show." A king and queen will be crowned after the costume contest at midnight, and tickets are $10 in advance (at KAFM 88.1, Mad Margaret's, The Raw Canvas & Planet Earth Gallery) or $12 at the door.The Mesa County Patriots will host the Zombie Apocalypse Festival Saturday, Oct. 27 from 4-7 p.m. at 753 37 8/10 Road in Palisade. A dunk tank with local celebrities will raise funds for a variety of charities or campaigns (if it's a local politician). Music, food and beer will also be available. There will be a prize for the best zombie costume.

It's one thing to go jogging. It's another experience completely to run a 5K with scary creatures chasing you, apocalypse-style. The Zombie 5K race kicks off Saturday, Oct. 27, from Fruita Community Center at 324 N. Coulson. The event, which starts at 4 p.m., is described by organizers as "a terrifying, muscle-pounding, zombie-infested 5K. Get ready to be scared, chased and above all protect your brains. Racers will be given a flag belt to represent their health & come rain, snow, or flesh-eating zombie apocalypse you must keep your brains and at least one flag intact to be qualified for great prizes." A swag bag and a beer is available after the race. Runners must pay $40 and zombies pay $10. A portion of the proceeds will benefit "the grant a wish program," helping Grand Valley youth learn life skills. For more information, visit www.walkjogrun.net/events/running/THE-LAST-RUN-OF-YOUR-LIFE/2029564.

Celebrate Halloween with a little booty shaking. Rusted Root will play at Mesa Theater Wednesday, Oct. 31, with openers Zoloft and the Destroyers. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. It's a "21 and over" show. Doors open at 7 p.m. and music starts at 8.

Trick or treating is neighborhood by neighborhood, after the sun goes down Wednesday, Oct. 31. Happy Halloween!


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