GJ Halloween Roundup: Celebrations & activities that go BOO & BUMP around town
Editor’s note: Hey trick-or-treaters, this is by no means a complete roundup of every fun Halloween activity available throughout the Grand Valley this month. Have a haunted house, parade or party not listed here? Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your event information, and we’ll list it in the Oct. 25 Free Press. Thanks!
There’s plenty reason to get in the ghoulish spirit of Halloween this holiday season. And with October’s freaky fun night of ghostly delight only two weeks away, there’s a variety of activities available for kids and adults around the Grand Valley.
WANT A PUMPKIN?
Studt’s Pumpkin Patch & Corn Maze offers fun for the whole family through Oct. 31, including an extra-large pumpkin patch, games, a petting zoo, rides, a horse-drawn hay ride, 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, starting at $8 for general admission with additional charges for some activities. The pumpkin patch is found on 21 1/2 Road, north of Highway 6&50. Visit http://www.studtspumpkinpatch.com for more details.
Moon Farm’s Pumpkin Patch, 1360 18 1/2 Road in Fruita, will run through 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 are available for purchase, too. Visit http://www.moonfarm.net for more details.
Get creeped out with terrible torture (don’t worry, it’s fake) with the X-Treme Torment Haunted House at the corner of 29 1/2 and North Ave. It will run every Friday and Saturday for the rest of the month plus Thursday and Friday, Oct. 31 and Nov. 1. Get spooked from 7-11 p.m. This haunted house benefits the Roice-Hurst Humane Society. Visit http://www.x-tremetormenthauntedhouse.com for details.
Also, stop by the Hallow Screams Haunted House, 1530 North Ave. in the old Far East restaurant. Admission is $12/adults, $10/students, seniors and military members, and $8/kids under 6. Proceeds will benefit Base Camp 40, Testicular Cancer Awareness Foundation and Mesa County Partners. Hours are 7-11:30 p.m. Oct. 17-19, 24-26, 30-31 and Nov. 1. Get over there and get spooked.
KAFM’s 5th annual Zombie Prom is set for Friday, Oct. 25, at Grand Junction’s Mesa Theater and Club.
According to an Oct. 11 Free Press article, locals are invited to get their zombie on starting at 8 p.m.; tickets are being sold for $12 in advance and $15 at the door.
“This frightful night includes epic DJ sets by DJ Strangefellow, Chamber BOT, DJ Dusty Thunders, and more with a light show,” Tedi Gillespie wrote.
The Zombie Prom will also feature a Prom King and Queen costume contest!
The Zombie Crawl, also part of the prom fundraiser for KAFM, will set zombies loose on Main Street Friday, Oct. 25, as well, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Starting at 7 p.m., a “zombie flashmob to Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller” is set for 4th and Main streets. Plus, zombies who get a punch card from the Raw Canvas will be able to enter a drawing for door prizes at Pablo’s Pizza at 7:30 p.m.
To learn more, visit http://www.kafmradio.org or call 970-241-8801, x 201.
Spooktacular, an annual and FREE Downtown Grand Junction event, is set for Saturday, Oct. 26. A variety of fun activities, including a costume parade, cookie and pumpkin decorating, and much more will be available for kids aged 12 and under starting at 3:30 p.m. Everyone should dress up in costume!
Puppets can be scary, too. Take your tots to the Mesa County Libraries FREE “Barney’s Halloween Party. Showings are scheduled for: Friday, Oct. 18. @ Collbran, 10:30 a.m.; Monday, Oct. 21 @ Orchard Mesa, 10 a.m.; Tuesday, Oct. 22 @ Palisade, 10 a.m.; and Thursday, Oct. 24 @ Fruita, 10 and 11 a.m.
Another FREE library activity — “Clifford’s Halloween” — is scheduled at the Central Library Children’s Center. Dates and times: Friday, Oct. 25, at 10 a.m.; Saturday, Oct. 26, at 10 a.m.; Tuesday, Oct. 29, at 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.; Wednesday, Oct. 30, at 2 p.m.; and Thursday, Oct. 31 (Halloween), at 10 a.m.
“After the puppet show on Thursday, Oct. 31, kids can ‘Trick or Treat’ in the Central Library,” a Mesa County Libraries news release said. “They are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes!”
Mesa Mall in Grand Junction is hosting its own Trick-or-Treat event, too. For the 27th year, kids are invited to come in costume for candy and fun from 5-7 p.m. on Halloween (Thursday, Oct. 31).
DON’T LEAVE OUT YOUR PETS
Palisade’s “Trick or Treat Street & Halloween Carnival” on Friday, Oct. 25, includes a new event — a “Pet Parade,” where folks can trot around with Fido in costume.
“Participants will receive treats for their pets, and prizes will be awarded in several categories including scariest, funniest, most adorable, most original, and most creative,” a Palisade Historical Society news release noted.
The FREE “Trick or Treat” street party starts at 4 p.m. (kids will be able to trick or treat at downtown Palisade businesses), and the pet parade kicks off at 5:30 p.m. There’s additionally a Halloween Carnival planned for the Palisade Gym from 6-8 p.m. The carnival cost is $2. Costumes are encouraged for everyone!
Chow Down Pet Supplies is putting on a new event as well — the Howl-O-Ween Hustle one-mile fun walk — where folks and their dogs can support the Roice-Hurst Humane Society. Set for Saturday, Oct. 26, the walk starts in front of the Redlands Chow Down (next to the Albertson’s) and the walk will head down the Audubon Trail. Registration costs $20 and it includes a shirt.
Chow Down encourages everyone to bring their dogs in costume for a chance to win a $500 gift certificate. For more info or to register, call 970-243-6200.
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