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Holiday activities promise spooky fun

POSTED October 19, 2010 11:19 p.m.

Ghosts, ghouls and goblins have plenty of trick-or-treating alternatives this year at area Halloween events. Several organizations are hosting their own Halloween carnivals the day before Halloween as an alternative to the traditional door-to-door candy collecting. Costume contests and pumpkin carving contests will also get families in the Halloween spirit this year.

 For the first time the Central Valley will have its own zombie walk. The Merced Zombie Walk welcomes anyone who would like to play undead for the night. Participants can listen to live bands, buy zombie related merchandise, and rub elbows with the undead in downtown Merced.



- The Chatom Elementary School Halloween carnival will be held from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday. Admission is free, and the costume parade starts at 3:30 p.m. Activities are free, games cost 25 cents each, and bingo games are one dollar. There will also be a silent auction and a live auction starting at 6:30 p.m.

- The Turlock Downtown Property Owners’ Association will host their annual Halloween trick-or-treat event from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 30. Local businesses will be handing out candy along the Main Street corridor.  Alpha Xi Delta, a women’s fraternity at California State University, Stanislaus, will host a Halloween carnival downtown. Main Street will be closed from First Street to Broadway for the event. There will be free games with candy and prizes for the winners, along with other spooky activities and fun. The Turlock Kiwanis Club and the 12:10 Lions Club will host a Halloween fun house. Participation is free, but vendors will be selling snacks. For a list of activities and a map of participating downtown trick-or-treat locations visit 300 East Main St.

- Turlock Pentecost Association will hold a Halloween masquerade dance from 8 p.m. to midnight on Oct. 30. Admission is free, and there will be a costume contest and prizes for adults and children. This will be a family atmosphere and children are welcome.

- The Turlock Journal, Turlock Recreation Division, and Turlock Downtown Property Owners’ Association is hosting a pumpkin decorating contest. Families, children, and businesses are encouraged to carve, decorate, or otherwise dress up their pumpkin. Entries will be displayed in downtown business windows. For more information and an entry form visit and click the pumpkin contest link.


- Castle Air Museum will host a Halloween Fright Night from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Oct. 30. There will be flashlight tours of the grounds, a pumpkin carving contest, a costume contest and a candy giveaway. Admission costs $5 per person, and there will be food and vendors on site. Call 723-2178 for more information.


- Join the undead in downtown Merced for the first ever Merced Zombie Walk on Saturday. The zombie apocalypse is coming, so why not practice your lifeless shuffling now? Join the other flesh-eating monsters at the corner of West Main Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Way for music and local zombie vendors from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. All zombies will meet at 5 p.m. in front of Frote Yogurt for the walk.


- The Associated Students of Modesto Junior College will present their 6th Annual Halloween Carnival and Haunted House from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Oct. 30 at MJC’s West Campus, located at 2201 Blue Gum Ave. in Modesto. The event is family-oriented and open to the public.  The carnival will feature music, games, pumpkin decorating, food, trick-or-treating, juggling, face painting, a haunted house and a costume contest for all ages. (Family appropriate costumes are requested.) While there is no admission charged to attend the carnival and several activities are free, there will be a charge for playing games, purchasing food or entering the haunted house.


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