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Spooky and fun events abound this Halloween
Mr. Clown, Gerald Telles, watches a lady bug, Madison Miramontes, try to eat a wrapped Tootsie Roll while Mrs. Clown, Stephanie Telles, hands out treats to Gaberiel Martin and Nicholas Medeiros during the 2008 Downtown Trick-or-Treat event. Children of all ages are once again invited to trick-or-treat in downtown Turlock on Halloween day. - photo by Journal file photo
Local families are gearing up for Halloween by purchasing pumpkins, assembling costumes, and decorating their lawns. Along with the traditional trick-or-treating, there will be several community events where ghosts and ghouls of all ages can celebrate All Hallows Eve.

• The Turlock Downtown Property Owners’ Association will host “Trick-or-Treat Street” from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 31. Trick-or-treaters can visit tables set up along Main Street for free candy and treats. The event, previously called Downtown Trick-or-Treat, is now open to any Turlock business that wants to set up a booth at the event. The Turlock Police Department will also have a booth at this year’s event.
Trick-or-Treat Street will include a maze in Central Park, co-sponsored by the 12:10 Lions Club of Turlock and the Kiwanis Club of Turlock. The Iota Beta chapter of Alpha Xi Delta  will be hosting their annual Halloween Carnival in Central Park as part of the Trick-or-Trick Street event. The carnival will include a free pumpkin patch, carnival games with prizes for the kids, and a bounce house.
Children and adults are encouraged to dress up for Trick-or-Treat Street.
• The Turlock Pentecost Association will hold a Halloween Masquerade Dance from 8 p.m. to midnight on Oct. 31 at the Turlock Ballroom, 528 N. Golden State Blvd. There will be prizes for the top three costumes for children and adults. Admission is free, and there will be music by Machando DJ.
• Chatom Elementary School and Mountain View Middle School will host their annual Halloween carnival from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Oct. 24 at 7221 Clayton Ave. in Turlock. Festivities will include a costume parade at 3:30 p.m., games, activities, Bingo from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., silent auctions, and food. Admission is free, games are $.25 per ticket, and Bingo is $1 per game.
• The Turlock First United Methodist Church will be hosting a free Halloween Carnival open to the community from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Oct. 31. There will be games, contests, a haunted house and, of course, candy! The church is located at 1660 Arbor Way.

•The Associated Students of Modesto Junior College will present the fifth annual Halloween Carnival and Haunted House from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Oct. 30 at MJC’s West Campus, located at 2201 Blue Gum Ave. in Modesto.
Admission to the carnival is free and the event is family-oriented and open to the public. There will be movies, games, face painting, pumpkin decorating, food, juggling, trick-or-treating, a haunted house and a costume contest for all ages. Family appropriate costumes are requested.
While some activities are free, admission to the Haunted House and some of the games will require 1-3 tickets. Tickets will be sold for $1 each or 25 tickets for $20.

Castle Air Museum will hold their sixth annual Halloween Fright Night from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Oct. 31. There will be haunted houses, live bands, flashlight tours, free candy and more. Admission is $3 pre-sale, and $5 at the gate. For more information about the event, contact the museum at 723-2178.

• Fantozzi Farms corn maze and pumpkin patch opens at 10 a.m. every day in October.  A haunted maze is open from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. every Friday and Saturday night in October. The two large corn mazes, with over 5 miles of pathway, are a tribute to Patterson’s centennial this year.
Fantozzi Farms also has a pumpkin patch, a hay bale labyrinth, hay bale pyramids and other attractions in their courtyard. New to the farm this year is a petting zoo and weekend pig races.
Centennial Corn Maze and courtyard admittance is $9 for adults, $7 for children ages 5-12, and free for children under four with a paying adult. Combination tickets, which include the haunted maze, are an extra $3 per ticket.

The Dell’Osso Family Farm features a Toyota Tundra themed maze design this year. The maze, when viewed from above, is in the shape of a Toyota pickup carrying a giant pumpkin.
The farm also includes a “U-Pick” pumpkin patch, where visitors can pick pumpkins right off the vine. They also offer gem mining, a haunted house, and pumpkin blasters. The pumpkin blaster cannons shoot mini pumpkins at a target.
At noon on Oct. 31, Dell’Osso Family Farm will have a dog costume contest. At 8 p.m. there will be a “people’s choice award” ceremony for the mechanical and traditional scarecrow contests. For information about admission pricing and a full schedule of events, visit
To contact Andrea Goodwin, e-mail or call 634-9141 ext. 2003.