Guide to Halloween & Fall 2014 Events

ScarecrowThough it doesn’t feel like fall yet, it’s that time of year when our hearts and minds turn to everything pumpkin, spooky and, well, autumn-like. Our “Guide to Halloween & Fall 2014 Events” is here to let you know what’s happening in our area. There’s just too many fun things to do in and around the Conejo Valley during the fall season so we put together a list of some of our favorites! We will be updating the guide every week with more local happenings so keep checking in for new and exciting events. Also, feel free to email us info on fall activities taking place near you to [email protected].

Underwood Family Farms

Fall Harvest Festival

Screen Shot 2014-10-08 at 5.26.42 PMCome out to one of the most beloved farms to enjoy the Fall Harvest Festival which is happening all throughout October! Admission to the festival is $15 on Sat and Sun, $3 per person Mon-Fri. Children under 2 are free. Check out the schedule, times and activities for our local residents to enjoy. Dress in full costume on Oct. 31, and your admission is free. Click here to visit the Underwood Family Farms website for more information.

Activities Include:

  • Tractor-drawn wagon rides around the farm
  • Corn Maze
  • Hay Pyramid
  • Petting Zoo
  • Kids Corral and Play Area
  • Live Entertainment
  • Themed Weekends
  • Pig Races
  • Pumpkin Picking

Reyes Adobe Historical Site

10th Annual Reyes Adobe Days

Screen Shot 2014-10-08 at 5.21.01 PMThe 10th Annual Reyes Adobe Days (RAD), a 4-day festival celebrating California culture through history, art, music, recreation, cuisine and shopping. Event starts Thursday, October 9th through Sunday, the 12th. The event is held at the landmark Reyes Adobe Historical Site, an original California rancho built in 1845 now a museum, located in the foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains. Many of the events are free. See preliminary schedule below and visit for updates and to buy tickets for certain activities.

Highlights include:

  • Fiesta at the Adobe, Thursday, Oct, 9th
  • Night at the Adobe, Friday, Oct. 10th
  • RAD Parade, Saturday, Oct. 11th
  • Children’s Educational Activities
  • Petting Zoo
  • Pony and Camel Rides
  • Art @ the Adobe
  • Live entertainment

First Annual Conejo Valley Zombie Walk

Zombie WalkGrab your family, friends and coworkers and join Thousand Oaks Girls Softball Association (TOGSA) on Saturday, October 11, 2014 at 3 p.m. for the first Annual Conejo Valley Zombie Walk. For $35 per person or $100 per family, you can join the undead for a mile and half walk that will plague the streets surrounding the TOGSA softball fields (located at Los Cerritos Middle School). Immediately following the walk, enjoy an outdoor movie, dinner and dessert from one of the food vendors, an event t-shirt, and access to our Kids Zone. It’s all included in your entry fee! Visit for more information.

Entertainment includes:

  • DJ
  • Local High School Dancers
  • Kid Zone
  • Carving Demonstration
  • Face Painting
  • Silent Auction
  • Raffles,
  • Photo Scene
  • Movie Screening

Westlake High School Fall Food Truck Festival

Food trucks will be lining the parking lot at Conejo Creek Park North in Thousand Oaks on Sun., Oct. 12, for the fifth annual Westlake High School Fall Food Truck Festival. The festival runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Performing throughout the day will be the Westlake High jazz ensembles and special musical guests like Clockwork City–the recent winner of Agoura High School’s Battle of the Bands. For more information, visit, email officials at [email protected] or call Tom Hill at 818-519-0128. 

Participating food trucks include:

  • Cousins Maine Lobster
  • Jersey Dogs
  • Grilled Cheese Truck
  • My Tornado Potato
  • Tainamite,
  • La Panini Grill
  • White Rabbit
  • It’s In the Sauce
  • Baby’s Badass Burgers

Train Ride to Zombie Land in Search of Pumpkinhead

Take a train ride to Ichabod Pumpkin Patch on the Fillmore & Western Railway in Santa Paula. Weekend excursions take place throughout October. Adults admission is $20, youth 4-12 is $12, children 2-3 is $10. For reservations, call 805-524-2546. Click on to the website for more information.

Highlights include:

  • Exploring the pumpkin patch and hay field
  • Taking a Hayride
  • Having lunch in the barbecue area
  • Visiting the arts & crafts booths
  • Carousel Rides

15th Annual Reign of Terror Haunted House

You may need a drink before starting your tour. A friendly bar keep awaits your order.

The Reign of Terror Haunted House is Joining Janss Marketplace for a 15th Year of Fright and Terror Get ready for 11 bone-chilling nights. The annual Reign of Terror, ranked as one of the top 10 Haunted Houses in the U.S., draws visitors from throughout southern California to Janss Marketplace, located off the 101 Freeway, at the intersection of Hillcrest Drive and Moorpark Road in Thousand Oaks. The Reign of Terror ticket office in the Janss food courtyard area will open daily at 6 p.m. on the Haunted House dates. Tickets can also be purchased at participating Janss Marketplace store. Visit for merchant ticket locations and list of special Janss Marketplace shopping and dining offers for ticket holders. Admission is $17 ($25 for express pass).

Themed areas include:

  • Blood Manor
  • Quarantine
  • Miner’s Revenge
  • The Asylum
  • Victorian Haunted House

Calabasas Pumpkin Festival

pumpkin festivalThis local family favorite has been running for over 40 years. The festival runs for two days, Oct. 18-19, at Juan de Anza Park in Calabasas from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $5 and children under two are free. There will be free parking and shuttles. 

Highlights include:

  • Live Bands,
  • DJ Dance Zone
  • Marketplace Vendors
  • Food & Pumpkin Treats
  • Pumpkin Beer
  • Pumpkin Painting
  • Professional Pumpkin Carving
  • Inflatables & a Giant Slide
  • Halloween Carnival Games
  • Reptiles & Bug Shows
  • Contests
  • A Saturday Morning Costume Parade
  • Car displays
  • A Business Expo.

Goblin_Gallop_Ad_300x250_A13rd Annual Triunfo YMCA Goblin Gallop

The Goblin Gallop is a Halloween-themed twilight run featuring a costume contest and out and back course.  The event, taking place on Oct. 18, includes a 5-K Run followed by a 1-mile Trick or Treat Fun Run. Goblin Gallop runners are encouraged to run/walk wearing their favorite costume.  Prizes will be awarded to the best costumes seen on the course. Kids participating in the 1-mile Trick or Treat Fun Run will be able to “visit” the numerous Trick or Treat stations along the course. Event proceeds will help support the Triunfo Y Teen and Family Programs. Click here for more information.

Halloween Fun at Leonis Adobe Museum

"Halloween Fun" at Leonis Adobe Museum

Come and celebrate Halloween at the Leonis Adobe, 23537 Calabasas Road, Calabasas, on Saturday, October 25th from 1-4 p.m. Kids may dress up in costumes for a fun filled afternoon. Free for members, $4 per person, and free for children in costume. For more information, please call: (818) 222-6511 or go to:

Highlights include:

  • Pumpkins
  • Music
  • Face Painting
  • Games
  • Crafts
  • A Special Appearance by Regina the Witch.

Ghost Tour in Strathearn Park

Get a chance to meet the famed ghosts of Simi Valley. Tours depart every 10 minutes and last approximately one hour. Make sure to bring a flashlight, jacket and wear comfortable clothes. This is presented by the Actors’ Reportory Theatre of Simi Valley. Meet at Strathearn Historical Park, 137 Strathearn Pl., Simi Valley. Tours take place Oct. 10-26, Fri., 7-10 p.m., Sat., 6-10 p.m. and Sun. 6-9 p.m. Click here for more information.

 ‘Fright Night,’ Dramatic Readings of Edgar Allen Poe 

Calabasas, CA – Spotlight The Arts Foundation presents dramatic readings of Edgar Allen Poe’s works at a ticket-free event Thursday October 30th, 2014 7pm – 9pm

Spotlight The Arts Foundation presents dramatic readings of Edgar Allen Poe’s works at a ticket-free event Thursday October 30th, from 7-9 p.m. The night before Halloween, author, actor, poet, director and playwright Peter Hayes Brothers will captivate you with performances by talented thespians of the most macabre literary imaginings penned by Poe. Director Peter Brothers will enthrall audiences with works like “The City in the Sea,” “To One in Paradise,” “For Annie,” and excerpts from literary masterpieces like “The Fall of the House of Usher” and “The Sphinx.”

Ghost and Paranormal Tours

Richard and Debbie Senate, the Conejo Valley’s own “ghost hunters,” will be conducting several paranormal tours through November. Click here for the story and a complete listing of events.

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