Though 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
Come 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.
- 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
The 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 www.reyesadobed
- 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
Grab 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 togsa.org for more information.
- Local High School Dancers
- Kid Zone
- Carving Demonstration
- Face Painting
- Silent Auction
- 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 www.whsfoodtruckevent.com, 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
- 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.
- 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
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 www.janssmarket
Themed areas include:
- Blood Manor
- Miner’s Revenge
- The Asylum
- Victorian Haunted House
Calabasas Pumpkin Festival
This 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.
- 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
- A Saturday Morning Costume Parade
- Car displays
- A Business Expo.
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
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: www.leonisadobemuseum.org.
- Face Painting
- 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
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.