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 2015 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].
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 at the gate is $15 Saturdays and Sundays and $6 per person Monday through Friday. Children under 2 are free plus parking is free! Check out the schedule, times and activities for our local residents to enjoy. 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
11th Annual Reyes Adobe Days
The 11th Annual Reyes Adobe Days (RAD), a four-day festival celebrating California culture through history, art, music, recreation, cuisine and shopping. Event starts Friday, October 2nd and runs through Sunday, the 4th. 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.reyesadobedays.org for updates and to buy tickets for certain activities.
- Fiesta at the Adobe
- Night at the Adobe, Friday, Oct. 2
- RAD Parade, Saturday, Oct. 3
- Children’s Educational Activities
- Paranormal Investigation at the Adobe
- Petting Zoo
- Pony Rides
- Art @ the Adobe
- Live entertainment
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
Haunted Trails of the Night
Families and runners of all levels and abilities are invited to experience trail running at Paramount Ranch on Oct. 17. It’s a 2.1 mile loop of runnable trails. The course is fairly easy with very little hills or climbing. At night, the trails are illuminated by glow sticks, goblins and spooky fun. Stay after the run for a haunted post run hang in the historic old ghost town. There will be festive snacks and drinks. Costumes are encouraged. Guests who bring an item to donate to Manna Food Bank will receive a spooky surprise. Bib pickup is at 6 p.m., the run starts at 7 p.m. For more information, go to www.socalultrarunning.com.
Take the family to Gelsons, 22277 Mulholland Hwy, Calabasas on Sat. Oct. 24, for the its annual event from 3-6 p.m. There will be face painting, fun prizes, arts & crafts, trick-or-treating and a photo booth.
Agoura Hills/Calabasas Community Center
Dress up your little monsters in their Halloween costumes and come to the AHCCC for some trick-or-treating fun on Oct. 30th from 3-5 p.m.! Trick or treat from trunk to trunk of local businesses that have come out to show support for their community. There will be popcorn, games, candy, prizes and more! Admission is free.
Spokes in The Oaks Open Street Festival
This Halloween, don’t miss the first “Open Streets” party in Thousand Oaks! Enjoy a unique outdoor festival of music, food, activities and pollution-free fun. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. portions of Townsgate, Hampshire and Agoura Roads will be closed to all cars – and open to bikes, strollers, skates, scooters, walking shoes and more. Spend this special day with your family and the Thousand Oaks community.
Janss Marketplace, Thousand Oaks
16th Annual Reign of Terror Haunted House
The Reign of Terror Haunted House is joining Janss Marketplace for a 16th 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 stores. Visit www.janssmarketplace.net 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
- Miner’s Revenge
- The Asylum
- Victorian Haunted House
Dos Vientos, Newbury Park
The Miller Family YMCA of Newbury Park and The Village at Dos Vientos Ranch are hosting a harvest festival on Friday, October 16 from 5-7 p.m. at The Village shopping center (320 Las Brisas, Newbury Park). The YMCA’s Youth & Government students will be selling pumpkins for pumpkin decorating. Food and beverages will be available for purchase including beer and wine tasting at Village Trader. Adults and kids are encouraged to dress in their best Halloween costume. At 7 p.m., an outdoor movie (Spooky Buddies) will be shown. A “Trunk or Treat” is part of the festival. Residents can decorate their cars or trucks, come to the festival and then hand out supplied candy to trick or treaters (kids 13 and under). Trick or treaters vote on the best decorated vehicles. Winners will receive gift cards to Target. There is a $25 entry fee.
Westlake Village City Celebration
Each year, the City of Westlake Village partners with several community organizations to host the Westlake Village City Celebration. Over the past 13 years, the City Celebration has become a spectacular community gathering that takes place entirely at the Westlake Village Civic Center. This year’s City Celebration will be held on Saturday, October 17, beginning at 3 p.m. The early afternoon and evening times allow for a full slate of activities, including a twilight 10K/5K/1M run/walk and a food court full of tasty selections.
The day’s events include:
- White Oak Family Festival
- Triunfo YMCA Goblin Gallop 1M, 5K, and 10K
- Main Stage Performances
- Food Trucks
- Green Events
Calabasas Pumpkin Festival
This local family favorite has been running for over 40 years. The festival runs for two days, Oct. 17-18, 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. Click here for details.
- Live Bands,
- DJ Dance Zone
- Marketplace Vendors
- Food & Pumpkin Treats
- Pumpkin Beer
- Pumpkin Painting
- Professional Pumpkin Carving
- Inflatables & a Giant Slide
- Halloween Carnival Games
- A Saturday Morning Costume Parade
Halloween Pumpkin Party at Leonis Adobe Museum
Come and celebrate Halloween at the Leonis Adobe, 23537 Calabasas Road, Calabasas, on Saturday, October 24th 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.
- Halloween Crafts & Pumpkins
- Music by Craig Newton
- Face Painting
- Feed the Ranch Animals
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.