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BIG BEAR LAKE - Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest. 38th Annual Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest Schedule of Events includes Log Sawing & Stein Holding Contests - held several times throughout the day. Safe Slam Beer Drinking contest every Saturday evening, the night in which . only persons 21 years and older will be admitted after 6:00 p.m. Families with children who have entered Oktoberfest prior to 6:00 p.m. will not be asked to leave.  Outside Budenstrasse Game Booths, Exhibitors, Petting Zoo Saturdays from 12:00 Noon to 8:00 p.m.  Price: $5 - 10 approx. (kids under 12 free). Location: Big Bear Lake Convention Center, Highway 18 at Division Drive, Big Bear Lake, CA. Call: (909) 585-3000. bigbearevents.com

BIG SUR - Big Sur River Run. This annual 10K run traverses some of California's most scenic landscapes along the Central California Coast. Begins at 10 a.m. Cost: $28 online; $38 day of event. Location: Pfeiffer Big Sure State Park, California. bigsurriverrun.org

BLUE LAKE - Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch. Hay rides and 7 acre corn maze add to pumpkin patch fun. Time: 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Location: Potter's Produce. Go toward Mad River Beach, exit 101 at Guintoli, Blue Lake, CA. Call: (707) 668-5135.

BORREGO SPRINGS - Borrego Days Desert Festival. Event includes a festival parade at 11 a.m. with Grand Marshall Huell Howser, a vintage car show, live music, kids zone, beer garden, rides, games, food and fun. Location: Borrego Springs, CA.  borregospringschamber.com

CONCORD - Gyro's 4D Fear Factory. This Halloween Haunt is just what you need to launch your celebrating. Time: 7 - 12 Midnight.  Cost: $23.99.  Location: Waterworld California, 1950 Waterworld Parkway, Concord, CA. Call: (866) 901-FEAR (3327). 3dfearfactory.com

CRESCENT CITY - Kid and Pet Parade. Dress up and meet at the corner of "K" and 3rd Streets in downtown Crescent City for the Kid and Pet Parade. Parade to St. Joseph where the parade will end at 1:30. Time: 1 p.m. Cost: Free, adults included. Judging and prizes. Sponsored by BID. Further information: Donna Westfall (707) 464 6019

DEL MAR - Harvest Festival. 36th annual event features over 24,000 one-of-a-kind arts and crafts, gourmet foods with free samples and musical entertainment. Artist quality glass art, jewelry, ceramics and gifts sold at this holiday event. Time: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Cost: $9 Adult; $7 Senior 62+; $4 Youth 13-17; Free 12 and under when accompanied by an adult. One ticket is good for all three days. Location: Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Dr., Del Mar, CA. havestfestival.com

FERNDALE - Halloween Carnival and Chili Feed. Carnival, haunted house, silent auction and cake walk are some events. Time: 6 to 9 p.m. Cost: $5. Location: Humboldt County Fairgrounds, 1250 5th St., Fernadale, CA.

FILLMORE  - The Pumpkin Train. Ride a vintage train to the private pumpkin patch Ichabog. Stay for 1 to 3 hours on Jolly Jumps, Carousel, Haunted Hay Maze, arts & crafts booths, garden gifts, BBQ sandwiches sold and more. Time: 10 a.m., Noon, 2 & 4 p.m. Cost: $15 adult; $8 Age 4 -12; $6 Age 2 -3; Free for infant that sits on parents lap and doesn't occupy a seat. Location: Fillmore & Western Railway Company, 351 Santa Clara St. (Red caboose), Fillmore, CA. Reservations: (800) 773-8724. fwry.com

FULLERTON Ragfest 2008. Top ragtime musicians, dancing and even a special high school ragtime show runs through Sunday, October 26.  Time: Sat. 11 am to 5 p.m.; Sat. 8 p.m.; Sun. noon to 5 p.m. Location: Downtown Fullerton. Festival HQ and ticket registration is Steamers Jazz Club, 138 W. Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton. Venues include Mo’s Music Store, the Imperial Ballroom and Osborne Auditorium (Fullerton Public Library).Cost: $60 for all-weekend pass, $25 for daytime programs, $20 for Sat. night revue show (all tickets $5 higher at the door). 20% off for groups of 10 or more. Children 15 and under admitted free with paid parent or guardian. Tickets & info: (714) 680-6684. ragfest.com.

GARBERVILLE - Halloween Costume Party. Location: Benbow Inn, 445 Lake Benbow Dr., Garberville, CA.  Have a ball at the historic Benbow Inn's Halloween Costume Party. Show off your best costume, dance the night away, and get your fortune told. Time: 7 p.m. (800) 355-3301. 

GRASS VALLEY - Archaeology Days in Grass Valley. This event celebrates California's Archaeology Month by sponsoring a number of free activities including a mock dig with a real archaeologist, acorn and corn grinding with stone tools, flintknapping (making arrowheads) demonstrations, artifact displays and many other items of interactive educational fun for kids of all ages. Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost: Free. Location: Phoenix Obsidian Designs' Trading Post, 144 Hughes Rd., Suite G, Grass Valley, CA 95945. Call: (530) 477-1957. www.obsidiandesigns.com

HUNTINGTON BEACH - Boutique of Lights. This two-day sales event is a fundraiser for the annual Cruise of Lights holiday boat tour through Huntington Harbour. Sale will occur at Huntington Harbour's Harbour View Club House. Open during daylight hours, there is no admission fee. Call Valerie: (714) 840-7542. 

HUNTINGTON BEACH - Old World Village Oktoberfest. Adults only night with a Bavarian band, live entertainment, German foods served and beers on tap, plus the pretty "shot" girls and a large dance floor. Location: 7571 Center Ave., Huntington Beach, CA. Cost: ($10/person approx.). Call: (714) 895-8020. oldworld.ws

LA CANADA FLINTRIDGE - Pumpkin Roundup. Descanso Gardens annual Pumpkin festival includes a costume parade from 10 to 11 a.m., children's ballet dance "Rodeo" from 2 to 3 p.m. and boomtown activities such as pumpkin decorating, crafts and food all day long. Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Location: 1418 Descanso Dr., La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011 descansogardens.org

LAKE ELSINORE - Toxic Terrors The Haunted Stadium. Three extreme walk-through attractions combine state-of-the-art effects with ultra-realistic environments, placing YOU in incredibly terrifying situations where you must make decisions, face your fears, and risk your own fate. This haunted stadium is infected with zombies and mutated creatures in a toxic nightmare. Location: Diamond Stadium, 500 Diamond Dr., Lake Elsinore, Time:  7 p.m. – 12 a.m. Midnight. Ticket: $15; $13 for groups 10+. toxicterrors.com

LATRHOP  - Dell'Osso Family Farm Pumpkin Maze. This 11th annual event includes an awesome maze to work your way out of, plus pumpkin blaster where you can shoot miniature pumpkins, Kiddie Land, Pony Rides, a Petting Zoo, Face Painting, Tractor Train, free Hay Ride, free Hay Bale Pyramid, free Speedway, free Hay Bale Labyrinth, Maze Bridges, food & fun. Cost: Free to $12.50. Time: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Location: 501 S. Manthey Rd., Lathrop, CA 95330. Call: (209) 982-0833. pumpkinmaze.com

LOMPOC - Village Days. Mission La Purisima Concepcion celebrates the past with re-enactments of traditional skills and crafts brought to La Purisima Mission by the Chumash Indians. Grinding acorns, shaping tule dolls,  making baskets, building tule houses, making stone and shell beads, arrow making and playing Chumash games are some activities. Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Location: Highway 246 near Lompoc. lapurisimamission.org

LONG BEACH  - Shipwreck - 14th annual Halloween Terrorfest at Queen Mary ship. Explore 7 terrifying mazes on and off the ship. Revamped for new thrills in 2008. Time: 7 p.m. to 12 Midnight. Cost: $34. Location: 1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach, CA. queenmary.com

LOS ANGELES - Halloween Horrors with Crimebo the Clown. Esotouric offers a tour with narration voted one of the best entertainment values in Los Angeles. Time: Noon to 4 p.m. Check in is at 11:30am for a 12pm sharp departure from the Lincoln Heights/Cypress Gold Line Metro station. Call: (310) 995-4591. Price: $58. esotouric.com

LOS ANGELES - Boo at the L.A. Zoo. This is an annual event in which the zoo is transformed into themed areas for Halloween and trick or treating. Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: $7-12 (kids 2 & under free). Wear a costume and get $1 off admission.   Location: Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens, 5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, CA. Call: (323) 644-4200.  lazoo.org
LOS GATOS - Haunted Harvest Festival. This annual event features Goblyn’s Glen at Oak Meadow Park. Take a self-guided tour through Goblin’s Glen, and enjoy a moonlit ride on the Billy Jones Wildcat Railroad. Children can  trick or treat and ride the Carousel. There are vendors, food, and fun for entire family. Time: Dusk to 10 p.m. Cost: $6, add $2 for a  ride on the Billy Jones Wildcat Railroad. Call (408) 395-7433. experienceshadowhills.com

MENLO PARK  - Halloween Hoopla. Halloween Costume Parade (11:45 a.m.) goes from Burgess Park to Fremont Park. Then the kids can Trick or Treat (1 - 3 p.m.) in downtown Menlo Park, and there's a Halloween Carnival from 1 to 3 p.m. at Burgess Recreation Center at 700 Alma Street, Menlo Park, CA. Cost: Free admission. menlopark.org

MURPHYS - Masquerade Gala sponsored by the Calaveras Unified School District Educational Foundation. Partygoers are invited to come in costume or evening attire for the Calaveras Unified School District Educational Foundation Masquerade Gala. Guests will be treated to a gourmet buffet dinner, hors d’oeuvres and a night of dancing to live music. The silent and live auctions offer a chance to bid on wonderful prizes donated by generous local businesses. Location: Ironstone Vineyards, 1894 6 Mile Rd. Murphys, CA 95247. Call: (209) 728-1251. Time: 5 to 11 PM. Cost: $65 per person. Purchase tickets to the gala, contact the Foundation at PO Box 1597 San Andreas, CA 95249.
[email protected] / calaveras.k12.ca.us

ORANGE - Pumpkin Patch. A huge pumpkin patch and train ride are part of the fun in this 3rd annual event that includes train rides, hay rides, a haunted house, pony rides, thousands of pumpkins and more. Admission into the pumpkin patch is FREE. Prices for other activities vary. Location: Irvine Regional Park, 1 Irvine Park Rd., Orange, CA. Cars are charged $3 parking. irvineparkrailroad.com

ORANGE - Halloween at the Zoo. See the zoo animals receive treat-filled pumpkins. Fun crafts, face painting, scavenger hunt and trick-or-treating for kids age 12 and under makes for a fun way to celebrate Halloween. First 100 kids in costume receive a free gift.  Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: $2; age 2 & under free. Parking at Irvine Regional Park is $5. Location: 1 Irvine Park Rd., Orange, CA. ocparks.com

PACIFIC PALISADES - Grecian Taste and Roman Spirit Exhibit. The Society of Dilettanti takes delight in sex and the finer things in life at The Getty Villa. Open Thursday-Monday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Reservations required, but admission is free. Parking fee: $10/car.  Location: 17985 Pacific Coast Highway, Pacific Palisades, CA. getty.edu.

PASADENA - Old Town Haunt. Descend into the basement of the historical Union Savings Bank Building where mysterious things have happened for over 107 years. Something lives down there -- the basement was sealed shut for decades but now... Time: 7 p.m. to midnight 12 a.m. Kids Matinee from Noon to 4 p.m. Cost: $10 - 18.50. Location: 20 N. Raymond @ Colorado, Pasadena, CA. oldtownhaunt.com

SAN DIEGO - The Boulevard Boo! Parade and Carnival. This free spooktacular family-friendly event, brought to you by the College Area Business Improvement District, will feature a recognized parade followed the carnival.  Time: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Costumes, floats, marching bands and much more!Location: Clay Park for Carnival. visit booparade.com  call 619.582.1093.

SAN DIEGO - Memory Walk Fundriaser. Mission Federal Credit Union Memory Walk® 2008 is the Alzheimer’s Association’s and nation’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer care, support and research programs. Held annually in hundreds of communities across the country, this inspiring event calls on volunteers of all ages to become Champions in the fight against Alzheimer’s. Location: Corner of Park Blvd. and Presidents Way in Balboa Park, San Diego, CA. Teams form with commitment of funds through sponsor donations. Call: (800) 272-3900. sanalz.org

SAN DIEGO - Sizzla Reggae Sound System Stage Show. WorldBeat presents this event for all ages. Time: 10 a.m. Cost: $20 - 25. Location: World Beat Center, 2100 Park Blvd., San Diego, CA. Call: (619) 230-1190. worldbeatcenter.org

SAN FRANCISCO - Exotic, Erotic Ball. Sexy and huge, this event, offers a fantasy world of excess...just perfectly set in a waterfront location where the world comes to see and experience naughty and fun celebrations with 6 stages of entertainment. Perry Mann’s Exotic Erotic Ball and Expo Ball  includes a two-day expo on Friday & Sat. The Expo is an 18+ event, while the Ball is 21+ age restriction. Admission to the expo is $20. Ball runs from 8PM to 2AM; Tickets: $59 - 250. Location: Treasure Island, San Francisco, Hangar #3, San Francisco, Ca. Festival Hotline is: 1 (415) 567-BALL (2255).  exoticeroticball.com

SAN MIGUEL - Candlelight tours of at the Rios-Caledonia Adobe. Ghost stories! Refreshments and candles provided. Location:700 S Mission St, San Miguel. Call: (805) 467-3357 or [email protected]

SAN PEDRO - Sea Scare. Cabrillo Marine Aquarium's 3rd Annual Halloween event, SEA SCARE transforms the aquarium into an underwater world of chills, thrills and gills. Admission is $5 for adults and $1 for children and seniors. Time: 6 to 9 p.m. Location: Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, 3720 Stephen M White Drive, San Pedro, CA. Call: (310) 548-7562.

SANTA MARIA -  Dilly Dally Howl-o-ween Parade and Dog Costume Contest. Categories include best costume, oldest dog, youngest dog, best howler, and costume look-alike dog & owner with 1st, 2nd & 3rd place prizes. Don Potter area in Waller Park. Limit 3 dogs per family; dogs must be on leash and must be at least 4 months old. Cost: $5 donation per dog suggested. Time: 3 p.m. Location: Santa Maria, CA.

SANTA PAULA - Faulkner Farms Rotary Pumpkin Patch. Acres of pumpkins, a giant sunflower forest for the kids, towering hay pyramids, hay rides with historic information about the area, farm animals, pony rides, mini train rides, face painting, a country store, delicious food and great entertainment are offered in this community oriented event held weekends during Halloween season. Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost: $2. Location: 14292 W. Telegraph, Santa Paula, CA 93060. Call: (888) 522-1884. faulknerfarmpumpkinpatch.com

SUNSET BEACH - Spooky Beach Children's Halloween Party. Haunted House, Bounce House, Games, Costume Contest at 6:30 p.m. and more! Time: 6 to 8 p.m. Cost: Free. Location: Sunste Beach Community Center, Sunset Beach, CA.

SUSANVILLE - Sourdough Slim Western Show.  Music, comedy and western-style good times. Time: 7:15 p.m. Cost: $15/person. Location: Diamond Mountain Casino, Susanville, CA. sourdoughslim.com

TEMECULA - Pig Racing, Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze at Peltzer Farms. Open daily 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Located 6 miles east of 1-15, take Rancho California Road Exit to Calle Contento. Peltzer Farms, 39925 Calle Contento, Temecula, CA 92591. Call: (951) 695-1115. peltzerfarms.com

TEMPLETON - Traditions in Time Christmas Boutique. This annual event is one of the finest on the West Coast, bringing together more than 25 state wide artists and crafters in an entirely handcrafted show. Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost: Free admission. Location:  American Legion Hall, So Main St, Temeplton CA. Call: (805) 238-5395.

TORRANCE - Alpine Village Oktoberfest  Enjoy live entertainment with European recording artists, and Direct from Germany bands in a covered beer garden with a stage, dancing, German foods and beer on tap. Location: 833 W. Torrance Blvd., Torrance, CA. Call: (310) 323-6520. alpinevillage.net

UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOLLYWOOD Halloween Horror Nights. Put on your creepy clothes and head over to the scariest place in town, Universal.  Begins at 7pm. Tickets are available for purchase at UniversalStudiosHollywood.com.

VACAVILLE - Haunting Stories. Halloween Dance Show is an annual event that offers great entertainment.  Time: 8 p.m. Cost: $20 - 25.  Location: Vacaville Performing Arts Theatre, 1010 Ulatis Dr., Vacaville, CA. Call: (707) 449-6217. vpat.net

VENTURA - Haunted Dinner Cruise. Join Island Packers for a the fright delight. Cruise Ventura Keys with live music from Catawailers, while dining on carne asada dinner by Spinnaker Seafood Broiler. Prize for best costume. Time: 7 - 9 p.m. Cost: $32 - 46. Call (805) 642-1393. islandpackers.com

VENTURA - Ventura Kinetic Sculpture Race  & 5 K Run. This 11th annual event brings fun to the Ventura Harbor waterfront. Time: 10 a.m. Cost: Free admission to watch. kineticrace.com

WESTMINSTER - Founder’s Day Festival and Parade. The City of Westminster is hosting the Founder's Day Festival and Parade on three days from October 24th to 26th in the Westminster Civic Center. The event will feature a large carnival, a food court, exciting entertainment and the revival of the Founder's Day Parade. The parade will be held on Saturday, October 25th and begins at 9:30 a.m. Location: 8200 Westminster Blvd., Westminster, CA. Cost: Free admission, foods and rides for a fee. ci.westminster.ca.us

WHITTIER - Whittier Historic Neighborhood Association. Time: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Tickets: $15 in advance; $18 on the day of the tour, at 6318 Washington Avenue, Whittier, CA.  Sponsor: Whittier Historic Neighborhood Association, contact: Karen Stoltz, (562) 464-9543. whittierhistoric.org > More info




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