Halloween Festivities for Scary or Family Fun in Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg is the place to be in the month of October. We’ve got all kinds of Halloween activities lined up – everything from entertaining family fun, to a Day of the Dead altar walk, to one of the scariest haunted houses you’ll ever experience. Bring your little ghosts and goblins (or Harry Potter characters, […]
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Halloween WitchFort Bragg is the place to be in the month of October. We’ve got all kinds of Halloween activities lined up – everything from entertaining family fun, to a Day of the Dead altar walk, to one of the scariest haunted houses you’ll ever experience. Bring your little ghosts and goblins (or Harry Potter characters, or whatever the latest Halloween costume craze may be) to the garden by the sea. Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens is hosting a pumpkin contest AND a pumpkin night party on Saturday, October 28.

PUMPKIN CONTEST Entry Drop-off: 12:00PM to 3:00PM (Free to enter the contest)
PUMPKIN NIGHT Party: 5:30PM to 7:30PM (Adults $10; children 16 and under FREE)

Come dressed in your Halloween best and light up the night with some creatively carved gourds and painted pumpkins. Vote for your favorite pumpkins, enjoy spooky games, haunting music by DJ Nutrishious, and fall treats. Winners will be announced at 7:00 p.m. but you do not need to be present to win. Winners will also be announced on the gardens websiteFacebook, and Instagram pages.

To enter your carved or designed pumpkin simply complete an entry form and deliver your creation(s) to the Gardens between 12:00PM and 3:00PM on Saturday, October 28. Entry forms are available at The Garden Store and online: Pumpkin Contest Entry Form. Prizes will be awarded in four categories: Adult (age 18 and up), Teen (ages 13–17), Kid (ages 7-12), Kid (ages 6 and under). Get complete details here.

 

The Day of the Dead Altars on the Mendocino Coast

Day of the Dead PicThe traditional Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos, dedicated to honoring loved ones who have passed, is celebrated throughout Latin America and Mexico. Fort Bragg is proud to honor our Mexican American and Latino/Latina population here, and share the joy and beauty of this event with an Altar Trail and walk during the entire month of October, through November 2. Sponsored by the friends of Hospice, the altar trail includes 24 locations in businesses in our downtown area. Fort Bragg. For complete information, check their website or Facebook page. There will also be a Memory Box Workshop on October 21 from 1:00 p.m -3:00 p.m at Interior, 224 E. Redwood, and an Altar Hall on November 1-2 at the Fort Bragg Library. You can download and Altar Trail Map here or pick one up at any place that displays an altar.

12th Annual Haunted Hall of Horrors: Jack the Ripper…Castle of Murder! Open FIVE NIGHTS

Haunted House Poster October 20 & 21 from 7-10 PM, October 27 & 28 from 7-10 PM and Halloween night, October 31 open at 6 PM (less scary for younger kids) and then very scary from 7-10 PM.

On a scale of one to ten, prepare yourself for a scary TEN. The Haunted Hall of Horrors is a very high tech, professional, and VERY scary attraction.  A member of the West Coast Haunters Association, the Haunted Hall of Horrors, produced by the Fort Bragg Leo (Youth) Lions Club and Cinders Productions is made up of 65 cast and crew members from ages 7 to 80. The all-volunteer crew brings sheer horror and a well-researched new theme with a story – driven haunt, based on true historical facts. An interactive experience is new this year – at $5.00 extra per person, teams of up to five people are trapped in a room and must solve clues in order to escape! Each night, the team escaping the quickest wins a prize. Warning: This is a very intense interactive experience, and games and clues change several times each evening. This attraction is intended for older teens and adults and not recommended for young children, people with seizure disorders, or pregnant women. Children under 10 MUST be accompanied by an adult. Get all the scary details including where to get tickets here.

CV Starr HalloweenOther Notable Halloween-themed Events

CV Starr Halloween Party Saturday October 29 1:00 -4:00 p.m.
An afternoon of family fun! Cookie decorating, Halloween magic, costumes and swimming for pumpkins in the aquatic pumpkin patch! Details here

Mendocino Coastal  Storytellers
October 26: Join us for a night of stories following the theme of “ghosts.” Local speakers will share autobiographical pieces about encounters, hauntings, lingering presences, and other interpretations. Details here. 

Grey Whale Inn Historic Haunted Tours
Thursday Friday and Saturday October 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21. Usually at 1:00 PM and 5:PM
Call 707-964-0640 for details and fees.

Emerald Dolphin Halloween Carnival  Details Here

Halloween Spookfest at Fort Bragg Fire Dept
Details here
or call Julie Whipple for information (707) 964-6308

 

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