Halloween Events in the Valley

Trick or Treat-Be Covid-19 friendly please

Whether you’re looking for a full-fledged fear fest or a calm and cool COVID Halloween, there is something for everyone this year. 

Haunted houses are a must for many people during the scary season. Hobb’s Grove is a popular long-time running haunted grove located in Sanger. Tickets are needed to enter the grove and can be purchased online as a COVIS safety precaution. Tickets are currently available for purchase. The tickets also have designated time slots in order for easy access and customer assurance that safety is key. In keeping up with COVID concerns and social distancing, the only attraction available this year is The Forest. The eerie forest path has been extended to make up for the lack of other attractions and is sure to give you and your friends a good fright.  

Raisin Hell Ranch Haunted Cornfield in Madera is another haunted area that is inviting guests for fun and safe spooks! Tickets are available online for purchase. Raisin Hell Ranch has two attractions for visitors: a haunted scavenger hunt and exhibit. A single attraction will cost guests $20/person and two attractions cost $35/person. If you’d like to skip the line, then you can also pay an additional $15/person for a front of the line pass.  

 For a different type of wild Halloween celebration, how about being a bit of a party animal? The Fresno Chaffee Zoo is holding its annual ZooBoo. The zoo has opportunities for COVID-conscious photos, live entertainment and candy collecting. The first night of ZooBoo begins on Thursday, October 22. The cost of tickets changes depending on the day purchased. For non-members, the best ticket prices can be purchased on the Chaffee Zoo’s website.. The rate for adults is $18 and children are $16. Costumes are welcome and face masks are the only masks required.

Another way to celebrate Halloween is from the comfort of home. The Tulare County Public Libraries are hosting their 3rd annual book festival online. The events take place from Thursday, October 15 until Saturday, October 17. Thursday consists of readings, cooking displays, and a bookclub. On Friday, authors will read from their books and the Porterville Ghost Society will speak about their experiences. On Saturday, there will be more author readings and book clubs as well as discussions with podcasters. The library is also selling merchandise for the events to benefit the library during these times. RSVP’s are needed for some events, as there are specific time slots depending on the events.  

Whether you’re looking for a night of frightful adventures or a cozy stay inside, the valley has plenty to offer. No matter which area of the valley you’re located in there is something to do. Having these events during a time in which we are trying to return to a state of normalcy can be somewhat of a comforting sign. 

Author: Dani Mercado| A&E Editor

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