With Halloween right around the corner, it's time set a plan in action. With a variety of activities throughout the Mountain Area, the community has more than one option to choose from. From pumpkin carving and hayrides to trunks of treats and costume contests, the public can choose more than one activity to participate in.
North Fork School Fall Festival -- Oct. 26
North Fork Elementary School will hold a Fall Festival from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26 in the school's Kennedy Hall.
Admission is free and tickets for attractions and concessions will be sold at the door.
The event includes games, food, prizes, a haunted house, an obstacle course, pumpkin patch with pumpkins from $1 to $5, face painting, drinks, silent auction, cake walk and fall family photos.
Lions' Haunted House -- Oct. 26, 27
The Oakhurst Mountain Lions will sponsor a Haunted House from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 26 and 27 at Camp Pacifica, 45895 Highway 49, Ahwahnee. Signs will be posted from the intersection of Highways 41 and 49, leading the community all the way to the house.
The haunted house is not advised for young children. Tickets cost $10.
Howling Moon Costume Ball -- Oct. 27
The Howling Moon Costume Ball -- a fundraiser for Yosemite High School Basketball -- will be held Saturday, Oct. 27 at the Golden Chain Theatre, 42130 Highway 41, Oakhurst. The evening will kick-off with a no-host bar at 6 p.m. followed by dinner and entertainment at 7 p.m., then dancing until midnight.
Tickets cost $25 pre-sale or $30 at the door. Tables for eight may be reserved for $200.
Tickets are available at the Golden Chain Theatre, Miller Mountain Sports, or by calling Sherri Dominici at (559) 760-4120.
Tarantula Awareness Festival -- Oct. 27
The 15th Annual Tarantula Awareness Festival will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Coarsegold Historic Village, 35300 Highway 41 with a variety of free activities.
Those activities include:
10:30-11 a.m.: Best Pumpkin Cake Contest
11 am. to 3 p.m.: Decorate pumpkins
11:05-11:25 a.m. Tarantula Poem Contest and Reading
11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Scream Off Contest
12:05-12:35 p.m.: Hair Leg Contest - Mean and women (ages 16-99)
12:40-1:05 p.m.: Children's Tarantula Race (ages 3-8)
1:10-1:20 p.m.: Bubble Gum Blowing Contest
1:25-1:55 p.m.: Pizza Eating Contest
2-2:30 p.m.: Children's Costume Contest
2:30-3 p.m.: Trick or Treat Parade with Parents
3-3:15 p.m.: Pumpkin Decorating Awards
3:15-3:30 p.m.: Jazzercise
3:30-3:50 p.m.: Pumpkin Dance Contest
3:55-4:15 p.m. Live Tarantula Derby
There will also be food, vendors, crafts, and prizes as well as an arachnid presentation from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Children's contest sign ups start at 10:30 a.m.
Enter the "Best Pumpkin Cake" for a chance to win a one night stay at a local resort.
Details: (559) 683-3900.
Children's Museum announces Halloween Festival
Children will get the chance to learn pumpkin carving skills, make Halloween decorations and more at a special event held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Children's Museum of the Sierra.
The Halloween Festival will feature pumpkin carving lessons from members of the Sierra Woodcarvers and will help children make some truly unique creations.
"The Sierra Woodcarvers volunteered to get involved and show kids how to do relief-style pumpkin carvings. They last longer than the traditional jack-O-lantern carvings, you can do more with them, and of course you don't have to worry about kids using knives," said Steve Montalto, director of the Children's Museum of the Sierra.
The woodcarvers also made several Halloween decorations that children can paint, in addition to other craft projects going on at the museum throughout the day.
"It's a very open-format style of event. Families can come any time throughout the day and take part in the activities," said Montalto.
The Sierra Lions Club will be grilling hotdogs and hamburgers, with the proceeds benefitting the Children's Museum.
"It will be a chance for families to come in, make some cool decorations, have some fun and also enjoy the museum's exhibits," said Montalto.
Details: www.ChildrensMuseumOfTheSierra.org or call (559) 658-5656.
Harvest at The Grove
Harvest at The Grove will be held from 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31. at 42461 Highway 49 in Ahwahnee, just five miles north of Oakhurst.
Events will include hay rides, games, bounce house, free food, live music and candy.
Trunk or Treat at community college -- Oct. 31
The Oakhurst College Center and the Oakhurst Area Chamber of Commerce are hosting a Trunk-N-Treat from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31 at the Oakhurst College campus. Trunkers are invited to participate.
Those interested in being a trunker should contact the Oakhurst College at (559) 683-3940 or email the chamber of commerce at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Trunkers are welcome to come in costume and decorate their vehicles. They should be prepared to provide candy to approximately 300 children.
Prizes, compliments of local businesses, will be awarded in the following categories. Participants must be present to win.
Best Costume Boy and Girl Ages 0-3
Best Costume Boy and Girl Ages 4-6
Best Costume Boy and Girl Ages 7-10
Best Costume Boy and Girl Ages 11-14
Best Costume Boy and Girl Ages 14-16
Judging for the costume contest will begin at 5:30 p.m. Pumpkins will be judged at 6:30 p.m. and should be carved prior to entering the contest. Best Trunk prizes will be awarded at 6:45 p.m.
The Oakhurst College Campus is located off of Highway 41 on Civic Circle Drive behind the Rite Aid store in Oakhurst.
Trunk or treat at Sierra Pines -- Oct. 31
Sierra Pines Church will hold a trunk or treat from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31 in the church parking lot, 40855 Covey Court off Highway 49.
There will be food, games, prizes, costume contest, trunk or treating and a cake walk.
Trunk or treat at Mountain Christian Center -- Oct. 31
Mountain Christian Center will host a trunk or treat from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31 in their parking lot, 40299 Highway 49 in Oakhurst.
There will be food, candy, bounce houses, hot dogs and trunk or treating.
Harvest Festival Carnival in YLP -- Oct. 31
A Harvest Festival Carnival will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Halloween night -- Wednesday, Oct. 31 -- at Yosemite Lakes Community Church, 43840 Patrick Ave., Coarsegold.
Along with a free "trunk or treat," attractions include a rock wall slide, 68 foot obstacle course, basketball game, bungee run, bounce houses and 5-1 combo, over 40 booths, cake walk, music, food -- including tri-tip, silent auction, petting zoo and more.
Tickets for the game booths are 25 cents each. Unlimited times on the bounce house with the purchase of a $5 wrist band.
$1 raffle tickets can be purchased for a Red Lobster dinner for two.