Halloween Events and Activities In and Around Ventura County

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Here, once again, is our boo-rific compilation of Halloween events, activities and goings on around Ventura County and surrounding areas for the 2018 Halloween season! Spooky houses, pumpkin patches, trick or treating, carnivals, community events, storytelling and more! 

Dates/times subject to change; contact event organizers to confirm. For calendar view, click here.

Past Events

Sat 10/6: Harvest Fest at The Shoppes at Westlake (Noon-3PM)

Sat 10/20: Howl-O-Ween Dog Costume Contest at Ventura Harbor Village (11AM)

Sat 10/20: Pumpkin Party at the Leonis Adobe Museum in Calabasas (1-4PM)

Sat 10/20: Fall Festival at The Commons at Calabasas (1-4PM)

Sat 10/20: Heritage Halloween and Movie at Strathearn Park Simi Valley (5-9PM)

Sat 10/20: Dr. Frankeinstein’s Science Lab at WLV City Celebration (3-8PM)

Sat 10/20: Family-Friendly "Lights On" at Reign of Terror Haunted House (1-4PM)

Fri-Sun 10/19-21: Boo at the Zoo at the Santa Barbara Zoo

Sat/Sun 10/20-21: Calabasas Pumpkin Festival (10AM-5PM)

Fri 10/26: Halloween Carnival at Malibu Bluffs Park (3-6PM)

Fri 10/26: Spooky Swim at Pleasant Valley Aquatic Center (5:30-8:30PM)

Fri 10/26: Spooky Town Event at Simi Valley Town Center (5-9PM)

10/26-10/28: The Haunted Barn at EZE Farm in Fillmore

Sat 10/27: Paramount Ranch Becomes "Scare-amount Ranch" (6-9:30PM)

Sat 10/27: Herman Bennett Foundation Halloween Party in Camarillo (6-11PM)

Sat 10/27: 8th Annual Peace Pumpkin Fest in Camarillo

Sat 10/27: Trick or Treating at Ventura Harbor Village (1-3PM)

Sat 10/27: Halloween Movie Freight Fest at Newbury Park Library (10AM-6PM)

Sat 10/27: Trick or Treat Trail and More at The Lakes at Thousand Oaks (10AM-3PM)

Sat 10/27: Thrill the World Zombie Dance at Cal Lutheran (3PM)

Sat 10/27: Pumpkin Fest at Christ the King Newbury Park (2-6PM)

Sat 10/17: Halloween Haunt at Plaza Park in Oxnard (4-7PM)

Sat 10/27: Zombie Dance Flash Mob at Ventura Harbor Village (3PM)

Sat 10/27: Halloween Haunted Trail, Costume Contest, Trick-or-Treating in Thousand Oaks (6-9PM)

Sat 10/27: Family-Friendly "Lights On" at Reign of Terror Haunted House (1-4PM)

Sat 10/27: Trick or Treat in Old Town Camarillo (1-4PM)

Sat 10/27: Screening of “Monster House” at Christ the King Newbury Park (7PM)

Weekends in Oct: Pumpkin Patch at Limoneira Ranch in Santa Paula

Sat/Sun 10/27-28: Boo at the Zoo at America's Teaching Zoo in Moorpark

Sat/Sun 10/27-28: Halloween Boo Fest at Saplings Simi Valley

Sun 10/28: Dia de los Muertos at Strathearn Historical Park Simi Valley (2-7PM)

Sun 10/28: Free Halloween Themed Concerts in Thousand Oaks (Noon, 3PM)

Sun 10/28: Halloween Fun at “Malibooo” Country Mart (Noon-2PM)

Sun 10/28: Farmers' Market Family Fun Day at Channel Islands Harbor (10AM-2PM)

Sun 10/28: Fall Fest at Lighthouse Church Newbury Park (12:30-2:30PM)

Weekends: Pumpkinliner Train Rides at Fillmore & Western Railway

Pumpkin Patches in Ventura County and Adjacent Areas

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The star of the Halloween show is the pumpkin. According to my favorite resource Wikipedia, the name pumpkin originated from the Greek word pepon ("large melon"). The French called it pompom. The British changed it to pumpion. Then American colonists changed it to pumpkin. Why? Heck, I dunno.

Pumpkins are gourd-like squashes and technically are a fruit. They can range in size from 1 lb to 1,000 lbs.

But who cares about all that...what we REALLY want to know is, where are the pumpkin patches in Ventura County and surrounding areas!? Well, here are some choices...but make sure to call before you go for hours, etc.

OTHER HALLOWEEN EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES AROUND VENTURA COUNTY

Big Wave Dave's Pumpkin Patch locations at 4075 Telegraph Road in Ventura (adjacent to Ventura College) open 10am to 9pm October 5 to October 31, 2018. In addition to pumpkins, they offer free games and prizes for the kids. There's also a location at the Pacific View Mall in the Trader Joe's parking lot. Visit bigwavedaveschristmastrees.com/pumpkin-patch.html or call 805.218.0282. 

Bennett's Best Pumpkin Patch once again anticipates opening locations at the corner of Kanan and Agoura Road and at 28900 Roadside Drive (near Do It Center) in Agoura Hills as well as at 24439 Calabasas Road in Calabasas). bennettsbest.net 

Fillmore & Western Pumpkinliner Trail Rides in October

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McGrath Street Pumpkin Patch is located at 5156 McGrath Street, Ventura (south of the 101 between Telephone Road and Victoria).  Open daily in October. There will be hay rides, pony rides and plenty of pumpkins! Call 805.658.9972 or visit www.mcgrathstreetpumpkinpatch.com.

McGrath Brothers Great Pacific Pumpkins is located at 5100 Olivas Park Drive in Ventura. Tractor hay rides, hay maze, horse drawn hay rides and farm animals on hand. More information at www.greatpacificpumpkins.com or call 805.644.1235. Open daily in October from 9am to 6pm.

Prancer's Pumpkin Village will be opening on Sat, September 30th through October from 10am to 9pm weekdays and 9am to 9pm weekends at 3075 Johnson Drive in Ventura (adjacent to the 101 freeway). In addition to an array of pumpkins, they offer pony rides, bouncers, hay maze, petting zoo and other activities. Visit prancersvillage.com.

The Santa Paula Rotary's Pumpkin Patch at the Limoneira Ranch in Santa Paula will be open every weekend in October 2018, starting the 6th, from 10am to 5pm. Gigantic corn MaiZe, hay wagon rides, the infamous "Pumpkin Chucker" and more on hand. $6 admission.

Seasonal Adventures Pumpkin Patch is located near the Simi Valley Town Center on Erringer Road and in Thousand Oaks at 450 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. Pumpkins, petting zoo, rides, inflatable attractions and more (no admission cost; activities vary in cost). www.seasonaladventures.com/locations

Stu Miller's Pumpkin Patch just east of the Simi Valley Town Center.

Stu Miller's Pumpkin Patch just east of the Simi Valley Town Center.

The 21st Annual Underwood Family Farms Fall Harvest Festival in Moorpark is open September 29 to October 31, 2018 with themed events each weekend, massive pumpkin patch and lots of fun activities.

The Underwood Farm Center in Somis at 5696 Los Angeles Avenue also has a pumpkin patch along with its year-round animal center.

Calabasas Pumpkin Festival October 20-21

Pumpkin Patch at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Newbury Park is open daily.

Bennett's Best Pumpkin Patch on Roadside Drive in Agoura Hills

Bennett's Best Pumpkin Patch on Roadside Drive in Agoura Hills

A Little Further Away:

Woodland Hills Pumpkin Patch in the Winnetka Bowl parking lot, southwest corner of Winnetka and Vanowen during the month of October. Open daily. Petting zoo and inflatables.

Pumpkins no longer in 2018: 

Boccali Ranch Pumpkin Patch sadly reports that it will not be open for the 2018 holiday season. The Thomas Fire destroyed both of it haunted hayride trailers and because of the drought does not have adequate water available to grow pumpkins this year. www.boccalis.com/pumpkinpatch.html

Support Our Troops Through the Halloween Candy Buy-Back Program

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At Halloween, many of us anticipate massive stockpiles of sugary sweets in our households.

As an alternative to consuming all this candy, consider donating it to our troops overseas. You may think, do we really want to send all that junk food to throughout the world? Sure! Everyone enjoys a treat! And truth be told, the troops themselves don't eat all this candy...much of it they enjoy sharing in the communities they patrol.

The Halloween Candy Buy-Back Program has partnered with Operation Gratitude and local dental practices to channel your candy stockpile to our troops. Local dentists "buy" back Halloween candy in exchange for cash or other items. The candy is shipped to Operation Gratitude and other U.S. Military support groups and in turn it is sent overseas, to children of deployed service members, wounded warriors, veterans and first responders.

There are nearly a number of local Ventura County dental practices participating in this program. Just visit www.halloweencandybuyback.com and enter your zip code for these or other locations throughout the L.A./Ventura County area.

Each practice has their own buy-back incentives. so make sure to call to learn more about their program and related time frames (usually the first several days after Halloween).

The Fall Harvest Festival at Underwood Family Farms in Moorpark is Local Must Do!

The Fall Harvest Festival at Underwood Family Farms in Moorpark is Local Must Do!

The Fall Harvest Festival at Underwood Family Farms in Moorpark is a perennial "MUST DO" activity for anyone with kids in Ventura County. With thousands of pumpkins, weekend themed entertainment during the month of October, tractor rides, a large corn maze, games and fun activities and all of the other great things the farm has to offer, it is hard not to stop by. Admission on weekends is $15 at the ga

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The Pumpkin Chucker at the Pumpkin Patch at Faulkner Farm in Santa Paula

A trebuchet is a catapult that works by using the energy of a raised counterweight to throw a projectile. It was popular in medieval times for hurling large stones and missiles. It became obsolete in the 15th century with the introduction of gunpowder.

However, in recent years, the Pumpkin Chucker at the Faulkner Farm Pumpkin Patch in Santa Paula has brought this ancient projectile thrower back into the spotlight!

For $5 (or 3 for $10), visitors to the pumpkin patch can select a small pumpkin that is carefully placed into a launch position on the Pumpkin Chucker, ring the Pumpkin Chucker bell, then pull the rope that triggers a 500 lb counterweight that projects the pumpkin 200 feet away towards a target.

In our recent visit, I was surprised to experience about a 45 minute wait for the Pumpkin Chucker! But that didn't seem to bother anyone, as everyone enjoyed watching the airborne pumpkins and cheering as they came close to the target. It was so popular in fact that I think this could be a great year-round business opportunity...flinging pumpkins, watermelons, canteloupes and other worthy produce!

Pumpkin commencing its 200 foot flight from the Pumpkin Chucker

The Faulkner Farm Pumpkin Patch, run by the Rotary Club of Santa Paula since 2007, is typically open on weekends in October each year. Learn more at www.faulknerfarmpumpkinpatch.com.

Pumpkin Chucker target area and post-flight remnants of pumpkins at Faulkner Farm

Trick or Treating Around Ventura County This Halloween Season

According to the anonymous experts at Wikipedia, the earliest known mention of the term "trick or treat" was in 1927.

Trick or treating really started becoming popular after World War II in the late 1940s and continued growing in the 1950s. It was first depicted in a Peanuts comic strip in 1951 and in 1952 was portrayed for the first time on screen in the Disney 1952 cartoon Trick or Treat, featuring Donald Duck and his nephews, Huey, Duey and Louie.

Today there is a trend towards more and more trick or treating "events" around town as an alterative to traditional house-to-house trick or treating. 

HALLOWEEN 2012 IS OVER! :< SEE YOU BACK HERE IN OCTOBER 2013!!

We've compiled a list of such events at THIS LINK but here is a summary (of 2012 events....see you next year for the 2013 update!).

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'Twas the Night Before Halloween in the Conejo Valley

Twas the night before Halloween and all through the sky,

In Conejo Valley, the clouds stopped by.

While witches were not seen as sunset arrived,

Tomorrow's the big day, we won't be deprived.

Of ghosts and gobblins and skeleton costumes,

Mummies, vampires, creepy dark, lost tombs.

We look forward to young trick or treaters at night,

As the Kit Kats and Snickers and SweeTarts delight.

If the trend continues from Halloweens past,

Our candy supply at night's end will be vast.

Which is good considering I have a sweet tooth,

Reese's are my weakness to tell you the truth.

So as the clock ticks towards this favorite day,

There is just one thing more I want to say.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!