There are a variety of spooky and free events for ghosts, goblins, ghouls, pirates, princesses, and other characters this Halloween.
On Saturday, October 30, the grassy field at Martin Luther King Jr. Park, 2821 Wyandotte Avenue in Oroville, will be transformed into a pumpkin patch for children to “pick” their own pumpkins.
Roxanne Eldridge and Ray Kean, who have previously organized free Easter baskets and backpacks, hosted the event with help from local businesses.
“McClarren Ranch Supply, The Cow Café and Hollen Trucking all donate pumpkin pallets. It can be expensive to take your kids to a pumpkin patch and a lot of people can’t get out of town to get there or afford to go and we wanted as many kids as possible to have a pumpkin patch experience, ”Eldridge said.
The event, which starts at 1 p.m., will also feature free pre-filled treat bags and Halloween photos from GT Photography and NorGal Photography. Children of all ages are welcome but must be accompanied by an adult.
In addition, on Saturday, the Feather River Nature Center & Native Plant Park on Old Ferry Road, also known as “The Old Bath House”, will be transformed into “Haunted Bath House”. There will be pre-made treat bags for young visitors, and the native plant garden trail around the facility will also be lighted and decorated with a small cemetery, pumpkins, spiders and ghosts.
“And we have a very good mom. It’s nothing too scary, just scary fun for the whole family. We will also be telling scary stories and there will be music, ”said Docent Stacy Wright.
Inside the haunted bathhouse, California State Parks performer Mike Hubbartt will explore the wonderful world of bats with curious minds and there will also be living leeches to see and discover. .
“It will be a scary educational fun and a really fun way to end our season. This will be the last day the center will be open until spring, ”said Joan Bosque, Senior Guide.
The event is open from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Bosque recommends parking on surface streets or at the Veterans Memorial Hall on Montgomery Street and walking to the bathhouse.
On Sunday, October 31, Treat Street will be back with more than 100 businesses in downtown Chico offering treats and candy from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. for children 12 and under in costume and accompanied by an adult.
This event also includes activities, games, magician, music and education stalls at Chico City Plaza. Music will be provided by the Marsh Jr. High and Bidwell Jr. High school orchestras. The Chico Police Department and Chico Fire Department will also be on hand with safety tips, motorcycles and the Tiller Station 1 truck. For safety reasons, local Rotarians will serve as crossing guards throughout the year. event.
“It’s a long tradition in Chico that families and businesses look forward to. The weather is supposed to be fine and it’s just good and clean family Halloween fun, ”said Melanie Bassett, executive director of the Downtown Chico Business Association.
The Forbestown Haunted House and Oroville Fall Festival and Trunk n ‘Treat also take place on Sunday.
The Haunted House opens at 5 p.m. at the Forbestown Community Center, 19100 New York Flat Road, Forbestown. After leaving the haunted house, visitors can follow the lighted path through the park to Elevation Church for hot dogs, burgers, games, prizes, and a chest or treat.
The Fall Festival is from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Christian Faith Center Oroville Campus, 1235 Lincoln St. in Oroville. This event will include a trunk and a treat with candy and prizes for disguised participants.