Through Nov. 1, Friday, Friday, Saturday and Sundays only Sanctuary of Evil Haunted House and maze
Take a tour through a horrifying haunted house, or run screaming through a 7,000 square foot corn maze. Perhaps a trip on the “Last Ride,” a simulated coffin, is more to your liking? It’s all here for the eighth year, at 936 Carpenter Road in Oakley. Hours are Friday and Saturday 7 to 10 p.m., Sunday 7 to 9 p.m. Admission is $5 for the haunted house, $3 for the simulated coffin ride, or $8 for both. Be sure you’re up to the fright though; sorry, no refunds.
Through Nov. 5 Day of the Dead
The Los Medanos College Art Gallery is currently hosting Unforgettable/Inolividable. The exhibition is a celebration of the Mexican holiday, Day of the Dead, and is in observance of National Hispanic Heritage Month. Call 925-439-2181 for gallery hours.
Oct. 16 and 17 Halloween Festival
The Red Men and Pocahontas of Oakley are offering spooky delights at their 8th Annual Halloween Festival, located at 1403 Main St. The event features crafts, face painting and a kid-friendly haunted house. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Martinez Veterans Hospital. Admission is $1.50. Hours are Friday, 6 to 10 p.m. and Sat. 7 to 10 p.m.
Oct. 16 Brentwood Elementary Carnival and Pumpkin Patch
Bring the family and enjoy an evening of pumpkins, cakewalks, games, a petting zoo and more at the Brentwood Elementary fundraising event. No need to cook dinner either: there will be Sticky Chicken and Ribs, Straw Hat Pizza and Loard’s Ice Cream on hand, with a portion of their sales going back to the school. The party is at 200 Griffith Lane and is from 5 to 9 p.m. For additional information, call 925-513-6360.
Oct. 23 Laurel Elementary Pumpkin Patch Festival
This super-popular annual event comes to Oakley’s Laurel Elementary again this year from 4 to 8 p.m. at 1441 Laurel Road. All proceeds from the event will benefit the new kindergarten playground, so come on down and take a tour through the haunted house and feel free to come in costume. Admission is free.
Aquatic Pumpkin Patch
Do pumpkins sink or float? Participants will get the answer to that question at the Brentwood Parks and Recreation’s fourth annual Halloween event. This year the fun runs from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Brentwood Family Aquatic Complex, 195 Griffith Lane. The recreation pool will be filled with floating pumpkins of all sizes and shapes and participants can swim out and pick the pumpkin of their choice. Don’t forget to stay for the games and prizes too. Admission is $15 per person. Ages 3 and up are welcome.
Oct. 24 Hometown Halloween
Brentwood’s premiere trick-or-treat event is perfect for all the ghosts and goblins in your house. Take a stroll through downtown and visit the many merchant booths set up along the street, and don’t forget to pop your head into the local businesses that have plenty of treats for this safe and sane Halloween event. Located at First and Oak Streets, the Chamber of Commerce hosts this event from 5 to 8 p.m.
Black Cat Ball
Who says black cats aren’t lucky? This spooktacular event raises thousands of dollars each year for cats and other animals at the Antioch Animal Shelter. Costumes are optional at this gala dinner, which includes dancing, music and a silent auction, but there will be a costume contest for those who dress up. Located at the Lone Tree Golf Course, 4800 Golf Course Road in Antioch, tickets are $60 for adults and $25 for children (13 and under). For tickets or additional information, call 925-431-8318, or 925-754-2923.
Discovery Bay Harvest Festival
There will be plenty of activities and fun for all at the Lakeview Business Plaza, including children’s activities, food and wine samples, artists, vendors and music. Don’t forget to bring your scarecrow-building talents for the contest, which will award prizes for the best-dressed scarecrow. The event is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Lakeview Business Plaza on Discovery Bay Boulevard.
Grace Bible Fellowship Harvest Festival
Bring the family to this free event at the Grace Bible Fellowship Church, 657 McClarren Rd. in Brentwood. There will be plenty of food, candy, games and much more! The event is from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
Oakley Harvest Festival
Oakley’s first annual event is free to the public and will be held from noon to 4 p.m. at the Civic Center Plaza, 3231 Main St. There will be activities for the entire family including a petting zoo, giant slide, hay maze, arts and crafts, pie eating and costume contests and a parade. For more information, call 925-625-7041 or email, at Coelho@ci.oakley.ca.us.
Oct. 25 Tarantula Trek
They’re big, they’re fuzzy and oftentimes clumsy! These eight-legged residents are prowling the park at Black Diamond Mines Regional Park and the search is on. Enjoy an easy walk through the park as you learn some little-known facts about these funny, misunderstood friends. Walk is from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Participants meet in the parking lot at the south end of Somersville Road, inside the Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve, at 5175 Somersville Road in Antioch. For more information, call 925-544-2750.
Oct. 26 Halloween Concert
The Pittsburg Community Band the Hillview Junior High School Wind Ensemble will present their annual free Halloween Concert at 7 p.m. in the Hillview Junior High School Cafeteria. Wear a costume and enter the costume contest. 333 Yosemite Drive, Pittsburg.
Oct. 27 and 28 La Paloma Haunted House
La Paloma High School will be holding its fourth annual haunted house on both days from 5 to 8 p.m. at the high school, 6651 Lone Tree Way, across the street from Winco. There will be games, prizes, and a very scary haunted house. Donations are
$2 for kids 12 and under and $4 for adults.
Oct. 28 Dramatic Halloween
Adams Middle School in Brentwood is hosting Dramatic Halloween from 12:45 to 3:30 p.m. The event is open to the public, so bring your most dramatic Halloween self and head on over. For more information, call 925-513-6450.
Oct. 29 Howl La La Boo
Join the Oakley Library Youth Squad for their 2nd annual story time event at the Oakley Library. Join the squad for some Halloween stories, games and crafts. Participants are encouraged to come in costume. Free for kids preschool to fifth grade. The Oakley Library is located at 1050 Neroly Road on the Freedom High School campus. The event is from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Call 925-625-2400 for additional information.
Oct. 30 Halloween Dance Extravaganza
Come on out for this Halloween bash for individuals with special needs ages 13 and up. Participants are encouraged to come in costume to the event that runs from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Brentwood Senior Activity Center. The cost is $6.50 and pre-registration is required by Oct. 27. To register call Brentwood Parks and Rec at 925-516-5444.
Oct. 31 Halloween Murder Mystery Dinner Cruise
Delta Discovery Cruises presents this nautical adventure. Come dressed as your favorite pirates, sailors, captains and ghosts for the Ghoulish Dinner and Nautical Mystery. The cost is $49 per person, as long as space is available. The party is from 6 to 9:30 p.m. and sails from the Driftwood Yacht Club in Oakley. For tickets and additional information, call 925-252-9300.
Halloween at Sand Creek Crossing
Trick or Treaters are welcome at the Sand Creek Crossing Shopping Center in Brentwood on Halloween from 2 to 6 p.m. The center’s stores, restaurants and retailers will be handing out free Halloween goodies while supplies last.
Halloween at the Museum
Come in costume and be transported back in time at the East Contra Costa Historical Society’s Halloween party. Tour the 1878 farm house which is fully furnished, and see the assorted antique farm equipment, Model T’s, fire trucks and more. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 3890 Sellers Ave. in Brentwood/Knightsen. Admission is free, donations are appreciated. Call 925-634-8651 or 925-679-1024 for additional information.
Halloween on Hollow Hills
Have a frighteningly good time at this festive event. Games, crafts, scavenger hunts and much more will you a chance to explore the history of the Black Diamond Hills and to meet some of the park’s creepiest critters. Event is from 1 to 4 p.m. and participants meet in the parking lot of the Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve at the south end of Somersville Road. The address is 5175 Somersville Road in Antioch.
Come on out and enjoy a safe and sane alternative to Halloween at the Harvest Time Assembly of God Church from 6 to 9 p.m., 2200 Ventura Dr. in Brentwood. This free event will have candy, games, pony rides and much more. Bikes given away every 15 minutes. Call 925-516-1908 for more info.
Bring your family to the Pittsburg Farmer’s Market Halloween Costume Parade form Noon to 1 p.m., located between 5th and 6th Streets on Railroad Avenue. Sponsored by the Pittsburg Chamber of Commerce. www.pittsburgchamber.org.