Halloween arrives this Sunday, but if you don’t already have plans, don’t worry. Check out this list of Halloween happenings to make sure your Halloween weekend is the most spooktacular ever.
Friday, Saturday and Sunday (Oct. 29 through Oct. 31)
Smith Family Farm Pumpkin Festival
The Smiths’ month-long festival features a hayride to the pumpkin-picking patch, a corn maze, a barnyard petting zoo and more. It’s open Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission (which includes a pumpkin) is $8 on Friday and $9 on Saturday and Sunday. Smith Family Farm is located at 4430 Sellers Ave. in Brentwood.
Jumping Jacks Pumpkin Patch
Come out to the Streets of Brentwood, 2565 Sand Creek Road, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. to enjoy rides, bounce houses and slides, a hay maze, and many more family-friendly activities.
Sanctuary of Evil – Maze and Haunted House
This Halloween extravaganza features a 7,000-square-foot corn maze, a haunted house and The Last Ride, a simulated ride to the grave in a pitch-dark wooden casket embellished by a spooky soundtrack. Admission, which includes all three attractions, is $10. The Sanctuary of Evil can be found at 936 Carpenter Road in Oakley.
Centuries have passed since mortal flesh has been foolish enough to trespass on Haunted Hill in Oakley. Beware of the 23-foot pumpkin head and the haunts galore at this spooky knoll, located at 151 Hill Ave. Admission is $5. All ages are welcome, but multiple exits are provided for visitors who are too scared to continue.
Liberty High School’s Playmakers’ Haunted House is open Oct. 29 from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. and Oct. 30 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Admission is $6 ($5 if you bring a non-perishable food item to be donated to charity). The haunted house is located at the Liberty Performing Arts Center, 850 Second St. in Brentwood.
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
Be prepared for thrills and chills at Heritage High School’s annual haunted house. The Pride and Prejudice and Zombies house will be open during the witching hours of 7 to 10 p.m. The fright factor is appropriate for ages 13 and up. Admission is $5.
Dog Parade and Costume Contest
Enter your pooch in the Streets of Brentwood Dogs on Parade contest, a fundraiser for the Contra Costa Humane Society. Contests include best costume, best trick, and an owner/dog look-alike competition. Registration is $10 to enter the parade and costume contest only; $20 to enter the parade plus two to six contests. Sign-ups begin at 8:30 a.m.; the parade kicks off at 9:15.
Day of the Spooky Streets
Come celebrate Halloween at The Streets of Brentwood, 2565 Sand Creek Road, from noon to 4:30 p.m. The event features the Delta Transit Haunted Bus, kid’s crafts and games, a costume parade and contest and more.
Halloween at Sand Creek Crossing
Trick-or-Treaters are welcome at the Sand Creek Crossing Shopping Center in Brentwood from 2 to 6 p.m. The center’s stores, restaurants and retailers will be handing out free Halloween goodies while supplies last.
Holy Eve Community Carnival
Enjoy a fun and safe substitute to Halloween at the Holy Eve Community Carnival at Somersville Towne Center, 2556 Somersville Road in Antioch, from 2 to 9 p.m. The event, sponsored by the Grace Bible Fellowship of Antioch and the Salvation Army, offers free rides, games, candy and entertainment.
Come on out and enjoy a safe-and-sane alternative to Halloween at the Harvest Time Assembly of God Church, 2200 Ventura Drive in Brentwood, from 6 to 9 p.m. This free event features candy, games, pony rides and more.