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Weekend guide for 10-1 to 10-3-2004 by the Hauntmaster

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This weekend is the first weekend of October and marks when the Halloween season really gets kicked into high gear. With nearly 100 separate events taking place this weekend it can be challenging to decide what to do. So we thought we'd give you our top picks of this weekend's events. Links to our calendar are provide for all the details you'll need in order to attend.

Friday, October 1st

If you're home during the day, pack up the kids and take them over to the Lindsay Wildlife Museum for its interactive exhibit, Masters of the Night: The True Story of Bats. Explore the nocturnal world of these most fascinating creatures in mythical and real-life settings.

After a hard day at work it's nice to relax with a good horror movie. If you're near Campbell, beginning at sundown, the Kensington Art Center will be showing the 1960 Hitchcock classic, Psycho as part of their Sundown Cinema, The Scream Series. This event is outdoors and strictly BYOC, Bring Your Own Chair!

In the North Bay you will want to visit the 2004 Sonoma County Harvest Fair. Wind down the week with some cool jazz, an art show, and fun harvest season activities while sampling award winning wines.

Saturday, October 2ndSaturday is the perfect day to pick up your Halloween pumpkins.

Now that you have a full day to devote to fall activities its a great time to visit a farm and pick up your Halloween pumpkin. There are many pumpkin patches in the Bay Area and all of them are fun to visit but there are a few that really stand out. 

North Bay

Cardoza's - Early in the season is the best time to visit Cardoza's. Being one of the North Bay's most popular pumpkin patches it gets quite busy later in the season and for good reason. There is so much to do and learn at Cardoza's with acres of pumpkins, hay rides, mazes, a craft store, and a learning center there is something for everyone.  (2003 Review)

Adobe Pumpkin Farm - Much like Cardoza's, the Adobe Pumpkin Farm is best visited early in the season before the crowds have descended on the patch to enjoy its acres of pumpkins, corn maze, picnic areas, and Halloween and Christmas boutiques. (2003 Review)

East Bay

Clayton Valley Pumpkin Farm - Right outside of Concord, this pumpkin patch offers something for the whole family. There's a wide array of pumpkins, kiddy playground, huge straw maze, and harvest crafts. And don't miss the bean pot with over 3,000 lbs of beans!

Dell'Osso Farms - Located in Lathrop, Dell'Osso Farms may at first seem a little far a field but believe us, it's worth it. If you're idea of the perfect pumpkin patch is a quaint, quiet little patch then Dell'Osso Farms isn't for you. This is a mega-patch with a carnival like atmosphere complete with a haunted house, hayrides, 40 acre corn maze, a raceway, and best of all... pumpkin blasters! If you've never shot mini-pumpkins out of a compressed air cannon then you really don't know what you're missing! (2003 Review


Pastorino's - Pumpkins galore and so much more. Yes, I've been waiting to use that line and Pastorino's is worth it. Pastorino's has a certain charm that's hard to describe. Plenty of activities for the young and old from pony rides and petting zoo to train rides and the best Halloween "bootique" of any Bay Area pumpkin patch. (2002 Review)

Arata's - Just south of Half Moon Bay off Hwy. 1 is Arata's Pumpkin Patch. Arata's has one of the widest selections of pumpkin varieties on the coast as well as a great hay maze, friendly farm animals, and pony rides.

Aside from pumpkin patches there are many great events taking place around the Bay today.

From 10 am to 3:30 pm the Filoli House in Woodside will be holding its annual Autumn Festival, which will include crafts, face painting, balloon art, and more.

The Triton Museum in Santa Clara will be holding it's Harvest Family Day where you can learn about harvest celebrations around the world and make harvest crafts.

In the North Bay, Tiburon will be holding its annual Oktoberfest celebration. Bratwurst, potato salad, and oompah bands will make this German harvest festival a not to be missed event. See also the Foster City Oktoberfest, Bay Meadows Oktoberfest, Newark Oktoberfest

Sunday, October 3rdSanta Cruz is the place to be Sunday with two haunted attractions and the annual fireworks display happening at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.

On Sunday the place to be is at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. This year the Boardwalk is featuring two great haunted attractions.

Labyrinth Haunted House, located across the street from the boardwalk, will be making its return this year with the theme, "Carnival of Souls" and will for the first time be open to all ages. (2003 Review)

On the Boardwalk across from the Pirate Ship is the special Halloween edition of Fright Walk. This Halloween edition has been created by the same people who brought us the famed Beach Street Haunted House and should be excellent.

Special tickets for admission to both haunts are available for $15 and include a coupon for your choice of either Laser Tag or Miniature Golf and can be purchased at Labyrinth, Fright Walk, Miniature Golf, and Laser Tag.

As if the two haunts and a free game weren't enough reason to visit, the city of Santa Cruz will be celebrating its 213th birthday with a huge fireworks spectacular starting at 8 pm. KWAV 97 FM will simulcast a choreographed musical show, which will be amplified from the Boardwalk and Beach Bandstand.

If you still haven't found an activity, be sure to take a look at the calendar. There are literally hundreds of activities happening around the Bay.


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