With the October air ripe for all sorts of fun and mischief, one needs to look no further than Yolo County to get their fill.
This Halloween weekend add some local culture to your repertoire of holiday events and get ready to listen to some haunting music, dance like a zombie and enjoy some howling good times!
Davis Farmers Market Fall Festival
Oct. 30 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Central Park, Fourth and C streets
Kick start your Halloween weekend with a traditional Davis Farmers market. Fresh fruits and vegetables, music, activities, pie booths and the annual Avenue of Scarecrows are all good reasons to stop by the festival.
Joy Willis, assistant farmer’s market manager, said the festival is all about celebrating the bounty of the harvest.
“One thing that’s so fun about it is that [the festival] is so colorful,” Willis said.
Willis also recommends festival attendees to try the ice cream, provided by the local creamery. Watermelon with chocolate chips and pumpkin spice are some local favorite flavors.
In addition, more than 50 scarecrows created by Davis students will dot the festival for picture-taking opportunities. A silent auction, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. will give festival-goers a chance to take their favorite scarecrow home.
Yolo Wool Mill’s Annual Mill-In
Oct. 30 at 10 a.m. with BBQ at 1 p.m.
41501 Country Road 27, Woodland
This event promises a nice traditional Halloween outing in the country filled with cobwebs, an old farmhouse and black sheep. The Yolo Wool Mill will be giving tours of the old wool mill, shearing demonstrations, kid friendly activities, music, vendors and a petting zoo.
Owner Jane Deamer said this event is a great way for people to learn how wool turns into a wearable product.
Watch as the wool off a sheep’s back goes through the process of knitting, spinning, weaving, dying and felting.
“It’s something a little different for people to do [on Halloween],” Deamer said.
Halloween and fall activities will be available including bobbing for apples and lots of bails of hay for kids of all ages to jump around in.
Howl-O-Ween Davis Dog Park Party
Saturday, Oct. 30 from 3:30 to 5 p.m.
Toad Hollow Dog Park, 1919 Second St.
Halloween is not just for the two-legged crowd. At least, that’s what the annual Howl-O-Ween celebration at Toad Hollow Park believes. A dog costume contest and parade, raffle, photo booth and ‘Guess the number of dog treats in the jar’ are just a few of the activities that your four-legged friend will love.
Some creative dog costumes at previous Howl-O-Ween celebrations have been a psych ward escapee, pimp dog, cookie monster, the Coppertone dog and Mr. Furley from Three’s Company, according to Davis Wiki.
Delta of Venus Costume Ball
Saturday, Oct. 30 from 8 p.m. to midnight
Delta of Venus, 122 B St.
Admission: Free for 18 and older
Get ready to get dressed up in your scariest and craziest costume. This Halloween costume ball will feature art from Davis artist Pxl and live music from Big Daddy Joe, Mr. Glass and Jordan and Vee. Judging for a costume contest will include prizes for most creative costume of the night.
“It’ll be a fun event! Definitely good vibes here,” said Elizabeth Johnson, Delta of Venus assistant manager.
Fiesta DanceN’ Fitness Costume Contest and Dance Party
Saturday, Oct. 30 from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Fiesta DanceN’ Fitness, 915 Third St.
Admission: $5 for 18 and older
Let your inner zombie out at this dance party which will feature hip hop dance instructor “Q” who will teach the choreography from Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” music video.
Owner and dance instructor Denise Mathieu encourages people to come by and join the party.
“I would love to have the largest Thriller choreography in Davis,” Mathieu said.
The choreographed dance number is planned to occur in a parking lot dressed up as a graveyard. Participants can then head over to the dance studio, where a club atmosphere will allow all the zombie dancers to show off more of their best dance moves. A costume contest will award the best dressed of the night.
FARM’s Halloween Birthday Block Party
Sunday, Oct. 31 from noon to 5 p.m.
808 K St.
Wind down from your Saturday night festivities with food, fun and chicken races with the Future Action Reclamation Mob’s (FARM) Halloween birthday celebration.
In celebration of their first birthday, FARM – an organization devoted to alternative forms of non-violent protests – invites the public to come join in Halloween festivities.
Beginning with a scary sidewalk chalk art contest and ending with a costume parade down K Street, there will be fun-filled Halloween activities for all ages.
JESSY WEI can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.