With Halloween falling on a Monday, celebrations are starting now and the fall spirit is carrying all the way through the weekend. From a haunted house and fall festival to themed parties and a monster bash, there is sure to be an event to make anyone’s Halloween memorable.
Halloween Week at The Davis Graduate
Today to Tuesday
805 Russell Blvd.
Ages 18 and up or 21 and up, depending on the night
From country nights to a ’90s themed party, The Davis Graduate has Halloween covered.
“The crowd is super friendly and full of locals,” said kitchen staff member Jesse McNabb. “We have Halloween-themed drink specials and a costume contest with prizes and cash worth $500.”
Each night of Halloween Week is different at The Grad, in order to cater to every taste.
The Grad will kick off Halloween Week today by going back in time for a ’90s Halloween Party. Cover band Lovefool will play classic ’90s hits all night. This night is 21 and up and there’s no cover charge if guests come in costume before 10 p. m.
Friday is the annual Vet School Halloween Party for 21 and up. McNabb recommended arriving early because it’s known to get very crowded.
Saturday is Country Halloween Part 1, which is an 18 and over event. If guests come in costume before 9 p. m. there is no cover charge, and there will be a costume contest with $500 worth of prizes and cash.
Sunday is The Grad’s usual Pub Quiz, but with a Halloween-themed twist. This event starts at 9 p. m.
Halloween night is Country Halloween Part 2 for 18 and over. This event will also have a costume contest with a variety of cash and prizes. If guests arrive before 9 p. m. in a costume, there is no cover charge.
Ending Halloween Week on Tuesday is the Day of the Dead Salsa Party. This event is for ages 18 and over, and if wearing a costume, there will be no cover charge before 9:30 p. m. Party-goers can dance the night away in their best Day of the Dead face paint and costumes.
Fall Festival at the Davis Farmers Market
Saturday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Central Park at Fourth and C Streets
All ages, free
The Davis Farmers Market will be transformed into a country fair, complete with corn stalk decorations, farm animals, pumpkins, fresh fall food and live music.
“It’s a lot different from our usual farmers market,” said Davis Farmers Market Executive Director Randii MacNear. “It’s our way to say thank you to all of our supporters and to celebrate the essence of harvest and farmers market.”
Come hungry to try an array of delicious fall flavors including pumpkin ice cream, butternut squash pizza and a variety of pies sold by the slice.
This is the one time during the year when there will be animals at the market. The Raptor Center will display baby pigs, ponies and birds.
Sutter Davis Hospital is putting on the Kid’s Costume Parade, which starts at 11 a. m. More than 25 crafters will sell homemade goods, so everyone can buy their fall essentials.
The festival will exude all things fall and will be a festive start to the Halloween weekend, MacNear said.
“It really takes your breath away,” MacNear said. “When you walk in it’s like you’re on a farm during harvest.”
Saturday, 7 p. m. to midnight
Odd Fellows Hall, 415 Second St.
21 and up, $20 pre-sale at Watermelon Music or $25 at the door
Join the dance party and rock out to classic rock music played by local band Custom Neon. The third annual Monster Bash benefits the Davis High School Madrigal Singers and their outreach work with kindergarten to ninth grade students. Drinks will be available for purchase and free munchies will be on hand to keep people energized as they dance the night away.
“It’s going to be a rockin’ good time,” said Madrigal parent coordinator Leslie Hunter. “You’re benefiting the choir and the children they help, so it’s a win-win for all.”
The event will be held in the newly remodeled upstairs room of Odd Fellows Hall, and guests are encouraged to come in costume.
Nightmare on C Street
Friday, 7 p.m. to midnight and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m.
336 C Street
All ages, $3 suggested donation
Get scared for a good cause. The Davis Anime Club, Harry Potter Club, and the Davis College Panhellenic Association (DCPA) are coming together to create the first annual haunted house event.
A $3 recommended donation will benefit My Sister’s House, the Davis Joint Unified School District and Cal Aggie Camp. Members of the campus groups will be dressed up and ready to scare. The DCPA will also be selling baked goods.
“It’s a family-friendly event, and it will be G-rated from 11 a. m. to 1 p. m.,” said Charlie Colato, senior managerial economics major and one of the event’s organizers. “But, at night get ready to be scared.”
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