It’s a good thing there are 31 days in October because to check out everything going on in Bakersfield for Halloween, you’re going to need them all, and maybe even the last couple of days in September too.
This year, there are haunts, pumpkin patches and parties covering every weekend from now until the spooky day itself. To help you plan for a fun and scare-filled month, we present a list of Halloween happenings. If we missed something, be sure to let us know.
In addition to familiar favorites like Talladega Frights, Murray Family Farms and Safe Halloween, a new event promises to catch us off guard. With “Apocalypse World,” Rabobank Arena is offering something a little freaky for adult revelers.
Of course, there’s no shortage of family-friendly festivities, if that’s more your style. Banducci’s Family Pumpkin Patch will give little ones the perfect backdrop for that ultimate autumnal family photo, plus the opportunity to pick a pumpkin and get lost in the maize maze.
Part freak show, part party, Apocalypse World will be an adults-only Halloween event on Oct. 28 at 8 p.m. The night includes fire dancers, contortionists, industrial music and “flesh hook suspensionists.” We’ll give you a minute to imagine that last one and shudder.
“Typically we do concerts and family events,” said Nick Wynne, marketing manager for AEG, which operates Rabobank. “But we’re always looking for new things to do, and this is definitely one of them.”
Put on by Tony Grinder, an L.A.-based musician, entertainer and producer, the event is meant to be an interactive experience, and guests are encouraged to dress in costume, Wynne said.
“We decided to do this because we thought it would be a neat thing for Bakersfield,” Wynne said. “There are a lot of things for kids and families to do. For the 18-and-over crowd, this is a new addition.”
This will be the first Apocalypse World event, though Grinder has put on similar ones. The organizer himself will perform with his band Protester. VIP tickets will give guests a special meet-and-greet and other goodies.
Wynne said the stage of the convention center will be set up in the back to give people room to stand on the floor in front of the stage. There will also be food and drinks available for purchase.
Admission is $20 in advance and $25 the day of the event. VIP tickets are $35. Tickets are on sale now at the Rabobank Arena Box Office, by phone at 888-929-7849 or on AXS.com.
Though the event is produced by Grinder’s Grindco Entertainment, Rabobank is partnering with a local favorite haunt to help spread the word. People who bring their Talladega Frights wristband to the box office when they buy tickets will receive $3 off their ticket, Wynne said.
What better way to welcome the season than among the picturesque harvest at Banducci’s Family Pumpkin Patch south of Bakersfield? In the sea of orange are pumpkins of all shapes and sizes.
Opening Monday, the pumpkin patch is free to enter, and pumpkins prices vary depending on size. Going early in the season is the best way to ensure you get your first pick of pumpkins, as the gourds tend to sell out by Halloween, said Trish Cegielski, daughter of Nancy Banducci.
Adding to the fall fun is a corn maze and pony rides, available to guests for a fee. Straw bales and corn stalks are also available to buy.
The patch is open Monday through Saturdays at 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Sundays at 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. No pets are allowed, but service animals are welcome. To stay updated on what’s going on at the patch, find them on Facebook by searching Banducci’s Family Pumpkin Patch.
Other scary fun in October
Talladega Frights and Halloween Town, runs now through Oct. 30, Halloween Town opens 5 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays (Frights at 7 p.m.), noon Saturdays and Sundays (Frights at 7 p.m.), 3825 Riverlakes Ranch. Tickets range from $15 to $40, plus fees, depending on activities. Talladegaranch.com.
Harvest Days and Howling Nights: autumn-inspired home decorating projects, 10 to 11 a.m. Oct. 1, Beladagio, 9500 Brimhall Road #705. Free.
Paranormal investigations, tours: 8 to 10:30 p.m. Oct. 1, 15, 28, 29 and 31, Silver City Ghost Town, 3829 Lake Isabella Blvd. Bodfish. $15, all ages; buy in advance by calling 760-379-5146 or pay at gate (cash only). silvercityghosttown.com.
Murray Family Farms Fall Family Fun Fest, hayrides, pumpkin patch, butterfly house, flashlight nights in corn maze (Oct. 14-15, 21-22, 28-29) and more, noon to 6 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and Oct. 7, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays, noon to 10 p.m. Oct. 14, 21 and 28, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 1 and 8, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 15, 22 and 29, Murray Family Farms, 6700 General Beale Road. $12.99, $5.99 for children 1-3. Murrayfamilyfarms.com.
Fantasy Frocks open house, with refreshments, Ben Nye makeup demos by Shine, music by Another Ideaman, art from Red Manzanitas Creations, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 7, Fantasy Frocks, 1928 17th St. Free.
Tehachapi Apple Festival, with apple pie baking and eating contests, car show, live music, kids play area and more, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 8 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 9, Railroad Park, downtown Tehachapi. Free.
“Paint The Space: Bone Chilling” events: painting session for children 18 and under noon to 3 p.m., adults-only session at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 8, The Empty Space, 706 Oak St. Children’s session: $30, includes painting and lunch; parents can observe for free or buy ticket and participate. Adult session $30. esonline.org.
Boo at the Zoo, trick or treating, games, train rides, Condor Challenge Rock Climbing Tower, costumes encouraged, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 22 and 23, California Living Museum, 10500 Alfred Harrell Highway. $9, $7 seniors (60 and up), free for members and children 12 and under; train rides $1, rock climbing $2. Calmzoo.org.
5K Zombie Run for Your Lives, 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 22, Franklin Field Sports Complex, 231 E. Cedar St. Taft. $30, free for children 14 and under (with paying adult) and high school and college students with ID. raceentry.com/race-reviews/kiwanis-5k-zombie-run-for-your-lives.
Halloween Glow-In-the-Dark Family Paint Day, 4 to 6 p.m. Oct. 29, Colorful Strokes CA, inside East Hills Mall, 3000 Mall View Road. $20 or $70 for family of four, includes refreshments. Tickets available at gallery or by calling 201-9458.
Safe Halloween, trick-or-treating, costume contests, carnival, food, 5 to 9 p.m. Oct. 30 and 31, Kern Pioneer Village, 3801 Chester Ave. $10, $8 for members (in advance). 437-3330.
Count Dracula Halloween Bash, with Mento Buru and DJ Sey, 8 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Oct. 29, Elements Venue, 3401 Chester Ave, Suite H. $20 in advance, $25 at door, VIP $30. Eventbrite.com.
“Choloween Party,” with Cholo Biafra and Ill Tiempo, 9 p.m. Oct. 28, Riley’s Tavern, 1523 19th St. Free; for 21 and over. 325-4048.
“Dia de Los Velorios,” with Velorio and DJ Josex, 9 p.m. Oct. 29, Sandrini’s, 1918 Eye St. $5. 322-8900.