MOUNTAIN AREA — Want to know some of what’s happening around the foothills this year to celebrate the season, from Harvest Festivals to Halloween Haunts? Here’s a basket full of treats so you can pick and choose. Click on flyers to enlarge.
Pirates for Hope, Thursday, Oct. 26 – Sunday, Oct. 29 in Coarsegold
Pirates For Hope are holding their annual Halloween Food Drive and Walk-Through, starting with a Special Night For Special Needs on Thursday, Oct. 26 from 5 – 9 p.m. (reserved for families with special needs). The event continues and is open to the community with your non-perishable food donation, on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 27 – 28 from 6 to 9 p.m. and on Sunday, Oct. 29 from 6 – 9 p.m. Visitors with donations will be granted access to Pirates Cove, where you’ll see “beautiful mermaids, wander through a tangled spider web maze, walk through a giant life-sized pirate shop with real pirates, venture through the mystic gypsy camp, watch fire dancers perform, and visit the pirate graveyard.” All proceeds collected are for the benefit of Manna House. 33306 Gold Nugget Court in Coarsegold.
Family Wellness invites the North Fork Community to a night of fun, cake walk, games, Creepy House and raffle. Informational booths will also be on site. Participants must visit informational booths in order to gain access to the spooky excitement. This is a drug and alcohol free event. For more information phone Family Wellness Coordinator Brianna Samuelson at (559) 877-7277.
Halloween at the Elks Lodge, Friday, Oct. 27 in Oakhurst
It’s a Happy Halloween at the Elks Lodge in Oakhurst on Friday, Oct. 27, as the Lodge is open to the public and everyone is invited to join the Elks for dinner and dancing. They’ll have costume prizes for best kids and adults costume, and a Queen of Hearts contest.
The Lodge opens at 4:30 p.m. and dinner starts at 6 p.m. Steaks will be cooked to order and served with a baked potato, salad, bread and dessert. The cost for adults is $17 – 19 depending on reservation. Kids menu features hot dogs and dessert for children ages 9 – 12 and it’s $6. Children under 8 may enter at no cost.
Halloween and Fall Carnival at The Pines Village, Friday, Oct. 27 – Sunday Oct. 29 (Kids Halloween & Adult Beer Garden on Saturday, Oct. 28)
The event features costume contests for kids, family games and crafts, face painting, inflatable bounce house and slides, and for adults — a beer garden where libations will be available for purchase.
There’s also a craft fair taking place at The Pines Village from Friday, Oct. 27 through Sunday, Oct. 29. For more information phone (800) 350-7463.
Fall Festival at Spring Valley School, O’Neals
At Spring Valley School in O’Neals on Friday, Oct. 27, the Fall Festival takes place from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. Kids may look forward to face painting, bounce houses, pumpkin decorating, pony rides, popcorn and a bake sale, taco truck, games, a karate performance, silent auction and a costume contest. Spring Valley School is located at 46655 Road 200 in O’Neals.
13th Annual Raymond Volunteer Fire Department Dinner, Raymond
It’s not only a Spaghetti Dinner, the 13th annual Raymond Volunteer Fire Department is also hosting a dance at the Raymond General Store on Saturday, Oct. 28 from 5 – 8 p.m. Dinner includes spaghetti and meat sauce, and a vegetarian option is available, along with salad, garlic bread and drink. All dinner proceeds will be donated to the Raymond Volunteer Fire Department.
20th Annual Coarsegold Tarantula Festival, Saturday, Oct. 28 in Coarsegold
“Chalk Out” in Oakhurst for ARTober Oakhurst
Stop by Miller’s Landing Resort on the south shore at Bass Lake for a chance to eat, drink, and be a little bit scary.
The fun is happening from 5 – 7 p.m. for trick-or-treating and a Haunted Alley. The night will also include a cake walk, along with delicious fall soups, chili, and hot bread, barbecued corn on the cob, and caramel apple boats, and hot chocolate. Does that sound like a perfect set-up, or what? All proceeds will benefit local schools and sports teams.
In Ahwahnee on Tuesday, Oct. 31, it’s Harvest at The Grove from 6 – 9 p.m. at the North Campus, located at 42461 Highway 49. Featuring candy, games, hay rides and more. For more information call (559) 683-7911.
Trunk or Treat at Sierra Pines Church on Tuesday, Oct. 31 from 6 – 9 p.m. Sierra Pines Church is located at 40855 Covey Court in Oakhurst. For more information call (559) 683-2882.
Trunk or Treat at Yosemite Lakes Community Church, Tuesday, Oct. 31, Coarsegold
“Two tons of candy” is what organizers behind the scenes at Yosemite Lakes Community Church say they’ll have on hand on Tuesday, Oct. 31 in Yosemite Lakes Park. There will be lots of cars handing out candy, they say, plus a free bounce house for the kids’ enjoyment, along with $2 hot dog meal deal. The event takes place from 4 – 7 p.m.
The event is for children 0 to 12 years of age. Visitors are encouraged to dress the little ones up and bring them out. If you would like to participate by decorating a car, call (559) 440-6777. Yosemite Lakes Community Church is located at 43840 Patrick Ave in Yosemite Lakes Park, Coarsegold.
Join friends and neighbors in Mariposa on Tuesday, Oct. 31 at the historic Courthouse, in the parking lot, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Vote for Best Decorated Trunk. For questions, call (209) 966-2211. The Mariposa County Courthouse is located at 5088 Bullion Street in Mariposa.
In Oakhurst on Tuesday, Oct. 31, the Oakhurst Area Chamber of Commerce and Oakhurst Community College Center are combining forces for a Trunk ‘n Treat at the Oakhurst Campus from 5 – 7 p.m.
Volunteers, trunkers and participants are welcome.
There will be costume contests for boys and girls in multiple age groups, and prizes for the best adult costume and best trunk, all donated by the community. If you are interested in being a trunker this year, please call (559) 683-3940 for more information.
Come and trick or treat local businesses from 5 – 7 p.m. in downtown North Fork on Tuesday, Oct. 31.
For more information contact the North Fork Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau at Call (559) 877-2410.
Stop by the Raymond Trunk or Treat between the Post Office and the General Store on Tuesday, Oct. 31 from 6 – 8 p.m. for a costume contest, bounce house, carnival games and a trunk contest.