Auburn gets ghoulish for Halloween weekend

By: Krissi Khokhobashvili, Journal features editor
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Light up the jack-o-lanterns and make room for candy: There’s lots of frightful fun to be had in Auburn this Halloween. On the big day, spirits will flock to Old Town and Downtown Auburn, where the business associations have teamed up to once again present Safe Trick or Treat. From 2-5 p.m., costumed kids and families are welcome to visit businesses for Halloween candy. Participating merchants will have pumpkin plates in their windows. Businesses are asked to have candy ready and a volunteer will be by to pass out plates. The Headless Horseman has planned a stop in Old Town Auburn, although he’s going to leave his normal ride in the stable. Instead, he’ll hand out candy from a 1906 Studebaker at Clover and Carriage, 218 Washington St., Suite D, Auburn. For parents looking to lessen their kids’ sugar intake, Modern Alchemy will host a “sacred rock” painting workshop from 2 until about 6 p.m. at 882 Lincoln Way, Auburn. Owner Dawntrix Kerry said she gets a line of kids out the door every year, all waiting to decorate the rocks that they get to keep for free. “It’s our gift to the children of the community, to give them an alternative to the sweet things that they get too much of,” Kerry said. The fun doesn’t just happen on Monday. Starting Friday, Auburn is full of Halloween parties, concerts and more. Friday, Oct. 28 The PEACE for Families Oktoberfest will be held from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the Blue Goose, 3550 Taylor Road, Loomis. There will be beer, food and wine tasting, silent auction, raffle and music by the Alpen Band. Tickets cost $35 and are available at or (530) 823-6224. All proceeds support victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in Placer County. Nobody under 21 admitted. Contact Louise Czopek at (530) 823-6224. Northern California party and dance band 2 Lit 2 Quit performs at the Valencia Club’s Halloween Bash. The music starts at 9 p.m. at 2162 Taylor Road, Penryn. The bash includes a Halloween costume contest and specials. $5 cover. Call (916) 663-0300 or visit Saturday, Oct. 29 Placer High School’s Interact Club opens its haunted house from 4-9 p.m. in the cafeteria, 275 Orange St., Auburn. Cost is $3 per single and $10 for groups of 10 or more, but is free for those in costume. Proceeds benefit the Interact Club and Auburn Rotary. Kid-friendly sessions are available from 4-6 p.m. Teens and adults should venture through from 7-9:30 p.m. Email The Young Life Banquet and Glow Ball Golf Tournament will be held at The Ridge Golf Club and Event Center, 2020 Golf Course Road, Auburn. Registration begins at 2:30 p.m.; dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m. Costumes are encouraged, but organizers ask that they be appropriate, as children may be attending. There will be a musical performance and an all-you-can-eat taco bar. Price for golfers is $100; for nongolfers, the price is $40; $30 for children under 18. Call (530) 392-0015 or visit Live Oak Waldorf School presents “Pumpkin Path: An Evening of Tales and Treasures” from 5:15-8:45 p.m. at the school, 410 Crother Road, Meadow Vista. Groups will be led down an illuminated path by an “angel guide.” There will be cider and tea, freshly baked cookies and a bonfire. Cost is $5 per person or $15 per family of four. Reserve tickets at Call (530) 878-8720. First Congregational Church will host a Halloween carnival and haunted house beginning at 6 p.m. at the church, 710 Auburn Ravine Road, Auburn. There will be carnival games, a cake walk, bingo, cider bar, costume contest, hot dogs, pizza and “spider punch.” Call (530) 885-9087 or visit Sunday, Oct. 30 Wayne Hancock is the headliner of the “HalloWayne” celebration at the Auburn Event Center, 145 Elm Ave., Auburn. Doors open at 4 p.m.; show starts at 5 p.m. Also performing are Leroy Virgil and the Excavators, Bobby Dickson and the Cash Prophets, the Cockfight Kings and the Afterlife. There will be costume and makeup contests with cash prizes. Cost is $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Tickets at Cherry Records and Tribal Weaver in Auburn, Dimple Records, Briar Patch Co-op in Grass Valley and Monday, Oct. 31 Country band Whiskey Dawn returns to its home state for a “country-fied” Halloween concert at the Valencia Club, 2162 Taylor Road, Penryn. The show starts at 9 p.m. Cost is $10. For information call (916) 663-0300 or visit ---------- A not-so-spooky Soiree Parkside Church will host a “Halloween alternative” from 5:30-8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31, at 3885 Richardson Drive, Auburn. Pastor Donny Crandell said the church organized its free Harvest Festival to provide a safe, fun place for families to spend the evening, and the free event has grown to include food, carnival games, a photo booth, multiple bounce houses and a 1,000-pound pumpkin that will provide a photo opportunity. Crandell said costumes are encouraged, but people wearing very scary masks will be asked to remove them, as children will be present. “We purposely do it on the night of Halloween because we feel that’s when the community is out doing their thing,” Crandell said. “Ideally, a family could come here and spend two hours, and they wouldn’t have to go anyplace else because they can get all the candy they needed and all the fun stuff right here.” For information call (530) 823-9911.