Jul 07, 2020
Tribune News Service

Fun Halloween ideas to celebrate the end of October

Halloween is coming up this week, and there are a variety of activities and fun experiences students can look forward to on campus, nearby in Fresno or to stay home and do for those on a budget this year.

Here is a list of potential spooky events and Halloween plans that you can look forward to this Wednesday and Thursday:

Pumpkin Patches

If you haven’t already taken a photo with a pumpkin yet, there are several different locations in Fresno that students can visit before October ends. Putting the hassle of buying a pumpkin aside, there are a couple pumpkin patches that also feature carnival rides and fair food. One such location is Planet Pumpkin, located at 640 E. Nees Ave. Ride a ferris wheel, hug a pumpkin or just take in the atmosphere as the crowd wanders around the haystacks and piles of pumpkins.

Carving Pumpkins

For some, buying pumpkins at a pumpkin patch may be a little pricey, so picking one out at the grocery store can be a cheaper option. Grab a buddy to go pick out some pumpkins and get a simple carving kit to make the night a little more exciting. Taking part in the Halloween tradition doesn’t need to be expensive if you’re making the most of it with good company.


This event will be put on by the University Student Union (USU) Productions as a free Halloween event for all students to participate in on Wednesday night from 7 to 10 p.m. at the USU. There will be a haunted maze, live DJ, contests, games, prizes and more. If going back home isn’t possible, this can be the next best opportunity to dress up and hang out with friends for a Halloween celebration for students.

Bar Hopping

In Tower District, there are a few bars and clubs that will have themed nights for young adults 21 years old and up to dress up for a night out. Strummers will have a free Halloween Party on Oct. 31 from 8:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., where attendees can look forward to karaoke contests, dancing, drinks, costume contests, prizes and more.

Movie Night

If going out isn’t an option for you or something you’re interested in, there are endless possibilities of popular Halloween movies on Netflix and Hulu to choose from. Spend the night in with some snacks and settle in for a horror-themed movie extravaganza in the safety and comfort of your home.

Scary Experiences

For lovers of being scared at haunted houses and similar experiences, Hobb’s Grove in Sanger and Raisin’ Hell Ranch in Madera can be great options if you’re up for the drive from Fresno. There are four more days, starting Wednesday, for anyone interested in going to Hobb’s Grove for the Haunted Hayride, Haunted House or Haunted Forest. For Raisin’ Hell Ranch, there are two more days, starting Wednesday, to visit a couple different corn field mazes to give you some nightmares to remember. Prices for tickets will vary for both attractions.

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