Things that go bump in the night

Things that go bump in the night

Shelby Parker
Staff writer

Halloween is less than two weeks away, but why wait until the Oct. 31 to celebrate the occasion? There are plenty of activities to do around town in the days leading up to the holiday. You don’t just have to be a kid to get into all of the fun, you just have to be a kid at heart.

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Get into the Halloween spirit with some spooky activities.

For those of you who like to go out, but don’t necessarily have plans made just yet, there’s a lot to explore in the city of Bakersfield. There is the Scary for Charity Halloween Bash held from 7:00 p.m. until midnight on Oct. 26 at the Marriott Hotel. There will be entertainment, including DJ Yogi, towering monsters, dancing, silent auction, costume contest, hors d’oeuvres and a raffle. Tickets are $55 pre-sale and $60 dollars at the door.The proceeds will benefit the Jamison Center and Kern Partnership for Children and Families. It is a 21 and over event.

Talledega Frights is back and is considered to be “Kern County’s most frightening Halloween attraction.” It has moved to The Kern County Museum, and it looks like it’s going to be their biggest year ever. A couple of the favorite scenes are back, like Hillbilly Hell and Green River Asylum, but have been revamped and are even more realistic than before. New to the attraction is the Zombie-X interactive experience that allows you to help Kern County fight off the zombies that seem to have invaded. However, if you chicken out or just aren’t up for the thrill and gore, there’s also Halloween Town, which is great for all ages. There’s a rock climbing wall, bounce house, hay ride, pumpkin patch, pedal karts and more. The cost for Talledega Frights is $20 and includes Halloween Town. The event runs Thursday-Sunday nights. If you’d like to know more about the package deals, you can check for more information.

Scream in the Dark is also another Bakersfield favorite that is back for another year. It’s a spooky haunted house that will have you running for your life. It runs through the week from 7 p.m. til 10 p.m. and weekends from 7 p.m.-11 p.m. Admission is $10.

If you’re looking for something a little on the safer side to do with the kids, the Kern County Museum is hosting a family friendly event. There will be 30 different trick-or-treat stations, light show, midway carnival, safe Halloween hunt, and a costume contest. Tickets are $10 for the public and only $8 for members. The event will take place from 5:00-9:00 p.m. on Oct. 30 and 31.

As for the plans of CSUB students, Tiffany McKeever, said that her night will consist of going “party hopping”, adding that Halloween is her favorite holiday. She already has her costume planned out, as well. She said, “I’m going to be Storm from X-Men and my boyfriend is going to be Thor, because we’re big fat nerds.”

Not all CSUB students are planning on going out, though, and prefer to take it easy at home instead.

Brittany Stanford, who is a communications major said, “I’ll be staying home making traditional treats, like popcorn balls and candy apples,” and that she’ll be watching the most terrifying movie that she hasn’t seen yet, by the name of “Audition.”

If this is the route you’d like to take, there are plenty of Halloween classics to stock up on, while making treats found on Pinterest.

  • Halloween
  • Young Frankenstein
  • Friday the 13th
  • Psycho
  • Sleepy Hollow
  • House of Wax
  • Rosemary’s Baby
  • Dracula

But, if scary movies aren’t your thing, movies like, Halloweentown or Hocus Pocus are usually playing on Disney Channel.