Category Archives: Fall and Halloween

Fall for these October Events

Sorry for the cheesy title, but hopefully, I’ve got your attention. Although the day temps might still be warm, that feeling of fall is in the air. There’s something about it being October that just makes you want to get out and do “fall” things. Well, we’ve got a list of  things to keep you busy this month and get you in the spirit (pardon the pun). Happy October!

PUMPKIN & CHILI PARTY AT SCHNEPF FARMS
Thursdays – Sundays in October

Hay rides, miniature golf, four-acre Sonic Burger Maze, honeybee adventure, carousel rides and much, much more. Wear a costume the last weekend and get in for 1/2 price.

$15 pp at the gate
$12 pp at any Fry’s Food Store
Children 2 and under FREE

For all of the details, click here.

THE NEST HAUNTED HOUSE AT RAWHIDE
Dates throughout October

Rated the #1 scariest haunt in America by MSN, THE NEST returns with an all new and improved location for 2010. Guests begin their Nightmare on Rawhide’s Main Street with a “Monster Midway” where they will be greeted by freakish characters that freely roam the grounds. The Midway will also feature concessions, photo opportunities, things to do for the little ones and stunt shows (Main Street activities require an additional fee).

General admission is $25

For more details and specific dates and times, click here.

PUMPKIN FESTIVAL AT MACDONALD’S RANCH, October 1 – 31

Hay maze, a GemMine, Western golf game, two Horseshoe pits and lots more. Enjoy a horse or mule-drawn hay ride to and from the pumpkin patch.

$7 entrance fee per person (Children 12 months and younger are FREE)

Pumpkins are between $3 and $12 (depending on size)

For all of the details, click here.

OKTOBERFEST AT CITYSCAPE, October 22 & 23

CityScape will be howlin’ with live music and dancing, the aroma of sausages and sauerkraut, and tables stacked with steins of cold German beer.

$10 pp, or you can pick up free tickets in advance at the following CityScape businesses: Lucky Strike Lanes; 5 Guys Burgers; Gold’s Gym; CVS Pharmacy; Designer District; Par Exsalonce Salon and West of Soho.

For more details, click here.

HALLOWEEN BLOCK PARTY AT KIERLAND COMMONS
October 30

From 10am to 12pm, enjoy Halloween cookie decorating, a pumpkin patch, candy buffet and festive Halloween music.

Click here for more information.

Fall Events: Rawhide Doomtown

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If Sergio Leone — the creative mind behind spaghetti Westerns such as “A Fistful of Dollars” and “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” — had ever directed a slasher movie, I suppose it would have looked a lot like Doomtown.

Imagine an Old West town, populated by ghostly cowboys, headless horsemen and dust-covered zombies, all of them swaggering about at an unhurried pace, sizing up at interlopers and ignoring open wounds.

The unspoken dilemma of these undead, uninhibited townsfolk seems to be this: Should I make this kid cry or not?

Doomtown is the annual October incarnation of Rawhide Western Town at Wild Horse Pass. In the spirit of Halloween, the purveyors and performers at this replica of an 1880s Arizona boomtown don ghoulish garb and paint the town red, white and bluish — with fake blood, spider webs and black lights.

Halloween Train

I love Halloween but don’t scare particularly easily, so I carried a healthy bit of skepticism into last night’s sneak peek of Doomtown for media members. But I was instantly encouraged to see a pre-teen girl clutching her mother’s had and crying, “I want to go home!” as a headless horseman and pistol-waving cowboy circled her family aboard inky-black steeds.

This could be good, I thought. And it was.

Crying child aside, I can confidently report that Doomtown is fun for the whole family. The degree to which you frighten yourself is entirely up to you.

Our cadre of Doomtown expeditionaries consisted of five media/PR types and one very cool 11-year-old boy. The latter’s emotions vacillated from (1) pretending not to be scared, (2) pretending not to be scared while laughing loudly, (3) being scared without pretense, (4) being absolutely terrified as a chain-saw-wielding zombie chased him out of a haunted house.

We adults lubricated our fearlessness with salt-rimmed beverages and whiskey cocktails — neither of which, by the way, I would recommend taking on the Train of Terror unless you want to disembark with wet clothes. The 12-minute ride aboard this miniature train (whose conductor looked as though he were the illegitimate spawn of Bea Arthur and Ozzy Osbourne) was my favorite Doomtown attraction. It was dark, creaky and full of surprises — everything Halloween should be.

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You can scare up a ticket to Doomtown for $13, but I suggest forking out $24 for the combo pass, which gets you into all the attractions (including the Train of Terror and the Rawhide Roughriders stunt show) as well as two haunted houses (the Asylum and Crypt).

For more information about Doomtown, including hours, pricing and directions, visit Rawhide’s Web site at www.rawhide.com. The event runs through Nov.1.