It's that time again -- time to celebrate pumpkins, alter-egos, goblins, ghosts, witches and everything sweet.
Halloween is too much fun to restrict to one day so Antioch, Brentwood and Oakley have already gotten a head start with pumpkin patches, costume parties, haunted houses and scarecrows in the park.
The Antioch Pumpkin Patch is open for business combining pumpkins of all sizes and types with pumpkin accessories and carving kits. Stretch the fun with bounce houses, slides, obstacle courses and don't forget that snapshot in the Halloween memory zone.
Two Halloween activities are being hosted by the Antioch Library. On Oct. 16, children 5 to 11 can build spooky Lego spiders with Bricks4Kidz while younger siblings enjoy creating Duplo structures. On Oct. 24, teens, ages 12 to 17, can celebrate the spooky season creating their own zombie-style or psychedelic rainbow tie-dye T-shirts.
Pets get into the act at the PetSmart Halloween costume party on Oct. 19. A Halloween backdrop will be set up for photo-taking of favorite pets dressed in their Halloween best with special treats for the special guests.
On Oct. 27, the 19th Hole Casino and Lounge will host its Halloween Haunting Texas Hold'em Tournament with a no-limit, $2,000 guaranteed prizes, based on 50 players. Buy-in will be $55 for $1,500 in tournament chips with unlimited re-buys. Goblins and ghosts will be kept to the borders and a free dinner will be served to all players.
Prepare to be really, really scared and love every minute of it at the Sanctuary of Fear, where Sanctuary of Evil and Fear the Night have joined forces to provide those-who-dare with more than 25 years of haunt experience.
Those who survive claim it to be a horrifying adventure in terror, a haunted house beyond description. The haunted house will be held on Technology Way and Brentwood Boulevard.
The Fall Harvest Festival is already under way with the Smith Family Farm's annual pumpkin patch. Take a hayride to pick out the pumpkin of your choice then stay to enjoy interactive music performances and educational displays. Prepare to get lost in the corn maze, wander through a Miwok Indian village, the animal barnyard and country store, then enjoy a picnic for a complete fall harvest experience.
On Oct. 18, the fun moves to Brentwood City Park for Scarecrows in the Park, sponsored by Parks and Recreation. The event gives budding artists a chance to design and build their own scarecrows and win a ribbon, if the scarecrows do their jobs.
A Halloween party will be held on Oct. 23 at the Brentwood Community Center. Sponsored by the Brentwood Library, the event will include games, crafts and prizes. Guests are encouraged to wear costumes and bring non-perishables for the Food Bank. Have fun and help the library "scare away hunger" at the same time.
On Oct. 26 Brentwood residents will be celebrating both during the afternoon and evening at two separate events. From 1 to 3 p.m. the Bewitching Fun Event at Sand Creek Crossing, sponsored by Raley's, promises crafts, balloon creations, music and a giant pumpkin creature for those dressed in their spookiest costumes. There'll be trick-or-treating, face painting and individual pumpkins to take home.
Bring the whole family and the dog in costume for a day of carnival activities, dog costume contest, check out animals for adoption, and of course, trick-or-treating. Proceeds benefit the Contra Costa Humane Society. 1-4 p.m. Oct. 26, The Streets of Brentwood, 2565 Sand Creek Road. Nominal fee for contest and carnival actives. 925-279-2247, ext. 306, www.cchumane.org.
Later, from 5 to 7:30 p.m., the party moves to Downtown Brentwood for Hometown Halloween, sponsored by Brentwood Chamber of Commerce and Sutter Delta Medical Center. As the sky darkens, merchants will set up booths for children to trick-or-treat.
Wear your costume and dash with other ghouls on a flat and fast 5K course at the Discovery Bay Second annual Monster Dash 5K. A family-friendly event. 9 a.m.-noon Oct. 27, Cornell Park, corner of Discovery Bay Boulevard and Willow Lake Road. Race circles Willow Lake in a clockwise fashion. $10 entry fee. T-shirts $15. firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration: http://underthesunevents.org.
The Halloween Outlet is open for business selling all things Halloween.
That means costumes, makeup and props, decorations, accessories, and party supplies. It's the ideal spot for giving free reign to all creative spirits, be they goblins, ghosts, vampires or Cinderella. The huge 1,500-square-foot space is family-owned and operated.
Get into the spooky spirit of Halloween at Kids Saturday Movies on Oct. 12 when the Oakley Library screens "Hotel Transylvania."
On Oct. 19, Civic Center Plaza will be the scene of the Harvest Festival and the afternoon is pumpkin-full of fun things to do. From a Black Bear Diner pumpkin pie-eating-contest to a visit from Ravioli the Clown; from games and activities to a human and canine costume parade; from a pumpkin decorating contest to dance numbers performed by students from the East Bay Performing Arts Center, it will be a festival to remember.
Show off your costume early at the Halloween Costume Ball! Come ready to dance and participate in a costume parade. After the ball, there will be a quick spooky craft. Best suited for ages 5-11. Pittsburg Library, 80 Power Ave., Pittsburg. Free. 925-427-8390.
The Pittsburg Chamber of Commerce and Sierra Pacific Properties presants the ninth annual Spooktacular Family Event on Oct. 26 at Century Plaza Shopping Center. It will include free jumpies, a ballonist, face painter, free pumpkins and trick-or-treating. 925-432-7301.
Antioch Pumpkin Patch: 4650 Delta Fair Blvd., 408-393-6303, www.abctreefarms.net/pumpkin/cityantioch#main. Open 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays, 9:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.
Antioch Library: 501 W. 18th St., 925-757-9224. Lego Spiders, Wed. Oct. 16, 3- 3:34 p.m.; Halloween Zombie Tie-Dye, Oct. 24, 3:30-4:45 p.m.
PetSmart Halloween Costume Party: Oct. 19, 9-11 a.m., 5879 Lone Tree Way, 925-755-8504, http://bit.ly/19xDlvT.
Halloween Haunting Texas Hold'em Tournament: Oct. 27, 2:15 p.m., 19th Hole Casino & Lounge, 2746 W. Tregallas Road, 925-757-6545, www.19thholeantioch.com.
Fall Harvest Festival: Smith Family Farms, 4430 Sellers Ave., 925-625-5966, http://bit.ly/1bEWuDP. Open daily 9
a.m.-5 p.m. Admission $8 weekdays, $9 weekends, cash or check only.
Scarecrows in the Park: Oct. 18, 9 a.m., Brentwood City Park, 710 Second St. This event requires prior sign-up and costs $15/scarecrow, http://bit.ly/17SItyh.
Halloween Party: Oct. 23, 4-4:45 p.m., Brentwood Community Center, 701 First. St., 925-634-8275.
Bewitching Fun Event: Oct. 26, 1-3 p.m., Sand Creek Crossing, 2400 Sand Creek, http://bit.ly/1hzCwb5.
Sanctuary of Fear: Technology Way and Brentwood Boulevard behind AutoZone, 925-206-3339, www.sanctuaryoffear.com. Open 7-10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 7-9 p.m. Sundays. Admission $10, re-entry $5, coffin ride $3.
Hometown Halloween: Oct. 26, 5-7:30 p.m., Downtown Brentwood, First St., http://bit.ly/GJy1zr.
Halloween Outlet: 3110 Main St., 925-594-0194.
Kids Saturday Movie: Oct. 12, 3-4:15 p.m., Oakley Library, 1050 Neroly Road, 925-625-2400.
Harvest Festival: Oct. 19, 12-4 p.m., Civic Center Plaza, 3231 Main St.