Celebrate Halloween and all things spooky with these events

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Halloween may be on a Monday this year, but there will be events all week on and off campus for students to celebrate.

Fresno State Events

Events in focus this week there’s one scary thing and one “not so scary” thing going on. The group will transform the Satellite Student Union (SSU) lawn into a “Carnival of Nightmares” on Thursday, October 27 from 7:00pm to 10:00pm.

Students are encouraged to dress in costume for this event, which will include free food, live music, contests and rides throughout the night.

For Halloween, Spotlight Events will present a Not So Scary Scavenger Hunt around the University Students’ Union (USU) and the Butcher’s Student Union (RSU) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m

University Theater will get into the Halloween spirit by kicking off its second stage production of the season with the famous horror film Misery. The screenplay is based on Stephen King’s novel of the same name, which was adapted into a 1990 horror film starring Kathy Bates.

Directed by Thomas Whit-Ellis, the production premieres in Fresno on Friday, October 28 at 7:30 p.m. Performances will continue on October 28 and November 1-5 at 7:30 pm and 2:00 pm. Sunday, Oct. 30, in the Dennis and Cheryl Woods Theater.

Tickets will be $17 for adults, $15 for faculty, staff, alumni and military and $10 for students. Children under 12 will not be admitted due to the nature of the production for adults.

Other Halloween-themed events or attractions in town

Students looking for pumpkins nearby need only drive a few blocks from campus to Planet Pumpkin, located at Neese Avenue and First Street.

Planet Pumpkin opens annually to sell homegrown pumpkins, squash, and pumpkins to visitors, as well as host carnival rides, food trucks, and photo booths.

Ghost golflocated at Shaw and Blackstone avenues, offers year-round family-friendly indoor miniature golf with a ghost theme.

Admission will be $14 for children 10 and under and $16 for children 11 and older and adults. It includes 18 rounds of mini golf, unlimited mummy shooting games and free video game play.

Chaffee Zoo returns for its annual ZooBoo celebration, which encourages guests to come in costumes suitable for the whole family to view more than 1,000 pumpkins with unique designs and features, as well as take part in hand-carving pumpkin demonstrations, magic shows, live entertainment programs and “more candy than ever,” according to him site.

There are three ZooBoo dates left from October 27th to October 29th from 5:00pm to 8:00pm. Tickets are $22 for adults and $20 for children, with additional discounts for zoo members.

For those looking to travel a little for a scare, Madera’s Raisin Hell Ranch is open until Halloween with Dead Field and Sinister Field.

“Deadwood” offers a macabre look at the Wild West, while “Sinister” takes visitors through the Raisin Hell Hotel, a “desolate region of psychotic freaks and lecherous maniacs who don’t exactly welcome visitors,” according to its website.

Gates open at 7:00pm each evening and ticket offices close at 10:00pm. Tickets start at $15 for one ride or $25 for both raisinhellranch.com.

Hobba’s Grove in Sanger is also back with a haunted forest, house and hayride. Between attractions, guests can linger at the Midway, which features food, photos, merchandise, vendors and warming fires with interactive “Cookie Characters.”

Parking and concessions open at 6 p.m., and rides begin after dark. Ticket prices start at $18.50 and vary based on additional attractions and dates selected for hobbsgrove.com.

The college asked students to share some of their scary stories on campus. Here’s what they said:

“Never use [the] One family and food science bathroom on the third floor. If you don’t want the company to be an unknown presence.” – Mai Wang, 23 years old.

“My roommates claim to see a figure walking from our door to our dorm bathroom.” – Robert Rivera, 18.

“I got a 32/50 on the quiz.” – Emily Bautista, 21 years old.

“Never use the restroom in the public speaking building. We all know.” – Valera, 25 years old.

“Once a squirrel tried to argue with me because I had a Dr Pepper in my hand. Won.” – Lucy Liu, 22.

“I see dead squirrels randomly and it scares me.” – Andy Wang, 20.

“One time I was in the bathroom and I thought I was alone because I tried my best to find the bathroom and someone was in there the whole time and they accidentally dropped their phone and it fell into my cubicle, so now I I was really scared and didn’t want to give it away, but I just threw it back the way it came. The worst thing is that I checked the stalls and realized that there was no one there.’ – Bobby, 26.

“One day a professor made me download this horrible app… I think it’s called ‘Canvas.'” – Anais Rico, 24 years old.

“Mysterious man on a bicycle at 2 or 3 in the morning” – Mario Rodriguez, 23.

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