Halloween is just a week off. This year’s entertainment options will make that get together at your friend’s house seem downright quaint (though bobbing for apples is always fun).
While several of the area’s haunted attractions have come and gone in recent years (downtown’s Haunted Fresno is absent this year and Clovis’ Wolf Manor is set for demolition), there are plenty of events and attractions to keep you entertained this season.
ScaryRaisin Hell Ranch
It features its own set of haunts, including The Black-out Maze, a terrifying walk through two miles of corn fields. This is hard-core haunting — think of a demonic scarecrow and blood-sucking chupacabra.
It is not recommended for children under 12 and parental discretion is advised. Raisin Hell Ranch is open 7 p.m. nightly though Oct. 31. Details: raisinhellranch.com
• Hobb’s Grove in Sanger has been creeping people out since 1999, with three haunted attractions spread out on 26-acres of rural land. The drive alone is spooky.
Guests can stroll through a haunted house or forest, or go for a scary hayride. The grove is open 6 p.m. through Nov. 1, with special nightly events including performances by the Fresno Dance Collective Oct. 26 and 30. Details: hobbsgrove.com
Of course, not every fright attraction is so otherworldly.
• “The 99,” which runs 7-11 p.m. nightly through Nov. 2 in the east parking lot at the Save Mart Center, is billed as the “ultimate near-death experience.”
It’s a reality-based “haunted” house, where guests get a 45-minute guided tour through 13 vignettes, based on the 99 young people who die (on average) in the United States each day — from auto-related accidents, domestic violence, homicide, suicide and “poor choices, diseases and natural causes.” Tickets are $5 and available at the door only. Details: www.whatisthe99.com
Musicall-ages covers-only show
The line-up includes Tabor O Negative (covering Type of Negative), Crybaby Quitters (doing ’90s emo folk), Kabukui Boys (covering the Descendents), Discord Punishment (playing DC hardcore), Suck My Left One (doing riot grrl rock), and Mori-Sshee (a Morrissey tribute, obviously). There is a $3 donation to benefit Fresno Sunday Food not Bombs.“Pipe Screams Halloween Organ Concert.”
Horton will play compositions including Leon Boelmann’s “Suite Gothique,” “Ballad of Sweeney Todd,” “Funeral March of a Marionette” and the famous Toccata and Fugue in D Minor. The concert is free, but donations are accepted and will benefit Casavant Pipe Organ Fund.Rockville Halloween Spooktacular
PartiesZombie Crawl The Burtonesque Ball,” fulton55.com Haunted Mansion Halloween Party standardfresno.com
Family FunSimonian Farm’s Pumpkin Patch simonianfarms.com
ZooBoo, which runs 5-8 p.m. tonight and Saturday at Fresno Chaffee Zoo, offers of trick-or-treating, carnival games, a hay maze and live entertainment at Dracula’s Disco. Not to mention, all the animals. Children are encouraged to dress in costume (the non-scary variety, please). Tickets are $10-$14. Details: fresnochaffeezoo.org
And the restZombie Survival Crawl zombiesurvivalcrawl.com
If it’s food you’re looking for, Peeve’s Public House is offering something offal Halloween night (pun intended).
The menu — cow’s feet soup (with tripe), gizzards, livers and tongue — is served small-plate style and sounds like an evening at Hannibal Lecter’s house. Other entertainment for the night includes classic silent horror films projected on the wall, plus a free post-dinner concert with The Sleepover Disaster, Crisis Arm, Airs, Midwest Moms and DJ Heretic. Details: peevespub.com