Halloween falls on Monday this year, which means costumed kiddos will canvas their neighborhoods on a school night to collect candy.
For parents who want alternatives to traditional door-to-door trick-or-treating, the not-so-spooky celebrations will begin a little early, with plenty of events to choose from next weekend.
Here’s a look at some local options:
Home Depot Annual Fright Night
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Wind through a haunted maze, play games and create crafts at The Home Depot’s annual Fright Night event. Popcorn and cotton candy will be served, along with candy for trick-or-treaters.
When: 6 to 9 p.m., Friday, Oct. 28
Where: The Home Depot, 845 W. Shaw Ave., Clovis.
Monster Mash Dash
This is a healthy way to celebrate the holiday, with a Little Monster Dash ¼-mile run for ages 10 and younger and a 5K run for all ages. Festivities begin at 8:30 a.m. with a costume contest, followed by a 9 a.m. kids race. The 5K race begins at 9:15 a.m., with awards following at 10 a.m. Glow-in-the-dark monster medallions will be awarded to all finishers. All proceeds support the Central Valley make-A-Wish Foundation. This is the first in the 2016 Holiday Run Series, which will include the Turkey Trot and Jingle Bell Run.
When: 8 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 29
Where: Shinzen activity area inside Woodward Park, 7775 Friant Road, Fresno.
Details and registration: www.monstermashdash.com
Halloween festivities at Clovis Library Open House
Participate in Halloween socializing and activities, including journeying through a maze inside the library.
When: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 29
Where: Clovis Regional Library, 1155 5th St., Clovis.
Details: (559) 600-9531
2nd annual BooFest
Sierra Vista Mall will host Halloween activities benefiting local charities on Saturday with a free, annual event. Families can participate in carnival games, face painting, bounce houses, Halloween photos, trick-or-treating and more at Community Park in between the mall and Sierra Vista Cinemas 16.
The event will start with Miss Winkles Pet Parade (info below.) A costume contest will begin at 6 p.m. in Community Park. Attendees can stick around after dark for a movie in the park at dusk.
Boofest is sponsored by the Clovis Police Department, Powell’s Sweet Shoppe, Pumpkin King, Miss Winkles Pet Adoption Center and Ryan Barnes Photography.
Where: Sierra Vista Mall, 1050 Shaw Ave., Clovis
When: 4 to 9 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 29
Details: www.sierravistamall.com, (559) 299-0660
Miss WInkles Pet Parade
Show off your dog’s Halloween costume in the Spooky Pooch Parade during this year’s BooFest at Sierra Vista Mall. Registration is $5 per dog, with all proceeds benefiting Miss Winkles Pet Adoption Center. Contest winners will receive gift baskets from Powell’s Sweet Shoppe.
Where: Center Court in Sierra Vista Mall, 1050 Shaw Ave., Clovis
When: 4 to 5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 29
Details and registration: www.misswinkles.com
Farmer Drake’s Pumpkin Patch Free Movie Night
Watch “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” and “Hotel Transylvania” outdoors in an event hosted by Farmer Drake’s Pumpkin Patch, No One Left Behind 4x4 and Best Buy. A costume contest and costume parade will begin at 6:15 p.m., followed by a trunk-or-treat and the movies. Kona Ice will be available for purchase.
When: 6:30 to 9 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 29
Where: 5092 N. Academy Ave., Clovis
Details: (559) 977-5332, www.farmerdrakes.com
Trick-or-Treating at the mall
Dozens of shops and stores in Sierra Vista Mall will offer candy to costumed trick-or-treaters on Halloween. School is not in session Monday for students of Clovis Unified.
Where: Sierra Vista Mall, 1050 Shaw Ave., Clovis.
When: 3 to 5 p.m., Monday, Oct. 31
No school on Halloween
Students in Clovis Unified School District will not attend class on Monday, Oct. 31, due to scheduled staff development day.