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Haunting around Modesto
By the View Crew

Could it be that we will have some good haunting this season? It looks as if the spooks and treats will be out and about this year along with some good haunted movies and activities. I know that last year, our focus was on contact free and self serve trick or treat, but if we do things right, we could be getting the frights going again. The ViewCrew has been looking everywhere for things to do an visit as well as some places you just want to explore. Even thought some of the haunted houses aren’t back, there are plenty of places to get your spook on, or just enjoy the fall flavors, grab something that has pumpkin spice in it or just break open a bag of candy and treat yourself. So let’s check out some of the fall things where you can haunt or hangout and enjoy this October. Please make sure that you check before you go out in case some of these events have changes.

The State Theatre
The 87-year old State Theatre gets a little freaky this month with an amazing line up of creepy crawly cinema spectaculars. You really need to get your popcorn, settle in to a seat in the balcony and feast your eyes and ears to some for the scary classics. There is even a special Halloween night presentation. You will be so very afraid at this months’ fright nights.
Check these thrillers out with a special series of Alfred Hitchcock called Hitchtober.
Vertigo, Oct 1, Rear Window Oct 2, and The Rope Oct 3.

You can also check out family classics like Hocus Pocus (Oct 9) and Beetlejuice (Oct 22-24)and get the frights from The Cabin, Nightmare on Elm Street, and Army of Darkness and the all time scariest, the War of the Worlds on Oct 17.
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Most Haunted Shop in Town
Before you step out to any haunted event, you must pay a visit to the DayDreams and Nightmares costume and makeup shop. Located on 7th St in a former Crematorium, there are spirits that make themselves known on a regular basis. Chill and Ghost seekers regularly this spot for paranormal activity and there have been a few TV shows featuring the shop. While you are there, make sure you select an amazing costume and have your makeup professionally done. We thank Dana Walters and her team for their creepy support of our community.
DayDreams and Nightmares
1219 7th St, Modesto

Local Haunts and Supplies
You can find the best holiday “Spirit” our own Halloween Guys!
Let’s make sure we shop local this year for costumes and Halloween supplies. Those national stores come and go, but our local Halloween Guys is here all year long for your costume and party needs. Ray Pogue and the crew stock everything you need for the creepy haunts and costumes and they even have their own haunted house, the Higbee Horror Haunt. This is a full-service frightening place to experience. Shop and haunt local friends.
The Halloween Guys and Party Guys
3250 Dale Rd. Modesto

In the Haunted Hills
All Hallows Fantasy Faire
The original 11th Annual All Hallows Fantasy Faire is taking place Frogtown Fairgrounds, Oct 30 & 31st featuring Celtica as the Saturday headliner along with Black Irish Band and the Skull Country band. This is a two-day all inclusive costume play Celtic New Year’s Celebration! Keeping the All-Hallows tradition this year there will be a magnificent fire show and The Burning of the Harvestman and on Halloween the 31st, there will be a special Dia de los Muertos. This year there will be magnificent concerts and tequila. It’s not a gloomy or morbid occasion, rather it is a festive and colorful holiday celebrating the lives of those who have passed on. The Faire is deeply rooted in the beliefs of the Celtic people, but combined with all the fun and excitement of a modern Halloween and the Dia de los Muertos culture it will be a great experience. Dress up and get into it. Tix are $25 for a two-day pass.

Preston Castle
Magnificantly Scary!
The event you’ve been waiting for, Preston Castle Haunt 2021 at the magnificent, eerie, scary, Preston Castle! Featured On: Ghost Hunters, Ghost Adventures, Ghost Asylum, Preston Castle is the location of several horror movies so come experience Northern California’s only REAL Haunted House! This is a fun Haunt walk-through and not a historical tour of the Castle. This Halloween experience may be too intense for younger children and there will not be a children’s carnival.

Gates open at 6:45 PM. First walk-throughs at 7:00 pm.
7 pm 8:30 pm session and an 8:30 – 10 pm timed General Admission tickets, enter at any time in that period, VIP tickets are valid anytime from 7-10 pm. VIP tickets will allow you to go the VIP line once you are through the front gate and security.

October 15-16, 22-23, 29-30
The Haunt VIP Fast Pass
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
General Admission -$35.00
The Haunt VIP Fast Pass – $50.00

Tickets will not be sold at the gate.

900 Palm Drive, Ione, CA 95640

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About the Author:

Chris Murphy is the President and CEO of Sierra Pacific Warehouse Group and Publisher and Founder of ModestoView Inc. Chris worked globally in the cycling industry returning to Modesto in 1996. He is also the founder of the Modesto Historic Graffiti Cruise Route, Legends of the Cruise Walk of Fame, Modesto Rockin’ Holiday, the Modesto Music History Organization and co-founder of the Modesto Area Music Association. Chris is married to his artist wife Rebecca since 1985 and has two daughters Madison and Abigail, both graduating from Modesto High and UC Berkeley. He is lead singer and guitarist for his band, Third Party that donates their performances to non-profits.