‘BOOrific’ Halloween events coming to Hemet, San Jacinto and Temecula Valley

Casa Loca Haunted House opens for Halloween at the Farmers Corner in San Jacinto for Halloween week. Tony Ault photo

Witches will fly and goblins will prowl this Halloween weekend in the Hemet and San Jacinto valleys with special events planned at the Ramona Bowl and San Jacinto’s Farmers Corner, Oct. 27-29.

The fun for children and brave adults who seek the thrill of Halloween and all its spooky treats begins Friday, Oct. 27, just as the sun begins to fade 6 p.m. at the Ramona “Boo” Bowl Amphitheater, 2700 Ramona Bowl Road, and the creaky door swings open 3 p.m. at Farmers Corner’s “Casa Loca” house, located at 2575 San Jacinto Ave.

Casa Loca haunted house in San Jacinto

The Casa Loca haunted house, presented by the San Jacinto Chamber of Commerce and local businesses with Rick Baker’s Troupe of Los Souls, will first entice children to visit “Candy Corner,” 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday when the San Jacinto Police Department will be on hand to teach children about bicycle and traffic safety and to follow safe Halloween “Trick or Trick” times on Halloween night.

The children will be able to enter Casa Loca for free and instead of the ghosts and ghouls, for a time it will become a “Land of Fantasy” and fun with fairies, the Mad Hatter, a gingerbread house and other funny characters and treats. The biggest treat of the afternoon will be for 60 needy children who may end up going home with a new bicycle presented by the chamber of commerce.

When the creaky door closes at 6 p.m. the atmosphere will change, and there will be strange sounds coming from inside Casa Loca as 20 local actors will go to work putting on new makeup and transforming a fantasy world into a 20-room, two-story maze of scary, noisy things that go “creep in the night.” When the door opens again, and a $10 entry fee is paid, the Casa Loca will be a different and dark world for the visitors. Parents are urged to go with their little ones. The scary fun will continue Saturday, Oct. 28, through Halloween night Tuesday, Oct. 31, nightly from 7 to 10 p.m.

Rick Baker, co-partner of Troupe of Los Souls out of Riverside, dresses up this skeleton man in the spooky maze in the 20-room Casa Loca haunted house open for Halloween, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Oct. 27 through Oct. 31, in Farmers Corner, 2575 San Jacinto Ave., San Jacinto. Tony Ault photo

“Boo” time at Ramona Bowl in Hemet

Across the Valley, the Ramona Bowl will come alive with strobe lights, strange sounds whisking through the air and creepy music as night falls, 6 p.m., Friday, Oct. 27. The “Boo Witches” of the Bowl for only a $5 entry fee invite young and old inside their ‘lair’ … home… at the Bowl. Their entryway will remain open for new ‘victims’…visitors…until 8 p.m. each of the three evenings, Oct. 27-29. The Bowl said it is always a mystery who will return from the haunted bowl when the entry closes at 9:30 p.m.

The “Boo Witches” have ‘cooked up’ a lot of fun and games for the unsuspecting visitors. ”Boo at the Bowl” is sponsored by Stater Bros markets in conjunction with Valley Wide Recreation for a fun-filled Halloween carnival and trick-or-treat trail through the campus of the beautiful Ramona Bowl in Hemet. With the $5 per person admission, visitors will receive 10 tickets. Additional tickets can be purchased for 25 cents each. Candy stations are one ticket, and carnival games range from one to eight tickets. Gates open at 6 p.m., and last entry is 8:30 p.m. Boo at the Bowl closes 9:30 p.m.

Tickets and information are available by calling (951) 658-3111 or at the gate.

Other Halloween and fall festival events happening in the Valley this Halloween weekend are listed below.

In Temecula, the city is sponsoring its annual Halloween Carnival at the Ronald Reagan Sports Park hockey area, 30875 Rancho Vista Road, in Temecula, held 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 27.

The city is calling on children and adults to bring their best costumes and empty buckets to the event that will offer candy and prizes along with fun Halloween carnival games, costume contest and train rides. This night is a Temecula tradition; don’t miss it!

In Wildomar, the “Trunk-or-Treat” event will take place, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 28, at Marna O’Brien Park, 20505 Palomar St. in Wildomar.

“Come dressed in your costumes to trick or treat at the trunks of local organizations and businesses! Free to attend!” according to city officials. Visit www.cityofwildomar.org for more information.

At Lake Hemet, families can take a trip to the nearby mountains and even camping at the Lake Hemet Campground and enjoy its “Haunted Village on the Lake” open 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday, Oct. 27, 28 and 31.

Lake Hemet Campground that charges a daily or camping fee is located at 56570 State Route 74 in Mountain Center. The campground will feature a haunted hotel with creepy live actors, animations, special effects, a boneyard maze and even a dark and creepy abandoned gold mine. Watch out for the ghosts that might lurk there. Live bands will host the nightly “Thriller Dance.”

For information, see www.lakehemetrecreation.com or call (951) 659-2680 or visit www.calparksco.com.

In Murrieta, the city is conducting its Fall Festival in the California Oaks Sports Park, 40600 California Oaks Road, in Murrieta, 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 28.

It includes many fall and Halloween carnival games, food vendors, candy and prizes. The whole family is invited.

In Lake Elsinore, the downtown Main Street Park, 243 S. Main St., will be the scene of the fifth annual “Dia De Los Muertos” Halloween event, 1 p.m., Friday, Oct. 27.

Vendors will be selling handmade items, along with food and drinks. Live music, dancers, picture spots, altars and crafts are scheduled. For more information, call Rebecca at (951) 471-4407.

The Lake Elsinore Diamond is hosting the “Field of Screams: The Haunted Stadium,” 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday, Oct. 27, and Saturday, Oct. 28, and 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29, at 500 Diamond Drive in Lake Elsinore.

It will feature mazes, horror and new ghostly characters and more. The event proceeds will benefit the Cops for Kids Foundation. See www.stormbaseball.com for more information.

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