‘Boo at the Bowl’ brings crowds for safe and fun Halloween celebration

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Excited children and parents line up to enter the first day of the Boo at the Bowl fundraiser weekend, Oct. 25-27, in Hemet’s Ramona Bowl Amphitheater to start the Halloween festivities. Tony Ault photos

The local Halloween holiday favorite, the Boo at the Bowl in Hemet’s Ramona Bowl Amphitheater brought at least 800 costumed children and their parents for a “spooky fun” time during the Friday, Oct. 25, opening night. 

The Boo at the Bowl fundraiser raises funds for Ramona Bowl’s year-round events, including the outdoor play “Ramona.” 

This year the Boo at Bowl featured seven holes of miniature golf by Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate, the carnival booths manned by Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops, the funhouse and bouncy houses sponsored by Century 21 McDaniel and Associates, the Boo Cafe presented by the Downtown Harvard Deli, the Paul Locke Magic Show and the Valley-Wide Parks and Recreation District-sponsored tunnel to the Hacienda of Frights. 

Children who showed a little bit of fear cheered at the sight of candy at each display while walking through the Boo at the Bowl’s scary Candy Trail. The Candy Trail was sponsored by Elena’s Art Studio and the Diamond Valley Arts Center in downtown Hemet. 

Most of the exhibits and children’s game booths had spooky names such as the “Lollipop Graveyard,” “Pumpkin Patch Bowling” or the “Boo Eye Ping Pong Toss.” 

The cost was $7 for 14 tickets which were used to play games or pick up candy and other treats. More tickets were available for families, and raffle tickets raised funds for the nonprofit Ramona Bowl Amphitheater, home of the annual “Ramona” Outdoor Play and summer music festivals. 

The Ramona Bowl Amphitheater and Ramona Bowl event schedules may be found at www.ramonabowl.com or by calling (800) 645-4465 or (951) 658-3111. The Ramona Bowl Museum is open during regular hours at the Bowl, 27400 Ramona Bowl Road, in Hemet.

Tony Ault can be reached by email at tault@reedermedia.com.