Halloween is coming and there are plenty of spooktacular events for all ages happening around the Tri-Valley, some as early as Wednesday.
CIFF Haunted House
For the third year, the California Independent Film Festival hosts a haunted house from Wednesday through next Sunday and again from Oct. 28 to 31 at Dania Hall, 1783 2nd St., Livermore. The hours of operation are from 7 to 11 p.m. (open an extra hour Oct. 31) and 5 to 7 p.m. during downtown Trick or Treat with the lights on and no monsters. Admission is $7 and proceeds benefit the International Children's Film Festival. Visit www.caiff.org.
Pleasanton's new poet laureate Deborah Grossman puts a spooky spin on the Century House readings with the "Boo-etry" event from 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 25. Local teens will read poems and there will be a live performance of Edgar Allen Poe's "The Raven," read by distinguished writer and poet Blanche Abrams.
An open mic session will follow, with readers invited to share original poems of a page or less. Admission is $5 and the Century House is located at 2401 Santa Rita Road. For more information, call 931-5350 or email Grossman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Halloween Fun Camp
Elementary school students can enjoy a day of crafts, games and more at the city-sponsored Halloween Fun Camp. It runs from 12:30 to 6 p.m. Oct. 29 at the Amador Recreation Center, 4455 Black Ave. The cost is $23 for residents and $26 for non-residents. Sign up through Parks and Community Services (activity 47247) by calling 931-5340 or visiting www.ci.pleasanton.ca.us/services/recreation. ==
Alviso Adobe events
Pleasanton's new interpretive park on Foothill Road will play host to a couple of Halloween events for all ages. The third annual pumpkin carving party (activity 47456) will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 24. There is a $10 supply fee as pumpkins and carving tools will be provided.
Those interested in a slightly spooky evening should consider attending Halloween at the Alviso Adobe (activity 47459 to 47472). Tours leave about every 20 minutes from 7 to 9:10 p.m. Oct. 23 and 24, where guides will explore the park and teach about things that go bump in the night. The cost is $5 for residents or $8 for non-residents. Pre-registration is required. To register for either event, call 931-5340 or visit www.ci.pleasanton.ca.us/services/recreation.
'Tri-Valley High -- Episodes of Terror'
This show is for teenagers, by teenagers and about teenagers. Creatures of Impulse perform at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 29 and 30 and 2 p.m. Oct. 31 at the Veterans Memorial Building, 301 Main St. At each improv show, the audience will be involved in creating stories from start to finish. Tickets are $5 for students, or $8 for adults in advance or $10 at the door. Call 931-3444 or visit www.civicartstickets.org.
Halloween Fun Night
It will be an evening of trick-or-treating, tennis games for adults and children, and a chance to walk down the haunted hallway of terror from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 30 at the Pleasanton Tennis and Community Park, 5801 Valley Ave.
Halloween Spooktacular Breakfast
Families can come join Pleasanton Chapter's Sweetheart Core at a Spooktacular Pancake Breakfast, from 8 a.m. to noon Oct. 31 at the Pleasanton Masonic Lodge, 3370 Hopyard Road. Costumes are welcome, and crafts will be available for children. Tickets are $8, $5 for ages 2 to 8, and kids under 2 are free. Visit www.pleasantondemolay.com or call 556-3576.
Humans and canines are invited to Murphy's Paw, 410 Main St., from 6 to 10 p.m. Oct. 23 for a Howl-o-ween Pawty. Pooches can be entered in the Howl-o-ween costume contest, and humans can enjoy beer or wine while selecting the winners. Visit www.murphyspaw.com.
Trick or Treat at the East Bay SPCA
The East Bay SPCA -- Tri-Valley hosts a trick-or-treat event from 3 to 5 p.m. Oct. 25 at 4651 Gleason Drive in Dublin. The free event includes candy, games, crafts and visits with the animals. Costumes are optional. All ages welcome. Call 479-9670 or visit www.eastbayspca.org/events.
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