For those planning Halloween parties and events, the city of Pleasanton has a broad range of fun, spooky and affordable activities to consider.
For starters, there's the ghost of California rancho Francisco Alviso or a phantom of milkmen-past from the old Meadowlark Dairy at "Halloween at Alviso Adobe Community Park" on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 22-23. The event will include a walk around the park to learn about nocturnal animals of the region and some of the eerie myths that surround the site by City Naturalist Eric Nichols.
All ages from 4 years old and up are welcome to join in 20-minute tours that begin at 6:30 p.m. and end at 9:20 p.m. Dress with the weather in mind and remember to pre-register online or by phone at (925) 931-5340. The fee is $5 for residents and $8 for non-residents.
Meanwhile, tennis buffs of all ages can bring their frightening forehands, scary serves and gruesome ground strokes to the 5th Annual Halloween Fun Night scheduled on Friday, Oct. 29 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Pleasanton Tennis Complex on Hopyard Road and Valley Avenue. This free event drew more than 300 participants last year.
Kids and adults alike attend in costume to tour the Haunted Hallway of Horror, enjoy yummy treats and tennis games for all age groups and skill levels including 'Beat the Pro' and 'Speed Serve.' For more information, call (925) 931-3446.
Those seeking a more dramatic Halloween experience won't want to miss "Nightmare" A Terrifying Night Of Improv as presented by the Creatures of Impulse, Pleasanton's own teen improv troupe at the new Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave.
Participants can help create the story, setting and characters for two nights and one Halloween matinee performance of fun, interactive and completely unscripted theater. That's at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Oct. 28-30, Tickets are $5 to $8 and a valid student I.D. is required for reduced price student tickets. For more information, call (925) 931-4828.
Pleasanton's Department of Parks and Community Services is sponsoring these events.