Spirited October Events Offer Halloween Treats for Malibuites of All Ages
BY SUZANNE GULDIMANN
Halloween is almost two weeks away, but ghosts and pumpkins are materializing in the front yards of many Malibu home in anticipation of the holiday, and Malibuites have a wide assortment of exciting Halloween-themed events and activities to choose from this year, ranging from family friendly to frightening fun for older Halloween revelers.
The City of Malibu's Department of Parks and Recreation kicks off this year's Halloween festivities with a "Teen Drive-In Movie Night and Haunted Maze" at Malibu Bluffs Park on friday, Oct. 19, beginning at 5 p.m.
The 1982 film "Ghostbusters" will screen at dusk. Filmgoers can watch from their cars or bring lawn chairs or blankets and for an outdoor viewing experience.
The suggested donation is $5 per person, or three canned food items. FI: 310-456-2489 ext. 350.
Also on Friday, Oct. 19, Bank of Books, 29169 Heathercliff Road, invites Malibuites for an evening of "Very Scary Stories," 7 - 8:30 p.m. This free event is not intended for very young children. However, a "Not-So-Scary Halloween Party," featuring a theatre troupe, crafts, music, is scheduled for Oct. 20 at the bookstore, and offers fun for all ages. Both events are free. FI: 310-457.5699
Our Lady of Malibu School, 3625 S. Winter Canyon Road, invites the community to a celebration of the season at its fifth annual Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct. 20, noon-7 p.m.
The festival will feature a haunted house staffed and dreamed up by creative OLM students; a rock wall; bounce house; Bungee jump; laser tag; face painting; food; live entertainment; and more.
Admission to the OLM Fall Family Festival is free. FI: 310-456-8071.
On Saturday, Oct. 27, intrepid hikers and trick-or-treaters are invited to the National Park Service's Circle X Contact Station, 12896 Yerba Buena Road, for the rangers' annual Cider at Circle X event.
Park staff will be on hand to share the colorful history of this remote corner of the local mountains and recommend the best trails for fall exploration. FI: www.nps.gov/samo
Also on Oct. 27, the Malibu Ladies Golf Club is sponsoring a Charity Halloween Golf Tournament, in support of the Lung Cancer Foundation of America, from 11 a.m. until evening, at the Malibu Country Club, 901 Encinal Canyon Road.
The fundraising event will feature golfing, games, prizes, lunch, hors d'oeuvres, a costume contest and a silent auction. FI: www.lcfofamerica.org
The Canyon Club, 28912 Roadside Drive, Agoura Hills. has a lineup of Halloween themed events that range from scary to nostalgic.
The club's first ever Haunted Halloween Mansion will be materializing between Oct. 25-Nov. 1
A press release describes the mansion as "Chills, kills and spooky thrills galore, all for a good cause!" Net proceeds benefit local charities, including WhatCanWe.org—dedicated to raising funds for veterinary bills accumulated by animal rescue organizations; Girls In Power, which empowers young girls through its mentoring program; and Rod Dixon's Kids Marathon—an organization dedicated to keeping kids in shape through proper nutrition and exercise.
On Oct. 26, the Oingo Boingo tribute band Dead Man's Party will channel the spirit of the the legendary band from the 1980s, while on Oct. 27, the Boogie Knights will celebrating their 20th anniversary 1970s-themed Halloween party. FI and tickets: www.canyonclub.net.
The Malibu Country Mart, 3835 Cross Creek Rd., is hosting its annual "Maliboo Trick or Treat" Halloween event from 4-7 p.m. on Halloween Day, Oct. 31.
This free, fun-filled event features activities for all ages.
Costume judging—categories include children, adults and canines—will take place at 6 p.m.
Other activities will include trick-or-treating at participating stores, face painting, balloon animals, and more. FI: www.malibucountrymart.com