By Jordan Atkinson
Since Halloween is quickly approaching, the perfect way to ease anticipation for the actual night of the 31st is to get a little spooky beforehand. Since not everybody may have an idea of where the events might be going on around her, I’ve taken the time to do a little bit of research and compiled a list of venues that are welcoming teens to come celebrate and have a good time. Hopefully, some of you will make some use out of this and go out make some memories and possibly even make some new friends. To find tickets, just google the events and they should be pretty easy to find.
Teen Halloween Party by Santa Clara City Library - Youth Services
Takes place on Friday October 26
Event starts at 7:00 and ends at 9:30(Door closes at 7:30 for entrance)
Santa Clara City Library
Central Park Library
2635 Homestead Road
Santa Clara, CA 95051
Program is for students in 7th to 12th grade
Information: The library will be hosting a showing of the original Ghostbusters and giving out free snacks. You will also be given the opportunity to make some Halloween crafts, though they did not specify whether this will be going on while the movie is playing. It is also encouraged that you come in a costume, as there will be a prize going out to whoever shows up and is voted best dressed.
Fright Night Haunted House - Alum Rock Youth Center
Dates - October 27 - 28
Event starts at 6:30pm and ends at 10:00 pm both days
Address - 137 N White Rd San Jose, Ca 95127
Description: I couldn’t find a lot of background information on this event, but the school sent out emails to every student regarding the event so I’m assuming it’s legit. It’s like a 10 minute drive from Independence, so if you’re looking for something in a close proximity of the school this might be your best bet.
Halloween Celebration with Cookie Decorating Expert Sweet Dani B
Takes place on Friday October 26
Event stars at 5:00 and ends at 6:30
Location is in Macy’s Valley Fair location (2081 Stevens Creek Blvd, Santa Clara CA)
Tickets are $20 each
Program is open to everyone
Information: Sweet Dani B, a former cast member of the Martha Stewart show will spend the evening teaching you her cookie decorating techniques, providing her very own halloween cookies for you to bring to life(and then eat). You will also be given a $10 Macy gift card, your own cookie decorating kit, and meet and greet and photo opportunity with Dani.
Post’s Halloween Costume Hike
Takes place on Saturday October 2017
Starts at 9:30AM and ends at 11:45 AM
Address: Calero County Park
23205 McKean Road
San Jose, CA 95120
Admission is free
Description: Just a pleasant afternoon stroll lead by a volunteer(you will have the option of choosing between a short hike and a long hike) in which everyone attending is dressed up in a Halloween costume. Snacks will be provided at the end. If you’re looking for a scare this might not be for you, but if you’re outdoorsy type this sounds like it could potentially be a lot of fun.
Pumpkin Carving With A Cop
Date - Saturday October 27
Event goes from 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Location - Los Altos Youth Center (LAYC)
1 North San Antonio Road
Los Altos, CA 94022
Information: This event is being put on by the Los Altos police department, and they will be making appearance and be carving alongside those who show up. If you are thinking about pursuing a career on the police force, this could be a really good opportunity for you to ask questions and ask what the process of going through police academy is like. You are required to bring your own pumpkins, but carving tools and drinks(non alcoholic) will be provided.
Halloween Haunt at Great America :
Address: Great America Pkwy
Santa Clara, Ca 95052
Dates open: Fri: 7:00pm -1:00am Sat: 7:00pm - 1:00am
Description: I feel like everyone already knows about this one, but I’ll list it just in case. Though usually very crowded, tons of different haunted houses to chose from. Ticket prices vary but expect to pay at least 30 to get in if you are not a season pass holder. It can be a lot of fun if you’re patient and don’t mind waiting in line for a little bit to get into rides.
Deadtimes Haunted Attractions
Days of the week open: Wed 7:30 pm - 11:00 pm Thu 7:30 pm - 11:00 pm Fr 7:30 pm - 12:00 am Sat 7:30 pm - 12:00 am Sun 7:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Admission Price: $20 per person
2501 Tully Rd
San Jose, CA 95122
Description: Two haunted mazes, each one takes approximately 5 -15 minutes to get through. Live actors in costumes that jump out to scare you, so if you don’t feel like paying a ton of money to get into Great America for the Haunt, this could be a good alternative. It has good yelp reviews too it’s safe to say you’ll probably have a good time.
Moreland Pumpkin Patch
4835 Doyle Rd
San Jose, CA 95129
Days of the week open: Fri: 4:00pm - 10:00pm Sat: 4:00pm - 10:00pm Sun: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
Description: Fun and affordable pumpkin patch with plenty of spooky Halloween decor. Admission is free, pumpkins vary in price. It’s a non profit organization, and everyone on the job site is volunteering. If you still need to pick up a pumpkin before the 31st, head on over.
Hopefully you found at least one event on this list that captured your interest. Just remember you’re never too old to have fun on Halloween, or any other holiday for that matter. Don’t let anyone convince you otherwise.