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Get your SCV ‘boo’ on in October

Posted: September 30, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: September 30, 2012 2:00 a.m.

My favorite month of the year is nearly here! I love October. It means that summer is almost over in the Santa Clarita Valley. I do believe that August, September and October are the hottest months of the year in the SCV. Come Nov. 1, we’ll finally cool down. So Oct. 1 means only 31 more days of wretched heat, I hope! However, October has many other charms, including the annual “spookfests’ that inhabit the historic SCV.

Fright Fest!

Six Flags Magic Mountain will scare up a ton for fun for this year’s Fright Fest. Fright Fest will run every weekend in October, (Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays) beginning Oct.5, for a total of 12 “frighting” nights.

The Mountain has two additional offerings this year bringing their combined total of mazes and scare zones to 13. In addition who doesn’t love a seasonal ride on the Colossus backwards? In addition, there is a trick or treat trail for kids and entertainment and shows.

Heritage Haunt

The boys of the Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society are up to their old tricks — treats — this year. Heritage Haunt returns to Heritage Junction, 24101 Newhall Ave., Newhall (adjacent to William S. Hart Park) 6:30 to 10 p.m. Oct. 13, 19, 20, 26, 27 and 28.

Among the fun attractions at the nonprofit fundraiser will be the “Bloody Mary” maze in the Newhall Ranch House, the pirates of Buccaneer Bay (my favorites!), Spirits of the Canyon Candle Light Paranormal Tour and the Hollywood Horror Movie Museum.

A new attraction this year at Heritage Haunt will be La Llorona. During this time of year people visit cemeteries with offerings in hopes that the souls of their loved ones come back.

Tickets are $10 to $30. Visit for more information. For those hard-core haunt enthusiasts who’d like to help out call Ed Marg: 661- 803-1752  or Scott Sivley: 661-904-4766. Email

Lombardi Ranch

I’ve been going to Lombardi Ranch and walking Scarecrow Alley ever since I moved to the SCV. Even though my daughter is long grown, I delight in the fun atmosphere and the chance to purchase “the perfect Halloween pumpkin.”

It’s an annual tradition for many families in the SCV.

In addition, there is entertainment and fundraising bake sales each Saturday and Sunday.

Opening day will be Sunday, Oct. 2. Scarecrow setup will be held 7 to 10 a.m. A pumpkin carving contest open to all ages will be held 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The awards ceremony for the scarecrow and carving contests will begin at 1 p.m. Scarecrow Alley will be closed for judging from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. It will open to the public after the winners are announced. Free train rides will be offered Oct. 2 only.

 One of my favorite groups, Teresa James and the Rhythm Tramps will perform each Sunday beginning Oct. 16. If you’ve not experienced Teresa James you’re missing something!

Every Saturday and Sunday Lombardi Ranch offers a petting zoo, train ride, corn maze, wagon rides, face painting and pony rides (charges apply), free candy, balloons and stickers.

Now is a great time to stop by Lombardi Ranch and stock up on fresh seasonal produce, too.

 Lombardi Ranch, 29527 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. 661- 296-8697. For more information on the happenings each weekend visit

Underwater pumpkins

The fifth annual Underwater Pumpkin Carving Contest will be held 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20  at the Santa Clarita Aquatic Center, 20850 Centre Pointe Parkway in Santa Clarita. Participants are welcome to come test your skills underwater. Must be SCUBA certified to carve underwater. If not certificated guests can participate in the carnival games around the pool. Either way, you are sure to have a good time at this unique event. There will even be a screen on the pool deck for spectators to watch all the action happening at the bottom of the pool. For more information, contact the Aquatic Center at 661-250-3766.

Got a spooky house?

As October whizzes by, don’t forget to let The Signal know if you have a really scary haunted house you’d like to share with your neighbors. You can email your address and house details to

Michele E. Buttelman is the features and entertainment editor of The Signal. She can be reached by email at Follow SCV Scene on Facebook and on Twitter @SCVScene.


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