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Modesto gets in the mood
Plenty for adults & kids to enjoy
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MODESTO – Looking for haunts and horrors and fun places for both adults and kids to take in the spookiest holiday of them all?

Look no further than Modesto – the home to church gatherings and laid-back family trick-or-treating as well as one of the largest Halloween street parties in the Northern San Joaquin Valley.

Here are a few spots that you might want to check out if you’re planning on hitting Stanislaus County for some dress-up fun:

uThe Summoning – Held on Friday, Oct. 30, this massive street party – which features three $1,000 costume contests – is just another extension of the Downtown Modesto party scene created over the last 15 years by Modesto event promoter Chris Ricci.

Along with X Fest and Lucky Fest – a St. Patrick’s Day celebration downtown – the summoning is the perfect opportunity for adults to throw on their favorite costume and cut loose with other like-minded adults.

The Summoning Halloween Street Party will take place on Friday, Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. The entrance is located at the intersection of 11th and I Streets. For more information or to purchase tickets online you can visit or

uDutch Hollow Farms – Deep out into Modesto near the corner of Riverbank sits Dutch Hollow Farms, a seasonal operation that is famous for its October pumpkin season and spring tulips. It’s a great chance for families to go pick out pumpkins on an actual pumpkin farm and take advantage of the small country charm that still exists at places like this. Yes there are pumpkin patches where you can fire small pumpkins and eat turkey legs and eat pumpkin pie – but you’re also going to be there with thousands of other people. Dutch Hollow Farms, while quite popular with locals, is still a relatively hidden gem. This treat is located at 5101 Oakdale Road near its intersection with Claribel Road (Kiernan/Highway 219). More information can be found at

uDeathworkz Haunted House – There are scary haunted houses, and then there are places like this – where on Friday, Oct. 30 you have to be 18-years-old to even gain access and sign a waiver before you can walk through the house of horrors that awaits. This place has been giving Modestans with an extraordinary amount of courage the chance to partake for more than a decade and continues to grow each and every year. Junior High students are welcome on regular nights during the haunting season as long as they have a valid school identification that they can provide. On Oct. 30 the attraction will be holding a special Thrill Seeker’s Night that is open only for adults. People are encouraged to arrive early on that night and wear clothes that they don’t mind get dirty. For more information or to obtain directions to Deathworkz visit Happy haunts.