TURLOCK – With the spookiest holiday just around the corner, the city of Turlock has both children and canines covered with events including BARKtoberfest, a downtown trick-or-treating event, and Haunted Housing at California State University, Stanislaus.
To kick off Halloween this year, RAM Farms and Monte Vista Small Animal Hospital have partnered together to prove that the holiday is not just a chance for youth to dress up. At their second annual BARKtoberfest, dogs will join fellow Halloween enthusiasts as they don their favorite costumes to take over the Turlock pumpkin patch from 4 to 6 p.m. on Oct. 26.
“This event gives the community another reason to get together to socialize and include their pets in the fun,” said MVSAH director Sara Leimgruber. “This is just another outlet where guests can celebrate the season and have a good time.”
During the event, dogs will get the chance to earn some bark-worthy prizes, including dog toys, treats, and gift cards. MVSAH will also provide Cold Stone Creamery ice cream to all guests.
From noon to 5 p.m. on Oct. 31, the Kiwanis Club of Turlock invites the community downtown for trick-or-treating fun. Starting at Central Park, guests can pick up a map of participating businesses, as well as participate in a number of activities aimed towards children.
Later that evening from 6 to 8 p.m., CSU Stanislaus will host its 20th annual Haunted Housing and Residential Life Halloween Gala for youth and their families. Run exclusively by students, the event will feature a happy haunted house, carnival, costume contest, and – of course – treats, with more than 70 dorm rooms giving out candy.
The event will also feature a “Carn-evil”-themed haunted hallway and free books courtesy of campus honor society Phi Kappa Phi.
“This is a fun, interactive environment for kids to engage in Halloween activities, as well as introduce them to college in a creative way,” said director of Housing and Residential Life Jennifer Humphrey.
The event will take place in The Village at CSU Stanislaus, with parking provided in Lot 6 and Lot 7. For more information, visit csustan.edu/housing.