Looking Forward to Halloween 2009? Check out what’s happening!


It’s the week before Halloween in Chico. All Chicoan’s know what this means: brace yourselves for the excitement and over exuberance of college students. Halloween in Chico is typically a crazy affair and considering it falls on a Saturday this year and the university has taken the following Monday off as a furlough day; the weekend will be jam packed with those wild college kids.  Besides Labor Day, Halloween is the biggest nonstop, four-night party full of fun and questionable costumes and of course alcohol. So do not be surprised when you see extra red cups lining the streets of Downtown. One thing that most people do not realize is that an extra influx of young adults flood into Chico to celebrate the event. It is estimated that over 10,000 people come from all over to the United States. Last year it was pouring rain on Halloween, but that did not stop the streets of Downtown from overcrowding in costumed party goers. Sure there are tons of racy costumes, drunken people, and loud music; but in the end you can not help chuckling at the absurdity of these young adults just out having a good time with friends.


For the younger crowd or young at heart crowd there will of course be all the regular bars and nightclubs open and featuring specials for Halloween night. Many bars require costumes after 10pm and some give discounts for dressing up. LaSalle’s will be having ‘80s Night on Halloween. Also, check out events at The Madison Bear Garden, Crazy Horse Saloon, and other local bars.

Although Chico is known for the college house party scene, there is plenty activities and festivals over the next week for everyone to enjoy. Be sure to take the family to pick out a pumpkin at one of the several local pumpkin patches. (Book Family Farm, Max’s Miracle Ranch, Garner Ranch Pumpkin Patch). These locales have ongoing events like hay rides, corn mazes, and petting zoos available. Another great event for the family is the “Haunted Hall and Volleyball” event going on at Acker Gym. Also, for children 12 and under, “Treat Street” will be happening in Downtown Halloween afternoon. This is a fun and safe place to take your kids trick-or-treating.

Check out some other events that are happening in and around Chico on our list below and let us know if we missed any other exciting Halloween events!




October 29:

Pumpkinhead Competition 8am

@ Carls Jr. on Esplanade. Compete for $1500 prize, last person standing with carved pumpkin head wins. KRQR 106.7


October 30:

Owl Prowl in Bidwell Park  7-8:30 pm.

Please call Chico Creek Nature Center at 891-4671 to pre-register for this free event. Meets inside the Nature Center.

Reggae in Norcal  8:30pm

@  Café Culture. Featuring Canute Dreams and Rockstone Players. Tickets $10, $5 if you come in costume

“The Lair: A Haunted House with Bite” 8-10pm throughout October

@ the Blue Room Theatre. Oct 30, 10:30-11:30 adult only show. Not recommended for under 15 years old

Rock Horror Picture Show midnight showing

@ Chico Cabaret. 7:30pm Thursdays through Sundays. Mature audiences. Tickets $10-20

Rockenstein Halloween Pre-Party 9:30-1am.

@ the Town Lounge 327 Main Street. Featuring The Solows, Mutated Frank, Bonnie Scott

House of the Living Dead 6-9pm

@ YMCA 1684 Robinson St., Oroville. Ticket $3 for 12 and under, $ 5 for 13 and over

House of Nightmares  7-11pm

732 Plumas Street. Fundraiser for mentally handicapped


October 31:

Durham Spookfest 5:30-8:30pm

@ the Veteran’s Memorial Hall 9319 Midway. Games, prizes, costume contest, cake walk, haunted house.

Haunted Hall and Volleyball 3pm

@ CSUC Acker Gym. Kids dress in costume and trick-or-treat, then stay to watch CSUC take on UCSD at 4pm.

Treat Street 2-5pm

Downtown Chico. Children 12 and under dress up and go door to door for treats at all of the local shops

House of the Living Dead 6-9pm

@ YMCA 1684 Robinson St., Oroville. Ticket $3 for 12 and under, $ 5 for 13 and over

Safe and Sane Halloween 5-7pm

@ Chico Mall. Take kids store to store trick or treating

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