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Carve Out Time for Halloween

| Canyon Country Magazine, Community | October 7, 2017

Whether Trick-or-Treating or hosting a Halloween Party this year, there are plenty of places to enjoy this spooky holiday…

Gilchrist Farm
Every day in October there’s a pumpkin patch party at Gilchrist Farms in Saugus from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. You can pick out pumpkins for purchase and on weekends enjoy: Mule Drawn Wagon Rides, Pony Rides, Face Painting, Pumpkin Decorating, Fall Farm Crafts, Live Entertainment, Caramel Apples, Roasted Corn on the Cob, Food Trucks, the Petting Zoo, Straw Slide, Pig Races, Chicken Splat Bingo and free Goat Milking Demonstrations each Saturday and Sunday at 9 a.m. You get free entry to the Straw Bale Maze if you bring a donation to the SCV Food Pantry from the non-profit group’s website: scvfoodpantry.org/HowtoHelp/NeededItems.

Gilchrist Farms is located at 30116 Bouquet Canyon Road in Saugus. For more information, call 661-645-2517 or visit www.gilchristfarm.com/harvest-festival.

Trunk or Treat
This family-friendly holiday event on Sunday, October 29 from 5-6:30 p.m. brings community members together to trick-or-treat from decorated cars! Santa Clarita United Methodist Church is inviting residents and friends to come—costumed or not—to collect candy from cars in the parking lot. It’s a safe event for kids to trick-or-treat and includes a maze and food for everyone. Santa Clarita United Methodist Church is located at 26640 Bouquet Canyon Road in Saugus. Call 661-297-3783 or visit SCUMC.org.

Underwater Pumpkin Carving Contest
Watch certified scuba dive teams carve masterpieces under water at the 10th Annual Underwater Pumpkin Carving Contest! Every year, the City of Santa Clarita hosts this unusual event, held at 6 p.m. on Saturday, October 28 at the Santa Clarita Aquatics Center, located at 20850 Centre Pointe Pkwy in Santa Clarita. The community is invited to watch it live on big screens and enjoy crafts, games and trick-or-treating. Call 661-259-2489 or find the event on page 22 of the Seasons Catalog at Santa-Clarita.com/seasons.

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PumpkinLiner Train Rides
The Fillmore & Western Railway is “dying to see you” board their vintage train for the annual PumpkinLiner day trips. There are departures Saturdays and Sundays beginning October 7 at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. taking passengers to “The Patch” to pick out pumpkins for purchase. There are added attractions this year for $3 that include a haunted house, antique carousel, jolly jumpers and hay rides. Vendors will be onsite so you can enjoy tri-tip sandwiches and other eats, while the kids get face paiting, a hay maze and more. Tickets range from $10-$22 and lap children under age 2 are free. There is also a Zombie Hunter Train Ride and a Haunted Hayride Family Dinner Train in October. Fillmore & Western Railway is located at 364 Main Street in Fillmore. For more information, call 805-524-2546 or visit FWRY-blog.com.

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