A Scream for Halloween
October, 2018 - Issue #169
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Avoid the Street at Trunk-or-Treat
The safer, saner way to load your cuties up with their own weight in sugar? The eighth-annual Trunk-or-Treat event on Sunday, October 28 from 5pm to 6:30pm at Santa Clarita United Methodist Church. This totally-free event invites kids of all ages to trick-or-treat from trunk to trunk in a lineup of cars in the church's parking lot. Nosh on a free hot dog, master their box maze and enjoy the company of your neighbors. Costumes are not required, but if your children do choose to don their Halloween finest, they need to be of the non-scary variety.

Solve a Murder Mystery at Mountasia
Virtual reality takes a murderous twist of the knife in this Jack-the-Ripper-themed immersive experience. Enter The Wax House, a haunted wax museum where you'll pick up and examine virtual artifacts, open drawers, search for clues and work together as a team of four to find your way out. It's "escape room" meets "live video game" meets "terrorizing" - and it's already nearly sold out. Ready to strap on your high-tech VR headset and backpack computer? Just be wary; it's very scary!
Mountasia Family FunCenter 253-4386

Over the Hill for Halloween
"Pretty" Scary Fun in Toluca Lake

If your looking for a location to throw a child-friendly Halloween party or a spot for your trick or treaters to meet and get ready with a glam squad, head to Olivia's Dollhouse Toluca Lake, where you can choose from two boo-tiful packages. The first: an hour private trick-or-treating glam squad for a minimum of two costumed cuties with hair, makeup and nails to match your child's costume, plus a Halloween-themed craft before trick or treating. Olivia's can glam up to 10 kids for only $20 a child. You second choice raises the bar with a fully-private 90-minute dress up Halloween party, including costumes to wear during the party, hair, makeup and nails. Halloween-themed crafts, activities and story time. This package starts at $200 for five children and is $20 for each additional child. Book in advance; there are no walk ins and these spooky-sweet services go fast!

A Massive MAiZE in Santa Paula
The Pumpkin Patch at Limoneira Ranch is a holiday favorite with festive food like funnel cake, a country store, facepainting, pony rides, hayrides, a hay pyramid, live music, a pumpkin chucker, small and large animals to pet... oh, and that massive five-acre Corn MAiZE that's been featured on CNN, National Geographic, in People Magazine and more. Open every Saturday and Sunday in October from 10am to 5pm in Santa Paula, The Pumpkin Patch is a little bit county, a little bit beachy (Keep going on the 126 and you'll hit Ventura.) and a whole lotta fun. Admission is $5; 2 and under are free.

Do the Monster Mash at the Monster Bash
The VIA BASH has become one of the must-attend business events in the Santa Clarita Valley and on Friday, Octtober 26 at the Hyatt Regency Valencia, the Valley Industry Association's signature gala will transform into an evening of elegant ghoulishness and costumed couture. The Halloween-inspired evening will be complete with decor and guests will dance to the high-energy sounds of The Urban Renewal Project, a Los Angeles-based big band that creates a signature sound that blurs the boundaries between soul, jazz, and hip-hop. Costumes are encouraged - or black tie optional.

Keeping in theme, VIA is offering Black Rose sponsorships available before the event to benefit the VIA Education Foundation. Every $20 black rose donation helps fund the cost for sending students to Connecting to Success, a workplace readiness program training 2,500 high school juniors annually from all area high schools. Students learn financial literacy, business ethics and communicating their value in the half-day workshop.

As part of the evening's festivities, VIA honors and showcases businesses within Santa Clarita by celebrating the diversity and accomplishments of its members. Awards are given to those individuals and members of distinction deserving in one of three categories: Business of the Year, Rising Star, and the Connie Worden-Roberts Volunteer of the Year Award. Nola Aronson's Advanced Audiology is the Monster BASH Event Title Sponsor.
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