By CAT ROBERTSON
Calling all ghosts, ghouls, goblins, superheroes and princesses! There will be lots of Halloween events held across the mountain from Crestline to Green Valley Lake, so grab your trick-or-treat bags and head out for tons of candy, toys, contests and fun for the whole family.
Merchant Trick-or-Treat, Oct. 26—Put on your costume and visit the merchants in Top Town from 1-4 p.m. and on Lake Gregory Drive from 2-5 p.m. for lots of candy and toys. This annual event is always a great time for the kids to fill their trick-or-treat bags with yummy treats. Look for the orange “We are participating” signs in the merchants’ windows. Please do not disturb the businesses without the sign.
Halloween at the Crestline Library, Oct. 26—Free and family friendly from 12-2 p.m. Come dressed in your costume and make some spooky Halloween crafts. For every 15 items you check out during the party, you will receive an opportunity ticket for a chance to win an awesome prize.
Halloween in the Park, Oct. 30—Bring the whole family to this fun annual event at the Lake Gregory Education and Community Center hosted by Rim of the World Recreation and Park District and its Mountain Teen Center from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Don’t miss the family fun, vendors, canned food drive to help “scare away” hunger, the Haunted Hay Ride, Rim Kids’ Haunted House, and costume contests for children, teens and adults. Donate a canned food item and receive a raffle ticket. Purchase your $2 wristbands at the event or reserve it at www.rim-rec.org.
The UCLA Mountain Bruins Club, Oct. 27—Locals Night dinner and Halloween party from 5:30-9:45 p.m. Social hour begins at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 6:30 p.m. Four-course seated dinner $70 for members, $80 for non-members. Bring your favorite bottle of wine, no corkage fee. Bar service not available at this event. Visit www.uclamountainbruins.org for more information.
Lake Arrowhead Village, Oct. 31—There will be lots going on at the Village on Halloween beginning with trick-or-treating at the shops in the Village from 3-6 p.m. Then, have a thrilling experience at Center Stage where members of the Lake Arrowhead School of Dance will perform Thriller! There will also be costume contests for the scariest, funniest, cutest costumes and more at 5:30 p.m.
SkyPark at Santa’s Village, Oct. 26 and Oct. 27—Pumpkins in the Pines; celebrate the festive fall season with fall decor, flavors and lots of fun activities. Enjoy the pumpkin patch where you can paint your pumpkin there or take it home to carve and decorate. Face painting will take place in the Pavilion from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; the youngsters can participate in a scavenger hunt in the Discovery Playscape.
Other activities include a fairytale puppet show, trick-or-treating, roller skating and a Halloween party with music by the Sixty Grit band. Go to www.skyparksantasvillage.com to purchase tickets or get them at SkyPark. A Day Pass includes all Pumpkins in the Pines activities and all of the year-round attractions as well.
Charles Hoffman Elementary School Fall Festival, Oct. 26—Don’t miss this great annual event loaded with fun from 12-4 p.m. There will be fun and games for the kids, hot dogs and hamburgers, a silent auction with items donated by businesses across the mountain and educational and vendor booths. Cal Fire, Running Springs Fire and the Forestry Department will be there. Come on out for the PTA’s biggest fundraiser of the year. No fee for admission, but donations are requested.
Running Springs Merchant Trick-or-Treat, Oct. 31—Visit the participating merchants in town for Halloween fun from 3-5 p.m. Wear your costumes and don’t forget your trick-or-treat bag.
GREEN VALLEY LAKE
GVL Halloween Party, Oct. 26—Children’s Halloween party at the clubhouse from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Come dressed in your costume and bring your trick-or-treat bag to get candy and play games.
At 5:30 the party begins for the adults. It’s a community potluck, so bring your favorite side dish or dessert. There will be a costume contest and a jam with local musicians.