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Halloween events light up the county

Posted: Monday, Oct 28th, 2013

There are plenty of spooky decorations strewn about at the pumpkin patch at Crystal Bay Farm on Zils Road. (Photo by Tarmo Hannula/Register-Pajaronian)

WATSONVILLE When Halloween hits Thursday, people from around the county, young and old, can partake in a variety of themed events for the holiday.

In Watsonville, the Gene Hoularis and Waldo Rodriguez Youth Center, 30 Maple Ave., welcome youth to its "Halloween Maze of Horror" from 5-8 p.m. The maze is suitable for those ages 13 to 22.

At the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds, 2601 East Lake Ave., Arata Pumpkins Farms are hosting a daily hay maze, haunted house, pony rides and pumpkin patch from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Daytime admission is $8 for ages 10 and up and $5 for ages 10 and under. Admission after 5 p.m. is $10 for all ages.

On the way there, people can stop by Jimmy's Pumpkins on East Lake Avenue between St. Francis Central Coast Catholic High School and the fairgrounds. Several varieties of organic pumpkins, all grown at Dutra Farms in Watsonville, are lined up on a sloping hill. Priced by size, the pumpkins range from 50 cents for super-small to $15 for large ones.

The pumpkin patch is open from 11 a.m. to sunset daily.

For last-minute pumpkin shopping, more pumpkin patches are located across the county. Crystal Bay Farm on Zils Road in Watsonville is open from 10 a.m. until dusk. Capitola Produce has a variety of pumpkins at its patch on Capitola and Bay avenues, and so does the Great Pumpkin Patch, 2831 Daubenbiss Ave. in Soquel.

It wouldn't be Halloween without trick or treating, and the Capitola Mall will hold its annual Great Giant Pumpkin Party from 4-7 p.m. Thursday. In addition to trick or treating opportunities from select retailers, Farmer Mike, known as the "Picasso of Pumpkin Carvers," will carve a 300-pound pumpkin in the fountain area.

Seascape Village in Aptos will hold a Halloween party from 4-6 p.m., featuring games, trick or treating and snacks.

Downtown Santa Cruz will hold its Downtown Trick-or-Treat from 2:30-5 p.m. Local merchants will hand out treats during the family-friendly event.

For the 21 and over crowd, Cocoanut Grove at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk will host its sixth annual Halloween Monster Bash Masquerade at 7 p.m. Raindance Presents, an electronic dance music production in the Bay Area, will perform electronic Halloween dance beats. Admission is $35 in advance or $40 at the door. For information, visit monsterbashsix.eventbrite.com.

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