Spooky fun this weekend

Celebrate Halloween in the foothills
By: Gloria Beverage, Colfax Record Editor
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Festivals marking Halloween and the beginning of the fall season are scheduled throughout the weekend. Opening the weekend’s festivities will be Colfax Elementary School’s popular Fall Festival from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday on the school’s Ben Taylor Road campus. Beth Tremoureux, a member of the school’s APT, is again overseeing the festival. She has been coordinating the event for five years. Although it used to be held on Saturdays, Tremoureux suggested moving it to an evening and keeping it close to Halloween so the kids could wear their costumes. “That way we’re not competing with soccer games or other fun events,” she said. While Tremoureux admits she has had some grandiose ideas over the years, the committee has opted to keep it a family-friendly event. It has also become a school event with classrooms setting up booths to sell caramel apples or haunted houses as well as donating candy. Among the game booths set up will be ring and basketball toss, football throw, finding the needle in the haystack, tattoos and the ever popular cakewalk. The APT is donating the prizes for the booths. Tickets to play are 5 for $1 or 1 for 25 cents. “Each game will usually require two tickets,” she said. Nearly 40 volunteers – many dressed in costume — will be working the night of the festival, Tremoureux said. “All five of my kids will be helping and working,” she said. “It’s become a family event in our household.” Harvest festival at Sierra Vista The annual Harvest Festival, a fun event for children and teenagers, will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Sunday at Sierra Vista Center, 55 School St. The event is offered as a safe place for families to spend Halloween. Games, candy and treats will be offered throughout the evening. New this year will be Trick or Treat Street, an indoors trick or treating experience offering special gifts and a message. Also on hand will be illusionist Bernard Bradshaw, who will perform magic tricks. Teenagers will be treated to free pizza, music, games and special prizes in a room set up specifically for them. Every child will receive a ticket to win prizes, like DVDs and CDs. Drawings will be held every 15 minutes. The congregations from Colfax Baptist, Sierra First Baptist of Alta and the Colfax Assembly of God churches are coordinating this event. Nevada County Fairgrounds Halloween festivities will be held rain or shine from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley. In costume or in street clothes, there will be festivities and activities for all ages. Hamburgers and hot dogs will be served, and Running for Cover will provide live musical entertainment. Also planned are treats for kids, a live and silent auction, a cupcake walk, and lots of games. Plus, there will be costume and scarecrow contests. The Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation, in partnership with the Nevada County Ag Youth Boosters and Grass Valley Rotary Club, is hosting this family-friendly event. Grass Valley Rotary Club will be hosting its annual community “Ball Drop,” which raises funds for local youth and senior organizations. Tickets, at $5 each, can be purchased from any Grass Valley Rotary Club member. Or call (530) 271-5544. Cost to attend is $5 per person, which includes food, treats, games, and entertainment! Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Nevada County Fairgrounds, at the Grass Valley and Combie Road Citizen’s Bank branches, or at The Book Seller in Grass Valley. Tickets can also be purchased on the day of the event at the fairgrounds. Haunted House in Auburn Nearly 40 town homes in Auburn will be open for trick-or-treating from 5 to 7 p.m. on Sunday. Trick or treaters can walk from 13048 Lincoln Way around Herman Circle to collect treats and visit a free haunted house. The walk is easy and no stairs to climb. Call Auburn Townhomes at (530) 887-9231 for more information about the event.