LANCASTER – Two spooktacular family-friendly Halloween events are taking place this weekend in Lancaster.
The BooLVD Halloween and Harvest Festival will be held from 5 to 9 p.m., Saturday, October 27, on Lancaster Boulevard between Beech and Gadsden Avenues.
“Our BooLVD Halloween and Harvest Festival is a tremendous success each year,” said Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris. “This event provides hours of safe Halloween fun that is loved not only by our local youth, but by adults and teens as well. BooLVD offers fun for all ages in an environment which encourages community gathering and celebration.”
Traditional trick-or-treating will be offered from 5:00 p.m. until supplies last. Children ages infant to 12-years-old can also participate in the BooLVD Costume Contest, which will award winners in the “cutest,” “scariest,” and “most creative” categories. Sign-ups for young contestants will be accepted from 5:00 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. However, everyone is encouraged to make the most of the event by dressing in fun and creative costumes.
AV Dance Studio 81 will offer a kid-friendly haunted house. Bounce houses, jumpers, a rock-climbing wall, and numerous games and crafts will also keep the not-so-brave thoroughly entertained throughout the evening. The Cedar Scary Stories will feature not-so-scary attractions for the first few hours, but then turn up the chill-factor later in the night for teens and adults to enjoy.
Additional harvest-style attractions will include carnival games, a mini farmers’ market, pumpkin decorating, cookie decorating, and a giant pumpkin-carving activity at the BeX Stage, to name a few.
Entertainment for the evening will include Godfrey the Magician at 6:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., followed by “A Dark Fairytale” performed by the FR Dance Company at 6:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. on the Main Stage. The Western Hotel Stage will feature “This Is Halloween” performed by the FR Dance Company and Genesis Gymnastics at 5:50 p.m., 6:50 p.m. and 7:50 p.m. “Ghostbusters” will take over the front of the Lancaster Performing Arts Center at 5:15 p.m., 6:15 p.m., 7:15 p.m. and 8:15 p.m.
The Lancaster Auto Mall will host its second annual “Creepy Cruise” event from 12 to 4 p.m., Sunday, October 28. The family-friendly event will feature a car show, gourmet food trucks, children’s trunk-or-treating, and costume contests for both children and adults.
Organized in conjunction with the AV Mopar Club, the Creepy Cruise will take place in the parking lot located off of Avenue K-8 and Drivers’ Way, next to Antelope Valley Chevrolet. Admission is free.
“With a car show, children’s activities, and a variety of food options, this event offers fun for the whole family,” said Mayor R. Rex Parris. “This is an excellent way to extend your Halloween celebration throughout the entire week.”
The costume contest offers attendees the opportunity to compete for 20 medals, as well as two trophies for Best Children’s Costume and Best Costume for Adults. Entry in the costume contest is free. Additionally, 18 food trucks will offer a variety of cuisines, ranging from “monstrous mac n’ cheese” to kabobs and sliders.
Car show participants will compete for 20 trophies for car decoration, plus an additional trophy for the “Best in Show” award. Registration, which is open to all vehicles, is $20 in advance of the event or $25 the day of the event. All proceeds will be donated to the local Fallen Heroes Fund. To register or for more information, visit www.avmoparclub.com.
View sights from last year’s “Creepy Cruise” here.