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Local Pre-Halloween Events

The weekend before Halloween is filled with many festive events. In Columbia State Historic Park they will be celebrating Halloween on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 7pm. The McConnell house, City and Fallon Hotels and Cottages, Columbia Chamber of Commerce, and Central California Paranormal Investigators will be available for what is being touted as “rare ghost hunting opportunities”.

Some activities in Columbia will have a cost and some will be free like the Trick-or-Treating and Illumination of Jack O’ Lanterns. Event organizers will have the streets filled with strolling musicians, storytellers and reenactments with illuminated pumpkins after the sun goes down. For more information view the event listing here.

The Ladies Day Out Holiday Fair will be at 21725 Crystal Falls Drive from 11am – 4pm. The public is invited to check out the vendors, win raffle prizes, do Christmas shopping early or shop for yourself. Details are in the event listing.

In Groveland, on Saturday, the Quilt Show and Craft Sale begins in the morning. It is their 9th bi-annual quilt show titled, ‘Patterned by God’s Design’. View over 100 quilts, browse through the craft and baked goods sale, bid on silent auction items, play our guessing game, and enjoy a soup lunch. More details about it here.

Also up at the Groveland Ranger District Office, check in for “Preston Falls Trail Workday” at 9am. According to the event listing the trail needs restoration after heavy use during the summer season. Further details about what to bring are in the event listing here.

Veterans Emergency Team Fund will be bowling at Black Oak Lanes in Tuolumne City. The USBC Association Tournament will raise money for the Veterans emergency fund for the foothills communities. Full details are in our event listing.

The Vaudeville Follies Puppet Show will be performing from 4pm – 6pm at the Presbyterian Church of the 49ers. The Bay Area to performers will entertain with the ancient art of marionettes. The show promises to delight all ages, from young children on up. The tickets include a meal and the full details are listed in our event calendar.

The second annual “Halloween Haunt and Coat Drive” will begin at 5pm on Saturday. Held in Twain Harte, the live music will be outside on the patio. The costumed dance party notes, “At 9:00pm we’re moving inside and turning up the freak with a stellar lineup of DJs!” Details are listed here.

Update: signs are up for traffic to beware of pedestrians out for Trick-or-treat street on Saturday. Organizers stress that it is an event intended only for young children accompanied by an adult. They may trick or treat at downtown merchants starting at 4:00pm. Participating venders have big orange posters in their windows.