Halloween is next week, and organizations throughout the Imperial Valley have put together a variety of activities for children and families to enjoy.
In Holtville, St. Joseph Catholic Church will be holding their 3rd Annual Trunk or Treat on Tuesday, October 31, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., at the Church’s parking lot. Funds will be used for the Catechists and Youth Group to attend the annual event at the LA Convention Center.
Food will be provided by the Catechist and Youth Group.
The community is invited to attend. If anyone is interested in entering a car in the contest you can do so by calling the church at 760-356-1985.
- Finley School Halloween Carnival Finley will be holding its annual carnival from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, October 26. There will be game booths, a hay ride, haunted house, cake walk, lots of food and treats, and a raffle.
- Cornerstone Trunk or Treat Trunk or Treat to be held on Tuesday, October 31, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Anyone interested in bringing their decorated cars to the church and handing out candy may do so.
- Drifters Car Club Hosts Trunk or Treat, Friday, October 27 The Drifters Car Club will be hosting their annual Trunk or Treat an
event for the entire family and car enthusiast. The event will be on Friday, October 27th from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. It’s going to be held at the Food 4 Less parking lot in El Centro next to Farmers Boys. The club will be conducting raffles. Trophies will be awarded for the best Halloween theme car. The entry to the show is free and the entry to sign up your classic car is also free. The Drifters Car Club from the Imperial Valley is about helping the community and having fundraisers. Each Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. the club has a car club meeting where they show members their classic rides. Also the first Wednesday of the month is their well known cruise night where members drive around the city of El Centro. The club’s official website is www.drifterscciv.com.
- The Heber Public Utility District will be holding its Annual Heber Fall Fiesta this weekend. The Fall Fiesta will be held on Saturday, October 28th at Tito Huerta Park. The first event is a parade, which will start at 10 a.m. at the corner of Heber and Hawk Avenues and ends at the park. A car exhibition will be held at Tito Park from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be a street fair with lots of food and arts and craft booths set up at the park as well. Finishing off the day will be the Clowns will chase runners down city streets and through nearby fields as they attempt to make it to the finish line without being “killed” by a clown. It’s not a permanent death though. If a creepy clown squirts a runner with (fake) blood, that runner is not eligible for a trophy unless he or she stops at one of two first aid stations. A firefighter at one of the medic stations will give the runner a quick exercise or task to do, which will bring them back to life and put them back in the running for a trophy. Everyone will receive a cool t-shirt upon finishing, regardless of whether they lived through the race or not. Trophies will be presented to the top male and female runners in each of five age groups. There will be a variety of natural and man-made obstacles on the race course to challenge runners. The creepy clowns will help provide the incentive needed to get over or past those obstacles.
- Imperial County 4-H and the UC Farm Smart program are hosting Spooky Adventures on the Farm this Saturday outside Holtville. The groups will be stirring up the fun for kids with Exploding Ghosts, Frankenstein’s Snot, a Monster Lab filled with Dairy Adventures, Spooky circuits, Charlottes Web Obstacle Course and much more. All of the activities center around providing spooky STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) fun. The event will be held at the University of California Desert Research and Extension Center at 1050 East Holton Road, a couple of miles west of Holtville alongside Evan Hewes Highway. The cost is $5 at the door and everyone is welcome. It will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- “The single most horrifying event in El Centro sector history” is how this weekend’s haunted house being put on by the local U.S. Border Patrol explorer post at the Imperial Valley Expo is being described. The haunted house will be held in the grandstands tunnel at the IV Expo on both Friday and Saturday nights from 6 to 10 p.m. Members of Explorer Post 4108 have been hard at work coming up with new ways to scare visitors, and the haunt promises lots of thrills and chills for young and old alike. Admission is just one dollar per person.
- El Centro Downtown Days will take place Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will include food, face painting and bouncers for the kids, and trick or treating among downtown businesses. Sixth and Main will be the location of the festivities, and live music from Elroy will entertain the crowd. A candy map will be provided so trick or treaters will know which businesses will have goodies available for them.
- There will be a haunted house and Halloween carnival in El Centro on Monday, October 30, a joint effort of the El Centro Police Activities League (PAL)and the Imperial County Sheriff’s Office Sheriff’s Activities League (SAL). The spooky event will be held at the El Centro PAL facility at 1100 North Fourth Street from 6 to 9 p.m. The fun will include game booths and prizes, food and drinks, a live DJ, kettle corn, Hawaiian shaved ice and more.