How we Celebrate Halloween in Southern Oregon
Though there are many theories about the origin of the day we call Halloween, there is one thing everyone agrees on: the way we mark Halloween today bears little resemblance to the celebrations of old.
Contemporary Halloween is about kids, costumes, picking pumpkins, and tasty treats. And fun. And maybe a little scary stuff…but safe scary stuff…Boo!
Pumpkins, as it turns out, are a big crop in Oregon, with over $5 million in production value last year. And while not all of them will end up as jack-o-lanterns, there are a lot of pumpkins lying in fields waiting for you and your family to head on out and pick up a few, and enjoy the rest of their seasonal activities.
Fort Vannoy Farms
5791 Lower River Rd in Grants Pass
Hayrides and corn maze
The Pumpkin Patch at Seven Oaks Farm
5504 Rogue Valley Highway in Central Point
Maze, face painting, and pony rides
Pheasant Fields Farm Harvest Festival
1865 Camp Baker Road in Phoenix
Hayrides, pony rides, corn maze
Valley View Nursery
1675 N Valley View Rd.in Ashland
Jump house, hayrides, maze
White’s Country Farm
3939 W Main St in Medford
2 corn mazes, hayrides, pumpkin bowling
As for the big day itself, there’s simply no better place to spend it than Ashland’s Halloween Celebration, which includes a parade, live entertainment, crafts and vendor booths, and the Monster Dash Run for Education.
And since adults want to play dress up too, don’t miss the 26th annual Puss ‘n Boots Costume Ball & Auction at the Historic Ashland Armory. Benefiting the Friends of the Animal Shelter for Jackson County, this is a great way to get into the Halloween spirit of things with food, drink, dancing, and an auction, all for one of our favorite causes.