Halloween Haunts and Happenings

Exeter holds 8th annual Trunk or Treat at Faith Tabernacle Church
Exeter Responds presents its 8th annual Exeter Trunk or Treat on Tuesday, Oct. 31 from 6-8 p.m. at Faith Tabernacle of Exeter located at 515 S. Filbert St. There will be games, hayrides, bounce houses and decorated trunks. This is a family-friendly event and fun night for kids of all ages. Other activities include face painting, Scareatorium Bus and Maze, raffle prizes and R/C cars from Exeter Hobbies. Exeter Responds is also providing food for hungry kids and their parents including a deep-pit BBQ sandwich, chips, bowl of chili and drink offered for $5. Exeter Responds is coalition of Exeter non-profits and public agencies that includes the Exeter Police Department, Courage to Change for at-risk youth, Exeter Unified School District, local churches and business.

McDermont Field House hosts 6th annual Harvest Festival in Lindsay
The McDermont Field House, in conjunction with the Lindsay Chamber of Commerce and the Spirit and the Bride Coalition, presents its 6th annual Harvest Festival on Tuesday, Oct. 31 at the sports and recreation center located at 365 Sweetbriar Ave. Doors open at 5 p.m. with a free costume contest at 6 p.m. A special prize will be awarded to the Best Homemade Recyclable Costume for first, second and third place. There will be an electronic dance party with a live DJ, trick or treating at various booths, free carnival games and free bounce houses. Admission to McDermont is free for the evening and arcade card members can double their money. For more information, call Frances Brower at 559-303-3917, Mary Sybesma at 559-972-4492 or the McDermont Field House at 559-562-3326. You can also send email to [email protected] or visit www.McDermontFieldHouse.com

Dr. Tourtillott returns to haunt the Mason House in Lindsay
It seems like every scare movie begins or ends with an old house around the corner. Well Lindsay is no different as it will transform the Mason House, a historic turn-of-the-19th century home, into Dr. Tourtillott’s Haunted House again this weekend. Presented by the Lindsay Museum and Gallery, the haunted house officially opened on Oct. 20 and will reopen this Friday through Tuesday Oct. 27-31. Long before the Masons lived in the home, what is known as the Mason House began as a Do-It-Yourself kit purchased by a Dr. Tourillott, a local general practice physician, from a Sears-Roebuck Catalogue. The doctor built the craftsmen style home in 1905. The City of Lindsay purchased the home in 1962 with plans to demolish it to make way for a new fire station. But those plans were quickly scrapped as the City chose to build its new fire station at the corner of Samoa Street and Gale Hill Avenue in 1967 just north of the home. Tickets are $5 at the door and doors open at 6 p.m. each night Oct. 27-31. The Mason House is located at 147 N. Gale Hill Ave. in Lindsay. For more information, visit LindsayMuseumAndGallery.org

Dia de los Muertos lives again at Lindsay Museum & Gallery
Lindsay Art Association is hosting its fifth annual Dia de Los Muertos (Day Of the Dead) exhibit at the beautiful Lindsay/Museum Gallery. The exhibit opens on Friday, Oct. 27 and will run through Sunday, Nov. 5. Dia de Los Muertos is one of Mexico’s most cultural significant holidays, reuniting and honoring beloved ancestors, family and friends. The ancient and enduring ritual is when the living commune with the dead, commemorating the indigenous belief that once a year, on Nov. 1 and 2, the departed could return to Earth to visit. In order to honor them, family members and friends create altars in their homes, graveyards and galleries bearing traditional and personal items to welcome them back. The traditional altar contains the following items: a photo (of the person), water, candles, flowers (marigolds), a special sweet bread (pan de Muerto) and incense (copal). The altar has three tiers. Some altars are very elaborate and some very simple. An altar should reflect the person’s personality and character and share the story of their life with the viewer.

Most Altars, paintings, papel picado, painted sculls, flowers and prints are created by the Lindsay High School learners in the fine arts department and some community members. A reception for the young artists who created the altars will be held on Sunday, Oct. 29 from 3-5 p.m. Traditional pan de Muerto (Mexican sweet bread), hot chocolate and fruit will be served. Enjoy music provided by LHS honor guitar group. The Lindsay Museum/Gallery is open Fridays and Sundays from 12-4 p.m. and is located at located at 165 N. Gale Hill Ave.

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