October—Time For Halloween Fun in Pacific Palisades

Marquez Halloween Festival

The annual Marquez Halloween Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 23. The whole community is invited, and everyone attending in a costume will receive a free bag of popcorn.

The ever popular Haunted House will be populated with fifth-grade zombies to scare little goblins, a little or a lot. There will be a Creepy Café & Bake Sale and at 1 p.m. Fancy Feet dance crews will perform. A traditional cake walk, a cake baking competition, Ring Toss, Duck Pond, Lollipop Pull and a Win A Fish booths are all part of the fun.

Rec Center Spooktacular

The Palisades Recreation Center will host its traditional Halloween Spooktacular from 3 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29. The cost is $10 per child (cash only, no credit or debit cards).

The price of admission allows children into bounce houses, a pumpkin patch, a petting zoo and the Reptacular reptile show.

There will be carnival games and prizes, crafts and a trick-or-treat path that features all sorts of tricks and all sorts of treats.

Food trucks will be available at an additional cost. Everyone is invited to come in costume.

Palisades Park Advisory Board member Madeline Hyman, who once again is helping to organize the event, is looking for volunteers. Community-service hours are available.

If anyone is interested in sponsoring a booth or any element of the day, there are opportunities available from $50 to $250. E-mail Hyman at mojad@earthlink.net to volunteer or learn about a sponsorship, or call the Rec Center at (310) 454-1412.

Y’s Pumpkin Patch Is Open Every Day

The Palisades-Malibu YMCA Pumpkin Patch will run through Oct. 30. There is a wide selection and varied sizes of pump- kins located at Simon Meadow, on the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Temescal Can- yon Road. Free parking is available.

Rex Scarpa, 6, chooses the largest pumpkin he can find at the Palisades-Malibu YMCA Pumpkin Patch, while sister Dahlia, 7, opts for one that’s easier to carry. Photo: Lesly Hall

Rex Scarpa, 6, chooses the largest pumpkin he can find at the Palisades-Malibu YMCA Pumpkin Patch, while sister Dahlia, 7, opts for one that’s easier to carry. Photo: Lesly Hall

The Patch offers a hay maze, photo props and a bouncy house. Hours are Monday through Friday from 3 to 6 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. All proceeds benefit the local Y, a nonprofit organization. To arrange a field trip, call (310) 454-5591 or e-mail Oscar Rodriguez at oscarrodriguez@ymcla.org.

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