More adventures in balmy October

In the Loop


As we climb out of 100-degree-plus weather, October reminds us that balmier days lie ahead, full of new adventures and Halloween hair-raisers, as you will read in this roundup of tips for short hops to nearby destinations and longer trips in California.

Down below in Los Angeles in Exposition Park, the California Science Center continues the multimedia world premiere of “King Tut: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh.” It closes Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. The largest King Tut exhibition ever toured reveals more than 150 artifacts, 60 of which never before traveled outside of Egypt ( exhibits/goose-bumps-the-science-of-fear; 323-SCIENCE or 323-724-3623).

Top Halloween extravaganzas abound, among them to the southwest, in Buena Park, Knott’s Scary Farm select nights through Wednesday, Oct. 31, with haunted mazes and more than 1000 creatures just waiting to pounce; not recommended for children younger than 13 (; 714-220-5200). In Anaheim, Disney’s parks dazzle with Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy, Main Street Pumpkin Festival, Haunted Mansion Holiday, Guardians of the Galaxy – Monsters After Dark, Costumed Characters, Frightfully Fun Parade and Headless Horseman Rides Again (; 714-781-INFO).

To the south for Ghost Walk Riverside, writers, storytellers, actors, musicians and vocalists all take part in a display of talent and strolls throughout downtown, ranging from the youngster spook-fest to more daring exploits for older folks. The walk is new each year, no two have ever been alike (; 951-787-7850).

To the southwest in Ventura Harbor Village, observe National Seafood Month on Saturday, Oct. 6, at Seafood Taste 2018, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. With seaside view, sample seven tastes for $15. Early arrival is recommended (

Over the Sierra in Bakersfield, the Buena Vista Museum of Natural History & Science presents a Pumpkins and Dinosaurs craft class (“turn a pumpkin into a dinosaur”) on Saturday morning, Oct. 20, and the “flashlight tour in the dark where your own imagination feeds your fears,” Night at the Museum, Friday and Saturday, Oct. 26 and 27 (; 661-324-6350).

Closer to home, nothing can match Trona’s 77th Annual Gem-O-Rama, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 13 and 14. Serious collectors and hobbyist rockhounds converge for 36 hours of specimens, field trips, exhibits, vendors, demonstrations, food, hourly door prizes and museums (; 760- 372-5356).

A whole lot farther away, Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum in Boston, a floating museum immersed in history, has planned tea-throwing reenactments, high-tech interactive, authentic replica ships and a vial of tea believed to be from the 1773 Boston Tea Party (; 1-855 TEA -1773). The public may send loose tea to be cast into Boston Harbor during the 245th Boston Tea Party Anniversary & Reenactment in December. Send tea to Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum, 306 Congress St, Boston, MA 02210, with your name, address, email address and phone number. An official certificate of participation will be sent to everyone who sends tea.

Story First Published: 2018-10-05