Haunted houses, spooky tales, costume and dance parties — find your favorite seasonal fun with Tempo’s guide to October events.
Pheasant Fields Farm: Harvest Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through October at the 20-acre farm, 1865 Camp Baker Road, Phoenix. Activities include a corn maze, hay rides, face painting, pumpkin carving, animal exhibits, a10-passenger cow train, and a country store with local organic produce, handcrafted items, bread, caramel apples, espresso drinks and meal choices. Activity tickets are $1.25. Flashlight nights in the corn maze are offered from 7 to 10 p.m. on select evenings in October. Flashlight nights are $6, $4 for kids 6 and younger. Check the farm’s Facebook page for more information and updates, email at firstname.lastname@example.org or see pheasantfieldsfarm.com.
Scarecrow Festival: The Southern Oregon Historical Society will host the eighth annual scarecrow festival from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 6-7, at the Historic Hanley Farm, 1053 Hanley Road, Central Point. Admission is free. It’s $15 to make a full-sized scarecrow with all materials provided. Look for hayrides, apple bobbing, pumpkin painting and more. Tour the Hanley House for $5. See sohs.org.
Wood House Harvest Festival: The festival is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, at historic Wood House, 12988 Highway 62, outside Eagle Point. Admission is $2, $1 for kids 7-12 and senior citizens. Kids 6 and younger get in free. The festival includes old-fashioned tractors, music by Mostly Country and other bands, food vendors, and craft vendors offering jewelry, antiques, clothing, wood-working and more. Also the Southern Oregon Historical Society Amphibious Fire Engine will be displayed. Learn more about the history of the vehicle, ring the bell, operate the siren or try on a real fireman’s helmet. Proceeds will go towards maintenance of the 1870 Wood House, which operates as a museum and will be open during the festival for tours. Call 541-826-2177 or see oldwoodhouse.org.
Talent Harvest Festival: The annual Harvest Festival in downtown Talent will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6. The 5K, 10K Run and Walk takes off at 8 a.m. The main attraction, the Grand Parade will travel along Main Street at 10 a.m. Live music by Emily Turner, Slow Corpse and the Brothers Reed starts at 11 a.m. on the City Hall Stage. Also look for growers’ booths, food vendors, children’s activities apple pressing, beer and wine garden and more. For a full listing of events and attractions see cityoftalent.org.
Harvest Festival: LongSword Vineyard will hold its fourth annual harvest festival from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at 8555 Highway 238, Jacksonville. New to the festival this year will be the pumpkin chuckin’ trebuchet. Purchase a pumpkin for $5, take aim at a straw bale castle and launch your pumpkin. Also look for live music preformed by Sweetgrass duo, pumpkin painting, silent auction and more. Food will be available from Wok Star. Admission is free. Proceeds from the sale of pumpkins will benefit Siskiyou Upland Trails Association, an organization which maintains and creates local hiking trails. Call 541-899-1746.
Fall Celebration: Shooting Star Nursery will host its annual Apple Tasting and Fall Celebration from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at 3223 Taylor Road, Central Point. Look for a selection of fresh apple varieties for tasting from local farmers, local food and ciders, live music by Word on the Street, kid crafts and more. See roguevalleynursery.com or call 541-840-6453.
Hanley Farm Haunted Adventure: Take a guided tour by lantern across the field of Hanley Farm during “The Mystery of the Lady in Black: A Haunted Field Walk” Sunday, Oct. 14, and Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 20-21 at the farm, 1053 Hanley Road, Central Point. Gates open at 6 p.m. with guided group walks from 7 to 9 p.m. Admission is $8, $5 for kids. Encounter talkative townspeople, a mysterious cornfield and a dark, musty cave during the walk. The haunted adventure is a co-production of Crater Renaissance Academy students and the Southern Oregon Historical Society. Tours recommended for ages 5 and older. Purchase tickets at sohs.org/node/185003.
Just Scream Haunted House: Just Scream Halloween presents a haunted house from 7 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday, Oct. 19-20 and 26-27, at 604 W. Main St., Medford. The frightful haunted house features a dark world of zombies, ghouls and goblins. Children 6 and younger will not be admitted. Kids 7-12 must be accompanied by an adult. Childcare is available. Admission is $6. Proceeds benefit Southern Oregon Humane Society. See sohumane.org.