10 of the best Halloween events in SLO County

Zombie Invasion 5K run comes to SLO

Promotional video for Zombie Invasion SLO, which will next be held Oct. 28, 2017. Participants can sign up as hungry zombies or human survivors trying to escape the undead horde. The run raises money for the Central Coast Autism Spectrum Center. M
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Promotional video for Zombie Invasion SLO, which will next be held Oct. 28, 2017. Participants can sign up as hungry zombies or human survivors trying to escape the undead horde. The run raises money for the Central Coast Autism Spectrum Center. M

Calling all ghouls, ghosts and goblins!

Here are 10 frighteningly fun events guaranteed to get you in the Halloween spirit. Visit events.sanluisobispo.com for more suggestions.

‘Zombie Town: From A-Town to Z-Town’

What: The zombie apocalypse has hit Atascadero, and no one is safe. Costumed characters, spooky special effects and brand-new scares make this recently remodeled haunted house gory good fun.

When: 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Oct. 30 and 31; 7 to 11 p.m. Oct. 20, 21, 27 and 28

Where: The Haunt, 5805 El Camino Real, Atascadero

How much: $10 to $20

Info: 805-221-5084 or www.thehauntinatascadero.com

The Haunt
A volunteer actor greets guests to The Haunt in Atascadero. This year, the haunted house has a zombie theme. Creig P. Sherburne Big Oak Photo

‘Edgar Allan Poe’s Lighthouse Keeper’

What: A young man marooned on a remote beach is haunted by spirits in this terrifying indie flick directed by Arroyo Grande native Benjamin Cooper and filmed at the historic Point San Luis Lighthouse in Avila Beach. The 21-and-up movie screening includes food, drinks and raffles.

When: 6 p.m. Friday

Where: Avila Beach Community Center, 191 San Miguel St., Avila Beach

How much: $25

Info: 805-540-5771 or pointsanluislighthouse.org

Keeper 1
“Edgar Allan Poe’s Lighthouse Keeper” screens Friday at the Avila Beach Community Center. Courtesy of Benjamin Cooper

‘Nightmare Carnival’

What: Imagine Dracula swooping down from the sky, and you’ll get an idea of the scares in store at Suspended Motion Aerial Arts. Its immersive new show features vampires, ghosts, monsters and horror movie villains performing eerie acrobatics, chilling choreography and death-defying drops from the rafters.

When: 7 p.m. Oct. 20 and 21

Where: Suspended Motion Aerial Arts, 207 Suburban Road, San Luis Obispo

How much: $20, $25 at the door

Info: 805-549-6417 or www.suspendedmotion.net

Suspended Motion Aerial Arts
“Nightmare Carnival,” the latest show from Suspended Motion Aerial Arts in San Luis Obispo, features vampires, ghosts, monsters and more. Suspended Motion Aerial Arts Academy

‘The Phantom of the Opera’

What: Prepare for a haunting night of horror movies and music. First, Tony Award winner Anthony Crivello performs songs from the musical “The Phantom of the Opera,” joined by soprano Alba Franco-Cancél. That’s followed by a screening of the classic silent film that inspired the Broadway hit, accompanied live by Christian Elliott on the Forbes Pipe Organ. Also in store are a costume contest, raffles and a meet-and-greet with the singers.

When: 7 p.m. Oct. 26, 6 p.m. doors

Where: Cohan Center, Performing Arts Center, Cal Poly

How much: $30 to $40

Info: 805-756-4849 or pacslo.org, slofilmfest.org

The Phantom (Gerard Butler) and Christine (Emmy Rossum) appear in a scene from 2004’s “The Phantom of the Opera.” The 1925 silent film of the same title screens Oct. 26 in San Luis Obispo. Warner Bros. Pictures

‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’

What: Audience participation is a must at this interactive screening of the classic midnight movie. Lace up your corset, slip on some fishnets and watch as costumed cast members re-enact musical numbers such as “Science Fiction/Double Feature” and “Sweet Transvestite” on stage. Let’s do the time warp again!

When: 9 p.m. Oct. 26

Where: SLO Brew Rock, 855 Aerovista Place, San Luis Obispo

How much: $10

Info: 805-543-1843 or www.slobrew.com

Rocky Horror
Reeve Carne, Annaleigh Ashford, Victoria Justice, Ryan McCartan and Christina Milian appear in a scene from Fox’s “The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do the Time Warp Again” in 2016. The original “Rocky Horror” screens Oct. 26 in San Luis Obispo. Steve Wilkie Fox Broadcasting Co.

Halloween Harvest Costume Ball

What: Fog, dramatic lighting and spooky sound effects will transform Tooth and Nail Winery into a creepy castle compete with an apothecary, a torture chamber and a disco inferno-themed dance party. Compete for $2,500 in cash prizes in the costume contest, have your fortune read by Sabrina Lovell or marvel at the mind tricks of magician and mentalist Rich Ferguson.

When: 8 p.m. to midnight, Oct. 27 and 28, 7 p.m. early admission

Where: Tooth and Nail Winery, 3090 Anderson Road, Paso Robles

How much: $100 to $175

Info: www.halloweenharvestcostumeball.com

Western View of Tooth and Nail Castle
Tooth and Nail Winery in Paso Robles will host the inaugural Halloween Harvest Costume Ball on Oct. 27 and 28. Brad Golden

Haunted Caves at Eberle Winery

What: Sip a glass of blood-red wine while you explore 16,000 square feet of underground caves beneath this Paso Robles winery, lit and decorated by professional scaremeisters. (The caves are recommended for thrill-seekers 8 and older.)

When: 5 to 9 p.m. Oct. 27 and 28

Where: Eberle Winery, 3810 Highway 46 East, Paso Robles

How much: $5

Info: 805-238-9607 or www.eberlewinery.com

Eberle Winery
Gary Eberle poses for a picture in the wine caves at Eberle Winery in Paso Robles. Joe Johnston jjohnston@thetribunenews.com

Zombie Invasion SLO

What: Love brains and brisk jogging? This 5-kilometer zombie run might be the perfect workout. Participants can sign up as hungry zombies or human survivors trying to escape the undead horde.There’s also a family fun run for folks who work best as a unit.

When: 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 28

Where: Camp San Luis Obispo, Highway 1, San Luis Obispo

How much: $15 to $40

Info: www.zombieinvasionslo.com

Haunted Adobe

What: Ghost stories and tarot card readings make candelight tours of the historic Rios-Caledonia Adobe, built in 1835, a delightfully spooky way to learn about local history. Students from Paso Robles High School help bring the tales to life.

When: 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 28

Where: Rios-Caledonia Adobe, 700 S. Mission St., San Miguel

How much: Free

Info: 805-467-3357 or www.facebook.com/RiosCaledoniaAdobe

Rio Caledonia Adobe
Vickie Carroll of Templeton and her daughter, Madeleine, walk near the Rios-Caledonia Adobe in San Miguel. Visitors can take candlelight tours of the adobe on Oct. 28. Laura Dickinson

Haoleween Surf Competition

What: Break out your longboards and don your kookiest costumes for a vintage-style surf contest, followed by an award ceremony and lunch at the Libertine Pub in Morro Bay. More than $500 in cash prizes is up for grabs, courtesy of Libertine Brewing Co. (Want more surfside fun? Libertine and Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co. invite you to don pirate garb Oct. 28 to help clean up Pirate’s Cove near Avila Beach.)

When: 8 a.m. Oct. 29

Where: Morro Rock, Morro Bay

How much: $25 to $25 registration, includes T-shirt and lunch

Info: libertinebrewing.com/haoleween

Libertine Brewing Co.’s Haoeleween Surf Competition returns to Morro Bay on Oct. 29. Jason Hudson The Keller Whale

Get a bird's-eye view of Tooth & Nail Winery's large "castle" and expansive vineyards off Highway 46 West in Paso Robles in this 2017 drone video.

More enchanting events

Nightmare on Main Street

7 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, through Nov. 4. Haunted house. 99 S. Main St., Templeton. $5 to $17. www.nightmareonmain.

Panic at the Disco! Too

8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday. Horror-themed disco dance party and costume contest. Bang the Drum Brewery, 950 Orcutt Road, San Luis Obispo. $5. bangthedrumbrewery.com.

Haunted Hawaiian Night

5 to 10 p.m. Oct. 20. Spooky luau with Kahlua pig roast dinner, a haunted maze, a movie, auctions and interactive activities. 1431 Pomeroy Road, Arroyo Grande. $50 to $55. 805-762-4500.

Ghost Tours at the Dana Adobe

6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 20, 21 and 29. Candlelight tours with ghost stories. Dana Adobe, 671 South Oakglen Ave., Nipomo. $5 to $20. danaadobe.org.

Dead Man’s Dance and Halloween Party

7 to 10 p.m. Oct. 27. Music by Burning James and the Funky Flames, food, drinks and costume contest. King David’s Masonic Lodge, 859 Marsh St., San Luis Obispo. $25 to $30. kcbx.org.

Rockin Halloween 805 Party

5 to 10 p.m. Oct. 28. Music by 1980s cover band Centerfold, food, drinks and costume contest. Pismo Beach Golf Course, 319 Highway 1, Grover Beach. $20 to $30. www.facebook.com/events/130593164340019.