Some places don’t know how to do Halloween— Camarillo isn’t one of those places. All through October, we invite you to join us for a bewitching lineup of activities, events, and celebrations that are perfect for setting the mood. Whether you’re exploring an abandoned mental hospital’s dairy farm or reveling in the secrets of flight and feather, there’s a little spooky something for everyone. Join us as we dive into 8 ways you can embrace Halloween in Camarillo!
Hidden within the scenic sprawl of University Park lies the chilling remains of the Scary Dairy. Once part of the Camarillo State Mental Hospital, this eerie locale has long inspired spooky stories and tales of the macabre. Abandoned for decades, its skeletal foundation stands as a haunting testament to a bygone era— graffiti-covered walls whisper stories of days past, while local legends hint at unspeakable acts. A number of well-known movies, TV shows, and music videos have also been shot at this ghostly relic, including The Ring, Jarhead, X Files, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and more! To explore Scary Dairy, head down University Drive and make a left onto Old Dairy Road.
Take a trip to the Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology for a spooky experience for the birds (literally!). Housing one of the world’s largest collections of avian artifacts, this museum promises an awe-inspiring encounter with nature’s feathered wonders. Skeletons, nests, and eggs from across the globe add an otherworldly aura to this unique exhibit. Make a reservation to visit on Wednesdays, Fridays, or Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Join the magical mavens over at Malone’s Metaphysical & More for their calendar of October events, including group meditations and ceremonies for the New Moon in Libra on October 14th, as well as the Full Moon in Taurus on October 28th. Malone’s also offers a selection of monthly classes that are perfect for embracing spooky season.
Ready for a hauntingly good time? Join Camarillo Premium Outlets and their retailers in celebrating Halloween with a Trick-or-Treat event on Tuesday, October 31st from 4:00 to 6:00PM. Visit participating stores that have a pumpkin in the window to receive a treat, and don’t forget to stop by the event area in Fashion Court in front of Brooks Brothers for a photo booth and even more treats!
Join us on October 21st at 10 a.m. for a family-friendly Halloween hike along the beautiful Camarillo Grove Trail! Nature and Halloween-themed prizes await along this 1-mile trail, in addition to crafts, food trucks, vendors, and more. Participation in the Trail or Treat hike is $5, while attendance is free.
On October 28th from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., Old Town Camarillo invites you to don your favorite costume and embark on a trick-or-treating adventure through town. Participating businesses along the “boo-levard” await with treats, while scannable Camarillo Heritage Days stickers on the sidewalk offer fascinating historical tidbits. Enter the costume contest for a chance to win exciting prizes, and don’t miss the Chapel City Carnival for even more Halloween frights and delights!
Get witchy with kitties on October 28th from 6 – 8 p.m.! Sign up for a fifteen-minute reading by Adriana Mezgova— known for her exceptional gifts in the art of Tarot— play with kitties and enjoy complimentary snacks and beverages. This enchanting event encourages costumes, but they aren’t mandatory.
On October 29th, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Autism Society Ventura County invites adults on the spectrum to a spine-tingling board game meet-up! Costumes are optional (but encouraged!) as you dive into a treasure trove of over 1,000 board games. Forge new friendships and find your new favorite board game at this spooktacular event.
There you have it— 8 ways to get spooky in Camarillo! Check out the rest of our blogs for more helpful guides, tips, and posts.