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Fullerton Arboretum Holds Annual Haunted Garden Oct. 24-25

September 30, 2008

A couple of visitors in costume to the Haunted Garden pause during last year's 'haunting.’

The spirit of Halloween will abound during the evenings of Oct. 24-25 in the Haunted Garden at the Fullerton Arboretum. Tours begin at 6:30 p.m. both nights, with a final pilgrimage through the grounds at 9:15 p.m.

Bats and bullfrogs, vampires and vermin, ghosts, ghouls and goblins … everything that goes “bump” in the night … are expected to be lurking along hidden trails. Count Dracula’s “vampires” will guide visitors down the garden paths into the deciduous forest, where witches, skeletons and ghouls come out to play. Those who survive to tell the tale will be greeted at the Haunter’s Ball with a “treat” and Halloween fun.

For younger Halloween fans, a Haunted Garden Children’s Party is set from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25. The festivities, for children 3-6 years of age, include a costume parade, pumpkin patch tours, crafts, games, refreshments and a few surprises. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The cost is $6 per child.

Pre-paid admission and reservations are encouraged and can be made from Sept. 1 to Oct. 20. Children 12 and under are $6 (may not be appropriate for children under 5); teens and adults are $10. Admission at the door is $10 per child and $15 per adult, if space is available. Space is limited and reservations can be made by calling the Haunted Hotline at 657-278-4002 or online at

Reservations by mail must include a check payable to “Friends of the Fullerton Arboretum” and postmarked by Oct. 18. Tickets will be held at “Will Call” the evening of the event. Haunted Garden tours will last approximately 30-40 minutes and are led by Arboretum tour guides.

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