Bring the family down to Bridgeport for Halloween |

Bring the family down to Bridgeport for Halloween

Halloween is supposed to be a scary time with ghosts, witches and tricks. This year there is a Halloween Festival that is family friendly. Down at the South Yuba River State Park the Fall Festival is happening from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31.

There aren’t any witches or tricks, but there are lots of other activities. The Friendly Ghosts return to Bridgeport and tell their stories at noon and 2 p.m. inside the Haunted Bridge. For kids there is face painting, pumpkin painting, wagon rides and games for all ages. For adults there is music, living history characters and blacksmith demonstrations. There will be gold panning, wild flower crafts and loads of fun.

Besides all the fun activities there will also be lots to learn. The Visitor Center will be open with a whole new selection of children’s books. Local author and bird enthusiast Carol Malnor will be there to talk about and sign her book, “The Blues go Birding Across America.” Learn about the restoration progress of the 1927 Shell Gas Station, the Historic Barn and the local wildlife.

Of course there will be hot dogs, drinks, Lazy Dog Ice Cream and baked goods. Or, bring your own picnic and sit under a shade tree.

The event is sponsored by the South Yuba River Park Association. President Ron Ernst said this is one of the best opportunities to learn about the Park and to have fun. “It’ll be a great way for the family to spend an adventure during the day on Halloween. The admission and the parking are free, so come visit the Park and be a part of the Ghosts Return to Bridgeport.”

All of this is available on Halloween, Sunday, Oct. 31. The activities start at 11 a.m. and continue until 4 p.m. The Park is on Pleasant Valley Road where it crosses the South Yuba River. For more information, call the Visitor Center at (530) 432-2546 or visit

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