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This is not a haunted house. This is an upscale, Halloween-themed, 21-and-older, costume-mandatory party produced by Central Coast LIVE! Events and will be held on Friday, October 26 & Saturday, October 27. The inaugural Halloween Harvest Costume Ball was held at the iconic Tooth & Nail Castle in Paso Robles, California. Due to the explosive success of our first event, we are moving the costume ball to the California Mid-State Fairgroundss located at 2198 Riverside in Paso Robles, California. Read more about the event HERE.
We are hosting this event both Friday, October 26 and Saturday, October 27, 2018 from 7-midnight both nights. Each night boasts an unique experience (detailed below) for party-goers, with both nights offering guests an epic dance party, a Grand Costume Competition including cash prizes to the Scariest, Funniest, Sexiest, Most Original and Best Couple as determined by audience vote and a full ‘no-host’ bar serving beer, wine, cocktails and non-alcoholic beverages. A variety of food will also be available, for purchase, provided by Jimmy’s Watering Hole (vegetarian and gluten-free options will be offered). There are a limited number of reserved seats, at round banquet tables near the stage, with wait staff offering tableside drink service. Additionally, there are a limited number of campsites available at the fairgrounds, hookups not guaranteed however.
No, you will need to purchase tickets individually for both nights.
Each night boasts an unique experience (detailed below) for party-goers, with both nights offering guests an epic dance party, a Grand Costume Competition including cash prizes to the Scariest, Funniest, Sexiest, Most Original and Best Couple as determined by audience vote and a full ‘no-host’ bar serving beer, wine, cocktails and non-alcoholic beverages. A variety of food will also be available, for purchase, provided by Jimmy’s Watering Hole (with vegetarian and gluten-free options will be offered). There are a limited number of reserved seats, at round banquet tables with wait staff offering tableside drink service. Additionally, there are a limited number of campsites available at the fairgrounds, hookups not guaranteed however.
In addition to our Grand Costume Competition, Friday night will include live music performed by Central Coast’s most FUNKY band, Burning James and the Funky Flames. Friday night will also showcase the first ever Extreme Halloween Dessert Art Competition with an array of clever culinary concoctions guests will sample and will vote on for Best Tasting Dessert, Most Creative Creation and Best Table Display.
In addition to our Grand Costume Competition, Saturday night guests will get down at the Devilish Dance Party with D.J. Paul Thompson who will be rockin’ the house with fun Halloween-themed sounds and dance music that will keep the energy pumping all night long!
Yes, this is a costume ball and costumes are mandatory to gain entrance. A T-Shirt that says, “This is my Halloween Costume” does not qualify. The magic of The Halloween Harvest Costume Ball is the originality and effort put on display by everyone involved, from our dedicated crew to the performers to each and every one who attend this event. Some patrons make their costumes themselves, some have them made, and others mix and match elements to craft something unique; creativity is the key. If you arrive without wearing a costume YOU WILL BE REFUSED ENTRY. NO EXCEPTIONS MADE.
Yes, photo id will be required at the gate to verify your ticket purchase and age.
Unfortunately, no. There will however be a designated area just outside the front gate for smoking. Smoking is strictly prohibited anwhere on the fairgrounds. Also coat check service will be provided near the door and Lost and Found will be located at the coat check desk.
Yes! We will have a full ‘no-host’ bar offering beer, wine, cocktails and non-alcoholic beverages for sale. A variety of food will also be available, for purchase, provided by Jimmy’s Watering Hole (vegetarian and gluten-free options will be available).
This list may change over time. Be sure to check back right before the event to insure you are aware of what can be brought inside the venue.
- Small Bags, Single Compartment Backpacks, Fanny Packs, and Purses (Max. 12’’ x 12’’)
- Cell Phones
- Packs of Cigarettes
- Empty plastic containers for water fill up
This list may change over time. Be sure to check back right before the event to insure you are aware of what cannot be brought inside the venue.
- Outside food or beverage
- Alcohol , drugs, or drug paraphernalia
- Glass bottles or metal cans
- Blankets, chairs, flags
- Fireworks, explosives, laser pointers, slingshots, flashlights
- Fire extinguishers
- Spray paint
- Stickers, flyers, posters
- Pets (with the exception of service animals)
- Squirt bottles, soap bubbles, noise making devices (ie. horns, cowbells, whistles)
- Frisbees, skateboards, skates
- Gang attire
- Oversized purses/backpacks
- Any other item deemed inappropriate by management
Final decisions on prop weapons and armor will always be at the discretion of Central Coast LIVE! Staff and/or Event Security. Please keep this in mind as you’re creating your fabulous costumes!
These items are, under no circumstances, allowed into the Paso Robles Event Center.
- Glass props
- Stone props
- Brass knuckles
- Real, replica, or simulated explosives, ammunition, chemical weapons of any kind, including but not limited to:
- Simulated bomb vests
- Cartoon bombs
- Hand grenades
- Claymore Mines
- Pepper Spray
- Powder caps
- Metal swords and other sharp-edged weapons
Please note: Swords, axes, Wolverine Claws, etc may be permitted as long as they are made out of lightweight materials [Plastic, Thermoplastic (Worbla), Urethane Resin, Cardboard, Foam, Foam Rubber, or other lightweight material] with NO sharp edges.
Excessively noisy props including but not limited to:
- Lightsabers and wands
- Bows that are completely inoperable; un-strung is best, but loosely strung is okay too.
- Non-removable arrows in a quiver AND/OR arrows with no tip.
- Foam, plastic, fiberglass, resin or metal shields with no sharp edges
Please note: Metal shields are allowed, but may slow down the screening process at security.
- Lightweight bats made of plastic or foam and incapable of harming others. No real barbed wire or nails, please!
- Armor made of plastic, fiberglass, resin, or metal.
- Any other props & armor made of Plastic, Thermoplastic (Worbla), Urethane Resin, Cardboard, Foam, Foam Rubber, or other lightweight material.
There will be a reservation table near the front entrance. Sign in at the table and our staff will take a photograph of you in your costume. There are five categories including Scariest, Funniest, Sexiest, Most Original and Best Couple.
Five judges [one per each category] will peruse the photos and select their top five contestants. During the evening, each judge will locate and notify the top five contestants in their respective category that they’ve been chosen to compete on stage. If you enter the competition, you must be available to come on stage for judging when your name is called. Once on stage, the final winners of each category will be selected by costume ball attendees. The noise from applause and cheers of the audience will be measured in decibels by a digital “Applause-O-Meter” that will be displayed in real time on stage.
Can I Compete in the Grand Costume Competition Both Nights and Can I Compete with the Same Costume Both Nights?
Yes! Anyone can compete both Friday and Saturday nights and you can compete with the same costume or compete in two distinct costumes each night. Contestants can also enter multiple categories. As an example, an attendee may compete in the “Scariest” category and then also compete in “Most Original” or “Best Couple” categories. This goes for both nights as well. All this is contingent on the judges staffing the sign in table agreeing that a costume fits into particular categories.
Simply go to our ticketing page HERE and purchase a campsite reservation.
NOTE: Limited campsites available for purchase. Hookups not guaranteed and are on a first-come, first-served basis. It’s required that you arrive between 3 pm to 7 pm. Arrivals after 7 pm will not receive accommodations. NO REFUNDS. ALL SALES FINAL.
Reserved Seating tickets get you in the door with food and drink available inside for purchase. Seating will be available throughout the venue but with Reserved Seating Ticket, you will enjoy reserved seating at round banquet tables near the stage and dance floor with wait staff offering tableside drink service. Reserved seating is $50 per person and can be purchased HERE.