Tortoise Tales
Halloween Edition




Friday, October 25, 7:00 p.m. SHARP!        

  Community Center Soccer Field, FREE


Bring a flashlight and a container for all of your goodies 

Howl-oween Costume 
Pet Parade
Pug in Costume

Saturday, October 26, 11 a.m.  

 Community Center Courtyard, FREE


 Bring your pet and join in the fun!  Prizes will be presented for the funniest

 and most original costumes,

and also the best animal/owner look-alike. 



Saturday, October 26, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.   

   Hi-Desert Nature Museum, FREE


Join museum staff for a day of Halloween-themed games and activities.

Dress in costume or come as you are and enjoy our frightfully fun activities.

Face Painting-Scavenger Hunt-Hands-on Crafts!


Kids Halloween Dance 

Saturday, October 26, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.     

Yucca Valley Senior Center, $3 per person


    Dancing, music, FUN! 

Children in grades K-6 are welcome.

If you would like, come dressed in your Halloween costume. 

Refreshments will be provided at no extra cost.




The first Jack O'Lanterns were actually made from turnips.


The owl is a popular Halloween image. In Medieval Europe, owls were thought to be witches, and to hear an owl's call meant someone was about to die.


Trick-or-treating evolved from the ancient Celtic tradition of putting out treats and food to placate spirits who roamed the streets at Samhain, a sacred festival that marked the end of the Celtic calendar year.


Halloween has variously been called All Hallows' Eve, Witches Night, Lambswool, Snap-Apple Night, Samhaim, and Summer's End.


Scottish girls believed they could see images of their future husband if they hung wet sheets in front of the fire on Halloween. Other girls believed they would see their boyfriend's faces if they looked into mirrors while walking downstairs at midnight on Halloween.


In 2010, 72.2% of those surveyed by the National Retail Federation will hand out candy, 46.3% will carve a pumpkin, 20.8% will visit a haunted house, and 11.5% will dress up their pets.


Halloween celebrations in Hong Kong are known as Yue Lan or the "Festival of the Hungry Ghosts" during which fires are lit and food and gifts are offered to placate potentially angry ghosts who might be looking for revenge. 


Mommy, Daddy & Me

Have fun with your little one in a social environment with other parents and participate in age appropriate games and crafts.



Ages:    2 - 5 years

Day:      Mondays          

Time:    10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Cost:     $2 per class,

All craft materials provided

Location:  Community Center





Visit the Museum
The Hi-Desert Nature Museum is located in the Yucca Valley Community Center Complex  
at 57116 Twentynine Palms Highway. 
The museum is open Thursday - Saturday,10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
 Admission is free; donations support the educational mission of the museum.
 The Hi-Desert Nature Museum is operated by the Town of Yucca Valley.
For more information on our programs and events contact the museum at (760) 369-7212  
or visit our website at 
To view a full schedule of Yucca Valley events, sports programs and recreation classes visit the Town's website at