It's a good weekend for a scare

Halloween's not until next week, but you can find all sorts of ways to get into the mood today in the Rogue Valley.

Pumpkin-picking farms offer harvest fairs all weekend, haunted houses are open, a horror film festival is set and Halloween dances are on tap around the area.

Complete times, locations, costs and other details are available at www.mailtribune.com/octoberevents, but here are a few specifics:

€¢ Jacksonville's annual Halloween parade is at noon today. The procession starts at Doc Griffin Park and winds through downtown, then kids can collect treats at participating Jacksonville businesses from 1 to 3 p.m. Details: 899-8118.

€¢ Get your fill of gross and scary at the Killer Valley Horror Film Festival in Medford. It's from 6 to 10 p.m. at Land Mine Productions, 327 S. First St., and tickets (adults only) go for $10, or $6 if you come in costume. Films by Ashland, Medford and Eugene will be featured. To get a taste of what's in story, see samples of last year's films at http://killervalleyhorrorfilmfestival.com.

€¢ The 17th annual Puss 'N Boots Ball, a benefit for Friends of the Animal Shelter, takes place at 6 p.m. at the Historic Ashland Armory, 208 Oak St., Ashland. A buffet, silent auction, dancing and costume prizes are planned. Tickets are $35 per person or $315 for a table of 10. Details: 821-8291.

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