A costume contest open from toddlers to adults will start at 6 p.m. A pumpkin carving contest will begin at 6:30 p.m. Games and food will be available. Admission is free. PALMDALE – The Antelope Valley Mall invites children to trick-or-treat between stores from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 31. The Spooktacular Halloween Bash lets children dress up in costumes and get their fill of goodies in a safe, climate-controlled environment, mall officials said. “This is the perfect opportunity for Antelope Valley Mall businesses to give back to the community, especially the children,” said Diana Fiore, mall marketing director. “We are happy to provide a fun environment for all our little A.V. witches and goblins.” LANCASTER – The Lancaster Elks Lodge will host is annual Halloween party for local youngsters from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31 at the lodge hall, 240 E. Ave. K. The party is free to all Lancaster-area children age 12 and younger with parental supervision. A haunted house including games and prizes will be held inside the lodge building. Hamburgers, hot dogs and punch will be provided free to the children. Goodie bags will be given at the door. The event will be sponsored by Elks volunteers and Emblem Club 76 members. About 250 children attended last year’s party. For more information contact the Lancaster Elks Lodge at (661) 942-1625. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PALMDALE – Halloween parties, haunted houses, a play and trick-or-treating are beginning this week in the Antelope Valley. Here are some local events: A stage comedy about a witch, a werewolf, a mummy and assorted monsters putting on a show to save their Transylvania theater from the tax collector will be performed at the Palmdale Playhouse. “Tricker’s Treat” runs 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the theater, 38334 10th St. E. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The play will be performed by the Palmdale City Players with theater staff in the cast. It was written and directed by David Alan Smith, a professional actor in his fifth year as the theater group’s director. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for senior citizens, military, students and children 12 and under. Students with identification may purchase tickets at half price 30 minutes before the show. Tickets can be purchased by calling the box office at (661) 267-5685. ACTON – A haunted house will be sponsored by the Acton Leo Club from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Sunday and Oct. 31 at the Acton Community Center, on Smith Avenue west of Crown Valley Road. The club has been hosting the haunted house for 12 years. Admission is $5. ACTON – The Acton Leo Club will host its 12th annual Fall Festival from 5 to 9 p.m. Oct. 31 at the Acton Community Center, on Smith Avenue west of Crown Valley Road.