First leased by Paramount Pictures in 1923, Paramount Ranch has been the filming location for generations of movie productions, from "The Last Outlaw" (1927), “Island of Lost Souls” (1932) and "The Adventures of Marco Polo" (1938) to "Gunfight at the O.K. Corral" (1957), "Spinout" (1966), "Reds" (1981), “Van Helsing” (2004) and "The Lake House" (2006). The Western Town built in the 1950s has appeared in numerous TV shows, from "The Cisco Kid," "Gunsmoke" and "The Rifleman" to more recent series like HBO’s "Westworld," "The X-Files," "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman" and "The Mentalist."
Today, Paramount Ranch is managed by the National Park Service, which will host a special Halloween event, Scare-amount Ranch on Saturday, Oct. 27. Taking place from 6-9:30 p.m., the family-friendly event will combine elements of film history and nature. Kids activities will include making fake movie blood and nocturnal-animal-themed crafts. Groups can choose from two self-guided hikes into the backlot woods - one will be family-friendly, the other for those looking for a little scare. Other activities include a screening of the 1940 classic Dr. Cyclops, which was filmed at Paramount Ranch; selfies in the jailhouse, costume contest, face painting, a spider zoo, and ranger stations throughout the grounds. Admission and parking for Scare-amount Ranch are free. Flashlights and a jacket are recommended.