Halloween barnyard brunch

Illustration by Maria Ratinova

Be honest, what sounds like it’ll feed your soul more: Pigging out on pumpkin-shaped candy corn that is made from bugs (shellac), gelatin (boiled animal bones and tissue) and potentially toxic food dye (Red No. 3), or watching real live pigs chomp on real pumpkins? The latter, the obviously less-scary option, is Oink-a-Ween, and it’s happening at the farm-animal sanctuary Animal Place at 17314 McCourtney Road in Grass Valley on Saturday, October 28. The human attendees are encouraged to bring a pumpkin for the pigs and wear a costume, and they’ll receive a trick-or-treating session. They’ll also get to make and feed treats to the sanctuary’s bunnies and chickens. The event is $5 (tickets at www.animalplace.org) and is from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., so it’s basically barnyard brunch. This may sound like a kid-centric event, but being outdoors and connecting with animals is healing, so just put on your sexy poop-emoji costume and medicate yourself by watching animals brunch.