Thrilling Theme Parks & Attractions

Posted Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018

The Ultimate Halloween Family Guide



Halloween Time at Disneyland
Through October 31 | Anaheim
Eerie encounters and fiendish fun await guests at both Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park as favorite experiences are transformed into dreadful delights. With seasonal attraction overlays, Halloween-themed decor and food and beverage offerings, plus encounters with dastardly Disney villains, happy haunts will materialize around every corner. Visit website for times and ticket prices.


Brick or Treat at Legoland
October 6, 13, 20, and 27 | Carlsbad
Brick-or-Treat Party Nights at Legoland California Resort is back with more Halloween excitement. Ghost Cruise adventure, new pop-up badge challenge, new theater show in Castle Hill, costume contests, pumpkin patch building, live music and trick-or-treat stations including two bonus stations inside SEA LIFE Aquarium. Saturday, 5 p.m. Visit the website for pricing.


Zombie Hunter Paintball Train at Fillmore & Western Railway
Select Days, September 29 – October 28 | Fillmore
Take a train ride through the battle grounds of the Zombie Apocalypse! You will be armed with a paintball gun loaded with Zombie flesh-eating toxic paintballs. Help beat back the attacking zombie hordes and return the un-dead to the dead! Help save humanity! Zombies DO NOT shoot back. Everything is provided; extra paintballs will be available for purchase onboard. No one under 18 may ride without an adult. Saturdays, Sundays and select Fridays. 5:30, 7 and 8:30 p.m. Zombie Hunter (ages 10+), $55; Ride Only, $25. Advance tickets required.



Hollywood Horror Nights at Universal Studios
September 14 – November 3 | Hollywood
The movie studio that invented the horror genre brings to life all-new immersive worlds of living, breathing icons from the most twisted imaginations in film and television. Brace yourself for eight spine-chilling mazes designed to bring you nightmares so real you’ll wish you were already dead. And with the terror tram, a high-energy live show and five scare zones, unimaginable horror is awaiting around every dark corner. Select nights, check website for dates. $65+.


Fright Fest at Six Flags Magic Mountain
Fridays – Sundays, September 15 – October 28 | Valencia
Halloween-themed “Fright Fest” runs with low-scare areas for younger kids. Thrills by day and Fright by Night! Fridays – Sundays, see website for times and special ticket pricing.


Knott’s Scary Farm at Knott’s Berry Farm
September 20 – October 31 | Buena Park
Scary Farm (13+) features 14 haunted attractions and over a thousand costumed monsters roaming the park. Select nights, visit website for dates and prices.



SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular
September 22 – October 28 | San Diego
Get in the spooky spirit and catch popular live shows like Clyde & Seamore’s Halloween Bash, join delightful Halloween dance parties and let the little ones trick-or-treat throughout the park (noon – 6 p.m.) in a safe, family-friendly environment. New this year is the Sesame Street Halloween Parade, taking place each Spooktacular evening at 7:15 p.m. Be on the lookout for singing pumpkins in the park after dark. SeaWorld Halloween Spooktacular continues Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 28.


Dark Harbor at the Queen Mary
September 27 – November 2 | Long Beach
Recommended for ages 12+. The Queen Mary promises the most intense season of SoCal’s most authentic haunted attraction, Dark Harbor. Experience six horrifying mazes, a 4D theater experience, hundreds of monsters, immersive attractions, live entertainment, and concession-style grub. Visit website for exact dates and times. Tickets start at $29 online.


Knott’s Spooky Farm at Knott’s Berry Farm
September 29 – October 28 and October 31 | Buena Park
Families with younger kids (3-11): can join in on the ghoulish fun by participating in safe, interactive adventures throughout the park with shows, activities and of course, trick or treating. Weekends and Halloween (Wednesday), visit website for prices.



The Scream Zone at Del Mar Scaregrounds
September 28 – October 31 | Del Mar
Daring kids (10+) can tour three Scream Zone haunts. The House of Horrors features room after room of frightening and surprising visual and visceral experiences in utter darkness! Karnevil includes a weird and surreal trailer park of clowns and a death spiral that leaves visitors disoriented and terrified. The Haunted Hayride takes visitors through a dark ride filled with hallucinations, zombies and other creatures of the night. The parent lounge is free, offering food concessionaires, vendors and adult beverages. Check the web for dates and times. $17+. The Del Mar Scaregrounds.


Los Angeles Haunted Hayride
September 29 – October 31 | Los Angeles
Recommended for ages 12+. Horrifying creatures lurk in Los Angeles Haunted Hayride, an Iconic Hollywood tradition that remains unparalleled and unmatched. Embark on a hayride that ends on foot in the corn maze. Visit the Purgatory, a village that includes interactive shows, Scary-Go-Round, psychic readings and a charming Bootique. Also venture into the House of Shadows and enjoy trick-or-treating in the neighborhoods. Visit website for dates and times. $30.99+. Griffith Park.


Haunted Train Ride at Tom’s Farms
Friday – Sunday during October | Corona
Only $5 per person… bring your whole family for a night of frightening fun, food, and games! The Fun Zone will be open, which includes a Carousel, Jumper, Shooting Gallery and more! 7-10 p.m. Visit website for details.


Celebrate Halloween with Vampirates at Pirate’s Dinner Adventure
October 5-31 | Buena Park
Pirate’s Dinner Adventure transforms into the Halloween Spooktacular, Vampirates! Travel back to the 1800’s where you’ll climb aboard the Evil Captain Sebastian the Black’s ship for an interactive family-friendly evening filled with adventure, romance and a spooky good time. While enjoying a four-course meal, you’ll witness feats of aerial artistry, swordplay, death defying stunts and dynamic duels as Captain Sebastian Black’s dastardly crew of “Vampire Pirates” attempts to defeat the Vampire Hunter. Can the Vampire Hunter overcome the Vampirates before becoming their dinner? It only takes one bite!


Boo at the Los Angeles Zoo
Weekends in October | Los Angeles
The Los Angeles Zoo offers families and Halloween lovers a range of seasonal activities and learning opportunities at Boo at the L.A. Zoo. This event includes a monster menagerie puppet show, fire and ice science show, expert pumpkin carving demonstrations, games, pumpkin patch, face-to-face encounters with rare reptiles and creepy critters, animal feedings, and a bird show. Also, don’t miss trick-or-treating on October 20-21 and 27-28 only! Special “Boo” Creature Camp Out also offered on October 27-28, check website for prices. Saturday and Sunday, check website for hours and prices.


Spooky Science at Discovery Cube OC & LA
October 6-31 | Santa Ana & Los Angeles
Calling all ghouls and goblins! Spend this Halloween season dressed up and ready to explore at Discovery Cube’s Spooky Science exhibit! This year’s Spooky Science will be bringing back the Monster Academy where students will learn science lessons from some of the world’s most famous monsters. Activities will be focusing on creative play, shapes, and colors as part of the Cube’s Early Learning Core Initiative and electricity, chemistry, and optical illusions as part of our STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Proficiency Core Initiative.


Adventure City’s Boo-tastic Halloween Party
October 19 and 26 | Anaheim
Adventure City is hosting a family-friendly Halloween Bash for two Friday nights only! Enjoy 11 exciting rides, walk through their “Trick-or-Treat Street” for free candy and trinkets, enter the all-new Vortex Tunnel for a dizzying delight, ride the Express Train for a fun Halloween scavenger hunt, join them for a spooktacular dance party, and meet their Mad Scientist Magician. Kids can also wear their costume! Friday, 5:30-9:30 p.m. $24.95 per person. Limited tickets available.


Haunted Boot Hill in Irvine
October 12-13, 19-21, and 26-28 | Irvine
Boot Hill rises from the fog for it’s 19th year as Orange County’s most elaborate yard display. The unearthly spirits from the Old West town of Bridgewood will transform the residence at 16 Goldenrod into the old church and cemetery that once occupied this hallowed ground. 7-10 p.m. Free; donations accepted go Children’s Hospital of Orange County. Parking available at Springbook Elementary School until 10 p.m. only.


PumpkinLiners at Fillmore & Western Railway
Weekends, October 13-28 | Fillmore
Witches, ghouls and goblins come out to haunt at the Fillmore & Western Railway’s pumpkin patch. Families can go looking for their own “great pumpkin” on PumpkinLiner excursions. Activities include Jolly Jumps, hayrides, haunted house, vendor booths, carousel, pumpkin maze, food and more. Trains stay at the pumpkin patch for one to one and a half hours before returning to Fillmore. Saturday and Sunday, 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. departures. The train departs from Central Park in downtown Fillmore. Adults, $22; kids (4-12), $15; toddlers (2-3), $10. Pumpkins are priced separately starting at $1 and vary by size.


Ghost Train at LA Live Steamers Railroad Museum
Select Dates, October 13-31 | Los Angeles
Enjoy an 23-minute ride on 1/8 scale trains into an imaginary world of Halloween, with about 30 professionally designed displays. Spooky and safe fun for all ages. Children must be 34″ high to ride. Designed and produced by the LA Live Steamers Railroad Museum, the 10-night event is their annual fundraiser. Tickets are available each night of operation at the Gate and a limited amount of tickets will be available online.


Pumpkin Patch Express at Orange Empire Railway Museum
October 13-14, 20-21 and 27-28 | Perris
Pumpkin Patch Express is “Fall Fun for Families!” Select weekends in October, take a ride to adventure at the Pumpkin Patch – select and decorate your own pumpkin to take home, visit the petting zoo, enjoy Nick & Jan kids’ concert and ventriloquist performing on stage, and Mister Twister the balloon guy. Go on a hayride, jump on a trolley for a ride around campus, take part in kids crafts, the hay maze, visit the coloring station, temporary tattoos and stickers, bounce house, cookies and cider, scavenger hunt, and trick or treating! New this year – the Spooky Caboose. And kids, don’t forget to wear your Halloween costumes for the costume contest! Advanced ticket purchase is recommended to reserve your preferred departure dates and times (some train times do sell out). Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Adults, $25; kids (2-11), $15


Haunted Hayride Dinner & Haunted House Train at Fillmore & Western Railway
October 19 & 26 | Fillmore
Creep onboard a hauntingly vintage train for a spooktacular adventure, with “The Patch” as the destination. Dress in costume or go as a mortal. Dine on BBQ and then catch a ride on a spooktacular hayride and haunted house with lurking creatures. Friday, train departs at 7:15 p.m.; returning approximately at 9:45 p.m. Adults, $65; kids (4-12), $45; child (2-3), $30.


Calico Ghost Haunt at Calico Ghost Town
October 19-21 and 26-28 | Yermo
Head to Calico Ghost Town, an old West mining town founded in 1881, for trick-or-treating, costume contests, pumpkin carving, family circus, stage shows, carnival booths, haunted attractions, wildlife animal shows, and more. Friday, 5-9 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Adults, $15; kids (4-11), $10; under 3, free. Calico Ghost Town.


Boo at the Santa Ana Zoo
October 20-21 and 27-28 | Santa Ana
Boo at the Zoo is one of the safest places for young children to trick-or-treat for Halloween taking home goodies from 10 toys/treats stations. It’s a “Merry not Scary” family fun event, and everyone (young and young at heart) is encouraged to come in costume. The “Boofari” Express Train, Conservation Carousel and Ferris Wheel rides will be entertaining little ghouls and goblins all night long. Saturday – Sunday, 5:30 – 8 p.m. $19.95 per person; kids (3 and under), free.


HalGLOWeen at San Diego Zoo
October 26-28 | San Deigo
The San Diego Zoo will light up with special activities and seasonal fun for the whole family during HalGLOWeen, the Zoo’s annual Halloween celebration. This colorful, glowing extravaganza will provide guests with a multitude of activities and entertainment, including “Boolahoops,” acrobats, Dr. Zoolittle, the Boo Crew, and the DJ Bubble Dance Party featuring bursts of bubbles and black lights. Also, stop by participating restaurants and shops to pick up HalGLOWeen supplies and treats. Kids are encouraged to wear costumes. Friday – Sunday, 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. Adults, $54; child (11 and under), free during the Kids Free program presented by Mission Fed.


Pageant of the Monsters
October 26, 27, 28 and 31 | Laguna Beach
Only returning to the Festival grounds every five years, the Pageant of the Monsters will offer attendees a frightfully fun time with ghoulish tricks and treats! Resurrecting an event from years past, the Pageant’s backstage will transform into a haunted house with an artistic twist. Themed Raiders of the Lost Art, join “Cincinnati Smith” on a treasure “haunt” through the workshop labyrinths and behind-the-scenes catacombs. The Festival of Arts grounds will be filled with halloween-themed art activities, music, and other “spook-tacular” surprises. This event is not recommended for children under 5 years of age.


The Haunted Jail
October 26 | Lakewood
The Lakewood Sheriff’s station will be transformed into The Haunted Jail for one night. Enjoy food, pony rides, a petting zoo, pumpkin painting, face painting, and more. Along with a scary jail for goblins (12 and older), there is a spook-free version for younger children. Friday, 4-10 p.m. Enter the Haunted Jail on foot through the rear gate of the Lakewood Sheriff’s Station from Civic Center Drive. Parking is best on the south end of Civic Center Drive on or near the vacant lot and Angelo M. Iacoboni Library.


Scarium of the Pacific at Aquarium of the Pacific
October 27-28 | Long Beach
Discover the creatures lurking in the depths at the Aquarium of the Pacific’s nineteenth annual Scarium of the Pacific spooktacular, educational Halloween event for the whole family. Enjoy special Halloween programs, including the annual children’s costume contest, creepy coloring contest, magic shows, underwater pumpkin carving, spooky storytelling, kooky crafts, and meet eerie animals in the Great Hall. Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Adults (12+), $29.95; senior (62+), $26.95; kids (3-11), $17.95; and free for children under age 3 and Aquarium members.


Sea Scare 2018 at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
October 27 | San Pedro
Sea Scare is washing ashore with lots of thrills and chills. This event brings back all your favorite attractions like Trick-or-Treat Trail, Seaside Boardwalk, the Sea Scare Party Zone, and Skull Alley. Plus, Aquarium members get a special early entry into the event at 6 p.m. So come in costume and join in on the masquerade of ghosts and goblins, it’s sure to be a frightfully good time for the whole family! Saturday, 7-10 p.m. Admission: adults, $10; kids, $5.


Historical Cemetery Tour
October 28 | Long Beach
The Long Beach Historical Society hosts this tour of the Municipal and Sunnyside Cemeteries, with characters at various graves telling the histories of their occupants. Saturday, performances run 9 a.m. – 2:40 p.m. Adults, $20; kids (5-18), $8; and kids ages 4 and under, $1.


Halloween Zoo-tacular! at OC Zoo
October 27 | Orange
Join the OC Zoo for Halloween fun. Activities for kids (12 and under) include trick-or-treating, spooky kids crafts, a scavenger hunt, and fun games. See the zoo animals receive treat-filled pumpkins throughout the day. The first 100 children in costume receive a free gift! Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. $2 per person; $5 parking.


Halloween Happenings at Mt. SAC Planetarium
October 27 | Walnut
Spooky things are happening in the night sky! Embark on a journey to ghostly nebulas and scary supernovas in the planetarium! Saturday, 6 and 7:30 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Mt. SAC Randall Planetarium.


A Frightfully “Fintastic” Fishy Fest Weekend
October 27-28 | Santa Monica
Get into the spirit of the season at Heal the Bay’s Santa Monica Pier Aquarium with a “fintastic” Halloween and Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration. The Aquarium, beach level at the Santa Monica Pier, has spooky, family-friendly activities planned both days from 12:30 to 5 p.m. Learn illuminating facts about ocean animals in the glow-in-the-dark deep-sea laboratory, take a tour through the marine animal graveyard and create colorful Dia de los Muertos crafts and masks. Face painting and spooky story times are scheduled throughout the weekend as well. Children under 13 are admitted free with an adult; for all others, admission is $5; groups of 10 or more, the entry fee is $3 per person, regardless of age.


Halloween Fair at Golf N’ Stuff
October 27 | Norwalk
Fun for all ages! Free candy bags for kids (12 and under; while supplies last). Free balloon art, face painting and karaoke, 2-6 p.m. Carved Pumpkin Contest (bring in your carved pumpkin to win prizes), 3 p.m. Costume contest (kids 12 and under), 4 p.m. Costume contest (all ages), 5:30 p.m. Additional activities and food prices vary. Halloween Fair, Saturday, 2-6 p.m. Golf N’ Stuff Park hours, 10 a.m. – midnight.


Halloween Mourning Tours at Heritage Square
October 27-28 | Los Angeles
Learn all about death and mourning etiquette during the Victorian era, the movement of Spiritualism, and how other cultures celebrate and remember their loved ones. The program is more family friendly on Sunday (only), as children ages 2 to 12 may come play period games, make 19th century-inspired harvest crafts, and trick or treat at each of the museum’s buildings. Saturday-Sunday, noon – 4 p.m. Adults $20, kids (6-12) $8. Heritage Square Museum.


Haunted Atlantis Halloween Dance Party at Aquarium of the Pacific
October 28 | Long Beach
Celebrate Halloween with a DJ dance party for kids under 18 and their families. The Aquarium will transform into a dance club for kids and their parents to celebrate Halloween with Haunted Atlantis, presented in partnership with Kids Dance Society. Dance alongside hula hoopers and Circuit Breaker the dancing robot. Snap a photo in the photo booth and add to your look with face painting and glitter tattoos. Glow items and LED flashing accessories will be available for purchase. Family friendly costumes welcome. Parents can sit back and enjoy drinks and snacks in the Great Hall. The entire Aquarium will be open during this event, except Lorikeet Forest. Sunday, 6:30-9:00 p.m. Cost: $25 per person; $23 per Aquarium member; and under 3 is free.


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