90+ Southern California Halloween Events 2020
Just when you thought 2020 couldn’t get any scarier… Halloween is happening! Check out all of the fun and creative events including Halloween-themed classes, public displays, walkthrough and drive-thru events, pumpkin patches, trunk-or-treats, and lots more. This is an ongoing list that will get updated regularly, so check back often! Or visit our Kidsguide Calendar for all events happening in October.
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OCTOBER 17: Kids, wear your messy clothes for this one! Dissect and observe a cornucopia of squash, create natural stamps for a unique work of art, and choose a pumpkin to paint.
OCTOBER 30-31: Join Kidcreate Studio for fun Halloween events including Date Night (October 30), Glow-in-the-Dark Halloween Scene (October 30-31), and Boo Bash (October 30-31).
Adult n Me Classes (October 10-31)
Adult n Me classes at Lil’ Chef School is for chefs (ages 3-5) that still need an adult by their side. This is a hands-on cooking class that allows the adult to assist their little on in measuring ingredients. Each adult has the choice to cook alongside their child or just assist, depending on their age and capabilities. Classes are $35 each, or 4-week session is $99 per child.
Baking Workshop: Ghostly Cakes (October 24)
Lil’ Chefs (ages 5 and up) will learn how to measure ingredients and follow a recipe. Each chef will create and decorate their own 2-layer cake to take home. Ghost Cake will include homemade chocolate cake, ghost meringues, buttercream frosting, and dripping ganache. Cost: $49.
Parents Night Out (October 30)
This workshop is great for parents to go out while the kids have a fun-filled evening with Lil’ Chef School! Kids will be making spooky sugary treats with mummy dogs and squiggly pasta for brains with bloody marinara sauce. Costumes encouraged and bring a bag of nut-free candy for trick-or-treating time. Cost: $50 per child, $30 for additional siblings.
OCTOBER 31: Sign your kiddos up to make a scare with their ghouliest, spookiest, most hauntingly delicious sweet treats! They will be baking & decorating cupcakes, cookies and demented gingerbread people.
SEPTEMBER 19 – OCTOBER 31: This year, Tanaka Farms is offering two pumpkin experiences. Drive through the farm or take a wagon ride to pick your own pumpkin!
OCTOBER 1-31: Pick the perfect pumpkin, go on a train or hay ride, play at the game booths, and smile for photo opps!
SEPTEMBER 26 – NOVEMBER 1: Come out to enjoy Fall at the farm! Pick out the perfect pumpkin, enjoy making family memories, and capture the moment with plenty of well-spaced out photo opps.
OCTOBER 2-31: Join the fun at Tina’s Pumpkin Patch. Enjoy pony rides, petting zoo, train rides, and a free straw maze.
OCTOBER 3-31: Mr. Jack O’ Lanterns Pumpkin Patch offers premium pumpkins, corn, games, activities, pumpkin decorating kits, pumpkin carving kits, and attractions.
OCTOBER 3-4, 9-11, 16-18, 23-25, and 30: Visit El Dorado Frontier for their outdoor Pumpkin Market in the park! Family package include a family photo, two pumpkins, and panning for treasure.
OCTOBER 3-4, 8-31: Activities this year include train rides, petting zoo, free mini straw maze, sand art, and some carnival games.
WEEKENDS, OCTOBER 10 – NOVEMBER 1: Visit Skypark at Santa’s Village for Pumpkins in the Pines. Enjoy the pumpkin patch, puppet show, The Wacko Show, pumpkin painting, trick or treating, and the spooky Fantom Forest.
OCTOBER 1-31: Explore the gardens and enjoy a pumpkin house and children’s hay maze, pumpkin arch and scarecrows, and pumpkin mandalas.
OCTOBER 1-31: While engaging in a safe, self-guided tour of their creepier collections, guests are invited to learn about trees that strangle other plants, the ingredients in common witches potions, flowers that are pollinated by bats, and other fun, eerie plants while winding their way through the garden.
WEEKENDS, OCTOBER 2-31: Dead Last Drive-In is a brief (10-20 minutes) immersive, drive-in themed haunt.
OCTOBER 12-30: Stop by to see more than a dozen unique and exciting scarecrows handmade by local Mission Viejo businesses and organizations. The public will be able to vote for their favorite scarecrows.
OCTOBER 16-17: Take photos in front of the boo-tiful Halloween themed Amphitheater. There will be five spook-tacular scenes available for photos.
OCTOBER 25 – NOVEMBER 29: Walk through an open-air pavilion and marvel at these shy and fragile creatures. The spiders are out in the open, but they rarely leave their magnificent webs.
OCTOBER 24-25 & 30-1: This attraction is a 10-minute multi-screen video presentation synced to lighting effects, props, special effects, and live actors.
SEPTEMBER 25 – NOVEMBER 1: This all-new experience takes the best parts of a drive-thru experience and a drive-in experience, and twists them together while also adding a live performance element.
OCTOBER 1-31: At the Drive-Thru Scream Zone, the only roadside assistance coming to your aid is a triple threat of zombies, serial killers, and killer clowns.
WEDNESDAYS – SUNDAYS, OCTOBER 1 – NOVEMBER 1 Guests will be entertained by live performances throughout their drive, plus experience four interactive show zones with an immersive show of lights, sound, special effects and monsters that will come alive.
THURSDAYS – SUNDAYS, OCTOBER 1-31: Come face-to-face with the creepiest sights and scariest creatures. This petrifying adventure is certain to give you chills and thrills.
THURSDAY – SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16-31: Guests will follow actors through various locations as they try to escape the flesh-eating zombies that lurk everywhere. You will get stage blood on you so don’t wear anything you don’t want stained. It’s a 1/3 mile excursion with some quick paced movement and narrow passages.
OCTOBER 22-23, 27-31 and NOVEMBER 5-6: See if you can escape from the Funhouse, journey through the Zombie Infested Graveyard, enter the Insane Asylum, find your way out of the Haunted Woods, and navigate the Ghostly Maze. Created by experienced theme park designers and artists.
OCTOBER 26 – NOVEMBER 29: Choose from the terrifying ‘Fright Farm’ or the family-friendly ‘Not So Spooky Farm.’ This all-new, immersive experience is COVID-safe and enjoyed from your vehicle.
WEEKENDS, SEPTEMBER 19 – OCTOBER 25: Sawdust Art Festival’s Outdoor Marketplace will offer a safe and intimate environment where guests can shop and enjoy outdoor dining and live music.
THROUGH OCTOBER 15: Venture underwater as you search through caves and discover treasures, surprises and frights to decorate your home for Halloween.
OCTOBER 1-4: Shop thousands of handcrafted items, Halloween decorations, costumes, antiques, collectibles, treats, and more from over 150 vendors.
OCTOBER 3 & 10: Come out and support your favorite spooky vendors at this pop-up, in-person shopping experience.
OCTOBER 24: Shop from local makers, enjoy live music, good food, trick-or-treat stations, Halloween backdrops, and a special visit from Jack and Sally!
OCTOBER 30 – NOVEMBER 1: Walk through this mystical metaphysical shoppe to enjoy Cortez’ carnival games, prizes, trick-or-treat stations, familiars (animals), and more.
OCTOBER 31 & NOVEMBER 1: Enjoy a market full of pins, patches, art, toys, vintage fashion, collectibles, food, music and more. There will also be giveaways, costume contest, and trick-or-treating (all vendors and retail shops will have candy).
THURSDAYS, OCTOBER 1-29: Families can reserve their own socially-distanced table to dine and watch the movie on a 20′ screen outside. Enjoy trivia, table activities for kids, and giveaways. Costumes encouraged.
THURSDAYS – SUNDAYS, OCTOBER 1 – NOVEMBER 1: Enjoy a “Spooky Series” and “Dark Series” of Halloween movies all month long with the Los Angeles Arts Society.
OCTOBER 2, 9, and 16: Celebrate Halloween with the City of Norwalk all month long! The Addams Family (10/2), Hocus Pocus (10/9), The Nightmare Before Christmas (10/16), and Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (10/23).
OCTOBER 5-12: Enjoy world premieres of Disney+ Originals, special anniversary screenings, and some of the most beloved entertainment in the world.
THURSDAYS – FRIDAYS, OCTOBER 8 – NOVEMBER 1: Enjoy family-friendly Halloween films on Southern California’s largest, outdoor inflatable screen and professional grade FM transmitter.
THURSDAYS – FRIDAYS, OCTOBER 8 – NOVEMBER 1: Enjoy Halloween films on Southern California’s largest, outdoor inflatable screen and professional grade FM transmitter.
OCTOBER 10, 29, and 31: Guests can enjoy special Halloween movies in a throwback retro setting, along with food and concessions. Ghostbusters (10/10), A Nightmare on Elm Street (10/29), and The Nightmare Before Christmas (10/31).
OCTOBER 16 – DECEMBER 18: Twice a month, enjoy a variety of drive-up movies and food truck meet ups. The Sandlot (10/16), Hocus Pocus (10/30), Aladdin (11/6), Free Birds (11/20), The Grinch (12/4), and Elf (12/18).
OCTOBER 17-18: Enjoy a drive-in movie event featuring The Nightmare Before Christmas at Craig Regional Park. Tickets are $10 per vehicle. Moviegoers are welcome to bring food and drinks.
OCTOBER 22-23: Grab your black cat and favorite spell book to enjoy a drive-in screening of 1993 Disney classic Hocus Pocus and enjoy cuisine from the Mess Hall Market.
OCTOBER 23: Come and enjoy a family-friendly movie, food and spirits, and a night under the spooky sky. Beer, wine, candy, and tacos will be available for purchase.
OCTOBER 23-25: OC Parks will host a drive-in movie at Mile Square Regional Park featuring “Hocus Pocus.” Tickets must be purchased online in advance. Tickets available October 13.
OCTOBER 29 – NOVEMBER 1: Gather the brood for ghoulishly fun-yet-safe night as the Zoo’s parking lot transforms into a creepy-cool classic drive-in theater, offering boo-tiful photo ops, treat bags with candy and fun swag. Movies: Clue (10/29), Goosebumps (10/30), The Addams Family (10/31), and Poltergeist (11/1).
OCTOBER 30: Enjoy an outdoor screening of Labyinth under the stars before Halloween. Costumes encouraged!
OCTOBER 24: Come dressed in family-friendly costumes, enjoy Trunk-or-Treating with Dana Point Sheriffs, walk through the Halloween area with entertainment, and enjoy a screening of The Nightmare Before Christmas on the grass. Free popcorn and candy for each child attending the movie.
OCTOBER 24: Visit Pine Street between Katella Ave. and Florista St. for a community drive-thru trunk-or-treat event. Reservations required.
OCTOBER 29: Come dressed in your Halloween costume as you trick-or-treat through the city. Visit all the stops on the map to collect a variety of Halloween goodies and treats.
OCTOBER 30: Attendees can drive through the line of Tricks and Treats, for easy treats in trunks. Enjoy decorated tents, see live, local artist activations, and cultural music performances.
OCTOBER 30: Come out for a night of food, candy, scavenger hunt, costume contest, and trunk or treating. Food will be served from 5-6 pm and festivities to follow.
OCTOBER 31: Join Saddleback Church for a safe, family-friendly, drive thru only trunk-or-treat experience.
OCTOBER 31: Enjoy decorated cars, candy, prizes, and games with The Performer’s Academy.
OCTOBER 31: Visit the Marine Mammal SCARE Center to enjoy trick-or-treating, costume contest, and a pumpkin carving contest. The most exciting part will be seeing recovering seal and sea lion patients!
OCTOBER 31: Come on by in your vehicle for some tricks and treats! This is a family event with Halloween displays that range from Halloween fun themes to some spooky themes. Goody bags for children!
OCTOBER 31: See cool decorated trunks, enjoy candy, games and treats all from the safety of your car.
OCTOBER 31: Drive the entire family through Downey’s candy crawl and enjoy Halloween treats at each pop up location along the route!
OCTOBER 1 – NOVEMBER 1: Expect to see some larger than life pumpkin installations as well as detailed artist depictions of your favorite movie stars, superheroes, and animated characters.
OCTOBER 1-31: Throughout the whole month, enjoy virtual activities including Halloween art, musical acts, contests, crafts and more. Then on October 24, experience the annual Halloween parade as a drive-thru event in Downtown Anaheim. More details to come.
OCTOBER 1-31: Children will receive a Discovery Booklet, learn and touch spooky creeps of the deep including slimy seaweed, small sharks, and creepy, crawly critters like Sea Spiders, and explore the Haunted Kelp Maze.
FRIDAYS – SUNDAYS, OCTOBER 2-31: Go for a game of mini Ghost Golf, spot the Lady in White lurking, play arcade and carnEVIL games, and enter the open-air haunted Trail of Terror.
OCTOBER 2 – DECEMBER 13: Escape Los Al hosted by the City of Los Alamitos provides an interactive puzzle experience for small groups. You’ll have 60 minutes in a room to work together as a team and help solve the mystery.
FRIDAYS – SUNDAYS, OCTOBER 2 – NOVEMBER 1: SeaWorld Spooktacular will feature a pumpkin scavenger hunt, a candy trail that will lead to a safe and fun trick-or-treating experience, cookie decorating with some furry friends and a Sesame Street Dance Party.
FRIDAYS – SUNDAYS, SEPTEMBER 25 – NOVEMBER 1: Experience one-of-a-kind themed food and treats, a cornucopia of Harvest and Halloween décor, exclusive event merchandise, a fully-themed Camp Snoopy Trick-or-Treat Trail for Junior guests, and so much more.
OCTOBER 2-5: Drive-thru the worlds of “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas”, “Hocus Pocus”, “Ghostbusters” and other spooktacular surprises filled with games, performances, and prizes!
FRIDAY-SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2-31: Visit LEGOLAND for a Halloween-themed outdoor retail and dining experience. Enjoy festive LEGO décor, distanced character meet-n-greets, and individual family activities.
SUNDAYS, SEPTEMBER 27 – NOVEMBER 1: Get dressed up and see all of the Halloween-themed decorations around The Gentle Barn.
OCTOBER 8, 15, and 18: Enjoy spooky Halloween cupcake decorating, spooktacular haunted house decorating, and spooky hairstyling for their dolls.
FRIDAYS – SUNDAYS, OCTOBER 9-25: 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. Activities and entertainment include Bubble Dance Party, Python Path, Dr. Zoolitte’s Mask-erade, Acro-Catz and Acro-Batz, and more!
OCTOBER 9-31: A massive, all-ages, friendly drive-thru experience. Keep the fun traditions and excitement of Halloween alive in a safe, engaging, interactive, and immersive format.
OCTOBER 9, 16, 23, and 30: FrightVision is hosting a free, family-friendly, virtual Halloween. Activities include Sketch Night, Science Laboratory, Game Night, Tales Around the Fire, and more!
WEEKENDS, OCTOBER 10-31: Take a 2-1/2 hour scenic train ride to visit two locations options! First stop will be at Prancers Pumpkin Patch. Second stop will be at the Loose Caboose. Buy tickets on their website.
THURSDAYS – SATURDAYS, OCTOBER 15-31: Get a world class car wash and experience a haunted tunnel! The Tunnel of Terror is a carefully, curated experience, with ghouls and ghosts popping up throughout the wash, and special effects for a truly terrifying ambiance.
OCTOBER 18 – NOVEMBER 1: This year, the Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) celebrates their traditional Day of the Dead exhibition and festival online! Participate in bilingual workshops, demonstrations, and conversations with artists and special guests. Enjoy a live streaming of altar creation, learn to make your own milagro, calavera puppets, paint sugar skulls, make hot chocolate and pan de muerto, and lots more!
OCTOBER 19-31: Newport Beach Public Library is brewing up a lot of at-home Halloween fun with Grab-and-Go crafts and activities, virtual costume parade, and a chance to win a raffle prize.
OCTOBER 23-29: Dress up in your costume and bring a decorated pumpkin to turn the City Hall front lawn into a pumpkin patch. Escape the maze, grab a take-home craft, and take a spooktacular family picture in the photobooth.
OCTOBER 23-24: Grab an adventurous partner, or the whole family, and enjoy an eerie garden walk to discover what plants do after dark. Toxic specimens, man-eating plants, and the Forbidden Jungle await!
OCTOBER 24-25, 31, and NOVEMBER 1: Have some Halloween fun with a few spooky and not-so-spooky animals at Wild Wonders! Nocturnal animals will be out and active, and they’ll provide flashlights so you can get around safely. See if you can spot the Ghost of the Amazon!
Besides the amazing ambassadors, they will have a few candy stations and some apple cider to make it a fun Fall evening. Be sure to wear your favorite costume!
Tours are limited to 12 people to allow for social distancing, so don’t wait to reserve your spot.
OCTOBER 23-25, 30-1: Visit the Mad Scientist Lab to make ghost bubbles and fizzing eyeballs, travel to the Candy Lab to perform experiments, and learn sailor myths, legends, and superstitions. Tickets includes all activities and access to all labs and touch tanks. Meet and greet with fintastic mermaid too (Evening Adventure only!).
OCTOBER 23-25: Enjoy special Halloween programs, including the annual children’s costume contest, creepy coloring contest, magic shows, underwater pumpkin carving, storytelling, crafts, and meet eerie animals.
OCTOBER 24: The Ghostbusters will be in the neighborhood at Pretend City for some spooktacular activities.
OCTOBER 24: Drive through a maze of unique Halloween-themed displays. Each family will receive a pumpkin and a treat bag for each child. Pre-registration required.
OCTOBER 24: Enjoy a drive-thru fall festival at Murdy Park. They’ll be handing out pumpkins from their pumpkin patch, decorating kits, candy, and more. Decorate your car for a chance to win a fun family prize.
OCTOBER 24-25: Learn about Victorian death practices and superstitions, enjoy prizes, music, and spooktacular displays.
OCTOBER 24: Montebello Plymouth Congregational Church invites you to a socially distanced, outdoor event complete with candy and a haunted path.
OCTOBER 26 – NOVEMBER 29: Choose from the terrifying ‘Fright Farm’ or the family-friendly ‘Not So Spooky Farm.’ This all-new, immersive experience is COVID-safe and enjoyed from your vehicle.
OCTOBER 27: Meet your favorite Movie Cars, eat from your favorite Food Trucks, and enjoy a Halloween Trunk-or-Treat event! Confirmed movie vehicles include Ghostbusters, Jurassic Park, Herbie, Lightning McQueen, Pizza Planet Truck, KITT from Knight Rider, and more.
OCTOBER 28-31: Follow a fun Halloween trail through the zoo during extended admission hours. Discover “merry, not scary” decorations along the way. Families are encouraged to wear costumes and there will be goody bags for reach child on the way out.
OCTOBER 30: Bring your little goblins out for a drive-thru trick-or-treat experience brought to you by the Buena Park Police and Community Services Department.
OCTOBER 30: Join the City of Cypress for a drive through their very own Halloween Town! Have a frightfully good time looking at Halloween décor and take home Halloween-in-a-Bag filled with crafts, candy, and more while supplies last. Costumes encouraged!
Join Palos Verdes Horse Rentals for a unique and memorable night ride experience. Lit only by the light of the Moon, experience the trails like never before. This trail ride includes a breathtaking city lights view of Los Angeles and Long Beach. Minimum age for this ride is 8 years old.
OCTOBER 31: Enjoy safe family fun at the Automobile Driving Museum with a costume contest for the kids, and dress up your vehicle for the Trunk-or-Treat contest.
OCTOBER 31: Browse and shop for pop culture items, collectibles, toys, games, comics, art and more. Costumes are encouraged and candy will be provided for kids.
OCTOBER 31 & NOVEMBER 1: Kids in costume can play Zoo Bingo, enjoy the fun zone, and get a bag o’ treats. There will also be animal shows, a parade, face painting, games, and decorations.
OCTOBER 31: Creative Parties for Kids is branching out and opening a store in Orange Mall called Play & Parties. Their grand opening event will feature a special Halloween magic show, character photo opps, and trick-or-treat gift bags. Costumes encouraged.
OCTOBER 31: Hear about the haunted history of Downtown Los Angeles with select stops for trick-or-treating along the way. Fun for the whole family, costumes encouraged!
OCTOBER 31: Visit the Children’s Nature Retreat for vendors, food trucks, crafts, artists, and candy hunt! Advanced reservations required.
OCTOBER 31: Meet your favorite princesses and villains! Enjoy a meet and greet, photo opportunity, and every child will receive one-of-a-kind treats. Costumes encouraged!
This post was written by Kidsguide