Southern California Halloween Guide 2022
A spooktacular Halloween is creeping up, and we’ve got the ultimate list of Halloween events for kids in Southern California! From pumpkin patches to haunted mazes to trick-or-treating, this year’s Halloween is better than ever!
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Pumpkin Palooza Festival
Discovery Cube OC | Oct 6-31
Visit Orange County’s first-ever Pumpkin Palooza Festival at Discovery Cube. Dress the kids in their favorite costumes, join Pumpkinology 101 activities, and dance to Halloween-themed music at the fun Pumpkin Palooza Dance Party.
The festival and dance party is a separate ticket in addition to your general admission ticket. Ticket includes dance party, giant pumpkin octopus, illuminated carved pumpkins and pumpkin sculptures, all-new bumper car rides, inflatable corn and hale bay mazes, pumpkin science demonstrations, pumpkin launching, and more!
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All Things Wicked & Wonderful
South Coast Botanic Garden | Oct 1-31
From looking into the skeleton pasts of Diabolical and Misunderstood Plantings in the Garden Graveyard to hundreds of creepy crawlers taking over our first-ever Spider Pavilion, there’s something for everyone, and every scare level. Head off on a Halloween Hunt that may just have you believing in sorcery as you search throughout 87 acres for one wicked witch, or bring your four-legged friend to the Howl-o-ween Costume Contest on October 30.
All Things Wicked & Wonderful will be sprinkled throughout the Garden and into our regular happenings as well, including classes. This may not be your traditional Halloween outing, but it will be both wicked and wonderful… what more could you ask for?
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow at Riley’s Farm
Oak Glen | Sep 23 – Oct 29
It’s a fun night of apple-bobbing, pie-eating contests, dancing, country music, and great food! Enjoy homemade appetizers, hop on the hayride and take a trip in the countryside, participate in a variety of classic country contests, and be on the lookout for the Headless Horseman.
Halloween Carnival at Anaheim GardenWalk
Anaheim | Fridays – Sundays, Sep 30 – Oct 20
Enjoy a pumpkin patch, explore a carnival full of spooky fun for all ages, and venture through a vendor market. The event will also have spooky photo ops and family-friendly entertainment. Admission is free, but RSVPs are required.
Wildlife Learning Center’s Creeptacular
Sylmar | Oct 8, 15, and 29-30
Encounter creatures of night and venture into the Reptile Cave. Celebrate with treat bags for every child, Halloween decorations, and creepy crawlies.
90s Monster Mash at Pigeon’s Roller Rink
Long Beach | Friday, Oct 14
Visit Pigeon’s Roller Rink at 2ND & PCH for their first-ever, all-ages 90s Monster Mash. Skate to 90s hits all night and dress up like a character from your favorite 90s Halloween movie and be entered to win tickets to other Halloween-themed nights
Trunk-or-Treat at Santiago Canyon College
Orange | Friday, Oct 14
Join Living Mi Vida Loca for a free family event with vendors, food trucks, and activities. Bring your trick-or-treat bags and costumes encouraged. Free.
Fall-O-Ween at Heritage Hill Historical Park
Lake Forest | Fridays – Sundays, Oct 14-23
Tour the decorated historical grounds during special park hours and take your picture at a variety of all and Halloween-themed photo ops. Enjoy a straw maze and complete a scavenger hunt. Costumes encouraged and pets welcome. Free.
Norwalk | Saturday, Oct 15
See floats, performers, bands, and entertainers, plus a costume contest. Parade begins at the corner of Norwalk Blvd. & Mapledale St. and concludes at Hermosillo Park. Free.
Irvine | Saturday, Oct 15
Dress in your spooky best and celebrate Halloween at the pool. Trick-or-treat around the pool decks and enjoy a floating pumpkin patch, decorating station, recreational swimming, and bounce houses. Registration required.
Costa Mesa | Saturday, Oct 15
See scarecrows displayed on the lawn, enjoy a kids costume contest, face painting, trick-or-treat stations, pumpkin decorating, music, food trucks, and more.
Fall Faire at Environmental Nature Center
Newport Beach | Sunday, Oct 16
The Environmental Nature Center will be hosting its annual Fall Faire, featuring crafts, games, pony rides, a petting zoo, entertainment, a pumpkin patch, and food from local OC restaurants.
Cemetery Lane at Heritage Square Museum
Los Angeles | Select Dates, Oct 19-30
Explore a neighborhood of Victorian manors and haunted houses where the neighbors are dying to celebrate Halloween. Cemetery Lane features 13 themed trick-r-treat stops and other surprises for kids of all ages.
Trick-or-Treat at Fairhaven Memorial Park
Santa Ana | Thursday, Oct 20
Join Jack Skellington on a trick-or-treat journey through Fairhaven’s Magical Doorways. Walk the half-mile route through all the holidays with displays and treats for Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, Independence Day, Halloween, Dia de los Muertos, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Costumes encouraged. Free mini pumpkin for the first 200 families. Free.
Fairbrook Manor Home Haunt
Long Beach | Oct 21-23 & 28-31
Pack up your family and friends and visit Fairbrook Manor for spooky photo ops, laughs, and screams. Little Goblin Day (no scares) takes place on October 30th from 1-4pm. This home haunt in Long Beach welcomed 1,800 guests last year. Entry is free, canned food and monetary donations appreciated to benefit Long Beach Rescue Mission.
Ghost Haunt at Calico Ghost Town
Yermo | Oct 21-23 & 28-30
Every year, Calico Ghost Town brings out the scare, fun and excitement of Halloween. This annual event includes trick-or-treating, costume contests, pumpkin carving, kids’ carnival tent, live entertainment, campfire and ghost stories, haunted attractions (Mystery Shack, Maggie Mine, Gold Panning, Odessa Railroad), and more. During evening Scare Hours, costumed creatures come out for a scare and photo ops. Event is free, haunted attractions are an additional cost.
Howl-oween Festival at El Dorado Nature Center
Long Beach | Saturday, Oct 22
Join the boo-tiful El Dorado Nature Center for a hare-raising good time and trick-or-treat along the trails. Visit the animal education village or the Ooh-possum Patch. Plus, enjoy storytelling, face painting, food trucks, and crafts. Free, $5 suggested donation.
Spooky Science Night at Columbia Memorial Space Center
Downey | Saturday, Oct 22
Celebrate a spooky-themed night of science with a spooky robotics lab, super slime, ghostly inks, and even more fun stations. The center is closed to the general public during this four-hour special event.
Los Alamitos | Saturday, Oct 22
A fun, safe Halloween event for families. Free admission. Wear your best costume and enter the costume contest. Free.
Huntington Beach | Saturday, Oct 22
Join the City of Huntington Beach for a fall-themed celebration with a pumpkin patch, games, food trucks, movie, and more. Dress in your favorite fall outfit or Halloween costume.
Jack O’ Lantern Jamboree at Atlantis Play Center
Garden Grove | Saturday, Oct 22
Experience spooky obstacle courses, puppet shows, a reptile show and petting zoo, pumpkin patch, and more! Costumes are encouraged.
Halloween Spooktacular & Trunk or Treat
Dana Point | Saturday, Oct 22
Enjoy a Halloween maze, games, crafts, entertainment, and treats for children at the Dana Point Community Center. Then, join the Dana Point Police Services for Trunk or Treat, plus meet the bloodhounds, Bomb Squad, K-9 Unit, and Mounted Patrol. There’s also a kid’s costume parade with prizes and food trucks. Free.
San Clemente | Saturday, Oct 22
Poolside pumpkin patch, giant inflatable, swimming, and games.
Boo at the Santa Ana Zoo
Santa Ana | Oct 22-23 & 29-30
Follow a fun Halloween trick-or-treat trail through the zoo after hours. Discover “merry, not scary” decorations along the way, making this an activity the whole family can enjoy together, wearing family-friendly costumes and taking photos.
Mission Viejo | Sunday, Oct 23
Jump in and pick your pumpkin as the Sierra pool is transformed into a floating pumpkin patch. Decorate your pumpkin and play fun carnival games.
A Faery Hunt Show & Fairy Halloween Party
Tarzana | Sunday, Oct 23
Help the faery folk bring the faery light back to the Faery Queen at this outdoor show and Halloween party.
Octo-Boo-Fest at Downtown Fullerton Market
Fullerton | Thursday, Oct 27
Trick-or-treating, kids costume parade, live music, kids craft, raffle, and more. Free.
Tustin Block Party
Old Town Tustin | Thursday, Oct 27
Fun Halloween block party featuring family-friendly games, trick-or-treating, face painting, raffles, live music, food and drinks, and shopping. Costumes encouraged. Free.
Treats in the Streets
Old Towne Orange | Thursday, Oct 27
Games, trick-or-treating with local merchants, costume parade, community displays, and the Saber Guild Light Show. Free.
Casa Creepy Haunted House
San Clemente | Oct 27-29
Walk through 2.5 acres of a 1920s-themed haunted house and gardens. Werewolves, vampires, and ghosts are waiting behind every corner of the historic home and creepy-crawlies in the garden. Suitable for most families with children ages 8 and up. Costumes encouraged.
Halloween Spookfest at Long Beach Towne Center
Long Beach | Friday, Oct 28
Family-friendly entertainment, including a Halloween-themed stilt walker, trick-or-treat candy stations, airbrush tattoo artists, balloon twisters, kids craft, and live DJ spinning festive Halloween music. Free.
Halloween on the Boardwalk
Redondo Beach | Friday, Oct 28
Celebrate Halloween on the Boardwalk! Join this free community event and enjoy a costume contest, DJ, prizes, selfie wall, giveaways, and trick-or-treat on the boardwalk. Free.
Parent’s Night Out & Costume Party at Lil’ Chef School
Irvine | Friday, Oct 28
This is a great workshop for parents to go out while the kids (ages 3+) have a fun-filled Friday evening. Go in costume for a trick-or-treat party. Kids get to make Rice Crispy Spooky Chocolate Spiders, Mummy Pizzas, and Bloody Mozzarella Sticks.
Trick-or-Treat at Lakeview Senior Center
Irvine | Friday, Oct 28
Trick-or-treat stations, snacks, and Halloween activities. Registration recommended.
Trunk-or-Treat with Fullerton Police
Fullerton | Friday, Oct 28
Trunk-or-Treat will be held in the back lot of the police department at the corner of Highland and Amerige. Wear your costume, and trick-or-treat with some of the officers that keep your neighborhoods safe. Free.
Evening Halloween Train Rides
Torrance | Oct 28-29
Take a ride with Southern California Live Steamers at Torrance’s own miniature railway located in Wilson Park. Costumes are highly encouraged. Passengers must be at least 32″ tall to ride.
The Boo Bop Halloween Music Party
LA & Pasadena | Oct 28-29
This outdoor Halloween music party will have costumes, trick or treating stations, games, activities, giveaways, and special music performances by Minibop and more.
Sea Scare at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
San Pedro | Oct 28-29
Family-friendly activities include the Deep Sea Trick-or-Treat Trail, Haunted Maze, Skull Alley, The Abyss, Deep Sea Party Zone, and Trunk-or-Treat. Come in costume, party with ghosts and ghouls, bring your own bag for a raffle prize, and food trucks.
Spooky Campover at Lions Tigers & Bears
Alpine | Friday, Oct 28-29 (overnight)
Camp out in the countryside and sleep under the stars with the sanctuary animals at Lions Tigers & Bears. This spooky overnight event includes campfire songs and s’mores, animal trivia, pumpkin carving, and a Halloween costume contest.
Howl-O-Ween at Wallis Annenberg PetSpace
Los Angeles | Saturday, Oct 29
The PetSpace is transforming into a spooky haunt for all to enjoy. Don’t miss a larger than life hay maze, pupkin patch, dog trick-or-treat trail, kids scavenger hunt, crafts, haunted photo ops, snacks and more fall activities that everyone, including four-legged friends will love. Free.
Hearse Car Show & Nightshade Market at the Whittier Museum
Whittier | Saturday, Oct 29
See over 30 unique vintage and modern style hearses on display. Shop the Nightshade Market for Halloween and horror movie themed memorabilia. “Beyond the Gates of Turnbull” Haunted House attraction also open the same day. Car show and market is free.
Halloween STEMebration at Battleship IOWA
San Pedro | Saturday, Oct 29
Come aboard Battleship IOWA for candy stations, game stations, STEM/craft stations, and Spooky Reading Corner. Plus, a movie screening of Hotel Transylvania 2 on the fantail. Free.
Not-So-Scary Halloween Party
Long Beach | Saturday, Oct 29
The Exceptional Day of Play hosts their annual Not-So-Scary Halloween Party with trick-or-treating, sensory activities, arts and crafts, mad science lab, performances, and more. The event is universally designed for children of all abilities. Free, $5 donation suggested.
Historical Cemetery Tour
Long Beach | Saturday, Oct 29
Watch costumed actors perform graveside stories. Actors tell the stories of people buried in the cemeteries. The tour is appropriate for families and all ages.
Long Beach Zombie Walk & Halloween Party
Shoreline Village | Saturday, Oct 29
Join fellow flesheaters for an all-day, family-friendly festival of live music, contests, makeup/FX artists, trick-or-treating, and an undead march down Rainbow Harbor. Free.
Fall Fest at The Pike Outlets
Long Beach | Saturday, Oct 29
Halloween character meet and greets, balloon and caricature artists, $2 kids crafts, kids interactive jam session and dance party, plus center-wide trick-or-treating. Free.
Halloween Carnival at Los Alamitos Race Course
Los Alamitos | Saturday, Oct 29
Families can enjoy a costume contest, carnival games, pony rides, football toss, and a photography booth. Game tickets are available for as low as 25 cents each. The Halloween Carnival is held in conjunction with the live horseracing program. Admission: $3, free for kids 17 and under.
Halloween Spooktacular at Mariners Park
Newport Beach | Saturday, Oct 29
There will be live music, trunk-or-treat area, a haunted house, carnival games, bounce houses, costume contests, food trucks, and fun for the whole family! Free.
Trunk-or-Treat Community Event at IKEA
Costa Mesa | Saturday, Oct 29
Visit the Treat Zone for a row of decorated vehicles for trunk-or-treating, the Trick Zone for booths with activities and games, Haunt Zone for a spooky walk-thru experience, and Food Truck Zone for dinner and dessert options. There’s also a costume contest and DJ entertainment. Free and open to the public.
Halloween Zoo-Tacular at the OC Zoo
Orange | Saturday, Oct 29
Visit the OC Zoo for a scavenger hunt, trick-or-treating, and spooky crafts. The first 100 children in costume will receive a free gift. Activities are for children ages 12 and under. Prizes and treats available while supplies last.
The Anaheim Fall Festival & Halloween Parade
Anaheim | Saturday, Oct 29
The Anaheim Fall Festival will be on Center St. in Anaheim. Festivities include a Kiddie Costume Contest and Doggie Costume Contest. The parade will start at City Hall and proceed west via Center St. and Broadway. More details TBA.
Spooky Seas at Ocean Institute
Dana Point | Saturday, Oct 29
Visit the Mad Scientist Lab, play bioluminescence laser tag, trick-or-treat throughout the night, check out the Artifact Graveyard, and enjoy aquarium access, music, plus food and drinks for purchase.
Spooky Treat Trolley
Dana Point | Saturday, Oct 29
The Spooky Treat Trolley will be making stops at the following parks and handing out treats for children (ages 12 and under). The trolley features elaborate decorations, Halloween-themed music, and city staff in costumes. Pines Park (3:30-4pm) • Sunset Park (4:30-4pm) • Dana Woods Park (5:30-6pm) • Sea Canyon Park (6:30-7pm)
Monster Dash 5K
San Clemente | Saturday, Oct 29
Join the City of San Clemente for the 1st Annual Monster Dash 5K, it’s bound to be a smash. There will be tricks and treats for all ages including a costume contest and fun run.
Owl-O-Ween at Living Coast Discovery Center
Chula Vista | Saturday, Oct 29
Celebrate the spooky season with an evening of trick-or-treating, mysterious animal encounters, mad science lab, haunted graveyard experience, a folklorico performance, Día de Muertos stories, eerie night hikes, a haunted graveyard, arts & crafts, and more.
Mini Monster’s Bash at Children’s Museum at La Habra
La Habra | Saturday, Oct 29
Trick-or-treat through museum galleries, make your way through the not-so-spooky monster maze, plus enjoy a dance party, crafts, and spooky science.
Scarium of the Pacific at Aquarium of the Pacific
Long Beach | Oct 29-30
Enjoy a Halloween-themed weekend for the whole family featuring costume and coloring contests, a vampire magician, underwater pumpkin carving, creepy critters, and more.
Trunk-or-Treat & Spooky Hearse Cruise-In
The Zimmerman, El Segundo | Sunday, Oct 30
Ghouls and goblins of all ages are invited to hunt with The Zimmerman for tasty treats. Dress in costume, find all the checkpoints, then get rewarded with a Hot Wheels toy. The day is filled with costume contests, folklorico dancers, arts and crafts, hearse cruise-in, and local vendors.
Haute Dog Howl’oween Parade
Long Beach | Sunday, October 30
Enjoy a vendor and pet adoption fair, and see 450+ costumed dogs as they parade around. Halloween costume contest for kids and adults with prizes too.
Kids’ Halloween at Bixby Park
Long Beach | Sunday, Oct 30
Games, face painting, ghost rock craft, costume contest, and lots of treats.
Trick-or-Treat at Pretend City
Irvine | Sunday, Oct 30
Come in costume and trick-or-treat thru the city. Make a pumpkin and a monster, enjoy themed story times, and a Halloween-themed sensory activity.
Trick-or-Treat at the Whittier Museum
Whittier | Sunday, Oct 30
An all-ages friendly Halloween event where kids can explore the entire museum to receive candy. Free admission and free candy for all visitors without the worry of being frightened. Check out the Haunted House, Hearse Car Show, and Nightshade Market happening the same day.
Trick-or-Treat Spooktacular at Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch
Culver City | Saturday, Oct 29
It’s a Halloween party! Come in your best costume, enjoy Halloween music all day long and enjoy live entertainment and trick-or-treating with costumed characters.
Boonion Station at Union Station
Los Angeles | Oct 29-30
Union Station transforms into a Halloween village with a treats-on-track trail, monster mash dance parties, costume parade, haunted hay maze, spooky slime sessions, face painting, crafting, and pumpkin decorating. Free.
Halloween Carnivals at Lakewood Parks
Lakewood | Monday, Oct 31
Special carnival activities will be held at Biscailuz, Bloomfield, Bolivar, Boyar, Del Valle, Mayfair, Palms and San Martin parks. “Haunted houses” for little ghosts and goblins to venture inside will be at Bolivar, Del Valle, and San Martin. Plus, inflatable attractions at Mayfair park for an additional fee. Each park will have a special theme.
Cops & Goblins
Buena Park | Monday, Oct 31
Enjoy a fun afternoon filled with costume contests, games, food trucks a pumpkin patch, and, of course, trick-or-treating. Free.
HalloweenFest at Neff Estate
La Mirada | Monday, Oct 31
Enjoy a haunted maze, costume contests, carnival-like games, crafts, and a trick-or-treat area located at the historic Neff Estate.
Spooktacular Halloween at Bella Terra
Huntington Beach | Monday, Oct 31
Visit Bella Terra for a morning of Halloween fun including a costume parade, music and entertainment, games, live creepy crawlies, craft, and raffle. Must register online. Free.
Halloween Spooktacular at Anaheim Hills Festival
Anaheim Hills | Monday, Oct 31
Go trick-or-treating throughout the shopping center, live DJ, face painting, balloon twisting, photo ops, and more.
Live Shows & Performances
Hallowe’en Spooktacular at Bob Baker Marionette Theater
Los Angeles | Sep 24 – Nov 6
In this hour-long, family friendly revue, over 100 spirited puppets rally to regale you with silly things on strings. From Frankenstein’s monster’s toe-tapping inception to a bone-rattling soirée of glow-in-the-dark skeletons in a hidden cabaret, Bob Baker’s Hallowe’en Spooktacular beckons you to the place where imagination lurks. (Almost sold out.)
La Mirada Symphony: Halloween Tales
La Mirada | Sunday, Oct 16
Enjoy this free classical concert featuring scores from your favorite Halloween tales including Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas. Free. Tickets must be reserved.
Pacific Symphony: The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
Costa Mesa | Saturday, Oct 22
Learn about the magical, mystical powers of the orchestra through the eyes of a wizard’s young apprentice. Hear selections from A Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, and even Harry Potter. Costumes encouraged.
Harry Potter & The Sorcerer’s Stone in Concert
Costa Mesa | Saturday, Oct 29
Relive the film that started it all. Watch the wand choose the wizard, a troll run amok and magic mirrors in high-definition while a live orchestra performs John Williams’ iconic score.
Absolutely Halloween at Santa Monica Playhouse
Santa Monica | Saturday, Oct 29
Now in its 16th sell-out year, the classic musical tale tells the story of a sweet girl named Candy, who learns lessons about life, love, laughter, and sugar from a delightful array of colorful characters, who take her on a magical adventure to save Halloween.
Leonardo! A Wonderful Show About a Terrible Monster
Segerstrom, Costa Mesa | Oct 29-30
Leonardo is a terrible monster. He tries so hard to be scary, but he just…isn’t. Then Leonardo finds Sam, the most scaredy-cat kid in the world. Will Leonardo finally get his chance to scare the tuna salad out of an unsuspecting human? Or will it be the start of an unlikely friendship? Adapted from the beloved children’s books by Mo Willems.
Halloween Movie Screenings
Birch Park Halloween Series
Santa Ana | Thursdays, Oct 6-27
Catch a classic black and white Universal Monster movie every Thursday at Birch Park in Downtown Santa Ana. Enjoy pre-show live music, ice cream trucks, and free popcorn for the first 50 guests. Oct 8: Creature from the Black Lagoon • Oct 13: Frankenstein • Oct 20: Bride of Frankenstein • Oct 27: Dracula (Spanish)
Hocus Pocus Film Screening & Puppet Show
Los Angeles | Oct 7-8
Join Bob Baker Marionette Theater for a screening of the original Hocus Pocus and a ghoulish puppet show before the movie.
Halloween Family Matinees at Academy Museum
Los Angeles | Oct 8 – Nov 26
On select days, the Academy Museum screens films for families of all ages. Oct 8: Kubo and the Two Strings • Oct 22: Box Trolls • Oct 29: ParaNorman • Oct 30: Coraline & ParaNorman • Nov 5: Coco • Nov 12: James and the Giant Beach • Nov 26: The NeverEnding Story
PCH Movies & Moonlight Fall Series
Long Beach | Fridays, Oct 21 – Nov 11
Movies are complimentary to the community; self-seating is available on a first-come-first-serve basis. Oct 21: Disney’s Coco with Pre-Show Entertainment • Nov 4: Maleficent • Nov 11: Monsters Inc.
Spook-A-Nanny with Bob Baker Marionette Theater
Los Angeles | Saturday, Oct 22
See a collection of hand-picked, meticulously curated Halloween video snippets and classic puppet numbers. Dragged from the depths of dusty VHS, DVD, and 16mm collections, this mix of vintage live action, animated, and puppetry snippets promises to haunt the whole family.
Movie in the Park: Beetlejuice
Cordova Park, Mission Viejo | Saturday, Oct 29
Watch a free screening of Beetlejuice at Cordova Park. Movie begins at dusk. Refreshments are available along with fun games and music beginning at 6pm.
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Dia de los Muertos at Museum of Latin American Art
Long Beach | Sunday, Oct 30
MOLAA’s Day of the Dead: Strength and Hope is all about overcoming challenges, love, and emerging heroes. Together we will celebrate the past and its difficulties, while looking forward to the future.
Enjoy performances from JD Dance Company, Ballet Folklórico de CSUN, and Danza Azteca Xochipilli. Activities include traditional face painting, children’s sugar skull workshop, catrina/catin contest, vendors, and more. Plus, enjoy a movie screening of The Book of Life and Q&A with director Jorge Gutierrez.
The event is free to attend. Reservations are not required but encouraged. Walk-ins are welcome. Parking is $15.
Día de los Muertos Maker Market at Bella Terra
Huntington Beach | Saturday, Oct 15
Enjoy live entertainment, marketplace with 40+ artisans and vendors, art installations, face painting, games and kids activities. Plus, complimentary chips, salsa, and guacamole.
Día de los Muertos Festival
San Pedro | Sunday, Oct 23
Celebrate and honor the memories of the deceased with colorful displays, face painting, Grammy-winning Mariachi Divas, altar competitions, craft vendors, local food, and outdoor beer garden. Plus, screening of Coco at the Grand Warner Theater. Free.
Dia de los Muertos at Heritage Museum OC
Santa Ana | Sunday, Oct 23
Live entertainment, altar exhibit, marketplace of 100+ artisans and vendors, art installations, altar contest, face painting, cultural workshops, and food trucks. Free.
Día de los Muertos Fiesta at Potocki Center for the Arts
Mission Viejo | Sunday, Oct 23
Explore the educational and cultural significance of Day of the Dead traditions. Enjoy live mariachi music, folkloric dance, sugar skull decorating, face painting, arts and crafts, and a movie screening of Coco.
Dia de los Muertos Festival on Olvera Street
Los Angeles | Oct 25 – Nov 2
The nightly celebration begins in the plaza with Novenario Procession, featuring blessings, “living muertos”, and free sweet bread. Visit community altars, enjoy live entertainment, face painting, and La Danza de la Muerte, a vibrant theatrical performance that tells the story of Día de los Muertos. Free.
Día de los Muertos Public Art Exhibit
Downtown Santa Monica | Oct 28 – Nov 2
Visit Third Street Promenade for live entertainment and a display of nine “La Catrina” sculptures by Los Angeles-based artist, Ricoardo Soltero, on view throughout the promenade. Solero’s sculptures range 14 feet in height. There will also be a special performance by Santa Monica Ballet Folklorico on Sunday, Oct. 30.
Anaheim Día de los Muertos
Downtown Anaheim | Friday, Oct 28
Enjoy a night of community and culture at the Downtown Anaheim Community Center. Event features local talent, including different dance times and choirs.
Decorating Sugar Skulls Family Workshop at Sherman Gardens
Newport Beach | Saturday, Oct 29
Celebrate Día de los Muertos by learning how to decorate sugar skulls.
Día de los Muertos at Pretend City
Irvine | Saturday, Oct 29
Create marigold and poppy flowers for loved ones, play with face paint and mirrors, explore pan dulce and other foods in the sensory bin, enjoy themed story times, and decorate sugar skulls.
Día de los Muertos at Hollywood Forever Cemetery
Los Angeles | Saturday, Oct 29
The annual Día de los Muertos festival at Hollywood Forever returns featuring two separate ticketed events, Día de los Muertos and Noche de los Muertos. This year’s theme is Mayahuel: The Maguey Goddess. Daytime event features a children’s plaza. Both events include altars, art exhibitions, cultural performances, and vendors.
Day of the Dead in Old Town San Diego
San Diego | Oct 29-30
Tour altars or ofrendas at most of the businesses in Old Town. Enjoy face painting, food and entertainment throughout the community. Old Town is the most authentic and the only community that has a procession to the cemetery on November 2nd. Free.
Día de los Muertos at Forest Lawn
Cypress | Sunday, Oct 30
Honor the memories of the dead while illuminating the rich history of the holiday with community altars, cultural expressions, folkloric dance group, and mariachi music. Celebrations at Forest Lawn’s Glendale, Covina Hills, and Cathedral City locations too. Free.
Día de los Muertos Festival at The Muckenthaler
Fullerton | Sunday, Oct 30
Enjoy festivities for the whole family, live music, local artisans, and arts and crafts for kids. Free.
Día de Muertos at Southern California Railway Museum
Perris | Sunday, Oct 30
Family activities, art exhibitions, catrina competition, altar competition, authentic food, vendors, entertainment, and more.
Día de los Muertos at Kidspace Children’s Museum
Pasadena | Nov 1-6
Join a celebration at life with Kidspace’s six-day festival with music, art, and a community ofrenda. The celebration continues through the weekend with live music, dancing, and traditional food. Included with admission.
Día de los Muertos at SteelCraft
Bellflower | Wednesday, Nov 2
Celebrate with food, live mariachi, sugar skull decorating and a pop-up market.
Ballet Folklòrico de Los Ángeles
Carpenter Center, Long Beach | Saturday, Nov 5
Celebrate one of Mexico’s most beloved holidays, Día de Los Muertos, with the nation’s premier Mexican folk dance company. The performance pays tribute to traditional music and dances from different regions, along with music from Coco, plus an homage to artists Juan Gabriel, Selena, Pedro Infante, and more.
Día de Muertos Celebration
Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum | Saturday, Nov 5
The public is invited to view ofrendas honoring the dead, and enjoy live performances, Mexican cuisine, and shop from local artisans. Free.
Nightmare Halloween Boutique
Roger’s Gardens, Corona del Mar | Sep 6 – Oct 31
Roger’s Gardens is a unique shopping destination for creatively curated Halloween décor and one-of-a-kind Halloween artisan pieces. Every inch of the boutique features items highlighting this year’s theme of ‘Nightmare.’ Curated themed boutiques include Bone Chilling Nightmare, Creepy Crawly Nightmare, Neon Nightmare, and Vintage Nightmare.
Supersaurus & Pumpkinsaurus at Cabazon Dinosaurs
Cabazon | Sep 15 – Nov
Mr. Rex (Supersaurus) and Dinny (Pumpkinsaurus) are decked out in their fall costumes until the first week of November. Go on a dinosaur walk to see Mr. Rex, Dinny, and more than 50 dinosaur friends, a dino dig, fossil panning, and lots of photo ops.
The Count’s Halloween Spooktacular at Sesame Place
San Diego | Sep 17 – Oct 30
Come in costume and celebrate silly, not-too-spooky fun at The Count’s Halloween Spooktacular. The park will be transformed into a family-friendly Halloween haven and guests can enjoy trick-or-treating around the park, Halloween-themed shows, the Sesame Street Halloween Parade, Dance Party, Spot-the-Ghost Scavenger Hunt, Sesame Street-themed dry and wet rides, games, and photo ops with everyone’s favorite furry friends dressed up in costume.
Spider Pavilion Exhibition
Natural History Museum Los Angeles | Sep 18 – Nov 27
Stroll through the open air pavilion to see hundreds of orb weavers and their amazing webs all around you. Then enter the spider den to peer into enclosed habitats that house different species from tarantulas to jumping spiders.
Long Beach | Sep 29 – Oct 31
Shaq is taking over Long Bech for his own twist on Halloween at Shaqtoberfest. Attractions include Midway Madness, Diesel’s Pumpkin Patch, Lost City Boardwalk, Shipwreck Graveyard, Deadman’s Wharf, and Pirate’s Cove. Most of these attractions are family-friendly areas during the day and a more eerie experience at night.
Haunt O’ Ween LA: An Immersive Halloween Experience
Woodland Hills | Sep 30 – Oct 31
Haunt O’ Ween is an immersive family-friendly playground full of Halloween adventures and fun! Explore this 200,000 square-foot space covered in 35,000 pumpkins. Go trick-or-treating, walk through pumpkins, play games and rides, enjoy face painting, food, drinks and more.
Knott’s Spooky Farm
Buena Park | Thursdays – Sundays, Sep 29 – Oct 31
Enjoy the Halloween season at Knott’s Spooky Farm, a family-friendly fall time celebration. Little ghouls can trick-or-treat around the town of Calico’s shops and buildings to collect sweet treats from the friendly townsfolk plus enjoy even more kids’ Halloween activities. Families can join in on the Halloween fun as the park is transformed with themed décor and spooky surprises.
Kids Boo Fest at Six Flags Magic Mountain
San Dimas | Select Dates, Sep 10 – Oct 31
Enjoy the family-friendly trick-or-treat trail in Bugs Bunny World, explore your favorite rides, and spooky sweets.
Brick-or-Treat at LEGOLAND
Carlsbad | Saturdays, Sep 17 – Oct 29 & 30
Brick-or-Treat features an all-new Monster Party with limited-time attractions, character meet and greets, costume contest, and trick-or-treating. Plus, don’t miss the all-new 4D Movie: The Great Monster Chase. All Brick-or-Treat activities run from 3-9pm on Saturdays and 2-8pm on Sunday, October 30.
Boo at the L.A. Zoo
Los Angeles | Oct 1-31
The Halloween spirit will be in full swing for 31 frightfully fun days. Weekends are filled with treats like open-air live shows, animal pumpkin feedings, themed photo ops, education stations, and much more. On the last two weekends of the month (October 22-23 and 29-30), enjoy trick or treating stations. Costumes are encouraged!
Halloween at Kidspace
Pasadena | Oct 1-31
Come march, dance, and strut the orange catwalk in the fanciful Halloween parade. Enjoy pumpkin decorating (additional fee), mask making, and up-close visits with some not-too-scary animal friends. Costumes encouraged.
Adventure City Boo-tastic Halloween Party
Anaheim | Oct 7, 14, 21, 27, 28
Enjoy 11 exciting rides, walk through the “Trick-or-Treat Street” for free candy and trinkets, enter the Cosmic Vortex Tunnel, ride the Express Train for a fun Halloween Scavenger Hunt, get free glow accessories, join the Spooktacular Dance Party, meet the Mad Science Magician, and show your Halloween spirit!
🟣 KIDS ARE FREE!
HalGLOWeen at San Diego Zoo
San Diego | Fridays – Sundays, Oct 7-29
The zoo’s Halloween-themed extravaganza features interactive performances, Skeleton Band, scarecrow stilt-walkers, creatures at the all-new Wildlife Explorers Basecamp, talented acrobatic spider performers, Dr. Zoolittle’s Tricks & Treats, bubble dance party, and more. Kids 11 and under are free.
🟣 KIDS ARE FREE!
Autumn Festival at San Diego Safari Park
Escondido | Weekends, Oct 8-30
Celebrate the season with wildlife, special entertainment, and culinary comforts. Meet Robert the Zebra, Safari Parker, hoedown with not-so-scary scarecrows, enjoy live country and bluegrass, music, navigate through a maze, and more. Kids 11 and under are free.
Pumpkin Express at Pacific Southwest Railway Museum
Campo | Weekends, Oct 8-30
Ride decorated vintage railcars through the San Diego county mountains. Walk through a themed display building filled with Halloween scenes, pumpkin patch, and creepy cast of ghosts and ghouls. Costumes encouraged.
Boo at the Zoo at America’s Teaching Zoo
Moorpark | Oct 22-23 & 29-30
Enjoy two weekends of family fun with interactive trick or treating, scavenger hunt, photo ops, food trucks, free kids crafts, wildlife programs, and meet and greets.
Bearcat BOO! Tours at Wild Wonders
Bonsall | Oct 22-23 & 30-31
Go on a Bearcat BOO! Flashlight tour to get to know nocturnal animals. Plus, enjoy candy stations and apple cider.
Knott’s Scary Farm
Buena Park | Select Nights, Sep 22 – Oct 31
Knott’s Scary Farm is the largest and most haunting Halloween event in Southern California. The fully transformed theme park features uniquely haunted mazes and attractions, sinister shows, and more than 1,000 horrifying creatures lurking in the fog and hiding in every corner of the park. Not recommended for children under 13.
Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios
Hollywood | Thursdays – Sundays, Sep 8 – Oct 31
Summon your scream squad to Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights with 8 haunted houses, the Terror Tram, scare zones, a live show and exhilarating attractions. Not recommended for children under the age of 13.
Fright Fest at Six Flags Magic Mountain
San Dimas | Select Dates, Sep 10 – Oct 31
Get ready for family-friendly thrills by day and the scariest of frights by night! Explore haunted houses, scare zones, rides in the dark, live entertainment, and spooky sweets and eats. Fright Fest is included with park admission. The Haunted Attractions Pass gives access to premium haunted houses. Not recommended for children under the age of 13.
San Diego | Select Dates, Sep 16 – Oct 31
Howl-O-Scream has arrived to transform the peaceful SeaWorld San Diego park into something sinister featuring haunted houses, scare zones, roaming haunts, live entertainment, thrilling rides, and more. Not recommended for children under the age of 13.
Castle Dark at Castle Park
Riverside | Fridays – Sunday, Sep 23 – Oct 30
Castle Park transforms into fright-filled Castle Dark as frightening characters on every corner haunt three new mazes. Not recommended for children under the age of 13. Visit during the daytime on weekends for a family-friendly Dia de los Muertos celebration.
Icons of Darkness: The Exhibition
Hollywood | Oct 3 – Nov 6
See the most extensive, privately-owned collection of sci-fi, fantasy, and horror film artifacts on Earth including screen-used props, original costumes, life casts, production-made maquettes, makeup effects heads, and artifacts from Dracula, Frankenstein, The Wizard of Oz, Jurassic Park, Harry Potter, Star Wars, and more.
Tunnel of Terror OC Haunted Car Wash
Anaheim | Thursdays – Sundays, Oct 6-30
Experience a world-class car wash through a haunted tunnel! The Tunnel of Terror car wash is a carefully curated experience, with scary and creepy performers popping up throughout the wash, and special effects providing a terrifying ambiance.
Los Angeles Haunted Hayride
Los Angeles | Oct 6-31
The world-famous hayride features new terrifying attractions including the Town Square of Midnight Falls, Midnight Mortuary, Laughterhouse, plus the ghoulish Monte Revolta and his Band of the Living Dead performing nightly.
Shady Pines Asylum
Anaheim | Select Dates, Oct 7-31
Dark Harvest and Pirate’s Cave Haunt have teamed up to produce Shady Pines Asylum. This frightful, horror-themed maze experience features gory situations, foul odors, strobe lighting, lasers, fog, and you may get wet. Not recommended for children under the age of 13.
Beyond the Gates of Turnbull Haunted House
Whittier Museum | Oct 28-30
Based on the infamous legends of Turnbull Canyon, Beyond the Gates of Turnbull is a haunted house-maze with scare actors and special effects designed to scare all visitors. There’s also a free Hearse Car Show & Nightshade Market happening on October 29th.
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Enchanted Country Pumpkins
Brea | Opens Sep 30
In operation since 1972, Enchanted Country Pumpkin Patch and fall festival extravaganza has something for everyone this season!
Lots of thrills on huge slides, inflatable obstacle courses and jumpers, John Deere tractors, animals, games galore with awesome prizes and food vendors.
Check website for pricing, specific dates and hours open. Online booking and sales available, see website.
Farm Fair at Los Rios Rancho
Oak Glen | Aug 25 – Oct 31
Experience what life was like for the pioneers of the American Frontier. The Farm Fair features haybale pulling, candle dipping, toy making, and corn maze.
Live Oak Canyon Pumpkin Farm
Redlands | Sep 16 – Oct 31
Visit the largest outdoor pumpkin patch in Southern California! Enjoy rides, slides, ponies, petting zoos, games, and food. Attractions include a corn maze, sunflower fields, cow coaster, mini ATVs, carousel, corn box, and lots more.
Tanaka Farms Pumpkin Patch
Irvine | Sep 17 – Oct 31
Have you ever picked your own pumpkin right out of the pumpkin patch? Tanaka Farms is one of the only farms in Orange County with a REAL pumpkin patch! There’s lots of activities, from wagon rides to arts and crafts.
Pumpkin Patch at Irvine Park Railroad
Orange | Sep 17 – Oct 31
Enjoy the many activities for kids of all ages. Enjoy a not-too-spooky haunted house, hay maze, hay pyramid, picture stands, and lots of other fun activities. Ticketed activities include train rides, hay rides, moon bounce, panning for gold, John Deere racers, carnival games, and lots more. Pricing: Admission is free. There is a fee to enter the park.
Pa’s Pumpkin Patch
Long Beach | Sep 30 – Oct 31
Pa’s Pumpkin Patch offers a large variety of pumpkins to choose from, as well as haystacks, corn stalks and gourds. Enjoy a snack bar, pony ride, a petting zoo and a variety of games and rides. Attractions and rides include merry-go-round, dragon race, mirror maze, toon cars, log jammer bounce, log jammer slide, and more!
Fallstivities Pumpkin Patch
Cerritos Mall | Sep 30 – Oct 30
Free activities include DIY coloring masks, fun photo ops, and outdoor movies. Paid attractions include inflatables, obstacle courses, big trikes track, scooters ride track, and spider bungee jump. Pumpkins, decorating kits and treats are available to purchase.
Pumpkin City’s Pumpkin Farm
Laguna Hills | Sep 30 – Oct 31
Meander through thousands of pumpkins, enjoy rides, games, and activities. Also, experience the new Oktoberfest Beer Garden with live music and more. Admission is free. Rides, games, and activities require tickets.
Frosty’s Forest Pumpkin Patch
Chino | Sep 30 – Oct 30
The pumpkin patch at Frosty’s Forest is full of rides, activities, photo ops, 4-acre corn mazes, haunted corn maze, viewing zoo, concessions, sunflower labyrinth, corn cob beach, camel rides, and more. Trick or treat the patch on October 30.
Haunt O’ Ween at Westfield Topanga
Los Angeles | Sep 30 – Oct 31
Explore this 200,000 square-foot space covered in 35,000 pumpkins. Go trick-or-treating, walk through pumpkins, play games and rides, enjoy face painting, food, drinks and more.
Nights of the Jack
Calabasas | Select Dates, Sep 30 – Oct 31
Walk through an interactive trail filled with thousands of hand-carved, illuminated pumpkins and larger-than-life pumpkin installations. Enjoy hot cider, seasonal cocktails, or festive fall treats.
Whittier Pumpkin Patch
Whittier | Oct 1-31
Go mining for gems, join a pumpkin painting party, tractor rides, and bounce around the jumper and slide area. Admission is free and activity prices vary.
El Dorado Frontier Pumpkin Market
Long Beach | Oct 1-30
Take a ride on the El Dorado Express, enjoy unlimited carousel rides, hand car rides, and pick your perfect pumpkin.
Hana Field Pumpkin Patch
Costa Mesa | Oct 1-30
Pick your own pumpkin, pick your own flowers, wander through flower fields and corn maze, and visit the barnyard.
Seasonal Adventures Pumpkin Patch
OC Fair & Event Center | Oct 1-31
Visit the OC Fair & Event Center for a pumpkin patch featuring kiddy rides, petting zoo, inflatable slides, bounce house, and obstacle course.
Mikey’s Pumpkin Patch at The Adventure Lagoon
Anaheim | Opens Oct 1
The Adventure Lagoon’s pumpkin patch features games, face painters, balloon animals, photo ops, food trucks, ice cream, fun snacks, and lots of pumpkins.
Mr. Jack O’ Lanterns Pumpkin Patch
Various Locations | Opens Oct 1
Mr. Jack O’ Lanterns Pumpkin Patch features games, activities, attractions, and parties along with online ordering, delivery, and pick-up. Locations in The Original Farmers Market, West LA, Torrance, and La Jolla.
Shawn’s Pumpkin Patch
Los Angeles | Opens Oct 1
Mountains of pumpkins, straw bales, corn stalks, gourds, and more. There’s also lots of attractions including bounce houses, ponies, petting zoo, ball house, train rides, obstacle courses, and more.
Fall Harvest on the Farm at Underwood Family Farms
Moorpark | Oct 1-31
The farm transforms into a giant Pumpkin Patch, Pick Your Own & Fall Harvest experience filled with games, rides, photos ops, live entertainment, tons of activities, and themed weekends.
Pumpkin Fest at Cal Poly Pomona
Pomona | Oct 1-30
Enjoy a marketplace of vendors, see agriculture-themed demos like weaving and beekeeping, visit the farm stand, go through the sunflower and corn maze, enjoy photo ops, hay bale obstacle course, meet animals, go on hay wagon rides, and lots more!
Prancers Pumpkin Patch & Fall Harvest
Santa Paula | Oct 1-31
Pick your pumpkin right off the vine or select from thousands of pre-cut pumpkins. Enjoy a tractor-drawn wagon ride, hay pyramids, animal center, sunflower picking, and more.
Pumpkin Patch at Zoomars
San Juan Capistrano | Now – Oct 31
Visit Zoomars at River Street Ranch to see and feed animals, go on train rides, jump on a mini excavator, drive in a mini tractor, and get a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch.
Gilchrist Farm Pumpkin Patch
Santa Clarita | Now – Oct 31
Pick out the perfect pumpkin and enjoy wool spinning demonstrations, goat milking, pig races, festival food, live music and performances.
Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch
Culver City | Oct 7-30
Pumpkin carving, straw mazes, face painting and more. This year, the patch will feature the famous Pumpkin Village, giant rocking horses, the tipi village, straw maze, petting zoo, and activities for all ages.
Carved at Descanso Gardens
La Cañada Flintridge | Oct 7-31
See hundreds of carved pumpkins, the ever-popular pumpkin house, hay maze, and enjoy holiday-themed food and beverages. There will also be UV “black light” experiences, artists sculpting pumpkins, and a special Day of the Dead installation at the Amphitheater.
Forneris Farms Pumpkin Patch
Mission Hills | Oct 8-31
Get lost in LA County’s longest running corn maze! Enjoy the annual pumpkin patch with a tractor-pulled train ride, pick-your-own pumpkin, plus haybale mini maze and haybale pyramid.
Tina’s Pumpkin Patch
Sherman Oaks | Oct 1-31
Join the fun at Tina’s Pumpkin Patch with pony rides, petting zoo, train ride, bouncer, slide, obstacle, and free straw maze.
Pumpkin Patch & Fall Fun Fest
Santa Anita Park | Oct 22-23 & 29-30
Bring the whole family to enjoy the pumpkin patch, inflatable bouncers, Ferris wheel, giant slide, face painting, crafts, pony rides, carnival games, and plenty of picnic space.
Fort Cross Old Timey Adventures
Santa Ysabel | Sep 24 – Oct 30
Visit Fort Cross Old Timey Adventures for their annual Autumn Jubilee featuring reptile interactions, hayride, cider pressing, hoedown, petting zoo, candle dipping, and painting craft. There’s also archery, tomahawk throwing, slingshot gallery, fairy garden making, dinosaur garden making, and u-pick veggies and herbs.
Peltzer Pumpkin Farm
Temecula | Sep 24 – Oct 31
Peltzer Pumpkin Farm offers gold mining, pony rides, a petting zoo, carnival games, tractor garden, and more.
Pumpkins in the Pines at Skypark at Santa’s Village
Skyforest | Oct 8-30
Activities include trick-or-treating, costume contest, Monster Mash light show, Dead Man’s Party concert, costume party, train ride, Fantom Forest (ages 13+), and cider press demonstration.
Bates Nut Farm Pumpkin Patch
Valley Center | Sep 17 – Oct 31
Over 50 plus years of fall traditions and memories have been created at the Bates Nut Farm Pumpkin Patch. Enjoy the tractor hayrides, straw maze, petting corral, and pony rides.
The Solvang Farmer Pumpkin Patch
Solvang | Sep 24 – Oct 31
This year’s corn maze is 14 acres! Plus, enjoy a kids maze and photo ops with lots of cool farm equipment. A Night Time Corn Maze event takes places on October 28 & 29.
Greenspot Farms Pumpkin Patch
Mentone | Opens Oct 1
Choose a pumpkin, visit farm animals, and enjoy tractor-pulled hayride, crafts, train ride, bounce house, duck races, hay maze, and more. The farm also hosts a Haunted Hayride & Haunted Trail.
This post was written by Alina Na