If you’re like me, Halloween isn’t just one day, it’s the whole month of Halloween Haunts, Festivals, and Special Events. These are some of the best places to find where the ghosts, ghouls, and goblins are hiding, thirteen of them to be exact.
Knott’s Scary Farm – Where Nightmares Never End…
An Orange County staple for Halloween, it’s the largest and most known event for thrill seekers. The theme park transforms at night with haunted mazes, scary shows, and unexpected creatures of the night. Located at Knott’s Berry Farm, the Scary Farm runs select nights through October 31. For full details on dates and times click here. To purchase tickets click here.
Knott’s also offers the option of day time festivities for a more family fun experience. The Spooky Farm operates weekends through October 29 and October 31 and attractions are geared towards kids age 3-11. Bring the family for trick-or-treating, themed rides, and tons of activities. Snoopy and The Peanuts Gang will host a costume contest. Admission is included with a regular park ticket or season pass.
Now through October 31, Spooky Science is hosting the Monster Academy – including Frankenstein’s Academy, make your own slime, and A Monster Academy Talent Show. Spooky Science is open every day during October. For additional information and tickets click here.
The Santa Ana Zoo will host four nights of Halloween Family Fun, October 21, 22, 28, 29 from 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm. Bring the family and take the Trick-or-Treat Trail, join the Costume Parade, sit for some Story Telling, Games, and Halloween Haunt Entertainment. For full details click here.
Join the community at Grand Park on Saturday, October 21 from 10 am – 12 pm for children’s crafts, carnival games, and costume parade. This event is hosted with South County Outreach including a canned food drive. Bring five (or more) canned food items to receive a wristband for a FREE children’s pony ride. Enjoy some family fun while giving back to the community. For full details click here.
Located inside the Irvine Regional Park, the OC Zoo is hosting special art events this month. On October 11, 13, 17, 20 from 10:15 – 11:15 am come learn about animals associated with Halloween, fun crafts and meet some of the zoo animals up close. Admission for the event is $5 and includes one adult. This program is for children age 3-4 only. On October 14 from 11 am – 12 pm offers a program for children age 5-10. Registration is necessary. Call (714)973-6486 to register.
The City of Lake Forest will transform the park into a Halloween Haunt adventure complete with scream zones. Come if you dare to see this historical park bring out the ghosts on October 13 and 14 from 6 pm – 10:30 pm. Admission is $8 and recommended for age 12 and up.
Haunted Tours return this year at the Fullerton Museum Center in the downtown district. Tours are held from 6 – 8:30 pm on select weekdays with a Special Halloween Tour on October 31. Join this historical walking tour to find out why it’s said to be Orange County’s most haunted city. At the end of the tour will be a Beer Garden and Cafe to enjoy a beer, wine or soft drink, included in the ticket. Arrive at 5:30 pm for an open house by the North Orange County Paranormal Society to learn about ghosts and hauntings in world culture. Click here for full details and specific dates and times of each tour. Recommended for age 13 and up.
Presented by The City of Laguna Niguel, this high energy interactive children’s musical theatrical show is one you won’t want to miss. Come celebrate Friday the 13th family style, put on your costumes and your dancing shoes for a Halloween adventure. The show starts at 7:00 pm in The Ballroom at The Sea Country Center. Admission is only $5. Click here for full details.
Returning again this year The City of Laguna Niguel presents the Haunted Trails. October 26, 27 and 28 starting at 6:30 pm the Crown Valley Park magically transforms into a Halloween Haunt you don’t want to miss. Those who dare to visit will make their way through mazes, clown alley, themed tents including a fortune teller and a freak show. Make your way through the trails equipped with fog machines, black lights, strobe lights, just watch out for clowns. This event is labeled ‘Very Scary’ and is not recommended for children under age 8. Presale tickets are just $13 and go on sale October 23. For complete details click here.
Boot Hill – Fear Lives Here…
BOOT HILL, in Irvine, rises again this year to haunt the residence at 16 Goldenrod. Starting Friday the 13th, the spirits of an Old West town take over to re-create the old church and cemetery that previously called the hallowed ground home. For EIGHT haunting nights from 7 pm – 10 pm come if you dare, to see Orange County’s MOST ELABORATE yard display. This experience is offered FREE to all, with donations given to CHOC. For full details click here.
This isn’t all, make sure to check back over the next couple of days as I’ll be revealing some of Orange County’s best Halloween Haunts and celebrations.