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Fall events in Orange County 2021

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Fall events in Orange County 2021

Fall events in Orange County are here! Southern California is beginning to get a glimpse of Fall and we are here for it.

This year, we decided to share a list of 75+ Fall activities in Orange County, not only because we think it’ll be an awesome resource for families all over Orange County and beyond, but because we think it’s the ultimate bucket list for this Fall season.

For ease of use, this list is organized by city in alphabetical order. Take a look and let us know if we missed one of

This Orange County Fall events list is organized by city and noted where the entrance are FREE. Use it as a jumping off point to celebrate the Fall season in Orange County and choose a few holiday events to attend.

We put together so many Fall family events including small business pop-ups, festivals, and celebrations. Scroll down and let us know in the comments which one is your favorite!

p.s. If you’re looking for fun things to do in Orange County this Halloween, check out our Orange County Halloween events guide!

2021 Orange County Fall events

Orange County Haunted Ghost Walks
Through October 31,2021 |  6 Historic Locations in OC

Haunted Orange County is officially OPEN all season and just added OVER 30 NEW TOURS from now until October 31st! Choose from Old Town Orange, Santa Ana, Gold Star Canyon, Kellogg House, San Juan Capistrano, and Fairhaven Cemetery. All tours are still running with safety protocols in place including face covering requirements, strict social distancing, and limited tour group sizes. 

OC Ghosts and Legends Ghost Walks
October 1-31, 2021 |  Black Star Canyon and San Juan Capistrano 
OC Ghosts and Legends is the #1 source for authentic haunted tours and events in southern california and beyond. If you’re seeking an intimate and authentic paranormal experience, you’re in the right place.

Pumpkin City Pumpkin Farm
October 1-31, 2021 |  Anaheim Town Square and Laguna Hills Mall
Come celebrate Halloween at Orange County’s premier Harvest Festival. Meander through thousands of pumpkins in all shapes and sizes in a charming farm atmosphere. Enjoy a host of amusement rides, game booths, and activities all set under the canopy of the beautiful autumn sky. Free parking.


ANAHEIM
Things to do in the Fall in Anaheim
FREE Anaheim Fall Festival & Halloween Parade
Center Street Promonade, AnaheimOctober 2021
TBD

FREE Kids Fun Zone
Anaheim Town Square October 2021
TBD

FREE Halloween Night Market
Anaheim GardenWalk October 22nd, 23rd, 29th, 30th, 31st
3:00PM; 5:00PM; 7:00PM timed entry
Enjoy an evening of shopping from 60+ of your favorite spooky vendors, live entertainment, food trucks, and fun photo ops!

FREE Anaheim Plaza Trick-or-Treat
Anaheim Plaza Oct. 30, 2021
11:00AM-1:00PM
For Kids ages 12 and under, dressed in costume can enjoy a FREE and SAFE way to TRICK or TREAT in the light of day!

Kids must be dressed in costume to participate. Candy available from 11 am – 1 pm or while supplies last. Look for the “Trick or Treat” signs posted in the windows of participating stores and restaurants.

FREE Safe Harvest Halloween Festival
West Anaheim Youth Center Oct. 31, 2021
3:00PM-6:00PM
Grandma’s House of Hope annual Safe Harvest event provides a safe alternative to trick or treating on Halloween for the low-income families living in motels in Anaheim. The event serves 1200 children and their families. To successfully provide for Safe Harvest we need roughly 8,000 pounds of candy, 20 carnival style game booths or activities, child appropriate entertainments and food and drink.

Oogie Boogie Bash – A Disney Halloween Party
Disney California Adventure select nights Sept 9–Oct. 31st
6:00PM-11:00PM
It’s almost time to celebrate Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort with the long-awaited return of Oogie Boogie Bash – A Disney Halloween Party. So dress in a fun costume and discover thrills and chills for every member of the family…from Mickey’s Trick & Treat show to our Frightfully Fun Parade, and even trick-or-treating! 

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BREA
Fall things to do in Brea

FREE Halloween Costume Exchange
Brea Resource CenterOctober 9, 2021
9:00AM-5:00PM
We are taking costume donations until October 7th. You don’t have to donate to “shop” on October 9th, just come in after 10am. All costumes are free! You don’t have to live in Brea to participate


BUENA PARK
Fall things to do in Buena Park
$52+/person Knott’s Spooky Farm
Knott’s Berry FarmSaturdays & Sundays, Sept. 25 – Oct. 31
9:00AM-5:00PM
Enjoy the spooktacular Halloween season at Knott”s Spooky Farm, an event full of Halloween activities for kids ages 3-11. Little ghouls can trick-or-treat through Ghost Town to collect sweet Halloween treats. Fun Halloween-themed shows are in store. Guests of all ages can learn about the creepy crawly critters occupying Ghost Town”s Livery Stable.

The Halloween Hootenanny returns as The Timber Mountain Log Ride transforms with spooky but family-friendly surprises. The fall daytime Seasons of Fun event is included with regular park admission or your Season Pass.

$50+/person Knott’s Scary Farm
Knott’s Berry FarmSelect Dates Sept. 16 – Oct. 31
Thursday & Sunday: 7:00PM-1:00AM; Friday & Saturday: 7:00PM-2:00AM
Knott’s Scary Farm is the largest and most haunting Halloween event in Southern California, with unimaginable scares and innovative thrills that can’t be found anywhere else.

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.

These haunted attractions have the ingredients of a truly terrifying nightmare. But unlike most dreams, Knott’s Scary Farm is a nightmare you can’t wake up from — which makes it the thing to do for Halloween.

Knott’s Scary Farm is not recommended for children under 13.

$64.95/adult Pirate’s Diner Adventure’s Vampirate’s!
Pirate’s Dinner AdventureSept. 30 – Oct. 31, 2021
Tuesday-Friday: 7:00PM; Saturday: 5:00PM & 8:15PM; Sunday: 2:30PM and 6:00PM
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 so delicious it’s scary, 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!

There will also be a costume contest on October 31st at every show! However, all costumes must be family friendly, no masks and no weapons.

FREE Cops N Goblins
Buena Park Civic CenterOctober 29, 2021
2:00PM-6:00PM
Cops N Goblins returns this year in person and outdoors. Families will have fun with carnival games, trunk or treating, crafts, a rock climbing wall, pumpkin patch, food trucks, and a kids costume contest.

Knott's Spooky Farm 2016 at Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park, California offers family-friendly activities, included with your admission. Knott's Spooky Farm happens every weekend throughout October. Kids can join the costume contest, go trick-or-treating, celebrate Day of the Dead at Fiesta Village, and go through the Spooky Hollow Maze in Camp Snoopy. | #KnottsSpookyFarm

CORONA DEL MAR
Fall things to do in Corona del Mar
FREE Cabinet of Curiosities
Experience the thrill of classic horror as you explore the rooms of our eerie and unusual house. Haunted walls hide unseen activity, and otherworldly creatures lurk at every corner.

Discover cabinets overflowing with unusual artifacts, and decadent decor with a twist. The sinister styled rooms are decorated with a beautiful, eclectic collection of antiquities and curios.

Connect with your inner ghoul and monster at Roger’s Gardens.

WATCH: We visited Rogers Gardens.


COSTA MESA
Fall things to do in Costa Mesa
$35+ Boo Ha Ha!
OC Fair October 29-30, 2021
6:00PM-12:00AM
The Boo Ha Ha will feature 3 hours of unlimited beer tastings from some of the nations top breweries! We will have a strong focus on Oktoberfest and German style lagers but will of course… have all the west coast favorites as well! Beer Tastings will be available from 6PM – 9PM and concessions will be available afterwards.

We strongly encourage costumes! The event will feature live music from an AMAZING lineup of artists that are sure to make this one of the most memorable Halloween weekends of your life!

$20/person (includes a U-Pick Pumpkin) Hana Field Pumpkin Patch
Hana FieldOctober 1-31, 2021 (weekends only)
9:00AM-6:00PM
Pick your own pumpkin! Wander through the flower fields! Take a Wagon Ride around the fields! Open on weekends only.

FREE Oktoberfest
September 25-26, 2021 |  Green Cheek Beer Co
11:00 am-close
We’ll have our own German-style beers to drink… Festbier, Oak Lager’d Festbier, Bier, and Kölsch! We’ll have a variety of our own German food for ya to eat, and even a few games to play while you’re hanging out. We’ll also have some mini casks of Festbier, some cans of it, some sweet new 1 liter steins and this rad .5L boot too!

FREE Barkoberfest
Tewinkle ParkOctober 30, 2021
11:00AM-2:00PM
Pet adoptions, pet costume contets, vendors, dog training introductory class, and much more!

FREE Scarecrow Festival
Lions Park Event LawnOctober 16, 2021
11:00AM-3:00PM
A tradition dating back to 1930’s, sign up to create your own scarecrow. Enjoy train rides, face painting, pumpkin patch and crafts. Free!

FREE Trunk or Treat
IKEAOctober 29, 2021
4:00PM-7:00PM
Bring your own bags to collect candies from decorated trunks. Interactive booths, activities, and a costume contest.

FREE Autumn Harvest Festival
South Coast PlazaSeptember 11-21, 2021
Mall hours
The lunar holiday is a tradition among many Asian cultures and is known as the Chinese Mid-Autumn or Moon Festival, the Korean Cheosuk and the Vietnamese Tet Trung Thu. What to do:
* Visit our Garden Terrace and Bridge of Gardens South Coast Plaza celebrates the Autumn Harvest Festival with colorful lanterns and lively décor
*Gourmet Mooncake Box Sets in Garden Terrace: A Pop-up by community partners featuring gourmet mooncake boxes and gift sets will be available for purchase at Garden Terrace
*The Magnificent Nature of China: Lucid Waters and Lush Mountains: A photo exhibit on level 2 Nordstrom wing presented by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of China courtesy of the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China

FREE Sugar Skull Decorating
Costa Mesa Donald Dungan Library October 27, 2021
4:00PM
Register: [email protected] or (949) 646-8845


CYPRESS
Fall things to do in Cypress
FREE Trunk or Treat
5800 Lincoln AveOctober 19, 2021
5:00PM-9:00PM
Food trucks, movie cars and more


DANA POINT
Fall things to do in Dana Point
$25 non-member; $15 member Creatures of the Night
Sherman Gardens & LibraryOctober 29-30, 2021
5:00PM-8:00PM
Creatures of the Night is a lively and engaging event where families can come to have fun while learning about the habits of birds of prey and nocturnal animals.

Enjoy an eerie garden walk and discover what plants do after dark. Toxic specimens, night blooming plants, and the Forbidden Jungle await! Dissect an owl pellet in the Nocturnal Alley, or create your own baby owlet out of a pinecone at the craft table. Or both!

Attendees will receive a passport to explore the Gardens after dark and visit interactive animal stations that delve into the nocturnal world and its inhabitants. Guests can get up close to birds of prey, tortoises, creepy, crawly bugs and get a close look at dissected carnivorous plants. Scorpions, tarantulas, lizards, snakes and other nocturnal animals will all be in the gardens. It is not a trick-or-treating, haunted house, or scary adventure.

WATCH: We visited Sherman Gardens

FREE Pumpkin Decorating
Dana Point LibraryOctober 26, 2021
1:00PM-5:00PM
Stop by any time between 1pm and 5pm to decorate your pumpkin without carving. Bring your own pumpkin to decorate! We will provide paint, sequins, feathers, and a bunch of spooktacular materials for you to use.


FULLERTON
Fall things to do in Fullerton
$30+ The 17th Door Haunt Experience
1851 W Orangethorpe Avenueselect dates September 17-October 31, 2021
6:00PM-12:30AM
OC’s scariest & most intense haunted house known for pushing boundaries! Mind-blowing rooms, shocking innovation & unique experiences that have never been undertaken before in a haunt, including an epic 45 minute add-on experience called The Field Trip!

FREE Downtown Fullerton Market
723 S Harbor BlvdOctober 23, 2021
12:00PM-5:00PM
Support 15+ vendors at Downtown Fullerton Market pop-up. Family and Pet Friendly event. Dog Halloween Costume Contest at 1pm. Kids Halloween Costume contest at 3pm. Food, drinks, live DJ, live giveaways.

$2 (12 years+); $1 (11 years and under) Spooky Food Festival
723 S Harbor BlvdOctober 2, 2021
6:00PM-9:00PM
Menu’s consisting of yummy delicious treats: burgers & fries, coffee & baked goods, cookies custom, cinnamon bun rolls, tamales & champurado, cake jars & so much more!!

$50 Sew a Giant Pumpkin Plushie Workshop
The Muckenthaler Cultural CenterOctober 5 and 7, 2021
12:00PM-5:00PM
This soft sculpture is perfect for decoration for Halloween and Thanksgiving. Amaze yourself and your friends with this playful and beginning sewing project.

10am-12pm: TK and Mommy (parent) Class
1pm-3pm: Adults/Seniors
3pm-5pm: Youth/Teens
6pm-8pm: Family Class

Each 2 hour session is $50 per person. All tools and materials will be provided.

$35 non-member, $20 student/senior, $15 member Día de los Muertos
The Muckenthaler Cultural CenterOctober 28, 2021
7:30PM-9:30PM
To celebrate Día De Los Muertos/Day of The Dead we present an incredible and unique shared performance by two of Southern California’s great traditional companies.

Mariachi Garibaldi de Jaime Cuéllar AND Ballet Folklorico de Los Angeles. They’ll be combining their prodigious talents into a single giant spectacular that will leave you speechless (sin palabras).


GARDEN GROVE
Fall things to do in Garden Grove
$10 (ages 3-13); $2 (ages 14+); FREE (under 2) Jack-o-Lantern Jamboree
Atlantis Play CenterOctober 30, 2021
1:00PM-4:00PM
Tickets on sale Monday, October 11 through Friday, October 29 until quantities are out. Tickets available by phone, in person, or online at ggcity.org/reggister. No ticket sales at the door.

$7 Salem’s Halloween Market
Garden Grove Elks Lodge October 2-3, 2021
1:00PM-4:00PM
Halloween market. Sign up for the Annual Costume Contest on Sunday October 3rd at Salems Market 2021!! Three different Costume Contests with Cash Prizes! 

FREE Sugar Skull Decorating
Garden Grove Main Library October 26, 2021
5:00PM-6:00PM
Register: [email protected] or (714) 530-0711

FREE Sugar Skull Decorating
Garden Grove Chapman Library October 28, 2021
4:00PM-5:00PM
Register: [email protected] or (714) 539-2115


HUNTINGTON BEACH
Fall things to do in Huntington Beach
FREE Halloween Bash
SeaSalt Beachside BurgerOctober 30, 2021
5:00PM-8:00PM
Join us for a Halloween costume concert at the beach!! Live music, food, beer, wine, pet and kid friendly! Wear your costume.

FREE Oktoberfest
SeaSalt Beachside BurgerSeptember 18-October 30, 2021
6:00PM (Wednesday-Saturday); 1:00PM (Sunday)
Wednesdays and Thursdays are FREE family nights, Fridays and Saturdays are 21+ ONLY and Sundays are family days! Old World Village is buzzing with chicken dancing, amazing German food, over 60 beers on tap, Oom pah pah bands, DJs, The Biergarten Shotzie Girls, competitions, craft cocktails and 10,000 square foot open air Biergarten and ginormous Fest Hall. 

$20/family Fall Fest
Worth ParkOctober 23, 2021
3:30PM-8:30PM
Fun family activities will include: a pumpkin patch and carving station, games, food trucks, a move and more! 3:30-6pm fall fest activities. 6:30-8:30pm: Monster House screening. Register online at hbsands.org. Activity code: 411202.


IRVINE
Fall things to do in Irvine
$6/person Tanaka Farms Pumpkin Patch
Tanaka FarmsSeptember 18-October 31, 2021
9:00AM-6:00PM
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! We offer lots of activities, from wagon rides to arts and crafts!

No reservations are needed Monday thru Thursday, or Friday before noon. Parking Passes are required Fridays starting at noon, Saturdays & Sundays.

WATCH: https://www.instagram.com/p/CUc_Ug2Je5F/

$22+Halloween Harvest Fit Fall 5K/10
5500 Irvine CenterOctober 23, 2021
8:00AM-11:00AM
We are combining the traditional Halloween/Harvest theme (so if that’s your gig, costume it up, join in games, costume contests, and super fun selfies and awards, but also adding an army/boot camp. A chance to play army at boot camp skill stations before or after the run.  A chance to get army face painted. And an additional awards added for not only best Halloween costumes, but best themed in a uniform! 

$12; $10 online Spooky Baby Steps
Pretend CityOctober 10, 2021
8:00AM-9:30AM
Join us for this October’s Baby Steps event as we explore some of nature’s creepy crawly critters! Exploring the different types of bugs in your backyard or on your evening walks can teach your little one about nature and help them develop positive attitudes towards themselves, natural life, and the earth! Asking questions such as “I wonder what’s under the rock?”, “What is that bird eating?”, and “Does that flower smell good?” encourages and nurtures early interest in the natural world! Specifically, for: Infant (0-18 months), grownups. For the comfort of our infant guests, no older siblings please.  

Included with museum admission The OC Ghostbusters
Pretend CityOctober 23, 2021
All day
We ain’t fraid of no ghosts…especially because the Ghostbusters will be here to handle all of the ghouls and goblins that try to impede on our fun. Join us for a spooky good time with hands-on activities and photo-ops.  

Included with museum admission Frankenstein Friday
Pretend CityOctober 29, 2021
All day
In honor of Mary Shelley’s classic fictional character, Frankenstein, we’re celebrating this green giant with monstrously fun activities. We may not be mad scientists, but we’re mad about monsters! 

Included with museum admission Trick-or-Treat through the City
Pretend CityOctober 31, 2021
General Admission: 12:00PM, 3:00PM & 4:00PM | Members Only: 10:30 AM  
We’re all treats and no tricks here in the city! Come be a part of our special trick-or-treat extravaganza as our Pretendgineers give away some neat surprises! This party is bound to be a scream!  

FREE Bouncing Bats: Small but Mighty!
Irvine Park RailroadOctober 6, 2021
7:00PM-9:00PM | Members Only: 10:30 AM  
After the sun has set, the night sky fills with small but mighty flying bats. Enjoy an evening discovering how important bats are to our ecosystems and how they help us stay bug-bite free! The program begins with an informal introduction to bats in the Soda Fountain at your own leisure. Then, breaking into groups, we will walk around the lake to search for these nighttime flyers as they race around catching their dinner. Bat detectors will help to identify and hear their high-frequency calls.

FREE Kids Halloween Party
YMM Art Space, 4505 Barranca Pkwy, STE BOctober 30, 2021
2:00PM-4:30PM  

$10 for children 12 & younger Monster Splash
William Woollett Jr. Aquatics CenterOctober 23, 2021
3–5 p.m. & 5–7 p.m.  
Dress in your spooky-best and join us at the pool to celebrate Halloween! In addition to trick-or-treating around the pool decks, we’ll have a floating pumpkin patch and decorating station. Enter the Halloween costume photo contest before changing to swim in the enchanted lagoon. Work up an appetite in the bounce houses before you purchase a ghoulish snack from gourmet food trucks. Come partake in the fun! Free parking. Registration required.

FREE Howloween Pawty
Woofpak Pet Kitchen – Irvine SpectrumOctober 30, 2021
11:00AM-1:00PM
Ghosts and Witches and Creatures of Fright, Don’t miss the call of Halloween Night at Woofpak’s “Howloween Pawty” at Irvine Spectrum

Get your tickets now at woofpakpetkitchen.com for FREE Woofpak Treat Bag, Costume Contest with PRIZES
Spectators no tickets necessary! Only dogs entering in competition required tickets due to limited space (available to purchase online & at the store)

FREE Pumpkin Balloon Ride
Great Park | Thursday-Sunday, through October 31, 2021
10:00AM-3:00PM | 7:00PM-10:00PM
Great Park pumpkin balloon ride

Must register in person at the visitor center. First come first serve. Free parking, visitors center has tickets for carousel, charging area, and a snack area which the store is only open Fri-Sun


LA HABRA
Fall events to do in La Habra

FREE La Habra Towne Center Halloween Event
Paseo Gonzalez, 1305 W. Whittier Blvd.Oct. 9, 2021
2:00PM-4:00PM
Crafts, Music, Face Painting, Balloon Twisting & Giveaways!

FREE Sugar Skull Decorating
La Habra Library October 28, 2021
4:00PM and 5:30PM
Register: [email protected] or (714) 526-7728 or (562) 694-0078


LADERA RANCH
Fall things to do in Ladera Ranch
FREE Family Ghost Bingo
Ladera Ranch LibraryOct. 13, 2021
4:00PM-5:00PM

BOO! It’s BINGO! Join us for a spooooky, fun time playing Ghost Bingo for booooks and treats. Generously sponsored by the Friends of the Ladera Ranch Library


LAGUNA HILLS
Fall things to do in Laguna Hills
FREE Spooky STEAM Activities
Laguna Hills Technology LibraryOct. 30, 2021
1:30PM
Join us for Spooky STEAM activities at Laguna Hills Technology Library.


LAGUNA NIGUEL
Fall things to do in Laguna Niguel
FREE Haunted Trails
Crown Valley ParkOct. 22-24, 2021
6:30PM-10:00PM

Haunted Trails is back again for another year of terrifying thrills! You are invited to join us on the trail for three memorable nights that are sure to haunt your dreams. Our undead monsters are eagerly awaiting your arrival. This year’s event will be reservation based, limited, and will sell out. Reservations will open online and in person in early October. Not recommended for children under 8 years old.

FREE Halloween Snap & Treats
Crown Valley AmphitheaterOct. 16, 2021
9:00AM-4:00PM

Put on your Halloween costumes and join us for family photo snaps. Bring your cell phones to take pictures with the harvest themed backdrops. You can also stop by the craft table for a scarecrow surprise! 

Reservations are required and will be available on Friday, October 1 at 9:00 AM. One 10-minute time slot per family and a maximum of 6 people per group. Furry friends are welcome and must be on leash! 

Starting on October 1st, you can reserve your timeslot at bit.ly/HalloweenSnapandTreat2021.

FREE Fall Boutique & Crafts Faire
Crown Valley Community CenterOct. 2, 2021
9:00AM-2:00PM

Shop from a variety of vendors selling unique and one-of-a-kind items. Start your holiday shopping early, or treat yourself to something special. 


LAKE FOREST
Fall things to do in Lake Forest
FREE Fall-o-Ween
Heritage Hill Historic Park | October 15 – 17 and 22 -24, 2021
4:30PM-8:30PM

Tour the decorated grounds at Heritage Hill Historical Park (25151 Serrano Road, Lake Forest ) and take your picture at a variety of fall and Halloween-themed photo opportunities. Little ghouls and goblins are invited to try and escape the hay maze and complete a scavenger hunt for spooky surprises. Event and parking are FREE. Costumes are encouraged and pets are welcome on leashes no longer than 6 feet. For more information visit OCParks.com. 


MISSION VIEJO
Things to do in the Fall in Mission Viejo
Starting at $20 for adults Haunt of Halloween
Kaleidoscope MallSept. 30 – Oct. 31, 2021 (Thursday-Sunday)
12:00PM

The event will feature a haunted maze, interactive scare zone, face-your-fears attraction, up-close horror pop up, thriller workshop, and makeovers by Hollywood special-effects makeup artists from Cinema Makeup School. You will also enjoy a souvenir photo op, sideshows and acts, live interactive reptile exhibit, meet and greets, pumpkin patch, kid-friendly trick-or-treating, Halloween-themed food and more! 

FREE Honey Babe Market
Kaleidoscope MallOct. 30, 2021
4:00PM-9:00PM
We will have loads of fun lined up: As always FUN Shopping! FREE Face Painting (get a ghost) Join the costume contest! TRICK-or-treating! & LIVE Music by these AMAZING KIDS & TEENS.

FREE Fall Family Photos
Pacific Hills Drive & Glenwood DriveOct. 23, 2021
9:00AM-12:00PM

Bring your kids/family and have a free photo taken with a fun fall backdrop. Wear your Halloween costume if you would like to. Or just take this opportunity to have a family picture taken.


NEWPORT BEACH
Fall things to do in Newport Beach
FREE Annual Fall Faire & Pumpkin Patch
Environmental Nature CenterOct. 17, 2021
10:00AM-3:00PM

Embark on a “Craft Crawl” and “Story Walk”. Play nature games, and watch performances around the “Fire Circle Stage”. Enjoy delicious treats from our SavorOC restaurant sponsors.  Get your face painted and pick up a pumpkin or two!

FREE Halloween Spectacular
Crean Mariners Branch LibraryOct. 30 2021
3:00PM-6:00PM

There will be LIVE music, trunk-or-treat area, haunted maze, carnival games, bounce houses, costume contests, food trucks and fun for the whole family! 

FREE Boo at the Bay: Family Halloween Party
2301 University DriveOct. 30 2021
11:00AM-3:00PM

Join us at the Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center for a fun family Halloween party featuring spooky stories, creepy crafts, weird science experiments, bizarre animals, and hair-raising games.   All children who attend in costume will receive ghoulish door prizes. 

Minors aged 16 and younger must have a legal guardian present at all times.


ORANGE
Fall things to do in Orange
FREE Halloween Spooktacular
Orange Public LibraryOct. 23, 2021
1:00PM-3:00PM

Stop by the Library for thrills, chills and treats. Come in costume to pose for a Spooktacular photo and stroll through the Haunted Room if you dare. Then pick up a spooky Take & Make craft kit. Visit the Spooktacular webpage beginning October 1 for more details.

FREE Treats in the Street
Old Towne OrangeOct. 28, 2021
4:00PM-7:00PM

Celebrate the Fall season with a fun family event. Activities include games, trick-or-treating, a costume parade and entertainment for all ages. Our local non-profit groups will have delicious food and tasty treats available for a nominal charge. Parents, please leave adult costume masks and pets at home.

FREE Irvine Park Railroad Pumpkin Patch
September 18-October 31, 2021 |  Irvine Park Railroad
The Pumpkin Patch is located just behind the train station and admission is FREE. Please note that a gate entrance fee will be charged by the County of Orange for each vehicle that enters Irvine Regional Park.

If you plan to visit us on busy weekends, we suggest that you plan to arrive early in the morning to help avoid park entrance and parking delays.

FREE Great Pumpkin Weigh-off
September 25, 2021 |  Irvine Park Railroad
9:00 am
Pumpkin growers will see if they have what it takes to win a prize for growing the biggest pumpkin. Cash prizes will be awarded.

FREE Oktoberfest
September 25-26, 2021 |  Green Cheek Beer Co
11:00 am-close
We’ll have our own German-style beers to drink… Festbier, Oak Lager’d Festbier, Bier, and Kölsch! We’ll have a variety of our own German food for ya to eat, and even a few games to play while you’re hanging out. We’ll also have some mini casks of Festbier, some cans of it, some sweet new 1 liter steins and this rad .5L boot too!

FREE Pirate’s Cave Haunt
2548 E Garfield Ave | Select nights Oct. 16-31, 2021
4:00PM-7:00PM

Pirate’s Cave Haunt has been providing family-friendly scares to the city of Villa Park & Orange for 22 years now. It’s a labor of love headed up by the father and son team Dave & Jacob Larson, at our home in Orange County, CA 

$45/$35 sibling discount Happy Halloween Pajama party!
Storeybook Dance | October 29, 2021
5:00PM-9:00PM
It’s parents night out! Storeybook Dance would like to invite your kids to join us for a ‘Happy Halloween Pajama party!’ Drop your kids off at our dance studio on Friday evening October 29th, 5:00-9:00pm. Your kids will enjoy pizza and green ghoulish punch, along with treats, games, a spooky story and Halloween dances. Oh, and ofcourse there will be a glow in the dark dance party! $45/$35 sibling discount. (Ages 4-12) Reservations are required as space is limited. Please call 714-941-9080 or email [email protected]


RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA
Fall things to do in Ranch Santa Margarita
FREE Halloween Family Festival
D30842 La MirandaOct. 31, 2021
2:00PM-5:00PM

Enjoy “spooktacular” fun for all ages at SAMLARC’s Halloween Family Festival! Families can trick-or-treat in a safe and welcoming environment, play in bounce houses and inflatables, enter the costume contest, and join in the child and pet costume parade. Attendees are encouraged to capture their favorite memories at a festive photo booth, purchase refreshments from local vendors, and enjoy music, games, and more.


SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO
Things to do in the Fall in San Juan Capistrano
$15 (adults); $12 (kids) Pumpkin Patch
ZoomarsSeptember 27-October 31,2021
10:00AM-4:00PM

Pumpkins and crafts available.


SAN CLEMENTE
Things to do in the Fall in San Clemente
$5 Spooky San Clemente
San Clemente Community CenterOct. 23,2021
4:00PM-7:00PM

Tricks & Treats for All Ages! Grab your costumes and bring the family to the Community Center for a night of games, costume contest, trick-o-treating, pumpkins, and more! Avoid the ticket lines and purchase your pre-sale wristbands today for only $5. 

FREE The Pumpkin Patch
Outlets at San Clemente | September 24-31, 2021
Times vary

Inflatable Amusements including bounce houses, GIANT slides and obstacle courses, Duck Bumper Boats as well as different types of Pumpkins, Gourds, Pumpkin Accessories, Snacks, Beverages and more.

WATCH: https://www.instagram.com/p/CUTIX2EBKPG/

FREE Big Jack’s Fall Festival
Outlets at San Clemente September 25,2021
10:00AM-4:00PM
Local makers, live music, good grub, kids activities, pumpkin patch and so much more

FREE Candy Crawl
Outlets at San Clemente October 30, 2021
1:00PM-3:00PM
Free trick-or-treating, pumpkin patch, live music and spooky fun

FREE Pumpkin Splash
San Clemente Aquatics Center | October 30, 2021
11:30PM-4:30PPM

Pumpkin Splash will take place at the San Clemente Aquatic Center October 30th. Two sessions beginning at 11:30a & 2:00p! Attendees of all ages can swim in the Activity pool & Play Structure, float around with pumpkins, listen to spooky music, play on the inflatable obstacle course, and enjoy Halloween themed activities in and out of the pool! Each participant will enjoy one pumpkin for decorating while supplies last. Entry fee is $7 per person pre-registered space is limited. Participants must successfully pass a swim test to play on the giant inflatable in the 50M pool.


SANTA ANA
Things to do in the Fall in Santa Ana
$19.95/adult; $14.95/child Spooky Science featuring The Monster Academy
Discovery CubeOct. 1st-30th
10:00AM-5:00PM

Our spook-tacular celebration is right around the corner. Spooky Science featuring the Monster Academy is coming soon. Visit on Halloween weekend, October 30 and 31, for the costume party parade and trick-or-treating at the museum! 

$3 Santa Ana Haunt 
2309 W. CubbonOctober 22-24, 29-31 2021
7:00PM-11:00PM
Are you ready to descend into hell and see what they have In store for you? and remember everyone’s hell is a little bit different from the others. 

$29.95/person (3+) Boo at the Zoo
Santa Ana ZooOct. 23, Oct. 24, Oct. 29, Oct. 30
5:30PM7:30PM

Boo at the Zoo is one of Orange County’s longest-running Halloween events, providing a fun, safe, and family-friendly event for children of all ages who love to embrace the Halloween spirit!

Guests will discover “merry, not scary” decorations throughout the Zoo, making this an activity the whole family can enjoy together, wearing family-friendly costumes and collecting goody bags for each child on their way out. 

Our exciting “Boofari” Express Train, Conservation Carrousel and Fifty Monkey Ferris Wheel rides will be entertaining little ghouls and goblins all night long. Parents, don’t forget your cameras! Boo at the Zoo will provide great photo opportunities to last a lifetime!

FREE DTSA’s Inaugural Pozolada!
W 4th St, Santa AnaOctober 9, 2021
4:00PM10:00PM

Curated by the same organization that brought you the successful Downtown Santa Ana Tamale Festival in 2019, the Pozolada celebrates this signature Mexican dish by providing a platform that will showcase over a dozen local restaurants hand crafting every type of pozole. This admission free food festival provides live music and entertainment, art vendors, beer and wine gardens, along with a spectacular “selfie” spot. 

$45 2021 Witches’ Brew Tea
Heritage MuseumOct. 16, 2021
11:00AM1:00PM

Join the Victorian Tea Society at Heritage Museum for fiendish food and Witches’ Brew! Don’t forget to bring your broom and costume! There will be spooky house tours and photo opportunities!

FREE The Pumpkin Corral Pumpkin Patch
MainPlace MallOct. 3-31, 2021
Mon-Thurs: 5pm-9pm / Fri: 4pm-10pm / Sat:10am-10pm / Sun: 10am-9pm
Snack Bar, Petting Zoo, Pumpkins, Field Trips, Inflatable Rides & Slides, Mechanical Kiddie Rides, Games, Bungee Jump, Bobbles, Pony Rides, Face Painting, And MORE!!

$35 Tunnel of Fright – Haunted Car Wash 
4450 Westminster AveSeptember 29-30; October 1-3, 7-10, 14-17, 2021
7:00PM-10:00PM

Our Zombies, ghosts, clowns and ghouls will surprise you throughout your adventure through our tunnel of fright. Theatrical special effects will leave you on the edge of your seat— Keep you seat belt secured and your hands and arms inside at all times!

We have no age limit to join in our experience, but younger children may find it a little too frightening. All visitors must remain in their vehicles at all times.

$24.99 Hocus Pocus Movie Night 
Heritage MuseumOctober 23, 2021
7:00PM-10:00PM
Before the movie begins, run “amuck, amuck, amuck” and enjoy trick-or-treating, themed photo ops, a costume contest, and trivia. Then find your spot, enjoy your picnic, and watch the Disney Halloween classic “Hocus Pocus” under the stars surrounded by the beautiful Victorian buildings of Heritage Museum of Orange County.

Member:$5 General: $10 Virtual Public Tour- Halloween Tours: Unsolved Mysteries
Bowers MuseumOctober 3, 7, 13, 24, 31, 2021
12:00AM-11:59PM
Join us for a spine-tingling experience that will haunt you! This 30-minute tour in the Historic Wing highlights mysteries surrounding the Bowers’ oldest artifacts and a ghostly presence often felt in the museum’s original building, dating back to 1936. Ticketholders will receive a private link to view the online presentation prior to the tour.

FREE Dia de los Muertos
Bowers MuseumOctober 24, 2021
11:00AM-3:00PM
Observe Mexican Day of the Dead as we remember friends and family members who are no longer with us. Celebrate the joy and happiness they brought into our lives with music by Joel Aceves and Los Cuates, dance by Relampago del Cielo, art, and special foods. Bring a photo for our ofrendas (memorial altar), honoring our loved ones and that special pet that left too soon.

FREE for Bowers members age 62+ | General $7 Mexican Day of the Dead Sugar Skulls
Bowers Museum (John Lee Court) October 28, 2021
10:00AM-12:00PM
A very special arts engagement program for seniors, Anne’s Treasures workshops will be held in-person. Decorate a Day of the Dead sugar skull with icing, sequins, flowers, and ribbons. Present it as a gift to a friend or place it on a memorial altar as a sweet offering for a departed loved one.

FREE Viva La Vida Santa Ana
Downtown Santa Ana November 6, 2021
12:00PM-10:00PM
Celebrate life the Latino way—artistic and compassionate. Santa Ana’s Dia De Los Muertos Festival captures this spirit through live performances, art installations and vendors, traditional altars, live music and community closeness. So, get your face paint ready and celebrate the Day of the Dead at Viva La Vida Santa Ana.

FREE Trick-or-Treating
MainPlace MallOct. 31, 2021
2:00PM-4:00PM
MainPlace invites guests to join us from 2pm-4pm (or while supplies last) on Sunday, October 31st to trick-or-treat throughout the mall! Participating retailers will have a sign displayed in their window indicating they have candy available.

We encourage everyone to come dressed up in your Halloween costume, however, anyone over 12 years of age is asked not to wear a Halloween mask (though COVID masks are encouraged) or to wear a costume with a weapon

FREE Día de los Muertos
MainPlace MallOct. 31, 2021
2:00PM-4:00PM
This free event will take place on Saturday, October 30th from 2pm – 5pm throughout the center! The first 200 kids to check in to the welcome table in Macy’s Court will receive a free goodie bag! During the event there will be live performances, live art, and workshops for guests to participate in.

2pm – 3pm- Folklorico dancing will entertain onlookers in Macy’s Court.
2pm – 5pm- Live artwork demonstration by artist Roger Eyes R in Macy’s Court, Día de los Muertos-inspired caricatures by Gianmarco Oriniano, a mural with photo op in Center Court, and an opportunity to have a live painter add the names of lost loved ones to an altar in Center Court.
3:30pm – 5pm- A live
Cumbia band performing in Macy’s Court.
Throughout the event, there will be three art workshops: painting a Haunted House on a small canvas with easel, painting a wooden Sugar Skull (both activities in Macy’s court), and an opportunity to learn wax resist watercolor painting (in Center Court).


SEAL BEACH
Things to do in the Fall in Seal Beach
FREE Crafts for Adults: Pumpkin Decoupage
Seal Beach Mary Wilson – 707 Electric Ave.October 12, 2021
2:00PM
Nothing says Fall more than pumpkins! This easy craft uses festive scrapbooking paper to create a one of a kind decoration that you’ll enjoy for years to come. Please RSVP as supplies are limited. 562-431-3584 This craft is intended for ages 18 and up.


STANTON
Things to do in the Fall in Stanton
$29.50/person Adventure City Boo-Tastic Halloween Party
Kaleidoscope MallOct. 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 28th and 29th
5:30PM-9:30PM

6 Nights of Adventure City Boo-Tastic Halloween Party! Tickets are available online now at www.adventurecity.com. Come join us for this super family-fun Halloween adventure! Let’s go on a Halloween Scavenger hunt, boogie along at our Spooktacular dance party, go through a spinning vortex, meet a mad scientist Magician, get candy and toys at our Trick-or-Treat Street and sooooooo much more! First event is Friday, October 1st! Buy tickets now before they all disappear! Tickets are not sold at the gate.


TUSTIN
Things to do in the Fall in Tustin
FREE Halloween Howl
Columbus Tustin Recreation Center | October 29, 2021
3:00PM-5:00PM
Halloween Howl will include a costume parade, carnival style games, a children’s performance by Ranger Jack, bounce houses, bubble show, prizes and plenty of Halloween treats and candy.

FREE Sugar Skull Decorating
Tustin LibraryOctober 30, 2021
10:00AM-11:00AM
Register: [email protected] or (714) 544-7725


VILLA PARK
Halloween events in Villa Park
FREE Villa Park Halloween Fest 
Villa Park Town CenterOctober 30, 2021
5:30PM
Kids of all ages are invited to visit in their favorite costumes and partake in the many contests and activities that are laid out for them. The costume contest is open to all children aged 12 or younger. To enter, simply come to the Villa Park Halloween Fest in costume before 5:30 p.m. and sign up. The coloring contest is open to all children aged 12 or younger. This year kids will be coloring at Halloween Fest. 


WESTMINSTER
Things to do in the Fall in Westminster
FREE Ghostbusters 2: Halloween Special Movie In Park Night 
Bolsa Chica ParkOctober 30, 2021
5:00PM-9:00PM
Movie starts at dark (around 6:15pm). Enjoy fun, custom contest with prizes, pre-movie raffle prizes, complimentary popcorn & cotton candy while supplies last for attendees. Costume contest at 5:30PM. Bring your own picnic and dine in the park before or during the movie!

Bring your own blankets, and low back outdoor chairs and get comfy! Enjoy DJ Music for 1 Hour Before Movie!

FREE Howl’Oween Dog Costume Parade & Contest
WAGS Pet AdoptionOctober 30, 2021
1:00PM-3:00PM
FREE to Spectate & FREE for Humans in Parade

Goodies Bags for Contest Participants. Pet Photo Opportunities. Pet Adoptions

All donations benefit WAGS Pet Adoption: Your spooktacular generosity helps WAGS Pet Adoption pay for medications, vaccines, food, outreach programming and so much more! Info. Call (714) 606-1644

FREE Safe Street and Treats
Westminster Family Resource CenterOctober 29, 2021
3:00PM-4:00PM
Families are welcome to join this fun event which will include trunk-or-treat, crafts, activities, and a Halloween movie night (beginning at dusk). For any questions, call the WFRC at 714-903-1331.

FREE Halloween Movie Night: Hotel Transylvania
Civic Center Sunken GardensOctober 29, 2021
Dusk
Families are welcome to join this fun event which will include trunk-or-treat, crafts, activities, and a Halloween movie night (beginning at dusk). For any questions, call the WFRC at 714-903-1331.


Yorba Linda
Halloween events in Yorba Linda
FREE Trails and Treats 
Travis Ranch Youth ParkOctober 30, 2021
9:00AM-11:00AM
Join us for a special Halloween Hike. As you hike along the trail, you’ll discover treats for the kids and photo opportunities for the whole family. Pre-registration is required.


Worth The Drive (Los Angeles, Inland Empire and San Diego spots)

Pumpkin Nights
October 10, 2021 – November 3, 2021
5:30PM – 10:30PM

Pumpkin Nights was founded in 2016 at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds with a mission to showcase local artists and celebrate the most magical time of year without the gore and scares. Now, Pumpkin Nights runs through the month of October in many cities across the US.

At PUMPKIN NIGHTS, you will venture along a half-mile walking path, where you’ll discover the Forbidden City, a Pirate’s Cove, and more fantastical lands built using over 5,000 hand-carved real and artificial pumpkins. The celebration continues with entertainment and games in The Village, our festival area.

Carlsbad Strawberry Fields

September 18, 2021 – November 8, 2021
9:00AM-7:00PM
Fri & Sat 9:00AM:10:00PM
Admission: $5, Children 5 and under are free
Corn Maze tickets: $10 (per person)
Featuring hay rides to pumpkin fields, Field of Screams Haunted Corn Maze (Fridays & Saturdays only), kids corn maze, pumpkin painting and giant pumpkins.  

We love sharing fun things to do, see and eat in Orange County. If you have other Fall events in Orange County that you would like to share with us, please drop us a note!

Carlsbad Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze
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Originally published on September 6, 2021. Last Updated on October 25, 2021 by Pattie Cordova

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