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.
Fall things to do in Aliso Viejo
Aliso Viejo City Hall, Suite 200
October 25,2019, 5pm-8pm
Enjoy painting a pumpkin for your spooky porch, and decorating a pillow case for all the candy you will collect on halloween, Enjoy watching the movie “Transylvania” while eating pizza.
Grand Park at Aliso Viejo Town Center
October 26, 2019, 10am-12pm
Children’s Crafts, Carnival Games, Balloon Twisters, DJ Entertainment and more! Wear your costume as you walk through the costume parade. Parade begins at 10:30 am.
Aliso Viejo Library
October 31, 2019, 4pm
Kids and families join us for crafts, pumpkin decorating, and mummy bowling. Also enjoy a special performance from Buster Balloon! Costumes welcome.
Things to do in the Fall in Anaheim
FREE Anaheim Fall Festival & Halloween Parade
Center Street Promonade, Anaheim | October 2021
FREE Kids Fun Zone
Anaheim Town Square | October 2021
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
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
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
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!
Phoenix Club Anaheim
Sept. 20 – Oct, 27, Sundays Only, 12pm-6pm
Come inside the Giant Beer Tent for German food, folk dancers, and kids activities. Sunday Family Days also include parades, sausage eating contest, bounce house, hair braiding, face painting, and free choo-choo rides 12-4pm.
Downtown Anaheim Community Services
November 1, 2019, 5pm – 9:30pm
This free community event brings you a fun-filled night of arts, music, culture and dance in support of the City’s youth development program, Project S.A.Y. (Support Anaheim’s Youth). This year’s event will showcase 40+ altars, art displays, live mariachi music, Aztec dancers, kids crafts, face-painting, and so much more. Don’t forget to bring your lawn chairs and a blanket.
Fall things to do in Brea
FREE Halloween Costume Exchange
Brea Resource Center | October 9, 2021
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
Fall things to do in Buena Park
$52+/person Knott’s Spooky Farm
Knott’s Berry Farm | Saturdays & Sundays, Sept. 25 – Oct. 31
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 Farm | Select 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 Adventure | Sept. 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 every Saturday and Sunday for ghouls and goblins of all ages! However, all costumes must be family friendly, no masks and no weapons.
Halloween events in Costa Mesa
$35+ Boo Ha Ha!
OC Fair | October 29-30, 2021
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 Field | October 1-31, 2021 (weekends only)
Pick your own pumpkin! Wander through the flower fields! Take a Wagon Ride around the fields! Open on weekends only.
September 25-26, 2021 | Green Cheek Beer Co
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!
Tewinkle Park | October 30, 2021
Pet adoptions, pet costume contets, vendors, dog training introductory class, and much more!
FREE Scarecrow Festival
Lions Park Event Lawn | October 16, 2021
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 Autumn Harvest Festival
South Coast Plaza | September 11-21, 2021
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
Halloween events in Dana Point
$25 non-member; $15 member Creatures of the Night
Sherman Gardens & Library | October 29-30, 2021
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.
Fall things to do in Cypress
Cypress Community Center
October 31, 2019, 6-9pm
Enjoy a safe halloween night with game booths, candy, family games, trick or treat stree, live entertainment and Fun Zone. Admission is $3 cash.
Halloween events in Fullerton
$30+ The 17th Door Haunt Experience
1851 W Orangethorpe Avenue | select dates September 17-October 31, 2021
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 Blvd | October 23, 2021
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 Blvd | October 2, 2021
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 Center | October 5 and 7, 2021
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
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 Center | October 28, 2021
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).
Halloween events in Garden Grove
$10 (ages 3-13); $2 (ages 14+); FREE (under 2) Jack-o-Lantern Jamboree
Atlantis Play Center | October 30, 2021
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.
Halloween events in Huntington Beach
FREE Halloween Bash
SeaSalt Beachside Burger | October 30, 2021
Join us for a Halloween costume concert at the beach!! Live music, food, beer, wine, pet and kid friendly! Wear your costume.
SeaSalt Beachside Burger | September 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 Park | October 23, 2021
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.
Halloween events in Irvine
$6/person Tanaka Farms Pumpkin Patch
Tanaka Farms | September 18-October 31, 2021
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.
$22+Halloween Harvest Fit Fall 5K/10
5500 Irvine Center | October 23, 2021
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 City | October 10, 2021
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 City | October 23, 2021
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 City | October 29, 2021
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 City | October 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 Railroad | October 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.
OC Parks-Irvine Ranch
September 19, 2019, 8:30am-11:30am
The Irvine Ranch Conservancy’s one-of-a-kind Native Seed Farm in Irvine! You will be harvesting seeds from quirky native summer wildflowers, like Yellow Pincushion and California Wishbone Bush. Absolutely no experience or special equipment required! Ages 8 and up; minors must be accompanied by an adult.
Sept. 27- Nov. 1st , Thurs-Fri 10am-3pm, 7-10pm / Sat-Sun 9am-3pm, 7-10pm
In Irvine, you know Halloween is near when the Balloon at the Orange County Great Park displays the iconic jack-o-lantern face, affectionately known as “Jack.” Jack’s arrival also signals the annual Fall Food Drive at the Park, offering visitors a way to support local food banks.
Sept 27-Oct 26, Fridays & Saturdays, 9pm-12am
Think you’ve got the guts for the park after dark? Brave 3 hours of unlimited attractions and take on 3 terrifying scare zones. Scare Zones include: Pirate Point, Midway Mayhem, Zombie Zone
Sept 28- Oct 27, Saturdays & Sundays, 1pm to 3pm
Hay maze, Trick-or-Treat Trail, Crafts & Games & More! *FREE for Kids 12 & Under
OC Parks-Irvine Ranch Open Space
October 4th, 2019, 6pm-8pm
Come hear fascinating tales of our flying mammal. We will head out towards a popular roosting location as we watch our nighttime heroes begin their nightly adventures. This program is ideal to visually observe the bats in flight, though bat detectors are available to listen for their high-frequency calls. Ages 8 and up; children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
October 4-30 10:15am-11:15am
Come learn about creatures that are associated with Halloween! Class includes hands-on learning, fun crafts, and meeting zoo animals up close! Ages: 3-4 years old only. Parent must accompany child for duration of program.
October 12, 2019, 7-9pm
Join us for a special Halloween edition of our movie nights under the Giant Wheel with a seasonal classic. The movie will start at 7PM, but seating will be open at 5:30pm, so plan accordingly to make sure you have time to buy snacks!
OC Great Park
October 12-13, 2019, 10am-5pm
The now two-day festival incorporates the best of Irvine’s historic fall festival to offer more food, art, and music throughout an entire weekend at the Great Park. Families will delight in an expanded Kids Village with crafts, interactive activities, seek-a-treat, and a petting zoo.
Irvine Lakeview Senior Center
October 19, 2019 – 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Spook your friends at the Disability Services annual Halloween dance, the Monster Bash, now on a new date — Friday, October 19, 7–9 p.m. Event features refreshments and a costume contest, and guests will have the opportunity to purchase photos for $1 (cash only). Registration not required; $3 per person at the door. Ages 14+. For more information, call Disability Services at 949-724-6637.
October 26, 2019, 10am-4pm
Join us for Halloween fun at the OC Zoo! Activities include trick-or-treating*, spooky kids crafts, a scavenger hunt*, and fun games!
Fall things to do in La Habra
La Habra Branch Library
October 26, 2019, 11am-3pm
Crafts, Folklorico & Aztec dancers & more!
Children’s Museum at La Habra
October 31, 2019, 10am-12pm
Calling all little monsters for a Halloween bash featuring Mad Scientist activities, games, crafts, and a mini-maze! Little ones and their adults are encouraged to dress in costume!
Fall things to do in La Palma
La Palma Library
October 30, 2019, 4pm
Join us! Get your free face/arm painting with your favorite spooky design.
Things to do in the Fall in Ladera Ranch
FREE Family Ghost Bingo
Ladera Ranch Library | Oct. 13, 2021
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
Fall things to do in Laguna Hills
Laguna Hills Mall
Sept 27-31, 2019, Mon-Thurs 11am-8:30pm / Fri-Sun 10am-10pm
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. Admission is FREE!
Fall things to do in Laguna Niguel
FREE Haunted Trails
Crown Valley Park | Oct. 22-24, 2021
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 Amphitheater | Oct. 16, 2021
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 Center | Oct. 2, 2021
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.
Fall things to do in Lake Forest
Heritage Hill Historical Park
October 4, 2019, 5:30pm – 8:30pm
Heritage Hill Historical Park welcomes back the annual Autumn Harvest Festival. Bring the family to a fun-filled adventure and experience the park transformed into a spooky Halloween festival.Enjoy the Trick-or-Treat stations, Adventure Maze, and dare to visit the Haunted School House. Children of all ages can participate in ghoulish games, costume contests and the pumpkin decorating zone. Costumes and trick-or-treat bags are recommended. $5 Admission
Heritage Hill Historical Park
October 5, 2019, 5:30pm – 8:30pm
The Halloween adventure arrives early this year at the Autumn Harvest Festival. The park will once again be costumed and dressed as an adventure filled festival. Some of the attractions from past years included. The Indiana Jones Trick or Treat Stations, The Under the Sea Adventure Maze, “Harry Potter” School House, and Storytelling Adventures.
October 11-12th, 2019, 6:30pm – 10:30pm
Scary mazes, music, stage performers, game booths and more! Wear your costume (no masks or face make-up) and come be part of this exciting tradition. No re-entry or outside bags will be allowed. *Recommended for 12 years old & up.
October 13, 2019, 10am-3pm
Mark your calendars for our annual fall shop and sip event!
Fall things to do in Los Alamitos
Los Alamitos-Rossmoor Library
October 30, 2019, 10am-1pm
Drop in from 10am to 1pm, or 3pm to 6pm, to carve or decorate your pumpkin at the library! Make a traditional jack-o’-lantern or try one of our no-carve, but still spooky ideas. Don’t feel like carving? We’ve got paint, glitter, glue, and more so you can really get creative. We’ll provide the space, supplies, and even clean up the mess. You just need to bring your own pumpkin. Ages 4-12.
Things to do in the Fall in Mission Viejo
Starting at $20 for adults Haunt of Halloween
Kaleidoscope Mall | Sept. 30 – Oct. 31, 2021 (Thursday-Sunday)
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 Mall | Oct. 30, 2021
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 Drive | Oct. 23, 2021
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.
Fall things to do in Newport Beach
FREE Annual Fall Faire & Pumpkin Patch
Environmental Nature Center | Oct. 17, 2021
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 Library | Oct. 30 2021
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 Drive | Oct. 30 2021
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.
Fall things to do in Orange
FREE Halloween Spooktacular
Orange Public Library | Oct. 23, 2021
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 Orange | Oct. 28, 2021
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
Pumpkin growers will see if they have what it takes to win a prize for growing the biggest pumpkin. Cash prizes will be awarded.
September 25-26, 2021 | Green Cheek Beer Co
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
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
RANCHO SANTA MARGRITA
Fall things to do in Ranch Santa Margarita
FREE Halloween Family Festival
D30842 La Miranda | Oct. 31, 2021
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.
OC Parks- O’Neill Regional Park
October 5, 2019, 10am-2pm
Come celebrate Acorn Day under the oaks at O’Neill Regional Park. This free event is a family-friendly day of excitement and learning with activities for every age: free crafts for kids, a live butterfly enclosure, active games, face painting, live music and introductory ukulele lessons, nature and animal exhibits, storytelling, activities like painting on water, acorn and oak tree planting and much more for the entire family!
October 31, 2019, 2-5pm
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! Capture your favorite memories at our festive photo booth, purchase refreshments from great local vendors, and enjoy music, games, and more!
Fall things to do in San Juan Capistrano
Oct. 1- 31st, 2019, 9am-5pm
Bring your family this autumn and experience a full pumpkin patch on our historic farm. You’ll meet kunekune pigs, sheep, feed apples to the zeedonks, hear turkeys gobble for grapes.Hop in the bunny patch to cuddle with cottontails, and then brave the goat pen for some very big hugs! There’s more to do than petting too. We’ve got a playground, a corn box, mini-train, even horses and ponies to ride! Grab a snack in our coffee shop then stroll the historic district and step back in time.
Things to do in the Fall in San Clemente
$5 Spooky San Clemente
San Clemente Community Center | Oct. 23,2021
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 Big Jack’s Fall Festival
Outlets at San Clemente | September 25,2021
Local makers, live music, good grub, kids activities, pumpkin patch and so much more
San Clemente Outlets
October 26, 2019, 1-3pm
Save the date for our annual pre-Halloween celebration! Collect treats from participating stores and enjoy family fun, including a Pumpkin Patch, inflatable fun (fees apply), creepy crawlies from Wild Wonders, photo ops and more!
Ole Hanson Beach Club
October 30, 2019, 3pm-6pm
Enjoy a poolside pumpkin patch, spook-tacular music, pumpkin games and more at the Ole Hanson Beach Club! This is a free event where each participant will take home an orange floating friend of their own picking.
San Clemente Library
October 30, 2019, 4-5:30pm
Celebrate Dia de los Muertes! For Teens ages 12–17 years. Join us for a fun afternoon decorating your own sugar skull. Refreshments will be served.
Things to do in the Fall in Santa Ana
$19.95/adult; $14.95/child Spooky Science featuring The Monster Academy
Discovery Cube | Oct. 1st-30th
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. Cubbon | October 22-24, 29-31 2021
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 Zoo | Oct. 23, Oct. 24, Oct. 29, Oct. 30
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 Ana | October 9, 2021
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 Museum | Oct. 16, 2021
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 Mall | Oct. 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 Ave | September 29-30; October 1-3, 7-10, 14-17, 28-31, 2021
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 Museum | October 23, 2021
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 Museum | October 3, 7, 13, 24, 31, 2021
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 Museum | October 24, 2021
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
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.
October 24, 2019, 10am-12pm
Decorate Sugar Skulls in honor or gift to a loved one.
Dia de los Muertos
MainPlace Mall – Event Held in Macy’s Court, Center Court and Food Court
October 26, 2019, 2pm–5pm
During the celebration, there will be live music, dance performances, cookie decorating, art workshops, face painting and a photo booth. Attendees are encouraged to wear costumes. The first 300 children to check in to the table in Macy’s Court will receive a FREE swag bag filled with goodies.
Downtown Santa Ana
October 26, 2019, 1pm–10pm
Held in the heart of Orange County, Santa Ana’s Dia De Los Muertos Festival “Viva La Vida” captures the very essence of our cultural and artistic spirit. Organized by community members, the purpose of the celebration is to honor ancient traditions of the festival through art, culture, and compassion. “Viva La Vida is a free, family friendly festival.
October 31, 2019, 4-6pm
On October 31st, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., MainPlace Mall invites children and their families to trick or treat participating retailers (designated by signs in their windows). Participants are encouraged to wear costumes; anyone over 12 years of age is asked not to wear a mask or costume with a weapon. Fighting is prohibited on the property and offenders will be asked to leave; the use of silly string, blow horns, or any powdery substance is also prohibited and subject to confiscation.
Downtown Santa Ana
November 3, 2019 1:00pm – 10:00pm
In addition to viewing beautifully created altars, attendees will be entertained by cultural performances and live music. Children can get their face painted and participate in free, art workshops. Local artists will be selling their wares and local restaurants will be selling their most delicious dishes. Finally, attendees will have a photo opportunities with La Catrina, the modern-day icon of Día de los Muertos created by Mexican artist Jose Guadalupe Posada.
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
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.
Things to do in the Fall in Stanton
$29.50/person Adventure City Boo-Tastic Halloween Party
Kaleidoscope Mall | Oct. 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 28th and 29th
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.
October 30, 2019, 4-5pm
Celebrate with Arty as he takes you through the rich folklore of Dia de los Muertos. There will be free balloon creatures, puppets, music, storytelling and magic.
Things to do in the Fall in Tustin
FREE Halloween Howl
Columbus Tustin Recreation Center | October 29, 2021
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.
Halloween events in Villa Park
FREE Villa Park Halloween Fest
Villa Park Town Center | October 30, 2021
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.
Things to do in the Fall in Westminster
FREE Ghostbusters 2: Halloween Special Movie In Park Night
Bolsa Chica Park | October 30, 2021
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!
Halloween events in Yorba Linda
FREE Trails and Treats
Travis Ranch Youth Park | October 30, 2021
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)
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.
October 1-31, 2019, 1pm-5pm
Our famous Corn Maze and Harvest Festival is back for another year of FarmTastic Fun!
Join Us as the Farm takes on a magical theme to celebrate the 80th Anniversary of the Wizard of Oz! The FarmTastic Maze of Oz will have you saying: There’s no place like home… with 4 acres of twists, turns and dead ends!
Big Horse Feed & Mercantile, 33320 Temecula Parkway
Sept 28- Oct 27, 2019, Tues-Fri 1pm-5pm / Sat-Sun 11am-5pm
4 acre corn maze plus full slate of family-friendly attractions. Weekend activities at the Big Horse Corn Maze includes our pumpkin patch, pony rides, hayride, pillow jump, animal sharing center, mini maze, pig races, high striker, rock wall, corn cannon, face painting, knockers balls, zip line, contests and much much more.
Carlsbad Strawberry Fields
September 18, 2021 – November 8, 2021
Open 7 days a week 9am-7pm
In October Fri & Sat open 9am-10pm
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.
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