2020 Orange County Halloween Events
Halloween season is here, and it’s unlike any other we’ve ever experienced. So while this list is shorter than in previous years, it is not to mean that it won’t be as fun.
We’ve tried to round up as many festive Halloween events as possible, if we missed one – please let us know!
Family-friendly Orange County Halloween Events
Orange County Haunted Ghost Walks
Through October 31 | 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.
Spooksieboo Events Halloween Pop-up
October 3, 10 | GardenWalk, Anaheim
Event is organized with time entry beginning at 3pm. Parking is available in the center’s 4-story parking garage. Two entrances are conveniently located off Katella Avenue and Disney Way. Every purchase can be used to enter the cyber raffle. They’ll be raffling 4 $50 Visa gift cards and other prizes. Face masks required.
Anaheim Fall Festival & Halloween Parade
October 1 – 31 | Center Street Promonade, Anaheim
Performers, Artists, Music, Crafts and so much more will burst into each home, online of course, day one thru 31st!
Halloween Craft Kits
October 10 | Anaheim Town Square
FREE Kidz Craft Kit featuring a pumpkin decorating craft is available for walk-ins on Oct 10 from 1-2pm to pickup any unclaimed crafts.
*Reserved pickups (SOLD OUT) are from 12-1pm on Oct 10 at the red tent between Target & Goodwill. Tutorial on our IGTV day of pickup.
Knott’s Taste of Fall-O-Ween
Thursday – Sundays September 21 – November 1st | Knott’s Berry Farm
Knott’s Berry Farm introduces its newest family-friendly outdoor dining and retail experience celebrating the Halloween season! Experience the flavors of Fall with Knott’s Taste of Fall-O-Ween. A cornucopia of Harvest and Halloween décor will transform the park for the season. Guests of all ages can dress up in their most festive costumes (Approved face masks required). One-of-a-kind themed food and treats, exclusive event merchandise including specialty items from local crafters, an all-new “Into the Fog” art show, and so much more is included. Plus included with a junior tasting card, young guests will have an opportunity to take a trip through the fully-themed Camp Snoopy Trick-or-Treat Trail presented by Hershey and Ralphs, loaded with multiple treat stations and special spooky decorations. All Knott’s Taste of Fall-O-Ween activities will be conducted at a safe and socially distant space for families to enjoy. Fast masks required.
Pirate’s Diner Adventure’s Vampirate’s!
October 16 – 18, 23 – 25, 30 & 31 | Pirate’s Dinner Adventure
Celebrate Halloween with Pirate’s Dinner Adventure at Treasure Bay’s Annual Masquerade Ball. However, heed this warning: be wary. For the Evil Captain Sebastian the Black is still lurking in the shadows, awaiting unsuspecting guests who would become prey to him and his horde of “Vampire Pirates.”
Cops N’ Goblins Spooktacular Halloween Drive-thru
October 30 | 4 – 5:00pm | City of Buena Park – City Hall
Bring your little goblins out for a drive-thru trick-or-treat experience!
Decorated drive-thru, free candy, and social distanced fun to celebrate Halloween brought to you by your Buena Park Police Department and Community Services Department.RSVP from Oct. 8-29 to: (714) 562-3860
Corona Del Mar
Halloween Boutique | A Pirates Life for Me
September 3 – October 31 | Rogers Gardens Corona Del Mar
Take a wild adventure out to sea and enter into the World of Pirates. Explore the private corridors and cabins below the ships deck to find precious gems. Venture underwater as you search through caves and discover treasures, surprises and frights to decorate your home for Halloween. Experience our Halloween Boutique in person or shop our online
WATCH: We visited Rogers Gardens.
Urban Legends Drive-Thru Haunt
October 1 – November 1 | OC Fair & Event Center
In the safety of their own vehicle, guests will enjoy a drive-thru where scare seekers will experience immersive storytelling and terrifying scenes. Guests will be entertained by live performances throughout their drive, plus experience three interactive show zones with an immersive show of lights, sound, special effects and monsters that will come alive.
Tickets start at $49 per vehicle (includes up to 5 guests per vehicle). Vehicles with 6 or more guests, price starts at $69 per vehicle.
Trunk O’ Treat at IKEA Costa Mesa
October 30 | IKEA Costa Mesa
Attendees can drive through the line of Tricks and Treats, for easy treats in trunks. You can BOO! and awe at decorated tents, look at live, local Artist activations and enjoy cultural music performances that are all drive-through.
Street Food Tuesday Trunk or Treat!
October 27 | 5:00 – 9:00pm | Home Depot – Parking Lot, Cypress
a Halloween Trunk or Treat event plus street food!!! You’re favorite Movie Car meets your favorite Food Trucks all in one place. Confirmed Movie Vehicles: Ghostbusters Ecto1, Jurassic Park, Herbie, Lightning McQueen, Pizza Planet Truck, KITT from Knight Rider and more to be announced. Don’t forget to bring a chair, table and enjoy a night out.
Halloween Spooktacular Movie Night
October 24 | Del Obispo Park Ball Field
Halloween Spooktacular Movie Night “Nightmare Before Christmas.” Social distancing movie 12’x12’ grass area for up to 8 people per household, with a 10’ space between each area. Cloth face covering required, except while seated in your area. Non-contact temperature check upon admittance. Bring blankets, and beach chairs.
Come dressed in family friendly costumes. Dana Point Sheriff’s Trunk or Treat candy hand out starting at 4:30pm. Burger Monster Food Truck from 4:30pm to 9:30pm, featuring delicious burgers and fries for purchase. http://burgermonster.net. FREE popcorn and candy for each child attending the movie. Outdoor walk through Halloween area with Halloween entertainment.
Fullerton Haunted Walking Tours
Every Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday in October | Fullerton Museum
All tours will be preceded by a meet and greet from 5:30 – 6:00pm with members of North Orange County Paranormal Society in the museum classroom. Ghost hunters are invited to learn about the latest advances in paranormal research and see how researchers confirm or debunk; claims of paranormal activity.
October 17 | Fountain Valley Recreation Center
Meet at the FV Recreation Center. While in your vehicle, staff will give you your monster hunters guide. Once you complete it and bring it back to the Recreation Center, you will win a ghoulish treat!
While hunting monsters, please make sure to maintain social distancing and wear a face covering while interacting with staff.
Irvine Park Pumpkin Patch
October 1 – 31 | Irvine Regional Park, Orange
When the Pumpkin Patch reaches capacity, as one family/group exits, another family/group will be allowed to enter.
To purchase a pumpkin, you will have several options shown to you by a staff member from behind a counter that you can choose from. You will not be able to walk around and pick out a pumpkin like in previous years.
In addition to the train and hay wagon ride, there will be a couple game booths that will be sanitized after every use and a few photo opportunity areas for you to take photos with your family or group.
Tanaka Farms Drive-thru Pumpkin Patch & U-Pick Pumpkin w/ Wagon Ride
September 21 – October 31 | Tanaka Farms, Irvine
Tanaka Farms is one of the only farms in Orange County with a REAL pumpkin patch! Reservations are required.
Two options this Year:
The Drive-Thru Pumpkin Farm Experience runs every Saturday and Sunday from September 19th through October 31st.
The U-Pick Pumpkin with Wagon Ride runs Monday through Friday from September 21st through October 30th.
Drive-Thru Trunk or Treat
October 31 | Saddleback Irvine North
Looking for a place that’s safe and fun on Halloween? Please join us for our first-ever Irvine North Drive-Thru Trunk or Treat celebration October 31 from 5:00-7:00 PM! Come have fun with your whole family, see some super cool decorated trunks, while your kids enjoy candy, games and treats all from the safety of their own car! Invite your friends and neighbors! Be sure to register to have your name entered into our raffle! Winners will receive a special gift card! If you have questions or would like more information please email [email protected]
Saddleback Church Drive-thru Trunk Or Treat
October 31 | Saddleback Church Lake Forest
6th annual Fall Fest from 4:00 PM-7:00 PM! This year they will have a safe, family friendly, drive thru only Trunk-or-Treat experience.
October 29 | The Ritz-Carlton
Bark your calendar to join other canines and their companions to sniff and Haute hounds enjoy lapping up libations, thanks to water in his favorite flavor – bacon, chicken, beef or vegan – while human guests relax with a glass of Mutt Lynch Unleashed Chardonnay, Merlot Over and Play Dead, Chateau d’Og Cabernet Sauvignon or a refreshing cocktail featuring Tito’s Vodka. Beer and a selection of barbecue items are also available for purchase.
City of Mission Viejo Annual Scarecrow Contest
October – November | Norman P. Murray Community and Senior Center – Mission Viejo
It still feels like summer, but fall is in the air – meaning scarecrow season is quickly approaching. The City will place more than 50 scarecrows in public places throughout the community and is seeking nonprofit organizations – churches, scouts, schools and charities – to make a scarecrow for the chance to win a cash prize. The City’s 4th annual Scarecrow Contest calls for local businesses and nonprofit organizations to design and create a scarecrow for display at the Norman P. Murray Community and Senior Center in October. The City will build the frames and bases (made from wood and cement) or organizations can make their own. Each scarecrow will be tagged with the organization’s name and on display during the month of October. FREE
Spook-tacular Halloween Crafts
October 19 – 31 | Newport Beach Central Public Library Calling all
Calling all ghouls, goblins, princesses and superheroes! We’re brewing up a lot of at-home Halloween fun with Grab-and-Go crafts and activities, a virtual costume parade, and a chance to win a raffle prize!
Grab-and-Go craft kits available for pick up at any Newport Beach Public Library location beginning October 19 through October 31 (while supplies last).
Funding is generously donated by the Friends of the Library.
Environmental Nature Center Virtual Fall Faire & Pumpkin Patch
October 18 | Environmental Center
Embark on a virtual “Craft Crawl” and “Story Walk”. Play virtual nature games, and watch performances around the virtual “Fire Circle Stage” by folks like Birdsong and the Eco-Wonders. Watch SavorOC cooking shows to learn how to prepare delicious, sustainable food from chefs at local restaurants. Decorate yourself in your best Fall Themed costume or face paint, post your photo on Instagram and tag it #2020ENCFallFaire for a chance to win awesome prizes! The schedule for the day’s online fun will be posted HERE.
Purchase a “Fall Faire To Go” bag and receive a pumpkin, goodies and recipes from the Savor OC Restaurant Showcase sponsors, an ENC bandana, native plant seeds, a nature tattoo, a children’s nature book, materials to do a fun science experiment (the hidden colors in a leaf!), and to create a fall themed craft! The first 200 bags will contain a $20 gift card to Avila’s El Ranchito Restaurant (valid at Newport Beach, Huntington Beach and Corona del Mar), a $10 gift card (off $25 purchase) to Descanso Mexican Restaurant, $5 gift cards (off $25 purchase) to Hi Time, Sweet Shack and Al’s New York Cafe, a free #1 combo from Wahoo’s Fish Tacos, a free week of classes at Ra Yoga, and a jar of pepper jam from Naked Grandma and a BAO TEA toothbrush!
An Online Silent Auction from October 12 – 18 will feature something for everyone – from in home wine tasting experiences to gift certificates to your favorite restaurants to cupcakes! Donate to our online silent auction HERE.
A virtual Native Plant Sale from October 12 – 18 will feature landscape quality native plants that serve as habitat to native animals like birds and butterflies. More info on the benefits of native plants HERE. Native plants can be purchased online and picked up from the Nature Center (between October 20 & October 23).
Trunk or Treat
October 15 | Gonzalez’s Restaurant
Please make plans to visit us that day for some socially distancing trick-or-treating at our beautifully decorated cars as well as visiting our partners, Gonzalez’s Restaurant and El Pulgarcito.
We’ll have giveaways, candy, photo opp, and an opportunity to meet other Living Mi Vida Loca readers!
Festival at City Hall
October 23rd – 29th | Orange City Hall
Households are invited to dress-up in your best Halloween costumes, bring along a decorated pumpkin, and help us turn our City Hall front lawn into a Pumpkin Patch. Then, everyone can “escape” the fun maze, grab a take-home craft (ssshhhh, it’s a secret!), and take a spooktacular family picture at our Photobooth.
This all takes place on the front lawn at City Hall, 300 E. Chapman Avenue, with drop-in hours between Friday, October 23 and Thursday, October 29th. Parking is around the back.
Also, please remember to wear a face covering, practice social distancing, and follow all COVID-19 health guidelines.
Pirates Cave Haunt
October 23, 24, 25, 30, 31 & November 1 | 2548 E Garfield Ave
To keep Halloween alive this year, Pirates Cove Haunt is doing their first Yard Display Show on the origins of the Pirate’s Cave. The attraction is a 10-minute multi-screen video presentation synced to lighting effects, props, special effects, and live actors. The show will play every 10 minutes from 7-10 pm on all of our operating nights.
Candyland Lane Treat Walk
October 25 | Salem Lutheran Church
Wear your costumes and join us for Salem’s first Candyland Lane Treat Walk on October 25th, a safe trick-or-treating alternative event that takes your kids on a journey through Salem’s campus to collect candy! Snap a family photo in front of our festive backdrop at the end of your journey (bring your own camera!). Please register for one of two time slots. Only one person needs to register per family.
Virtual Family Halloween Spooktacular
October 30 | Facebook Live
Visit their Facebook page on Friday, October 30th at 10:30 a.m., and listen to some not-so-spooky stories during a special live storytime. Winners of the costume contest will be announced.
October 29 | City of Placentia
Join the City of Placentia for a drive-thru Halloween Hunt. Come dressed in your Halloween costume as you trick-or-treat through the city of Placentia. Visit all the stops on the map to collect a variety of Halloween goodies.
All families are welcomed. This event will be organized based on COVID-19 CDC recommended guidelines. Participants will be asked to stay in their cars, wear a mask and roll down their windows to safely collect Halloween Treats.
For more info, call the community services department at 714-993-8232.
Boo at the Zoo
October 17-18 & 24-25 | Santa Ana Zoo
Follow a fun Halloween trail through the Zoo during extended admission hours. You’ll discover our “merry, not scary” decorations along the way, making this an activity the whole family can enjoy together, wearing family-friendly costumes and collecting goody bags for each child on the way out. Limited timed entry.
Halloween Art Contest
October 25 | La Michoacana Express Santa Ana of DTSA
Halloween Art Contest for kids grades per-school through 8th.
The contest, a collaboration between the La Michoacana and other local Busniesss , will run October 25. Kids are encouraged to submit Halloween or fall theme artwork. Each entry will receive a Halloween treat bag. Entries can be of any medium, paint, crayon, clay, fabric , etc. The art work will be displayed in the La michoacana center court patio
First, second and third place winners will be selected for three different age categories. The winners of each age category will receive a gift card.
First place prize is $100, second place $50 and third place $25.
Trail of Treats
October 31 | Orange County First Assembly
A family walkthrough experience.
Kids Fun Zone: Spooktacular Edition
October 31 | Bristol Warner Marketplace
Kids will get to participate in special Halloween crafts, games & more!
This year they’re giving away one giant (awesome) family-friendly prize worth $100-$200!!! All you have to do is be at that week’s Kids Fun Zone & sign up for our KFZ email list once you’re there to be entered to win.
The Pumpkin Corral
October 3 – 31 | The MainPlace Mall & Live Oak Canyon
Join us for exciting rides, fun games, delicious food and even a petting zoo. Don’t forget to pick up your pumpkins for this Halloween. The pumpkin patch will be open from October 3-October 31. Hours of operation are:
Orange County’s Drive-Thru Trick-or-Treat
October 31 | Mile Square Regional Park
Safe and spooktacular opportunity to celebrate Halloween and Día de los Muertos at our Drive-Thru Trick-or-Treat event! To ensure the safety of everyone, families are asked to stay in their cars at all times as volunteers place Halloween goodie bags in the trunk of their cars. Costumes are encouraged and you can even decorate your car!
Fun on the Run Treat Bags
October 26-29 | Various Locations
Fun on the Run is back and they are waiting to bring out their equipment and have some fun! Visit them at one of their locations (below) the week of October 26-29 to pick up a Treat Bag…or maybe a Trick Bag! For more information, contact Recreation at (949) 361-8264.
Monday: Rancho San Clemente
Tuesday: Max Berg Plaza Park
Wednesday: San Luis Rey Park
Thursday: Los Mares Neighborhood
Drive-in Movie on the Meadows | Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
October 9 | 6:50 – 8:45pm | Vista Hermosa Sports Park
Get in your cars, grab your snacks and something cozy to keep you warm…we are going to the Drive-In! The City of San Clemente is bringing Maleficent: Mistress of Evil to the big screen! Register your vehicle, for only $15. Each parking spot will be marked in advance with have 6ft of distance on both sides and listen through your radio with an FM transmitter. Restrooms will be provided with continuous cleaning and monitoring. Parking is first come, first served but will be checked in by time slots.
Drive-in Movie on the Meadows | Hocus Pocus
October 23 | 6:50 – 8:45pm | Vista Hermosa Sports Park
Get in your cars, grab your snacks and something cozy to keep you warm…we are going to the Drive-In! The City of San Clemente is bringing HOCUS POCUS to the big screen! Register your vehicle, for only $15. Each parking spot will be marked in advance with have 6ft of distance on both sides and listen through your radio with an FM transmitter. Restrooms will be provided with continuous cleaning and monitoring. Parking is first come, first served but will be checked in by time slots.
Candy Drive for Camp Pendalton Kids
September 19 – October 4 | Zoomars
Zoomars is working with Home Front America to collect candy for the kids in camp Pendleton. When you drop off 1 bag of individually wrapped candies you will receive 2 excavator rides.
Pumpkin Patch open:
Monday-Friday: 10am till 4pm
Saturday-Sunday: 9am till 5pm
October 30 | Columbus Tustin Recreation Center
Bark your calendar to join other canines and their companions to sniff and schmooze at Yappy Hour. Haute hounds enjoy lapping up libations, thanks to water in his favorite flavor – bacon, chicken, beef or vegan – while human guests relax with a glass of spirits. Beer and a selection of barbecue items are also available for purchase.
October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 | 5:30pm | The District at Tustin – AMC Fountain Courtyard
We’re celebrating Halloween with a five-week dinner & movie series for the whole family in the AMC Fountain Courtyard at The District at Tustin
Families can reserve their own socially-distanced table to dine & watch the movie on a 20’ screen outside AMC Theaters. Come early to reserve your table and dine on takeout from your favorite District restaurant while enjoying lively music, fun trivia, table activities for the kids and giveaways!
The events are on Thursdays: 5:30pm tables open, 7:00pm FREE movie.
~ Oct 1: Ghostbusters: CLICK HERE for tickets*
~ Oct 8: Beetlejuice: CLICK HERE for tickets*
~ Oct 15: Addams Family: CLICK HERE for tickets*
~ Oct 22: Gremlins: CLICK HERE for tickets*
~ Oct 29: Hocus Pocus: CLICK HERE for tickets*
* All Dates are SOLD OUT, but you can click above to be put on the waitlist.
Kids Fashion Camp OC Halloween Workshops
Select Days in October | The District at Tustin
Costume workshops, trick or treat bags, spooky pillows and backpacks – we’ve got lots of projects to make this holiday spooktacular!
Hocus Pocus – Movie In Park
October 3 | Bolsa Chica Park, Westminster
A Special Halloween Themed Evening! COME IN COSTUME! Prizes for Scariest, Best Dressed Princess & Funniest. Costume contest and prizes 30 min before movie. Bring your friends and family, blankets and low back chairs and enjoy and family friendly movie under the stars. Enjoy fun raffle prizes before the movie begins, complimentary bottled water and popcorn bar for attendees. This year we will be inviting food trucks to be present prior to the movie beginning or bring your own picnic and dine in the park. Movie starts at dark.
The Pumpkin Factory
October 1st | Westminster Mall & Live Oak Canyon
Come experience the wonder of our pumpkin patches with their fantastic rides, slides ponies and petting zoo.