Halloween is fast approaching
and we’ve lined up the best Orange County Halloween events.
From costume contests to haunted houses,
get ready for scares, screams, parties and more!
Night of the Living Dead Oct. 2 – Nov. 1. Spend Halloween honoring the zombie classic that started it all. A true cult classic—and one of the scariest movies of all time—Night of the Living Dead comes to Fullerton for a live performance on stage. The dead are walking and hungry for human flesh. A group of panicked survivors are barricaded in a deserted farmhouse while the army of flesh-eating zombies hover outside the door. Warning: Graphic Violence. See website for varying showtimes. $22. Maverick Theatre, 110 E. Walnut, Fullerton, 714.526.7070.
Haunted Garden at the Arboretum Oct 25-26. See the Fullerton Arboretum as it transforms the garden into a haven for all that goes bump in the night. Guides will take you safely through the treacherous paths that wind through the dark forest the evil spirits call home. Tours begin at 6:30 p.m. and run until 8 p.m. The end of the tour features a Haunter’s Ball where games and activities await those lucky enough to make it through the garden. $15 adults; $8 children 12 and under. Fullerton Arboretum, 1900 Associated Road, Fullerton, 657.278.4002.
Huntington Haunt Experience Oct. 28-31. Join two of Huntington Beach’s most notoriously feuding families, the Hauntingtons and the Oldlands, who request your presence at the doomed wedding of their bride and groom, where twists, turns and—of course—bone chilling terror await you. Take part in the candlelit 35-minute interactive experience where you become a part of the story. Attend the wedding at the historic Newland House and Barn, spread among two “scare” acres of haunted thrills and chills. Before beginning the tour and while waiting your turn, enjoy a haunted carnival with local artisans, a Victorian psychic, henna painting, a costume contest and live entertainment, food, wine and craft beer. Costumes encouraged, no masks allowed. W-Th 7-10 p.m.; F-Sat 7 p.m.-midnight. Happy Hour 4-6 p.m. daily. $12.50-$25. The Newland House, 19820 Beach Blvd., Huntington Beach, 714.337.9176.
The Empty Grave Through Nov. 1. Halloween is off to a spook-tacular start at The Laguna Hills Mall with even bigger and scarier than before thrills, chills and unexpected surprises around every corner. Spirits stir at this one-of-a-kind interactive haunted house attraction as you explore the Tobbarius Family Mortuary. Open weekends through November 1. F-Sa, 7-midnight; Su, 7-10 p.m. $13. Check website for more information and to purchase tickets.
The 17th Door Sept. 25-Nov. 1. Remember, the safe-word is “Mercy.” This Halloween, try the all-new haunt experience that takes place inside a vacant furniture shop at The Market Place. You’ll have to sign a waiver before the doors are locked behind you. This is an interactive Halloween experience where the gruesome characters are able to touch you. Those who dare to partake will spend roughly 30 minutes walking through 17 rooms where they will be locked in with a small group for a carefully planned show. Prepare for all five senses to be engaged with things like foul scents, extreme temperatures, detailed visuals, spooky sounds and even a chance for a taste test or two. 7 p.m. on various dates through Nov. 1. $21-$35. Adults and teens; Children under 13 permitted at parents’ discretion; no infants or toddlers allowed. The Market Place, 2856 El Camino Real, Tustin, 714.441.9080.
Haunt at Heritage Hill Oct 16 & 17 - 6pm-10pm Haunted House, Mazes, Goblins, Music, Stage Performances, Classic Horror Movie Screening. Wear your costume and come be part of this scary tradition. Teenager’s Party - Recommended for 12 years old & up. Admission: $8 per person
5th Annual Yost Haunted Mansion Saturday October 31st - 9:30pm
Eat, Drink and Be Scary Oct. 31. Hotel Irvine invites guests to come as they aren’t for its inaugural Halloween Haunt Costume Party at Red Bar and Lounge. Dress up and enjoy the frightfully delicious spooky concoctions like the witch’s brew, the ghostbuster and the vampire’s bite. Party-goers will be judged in a costume competition for most original, scariest and best group costume for some awesome prizes. Guests are invited to take advantage of the Halloween Haunts package which includes a one- or two-night stay at the hotel, daily breakfast at Marketplace and two drinks to start off at Red Bar (starting at $149/night). 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Free entry for costume party. Hotel Irvine, Red Bar & Lounge, 17900 Jamboree Road, Irvine, 949.225.6780.
Knott’s Scary Farm Sept. 24-Oct. 31. Halloween is coming and Knott’s is the perfect place to put you in the zone –the scare zone. If you dare, visit the scare zone that has returned due to overwhelming demand, Special Ops: Infected – Patient Zero, where you will be enlisted to fight off the zombie apocalypse. This year, its 43rd, includes new lives shows, 11 mazes and 1,000 monsters lurking throughout the park. See website for schedule. Select nights only. Sun, Wed and Th 7 p.m.-1 a.m.; F, Sat 7 p.m.-2 a.m. $39.99-$105. Knott’s Berry Farm, 8039 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, 714.220.5200.
Shipwrecked Halloween Bash at Island Hotel Oct. 31. Prepare your shipwrecked-themed costumes because Island Hotel is calling all pirates, talking parrots, captain hooks, shipmates, mermaids and mermen. The Halloween bash will have sunken treasures, underwater mysteries and prizes for the best costumes. At 11 p.m., a panel of judges at Aqua Lounge will determine the winners. Prizes include dinner for two at Oak Grill, a couples massage at the Spa at Island Hotel and an overnight stay for two in a coastal view corner suite at Island Hotel. 9 p.m. $25 entry fee includes one complimentary drink. Island Hotel Newport Beach, 690 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.760.4920.
Yappy Howl-O-Ween Oct. 29. Canines and their companions are invited for tricks and treats in celebration of Howl-O-Ween. This seasonal “Yappy Hour” celebration is a chance for pups to strut their stuff in their favorite costume. A panel of judges will determine which canine will take home the prize in the costume categories of Scariest, Funniest, Most Glamorous and, of course, Best in Show. First place prize in each category is a hand-painted dog bowl by Debby Carman of Faux Paws Productions. Cost to enter the costume contest is $10 per canine. 4-7 p.m. The Ritz-Carlton, One Ritz-Carlton Drive, Dana Point, 949.240.2000.
Dark Harbor Oct. 11–13, 17–20, 24–27, 31. Ghosts, monsters and freaks—oh my! Dark Harbor returns to the Queen Mary in Long Beach for several nights of terrifying Halloween fun. A circus-themed maze and a “Ferrisqueal” (that’s Ferris wheel) top the new attractions at this year’s scare fest, which also includes food, drink and undead entertainment. Not recommended for children. 7 p.m.–midnight nightly. $20–$109. 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach, 877.342.0742.
Pageant of the Monsters Oct. 25-27, 31. The Pageant of the Monsters returns to Laguna Beach at the Festival of Arts as the backstage of the Pageant of the Masters will be transformed into a family-friendly haunted house complete with a sinking luxury liner. Experience a haunted house, fortune tellers, an alien autopsy, pumpkin printmaking, mask making, a demented chef side show, wandering zombies and live music. Halloween themed snacks will be available for purchase from Gina’s Alfresco. 6-9:30pm. $15 adults, children 12 and under $10. 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 800.487.3378.
Fig & Olive Yelloween Soiree Oct. 31. Celebrate the spooky holiday in style with Halloween cocktails, Veuve Clicquot Champagne (hence the Yelloween), special décor and a Yelloween photo booth. The bewitching bash will be amplified with soulful house and new Downtempo music by St. Tropez’s celebrity DJ Julien Nolan. Sit in the lounge–complete with Veuve Clicquot Champagne and a complimentary dessert plate (limited seating available)–or reserve a table in the dining room to enjoy a prix-fixe menu ($45) or a la carte options. Walk-ins welcome though reservations are strongly suggested. 9:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Fig & Olive at Fashion Island, 151 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.877.3005.
AtmosFear Halloween at the Yost Theatre Oct. 31. Join KIIS FM’s DJ Drew for a fun night of costumes, dancing and more. Enjoy four DJs, two levels, two areas of music and one insane good time. 18 and over, 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $25-$30. 307 N. Spurgeon St., Santa Ana, 323.604.6030.
Halloween Buffet at The Golden Truffle Oct. 29. Enjoy a Halloween buffet including a generous amount of Chef Alan Greeley’s scarily delicious dishes including Creole artichoke rice; green chile pork tamales; roast duck and sausage cassoulet and real wicked dark chocolate mousse. 5:30-7:30 p.m. $42; reservations required. 1767 Newport Blvd., Costa Mesa, 949.645.9858.
Haunted Heat at Heat Ultra Lounge Oct. 31. Party at one of the biggest and most thrilling Halloween and costume parties in Orange County at an elegant and intimate venue. With three different areas of horror featuring the Tunnel of Terror, the Slaughter House and the Spider’s Den, Haunted Heat is decorated to chill. Presale tickers are strongly suggested. Table reservations available. $10. 9 p.m. 21 and over. 321 W. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714.776.4328.
Tortilla Republic Oct. 31. In honor of Halloween, the modern Mexican restaurant with ocean views from every seat in the house will host its 3rd annual Boo Ball, offering a costume contest at midnight as an “adult trick or treat” and photo booth. Nosh on Boo Bites including seared Albacore tuna bites with ancho chiles, mango and radish slaw, avocado and salted chili lime; Huarache de Hongos Bites with crispy corn flatbread, cremini and oyster mushrooms, roasted shallots, baby arugula and Monterey Jack and Manchego cheese; TR Boo Sliders with three mini hamburgers made of American Wagyu beef, roasted poblano, carmelized onion, chipotle aioli, watercress and sweet potato fries with cilantro and lime zest; and Prime Tenderloin Steak Taco with fajita rub, salsa de mesa and tequila slaw. 480 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, 949.393.4888.
Haunted Fullerton Walking Tours Through Nov. 6. Take this tour and find out what businesses have pots and pans flying around after hours, what famous deceased Fullertonian makes an “appearance” now and then and more while enjoying some of Fullerton’s history. Be prepared to walk approximately 1.5 miles over two and a half hours. Wear comfortable shoes. Not recommended for children under 13. 6 p.m. $18-$25. W-Th only and Oct. 31. Reservations strongly suggested as space is limited. Fullerton Museum, 301 N. Pomona Ave., Fullerton, 714.738.6545.
Masquerade Ball at Mesa Oct. 31st. Join Mesa as they celebrate their 6th annual masquerade ball with entertainment by Afrika Bambaataa, Zulu Nation, Bianca G, Thomas PM, DJ Trust and Ist Nature. Cocktail attire and masks suggested. Dinner reservations and bottle service available. 9 p.m. 21+. 725 Baker St., Costa Mesa, 714.557.6700.
Anaheim Fall Festival & Halloween Parade Friday Oct 23rd - Oct 24th. Join in on the fun at Anaheim’s Halloween Parade and Fall Festival featuring game and food booths, live entertainment, craft fair, haunted house, pumpkin patch, carnival rides, doggy costume contest, a children’s costume contest and trick-or-treating. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Packing House/Farmers Market
Main Street Halloween Celebration Oct. 31. Celebrate with spooky festivities including a petting zoo, pony rides, bounce house, dog parade, costume contest and more. 4-8 p.m. Free. Downtown Huntington Beach, Main St. and 5th St. by Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, 714.536.8300.
Knott’s Berry Farm Camp Spooky Weekends throughout October. Kids ages three to eleven are invited to dress to impress in all their Halloween finery to Snoopy’s Costume Party in Camp Snoopy. This daytime, non-scare celebration of cheer rather than fear is full of shows, activities and of course, trick or treating. Knott’s Berry Farm, 8039 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, 714.220.5200.
Doheny State Beach Halloween Haunt Oct. 254 Don’t miss out on Doheny’s most festive event of the year. Bring family and friends to celebrate Halloween in a fun and safe environment with good ole fashioned spookiness, arts and crafts, a fun zone and an array of educational booths. Free, but donations of non-perishable foods are greatly appreciated. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Doheny State Beach, picnic sites A & B, 949.496.6172.
Dismember the 80’s: Horror Art by Stephen Von Frankenstein Through Oct. 31. Kick off the Halloween season with Laguna Ink Spot as they showcase the work of Stephen Von Frankenstein. Inspired by horror movies, Von Frankenstein features both digital and traditional art, ranging from playful to disturbing. Laguna Ink Spot, 412 N. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, 949.715.7304.
Boo at the Santa Ana Zoo Oct. 17-18, 24-25 and 30. Grab your costumes and join the zoo for their annual “merry not scary” celebration in a fun, safe and family friendly setting. Enjoy trick-or-treating, Halloween-themed games and activities, including storytelling and sing-alongs and visits with nocturnal animals. 5:30-8 p.m. $14; free for children two and under. 1801 Chestnut Ave., Santa Ana, 714.836.4000.
Haunted Gingerbread House Building at Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen Oct. 24th. Start a new tradition or carry on a time honored institution at the Jazz Kitchen. Build your very own haunted mansion to add to your Halloween décor. 12-2 p.m. $48 per kit; includes two seats; extra seats are $12 each. Advance reservations and payment necessary. Downtown Disney, 1590 S. Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, 714.776.5200.
Family Fright Zone Friday Oct. 24. Ghostly creatures take to fright, on this spooky family Fun Zone night, Have a BOOtiful evening with costumes, pumpkins, candy, spooky storytelling, kooky crafts, face painiting, spooky and slimy lab activities and live entertainment for the entire family. 6-8:30 p.m. Free. Explorocean, 600 E. Bay Ave., Newport beach, 949.675.8915.
Trick-or-Treat Pumpkin Party at Kaleidoscope Center Oct. 25. Costumed youngsters ages 2 to 10 are invited to bring their own treat bag and stroll the center for trick-or-treating from 12-1 p.m. followed by pumpkin decorating with paint. Pick up your Halloween passport upon arrival and collect stamps at participating merchants for a chance to win the grand prize. 12-3 p.m. Free event; pumpkins for decorating $5. 27741 Crown Valley Parkway, Mission Viejo, 949.542.4407.