Halloween is just around the corner, and you know what that means – apple treats, pumpkin bread, and spooky adventures with your loved ones. But if you are a thrill seeker like us, chances are that you are looking forward to the most bizarre places in Orange County to get your Halloween fix. Fortunately, Orange County has plenty of horror-themed activities you can enjoy this Halloween. From ghouls and zombies to vampires lurking in the shadows, there is something for everyone.
Knott’s Scary Farm
Head to Knott’s Scary Farm if you plan to spend a day with your friends and family exploring heart-pounding thrills and seasonal events. There are four themed areas on-site featuring dozens of thrilling rides, attractions, and Halloween events running till October 31st, Knott’s Scary Farm offers an experience that is hard to find anywhere else.
If you are looking for adrenaline-fueled adventures, there will be plenty of haunted mazes, sinister shows, and rides to enjoy. Additionally, there will be more than 1,000 horrifying creatures on site, ready to give you unimaginable nightmares you can’t wake up from. Keep in mind that the place restricts anyone below the age of 13 due to the level of scare.
Halloween Celebration at Disney Island Resort
Head to Disneyland Park if you crave adrenaline-fueled fun with your friends and family this Halloween. From spellbinding thrills to haunted adventures and meeting your favorite Disney characters dressed up in Halloween costumes, there is something for everyone to enjoy at the Disneyland Resort. Additionally, there are many boo-tiful keepsakes for you to materialize the spirit of the season.
The Park will be playing villainous tunes in the background to create an immersive Halloween experience for everyone while you enjoy the many spooktacular attractions. Those looking forward to meeting your favorite Disney character dressed in the spirit of the season can head to the Main Street Pumpkin Festival which features hundreds of hand-carved pumpkins over Main Street. Other attractions include a Guardians of the Galaxy-themed adventure, Mater’s Graveyard, and Luigi’s Honkin’ Haul-O-Ween.
Fall Harvest Festival
If you prefer a Halloween-themed bash with lots of good food, entertainment, and outdoor games, head to the Fall Harvest Festival hosted by the Aliso Viejo Community Association (AVCA) on October 22, from 10 AM to 12 PM. The festival will be held at the Grand Park and is open to vampires and goblins of all ages.
AVCA is also taking this opportunity to help the needy in the community through a Canned Food Drive. Attendees who donate more than five canned food items will receive a wristband their children can exchange for a pony ride. Last but not least, there will be a children’s costume parade and community booths, so be sure to bring your trick-or-treat bag.
Tunnel of Terror Car Wash
Tunnel of Terror Car Wash located in Anaheim offers many spellbinding terrors and chills in a fascinating setting that residents can enjoy with their friends and family. You might want to hold on to your seatbelts tightly as there will be creepy performers making an appearance throughout the wash. And if you decide to go for round two, you might be in for another surprise as the staff introduces new scare tactics every night.
To make this an enjoyable and safe experience for all, Tunnel of Terror Car Wash encourages attendees to adhere to safety regulations. You can visit their webpage to learn more about vehicle restrictions and other safety guidelines. Whether you want a quick scare on your way to the grocery store or to experience something new, Tunnel of Terror Car Wash is sure to exceed your expectations.
Adventure City’s Halloween Party
Adventure City is holding its Boo-tastic Halloween Party this year for five nights. This is the perfect spot to get your Halloween fix for those looking for a family-friendly celebration and seasonal activities. There are 11 exciting rides to enjoy, free candy and trinkets for kids, a Halloween Scavenger Hunt on the train, and free glow accessories, among other attractions.
Costumes are encouraged, so feel free to break out your favorite ones and join other families for a great time dancing, watching magic tricks, and trick-or-treating. This event is a real hidden gem – perfect for younger children and senior members – and there are a lot of exciting activities to uncover.
Scarecrow Festival at Costa Mesa
If you are looking to satisfy your love for scarecrows, good food, family-friendly games, and Halloween-themed activities, Scarecrow Festival in Costa Mesa is where you should head to. Held on Saturday, October 15th between 2 – 6 P.M, this festival will feature a Kids’ Costume Contest, Face Painting, Pumpkin Decoration, Live Music, Food Trucks, & more.
Additionally, there will be several trick-or-treat stations to keep the kids busy while parents socialize with other adults at the venue. If you decide to participate in the Scarecrow Contest, remember that your submissions must be free-standing and should not be larger than 4’x4’.
Spooky Seas at the Ocean Institute
Are you a sea-lover looking for a night full of fun and thrills? The Ocean Institute is holding its annual Halloween Event, ‘Spooky Seas’, on October 18 and 19 between 6 – 9 P.M., where guests can go aboard the Brig Pilgrim with ghost sailors and enjoy. If and when you want to excuse yourself from ghostly gatherings, you can make your way to the Ocean Education Center to enjoy hot cocoa, apple cider, and many educational activities centered around the historic boathouse.
This event is suitable for all age groups, however, minors must be accompanied by an adult at all times. The tour starts every fifteen minutes, so there will be plenty of slots available between 6 P.M and 8:45 P.M. If you are only going for the activities and don’t want to do the haunted tour, for $5 a person, you can get an Activities Only Pass.
These are the spookiest places in Orange County this time of the year, so grab a loved one and bag for all your candy and head out into the night!