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70 Orange County Halloween Events for Kids 2017

and just like that, the Halloween season is about to arrive in Orange County!  soon, fun Halloween events will be popping up all over Southern California. i have compiled a list of over 70 Orange County Halloween events for Kids and Families…most of which are kid-friendly or family-friendly. and all of them are scheduled around the OC and SoCal this Halloween season.

it’s time to get your calendar out and pick out the ones that look like the most fun for your family. i love to make the Halloween time extra special for my family, and taking them to a couple fun Halloween events, make the Halloween season one will always remember! (be sure to check back here, as more events will be added to the list as they are announced.)

2017 Orange County Halloween Events for Kids and Families

Irvine Park Pumpkin Patch
September 16th – October 31st  |  Irvine Regional Park, Orange
the best pumpkin patch around. be prepared to spend the day roaming through pumpkins, decorating cookies and running through and hay maze! you can enjoy pony rides, haunted house, face painting, bouncy houses, games, food and best of all….the train ride!

Knott’s Spooky Farm
Every Weekend in October  |  Camp Snoopy and Ghost Town at Knott’s
this daytime, non-scare event is a celebration of cheer rather than fear! you can enjoy shows, activities and of course, trick or treating. kids can take part in the “Monster Dance Party and Costume Parade,” sing and dance along with the Peanuts gang as you watch the “The Monsters are Coming, Charlie Brown” in the Camp Spooky Theatre, walk through the “Spooky Hollow Maze”, visit the Creepy Crawler Cabin, have fun in Ghost Town Trick or Treating and join Snoopy’s Costume Contest and Dance Party. click here to go directly to the Knott’s website.

Spooky Science at Discovery Science Center
Weekends in October  |  Discovery Science Center OC
Giant bugs, creepy crawlers and friendly spooks are all making their way to Discovery Cube for Spooky Science this October. Join us as we explore bugs of all colors and sizes among over-sized exhibit sets and hands-on learning stations. Even the youngest of goblins will enjoy spooky fun while exploring insects like never before.

Mickey’s Halloween Party
September 20, 22, 25, 27 & 29th, October 3, 6, 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27 & 31st  |  Disneyland Resort
Party with Mickey Mouse in Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure, go trick or treating & watch the spectacular Halloween Screams Firework Show. guest of the party get to enter Disneyland 3 hours before the party to enjoy the park!

Halloween Time at Disneyland
September 15th – October 31st   |   Disneyland Resort
Disneyland Resort and Disney’s California Adventure are dressed up for Halloween! Check out the decorations and enjoy special Halloween activities throughout the park.

Boo at the Zoo
October 21, 22, 28 & 29th  •  5:30 – 8:00 p.m.  |  Santa Ana Zoo
A “Merry not Scary” family friendly event where everyone is encouraged to come in costume! One of the safest places for children (ages 2-12) to trick-or-treat for Halloween enjoying goodies from 10 Stations.

Pretend City Trick Or Treat Through The City
October 31st  | Pretend City Children’s Museum
Pirates, Ghosts, & Princesses Pretty! Come Trick-Or-Treating at Pretend City! On Halloween, we are having a special trick-or-treat extravaganza for all our friends! Stop by the museum and take part in our Halloween Bug Bash as well as trick-or-treat at different stations through the city! We will surely have a ghouly good time!

Costume Week at Pretend City
October 22 – 28th  | Pretend City Children’s Museum
Black cats and witch’s brew, we want to dress up with you! Wear your costume to Pretend City this whole week and receive 25% off your second admission!

Healthy Halloween at Pretend City
October 30th  | Pretend City Children’s Museum
Happy Healthy Halloween! This time of year brings lots of treats and sweets into kids’ lives that may make them fall into a junk food funk. Serving Kids Hope is joining us at Pretend City to share fun tips and tricks to keep your kids eating healthy this Halloween!

Frankenstein Friday!
October 27th  | Pretend City Children’s Museum
Have a monster of a time at Pretend City and pay tribute to Mary Shelley’s classic fictional character, Frankenstein with these monstrously fun activities. We will be dancing to the Monster Mash, making Frankenprints, and doing some Monster Science and Math Activities. Let’s have a monster of a time!

Build Your Own Scarecrow
September 15th  | Pretend City Children’s Museum
Fall into the autumn season with our scarecrow workshop! Join us in building a small scarecrow that you can keep as decoration all season long! Admission not required to attend.

Fall Festival Fun!
September 22nd  | Pretend City Children’s Museum
FALL into this season as the leaves change colors and the weather gets colder! This season brings lots of exciting things for families, including holidays, fall themed foods, and maybe some family traditions in the making! Pretend City is celebrating Fall with our Fall Festival Day! Join us as we create art, play games, and do activities all focusing on fall, leaves, pumpkins, and gourds!

Tanaka Farms Pumpkin Patch & U-Pick Tours
September 29th – October 31st   |   Tanaka Farms, Irvine
take a wagon ride around the farm, wander through the corn maze, pick your own vegetables, visit our petting zoo, take pictures by “Tanaka’s Pile of Pumpkins” & finally pick your own pumpkin right off the vine. on the weekends there is a Fall Harvest Festival with food, games, atv rides and more!

Historic Yorba Cemetery Tour
October 7th • 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.    |   Woodgate Park, Yorba Linda
enjoy a guided tour through Orange County’s oldest private cemetery. FREE

Knott’s Scary Farm
September 21st, October 31st  |  Knott’s Berry Farm
be prepare to get SCARED!!!! this event is definitely not for the kiddies. send your teenagers or make a date night at this frightfully scary night of terror. you can go through the monster mazes, watch the traditional Hanging Show, and be sure to try out the new interactive Trapped Maze. a pre-show buffet is offered at an additional price.

Aliso Viejo Fall Harvest Festival
October 21st | 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. |  Grand Park, Aliso Viejo
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. AVCA will also be hosting a Canned Food Drive with South County Outreach. Bring FIVE (or more) canned food items, pet food or make a donation and your child receives a wristband for a pony ride. The only way for your child to ride a pony this year is to donate and receive a wristband! Canned food will be collected and distributed by South County Outreach to those in need here in Orange County. FREE

Halloween Animal Art – Toddler Program
October 5, 11, 13, 14, 17 & 20th  |  10:15 a.m.  |  OC Zoo, Irvine Regional Park, Orange
Come learn about creatures that are associated with Halloween! Class includes hands-on learning, fun crafts, and meeting zoo animals up close!Read More…

Family Halloween Fun at Knott’s Spooky Farm

Knott's Spooky Farm Weekends

last weekend i was so excited to be able to to take some of my cutie nieces and nephews, along with my own boys to Knott’s Berry Farm. that’s a total of nine kids! yes a lot, but i really wanted them to get to experience Knott’s Berry Farm like my boys get to all the time. it was especially exciting because this month, on the weekends, Knott’s Berry Farm becomes Knott’s Spooky Farm.

Knott's Spooky Farm Halloween

Knott’s Spooky Farm uses the whole park for a day of not too scary family fun. one of the favorites of the kids was Spooky Hollow, which is a fun maze complete with spooky trees, giant jack-o-lanterns, and fun halloween scenes. at the end is an option to purchase a small pumpkin and decorate it. it’s kind of like the kiddie version of Knott’s Scary Farm…but not really scary. they thought that was really cool.

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this year the trick-or-treating takes you through the streets of Ghost Town. there are 6 different stations and each one has a cute door and doorbell, candy, and a friendly Ghost Town character to greet you. the lines can get long but they move really quickly. i suggest making this your first stop of the day!
Orange County Trick Or Treating

Knott's Camp Spooky Trick or Treating

Knott's Spooky Farm Fun
the Ghost Town monsters were great and super fun. they weren’t scary at all, and were happy to pose for a picture or play with the kids for a moment.Knott's Spooky Farm Ghost Town MonstersKnott's Berry Farm Halloween

after you’re done trick-or-treating you can head to the Creepy Crawly Cabin and hang with some slithery, slimy, creepy, crawly critters. i am definitely not a fan of bugs, but some of my nieces like them way too much!

another annual favorite of the day was Snoopy’s Costume Contest and Dance Party. the kids were all dressed up and loved being able to show off their costumes to the crowd and dance with their favorite Peanuts characters. the boys waited for their turn on stage, they were very excited. there were a lot of contestants, but the contest went pretty quickly.

Spooky Farm Costume Contest

as they walked across the stage the MC announced what they were dressed as to the audience. Knott's Spooky Farm Costume Contesthe was hilarious and an awesome comedian. he really knew his stuff, and had my husband laughing his head off! #SpookyFarm Costume Contesteveryone in the crowd loved the costume contest, and there were three winners at the end who got a nice gift bag full of Knott’s swag.Knott's Spooky Farm Halloween Fun

the Camp Spooky Theatre not only holds the Snoopy’s Costume Contest and Dance Party, it also has a great Halloween show called “The Monsters are Coming, Charlie Brown!” i suggest saving seats early, as the theater was packed with excited people. it’s the perfect way to rest your feet after all the Ghost Town trick or treating. and if you didn’t bring a costume, you can head the the Monster Masquerade Ball and make your own mask to wear, and join in the fun monster karaoke.

i had a great time taking my boys and their cousins around Knott’s Berry Farm for the day. not only did we enjoy all of the Knott’s Spooky Farm events, we also enjoyed the classics like the Log Ride, the Steam Engine and Camp Snoopy rides. even grandma and grandpa had a good time. and we couldn’t leave the park without grabbing some of Mrs. Knott’ s famous fried chicken. you can get a bucket of it at Chicken-to-go or dine at Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant.

Knott's Spooky Farm Costumes

you can visit Knott’s Spooky Farm any weekend in the month of October. it’s free with admission, so it’s a great way to get into the Halloween spirit and not break the bank. speaking of which, why not upgrade your ticket and get an annual pass for next year. it’s such a great deal and there are no black out dates!!!!!

 

Not-So-Scary Crush Halloween Event

This is a sponsored campaign on behalf of Crush Soda.

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our family celebrates Halloween all month long, we love it. the costumes, the fun food recipes and the decorations. but we don’t like things too scary! we prefer the fun side of Halloween. that’s why Crush Soda has teamed up with Harry the not-so-scary Scarecrow and the adorable YouTube kids from KittiesMama to help create a family-fun Halloween experience. the kids worked hard at finding the perfect co-host, and Harry passed the test! check out this ADORABLE video.

you can join Crush Soda and Harry the not-so-scary Scarecrow at a fun not-so-scary family Halloween event…stop by the festive Lombardi Ranch for family fun, that is perfect for kids of all ages.

#CrushHalloween event
10:00 am – 5:00 pm on Oct 23rd & 24th
Lombardi Ranch is located at 29527 Bouquet Canyon Rd, Santa Clarita, CA 91390

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don’t worry,  if you can’t make it out to Lombardi Ranch, you can still join the #CrushHalloween Twitter Party with Someday I’ll Learn!

when: October 28th at 3pmEST/12pm PST
hosted by: @somedayilllearn
prizes:  (5) $100 Visa gift cards and Halloween Fun Kits from Orange Crush
rsvp: click here to sign up. make sure to use #CrushHalloween as your hashtag to be eligible to win the prizes.

Harry the Scarecrow on Crush Facebook

Check out more family-friendly Halloween fun at facebook.com/crushsoda

Halloween Time at Disneyland 2014

Halloween Time Disneyland

it’s officially Halloween Time at Disneyland…which is my absolute favorite times of the year to celebrate at the Disneyland Resort. and last Friday, which just happened to be Friday the 12th, i took my husband and boys to the park to check out at the Halloween decorations. they sure didn’t disappoint…everything was so festive for Halloween.

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everything about Dinseyland during Halloween Time is magical. Main Street is lined with smiling Jack-o-Lanterns and fall decor.

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Halloween Time Dapper Dans

this year, Big Thunder Ranch has been decked out in pumpkins. you may remember my post about the Jingle Jangle Jamboree, and this year they have done it up for The Big Thunder Ranch Halloween Round Up! it’s really really fun!

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Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Pluto and the rest walk around a visit you in their Halloween best. and country time music fills the air.

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kids can decorate Halloween masks for no additional charge or get made into a Pirate at The Pirate League which is located now in Big Thunder Ranch Halloween Round-up instead of by Pirates of the Caribbean ride as year.

Halloween Crafts at Dinseylandeven the goats at the Big Thunder Petting Zoo are ready for Halloween Time…their scarves are so festive. and i have to mention that this is really the cleanest petting zoo you will ever visit.

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and if you want to meet a Disney Villian…be sure to make a visit to the Conjure a Villain tent.

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inside, magical things happen as you cast a spell and call out for a Villian. the music plays, smoke fills the room and a flash of lights….

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BOOM! and then, Cruealla Devil appeared for us…and boy was she in a really bad mood!

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after we visited The Haunted Mansion…we had to say hi to Jack Skellington. the smell of gingerbread is still dancing in my head. i must head back before the end of the year to enjoy this holiday tradition.

Halloween Time Haunted Mansion

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before heading home, we indulged in a Halloween treat. the Candy Corn Cotton Candy was too cute not to try. doesn’t Disneyland think of the greatest ideas!
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some of our other favorite Halloween attractions during Halloween Time is Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy. even my littlest rode it this year.  and the my absolute favorite is the Screaming Fireworks show which can only be seen at Mickey’s Halloween Party.

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and the treats!!!!  ahhh….there is just too much to share in one post, and i still have six weeks to share more of Halloween Time at Disneyland!

Disneyland Halloween Candy Apples Happy Halloween!

60 Family and Kid Halloween Events in Orange County | 2014

best-family-halloween-events-orange-county-2014Click Here for an Updated Halloween Event List

and just like that, the Halloween season has arrived in Orange County!  fun Halloween events events are popping up all around Southern California, so i have compiled a list of over 60 Orange County Halloween events…most of which are kid-friendly, and/or family-friendly. and all of which are scheduled around the OC and SoCal this Halloween season.

it’s time to get your calendar out and pick out the ones that look like the most fun for you and the kiddies. it’s always fun to make the Halloween season one your family will always remember! (be sure to check back here, as more events will be added to the list as they are announced.)

Camp Spooky at Knott’s Berry Farm
Weekends in October   |   Camp Snoopy at Knott’s
this daytime, non-scare event is a celebration of cheer rather than fear! you can enjoy shows, activities and of course, trick or treating. kids can take part in the “Monster Dance Party and Costume Parade,” sing and dance along with the Peanuts gang at the “Peanuts Halloween Spooktacular,” and walk through the “Haunted Harvest” cornfield maze.

Mickey’s Halloween Party
September 26 & 30th, October 3, 6, 8, 10, 14, 17, 20, 22, 24, 27, 29 & 31st   |   Disneyland Resort
party with Mickey Mouse, go trick or treating & watch the spectacular Halloween Screams Firework Show. guest of the party get to enter Disneyland 3 hours before the party to enjoy the park!

Halloween Time at Disneyland
September 12th through October 31st   |   Disneyland Resort
Disneyland is dressed up for Halloween! Check out the decorations and enjoy special Halloween activities throughout the park.

Irvine Park Pumpkin Patch
September 20th – October 31st   |   Irvine Regional Park, Orange
the best pumpkin patch around. be prepared to spend the day roaming through pumpkins, decorating cookies and running through and hay maze! you can enjoy pony rides, haunted house, face painting, bouncy houses, games, food and best of all….the train ride!

Boo at the Zoo
October 18, 19, 25, 26 & 30th   |   Santa Ana Zoo
a family-friendly costumed extravaganza, trick-or-treating in a “Merry not Scary” Zoo atmosphere, educational animal presentations, storytelling, entertainment with a grand finale costume parade! for the older kids, there is a “Teen Scream,” a haunted house filled with thrills and chills.

Pretend City’s Bug Appetit
October 1st-31st  | Pretend City Children’s Museum
It is Halloween time, but not everything has to be scary. Pretend City brings Halloween cheer to this holiday! Make your way around our city to encounter an array of silly, and not-so-spooky characters. Find skit-skattling skeletons in the Doctor’s office, friendly ghosts in the “haunted” Home, crawly eats and treats in the Bug Appétit Café, and pleasant pumpkins in our farm. Your little ghouls and goblins will be howling with so much excitement. The only thing they’ll be afraid of is running out of play time in this fun Halloween City!

Pretend City’s Halloween Party
October 31st  • 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  | Pretend City Children’s Museum
Enjoy a full day of Halloween activities at the museum including Halloween crafts, Spooky Snacks, Bug Cafe, dancing, dental screenings and more! Plus, we are your costume for some trick-o-treating.

Tanaka Farms U-Pick Pumpkin Patch Tours
September 27th – October 31st   |   Tanaka Farms, Irvine
take a wagon ride around the farm, wander through the corn maze, pick your own vegetables, visit our petting zoo, take pictures by “Tanaka’s Pile of Pumpkins” & finally pick your own pumpkin right off the vine. on the weekends there is a Fall Harvest Festival with food, games, atv rides and more!

Historic Yorba Cemetery Tour
October 4th • 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.    |   Woodgate Park, Yorba Linda
enjoy a guided tour through Orange County’s oldest private cemetery. FREE

Knott’s Scary Farm
September 25, 26, 27th, October 2-5, 9-12, 16-19, 22-26, 29, 30, 31st & November 1st   |   Knott’s Berry Farm
be prepare to get SCARED!!!! this event is definitely not for the kiddies. send your teenagers or make a date night at this frightfully scary night of terror. you can go through the monster mazes, watch the traditional Hanging Show, and be sure to try out the new interactive Trapped Maze. a pre-show buffet is offered at an additional price.

Aliso Viejo Fall Harvest Festival
October 18th • 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. |  Grand Park, Aliso Viejo
Costume parade, family games, pony rides, art and crafts, balloons, music & games. Bring (3) canned food items to be entered in an opportunity drawing for a prize. FREE

Pumpkin Glow
October 25th • 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.  |  Pavillion Park, Irvine
Pumpkin Glow is a new legacy event for GPN residents, their families and friends to enjoy. it will feature more than 2,000 carved and sculpted pumpkins, creating an amazing, illuminated outdoor pumpkin artwork display. Adding to the excitement of the night will be the Pumpkin Glow Sculpture Competition, featuring pumpkin-related art from local schools and organizations. Pumpkin Glow attendees will vote for the top three entries and prizes will be awarded. Also, expert pumpkin sculptor Scott Gerber will entertain visitors with live carving demonstrations. Local schools have been invited to contribute to the Pumpkin Glow’s attempt to break a Guinness World Record for the longest line of carved pumpkins, which currently stands at 1,301 FREE

Octoberfest at Oak Canyon Nature Center
October 18th   |   11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.   |  Oak Canyon Nature Center, Anaheim Hills
Admission, kids’ activities, & live entertainment ALL FREE!  Don’t miss the great beer, fabulous food, our awesome silent auction and our famous wiener dog races!

Bats, Cats & Spiders – Toddler Program
October 3, 9, 15 & 31st  |  10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.  |  OC Zoo, Irvine Regional Park, Orange
learn about all the animals associated with the Halloween season with crafts and hands-on learning. ages 3-4 recommended.

Teen Ghost Hunters Night
October 4th  |  7:00 – 9:00 p.m.  |  Crown Valley Community Park,  Laguna Niguel 
Teens will break into groups and attempt to record “para-normal” activity while exploring areas of the park. Everyone will meet back in the viewing room and share their findings while enjoying pizza! $5

Kidgits Halloween Spooktacular
October 25th • 10:00am to noon  |  Shops at Mission Viejo
The Shops at Mission Viejo will host its Kidgits Halloween Spooktacular near the Play Area. Kids will have a chance to dress up in costume, decorate cookies and do seasonal crafts.

Kidgits Halloween Spooktacular & Trick-or-treating
October 31st • 4:00 to 6:00pm  |  Brea Mall
This event will feature trick-or-treating at participating retailers and Halloween-inspired crafts.

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