The weather is getting colder, the nights are getting longer, and there is a definite chill in the air that signals the world turning over to autumn. Not only is fall a beautiful season, it comes with one of the best holidays of the year: Halloween! Now that autumn is upon us, Halloween is coming fast, which means Halloween events for the family are happening all month long throughout the country. Enjoy the fall and the best month of all, October, by making the most of these great seasonal events in an around Orange County.
Enjoy these Orange County Family Halloween Events
Anaheim Fall Festival & Halloween Parade
An annual event since 1924, the Anaheim Fall Festival and Halloween Parade is one of the best events of the season. The event pulls thousands of attendees each year for an evening of spooky fun where families with children of all ages can enjoy a special Anaheim tradition. Elaborate floats, gorgeous festival booths, great food, and so much more await you at this one of a kind Halloween Event. This year, the 92nd Annual Anaheim Halloween Parade will be held Saturday, October 29th, starting at 6:00 PM. Learn more about this event here.
Knott’s Scary Farm
You’ll want to keep your younger children away, but if you’ve got older kids, teens, or young adult children, Knott’s Scary Farm is a scary good time. A highly intense transformed park of mazes and monsters, Knott’s Scary Farm serves up the screams, frights, and thrills for a night of great fun. With 13 haunted attractions and 1000 monsters and ghouls lurking around in the gloomy fog, you won’t go home disappointed. Go once, twice, or as often as you like throughout the season. It began in late September and runs through October 31st. Remember, it is not recommended for children under 13, so be sure to grab a babysitter for your young ones. For tickets and prices on passes, go here.
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Knott’s Spooky Farm
If Knott’s Scary Farm isn’t your thing, the daytime park offers a family-friendly Halloween party just for the kids on weekend throughout October and Halloween Day. Though it’s geared toward children from 3-11 years old, the whole family can come and find something to enjoy themselves. Find fun experiences throughout the different towns and villages within the park, trick-or-treat with friends, dress up in cute costumes, and take a picture with Snoopy. There is also live entertainment, costume contests, and other fun festivities honoring the 50th anniversary of the famous Peanuts TV Special, “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!” Learn more and get tickets here.
Pumpkin Patch at Tanaka Farms
Great fun for the entire family, the Pumpkin Patch at Tanaka Farms offers a great environment for nostalgia and tradition where kids and adults can enjoy a number of activities. Of course, you can pick out a pumpkin to take home and carve or use as decoration, but the Tanaka Farms Pumpkin Patch offers much, much more! In addition to the patch, families can enjoy unlimited wagon rides around the 30-acre farm for just $5 (children under 2 are free), a walk through the corn maze, the petting zoo ($3), and are even able to pick their own veggies from the harvest vegetable patch (only $2.99 a pound!). The Pumpkin Patch is open every day until Halloween from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Admission per person is up to $2.00. Learn more here.
Autumn Harvest Festival
Grab the family and head down Heritage Hill Historical Park in Lake Forest on Saturday October 8, 2016 from 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Each year the park is transformed into a wonderfully spooky Halloween Festival adults, kids, and everyone in between can enjoy. There are Indian Jones Trick or Treat Stations, an Under the Sea Adventure Maze, and even a Spooky Haunted House amongst many other scary fun attractions. There are also fun Halloween games, costume contests, and a pumpkin decorating zone. Bring trick or treat bags and dress up! Admission for persons aged 3 and up is $5. Learn more about this event here.
Haunt at Heritage Hill
For the 9th year in a row, the Heritage Hill Historical Park will be transformed into a spooky, Haunted Adventure. Great for teens, college students, and adults, the Haunt at Heritage Hill offers a Haunted School House Fright Maze and plenty of scream zones such as Riding Hood’s Revenge, Zombie Apocalypse, and the Joker’s Side Show. There will also be a dance floor with an amazing DJ and light show as well as a Haunted Teen Dance and Costume Contest. In short, this event is jam packed with tons of Halloween fun, so you don’t want to miss it! Admission is $8 per person at the door and the event will be held on October 14th-16th from 6 PM to 10:30 PM. Learn more here.
Orange County offers a number of great Halloween events and activities for the whole family all month long. Take advantage of those listed or do some research and find some events that suit you and your family a little better. There’s plenty to do and see this Halloween season so have fun, be safe, and get scared!