Top Halloween Events in Anaheim and Orange County
Fall is here and all throughout Anaheim and Orange County zombies, monsters, goblins and "not so scary" creatures have invaded theme parks and local attractions. It doesn't matter how old you are and the level of fright, there is something for everyone. So dawn your most festive attire and head to one of these Anaheim and Orange County events this Halloween season.
Credit: Knott's Berry Farm
Knott's Berry Farm is the largest and scariest Halloween experiences in Orange County. With over 1,000 creepy monsters roaming the park—its not a matter if you're getting scared, it's when.
Open Dates: Sept. 22 - Oct. 31
Buy Tickets: Get your tickets to this frightful farm here.
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Before the ghosts and goblins descend upon Knott’s for Knott’s Scary Farm, the kids can have their own fun at Knott’s Spooky Farm. A daytime park-wide family-friendly event, Knott’s Spooky Farm will be happening each weekend throughout October and is the perfect event for families and kids of all ages. Throughout the day join Snoopy and the gang with new experiences such as Boardwalk Ballroom, Camp Snoopy, Ghost Town, Fiesta Village and more!
Open Dates: October Weekends & Halloween Day
Buy Tickets: Get your tickets for your kiddos here.
Mickey's Halloween Party at Disneyland® Park (currently sold out in 2016)
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Halloween time at the Disneyland® Resort is a blast for all ages. Visitors will enjoy Mickey's dazzling entertainment and decor, in addition to the return of Haunted Mansion Holiday and Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy. Staying late? Stock up on goodies like caramel apples, pumpkin muffins and hot caramel apple cider before catching the Mickey's Halloween Party fireworks show.
Open Dates: Now through Oct. 31
Buy Tickets: Buy tickets to this magical event here.
"Awesome Awaits" at the park after dark during Brick-Or-Treat Party Nights at LEGOLAND®. This one-of-a-kind party starts at 5 p.m. for three spooky nights: Oct. 15, 22, and 29. Kids will love the festive music, yummy candy, surprises spooktacular snacks, and events like the Ghost Cruise.
Tip: Kids are encouraged to wear their costumes and participate in the Costume Contest. Themes this year are group, lego, and creative.
Open Dates: Oct. 15, 22, and 29
Buy Tickets: Buy tickets to this event here.
'Halloween Horror Nights' at Universal Studios Hollywood is one of SoCal's most extreme Halloween events. The sickest minds in horror have come together to engross guests in a living, breathing, three-dimensional world of terror. For those brave enough to take on the mazes, try the new American Horror Story attraction which begins in a murder house just on the outskirts of Los Angeles and finishes in HOTEL CORTEZ, a torture chamber of murder and madness! For "The Walking Dead" fans, AMC's hit zombie show is back this year, showcasing the most intense moments from the hit show. Prepare to fight through a post-apocalyptic world of zombies, navigate a nightmarish maze and discover other dark surprises in this years hit thrill.
Open Dates: Now through Nov. 5
Buy Tickets: Event tickets, front of the line and hotel packages are all available here.
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Celebrate Halloween with sharks, sea turtles and jack-o-lanterns at Aquarium of the Pacific on Saturday, Oct. 15 and Sunday, Oct. 16. Scarium of the Pacific is the aquarium's annual event with a children's Halloween costume contest, a creepy coloring contest, magic shows, underwater pumpkin carving, spooky storytelling, kooky crafts, eerie animals in the Great Hall, and much more. The event is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days and is FREE with general admission and FREE to members.
Open Dates: Oct. 15 & 16
Buy Tickets: Take the plunge and purchase tickets here.
A SoCal tradition that dates back to 1924, the vintage-style parade begins at 6 p.m. on Broadway and travels east for a mile and a half through Anaheim's downtown streets via Center Street Promenade before coming to an end at Farmers Park. Expect plenty of ghosts, goblins, jack-o'-lanterns, bands, chariots, grumpy trees, floats and maybe even an appearance by the Headless Horseman!
Open Date: Oct. 29
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Open 9 a.m. until 6 p.m., Sept. 27 to Oct. 31; Tanaka Farms is one of the best pumpkin patches in Orange County. There is no admission and parking is free. Tanaka Farms has wagon rides that travel around the Tanaka Farms' 30 acres, for $5 per person (children under 2 are free). There is also a corn maze and a petting zoo, and don't forget to your picture taken with Tanaka Farms' Pile of Pumpkins! On the weekends, there are games, arts and crafts and food. Lastly, you can pick your very own pumpkin to take home (pumpkins and vegetables are sold by the pound).
Open Dates: Now throught Oct. 31
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Though beautiful and majestic during the day, by night the historic Queen Mary transforms into a harbor of the damned during the Dark Harbor Haunted Halloween event. Will you test the waters this season? Open through Oct. 31, the annual Dark Harbor Haunted Halloween Event boasts nights full of mazes, live music, food, cocktails and plenty of horrifying surprises that are sure to get your blood pumping.
Open Dates: Now through Oct. 31
Buy Tickets: Set sail on this haunted ship with tickets here.
A haunted maze like you've never seen before; this motel will turn your world upside down as their 'Little Girl Mable' will do her best to keep you trapped inside the motel for all eternity. With the help of the dead and undead motel staff lurking behind every corner, Mable will keep you on your toes throughout this terrifying attraction. The attraction is located at the Anaheim Business Expo Center and is a perfect stop on your Halloween journey. The Motel is open to the public through Nov. 5 on select dates from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Take a sneak peak of Mable's Maze from 2015 above.
Open Dates: Now through Nov. 5
Buy Tickets: Journey into the maze & buy tickets here
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Start a new tradition at Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen with a ginger bread house building workshop! One ticket to this event will include a Gingerbread Kit, a special treat for kids and unlimited soda while you craft your mini haunted house. The Workshop will take place on Saturday, Oct. 22 and Sunday, Oct. 23, from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Open Dates: Oct. 22 & 23
Buy Tickets: Get your tickets to build your Haunted Mansion here.
While escape rooms are available all year, there are some thrilling and creepy ones that are perfect for the Halloween season. Crossroads in Anaheim has an amazing setup that will place you (and some friends) into your very own horror movie. Each person on your team is given a persona: The Jock, The Virgin, The Detective, The Nerd, The Prom Queen and The Rebel. Rated as the #1 best Escape Room In Orange County and Los Angeles, Cross Roads Escape Games is ready to put a twist on your Halloween journey.
To Book Times Call: (714) 572 - 1004
Buy Tickets: Cross the road into another realm here.
Rooms filled with mysteries, mystics and even witchcraft, Puzzlemazement's escape rooms "Paranormal" and "Doll House!" will force you to escape from another dimension. Both of these attractions are designed to test your team skills with a bit of a Halloween twist. "Doll House!" takes place in a three-story building filled with tiny porcelain dolls and forces you to reunite with your long lost lovers. Hurry to complete your tasks or 'Little Brother' will transform you into a part of his doll collection. The second game, Paranormal, transforms you and your team into paranormal investigators trying to exorcise the spirits in time before being pulled into the great beyond.
To Book Times Call: (714) 220 -9596
Buy Tickets: Conquer the puzzle and buy tickets here.