Can you believe it is October? What better way to kick off the month than with a list of ten spooktacular must-do events. Get your calendar handy and get ready to plan your Halloween month. Also, remember although your city might put on a great event, don’t be afraid to venture out into your neighborhood cities. Even if it is a bit of a drive, you can always make a day trip out of it. You can always find more info and exact addresses on these cities/locations websites.
Saturday, Oct 12th and 13th, 5:30pm-9pm
KidSpace Children’s Museum
$14 per person, must purchase a timed-entry.
Trick-or-treat and parade in your costume while making a fraken-art and slime craft.
Saturday, Oct 19th, 5-8pm
Columbia Space Center
Admission is $5 per person (children 3 and younger are free).
Science-based event – slime stations, spooky robots, mummy wrapping, and more! Costumes are highly encouraged. The Columbia Astronomers will also be sharing telescopes for viewing the Moon with thousands of other moon observers around the world
Sunday, October 27th
Malibu Country Mart
Trick-or-treating around the Mart, and participate in face painting, Halloween-themed arts & crafts. There will be festive décor for great photo ops! There’s a great playground on site and a couple of minutes away from Malibu Pier for the perfect outing.
Saturday, Oct 19th, Sunday, Oct 20th, Saturday, Oct 26th and Sunday, Oct 27th
Santa Ana Zoo
Trick-or-Treat alongside the animals while crafting, participating in games and playing. This was one of my favorite events last year, we got a ton of freebies including books!
Members: $12.95; Non-Members: $24.95; Children under 3: FREE
Burton Chace Park, 11 a.m.–9 p.m. October 26 and 27, 2019.
Enjoy pumpkin decorating, arts and crafts, DJ music, food vendors, ongoing tours of the pirate ships will be less-scary in the daytime but haunted at night and recommended for ages 13 and up. See website for itinerary.
Ongoing everyday 9-6pm
Enjoy a family fun day by going pumpkin and vegetable picking, exploring the barnyard exhibit and a tractor ride while watching the famous pumpkin canon! This is the last year that Sanrio and Tanaka Farms will be collaborating so make sure to stop by! Parking permit is required during the weekend ($10 but free during the week). There are different price packets for the family.
Now-Oct 7th – Hocus Pocus
Oct 10-13 – Coco
Oct 17-Nov 17 – Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
I love how El Capitan has a Halloween focused month filled with photo ops and that extra Disney magic. Did you know you can host a birthday party here too? There’s space downstairs for a party and go and see a movie! Don’t forget about Toddler Tuesdays, where the first show on Tuesday is catered to our littles.
Oct 4-Oct 27th; relaxed performance on Oct 12 for under 4
Chance Theater @ Bette Aitken Theater Arts Center
Perfect for the whole family (recommended 4 and up) this is a great alternative to festivals and outdoor events. My little loves musicals so this is great to introduce them to the arts while celebrating Halloween. If you have littles under 4, you can attend the “Relaxed Performance” on Oct 12 at 11am.
Oct 3rd-Nov 3rd
King Gillette Ranch
A family friendly and accessible, Halloween themed show on a 1/2 mile trail filled with thousands of hand- carved jack o’ lanterns. Expect to see some larger than life pumpkin installations as well as detailed artist depictions of your favorite movie stars, sports heroes and animated characters. In addition to the attractions, there will also be seasonal food and beverage offerings from food trucks.
Discovery Cube OC and LA
Go an a special tour and find clues, and solve riddles with monsters as Spooky Science Presents: The Great Haunt featuring the Monster Academy. A map of the Cube will guide you through a set of riddles and lead you to where each clue is located. Solve the mystery for a treat! This year’s Monster Academy edition of Spooky Science also features: Tractor trail rides, moon glow discovery, cephalopod dissections and weekend costume parades;
We launched Mamahood.in.the.IE on Instagram! So, of course, my contributor, Melissa, added 10 Must-do-October events in the Inland Empire!
The Annual Fall Festival (Eastvale)
Saturday, Oct. 5th, 3 pm-10 pm
Harada Heritage Park
Red wagon parade, pumpkin patch, family fun zone, food vendors and hay maze
Sugarbee Cafe (Redlands)
Multiple dates in October
Kids can take decorating Halloween theme cake and cupcake classes.
Howl-O-Ween Spooktacular (Lake Elsinore)
Friday, Oct. 18th, 5 pm-8 pm
Lake Elsinore-downtown Main st
Trunk or treating, costume contest, games, and photo ops
VG Kidz Spooktacular (Rancho Cucamonga)
Saturday Oct 19th 10:30-12pm or 12pm-2pm
Kids receive free mini pumpkin, DJ and games.
see guest services starting Oct. 4th for free tickets. 250 free tickets per time slot. first come, first serve.
Halloween Spooktacular (Hemet)
Saturday, Oct. 26th, 5 pm-8 pm
Fingerprints Youth Museum ($2 per person. under 3 free. $10 max per family)
Costume contest, trunk or treating, raffles, and grand prize 5 Disneyland tickets.
Spooktacular (Rancho Cucamonga)
Rancho Cucamonga Epic Center
Saturday, Oct. 26th, 4:30-7:30 pm
Trunk or treating, kid activities, and haunted maze
Halloween spookfest (Chino)
Sunday, Oct. 27th, 12-2 pm
Chino Spectrum Towne Center
Trick or treating, DJ, crafts and come in costume.
Trick or Treat at The Shoppes (Chino Hills)
Thursday, Oct. 31st, 3 pm-5 pm
Candy stations, photo booth, rec games, and costume contest
Thursday, Oct. 31st, 5 pm-8 pm
Historic Downtown Upland
Games, activities, trick or treating, costume contest, and food vendors.
Halloween Spooktacular (Chino)
Thursday, Oct. 31st, 1 pm-5 pm
Trunk or treating, costume contest, giveaways, games, and first 1,000 kids receive a free Halloween bag