The Best Halloween Events for Kids in Orange County 2023

The Best Halloween Events for Kids in Orange County 2023

Are you looking for the best Halloween events in OC for kids? Costumes, candy, and creepy decorations, its Halloween!  There is so much Halloween fun for kids in Orange County, from costume contests and parades to pumpkin carving, trick-or-treating adventures, and mazes. We’ve put together a list of the best Halloween events for the kids!

Spooky Seas at the Ocean Institute

Date: October 21st.

Time: 5pm-10pm 

Location: Ocean Institute: 24200 Dana Point Harbor Dr, Dana Point, CA 92629

Entry Fee: Adults $20.00, Children $15.00

Bioluminescence Laser Tag, Costume Contest, Trick or Treating, Artifact Graveyard, Mad Scientist Lab Aquarium Access, Photo Booth, Food Truck, Beer and Wine for purchase. Click Here to get your ticket.

Boo at the Zoo

Date: October 21st, 22nd, 28th, 29th.

Time: 5:30pm-7:30pm 

Location: Santa Ana Zoo:1801 E Chestnut Ave, Santa Ana, CA 92701

Entry Fee: Adults $20.00, Children $15.00

Boo at the Zoo is one of the safest places for young children to trick-or-treat for Halloween taking home goodies from 10 toys/treats stations. It’s a “Merry not Scary” family fun event, and everyone (young and young at heart) is encouraged to come in costume! Our exciting “Boofari” Express Train, Conservation Carrousel, and Fifty Monkey Ferris Wheel rides will be entertaining little ghouls and goblins all night long. Parents, don’t forget your cameras! Boo at the Zoo provides great photo opportunities that will last a lifetime. Click Here to get your ticket.

Pumpkin Palooza

Date: Thursday- Sunday October 7th-29th; October 30th & 31st

Time: 10am

Location: Discovery Cube:2500 N Main St, Santa Ana, CA 92705

Entry Fee: General Admission $12.00

The Pumpkin Palooza dance party is back at the Discovery Cube! This year promises to be even more ghoulishly delightful and captivating for visitors of all ages with an interactive dance party, bumper cars, spellbinding science activities, trick-or-treating and so much more. Click Here for tickets. 

Oogie Boogie Bash

Date: Through October 31st

Time: 6-11pm 

Location: Disney’s California Adventure Theme Park

Entry Fee: Varies

Tickets are SOLD OUT for this event. In fact, each year they sell out in advance. Make sure to put this on your list for next years event to book well in advance. All the fun Disney’s California Adventure has to offer! The Frightfully fun parade, Mickeys treats and tricks, immersive treat trails and Villains grove!  Click Here for more information. 

Boo-tastic Halloween Party at Adventure City

Date: 8 nights only October 6th, 13th, 19th, 20th, 26th, 27th or 31st 2023

Time: 5:30-9:30pm 

Location: Adventure City 

Entry Fee: $34.95

This ones for the toddlers and small children! This them park is tailored to the kids with Halloween fun for the whole family! 11 rides, trick or treat street, dance party, arcade and much more. Get your ticket before it sells out. Click Here for more information and to get your ticket. 


Date: Through October 31st 

Time: Tuesday – Friday is 7:00PM.

Saturdays – 4:00PM and 7:30PM.

Sundays – 2:45PM and 6:15PM.

Location: Pirates Dinner Adventure: 7600 Beach Blvd, Buena Park, CA 90620

Entry Fee: $68.95 and up 

Each year the Pirates Dinner Adventure transforms into the Vampirates! A Halloween show based around vampires that’s cinematic and fun for the whole family! Click Here for more information. 

Knotts Spooky Farm

Date: Through October 29th and the 31st. 

Time: 10am-5:30pm 

Location: Knotts Berry Farm: 8039 Beach Blvd, Buena Park, CA 90620

Entry Fee: $64.96 and up 

Enjoy the Halloween season at Knott’s Spooky Farm, a family-friendly fall time celebration. Little ghouls can trick-or-treat around the town of Calico’s shops and buildings to collect sweet treats from the friendly townsfolk plus enjoy even more kids’ Halloween activities. Families can join in on the Halloween fun as the park is transformed with themed décor and spooky surprises. Click Here to get your ticket. 

Jack-o-Lantern Jamboree

Date: Through October 28th

Time: 1 pm-4 pm 

Location: Atlantis Play Center: 13630 Atlantis Way, Garden Grove, CA 92844

Entry Fee: $12 per child, $3 per adult

Come out to Atlantis park for some Halloween fun! Activities include train rides, inflatable obstacle courses, a magic show, balloon twister, a pumpkin patch, carnival games, a reptile booth with educational shows, and more. Costumes are encouraged.

Children, ages 2-10, will have the opportunity to select a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch and decorate it in the craft area. All attendees will have access to event activities and Halloween candy. C&M Ohana will be onsite selling kettle corn, lemonade, shaved ice, and ice cream. Click Here to get your ticket. 

Howl-o-ween at the Great Wolf Lodge

Date: Through October 31st

Time: 1 pm-4 pm 

Location: Great Wolf Lodge:12681 Harbor Blvd, Garden Grove, CA 92840

Entry Fee: $34.99 and up

Splash and play into a spooky good time at the Great Wolf Lodge. Join the dance party and costume contest or take a walk down the treat trail! Click Here to get your ticket. 

Mini Monster Bash

Date: October 27th & 28th

Time: 5 pm-8 pm 

Location: The Children’s Museum: 301 S Euclid St, La Habra, CA 90631

Entry Fee: $10 members, $15 non-members 

Trick or treat through the Children’s museum!  Click Here to get your ticket. 

Halloween Zootacular

Date: October 28th

Time: 10 am-4 pm 

Location: 1 Irvine Park Road
OrangeCA 92869

Entry Fee: $2 

Activities include a scavenger hunt*, trick-or-treating*, and spooky crafts! The first 100 children in costume will receive a free gift!** Come see the zoo animals receive treat-filled pumpkins throughout the day!


Monster Splash

Date: October 28th

Time: 1 pm-5 pm 

Location: William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center: 4601 Walnut Ave. IrvineCA 92604

Entry Fee: $12 

Floating Pumpkin Patch, Pumpkin Decorating, Trick-or-Treating, Recreational Swimming, Floating Obstacle Course, Bounce Houses and More! Click Here to register.

Costume Week at Pretend City

Date: October 25th-28th

Time: Wednesday-Sunday 10am. 

Location: Pretend City

Entry Fee: $2 off admission

Get ready for a week of imagination, creativity, and endless fun as Costume Week arrives at Pretend City! Unleash your inner superhero, princess, pirate, or anything your heart desires! 

Trick or Treat at the Mainplace Mall

Date: October 31st 

Time: 4:00pm-6:00pm 

Location: Mainplace Mall: 2800 N Main St, Santa Ana, CA 92705

Entry Fee: Free

Trick or Treat at the Mainplace mall! Costumes are encouraged but not required for this Free trick or treat event. 

Candy Crawl at the San Clemente Outlets

Date: October 28th

Time: 1:00pm-3:00pm 

Location: San Clemente Outlets 101 W Avenida Vista Hermosa, San Clemente, CA 92672

Entry Fee: Free

Dive into a spellbinding world at the San Clemente Outlets Candy Crawl Event! Immerse yourself in spooky melodies, transform your look with face painter’s artistry, and be amazed by the balloon twister’s creations.

Nightmare on Center Street

Date: October 26th

Time: 6:00pm-10:00pm 

Location: 131 W Center Street Promenade, Anaheim, CA

Entry Fee: Free

Trick or treat at your favorite regular market booths decked out in fun decorations, then make your rounds at our ever-so-spooky Halloween village.

Halloween Howl

Date: October 31st

Time:  3:30pm-5:30pm

Location: Columbus Tustin Rec Center: 17522 Beneta Way
Tustin, CA 92780

Entre Fee: Free

Join the city of Tustin for some trick or treating at the rec center.

Halloween Festival

Date: October 28th 

Time:  TBD 

Location: Stanton Central Park. 10660 Western Ave, Stanton, CA 90680

Entry Fee: Free

Join the city of Stanton the  Saturday before Halloween for the annual Halloween Festival at Stanton Central Park. This special event is open to ghosts and goblins of all ages and will feature games, entertainment, costume contests,  food booths and a howling good time for everyone. Be sure to bring your trick-or-treat bag!

Cops N Goblins

Date: October 31st 

Time:  2-6pm

Location: Buena Park Civic Center: 6650 Beach Blvd, Buena Park, CA 90621

Entry Fee: Free

Bring your little goblins out for a Halloween and trick-or-treat experience as brought to you by your Buena Park Police Department and Community Services Department.

Trick or Treat Seal Beach

Date: October 31st 

Time:  11am-4pm

Location: Main Street Seal Beach 

Entry Fee: Free

Bring the kids to Main Street October 31st for some trick or treating!

Trunk or Treat Yorba Linda

Date: October 28th 

Time:  5pm-8pm

Location: 17000 Brooklyn Avenue, Yorba Linda

Entry Fee: Free

Get ready for a frightfully fun evening of trunk-or-treating. Dress up in your favorite costume and enjoy a safe and exciting Halloween celebration with family and friends. Our event offers a variety of creatively decorated car trunks filled with treats for all the little goblins and ghosts. Don’t miss out on the chance to collect delicious candies and create lasting memories. Mark your calendars for this thrilling event and prepare for a night full of tricks and treats!

Halloween Fest Villa Park

Date: October 28th 

Time:  4pm-7pm

Location: Villa Park Town Center

Entry Fee: Free

Haunt for treats at the local Town Center stores, check out a Sheriff’s car or Fire Engine, Dancing to songs like the monster mash, crafts, there is always something new each year, photos and photo ops!

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