Thursday, September 23, 2010

Halloween Events in Southern California!

Ahhhh...autumn! It is finally upon us and now Halloween festivities can begin in earnest! Many Halloween events have their official kick-off tomorrow, Friday, September 24th, so I thought I would give you an event listing of some of the Halloween happenings around SoCal this October!

Of course, there are so many that there is no way I can list them all, so below you'll find a select group of pumpkin patches, amusement parks, haunts and film festivals for you to explore.

Got recommendations? Add 'em in the comments below!

Pumpkin Patches

My go-to pumpkin patch is Tanaka Farms (it's a fully functional farm and you can pick pumpkins still on the vine!), but this year I might visit a few others. I hear that for families with kids the Irvine Park Railroad patch is pretty if you live in the OC and have kids, take them there! That way they'll be out of my hair at the Tanaka Farms patch! Another one I hear is pretty cool is the one in Woodland Hills...they even have a small "Fright Fare" at night!

Irvine, CA September 23rd - October 31st, 2010

Orange, CA - September 18 - October 31, 2010

Woodland Hills, CA - September 24th - October 31st, 2010

Amusement Parks

All of the parks in SoCal go all out for Halloween. Closest to me are the Disneyland and Knott's Parks, which are always a blast! Disneyland is more kid-friendly, as is Legoland, but if you are looking for scares definitely check out Knott's and Universal Studios. They do a great job on their mazes and their spooks will scare you silly!

Anaheim, CA - September 17th - October 31, 2010

Buena Park, CA - select dates starting September 24th through October 31st, 2010

Universal City, CA - September 24th - October 31st, 2010

Valencia, CA - weekends October 8th - 31st, 2010

Carlsbad, CA - every weekend in October


There are a TON of yard haunts, neighborhood haunts, etc., so I obviously can't list them all. The ones below I've never been to, but I desperately want to go to ALL of them! The Haunted Hotel is legendary, the creepy Queen Mary is the perfect place for an eerie evening and The Empty Grave looks pretty cool for a smaller haunt.

San Diego, CA - September 24th - October 31st, 2010

Anaheim, CA - September 24th - October 31st, 2010

Long Beach, CA - select dates October 1st - 31st, 2010

Film Festivals

Looking for some awesome horror flicks to watch in October? Look no further than these two great festivals, showcasing the best in independent horror!

Los Angeles, CA - September 30th - October 3rd, 2010

Los Angeles, CA - October 8th - 17th, 2010

There are seriously a ton of activities to do in SoCal...obviously I can't list them all, but Halloween Gothique and CreepyLA have excellent listings of haunted houses, haunts, festivals, activities and so on for almost every neighborhood and city, so go check 'em out!


  1. I really wish I was still in LA. Things here in the Carolina's are pretty boring.

  2. I am going to Disneyland the first week of October-I have never been during Halloween and I am so excited!

  3. Jen, you'll love it!!! It's so much fun this time of year! :)

  4. Wow, ya'll really do have a lot of great activities out there. Here in Central Florida, it's either Halloween Horror Nights at Universal or Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween party. Maybe a few haunted houses, but no real patches and the other haunted houses are pretty lame. I need to move!

  5. Hi,
    I'm a fairly new reader! I found this site because I was basically thinking it would be fun to write a blog and that I should combine 2 of my favorite things: all things horror and veganism. I looked around to see if anyone had done that already and here you are!

    Anyway, I'm on the east coast and I'm surprised to see that where you live Halloween stuff is only around for about a week. Over here festivities are all month long.I'm definitely not the kind of person who pencils things in on a calendar, but for October I have to! I have so many cool haunted houses and such planned that I need to write them down to remember them all (to be accompanied with vegan dinners in NYC, of course). Oh, and I'm making some vegan pumpkin bread tonight! Nice blog...I'll be reading it often.

  6. Waaahhhhhh! Remind me again why I moved to Oregon :D

    Sounds like loads of fun, wish I was there!


  7. Yup, we are pretty lucky here!!

    I listed only the major events; there are so many more!!! I'll probably write more on the minor events as they come up.

    David - welcome! I hope you go ahead with your blog...there just aren't enough of us spooky vegans out there! :)

  8. Wow! So much to choose from. I can see I'll have to move. :)

  9. Halloveegan is here:


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