Free Howl-O-Scream ticket offered for coming to give at select blood drives


SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, October 10, 2023 — The American Red Cross Southern California Region and Los Angeles Region are teaming up with SeaWorld San Diego to treat blood donors to a frightfully fun Howl-O-Scream experience. At select blood drives in early October, presenting blood donors will receive a ticket redeemable for free entrance to the nighttime Howl-O-Scream event,* which includes haunted houses, scare zones, live entertainment, and more, courtesy of SeaWorld San Diego.


This thank-you offer comes at a time when the Red Cross continues to experience a national blood shortage and asks the public to book a time to give as soon as possible. Donors of all blood types are urgently needed, especially type O blood donors. 


“Thank you to SeaWorld San Diego for treating blood donors to an interactive Halloween event at a time when blood donations are critically needed” said Dharma Nichols, Red Cross Biomedical Services District Manager.  “As a thank-you to blood donors for sharing their good health with hospital patients, they will receive a ticket, while supplies last, redeemable for a fun event. It’s a win-win.”


The Red Cross experienced a significant blood and platelet donation shortfall in August, contributing to the current blood and platelet shortage. To ensure the blood supply recovers, the Red Cross must collect 10,000 additional blood products each week over the next month to meet hospital and patient needs. 


The Red Cross offers three ways to make a donation appointment that can help save lives:



Participating Blood Drives**:


Orange County

10/6/2023: 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Outlets at San Clemente, 101 W Avenida Vista Hermosa, San Clemente

10/9/2023: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., The Hills Hotel, 25205 La Paz Road, Laguna Hills

10/10/2023: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Aliso Viejo Country Club, 33 Santa Barbara, Aliso Viejo

10/11/2023: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Dove Canyon Golf Club, 22682 Golf Club Dr., Dove Canyon

10/12/2023: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 27976 Marguerite Pkwy, Mission Viejo

10/13/2023: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Shepherd of the Hills United Methodist Church Rancho Santa Margarita Campus, 30605 Avenida de las Flores, Rancho Santa Margarita

10/16/2023: 11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Christ Lutheran Church, 760 Victoria Street, Costa Mesa

10/16/2023: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Baha'is of San Clemente, 3316 Avenida Del Presidente, San Clemente

10/16/2023: 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., Santiago Canyon College, 8045 E. Chapman, Orange

10/17/2023 & 10/18/2023: 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., California State University Fullerton Central Quad, 800 N State College Blvd., Fullerton



Los Angeles County

10/10/2023: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Crenshaw Christian Center, 7901 S. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles

10/11/2023: 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Rd., Valencia

10/12/2023: 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Rd., Valencia

10/16/2023 & 10/17/2023: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Rio Hondo College, 3600 Workman Mill Rd., Whittier


How to donate blood 

A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides comfort to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; distributes international humanitarian aid; and supports veterans, military members and their families. The Red Cross is a nonprofit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to deliver its mission. For more information, please visit or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.