Your fall bucket list begins right here in Orange County!
There's more to Anaheim and Orange County than just theme parks. We've listed all the top things to do this October. Have fun!
Visit a Pumpkin Patch
There are so many festive, down-home pumpkin patches throughout the county. We've gathered just a few of our favorites. Pick one nearby or explore a new-to-you patch every weekend this fall.
Hana Field Pumpkin Patch in Costa Mesa where sunflowers bloom and pumpkins are for picking. Jump in the fun with the Cow Train, arts and crafts, Root Shoot (shoots turnips), Pumpkin Cannon and corn maze. Open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through October 30th.
Irvine Park Railroad’s Pumpkin Patch in Irvine is an Orange County tradition. Come on over to enjoy a not-so-spooky Haunted House, Hay Maze, photo spots, harvest-themed carnival games, hayrides, train rides and more.
Pumpkin City in Laguna Hills meander through thousands of pumpkins in a charming farm atmosphere. Enjoy a host of kiddie amusement rides, game booths, and activities all set under the canopy of the beautiful autumn sky. Open seven days a week through October 31st.
Tanaka Farms in Irvine boasts more than 30 acres of exploration. Pumpkin patch, produce market stand, farm to table cooking classes, farm tours and so much more. Open Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays through October 31st.
Trick or Treat
Trick or treat stations happen at many of the fall festivals throughout the season. Here are just a couple that also take place Halloween weekend.
Buena Park Civic Center - October 29, 2022 - Fall festivities and trick or treating
Anaheim Plaza - October 30, 2022 - For kids 12 and under and in costume
Halloween Carnival every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in October in Anaheim - Hosted at the Anaheim GardenWalk, stop by for food trucks, carnival games, Halloween photos, and a chance to win theme park tickets.
Haunted OC Paranormal Tours - Hosted at one of the six most haunted spots in Orange County.
Vampirates Dinner Show in Buena Park - Climb aboard the Evil Captain Sebastian the Black’s ship for an interactive family friendly evening filled with adventure, romance and a spooky good time. Includes a four-course meal and show of aerial artistry, swordplay, death defying stunts and dynamic duels as Captain Sebastian Black’s dastardly crew of “Vampire Pirates” attempts to defeat the Vampire Hunter.
Visit The 17th Door in Fullerton - One of the longest haunts in all of California, experience takes 30-45 minutes of spooky thrills!
Howl–O–Ween at Great Wolf Lodge - The spook-tacular celebrations at the Great Wolf Lodge guarantees fa-boo-less fun for the whole family. Enjoy activities like Howl-O-Ween Yoga Tails, Trivia, Boo Bingo and more!
Theme Park Fall Fun
Knott’s Scary Farm in Buena Park - Dubbed the most haunting Halloween event in Southern California, with unimaginable scares and innovative thrills.
Save the Date
It only happens once a year, so mark your calendar for these festive finds in Anaheim and OC this October. Save the dates below and register now where applicable.
October 8, 2022: Formosa, Family and Fun Day in Anaheim - Join in on a day of games, giveaways, prizes, and Taiwanese hand puppet exhibit. Savor Taiwanese night market staples like popcorn chicken and sweet potato fries garnished with plum powder, or test your skills at classic night market games like Ring Toss, Ping Pong Bingo, or Beer Bottle Fishing for a chance to win a Taiwanese goodie basket!
October 9, 2022: Brea Costume Swap - "Shop" costumes in this costume exchange.
October 15, 2022: Scare Crow Festival - Trick or treat, scare crow content, fall games and more.
October 21-25, 2022: Haunted Trail Group Scares in Laguna Niguel - Nighttime scares for your group of 8 people, ages 10+.
October 22, 2022: Halloween Harvest 5K/10K in Huntington Beach - Fun for everyone, walk, run or do the pumpkin dash!
October 22, 2022: Fall Harvest Festival in Aliso Viejo - Open to ghosts and goblins of all ages and will feature carnival games, entertainment, a children’s costume parade, community booths and a howling good time for everyone. Be sure to bring your trick-or-treat bag! Plus, bring canned food (5) for a pony ride!
October 29, 2022: Fall Festival & Halloween Parade in Anaheim - Dress up and join in all the fall festivities with floats, activities and more.
October 29, 2022: Halloween Zoo-tacular in Orange - Come see zoo animals receive treat-filled pumpkins throughout the day! Then join in on a scavenger hunt, trick-or-treating and spooky crafts for kids!
October 29, 2022: Spirits & Legends of Bowers Museum Midnight Tour
October 30, 2022: Boo at the Bay - A family Halloween party featuring spooky stories, creepy crafts, weird science experiments, bizarre animals, and hair-raising games.
We hope this list gets you feeling all the fall vibes. These traditional Halloween activities and some scarier ones thrown into the mix will help you include everyone in the spirit of the season!