California Halloween Events

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California Halloween Events offer thousands of fun activities, costume contests, pumpkin patches, trick or treat events, and even doggy costume contests. Photos include left to right: Halloween Horror Nights (Universal Studios Hollwyood); Dark Harbor (Long Beach) with band performing; Knott's Scary Farm with the return of Elvira.

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Halloween City Events

Halloween City Events held usually by city municipality parks and recreation departments or community partners such as chamber of commerce and business improvement district organizations are included in a list of approx. 75 such events. City events include:

Floating Pumpkin Patches | Parades

Trunk or Treats | Pumpkin Festivals

ANAHEIM - Disneyland Halloween Party is a special ticket after-hours event at the Anaheim theme park. It includes trick or treat stations, live entertainment and a special fireworks show.

BUENA PARK - There are some sure bets in the scare biz and it's not hard to figure them out. The two vying for top honors and prizes are Universal Studios Hollywood's Halloween Horror Nights and Knott's Berry Farm's

Scary Farm

Halloween Haunt. Knott's has the oldest of the California haunts and the biggest by far, employing and casting 1,000 actors for the event. It's fantasy never stops as the entire theme park is invaded by zombies and blood-sucking vampires.

LONG BEACH - It's no secret among the scare crowd eager to hop in a car or on a flight to see some of the best Halloween events, looking good for California's top Halloween attractions.

Queen Mary's Dark Harbor

Long Beach attracts scare fans who come from the Bay Area and elsewhere to Long Beach to see the new attraction.

UNIVERSAL CITY - The rival for Halloween thrills is Universal Studios Hollywood's

Halloween Horror Nights

a relative newcomer to the theme park Halloween scare business, by comparison. What Knott's does with quantity of actors and props, Universal makes up for with studio effects. Owning rights to some famous scare movies, Universal rolls them out with during the Halloween event. They've turned the season on its righteous ear, calling on Hollywood talents to make scary sci-fi magic.


ANAHEIM - Mickey's Halloween Party at Disneyland
APPLE VALLEY - All Saints Lunatic Asylum Haunted
BENICIA - Ghost Walk
BUENA PARK - Knott's Scary Farm
CARLSAD - Legoland Brick or Treat
LAKE ELSINORE - Field of Screams Haunted Stadium
LONG BEACH - Dark Harbor
LOS ANGELES - Haunted Hayride
LOS GATOS - Haunted Harvest Festival Goblyn's Glen
OJAI - Haunted Hayride at Boccali Ranch
PALM SPRINGS - Halloween Headless Horsemen Carriage Ride
PLEASANTON - Pirates of Emerson
SACRAMENTO - Fright Planet: World of Fear Haunted House
SACRAMENTO - Scream Park California
SAN DIEGO - SeaWorld Halloween Spooktacular
SANTA CLARA - Great America Halloween Haunt
THOUSAND OAKS - Juan Carlo Reign of Terror
UNIVERSAL CITY - Halloween Horror
VALENCIA - Six Flags Fright Fest
VALLEJO - Six Flags Fright Fest
WOODLAND HILLS - Factory of Nightmares Haunted House

1 DAY Parties

SAN DIEGO - San Diego Gaslamp Quarter Monster Bash. The streets of the ill-reputed Gaslamp Quarter bring out the wild and unimaginable souls. Costume contest, blocks of bands, parties, costumes. It's incredible!

WEST HOLLYWOOD - Carnaval attracts over 500,000 people some years to the single biggest street Halloween event in the world! the free event is open to the public and you are invited to attend on October 31, each year.

Ideally, you should see both theme park scares this year because they're going to be great!

After you've done Knott's and Universal, don't miss some hidden gems. Queen Mary's Dark Harbor was created by a former Knott's employee and uses some of the great tricks of the trade that are proven. Any place that has an authentic, haunted space (Queen Mary ship) as part of their haunt is worth the admission. In that same vein, the Winchester haunted mansion in San Jose is the real deal offering Halloween thrills, though guests are always kept corraled due to the nature of the haunted mansion, its age, collections, and valuables.

For kiddie theme park thrills, the king of scare (Knott's) has a Camp Snoopy event for kids. The happiest place on earth, Disneyland, wins honors for knowing its audience and creating a family oriented event with trick-or-treats for all ages, and a spectacular fireworks show just for Halloween.

There are two Six Flags theme parks in California (Valencia & Vallejo) and both will offer events of some sort for Halloween, though their mantra on a daily basis is "scare". Pirates of Emerson is one of the bigger draws in the Bay Area and is located in Pleasanton.


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