Looking for the best haunted houses, scary shows, theme park Halloween events or just a family-friendly trick or treating fun for the kids? Here’s the list of Southern California Halloween Events 2023 for the scariest and not so scary way to enjoy the Halloween haunt. Boo!
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HALLOWEEN EVENTS 2023:
1. Knott’s Scary Farm – Buena Park, CA
Experience unique haunted mazes and attractions, sinister shows, and more than 1,000 horrifying creatures lurking in the fog and hiding in every corner of the park. Knott’s Scary Farm 2023 will run select nights between September 21 to October 31.
2. Knott’s Spooky Farm – Buena Park, CA
Enjoy a daytime family-friendly Halloween celebration at Knott’s Berry Farm where kids 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. The park is transformed with themed décor and spooky surprises. Knott’s Spooky Farm 2023 will be available at the park during the daytime on Thursdays to Sundays from September 28 – October 29, plus Halloween.
3. Universal Studios Hollywood Halloween Horror Nights – Universal City, CA
Enjoy terrifying mazes, sinister scare zones, outrageous live entertainment, and some of the park’s most exhilarating attractions. The 2023 Universal Hollywood Halloween Horror Nights will run select nights between September 7 to October 31.
4. Legoland Brick or Treat – Carlsbad, CA
Enjoy Legoland California’s Brick or Treat Monster Party with rides open ’til late, trick-or-treating, character meet & greets, live entertainment & shows, costume contest, Halloween décor, and more! Legoland Brick or Treat 2023 will run every Saturday beginning September 16 and Saturdays and Sundays from October 17 through October 29.
Check the Legoland Brick or Treat Guide, early bird tickets start at $84 per person.
5. SeaWorld San Diego Howl-O-Scream – San Diego, CA
Howl-O-Scream will feature terrifying haunted houses and scare zones, roaming haunts, acrobatic performances, live DJ, thrilling rides and coasters, and sinister cocktail bars. SeaWorld Howl-O-Scream 2023 will operate on select nights starting September 29 to October 31.
6. SeaWorld San Diego Halloween Spooktacular – San Diego, CA
The daytime SeaWorld Halloween Spooktacular is for families to enjoy trick or treating, seasonal decor, and more at SeaWorld San Diego theme park. SeaWorld Spooktacular 2023 will be available every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday starting September 15 to October 29.
7. Castle Dark at Castle Park Riverside – Riverside, CA
Castle Park turn into Castle Dark and experience all-new haunted mazes, scare zones, and more at Riverside’s best haunt. And don’t miss some Halloween treats, from seasonal funnel cakes to fruit juice in a blood bag. Castle Dark 2023 will be available on select nights from September 22 through October 29.
8. Street Food Cinema Halloween Movies – Los Angeles, CA
Street Food Cinema is an outdoor movie event with live music (before the movie starts) and food trucks available. This October, enjoy Halloween movies like Shaun of the Deas, Practical Magic, Halloween, Halloweentown, Hocus Pocus, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show at various parks across Los Angeles.
9. Vampirate’s Dinner Adventure – Buena Park, CA
Get costumed-up for Halloween and head to VamPirate’s Dinner Adventure. This special Halloween show includes a costume contest on select nights. Travel back to the 1800s where you’ll 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. While enjoying a three-course meal so delicious it’s scary, you’ll witness feats of aerial artistry, swordplay, death-defying stunts, and dynamic duels. Vampirates 2023 will be available on select days from September 13 to October 31.
10. Howl-O-Ween at The Living Desert Zoo – Palm Desert, CA
Dress up in your favorite costume and enjoy a festive and family-friendly Halloween event in Palm Desert’s The Living Desert Zoo which includes trick-or-treat candy stations, live magic, interactive aily activities, animal trading cards, photo ops, Halloween treats, and more. The Living Desert Zoo Howl-O-Ween Dates are October 28 and 29 only.
11. Boo at the L.A. Zoo – Los Angeles, CA
Boo at the L.A. Zoo will be on October 21, 22, 28, and 29. The Halloween spirit will be in full swing for two frightfully fun weekends at the L.A. Zoo, with trick-or-treating stations featuring premium Mars candies, plus animal pumpkin feedings, themed photo ops, story readings, and an extinct animal graveyard. Costumes are encouraged!
12. Nights of the Jack – Calabasas, CA
Nights Of The Jack is an immersive Halloween experience for all ages. Vast
grounds of intricately hand-carved and illuminated jack o’lanterns will welcome
visitors as they make their way through the walking trail around King Gillette
Ranch in Calabasas, CA. Angelenos will have the opportunity to immerse
themselves in a Halloween wonderland featuring a live pumpkin carver, gift shop,
top LA food trucks, our “The Spookeasy Bar” and tons of other
“Instagrammable” moments for all to enjoy!
Nights of the Jack 2023 will take place on select days from September 29 through October 31.
13. Carved – La Cañada Flintridge, CA
Carved is a family-friendly event for all ages. For three weeks in October, hundreds of carved pumpkins will line the Camellia Forest. This 2023, Carved returns with a new route, new locations, and enhanced experiences. As visitors wind their way through the Camellia Forest and picturesque Rose Garden, they will be enchanted by luminous jack-o’- lanterns, fall foliage, and whimsical displays.
Don’t miss the Día de los Muertos altar, glow-in-the-dark installation Rhizome by Tom&Lien Dekyvere, and giant carved pumpkins.
Carved at Descanso Gardens 2023 will run from October 6 to 29.
14. HalGLOWeen at San Diego Zoo – San Diego, CA
HalGLOWeen, San Diego Zoo’s light-up-the-night, Halloween-themed extravaganza is back! This 2023, glowing celebration of color has been expanded to five weekends in October – Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. So, get ready to enjoy some safe, family fun at this glittering and glimmering annual spectacular full of entertainment and interactive festivities. Ages 11 and younger enter free.
15. Tunnel of Terror Haunted Carwash – Anaheim, CA
Tunnel of Terror OC is a Haunted Carwash is a carefully curated experience, with ghosts and ghouls popping up throughout the wash tunnel, and special effects providing a terrifying ambiance. Tunnel of Terror Haunted Carwash is available from October 5 to October 30.
Buy Tunnel of Terror Haunted Carwash Tickets, for only $30.
16. ScareScape Haunted Attractions – Murrieta, CA
ScareScape is the newest Halloween haunt to hit the Inland Empire on select nights from September 29th – October 29th. With 4 haunted mazes, night DJs, and more.
WAITING FOR 2023 UPDATE FOR THESE HALLOWEEN EVENTS:
17. Boo at the Zoo at America’s Teaching Zoo – Moorpark, CA
Boo at the Zoo 2023 dates and event details coming soon!
This Southern California Halloween event at the zoo will have interactive trick-or-treat stations, kids’ crafts, food trucks, wildlife presentations, scavenger hunts, and animal meet & greets.
18. Haunt O’Ween LA – Sherman Oaks, CA
This expansive, family-friendly 200,000 sq. ft. Halloween event in Southern California is covered in 35,000 pumpkins. Go trick-or-treating in the Town of Haunt O’ Ween, walk through thousands of pumpkins, play a multitude of games and rides, get your face painted, and enjoy food and drinks. Haunt O’Ween in Sherman Oaks is open from September 30 to October 31, 2022.
19. Mansion of Lost Souls – Temecula, CA
Enter the haunted house at The Promenade Mall in Temecula where the halls are filled with the sounds of children. Mansion of Lost Souls Haunted House 2022 will operate on select nights starting on September 30 to October 31.
20. Temecula/Vail Lake KOA presents: The Curse of the Lake – Temecula, CA
This SoCal Halloween event at Temecula/Vail Lake KOA includes one haunted trail, two haunted mazes, one scare zone, photo-ops, and a craft cocktail bar. Recommended for ages 14 and up. The event is only available on Sundays this October.
Buy Temecula The Curse of the Lake Discount Tickets, only $19 to $35 VS. $30 to $60.
21. Halloween Rooftop Movies at The Montalban – Los Angeles, CA
Head to the rooftop of Hollywood and Vine’s Ricardo Montalbán Theater for a Halloween movie where you can enjoy L.A.’s cool night air from atop the historic 1920s theater. Craft beer, wine, and cocktails, fresh popcorn, and specialties from Umami Burger are available for purchase, plus a relaxed pre-show atmosphere. Come early to partake in food and drink, score the best seat, play a game of Jenga or strike a pose in the new selfie video/photo booth. The films start at sunset. Halloween movies include Hocus Pocus, Shaun of the Dead, A Nightmare of Elm Street, and many more.
Buy Montalban Rooftop Movie Discount Tickets, only $23.50 VS. $28.
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