It’s that time of the year again Halloween Time and looking for fun activities for adults and kids here is a good place to start check out this list:
October is approaching and that means pumpkin patches and Halloween events. Halloween related celebrations are starting as early as September in Los Angeles and nearby counties. Our Halloween Guide 2022 – Los Angeles and Beyond can get your planning ready during this year’s activities. If you’re looking for an excursion with the kids and family, or scary adventures for the grown-ups, there’s lots of options from which to choose.
With fall in the air, you’ll find many special Halloween themed events. And certainly don’t forget to get a pumpkin, or a few for your home. It’s indeed a great time for family fun.
The Places Where We Go brings together an especially curated list of top-rated events you can schedule on your calendar. We’ve got you covered for pumpkin patches and hayrides at farms. While most local communities will have the typical stands with stacks of pumpkins for sale, others go the extra mile adding activities to entertain the kids. Some of these places will charge a fee to participate.
The following list is in the order of city names spread among several Southern California counties. Look for places close to your home, or areas within a reasonable driving distance. We’re sure that no matter where you live, you’ll surely find great options nearby.
Important Note: Please visit websites of attractions before visiting for the latest information and special guidelines that apply per listed attraction. Information may change after posting on our website.
Halloween Guide 2022 – Southern California Counties
We found the top events listed in several Southern California counties. Scroll through our list straightaway to see everything available or select the links below for the county of your choice:
LOS ANGELES COUNTY HALLOWEEN GUIDE 2022
Calabasas – Nights of the Jack
The ultimate Halloween event is back at King Gillette Ranch in Calabasas. Night of the Jack features Halloween fun for everyone. A 2/3-mile trail at the ranch has blazing gourds around every corner. See a spook-tacular illuminated light show experience under the California autumn sky. Live carving is demonstrated at this event.
The event is kid friendly, and they can see their favorite characters in pumpkin form. Adults can enjoy a seasonal cocktail at the Spookeasy bar while the littles can enjoy festive fall treats. Some of LA’s best food trucks will be serving meals on site. Don’t forget to visit the souvenir shop before departing to get a memento from your visit.
Most guests spend just over an hour on the site engaging in the activation zone before or after walking the trail. This is a largely popular event, typically attracting 100,000 visitors per season.
Important: Tickets are timed. Late arrivals will not receive entry nor a refund.
Dates: October 1 – October 31, 6pm to 10pm
Location: 26800 Mulholland Hwy, Calabasas, CA 91302
Admission: $34.99 – no late entries allowed; Children aged 2 and under are free. Ticket cost may increase after the initial pre-sale period
Culver City – Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch
Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch delivers a Halloween experience in the heart of they city. You might even see a few celebrities enjoying the fun here. Enjoy events, food and entertainment. And, while you visit, it’s a fun place to get your pumpkins. Check the website as the site occasionally closes for private events.
Dates: October 7 – October 31, 9am – 9pm
Location: 10100 Jefferson Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232
Admission: Ranges from $10 to $30, depending on day and time selected. Children aged 2 and under are free.
La Cañada Flintridge – Carved at Descano Gardens
Carved is a family-friendly event for all ages. For three weeks in October, hundreds of carved pumpkins will line the Camellia Forest and Oak Grove. Along with pumpkins, the ever-popular pumpkin house, hay maze, and holiday-themed food and beverages will return. Guests can also enjoy UV “black light” experiences, artists sculpting pumpkins, and a special Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos) installation at the Amphitheater.
Dates: October 11-31, 630pm to 10pm
Location: 1418 Descanso Dr., La Cañada Flintridge, CA
Admission: $25 – $35
Los Angeles – Bob Barker Marionette Theater Halloween Spooktacular
The spooky season begins here September 18th. Gather your goblins and ghoulies for a great seasonal show- HaLLoWe’eN SpoOkTaCuLaR! You’ll be delighted by this haunting showcase of sweet spooks, including the Purple People Eater, Dracula, the Invisible Man, and many more!
The hour-long family friendly boo-sical revue, features over one hundred puppets. It’s a great eerie experience for everyone.
HIGH-GRADE, NON-CLOTH MASKS ARE REQUIRED FOR ALL GUESTS OVER AGE 2, REGARDLESS OF VACCINATION STATUS.
Dates: September 24 – November 6
Times vary – check with the theater
Location: 4949 York Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90042
Admission: $20, Children ages 2 and under are free
Los Angeles – Haunted Little Tokyo Block Party
On Saturday October 30, the Little Tokyo Ghost Club will be transforming the community for the annual Haunted Little Tokyo, a fun-filled Halloween celebration with frightfully fun events that are perfect for ghosts and ghouls of all ages. The block party event is for ages 21 and up.
This year, the “Block Party” will move to an outdoor secret location in Little Tokyo! The event will include all the favorites from previous block parties including DJs, drinks, food, and a costume contest. The location will be shared upon check-in at Brunswig Square (360 E. 2nd Street).
Light food and drinks will be available for purchase. This is also a dog-friendly event!
Guests must be 21 or over and provide proof of vaccination or negative Covid-19 test result within 72 hours before entering the event. The event is free with RSVP prior to the event.
Date: October 30
Time: 7pm – 12am
Location: 360 E. 2nd Street, Los Angeles, CA
Admission: Free with RSVP – visit website to RSVP
Los Angeles – Haunted Little Tokyo Pumpkin Patch
The Haunted Little Tokyo Pumpkin Patch will offer a bone-chilling good time with pumpkins for purchase. Pumpkins will be from Tanaka Farms, a beloved Japanese American family farm located in Irvine, California. Activities at the Pumpkin Patch will be free and include a photo opportunity and a coloring contest.
Date: October 17
Time: 11apm – 5pm
Location: 335 E. 2nd Street, Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles – Los Angeles Philharmonic – Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Carrying on the annual tradition, this year’s special Halloween treat is a screening of the silent horror movie classic, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Organist Clark Wilson will provide music befitting the spooky movie. Come see a classic version of the Robert Louis Stevenson tale featuring leading man John Barrymore. The dangerous experiments of Dr. Jekyll reveal his dark side after drinking the potion.
Dates: October 31
Location: Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA, 90012
Los Angeles – Los Angeles Haunted Hayride
The ultimate Halloween event in Los Angeles is unlike most experiences. The Witch of the Woods has cast her spell to summon the spirits of the underworld to cross over and assimilate into form. The Hayride leads to a thrilling adventure of horrors afflicting the town. Dazed within the spell cast upon them, the Witch commands her army of crops and flesh to seek revenge on the people that have casted her out. The Spirit of Halloween comes to life surrounding helpless victims brave enough to board The Hayride.
Dates: Select nights September 23 – October 31
Location: 4730 Crystal Springs Dr., Los Angeles, CA, 90027
Admission: Visit website to see ticket options and price ranges
Los Angeles – LA Zoo – Boo at the Zoo
The Halloween spirit will be in full swing for 31 frightfully fun days at the L.A. Zoo with special activities and entertainment. Enjoy spooktacular sights daily. Weekends are even sweeter, with treats like open-air live shows, animal pumpkin feedings, themed photo ops, education stations, and much more. Costumes are encouraged!
We recommend visiting the LA Zoo website before your trip for the most up to date information on this event.
Dates: October 1 – October 31
Time: 10am – 4pm
Admission: Check LA zoo website
Location: 5333 Zoo Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90027
Universal City – Universal Studios Hollywood – Halloween Horror Nights
Universal Studios Hollywood presents one of the scariest Halloween events in Southern California. Summon your scream squad to Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights with eight haunted houses, the Terror Tram, scare zones, a live show and exhilarating attractions. Whether you’re a superfan, here for the snacks or selfies, scared of everything or skeptical of everyone, remember, never go alone.
Enter haunted houses inspired by the biggest names in fear. You’re never quite sure if your spine is tingling with dread or sheer excitement.
This event is not recommended for children under 13.
Dates: September 8 – October 31, on select nights
Location: 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608
Admission: Check Universal Studios website for ticket price information and options. AAA members can save up to 30% off gate prices – AAA.com/hhn
Valencia – Six Flags Magic Mountain Fright Fest
Enjoy a haunted house, six haunted mazes, eight scare zones and monster entertainment at Six Flags Magic Mountain. These events are recommended for Guests 13 and Over. No Costumes for Guests Over 12
Dates: Select dates September 10 – October 31
Location: 26101 Magic Mountain Pkwy, Valencia, CA 91355
Woodland Hills – Haunt O’Ween
Enjoy Halloween like never before! Once you enter the expansive, family-friendly 200,000 square foot space, you can stay as long as you’d like until closing. Over 35,000 pumpkins fill the playground and there are nine expansive thematic environments.
The immersive environment welcomes families for 31 days with the best of Halloween time. 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, enjoy food and drinks… the list is endless. Make sure to take plenty of photos and videos—you’ll remember the month of Haunt O’ Ween for years to come!
ORANGE COUNTY HALLOWEEN GUIDE 2022
San Clemente – Casa Creepy
For 3 nights each year, Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens in San Clemente becomes a 1920s-themed haunted house and gardens. Walk through 2.5 acres of the most haunted mansion on the block! Werewolves, vampires and ghosts are waiting behind every corner of our historic home, and you can bet on plenty of creepy-crawlies in the gardens.
Casa Romantica’s haunted walk contains sudden movement and sounds, and parts of the walk take place on unpaved or uneven historic grounds. All participants are required to agree to a waiver for this event in order to participate.
Casa Creepy Haunted House is suitable for most families with children ages 8 and up; please use your discretion. Costumes are encouraged; costume masks not allowed but medical masks are allowed.
This limited entrance events is capped at 250 guests per event and entry is timed.
Dates: October 27-29, 7pm to 9pm
Location: 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, CA 92672
Admission: $15 ages 13 & up • $10 ages 12 & under
RIVERSIDE COUNTY HALLOWEEN GUIDE 2022
Temecula – Peltzer Pumpkin Farm
The Petlzer Pumpkin Farms opens for a new season on September 24th. Come to the farm to pick your own pumpkin and enjoy a broad list of activities including games, petting zoo, train rides, pumpkin painting and a tractor garden.
Dates: September 24 – October 21
Times: Monday-Friday (10am – 8pm), Saturday-Sunday (9am-8pm)
Location: 39925 Calle Contento, Temecula, CA
Admission: $3 per person. Children aged 2 and under are free with a paid adult. Attraction ticket prices vary.
SAN DIEGO COUNTY HALLOWEEN GUIDE 2022
Carlsbad – Brick-or-Treat Party Nights at Legoland® California Resort
Brick-or-Treat Party Nights are the signature Halloween event at Legoland. On Saturday nights, join the Monsters who takeover LEGOLAND®. Experience shows, participate in character meet-and-greets, costume contests, treat stations and more.
New entertainment includes:
Vampyre’s Very Important Monsters (V.I.M) Dance Party – Bring your monstrous moves and ghoulish grooves to this interactive dance party.
Operation Monster Squad – Do you have what it takes to walk, grumble, and dance like a Monster?
A Candy-Coated Curse – Join curious trick-or-treaters as they sing, dance, and chant their way out of a sticky situation.
NEW 4D Movie: The Great Monster Chase – Laugh along in this 4D adventure filled with special effects as four tweens try to sneak their way into a monster party.
Don’t forget your costume.
Dates: Saturdays only September 17 – October 29 (3pm-9pm), and October 30 (2pm-8pm)
Location: One LEGOLAND Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92008
Admission: Included with Legoland day tickets, hotel packages, and select annual passes AAA members can save up to 30% on tickets – AAA.com/bot
San Diego – The Haunted Trail of Balboa Park
It’s a one-of-a-kind haunt experience and has been called one of the top haunted attractions in the United States. Experience two haunts in one.
The 3,500 square foot eXperiment Maze provides a mile long terrifying outdoor trail. Be on guard as you move through twisted pines and gnarled oaks.
Next, experience the Haunted Trail. Climb onto the Ghoul Bus where a cloister of Nuns share the scary ride with you. Beware the chainsaw-wielding zombie rodeo clowns around the corner as they look to bring you into their slaughterhouse.
This event is geared toward adults who have guts to brave the chills and thrills.
Dates: September 23 – October 31, Closed Mondays and Tuesdays
Location: The Haunted Trail is located at the corner of Balboa Dr & Juniper in Balboa Park
Admission: Starts at $25
San Diego – San Diego Zoo HalGLOWeen
The San Diego Zoo hosts HalGLOWeen on Fridays through Sundays in October, excluding October 30. This light-up-the-night Halloween-themed extravaganza features entertainment, dance parties, musical performances, and food specials. The interactive festivities are a fun event for the family.
Dates: Fridays through Sundays in October (excluding October 30) – Activities start at 5pm
Location: 2920 Zoo Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
Admission: AAA members can save 20% – AAA.com/sandiegozoo
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY HALLOWEEN GUIDE 2022
Solvang – Solvang Farmers Pumpkin Patch
Get lost in the 14-acre corn maze and then find your perfect pumpkin. The squash, gourds and pumpkins range from tiny specimens to super large. Moreover, this year’s event is bigger than ever so consider a visit if you’ll be in Santa Barbara County.
Dates: September 24 – October 31
Location: Alamo Pintado Road, Solvang, CA
VENTURA COUNTY HALLOWEEN GUIDE 2022
Our Halloween Guide 2022 for Ventura features three options. And we start with one of the best family-friendly events in Southern California right in Moorpark California.
Moorpark – Underwood Family Farms Fall Harvest Festival
Underwood Family Farms Fall Harvest Festival features a gigantic pumpkin patch and 5 themed weekends of live entertainment and family fun. This is unquestionably a great place to take your littles, as we have through the years. The Festival site will be filled with games, rides, photos ops, live entertainment, themed weekends, bands and more! Weekends will include all performances, bands, demonstrations & entertainment. Pick Your Own fruit, vegetables, and flowers as well as tractor-pulled wagon rides around the farm, Animal Center & visits with animals are offered daily.
- October 8-9: Farm Country Weekend
- October 15-16: Antique Tractor Weeken
- October 22-23: Wild West Weekend
- October 29-30: All About Pumpkins Weekend
Admission to Underwood Family Farms Fall Harvest Festival includes:
- Tractor-drawn Wagon Rides
- Corn Maze
- Farmer Craig’s Chicken Show
- Gigantic Pumpkin Patch
- Entry to Pick Your Own Fields (pickings separate)
- Photo Opportunities
- Pumpkin House
- Corn Stalk Labyrinth (on Oct. 10)
- Giant Tractor Display
- Pumpkin Displays
- Giant Spiders
- Harvest Basket
- Misting Tunnel
- Hay Climbing Pyramids
- Animal Center
- Play Equipment
- Cotton Harvester & Combine Slides
- Fun Hill with Tunnels and Wooden Firetruck
- Wooden Train
- Wooden School Bus
- Country Store
- 50 acres of open space to roam
- Pull wagons & wheelbarrows available (Personal wagons & strollers welcomed)
- Animal Shows (Weekends only)
- Pig Races (Weekends only)
- Demonstrations (Weekends only)
- Themed Weekends (Weekends only)
- Live Performers & Roaming Entertainment (Weekends only)
- Live Bands (Weekends only)
Tickets Required for the Following:
- Gem/Fossil Mining
- Electric Train
- John Deere, Bee, Cow & Grain Trains
- Horse-drawn Wagon Rides (weekends-only)
- Animal Petting & Duck Feeding Areas
- Bean & Corn Boxes
- Games & Crafts
- Face Painting
Any activities may adjust at any time due to current events.
Dates: October 1 – October 31, 9am to 6pm
Location: 3370 Sunset Valley Road, Moorpark, CA, 93021
Admission Monday-Friday: $14 General Admission
Admission Weekends: $22 pre-sale through 10/9 – $28 Day of Admission if spots available
Children under 2 and parking are free. Seniors (65+), Military, Veterans & Emergeny 1st Responders receive $2 admission discount daily with valid ID. – TICKETS ARE ON-LINE ONLY ON WEEKENDS – No Walk-ins on weekends.
Santa Paula – Prancer’s Farm 2022 Fall Festival
This fall harvest festival features a 30-acre pumpkin patch and family fun. Highlights include tractor-drawn wagon rides, pick your own pumpkin on 15 acres, hay pyramids, animal center with petting zoo, live performers (weekends only), wheelbarrows, corn expedition and sunflower picking and barrel train ride.
Dates: October 1 – October 31, 8am to dusk
Location: 18450 E. Telegraph Rd., Santa Paula, CA, 93060
Pre-sale tickets will only be available for the first two weekends. Children 2 and under are free.
Simi Valley – Simi Valley Historical Society & Museum at Strathearn Park
The Creepy Dolls Twilight Tours is offered once per year. In 2022, the event occurs on October 1st, though we are advised it has sold out by September 12th. This guided tour takes visitors back in time to the 1800s. If you enjoy creepy dolls, mark your calendar to get your tickets next year for this very popular event. It’s sure to sell out again.
Ventura – Big Wave Dave’s Christmas Trees & Pumpkin Patch
Find the perfect pumpkin from minis to giants. The patch is located in Ventura at the Pacific View Mall (near Target). Enjoy activities for the kids and photo opportunities. Besides pumpkins, you can also pick up ornamental items including gourds, Indian corn and hay bales. Also available are carving kits, candles and stencils.
Dates: October 1 – October 31, 10am to 9pm (Closing 6pm Halloween Day)
Location: 4075 Telegraph Rd., Ventura CA
Admission is Free