Halloween Events in Orange County

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Looking for something to do for Halloween but not sure what your options are? From haunted houses and theme park attractions, to kid friendly trick-or-treating — the O.C. has got it covered. Here are some highlights of events happening in Orange County for Halloween.

Knott’s Scary Farm “Halloween Haunt”

One of the most popular Holloween attractions in Southern California,Knott’s Scary Farm features 13 mazes, roaming monsters, four scare zones, and seven haunting live stage shows. The Haunt opens Friday September 23, runs Friday through Sunday, and continues through Monday, October 31st. This event is not recommended for children under 13. Tickets are $34-$51 pre-sale and $57 at the gate.

Disney’s Haunted Mansion

This haunted attraction at in the Liberty Square section of the Disneyland Theme Park, takes park attendees on a “Doom Buggy” ride tour of Disney’s Haunted Mansion, guided by the Ghost Host and featuring 999 of his ghost pals. While the ride is said to be family friendly, it is a dark ride and children under the age of seven must be accompanied by someone 14 or older. The Haunted Mansion is standard attraction at the Magic Kingdom and included with regular admission to the theme park.

Spooky Science at the Discovery Science Center

The Discovery Science Center gives the Halloween celebration a scientific and educational twist, with its Bug Invasion exhibit. Spooky Science is open Oct. 1-31. Daily activities include scavenger hunts, hands-on learning stations, and explore the 4-D “Spooky Science” mazes. Weekend only activities include pumpkin carving, costume parades and a bug “petting” station. Admission is $17.95 for adults and $12.95 for kids.

Boo At the Zoo

The Santa Ana Zoo invites families with kids of all ages to a “merry, not scary” costumed event with educational presentations, storytelling and a costume parade. For teenagers, and other Boo attendees who want a more ghoulish experience, there is a haunted house to explore. Boo at the Zoo runs October 22, 23, 24, 29 and 30, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Admission is $12 or $6 for Friends of the Zoo members and tickets are available for purchase online.

If you don’t want to fight the crowds at Disneyland or Knott’s Scary Farm, there are plenty of haunted houses, trails, mazes and scary attractions throughout Orange County, perfect for teenagers and adults who enjoy being spooked. From Boot Hill in Irvine, the haunted trails in Laguna and the open grave in Anahiem, here’s a guide to haunted houses and other spooky activities in the O.C.

Throughout the county, cities will be hosting various festivals, parades and carnivals to celebrate Halloween and the Fall season. These events are family friendly and geared toward providing kids a fun and safe experience. There’s the Fall Festival and Halloween Parade in Anaheim, the Halloween Fest on Main in Huntington Beach, the Treats in the Streets Fall Fest in Orange, carnivals in Los Alamitos and Cypres, the Pumpkin Harvest at the Orange County Great Park and a Mini Monster Bash at the Children’s Museum in LaHabra.

Original list found on orangecounty.about.com. To see article, please click here.

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