The 55 Best Things To Do In Southern California This Fall (2024)

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✅ Fall & Halloween Themed Events Around Southern California

Here are some special events that only take place during the Fall and Halloween season.

These are the must visit events.

1. Lights Out at Pomona “Fearplex”

This event takes place on select nights from October 6-31.

Check out three haunted mazes – Zombie Escape, Carnival of Evil, and Nightmares.

Interactive activities include a wax museum, creepy graveyard, and eTerror games.

There are designated scare zones throughout the event as well as food and drink vendors.

The Zombie Escape haunted maze at Fearplex Presents LIGHTS OUT

2. The Witching Hour Halloween Boutique at Roger’s Gardens

This plant nursery in Corona Del Mar, near Newport Beach, has been transforming it’s Halloween boutique for several years now.

Each year it gets a new theme and the theme for 2023 is The Witching Hour.

When you walk through the boutique you’ll find lots of Halloween decor that is available for purchase, plus even more decor that just sets the scene of “The Witching Hour”.

The Witching Hour Halloween Boo-tique at Roger's Gardens

3. Lavender Nights at 123 Farm in Cherry Valley

From Thursdays to Mondays, 5 pm to 10 pm, August 24th through October 29th you can enjoy Fall evenings in the lavender fields.

While the lavender fields are no longer in bloom, they’re lit up with thousands of lights for Lavender Nights.

Enjoy some California wines from the Black Bench Wine Bar, try the in-house sourdough loaves at the Sourdough Lounge, and browse the Food Court & Bar for things like sourdough pizza and wagyu burgers.

As a special treat, try the Lavender Mojito.

Lavender Mojito from Lavender Nights

4. Nights of the Jack at King Gillette Ranch in Calabasas

Nights of the Jack has a walk-able pumpkin trail, food trucks, a Spookeasy bar, and more!

It’s a great place for families or date night.

This event runs from September 29th-October 31st from 6 pm – 10 pm.

Be sure to purchase your tickets in advance because it will sell out.

Nights of the Jack Entrance Photo Ops

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5. Magic Of The Jack O’Lanterns

Magic of the Jack O’Lanterns is located at the Whittier Narrows Recreation Area in South El Monte.

This event takes place on select nights from September 22nd – October 31st.

Enjoy pumpkin trails similar to events like Nights of the Jack or Pumpkin Nights.

Ticket prices currently start at $24.99 and if you buy your tickets before the opening day there are early bird specials.

Magic of the Jack O'Lanterns at Whittier Narrows Recreation Area

6. Carved at Descanso Gardens

This night time event is hosted in La Canada Flintridge, in the area surrounding Pasadena, Glendale, and Burbank.

Though they are most known for their Christmas lights, they are also delving into Halloween lights now too.

Carved takes place this year from October 6 – 29.

Tickets go on sale for members on August 23 and non-members on September 6.

Descanso Gardens Main Lawn Pumpkin House
Descanso Gardens Main Lawn Pumpkin House

✅ Pumpkin Patches & Hayrides

What is more festive than visiting a pumpkin patch and taking a hayride?

Here are the best pumpkin patches and hayrides in Southern California.

7. Tanaka Farms Pumpkin Patch in Irvine

The Tanaka Farms Pumpkin Patch is open daily from September 16th – October 31st.

Parking passes are required in advance on weekends and they are $10.

Admission is $20 Monday – Friday morning and $22 on weekends and Fridays after 12 pm.

Active military, veterans, and retired military all get free admission with a valid ID.

Admission includes unlimited wagon rides, the barnyard educational exhibit, and more.

Tanaka Farms Pumpkin Patch

8. Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch in Culver City

Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch is open from October 5th – October 29th from 9 am to 9 pm.

Admission prices range anywhere from $10-$30 depending on how early you go in the season, the day of the week, and the time of day.

In addition to the pumpkin patch, there are tons of activities and entertainment options to enjoy while you’re visiting.

This pumpkin patch has been a staple since 1987.

9. Irvine Park Railroad Pumpkin Patch

This event runs from September 16th – October 31st.

It’s a great activity to bring the whole family.

Admission is free, but there is a parking fee.

On week days you can visit from 10 am – 5 pm and on weekends you can visit from 8 am – 6 pm.

There are activities you can enjoy while you’re there that come with additional fees.

You can book activity ticket books to do more for less.

There are train rides, hay rides, a moon bounce, face painting, panning for gold, John Deere races (kids sized), cookie decorating, carnival games, and more.

10. Los Angeles Haunted Hayride

This event is not recommended for children under the age of 12.

It’s located in the Griffith Park area.

In addition to the haunted hayride, the town square area is also interactive with scare actors and a live show that’s performed several times throughout the night.

There are also 3 haunted mazes including Hellbilly Halloween, Midnight Mortuary, and Trick or Treat.

Los Angeles Haunted Hayride

11. Pumpkins in the Pines at SkyPark at Santa’s Village

SkyPark at Santa’s Village is located in Skyforest, near Lake Arrowhead.

The full schedule of events for 2023 is yet to be released for this event, but here is what we know so far:

On Saturdays and Sundays from October 7th – October 29th, there is a park-wide pumpkin patch, seasonal entertainment, special activities, themed food & beverages, and more.

12. Live Oak Canyon Pumpkin Farm

The Live Oak Canyon Pumpkin Farm is located in Redlands and is open from September 22nd – October 31st.

Admission prices range from $8-$28 depending on the day of the week and the time you’re visiting.

This pumpkin farm features over 50 rides, games, photo ops, and attractions including the u-pick pumpkin field and hayrides.

You can also purchase attraction tickets for an extra fee which gives you access to activities like the train, corn maze, petting zoo, pony rides, archery, and lots more.

13. Underwood Family Farms

Christian from Discover Italy says that one of his favorite Fall activities to do in Southern California is to visit Underwood Family Farms in Moorpark.

“This family-run farm hosts a variety of events throughout the year, but during the Fall, they have Hayrides through the pumpkin patch and a Farmers Market full of fresh produce and homemade items such as jams, jellies, salsas, and more.

Visiting Underwood Family Farms in the Fall is a truly unique experience.

As you wander through the pumpkin patch, you can pick out your own special pumpkin that’s just right for carving.

Then hop on the hayride and take in all the sights of the farm as you bump along!

Afterward, don’t miss a chance to check out their Farmers Market full of homemade items and local produce.

If you’re looking for a truly special Fall experience, I highly recommend Underwood Family Farms!

They offer a variety of activities perfect for the whole family while exploring the beautiful pumpkin patch.

Plus, with their Farmers Market, you can take home some tasty treats to enjoy all season long.

When I’m in the Southern California area, I never miss a chance to visit Underwood Family Farms.

It’s a Fall tradition that I wouldn’t trade for anything.”

Their Fall Harvest Festival runs from September 30th – October 31st.

If you’re visiting on weekends, tickets must be purchased online in advance, but on weekdays you can get your tickets at the gate.

✅ Theme Park Special Events In Southern California

We have so many theme parks here from LA to Orange County to San Diego.

Wherever you live or plan to visit, there is a theme park nearby with special Fall and Halloween themed events for all ages.

14. Disneyland Resort Oogie Boogie Bash

Disneyland and California Adventure get all decked out for Halloween all season long.

Visit the parks at any time in September and October to experience the Fall decor, special Halloween treats, and special Halloween events.

15. Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood

This annual event at Universal Studios Hollywood happens on select nights throughout the Halloween season.

It is not recommended for young children or anyone that is easily scared.

16. Knott’s Scary Farm at Knott’s Berry Farm

Also on select nights is Knott’s Scary Farm.

This is another event that is not recommended for young children.

There is also a new curfew in place that anyone under the age of 18 needs to be with someone 21+.

During the day there are plenty of non-scary Halloween and Fall things to at Knott’s Berry Farm, then on select nights it transforms into Knott’s Scary Farm.

Knott's Scary Farm

17. Fright Fest at Six Flags Magic Mountain

Six Flags is another local theme park up in Santa Clarita.

Fright Fest consists of haunted houses, scare zones, Halloween entertainment, and Halloween treats.

During the day there are also kid friendly activities.

18. Howl-O-Scream at Sea World San Diego

Sea World also hosts it’s own night time event called Howl-O-Scream, which happens on select nights from September 15th – October 29st.

During the day time park hours there are kid friendly activities.

19. Brick-or-Treat at Legoland California

Since Legoland is a kid oriented park, it’s Halloween event is entirely kid-friendly as well.

There is tons of candy, shows, characters, and more.

The event takes place on September 16, 23, 30, and select Saturdays and Sundays in October.

✅ Fall Festivals In Southern California

Fall is a big time for festivals all over California.

The weather cools off a little and it’s Oktoberfest season.

Here are some of the best festivals in the Fall in Southern California.

20. Oktoberfest at Pomona Fairplex

Friday and Saturday nights from October 6th – 31st, from 6 pm – 11 pm, adults ages 21+ can enjoy Oktoberfest at Pomona Fairplex.

Enjoy authentic German food, music, dancing, and games.

21. Smogtoberfest at Smog City Brewery

Smogtoberfest takes place this year on Saturday, September 16th from 12 pm – 10 pm at Smog City Brewery.

Smog City Brewery in Torrance is throwing a Smogtoberfest to celebrate the annual release of Smogtoberfest, their popular rendition on the classic Oktoberfest style lager.

The Torrance Taproom will be hosting live music, games & prizes, authentic German food offerings.

Lederhosen and dirndls are highly encouraged.

As are any appropriate non-traditional Oktoberfest costume.

22. Angel City Jazz Festival

Angel City Arts presents the Annual Angel City Jazz Festival October 13 – October 29 with performances from Highland Park to Brentwood.

Los Angeles never consistently hosted a festival dedicated to post-traditional improvisation until innovator Rocco Somazzi founded The Angel City Jazz Festival in 2008.

The Angel City Jazz Festival has helped establish LA as a jazz destination through twelve years of live concerts.

Click for more information on the Angel City Jazz Festival and to purchase event tickets.

23. Long Beach Oktoberfest

It’s time to pull out the beer steins and Lederhosen in preparation for Long Beach’s first annual Oktoberfest!

The festival of beer and merriment will be taking place from September 29th through October 22nd at the Scottish Rite Event and Cultural Center (855 Elm Street).

Guests can experience the best of authentic German culture, eats, and of course, beer, such as Paulaner Festbier and Hofbrau Oktoberfestbier.

The world-famous Festmeister Hans und Die Sauerkrauts band will command the stage with music, performances, and German games.

Don’t forget to don Lederhosen or Dirndl, as dressing up for the event is highly encouraged.

Festivities will take place Fridays 5pm-10pm, Saturdays 12pm-10pm, and Sundays 12pm-7pm. Fridays are 21+ ONLY, as well as Saturday evenings from 5pm-10pm.

General Admission ($20) and VIP ($150, which includes entry, parking, guaranteed seat in the “best view” rows, (1) official LB Oktoberfest stein, one plate of food, Vegan option available, and 5 tickets for any beer/wine) are now on sale by visiting their website.

Long Beach Oktoberfest - Fall Festivities Series in Southern California

24. Maritime Festival In Dana Point

Located at the Dana Point Harbor, the Ocean Institute’s annual Maritime Festival (formerly known as Tall Ships Festival) returns September 8-10, 2023.

With a weekend celebration of all things maritime featuring sailing, food trucks and vendors, craft beers, live music, and more family-time fun. 

Presented by Toshiba, the festival brings history to life as crews from seven different ships, along with historical re-enactors, engage the public in mock cannon battles at sea, pirate adventures, mermaid encounters, ship tours, and other entertaining activities.

Some areas are ticketed while others are free to visit.

General admission is $17 for children and $20 for adults. Purchase tickets and learn more.

25. Craft Beer Week in Murrieta

Craft Beer Week 2023 has not been announced yet, but here is what they did last year:

One of Southern California’s best-kept-secrets, Murrieta, is gearing up for the fall season with an incredible schedule of events for tourists coming to take advantage of 275 days of sunshine throughout the year.

The small town nestled in between Temecula and Lake Elsinore (two hours from LA!) is filled with craft beer, water sports, hiking, and more.

And Murrieta only gets better when there’s an event in town.

The week of October 15-23, 2022, Craft Beer Week celebrates Murrieta and Temecula Valley’s craft brew scene and the brewing talent in the valley from local craft breweries.

Throughout the week, the best breweries in the region will offer the coolest craft concoctions in all of California.

Along with the incredible brewers from Murrieta, Temecula Valley is well-recognized for its award-winning wines; however, their hand-crafted beers are gaining popularity with 11 breweries and continued growth in the valley.

26. Shaqtoberfest Halloween Festival At The Queen Mary

Shaqtoberfest runs from September 28 – October 31st in the evenings at The Queen Mary in Long Beach.

Depending on the date you visit, the event will start at either 7 pm or 8 pm and continue until 11 pm, 12 am, and even a couple nights that end at 1 am.

Enjoy midway games, rides, and foods at Midway Madness.

During the day, check out Diesel’s Pumpkin Patch where you can enjoy trick or treat stations, pumpkin sculptures, and inflatable play zones.

Other areas include the Lost City Boardwalk, Shipwreck Graveyard, Deadman’s Wharf, and Pirates Cove.

27. Beach Life Ranch Festival

The BeachLife Ranch Festival will take place from Sept. 22-24 and features live music from The Lumineers, Brandi Carlile and more.

28. Torrance Beer Run

Beginning on Sept. 23 is the 2023 Torrance Beer Run, which runs until Sept. 30.

The Beer Run is a self-paced tour of 12 breweries all around the City of Torrance where participants can collect a stamp for their Beer Run Passport for each stop and turn it in for a limited edition 2023 Torrance Beer Run hat. 

29. Oktoberfest at Old World Village In Huntington Beach

Oktoberfest at Old World Village in Huntington Beach takes place on Wednesdays through Sundays from September 17th – November 5th.

On Wednesdays and Thursdays admission is free and all ages are welcome to attend from 6 pm – 10 pm, though if you’re under 21 you must be attending with someone that is at least 21 years old.

On Fridays they are open 6 pm – 1 am and admission is $10-$30 per ticket, but you must be 21+ years old.

Saturdays from 11 am – 4 pm, admission is free and all ages are welcome, but again if you’re under 21 you must be attending with someone that is 21+.

Saturdays from 6 pm – 1 am, admission is $15-$40 per ticket and is 21+ only.

Sundays, from 12 pm – 7 pm, all ages are welcome and tickets are $10-$12 per person, and again if you’re under 21 you must be attending with someone 21+.

Old World Village in Huntington Beach

✅ Spooky Escape Rooms

While escape rooms are open all year long, there are a select few that are best enjoyed during spooky season.

These are the scariest and spookiest escape rooms in Southern California.

30. Zoe Escape Room in Fullerton

This escape room is wild.

You must be at least 16 years old to experience this escape room due to the high intensity of the experience.

It’s a 100 minute escape room, with live actors, and it’s FULL CONTACT.

Many quit before it’s over.

Do you think you have what it takes?

31. The Hide At Escape Room Era In Anaheim

This is another INTENSE escape room, but this one is no contact, so it’s not quite as terrifying.

The premise here is that you’re in a serial killer’s basement while he’s away from home and you need to collect evidence before he returns.

Like it says in the name, hiding is required throughout the experience to not get caught.

You’ll also have a night vision camera on you to record your entire experience, which will be emailed to you after.

It’s easily the scariest experience I’ve ever had in my life.

The Hide Escape Room in Anaheim

32. 13th Basement Escape Room At The Exit Game In Anaheim

This escape room is a little different from the two mentioned above.

13th Basement is more of a parody of horror themed escape rooms.

You’ll be blindfolded to begin your experience and the rest of your time here will feel like you’re living in the movie Saw.

It’s meant to be spooky and scary, but in a fun way.

13th Basement at Exit Game in Anaheim

33. The Initiation At Nerdy By Nature In Mission Viejo

This escape room is perfect during spooky season.

The theme is the Illuminati and your goal is solve all the puzzles to become initiated before time runs out.

Illuminati Initiation themed escape room in Mission Viejo

34. Escape Hotel Hollywood

Escape Hotel is an immersive experience where you can enjoy the restaurant, bar, and live entertainment before or after being escorted to your chosen escape room.

From the moment you walk into the lobby it’s like you’re inside a real Tower of Terror experience.

Escape room themes include Haunted Fair, Daycare Chapter, Resurrection, Attic, Zombie, Cursed Crypt, Slaughter, and Purgatory.

On their website, each room lists it’s escape rate to help you choose the level of difficulty that best suits your group.

You can also visit without doing the escape rooms and just enjoy the restaurant.

✅ Cemeteries

While cemeteries can also be visited any time of year, Halloween time is a great time to visit.

Especially if you celebrate Dia De Los Muertos or All Souls Day.

35. Hollywood Forever Cemetery

This tourist friendly cemetery is the final resting place of many well known celebrities throughout the years.

If the office is open during your visit, they sell a map for $5 or $6 showing you all the noteworthy spots to go to.

Some of the more popular grave sites are of Judy Garland, the dog who played Toto, Mel Blanc, Johnny Ramone, Mickey Rooney, Hattie McDaniel, Burt Reynolds, and more.

36. Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park & Cemetery

This tiny, hidden cemetery is home to many stars.

Amongst the famous celebrities include Marilyn Monroe, Hugh Hefner, Don Knotts, Eva Gabor, Dean Martin, Natalie Wood, Mel Torme, and Rodney Dangerfield.

37. Forest Lawn Cemetery – Glendale

This cemetery is massive and it’s a little harder to find individual grave sites, but there are many iconic people buried here.

The main reason we visited this cemetery was to see Walt Disney’s grave site.

He’s buried with several of his family members in a great location up on a hill amongst a garden.

A little ways away from him is Clark Gable.

38. Long Beach Historical Cemetery Tour

It’s put on by the Historical Society of Long Beach and it has been running since 1995.

It takes place in Long Beach’s oldest cemeteries which sit adjacent to one another at 1195 E Willow, 90806.

The self-guided tour features eight stories of people buried there and each year the stories are new.

This year, the event takes place on Saturday, October 28th.

At the gravesites are costumed actors telling their stories. In addition to the grave side stories, they have an amazing Dia de Los Muertos exhibit.

Presented by Danny Flores who’s collected altars and other related items for about 30 years.

They also have all day presentations about Cemetery History and Japanese families in Long Beach.

The grave side presentations begin at 9 and are delivered every 20 minutes until 2:40.

To see all the gravesite enactments and visit a couple of the all-day presentations takes about three hours. 

People are welcome to stay all day if they choose.

Tickets can be purchased online or at the cemetery on the day.

Click for more information about the Long Beach Historical Cemetery Tours.

✅ See Fall Foliage In These Small Towns

It may be hard to believe, but there are seasons in Southern California.

You just have to know where to go.

These are the best places to see Fall foliage and have a quintessential Fall weekend getaway.

39. Idyllwild

Idyllwild, California is one of the best places in Southern California to see Fall foliage.

It’s a great place for a weekend getaway, renting a cabin, and enjoying the scenery.

Idyllwild is a mountain town nestled between Palm Springs and Temecula, known for it’s hiking trails and village.

The village has a variety of vintage shops, wine tasting rooms, boutique shops, restaurants, coffee shops, and more.

Idyllwild, California

40. Julian

Julian, California is another great place in Southern California to see Fall foliage.

It’s an old Gold Rush town just east of San Diego.

They are known for their apples, so definitely do some apple picking while you’re there and bring home some apple pies.

If you click the link above, it goes to another blog post on our site of the Best Things To Do in Julian in the Fall.

julian california town hall

Christopher from EcoMotionCentral says, “In my opinion, one of the best places to visit in Southern California during the fall is the Julian Apple Days Festival.

This charming, old-fashioned event takes place in the small town of Julian, renowned for its apple orchards.

The festival honors the apple harvest season and offers a variety of activities for all ages, like apple picking, hayrides, and cider tasting.

What makes it special is its unique blend of historical traditions with modern-day fun.

It’s a great place to enjoy the crisp fall air, picturesque mountain views, and of course, delicious apple pies.”

41. Oak Glen

Oak Glen, California is another Fall foliage hot spot in Southern California.

It’s great for a day trip or weekend getaway to enjoy apple picking and other fun Fall festivities.

Oak Glen, California

42. Big Bear Lake

Not only is Big Bear Lake great for Fall foliage due to it’s elevation, they also host some special events during the Fall and Halloween seasons.

“Enjoy the end of the Dog Days of Summer with a Doggie themed event at gorgeous Marina Rivera in Big Bear during the weekend of October 20th – 22nd.

Experience a weekend filled with pup-approved activities while unwinding in Marina Rivera’s cozy accommodations.

The weekend will include a yappy hour, morning yoga, Bark Box sponsored breakfast, puppaccinos and food trucks, and more!”

43. Lake Arrowhead

Lake Arrowhead is known as “The Alps of Southern California”.

The village and lake area have plenty of activities to do throughout the Fall season.

Lake Arrowhead is similar in elevation to Big Bear Lake, so you’ll get similar Fall foliage at around the same time as each other.

✅ Other Spooky And Fall Harvest Themed Activities

Here are some more miscellaneous tours and activities you can do around Southern California to celebrate Fall and the Halloween season.

44. The Haunt Ghost Tours In LA, Temecula, And Solvang

The Haunt Ghost Tours can be taken in LA, Temecula, and in Solvang.

These are paranormal investigation walking tours that take place in the evenings.

The LA tour takes place in Chinatown and when we took the tour our EMF readers picked up a ton of activity all throughout the night.

All locations tend to sell out in advance, so you’ll want to make sure to get your tickets early!

The Haunt Ghost Tours - EMF Readers in LA Chinatown

45. Halloween Movie Screenings at Rooftop Cinema Club in San Diego & LA

They show films seven nights a week at their venues in San Diego, the LA Arts District, Downtown LA, and El Segundo.

September 1st-3rd they are getting a jump start on their “Summerween” movie line up with 2+ movies per night.

Movies will include: Hocus Pocus, Friday The 13th (1980), Coraline, Halloweentown, Practical Magic, Edward Scissorhands, Scream (1996), Halloween (1978), The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Addams Family (1991), Rocky Horror Picture Show, American Psycho, and A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984).

This year’s schedule for October has not yet been released, but here is what they did last year:

Throughout the month of October, they’re having a Halloween Vibes celebration featuring films like:

Films for all ages – Hocus Pocus, Coco, Hotel Transylvania, Cruella, Monsters Inc, Coraline, Halloweentown, The Nightmare Before Christmas

Halloween Classics – Halloween, The Craft, Beetlejuice, The Addams Family, Ghostbusters, Practical Magic, The Mummy, Scary Movie, Friday the 13th, Edward Scissorhands, It

Horror/Thriller Movies – The Ring, Scream, American Psycho, The Silence of the Lambs, Final Destination, Zombieland, Get Out, The Conjuring, The Shining, Misery, The Cabin in the Woods, The Blair Witch Project, I Know What You Did Last Summer

Click for more information on Rooftop Cinema Club’s Halloween movie screenings!

Rooftop Cinema Club in San Diego
Image Courtesy of Rooftop Cinema Club

46. Hike to Pumpkin Rock in Norco

Pumpkin Rock Trail gets it’s name because it has been painted to look like Jack Skellington from The Nightmare Before Christmas.

The loop trail is 1.7 miles and takes usually about an hour roundtrip.

47. Shop At Halloween Bootique In Costa Mesa

Halloween Bootique is a year round shop at The Triangle in Costa Mesa.

They have over 8,000 square feet and just about every costume or accessory you could ever need for anything.

Halloween Bootique - Costa Mesa

48. The Haunted Car Wash Tunnel Of Terror

There are two locations for the haunted car wash this year!

If you’re in LA, visit Carwood Car Wash at 2729 E. Carson St, Lakewood, CA, 90712.

If you’re in Orange County, visit Big Wave Car Wash at 2219 Lincoln Avenue, Anaheim, CA 92801.

On select nights from October 6th – October 31st, the haunted carwashes will be running for $30 per vehicle.

49. Natural History Museum’s Boney Island

The Natural History Museum in LA transforms its Nature Gardens into a haunted but whimsical interactive light-up experience called Boney Island during the Halloween season.

The light up experience includes special effects like skeletons performing rope tricks, levitating through hoops, shadow puppetry and more.

Additionally, there are artistic performances, real fossils, live animal presentations, trick-or-treating, and other installations.

This event runs September 28 – October 31.

It’s $25 per person or $20 for members.

The event only runs on Thursday-Sunday, plus October 30 & 31.

50. Sony Pictures Studios Halloween Twilight Tour

On Thursday nights in October, the Twilight Tour at Sony Pictures Studios becomes the Halloween Twilight Tour.

There are also a couple added tours for Friday the 13th and Halloween night.

The tour goes from 6 pm – 8 pm and is $55 per person.

Jeopardy sound stage at Sony Studios

51. Pirates Dinner Adventure Halloween Show – Vampirates

“On select nights Sept. 16 through Oct. 31, Pirates Dinner Adventure in Buena Park will host Vampirates: Undead Men Tell No Tales, a Halloween-themed dinner show suitable for ghouls and goblins of all ages. 

Every Halloween night, Captain Sebastian, the Vampirate King, rises from Davey Jones’ locker to unleash terror on the seven seas.

This year, he will attempt a spell that will free himself from the locker for good and only the world’s greatest monster hunter Kate, who has a personal score to settle with Sebastian, can stop him.

Pirates Dinner Adventure’s general admission includes a three-course dinner with unlimited soft drinks.

Ticket prices for the Halloween special are $68.95 for adults and $41.95 for children 11 and under.

Children ages two and under are free.” 

Pirates Dinner Adventure - Buena Park - "Kate The Hunter - The Most Dangerous Mortal Alive" poster
Image Courtesy of Pirates Dinner Adventure – Buena Park

52. The Pearl Halloween Movie Screenings In San Diego

“If PSL and Pools are your vibe, swing by the Pearl in San Diego during the “cooler” months for themed dive in movies!

Pumpkin carving and Casper in October, the Grinch during the holidays, and more!

Check out the “Happenings” page for the full schedule.”

53. Boo At The Zoo: Santa Ana Zoo

The Santa Ana Zoo hosts “Boo at the Zoo” on October 21st, 22nd, 28th, and 29th from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm.

Stephanie from shares that this family-friendly event includes trick-or-treating, animal presentations, a costume parade, and entertainment.

54. Haunt Of Halloween At Kaleidoscope Mall In Mission Viejo

Aaron from shares “Haunt of Halloween is a Halloween maze that’s assembled once a year in the an empty suite in the Kaleidoscope Mall in Mission Viejo, California — just in time for Halloween.

It takes about 10-12 minutes to go through the entire haunted maze.

Every 30 minutes, guests may also visit other attractions including a souvenir photo booth, face-your-fears attraction, and other Halloween shows and acts.

Haunt of Halloween is the perfect place to experience the magic, terror, and fright of the Halloween holiday, because it includes gifts, gags, and scary attractions that are fit for the whole family at a price that’s tough to beat.

Plus, the entire experience is safe (actors aren’t allowed to scare you by touching you in any way), family-friendly (it’s built for children as young as age 5), and accessible for people of all different needs and abilities.”

55. 17th Door Haunted House

Located at the Buena Park Mall, 17th Door is a prison themed haunted house experience.

There is also an add-on experience called “The Field Trip”.

This is a 50 minute add-on experience where you have been selected as a good inmate that is seeking rehabilitation care.

“You are in for a wild ride that includes chasing, hiding, drops, sparks, music, dancing, and a bunch of cool cars.

Part drive through, part walk through, all fun, this intense experience is like nothing ever done before.”

Conclusion: Best Things To Do In Southern California This Fall

There are definitely even more fun things to do in the Fall in Southern California, but these are some of the most popular ones.

Luckily, there are places all over, so no matter where you live you’ll be able to find something nearby.

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