UPDATED August 27, 2021 The Southern California theme parks are full of fun year round. Each September - October, the theme parks celebrate the season. Halloween celebrations range from slightly spooky fun for the whole family to downright terrifying. No matter what type of Halloween fun you're looking for, you're sure to find it in Southern California. Here is an overview of what you can expect:
Disneyland Resort: Halloween Time and Oogie Boogie BashHalloween Time at the Disneyland Resort is easily one of the most popular seasons to visit the parks. It is as family friendly as it gets and is included with your regular theme park admission. Each year there seem to be more pumpkins and not-so-spooky surprises. Haunted Mansion Holiday, the Pumpkin Festival on Main Street, Guardians of the Galaxy: Monsters after Dark, Radiator Screams and other annual favorites begin in early September and go through Halloween Night.
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In addition to Halloween Time, Oogie Boogie Bash is a separate, private ticketed event held on select nights. Tickets include special decor, access to the Frightfully Fun Parade, photo ops, and more candy than you can carry! Tickets always go quickly! Disney California Adventure closes early on the nights of Oogie Boogie Bash for guests that don't have tickets. Disneyland Park and Downtown Disney District will stay open for guests to visit on the nights of the party. You can read all about the Oogie Boogie Bash here.
SeaWorld San Diego: Howl-O-Scream and SeaWorld SpooktacularNew for 2021, SeaWorld's Howl-O-Scream is one of Southern California's newest Halloween attractions. This is a seperately ticketed event beginning in mid-September through Halloween night that starts at 7pm on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and select Thursdays. Experience scare zones, haunted houses, unique cocktails, beers and spirits, live entertainment and a nighttime coaster ride. The three haunted houses included with your Howl-O-Scream ticket will surely send shivers down your spine. There is no place to hide when you enter a scare zone. Keep your eye out for Splatz the Clown and other misfits who are waiting for you to come their way, or they may come find you. Grab a drink while you watch the live dance show, or after you take a ride on your favorite coaster in the dark. Keep in mind this event is not recommended for anyone under the age of 13. Be one of the first to ever experience this event and purchase your tickets now!
If you are looking for something that's not quite so scary, do not fear! The SeaWorld Spooktacular takes place on weekends during the daytime from mid September through Halloween and is included in your park admission. During this event, your kids can trick-or-treat on the decorated trail and meet some of their favorite characters. They can also hear spooky stories or show off their best dance movies in a dance party with friends like Count von Count, Elmo, Cookie Monster and others. There really is something for everyone at SeaWorld San Diego this Halloween!
LEGOLAND: Brick-or-TreatOn select nights in October, LEGOLAND stays open late for a festive Brick-or-Treat! Costume contests, LEGO themed treat stations, Halloween themed entertainment and more make this the perfect way to build Halloween memories. The event takes place in the evening and requires separate admission for the party.
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Knott's Berry Farm: Knott's Scary Farm
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Knott's Scary Farm is just that... scary! On select nights from mid-September to October 31, when Knott's Berry Farm closes, Knott's Scary Farm opens. Intense haunted houses, twisted and terrifying mazes, and ghoulish characters transform the park into a nightmare. Eek! Knott's Scary Farm requires separate admission and is not recommended for anyone under 13.
Universal Studios Hollywood: Halloween Horror NightsUniversal Studios Hollywood's Halloween Horror Nights turns your favorite horror flicks into reality before your eyes on select nights after the park closes. Maze themes include The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Curse of Pandora's box, and everyone's favorite, AMC's The Walking Dead. Because of the intense nature of Horror Nights, children under 13 are not recommended. Separate admission is required.
If you are visiting San Diego in October, you're in luck! Many attractions like the San Diego Zoo, the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, and SeaWorld San Diego offer Kids Free October, where your little ones can enter the parks for free of charge!
The San Diego Zoo hosts HalGLOWeen during the month of October. Official details for this year have not been announced yet, but once we have more information we will update this post.
Whether you're looking to get scared silly or just want some family friendly silly fun, we'd love to help you get into the spirit of Halloween this year with your Southern California vacation! Book online or call our vacation experts at 855-GET-AWAY!
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