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Halloween Happenings in Southern California 2015

By Kimberly Fidler 09/01/2015
Back-to-school is here and that means it's time to start planning fall break! October is a super popular time to visit Southern California. Almost all of the parks do something festive to celebrate Halloween. Here is what you need to know about the Halloween happenings in Southern California this October:

The Disneyland Resort: Halloween Time officially begins on September 11 this year and will continue through November 1. The entire resort is transformed into a not-so-scary celebration of all things Halloween. This year is extra special as the Disneyland Diamond Celebration is also taking place through the entire year. Regular admission includes access to all of the fun decor and special Halloween overlays like Space Mountain: Ghost Galaxy, Haunted Mansion Holiday and an extra spooky Tower of Terror. The characters wear their Halloween costumes, Disney villains roam the streets and special treats abound. Disneyland will close early on select nights during Halloween Time for Mickey's Halloween Party, a private ticketed event. You'll need a special ticket to get into Disneyland on party nights, which will include a special fireworks show called Halloween Screams, trick-or-treating, a showing of Paint the Night parade, access to the attractions and more. If you don't have a party ticket, it's a great time to check out World of Color- Celebrate! at Disney California Adventure Park or make a dinner reservation for Goofy's Kitchen, Medieval Times, or any of the fun restaurants in Downtown Disney. 

Knott's Berry Farm: The daytime at Knott's Berry Farm is full of family fun, especially on weekends during October where Knott's Spooky Farm offers extra festivities geared specifically for kids ages 3-11. A Peanuts costume parade, trick-or-treating, a maze, karaoke, and more treats are in store for the whole family. At night it's a different story when Knott's Scary Farm takes over. This is a private ticketed event recommended for ages 13 and older only due to its intense nature. Terrifying mazes and haunted houses are designed to scare you out of your mind.
Universal Studios Hollywood: During October days, you'll find all is well at Universal Studios Hollywood with attractions like the Studio Tour, Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem and Shrek 4D. You'll also find some spooky daytime fun with Revenge of the Mummy and Jurassic Park. However, on select nights your worst nightmares come to life at Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights. After the park closes for the day, it reopens for a special ticketed event with six mazes and a haunted tram tour all themed after some of the scariest shows ever produced. AMC's the Walking Dead, Halloween, Insidious and more are some of the freaky films featured at this year's fright fest. 

LEGOLAND: Brick-or-Treat is a special ticketed event available each Saturday night in October after the park closes. This extra ticket will get you admission to select attractions, special entertainment, a costume contest and fireworks.
SeaWorld San Diego: On weekends through October, SeaWorld's Halloween Spooktacular is included with regular park admission. This seasonal event brings characters dressed in costume, trick-or-treating stations and Halloween shows. 

Image credit: SeaWorld San Diego
San Diego Zoo and Safari Park: Both parks are offering kids (ages 3-11) free for the entire month! Weekends in October also bring even more fun to the Zoo with crafts, activities, and animal encounters. 
If you haven't booked your fall break, we'd love to help! Book any of our vacation packages online or call our agents at 855-GET-AWAY. 

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Kimberly Fidler