Fun Family-Centric Activities to do in Orange County for Halloween!

Family Halloween Activities in Orange County

Halloween is almost here and we couldn’t be more excited! 

Halloween has always been one of our favorites, mainly because we’re a sucker for a cool, creative costume. (OK, candy’s up there on our list of favorites, too…) 

We’re always on the lookout for fun stuff to do with the family on Halloween here in Orange County. Here are a few cool places We’ve found that I hope will provide some creepy fun for you and your family this year: 

Every weekend in October, Knott’s Berry Farm hosts a fun, family-friendly celebration geared for kids ages 3-11 where your little ghosties can trick-or-treat in Knott’s Ghost Town. Treat bags will be given out to kids ages 3-11 from opening until 4:30.

Also, in the spirit of the season at Knott’s- The Camp Snoopy Theater presents “Monsters are Coming,” a show which hosts a costume contest for kids who come in their Halloween costumes! 


Everyone is encouraged to come in costume to this Halloween celebration for kids ages 2-12 (and their adults) to trick-or-treat from ten different stations situated throughout the zoo along the Trick-or-Treat Trail. Treats include toys, books, snacks, and candy, but there’s also entertainment, storytelling, a costume parade, animal presentations, and more. A haunted house for older kids called “Teen Scream” is also available for a separate ticket fee.


Every weekend in October is jam-packed with fun Halloween activities at the Discovery Science Center. You can investigate the case of the missing candy with Track the Treats in the Planetary Research Station, watch the weekend costume parades, watch cephalopod dissections (yuck!), and participate in tractor trail rides and the moon glow discovery. There are spooky events for kids of all ages, and a good time is guaranteed!


This fun festival only comes around every five years, so it definitely deserves to be on your list of Halloween fun with the kiddos. The Pageant’s backstage becomes a spooky haunted house themed Raiders of the Lost Art! (Cute, right?!) Set out on a quest to find treasures from dangerous, exotic places from around the world. The festival grounds will be filled with arts and crafts, music, a reptile zoo, and all kinds of other Halloween themed fun! This one may be a little intense for the smallest trick or treaters, so it’s not so much recommended for kids under 5.


This fun party takes place all day Halloween day- you can trick-or-treat at the Newport Beach Public Library! There are scary stories (but not too scary), Halloween treats, and crafts to reflect the season. At the end of the evening, there will be treat stations for trick-or-treating around the library, so be sure to wear your costumes! It’s free to the public, and no registration is required! Kids must bring their adults… 

Believe me when I tell you- this is just a small fraction of activities available for Halloween fun for the entire family. For the rest of the activities on this list (all 100 of them) check out this website!