Halloween Event Guide 2020: Laguna Niguel, Dana Point & Nearby

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LAGUNA NIGUEL-DANA POINT, CA — Despite the coronavirus pandemic, Halloween still is a go in 2020 — with haunted houses, hay rides, trunk-or-treats, pumpkin patches, outdoor films, costume contests and more, in-person and virtual, throughout Laguna Niguel, Dana Point and Orange County.

While some annual activities were canceled, sweet and spooky events still abound.

Check out Patch's annual, Halloween event guide to find what's going on near you. And Happy Halloween!

NOTE: Do double-check with organizers to ensure events are still proceeding as posted.

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ALISO VIEJO:

OCT. 17: Fall Harvest Festival. Canceled.

  • Grand Park at Aliso Viejo Town Center, City Lights Drive, Aliso Viejo, CA

OCT. 17: Fall Drive-In Movie Night – Hocus Pocus. Registration is full.

  • The Commons Aliso Viejo, 26501 Aliso Creek Road, Aliso Viejo, CA

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ANAHEIM:

OCT. 15-NOV. 17: Cemetery Day of Dead Events. Canceled. Private Ofrendas OK.

  • 400 E. Sycamore St., Anaheim, CA

OCT. 18: Disney 'Halloween Dance Party Contest' Deadline. Chance to win $1,000 Disney gift card.

  • Virtual via shopDisney.com, Anaheim, CA

OCT. 24: Drive-Thru Halloween Parade & Fall Fest Contests. Decades-old tradition back with revamp!

  • Downtown Anaheim, CA

Through OCT. 31: Pumpkin City's Pumpkin Farm. Closed for 2020.

  • Anaheim Town Square, 2180 E. Lincoln, Anaheim, CA

Through OCT. 31: The Hex Room- Halloween Event. Can you survive a horror film?

  • 4245 East La Palma Ave., Anaheim, CA

OCT. 31-NOV. 1: Halloween & Day of Dead Crafts. Kits available while supplies last. RSVP.

  • Anaheim Town Square, 2180 East Lincoln Ave., Anaheim, CA

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BREA:

OCT. 15-NOV. 1: Halloween Drive-In Movies. Films shown on Southern California's "largest outdoor, inflatable screen."

  • Brea Mall, 1065 Brea Mall, Brea, CA

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BUENA PARK:

OCT. 30: Cops N' Goblins Spooktacular Halloween Drive-Thru. RSVPs due Oct. 29.

  • Buena Park, City Hall, 6640 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, CA

Through OCT. 31: Knott's Scary Farm. Canceled.

  • Knott's Berry Farm, 8039 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, CA

Through NOV. 1: Taste of Fall-O-Ween. Sold out.

  • Knott's Berry Farm, 8039 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, CA

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CORONA DEL MAR:

OCT. 23-24: Eerie Evenings In Gardens: Sherman Library. An eerie garden walk with fun surprises around each corner.

  • Sherman Library & Gardens, 2647 East Coast Highway, Corona del Mar, CA

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COSTA MESA:

OCT. 29: Community Cocktail Rooftop Dinner: Old Vine Kitchen. Featuring four, seasonal, chef-curated courses.

  • Old Vine Kitchen & Bar, 2937 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, CA

OCT. 31: Family-Friendly Night At Urban Legends Haunt. A time slot for younger ones.

  • OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA

Through NOV. 1: 'Urban Legends Haunt' Drive-Thru: OC Fairgrounds. Be brave!

  • OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA

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CYPRESS:

OCT. 27: Halloween Trunk-or-Treat & Street Food Tuesday. With collection of movie cars on display.

  • Home Depot Parking Lot, 5800 Lincoln Ave, Cypress, CA.

OCT. 30: Drive-Thru Halloween Town. While the candy lasts!

  • Civic Center Parking Lot, 5275 Orange Ave., Cypress, CA

Through OCT. 31: Halloween Virtual Costume Parade. Photos will go into community-wide show.

  • Online via City of Cypress, 5275 Orange Ave., Cypress, CA

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DANA POINT:

OCT. 23-NOV. 1: Spooky Seas: Haunted Tales. Visit Mad Scientist Lab & make ghost bubbles, fizzing eyeballs & more.

  • Ocean Institute, 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, CA

OCT. 24: Halloween Spooktacular Movie Night. Sold out.

  • Del Obispo Park, 4052 Del Obispo St., Dana Point, CA

OCT. 30: Spooky Treat Trolley. The kids will love it!

  • Various stops, Dana Point, CA

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FOUNTAIN VALLEY:

OCT. 16: 'Hocus Pocus' Sign-Up Deadline. Last day to register for Oct. 24 movie.

  • Fountain Valley Sports Park, 16400 Brookhurst St., Fountain Valley, CA

OCT. 25: OC Parks 2020 Drive-In: Hocus Pocus. Hurry to book! Only night remaining with tickets available.

  • Mile Square Regional Park, 16801 Euclid St., Fountain Valley, CA

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FULLERTON:

Through OCT. 31: The 17th Door Haunted House. Don't be afraid!

  • The 17th Door, 1851 W. Orangethorpe Ave., Fullerton, CA

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GARDEN GROVE:

OCT. 23: Jack O’ Lantern Jamboree & Movie. Book online. No tickets sold at door.

  • Garden Grove Park, 9301 Westminster Blvd., Garden Grove, CA

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HUNTINGTON BEACH:

OCT. 22: Virtual Author Event with Mary Anna Evans. Zoom with author of Faye Longchamp mystery series.

  • Online via Central Library, 7111 Talbert Ave., Huntington Beach, CA

OCT. 24: Drive-Thru Pumpkin Party. Pumpkins & goody bags to families. Registration ends soon.

  • Murdy Park, 7000 Norma Drive, Huntington Beach, CA

Through NOV. 1: SeaLegs Halloween & Beach Pumpkin Patch. With craft beer garden & music.

  • Bolsa Chica State Beach, 17851 PCH, Huntington Beach CA

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IRVINE:

OCT.: O.C. Pacific Symphony's Halloween Playlist. Classics to enhance season's festive vibe.

  • Online via Pacific Symphony, 17620 Fitch, Irvine, CA

OCT. 29: Decorate the Pumpkin. Submit a pic of your pumpkin & maybe win a prize.

  • Online via Montessori Preschool, 38 Water Lily, Irvine and 24602 Raymond Way, Lake Forest, CA

OCT. 30: Irvine Police Department's Trick or Treat Drive-Thru. "Night filled with candy, giveaways, police vehicles, decorations & more!"

  • Orange County Great Park, 8000 Great Park Blvd., Irvine, CA

Through OCT. 31: Drive-Thru & U-Pick Pumpkin Patch: Tanaka Farms. Choose from leisurely drive around farm, or hay wagon experience.

  • Tanaka Farms, 5380 3/4 University Drive, Irvine, CA

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LAGUNA BEACH:

OCT. 16-18: Laguna Playhouse's "She Kills Monsters." "High-octane dramatic comedy laden with homicidal fairies, nasty ogres and '90s pop culture."

  • Video on Demand via Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA

OCT. 26: Pumpkin-Carving Contest. The creations will be displayed at Promenade on Forest.

  • Via City of Laguna Beach, CA

OCT. 29: Spooktacular Virtual Drag Bingo. Fundraiser for Friendship Shelter.

  • Zoom via Laguna Beach Pride 365, Inc., Laguna Beach, CA

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LAGUNA HILLS:

Through OCT. 31: Pumpkin City's Pumpkin Farm. Closed for 2020.

  • Laguna Hills Mall, 24203 Avenida de la Carlota, Laguna Hills, CA

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LAGUNA NIGUEL

OCT. 16-18: Halloween Snap and Treat. Sold out.

  • Crown Valley Park, 29751 Crown Valley Parkway, Laguna Niguel, CA

OCT. 18: Halloween Home-Decorating Contest Deadline. Viewing Oct. 28-30.

  • City of Laguna Niguel, CA

OCT. 23-25: Haunted Trails Legacy. It's back! And expected to fill up quickly.

  • Crown Valley Park, 29751 Crown Valley Parkway, Laguna Niguel, CA

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LAKE FOREST:

OCT. 29: Decorate the Pumpkin. Submit a pic of your pumpkin & maybe win a prize.

  • Online via Montessori Preschool, 24602 Raymond Way, Lake Forest, CA

OCT. 31: Performer's Academy Trunk-or-Treat. Decorate your cars!

  • 23721 Birtcher Drive, Lake Forest, CA

OCT. 31: Halloween Trunk-or-Treat 2020: Saddleback Church. Registration required.

  • Saddleback Valley Community Church, Bridge Parking Lot, 1 Saddleback Pkwy., Lake Forest, CA

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LOS ALAMITOS:

OCT. 24: Halloween Trunk-or-Treat 2020 Drive-Thru. Event is free. Reservations required.

  • Pine Street between Katella and Florista, Los Alamitos, CA

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MISSION VIEJO:

OCT. 31: Halloween Drive-Thru. Move fast on RSVPs: Space limited.

  • Mission Viejo Christian Church, 27192 Jeronimo Road, Mission Viejo, CA

Through NOV. 1: Prism Haunted House. Terror returns in open-air setting.

  • Prism Haunted House, 24465 Chamalea Drive, Mission Viejo CA

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NEWPORT BEACH:

OCT. 12-29: Halloween Pumpkin, Home & Costume Contests. $100 gift card to winners!

  • Online via City of Newport Beach, 100 Civic Center Drive, Newport Beach, CA

OCT. 31: Graveyard Row Halloween Pub Crawl. Tickets on sale. Costumes encouraged.

  • Woody's Wharf & Various Venues, 2318 Newport Blvd., Newport Beach, CA

Through OCT. 31: Spook-tacular Halloween Crafts. Free, while supplies last.

  • Newport Beach Public Library, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach, CA

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ORANGE:

OCT. 23-29: Festi-Fall At City Hall. With fun maze & craft kits.

  • City Hall, 300 E. Chapman Ave., Orange, CA

OCT. 23-NOV. 1: Pirate's Cave Halloween Haunt. Walk-up format.

  • 2548 E. Garfield Ave., Orange, CA

OCT. 25: Candyland Lane Treat Walk: Salem Lutheran. Register to save a spot.

  • Salem Lutheran Church, 6500 E. Santiago Canyon Road, Orange, CA

Through OCT. 31: Irvine Park Railroad Pumpkins, Train & Hay Rides. Scaled back, but still a great family destination.

  • Irvine Park Railroad, 1 Irvine Park Rd, Orange, CA

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RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA:

OCT. 17: Harvest Boutique at Community Lutheran. With artisans and crafters from Orange County & beyond.

  • Community Lutheran Church, 30322 Vía Con Dios, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

OCT. 24: 1313 El Potro Graveyard Tour & Organ Concert. "Nothing says Halloween like a visit to 1313 El Potro Cemetery."

  • 25 El Potro, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

Through OCT. 31: Pumpkin City's Pumpkin Farm. Closed for 2020.

  • Town Center, 30592 Santa Margarita Pkwy., Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

OCT. 31: Traveling Trick-or-Treat. Don costumes & deck the car for afternoon of fun!

  • Lago Santa Margarita Beach Club, 21472 Avenida De Los Fundadores, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

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SAN CLEMENTE:

OCT. 16-NOV. 1: Halloween Drive-In Movies: Outlets At San Clemente. Tickets on sale.

  • Outlets at San Clemente, 101 W. Avenida Vista Hermosa, San Clemente, CA

OCT. 23: 'Hocus Pocus' Halloween Drive-In Movie. Sponsored by the city.

  • Vista Hermosa Sports Park, 987 Avenida Vista Hermosa, San Clemente, CA

OCT. 24: 'Spooky San Clemente'-Canceled.

  • Community Center, 100 N. Calle Seville, San Clemente, CA

OCT. 29-31: Sinister Haunted House. Free!

  • Sinister Haunted House, 1203 Cerca, San Clemente, CA

OCT. 30: Pumpkin Splash. Canceled.

  • Ole Hanson Beach Club, 105 W. Avenida Pico, San Clemente, CA

OCT. 31: You're Invited to our Girl Scouts Costume Party. For girls, grades K-5.

  • Virtual throughout Orange County, CA

Through OCT. 31: Spooky Run 5K & 10K. Prizes for best times & costumes. Ideal for families.

  • Virtual via City of San Clemente, 910 Calle Negocio, San Clemente, CA

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SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO:

OCT. 24-25: Fall Picnic At The Mission & Fundraiser. Space is limited.

  • Mission San Juan Capistrano, 26801 Ortega Hwy., San Juan Capistrano, CA

OCT. 30-31: Legends Of Fall & Harvest Dinner: Tea House. Expected to be a sell-out, so don't delay.

  • The Tea House on Los Rios, 31731 Los Rios St., San Juan Capistrano, CA

Through OCT. 31: Zoomars Petting Zoo & Pumpkin Patch. Pony & train rides & lots of cute critters.

  • Zoomars at River Street Ranch, 31791 Los Rios St., San Juan Capistrano, CA

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SANTA ANA:

OCT. 15-NOV. 17: Cemetery Day of Dead Events. Canceled. Private Ofrendas OK.

  • 919 E. Santa Clara Avenue, Santa Ana, CA

OCT. 28-31: OC Boo At the Zoo: Halloween Trail. "Merry, not scary."

  • Santa Ana Zoo, 1801 E. Chestnut Ave., Santa Ana, CA

OCT. 29: Fall Festival. Treat stations throughout park.

  • Fairhaven Memorial Park & Mortuary, 1702 Fairhaven Ave., Santa Ana, CA

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SEAL BEACH:

OCT. 31: Trick-Or-Treat On Main. Canceled.

  • Main Street, Seal Beach, CA

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TRABUCO CANYON:

OCT. 17: Haunted Hills 5K & 12K. May be rescheduled.

  • Glenn Ranch Road, 27901 Glenn Ranch Road, Trabuco Canyon, CA

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TUSTIN:

OCT. 22: Drive-In 'Hocus Pocus' & OC Pride Celebration. With drag performance by 'The Queens of the Kingdom' as iconic Sanderson Sisters.

  • Mess Hall Tustin, 1705 Flight Way, Tustin, CA

OCT. 30: Halloween Howl & 'Haunted Mansion' Movie. Registration required.

  • Columbus Tustin Recreation Center, 17522 Beneta Way, Tustin, CA

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This article originally appeared on the Laguna Niguel-Dana Point Patch