California Halloween Events & Festivals

Halloween events in California


Happy Halloween from California courtesy of Halloween Horror Nights shown in the photo above from Universal Studios Hollywood. Their themed scare experience is but one of many to get you screaming with fear and delight. Do you like to celebrate Halloween in California? Once a few days celebration, Halloween has taken on a growing, festive meaning as people desire to party, masquerade and be entertained.  There is no Mardi Gras per se in California, celebrated as a state event, so the closest thing to it is Halloween. The biggest free block party is held in West Hollywood. Hundreds of thousands of people attend the event filled with quality live music and bands, costume contests and drag queens. But the naughtiest event is held each year at the Cow Palace in San Francisco. Ladies and gents go for the body paint, skimpy clothes and innuendos at this debacle.


Family festivals abound throughout California's month-long Halloween held each October. Dog festivals and events, pumpkin and scarecrow fests, biggest pumpkin contests, best costumes, and theme park entertainment are part of the Halloween celebrations. Below are a few repeating events. Please let us know if you'd like to be added to the list, and tell us if your event needs updates. As you visit many of California's rural destinations, the spirit of Halloween colors the landscape with the bright orange pumpkins, scarecrows and festive farms featuring hay rides, pumpkin patches and more.  And that spirit is also introduced to the city where corner lots are transformed into fun zone attractions with pumpkin patches, petting zoos, carnival rides and a whole lot of fun in one of California's top holidays--Halloween.  


California Festivals & Fairs - October




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Avila Beach Avila Barn Pumpkin Patch

Very cute, great foods, photo ops and tractor rides through pumpkin patch, this is perfect for families and kids

Belmont Shore Haute Dog Howl'oween Parade

Cutest parade for pet lovers who like to dress up their dogs in costumes

Burbank Booo-tiful Downtown Halloween

Ranked one of the neatest places to shop and play, Burbank's downtown has really changed

Calabasas Calabasas Pumpkin Festival

Calabasas has a history as pumpkin growing region and tradition of festivals celebrating Halloween & harvests

California Cornfield Mazes - 5 CA locations

Mazes abound during October in California

Carmel Halloween & City Birthday  
Chatsworth Spooky House  
Cloverdale Scarecrow Competition Hotels
Concord 4D Fear Factory Haunt  
Costa Mesa Pugtoberfest Doggy Celebration

Sort of a combo Oktoberfest and Halloween event for dogs and pet owners

Half Moon Bay Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival

Biggest outdoor celebration in Bay Area for Halloween

Huntington Beach Halloween on Main Street

Over 10 years of street trick-or- treats fun for kids

La Canada Flintridge Pumpkin Festival  
Lathrop Dell'Osso Family Farm

Largest corn maze on West Coast, pick pumpkins, rides, petting zoo

Long Beach Pa's Pumpkin Patch one of the largest pumpkin patches for kids, but fun for adults, too!  
Los Gatos Howlin' Halloween Dog Parade  
Los Angeles Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch  
Mission Hills Pumpkin Patch & Harvest Festival  
Oceanside Dia de los Muertos  
Pasadena Old Town Haunt  
Petaluma Amazing Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch

4 acre corn maze 10 feet tall offers only one way in and one way out. Takes approx. 45 minutes to find your way to the end. 550 Stony Point Rd.

Petaluma Adobe Pumpkin Farm  
Pomona Fearplex  
Sacramento area Fright Planet  
San Diego Balboa Park Haunted Trail

Long tradition of Halloween haunts in Balboa Park San Diego

San Francisco Exotic Erotic Ball

Sexy, sleazy, naughty and very erotic for adults only at Cow Palace

San Jose Halloween & Fri 13th Flashlight Tour

open year round, with special flashlight tours

Santa Cruz Rodoni Farms Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch

5 acre corn maze at farm 4 miles north of Santa Cruz

Santa Paula Faulkner Farms Pumpkin Patch

Ventura County farm

Universal City Halloween Horror Nights

Freddy Krueger

Fabulous entertainment and original costumes based on scariest movies

Ventura Dia de los Muertos

Ventura's Spanish culture keeps alive this Mexican tradition of honoring the Day of the Dead

Ventura Seaside Haunt  
West Hollywood Halloween Costume Carnaval

Drag Races

This is the largest Halloween event in the world

Yountville Halloween Spooktacular

Napa Valley can look eerie at night, so add some ghost designs and your imagination takes flight

Additional Halloween Halloween Day Events    
California California ghost haunting tours ghosts abound in California all year long, but are especially interesting to thrill seekers during the Halloween season  
California Costume Slide Show offers ideas for Halloween costumes from a previous trick or treat event  
California Ladies Costumes Store (Slide Show)

slide show offers ideas for  costumes that can be shipped

Carson Car Dealers Halloween Auto Display auto dealers have display with skeletons, mummies and cars hanging near San Diego Freeway  
Huntington Beach Huntington Beach Pumpkin Patch Pumpkin Patch video  
Long Beach Long Beach House of Mirrors kids attraction at an outdoor pumpkin patch/kiddie amusement carnival  
San Luis Obispo Vintage Clothing & Costumes year-round vintage but also seasonal displays for Halloween, great costume source  
Solvang Solvang Pumpkin Patch includes corn maze, vintage truck display and dozens of types of home-grown pumpkins  
Ventura Ventura Pumpkin Farm    




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