For many, Halloween is the best time of the year, better than even Christmas. For one day, people are allowed to dress up as whatever they want: a slice of pizza, Walter White, one of the guys from Daft Punk, etc and not get strange looks from anyone. It’s a time when us mortals welcome paranormal activity, contemplate death, and eat spookily decorated desserts.
Here are few crazy yet amazing fun activities that you can enjoy this Halloween:
- Pumpkin Patch
If you don’t want to do anything extreme and prefer to relax on Halloween, visit the Irvine Regional Park where there’s a pumpkin field and hay maze. Kids can play in the bounce houses, ride a train, and, if they dare, enter the haunted house! (It’s child friendly, so there is no cause for alarm in the scare department.) During your down time, indulge in some food or one of the popular cookie decorating sessions to relax.
- Scare Away Hunger!
On October 31st, enter a 19th century home for the most delicious food and wine pairings from Beau Soleil, Bistro Bleu, True Seasons Organic Kitchen, Roma d’Italia, Pandor Artisan Boulangerie, and many, many others. All proceeds will go to the truly noble cause of the OC Food Banks’ “Hope for the Holidays” campaign which provides meals, winter clothing, and toys to families and children in need.
- The Haunted!
The costume party is for the OC version of Tina Fey’s Mean Girls, who actually exist (according to what we’ve seen on the Real Housewives of Orange County!) On October 30, the Wyndam Hotel will reserve two floors for music and dancing, where four DJs will be playing throughout the night. For food, head to the Silver Trumpet Restaurant and Bar inside the hotel for sliders and steak.
- Halloween Time at Disneyland
Mickey’s Halloween Party is a special event that includes trick-or-treating and the Halloween Screams Firework Show, and is unfortunately sold out or this year. However, at least Halloween Time is still running until November 1. During this period, the park is decorated in full Halloween gear and its rides, (like Space Mountain and the ever popular Haunted Mansion with the Nightmare Before Christmas annual takeover) are given a spooky twist! As for food, try the Dia de los Muertos-inspired apples, cake pops and crispies. The park also carries pumpkin-inspired baked goods, dirt and worm apples (chocolate and gummy worms), and ghost marshmallows.
- Haunted Ghost Walk
Little did you know, Old Towne Orange is said to be haunted. Learn all about it during a ghost walk led by a tour guide who’ll tell you which antique stores and restaurants may have housed the paranormal. If you’re there on the evening of October 29, a community event called Treats in the Streets for games, trick-or-treating, a costume parade, entertainment, and food. Santa Ana also has a ghost walk hosted by the same company, which begins at the historic Howe-Waffle Mansion and explores tales of execution, murder, death that have been buried in the city’s past.
No matter where you are on Halloween, these events in South Orange County will definitely carve beautiful memories for years to come. Whatever you do, don’t forget to make it a very Happy Halloween!
If you want to be moved into South Orange County in time for all of this years’ festivities, give the Reed Team a call!