Fall is in full swing, and while the world isn’t back to normal, businesses are getting creative with events in Southern California this October 2020. From drive-in scare experiences to virtual festivals and more, we have plenty to look forward to next month. Our First Team High Desert office will also be hosting a remote Army Ten-Miler run in Apple Valley to support local veterans and charities!
It’s time to get into the fall spirit and these events are the perfect way to do just that while staying safe. Hey ghoul, hey!
Orange County Events:
Urban Legends of Southern California
Drive Through Experience
October 1st – November 1st
Urban Legends is a drive-through Halloween haunt being held at the OC Fairgrounds this fall. From the safety of your own vehicle, you’ll cruise through an immersive story-telling experience with terrifying sets. The experience promises live performances through-out the drive, plus 4 interactive show zones including lights, sound, special effects, and monsters that will come alive!
Knott’s Berry Farm Halloween Food Festival
Taste of Fall-O-Ween
September 25th – November 1st
Knott’s Boysenberry Festival was such a hit that this fall they’re coming back to offer the Taste of Fall-O-Ween. The food festival will take place Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through November 1st. Purchase a tasting card to indulge in delicious fall treats, check out the new “Into the Fog” art show, and browse festive vendors. Costumes are encouraged!
RetroPop Live! Halloween
Drive-In Movie Experience & Virtual Festival
October 16th at 7 PM
The RetroPop Live! Halloween festival will be broadcast virtually this year starting at 1PM on Oct. 17. But before that, RetroPop Live! will partner with The Frida Cinema in Santa Ana to kick off the fest with a ticketed drive-in double feature of “Chopping Mall” and “Puppet Master” at the Mess Hall in Tustin. The virtual event is free and will feature cast reunions from classic horror films including “Friday the 13th” panel with Ari Lehman, the first actor ever to portray Jason Voorhees, and actress Adrienne King, who played Alice Hardy in the movie.
Anaheim Halloween Drive-Thru Parade
October 24th at 6 PM
Events throughout October as well
The Anaheim Fall Festival and Halloween Parade have been a tradition for nearly 100 years and this year they’re going virtual. The Fall Festival will be happening online for the entire month of October and, for the first time ever, they will host a “Drive-Thru” Parade on October 24th. Activities include costume contests, musical acts, Halloween art, and more.
Drive-Thru Cops N’ Goblins
October 30th at 8 PM
Residents can join the Buena Park Police Department for a Cops N’ Goblins Halloween Trick-or-Treating Drive-Thru spooktacular event on Friday, October 30th. Enjoy a decorated drive-thru experience, free candy, and social distanced fun. Make sure to RSVP for the event from October 8-29 by calling (714) 562-3860.
Los Angeles County Events:
Stranger Things: The Drive-Into Experience
October 1st – October 31st
It’s not a drive-in, it’s a drive into experience. Immerse yourself in the thrilling world of Stranger Things, where you’ll dive into and explore a living, breathing story to savor some of the best moments from the Netflix series and witness some strange things for yourself. You will experience everything from the safety of your car, in a central DTLA location.
LA Haunted Hayride
Live Drive-Up Experience
September 25th – November 1st
A first of its kind immersive experience from the creators of LA’s favorite Halloween event, this is not just a drive-in. Experience this reimagined haunted “drive-up” with an original haunted show featuring a multimedia story displayed on a 40-foot screen, as well as horrifying sets and characters from Midnight Falls that surround the theater and bring the story to life!
Downey Dia de los Muertos Art Festival
Sunday, November 1st
After a one-year hiatus, Downey’s Dia de los Muertos Art Festival will return November 1st. The festival, now in its seventh year, will be held online. The website will include an interactive map with all of the available festive activities including Ballet Folklorico, bands to enjoy, arts and crafts, urban and fine art exhibits, and much more!
Haunt’oween LA Halloween Drive-Through
October 9th – October 31st
This massive family-friendly drive-thru experience will keep the fun traditions and excitement of Halloween alive in a safe, engaging, interactive format. Windows down, masks on for pumpkin picking, door to door trick or treating, and immersive installations. Costumes are encouraged and there will be tons of photo, and video, friendly environments to enjoy
San Fernando Valley Drive-In
October 16th – October 24th
Playing festive double-features all month long, the San Fernando Valley Drive-In the perfect place to get in the Halloween spirit. Here’s the line-up of freaky films for the month of October:
- Friday, Oct 16: Edward Scissorhands & Pet Semetary
- Saturday, Oct 17: Labyrinth & Child’s Play
- Friday, Oct 23: Casper & Poltergeist
- Saturday, Oct 24: Hotel Transylvania & Scream
Inland Empire Events:
Remote Army Ten-Miler
Apple Valley, CA 92308
Sunday, October 18th, 2020
facebook.com/events or call (760) 952-8326
Honoring all U.S. veterans, for the first time in 36 years, The Army Ten-Miler will not be run through the streets of our Capital, Washington, D.C. Due to COVID-19, they have decided to have it remotely so our First Team High Desert office is helping bring the race to the High Desert in Apple Valley. Last year, the office charity event Pints for Paws was wildly successful, raising $9,000 for the local Animal Shelter. This year the team is excited to turn their focus toward our Veterans with a goal to raise $20,000 for local charities! You can get involved by running or biking the event, sponsoring a First Team agent who will be participating, running virtually, or volunteering to serve coffee to veterans on the day of the event.
Downtown Riverside Farmer’s Market
Every Saturday, Main Street between 5th & 6th Streets
8 AM – 1 PM
Residents can enjoy the farmers’ market in Downtown Riverside every Saturday, rain or shine, from 8 am to 1 pm. Remember to wear your masks, keep 6 feet of social distance, and do not touch products – allow vendors to hand them to you! The county of Riverside also hosts a farmer’s market at 10th and Lemon Street on Wednesdays from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm.
Van Buren Drive-In Theatre
Located in Riverside
The drive-in and swap meet are open for their regularly scheduled hours of operations with just a few rules and restrictions to keep everyone safe. When visiting the drive-in, visitors are asked to only leave their vehicles to visit the snack bar or restrooms and must wear masks when doing so. Adult tickets are $10 and $1 for kids (children 5-9). Your ticket allows admission for 2 movies playing on the same screen which means you’ll get to see two movies for half the price!
Corona Treat Trail
Drive Through Experience
October 24th at 5 PM
Held at the Corona City Hall, the free “Treat Trail” will include an array of Halloween-themed entertainment, costumed characters, decorations, and fun goodies, as well as take-home activities. Booth hosts include Library and Recreation Services, Corona PD, Corona Fire, OBCTheater, Crossroads Christian Church, Friends of the Corona Library, and more! Tickets are required.
Temecula/Vail Lake Halloween Haunt
October 30th – November 1st
*Masks Must Be Worn
Vail Lake’s famous Halloween weekends are still happening this year, following COVID-19 safety standards. Weekends include site decorating contests, a pumpkin patch, costume contests of multiple ages, pet costume contests, golf cart decorating contests, Halloween themed Barrel Train, pumpkin carving/painting, and Halloween crafts and activities for kids. The village will also be decorated throughout with a variety of Fall and Halloween themed items to purchase in the store!
San Diego Events:
Drive-Thru Scream Zone
Del Mar ‘Scaregrounds’
October 1st – October 31st
San Diego’s favorite fright fest, the Scream Zone, is taking the scares to the streets with their Drive-Thru Scream Zone: Road Kill at the Del Mar ‘Scaregrounds’. Cars will weave through a mile-long course transformed into scenes from classic horror movies and the demented minds of the Scream Zone’s imaginative creators. The only roadside assistance coming to your aid is a triple threat of zombies, serial killers, and killer clowns.
South Bay Drive-in
$9 for Adults/ $1 Kids Under 9
You can catch a double-feature any night of the week at the South Bay Drive-in. The swap meet is also open once again every Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday from 6 am to 2 pm. Stay in your car for the drive-in unless you’re visiting the restroom or snack bar and remember to wear your masks and keep 6 feet of social distance while outside your vehicle.
Carlsbad Pumpkin Patch & Corn Maze
Open 9 am-7 pm daily
September 18th – November 8th
Grab your mask and head to the Carlsbad Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze open this year. Festivities for fall include a haunted corn maze “Field of Screams” every Friday and Saturday from 7 pm – 10:30 pm, bounceland, tractor rides, a pumpkin patch, and all new apple cannon. The haunted corn maze begins on October 2nd.
Julian Mining Company
Limited Activities Available
September 19th – October 25th
As an outdoor business, the farm and mining co. is open, and so is the seasonal pumpkin patch! Weekends are a little crowded but there is plenty of space on the farm to enjoy. If you are concerned about crowds and just want to pick a pumpkin, they are also open on a few weekdays for pumpkin pickers.
Ghosts and Gravestones Haunted Tour
Ghosts & Gravestones is taking enhanced safety and health measures including limiting seating capacity to 50% to provide appropriate social distancing on each tour. Showcasing all the spooky spots San Diego has to offer, the tour will take you from historic haunted houses to graveyards and hotbeds of paranormal activity.
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