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Top Spots for Family-Friendly Halloween Fun in Orange County

Families looking to get into the Halloween spirit without scaring the little goblins will want to check out Orange County’s family-friendly offerings this fall. This Southern California region is the epicenter of family fun with amusement parks, beaches, top-notch dining and shopping around every corner. Just 85 miles north of San Diego and 35 miles south of Los Angeles, Orange County in the fall offers some of the best weather all year, making it the perfect time for a visit.

Snoopy and Peanuts at Knott's Spooky Farm in Buena Park, CA

Your first stop should be at Knott’s Spooky Farm in Buena Park, where the theme park gets fully decked out in the Halloween spirit. Little ghouls can don their costumes and trick or treat throughout the park and then watch Halloween-themed shows where a friendly magician mystifies everyone with spell-binding tricks. “The Monsters are Coming, Charlie Brown” takes the stage at the Camp Snoopy Theatre and the Halloween Hootenanny returns as The Timber Mountain Log Ride transforms with spooky but family-friendly surprises. This seasonal event is designed with the youngest Knott’s Berry Farm visitors in mind so you don’t have to worry about any scary characters, only Halloween fun!

It’s no secret that Disneyland goes all out for Halloween. The Happiest Place on Earth brews up fiendish fun for the whole family to enjoy. Encounter spooky touches around every turn from costumed characters, special themed experiences, including Haunted Mansion Holiday, Guardians of The Galaxy: Monsters After Dark, Luigi's Honkin' Haul-O-Ween, Mater's Graveyard JamBOOree, and even more happy hauntings throughout the entire resort! You can find bewitching decor around every corner and the fully transformed Radiator “Screams” when you cruise over to Cars Land. You can join in the fun at the Oogie Boogie Bash where Oogie Boogie from Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas summons all the Disney Villains to Disney California Adventure Park for an unforgettable night of fun.

Ferris wheel at Silverado Day in Buena Park, CA

Tiny tots flock to Boo at the Zoo hosted by the Santa Ana Zoo! Families can walk the grounds during extended hours for special photos, costumes, and treats for the little ones. This event is also a fundraiser for the Teal Pumpkin Project, which raises awareness of food allergies and promotes the inclusion of all trick-or-treaters during Halloween.

Mark your calendar and head to Peak Park in Buena Park for the Annual Fall Silverado Days. This festival, now in its 66th year, has games, crafts, contests, rides and enough family fun to pack the whole weekend. Try your luck at the pie-eating contest and show your strength during the World Amateur Arm Wrestling Championship.

The City of Buena Park gets in on the spooky fun with their Cops 'N' Goblins Fall Spooktacular event on October 31st from 2-6pm. The Trick or Treating Spooktacular includes a pumpkin patch, carnival games, arts & crafts, food trucks, haunted house, and kids costume contest. The fun events is presented by the Buena Park Police Department and Community Services Department.

Every weekend in October is a Halloween celebration at Anaheim’s GardenWalk! Join their Halloween Carnival with over 50 retail vendors, 12 food vendors, and live entertainment. Costumes are encouraged, especially for the pumpkin photo ops.

Exterior of Knott's Berry Farm Hotel in Buena Park, CA

Book a night at the Knott’s Berry Farm Hotel to make the most of your Orange County visit. Their Stay and Scare packages include overnight lodging, tickets and more. Within a few miles radius of Knott’s Berry Farm, you can find loads of other family-friendly lodging options like the DoubleTree by Hilton, Fairfield Inn and Suites, Hampton Inn & Suites and Courtyard Marriott Buena Park. Many offer family suites, free breakfast and shuttles to nearby attractions, making your Halloween stay that much more relaxing.

Buena Park, California transforms into a fall time extravaganza, offering several Halloween events, including Knott’s Spooky Farm. After a long day of family-friendly Halloween activities, take your candy haul to one of our comfortable hotels for the night. Check out our full guide of Halloween Happenings in SoCal’s Halloween Spooky Town.

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