October is a busy month with Southern California theme parks showcasing their unique take on the season of tricks and treats, from nearly a century of nighttime Halloween pageantry, to three local distinctive Oktoberfests that truly bring the spirit of Germany to the OC.
At the Disneyland Resort guests will be thrilled by Mickey’s Halloween Party on select dates from September 23 to October 31. After-hours’ party treats guests to unforgettable entertainment including the sensational “Halloween Screams” fireworks spectacular, a guest favorite that is exclusive to Mickey’s Halloween Party. Adults and children are encouraged to dress in costume for the party as they trick-or-treat throughout Disneyland for a scary good time. Tickets for Mickey’s Halloween Party are available now and sell out quickly. Mickey’s Halloween Party, is a separate-ticket event. Entry to Disneyland Park before the party is included with a Mickey’s Halloween Party ticket. Guests have the opportunity to play in Disneyland Park for three hours before the party starts, and then go trick or treating – for candy and healthy treats – in the ultimate Disney neighborhood.
Knott’s Berry Farm has been has been turning their theme park into Knott’s Scary Farm since 1972. This classic Southern California chilling tradition has become a crowd favorite of both locals and visitors. This year’s Knott’s Scary Farm runs on selected nights from Sept 22 – October 31. It will feature an array of surprising live monster thrills, scare zones, heart-pounding mazes, live entertainment and unforgettable ghost tales. During the daytime at Knott’s Berry Farm guests are invited to discover Knott’s Spooky Farm, a non-scary day celebration of cheer rather than fear with shows and activities for kids every weekend in October and on Halloween. The special limited-time event serves up live entertainment, trick-or-treating, a costume contest and exclusive festivities honoring the 50th anniversary of the classic Peanuts animated TV special It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown!
At Universal Studios, Hollywood prepare for one of the scariest and most intense Halloween events in Southern California during Halloween Horror Nights. With a background in horror films and a movie studio backdrop Universal Studios has built-in terror experiences awaiting guests. Expect the unexpected with seven all-new thrilling mazes, as well as horror movie classics such as “American Horror Story” and “The Exorcist.”
Since 1924, Halloween has held special magic for the people of Anaheim. A nighttime pageant of ghosts, goblins, jack-o’-lanterns, and witches stretching a mile and a half through the darkened streets of downtown, the annual Anaheim Halloween Parade has become a Southern California family favorite. This year’s parade will begin at 6pm on October 29 and end at a party at the Anaheim Packing House.
Oktoberfest is Here!
Oktoberfest, the world’s largest Volksfest (beer festival and traveling funfair), first occurred in Munich in 1810! Orange County has three epic Oktoberfest in Orange County to choose from:
Held October 1 and October 8 from 4pm til 10pm, the Anaheim Brewery brings you Oktoberfest! Thrill to the sound of the Alpenhorn Trio, be amazed by the German Folk Dancers, and do the Chicken Dance till your arms ache. Eat your fill from the Sausage Masters and Pretzel Guy, washed down with plenty of crisp Anaheim Beer. At 4 pm sharp, just like in Munich, the mayor of Anaheim will kick off Oktoberfest by tapping a keg of Anaheim Oktoberfest Lager. There’s no admission and minors are allowed.
Old World Huntington Beach will host Oktoberfest from September 11-October 30. This year’s Oktoberfest promises to be the best celebration yet, offering authentic German Food (voted “Best Bratwurst” in California), imported German Beers, German Bands straight from Germany and other festivities, competitions, games and more. Hours are Wednesday & Thursday 6:30-10pm with free admission, Friday & Saturday 6:30pm-1am tickets are $10-20, and Sunday 2-7:30pm., entry is $7.
Every weekend Sept 16-Oct 30, Anaheim’s authentic German club, the Phoenix Club celebrates Oktoberfest with tasty German food, German beer on tap, Polkas and Prosts in their Festzelt and Biergarten. Celebrating Oktoberfest for more than 55 years, the Phoenix Club brings traditional Oom Pah Pah bands to play all weekend. Hours are Friday 6pm-12am, Saturday 5pm -12am, Sunday 12pm-6pm. Adults are $10, Phoenix Club members with card $5 – 18 and under enter FREE.