Things to Do in Orange County – October

Old World Oktoberfest
Date: Wednesday through Sunday throughout October
Time: see website for details
Location: 7561 Center Ave., Huntington Beach, CA

Eat, Drink, Dance & be Merry at Southern California’s Best & Most Diverse Oktoberfest with Oom-Pah-Pa Bands directly from Germany.

Tustin Tiller Days
Date: Friday and Sunday, October 5-7
Time: see website for details
Location: 17522 Beneta Way, Tustin, CA

Tustin Tiller Days has been a regular event in Tustin since 1957. The event provides an opportunity for Tustin to celebrate Orange County’s agricultural heritage. Features Parade, carnival, rides, food and entertainment.

San Clemente Sea Fest
Date: Sunday, October 7
Time: 9:30 am – 3:00 pm
Location: San Clemente Pier, 611 Avenida Victoria, San Clemente, CA

This event features a Chowder Cook-off, Fisherman’s Lobster, Surfing Contest, Business Exposition, Arts & Craft Show and a U.S. Coast Guard Search & Rescue Demo Operation which all takes place at the historic San Clemente Pier area.

57th Annual Sandcastle Contest
Date: Sunday, October 7
Time: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Location: Corona del Mar State Beach, Ocean Blvd., Corona del Mar, CA

Hosted by the Commodores Club of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce, thousands of sightseers will descend on the beach to view amazing sand sculptures created by participants ranging from the novice to the expert.

Silverado Country Fair and Folk Festival
Date: Saturday and Sunday, October 13-14
Time: see website for details
Location: 27641 Silverado Canyon Rd., Silverado, Ca

Explore the wonders of the area’s Old West rustic culture, great live Bluegrass, Country and Folk music, Wild West reenactments, handmade arts and crafts, 1800’s activities & lock ’em up makeshift jail, tasty food, beer & wine saloon, plus some silly ‘ole timey’ contests.

Spooktacular Fun Days
Date: Saturday and Sunday, October 13-14
Time: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Location: 8000 Great Park Blvd. Irvine, CA

Spooktacular Fun Days is the Orange County Great Park’s annual fall tradition featuring a treat town, pumpkin patch, petting zoo, entertainment, crafts, inflatables, face painting, community booths, carnival games, and food trucks.

Surf City 10 Miler, 10K, 5K
Date: Saturday and Sunday, October 13-14
Time: see website for details
Location: 21100 Pacific Coast Highway Huntington Beach, CA

This Classic 10 Miler is the perfect training run for your fall or winter marathon. The spectacular 10K is long enough to challenge your endurance yet is the perfect distance for achieving a PR. The Flat Fast course along California’s famous Pacific Coast Highway is perfect for a leisurely 5K jog.

18th Annual Haunted Trails in Laguna Niguel
Date: Thursday through Saturday, October 18-20
Time: see website for details
Location: 29751 Crown Valley Parkway. Laguna Niguel, CA

Dare if you will to walk the Haunted Trails experiencing medieval life and all of its tales. When the sun sets, the trails will open and guides will escort groups of 10 guests through the castle halls and tents. This event is VERY SCARY and not recommended for children under 8 years old.

Silverado Days – Buena Park
Date: Friday through Sunday, October 19-21
Time: see website for details
Location: William Peak Park, 7225 El Dorado Dr, Buena Park, CA

This community festival includes games, crafts, contests, rides, food and fun for the whole family. Featured contests include Featured contests include a Car Show, a World Amateur Arm Wrestling Championship, a Amateur Horseshoe Contest, a Pie-Eating Contest, a Hog Calling, a Baby Contest, a Men’s Leg Contest, a Dog Show, a Chili Cook-off and much more!

Annual Historical Cemetery Tour
Date: Saturday, October 20
Time: see website for details
Location: 1702 Fairhaven Ave., Santa Ana CA

Presented by the Santa Ana Historical Preservation Society. This guided historical walking tour features costumed actors portraying colorful men and women who share stories from Orange County’s past.

Doheny State Beach Halloween Haunt
Date: Friday through Sunday, October 26-28
Time: see website for details
Location: 25300 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, CA

Bring your family and friends to celebrate Halloween in a fun and sage environment with good ole fashioned spookiness, a Fun Zone, arts and crafts, and an array of educational outreach booths.

Treats in the Streets Autumn Festival
Date: Thursday, October 25
Time: 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Location: 1 Plaza Square, Orange, CA

The Eastside Food Festival is back for its fifth year of celebrating the Eastside’s food culture. Besides food, attendees will be entertained with popular L.A. musicians and DJs, discussion panels, demos and tastings.

Dana Point Halloween Spooktacular & Moonlight Movies
Date: Friday, October 26
Time: 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Location:34052 Del Obispo St., Dana Point, CA

This annual Halloween event include carnival games, crafts, cookie decorating, a costume parade and entertainment. Everything is FREE and includes prizes for best children’s costumes, treats for each child and popcorn, candy and hot chocolate during the movies. So come on down and have a ghoulish good time!

Anaheim Halloween Parade
Date: Saturday, October 27
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: Downtown Anaheim, CA

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.

Pacific Symphony presents: ‘The Wizard’s Spellbook’
Date: Saturday, October 27
Time: 10:00 am
Location: 600 Town Center Dr., Costa Mesa, CA

Enjoy a fun and fascinating 45-minute concert designed especially for children 5-11 . Come dressed in costume and don’t forget your wand and broomstick!

Spooky San Clemente
Date: Saturday, October 27
Time: 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Location: 100 N. Calle Seville, San Clemente, CA

Attention all ghosts and goblins! Join us at Spooky San Clemente for scary fun and hours of fright including a haunted maze, a mystical magic show, a costume contest and parade, a movie on the lawn and ghostly games.

Kidz Block Party in Brea
Date: Wednesday, October 31
Time: 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: E Birch St and S Brea Blvd., Brea, CA

Kidz Block Party is the largest and safest, FREE, Halloween Night family event in North Orange County. Featuring face painting, pony rides, games, bounce house, petting zoo,rock climbing wall, raffles, prizes, entertainment and free candy.

Huntington Beach Main Street Halloween Fest
Date: Wednesday, October 31
Time: 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Location: Downtown Huntington Beach, CA

For children of all ages, this annual Halloween celebration comes courtesy of the Downtown Business Improvement District. The spooky festivities include a pony rides, petting zoo, costume contests and more.

Trick-Or-Treat at the Pretend City
Date: Wednesday, October 31
Time: Pretend City Children’s Museum, 29 Hubble, Irvine, CA
Location: Santa Monica Blvd. between N. Doheny Dr. and La Cienega Blvd.

Pirates, Ghosts, & Princesses Pretty! Come Trick-Or-Treating at Pretend City! On Halloween, we are having a special trick-or-treat extravaganza for all our friends! Stop by the museum and take part in our Halloween Bug Bash as well as trick-or-treat at different stations through the city! We will surely have a ghouly good time!

Dates shown are starting dates of events. All information deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Information is not representative of every local county event, only minimal highlights. Please research and check date and times for all events shown: Company is not responsible for incorrect or incomplete information.

By Diego Loya

Diego Loya is a Realtor - Broker at Home Living Real Estate Brokerage, a Orange County full services real estate company. Over the past 12 years, Diego has helped homeowners sell and buy their homes. He's loves educating and empowering real estate consumers. You can find him on Google, Facebook and Twitter.

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