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The place to have a good time Halloween in Southern California – Orange County Register

Glad Friday, Ghosties!

It’s official, October is subsequent week and we’re dashing proper into Halloween.

Whereas some retail shops are already pushing the creepy decorations apart to make room for Christmas stuff — HOW DARE THEY — there’s nonetheless loads of time to get into the spirit of the season. Although occasions appear to kick off earlier and earlier every year, there are a number of monthlong occasions beginning up this weekend and working by way of Oct. 31 and past.

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From good old style Harvest Competition family-fun, haunted automobile washes and thrilling theatrical productions to pop-up horror-themed bars and experiences so immersive and scary that you need to signal a waiver to take part, there’s actually one thing for each degree of Halloween-lover this 12 months. Right here’s reporter Richard Guzman‘s complete checklist of 31 Halloween occasions to attend in Southern California.

🦇 Right here’s extra frightfully enjoyable information.

🕸️ Overview: Knott’s Scary Farm’s fiftieth season kicks off in Buena Park 

Theme parks reporter Brady MacDonald went to opening night time of Knott’s Scary Farm in Buena Park final week. The occasion, which runs choose evenings by way of Oct. 31, is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary this 12 months with 10 mazes, 5 scare zones and 4 dwell exhibits. Right here’s what it was like on opening day.

Talking of Brady, a few weeks in the past we shared his expertise going by way of the Knott’s Scary Farm’s Scare College to change into a monster. He put his coaching to good use and truly got down to terrify patrons attending the Scary Farm Associates Night time on Sept. 19. Take a look at his frightful transformation and skim all about his scare techniques.

💀 Have fun the forty fifth anniversary of “Halloween” in Pasadena

To mark the forty fifth anniversary of John Carpenter‘s traditional slasher, “Halloween,” there’s a three-day conference occurring on the Pasadena Conference Heart this weekend that features movie star appearances, panel discussions and a tour of the close by unique filming places. Discover out extra concerning the Halloween: 45 Years of Terror and find out how to get tickets right here.

🕷️ Shaqtoberfest brings a brand new maze aboard the Queen Mary

NBA star Shaquille O’Neal’s Shaqtoberfest Halloween occasion is again on the Queen Mary in Lengthy Seashore and working choose evenings by way of Oct. 31. This 12 months, the occasion promoters at Thirteenth Ground Leisure have introduced an all-new maze aboard the reportedly haunted ship dubbed The Gray Ghost. Richard Guzman talked to one of many occasion curators concerning the new maze and different sights at Shaqtoberfest. Learn the complete interview and learn how to get tickets to the occasion right here.

Pumpkin scarecrows contained in the Magic of the Jack O’Lanterns occasion at Whittier Narrows Recreation Space in El Monte. (Photograph by Kelli Skye Fadroski, SCNG)

🎃 Magic of the Jack O’Lanterns

Within the final Boos!Letter, I expressed my love of pumpkin patches. I like the common daytime ones, however I’m additionally digging the spooky nighttime ones which have cropped up lately. The Magic of the Jack O’Lanterns expertise simply opened contained in the Whittier Narrows Recreation Space in El Monte final week and a few buddies and I visited over the weekend.

There are millions of elaborately carved jack-‘o-lanterns lining a half-of-a-mile dust path. There’s music and shiny mild shows, meals vehicles, bars, scorching cocoa, a build-your-own s’mores station, a hay maze and because it’s a go-at-your-own-pace form of occasion, there’s loads of spots for enjoyable selfies and photograph ops.

It’s the right date night time stroll, a cute night with buddies or a complete household outing. The occasion runs choose evenings by way of Oct. 31 and tickets are $19.99-$39.99 at magicofthejackolanters.com.

Michael Myers of the "Halloween" franchise is just one of the many props on display at Art's Sideshow in Montclair. (Photo by Kelli Skye Fadroski, SCNG) 
Michael Myers of the “Halloween” franchise is simply one of many many props on show at Artwork’s Sideshow in Montclair. (Photograph by Kelli Skye Fadroski, SCNG)

🧟 Horror prop museum within the Inland Empire  

Final week, after I was attempting to think about Halloween issues to do over the weekend, a good friend urged Artwork’s Sideshow in Montclair. I’d by no means been, however this family-owned place was proper up my alley.

It’s a year-round Halloween and horror-themed store with a formidable prop museum curated by Artwork Cordova. They provide guided excursions and tons of photograph ops from movies like “Scream,” “Halloween,” “The Texas Chain Noticed Bloodbath,” “Lifeless Silence,” “The Shining” and extra. Excursions are $25 for adults and $15 for kids 12 and youthful.

They’re additionally internet hosting a free pop-up occasion from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 30 with a bunch of distributors and cosplayers. The following occasion is the Darkish Haus Artwork Exhibit that can showcase the work of a couple of dozen artists from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 7. Entry for that occasion is $15 and consists of the museum tour. For extra data, go to artssideshow.com.

👻 Till subsequent week, comfortable haunting!

🎃 Get earlier on-line editions of the Boos!Letter

Boos!Letter: Pumpkin patches and kid-friendly Halloween occasions

Boos!Letter: Common’s Halloween Horror Nights: Suggestions for survival

Boos!Letter: How Knott’s Scary Farm is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary

Boos!Letter: Halloween Horror Nights and Oogie Boogie Bash launch subsequent week

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