Happy October! As the days grow shorter and the nights become cooler, the Spooky season descends upon us with its unique blend of fun and frights. Orange County eagerly awaits this bewitching month as it hosts an array of festivities and activities that cater to all ages and preferences.
In nearly every city throughout Orange County, the spirit of October comes alive with a dash of spooky cheer. Huntington Beach’s Old World Village, for instance, fully embraces the German tradition of Oktoberfest. Here, you can indulge in delicious beer, savor bratwurst, and dance merrily, all while celebrating a classic fall tradition. Oktoberfest in Old World also features live music and even hosts adorable and hilarious wiener dog races on select Sundays. Prost!
For those seeking a more family-friendly affair, make your way to Old Towne Orange on October 27th from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. for the “Treats in the Streets” event. This charming gathering promises a delightful array of activity booths, trick-or-treating for the little ones, and a mesmerizing light show that will leave you in awe.
But that’s not all; October brings an even earlier treat to Orange County. Starting on October 6th, the Tustin Tiller Days festivities kick off, spanning three days of pure fun and excitement. This event boasts a thrilling lineup of carnival rides, thrilling contests, entertaining games, and more. Throughout the weekend, you can look forward to special events such as a lively parade on Saturday morning and a delectable backyard breakfast on Sunday. Tustin Tiller Days has been a beloved tradition since its inception in 1957, serving as a tribute to the region’s rich agricultural heritage.
For those who prefer a dash of enchantment with their frights, October is the perfect time to visit the area’s renowned theme parks. With the summer crowds long gone and the weather still pleasant for outdoor enjoyment, Disneyland, in particular, has a treat in store. The Oogie Boogie Halloween Bash offers a chance to see your favorite characters donning their spookiest costumes, promising a memorable experience for all ages. If you are a thrill seeker, Knott’s Scary Farms is back, providing the most haunted experience yet. Travel through themed mazes while running away from scary characters. As you watch horror movies come to life, this is certainly an experience you will not want to miss!
Of course, visiting a pumpkin patch is one of the most iconic ways to embrace the fall season. Orange County boasts a variety of pumpkin patches that cater to every taste. If you have a deep appreciation for agriculture and want to witness pumpkins growing on the vine, be sure to check out Tanaka Farms in Irvine. On the other hand, if you’re seeking a full day of family fun, Irvine Regional Park’s pumpkin patch offers an enchanting experience with its train rides, games, and even miniature tractor driving. Meanwhile, Pa’s Pumpkin Patch in Long Beach is the go-to destination for those yearning for a traditional pumpkin patch experience, complete with exciting games and adorable animals. The patch itself is extensive and provides a wide array of activities to enjoy after selecting the perfect pumpkin to take home.
As the leaves begin to change and a chill fills the air, Orange County residents and visitors alike can look forward to a month filled with delightful and spooky activities. Whether you’re a fan of traditional fall celebrations, thrilling rides, or simply the joy of picking your own pumpkin, October in Orange County has something for everyone to enjoy.