Harvest Festivals in Orange County, Riverside County and Beyond

Halloween Parades, Dinner Theater, Halloween Carnivals

Harvest Festivals in Orange County are mostly single day events near Halloween.  However, if you’re willing to drive a little father there are great events all October long down on the farm – everything from playing on the farm to dinner theater.

Orange County

Anaheim Spooktacular Halloween Parade & Fall Festival 

2017 Update Costume contests, live entertainment, a craft fair, fabulous food, fun rides, game booths and much more. The Halloween Parade has been an Anaheim tradition since 1924, when baseball legend Babe Ruth was honored as the Grand Marshal of the celebration.  In the 21st century the Parade provides a platform, like no other, for artists, “makers”, and performers of all kinds to showcase their creativity.

Haunted house at the youth center. Masquerade party on Friday.

  • Info: http://www.anaheimfallfestival.org/ or facebook or 714-999-3456. or www.anaheim.net
    • Sat, October 28, 2017
    • Center Street Promenade and West Side of Anaheim Blvd, Anaheim
    • Free admission to festival
    • Saturday – festival, pancake breakfast, children’s costume contest, evening parade, and more
    • Children’s Costume Contest 12 noon
      • Trick or treating for costumed youth up to 12 years begins at 4:30 pm
    • Spooktackular Halloween Parade will start at 6 pm at West Street, traveling east down Broadway to Anaheim Boulevard.

Irvine Park Railroad & Pumpkin Patch

2017 Update Their train circles the pumpkin patch giving you a perfect chance to scope out the whole field. There are train rides, haunted house, John Deer Gator Racers, Halloween Bounce House Jumper, panning for gold, good “county fair” food, and on the weekend face painting and carnival games. Haunted House and hay maze. Other activities include the Orange County Zoo, Wheel Fun Rentals at Irvine Park for bike and paddle boat rentals, and a lot more!

The Great Pumpkin Weigh-Off is Saturday, 27, 2017.  All regular events are running as well.  Live band.

  • Info: http://www.irvineparkrailroad.com/or (714) 997-3968
    • September 16 – October 31, 2017
    • Open 7 days a week (weather permitting)
      • Weekdays 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
      • Weekends 10:00am – 6:00 pm
    • Irvine Regional Park, far east end of Jamboree in the City of Orange.
    • Pricing: $3 entry fee per car on weekdays, $5 on weekend. Free walk-in allowed.
      • Included in Admission: pumpkin patch,hay maze, hay pyramid, haunted house,  is free.
      • Extra items individually priced. Discounted groups of tickets available. See the site for details and pricing.
      • Internet Coupons
      • School Groups Welcome…call about weekday group rates! (714) 997-3968

Trick or Treat Festival / Halloween Hearse Show and Procession / Day of the Dead 

??? The Orange County Market place presents their annual Halloween Procession and Show along with their Trick or Treat Festival. Farmer Mike & his pumpkins, and much more entertainment Free Trick or Treating for the kids, face painting, Puppet show, strolling entertainers mixed in with the swap meet vendors, artisans and crafters. Giant Pumpkin Carving all day. Scream contest.    Altar contest.

Procession is open to all hearses, ambulances, flower cars and any funeral going vehicle. Free entry.

  • Info: http://www.ocmarketplace.com/ or (714) 708-1500 or event detail
    • Sunday, October 25, 2015
      • 10-4
    • Hearse procession leaves at 10am sharp.
    • Orange County Fair & Event Center
      • 88 Fair Dr., Costa Mesa
    • Admission to fest is free w/  swap-meet admission. 12 and under free

Halloween Spooktacular Celebration – Anaheim Marketplace

2017 Update Join us at our Annual Halloween Celebration. The Marketplace will host a costume contest for the most creative costume. Participants will be grouped according to age. Every age is welcome! Pumpkin decorating, face painting, carnival games, live music, and more.

Orange County Harvest and Halloween Events List

Find a lot more of events in Orange County with their local list.  They list by city.  Everything from Haunted houses to Diner Theater to Parades, to local Trick or Treating.  They can keep their local list much more up to date than we can, so check them out.

Events listed by city at: http://www.orangecounty.net/html/weekend_halloween.html 


Riverside and San Bernardino Counties

 Big Horse Corn Maze and Harvest Festival – Temecula

2017 UpdateOne of the last authentic farm related events in Southern CA with a giant corn maze in So. Cal., this harvest festival is packed with by-gone activities.  Every weekend will be Corny and Crazy with the Pumpkin Patch and pay to play activities to include the Corn Maze, pony rides (excluding the first weekend), hay ride, pillow jump, rock wall, corn cannon, face painting, duck races, rock wall, gem mining and more. We have many family friendly free activities to enjoy in our animal sharing center, mini maze, corn boxes, excavator scoops, pig races, Hoola hoop contest, pie eating contest, pumpkin bowling, and bean bag toss. Pre school field trips on weekday mornings. Boy & Girl Scout Field Trips on weekends.

  • An Autumn extravaganza.  Different events every weekend though open all week.
    • Sept 30 – Oct 1, 2017Old Fashioned Rock n Roll Weekend, with Saturday being “Classic Car Craze at the Maze” day
    • October 7-8, 2017Salute to our Military Weekend –  Discounts for military and families, Saturday – Helping our Heroes resources and job fair.
    • October 14-15, 2017: All American Weekend – Baseball, hot dogs, apple pie, and Wall of Freedom.
    • October 21-22, 2017: October Old Fashion Farm Days – Pig races, Churn butter, gold panning, pie eating, bob for apples, potato sack races, and much more
    • October 29-30, 2017End of Harvest – Prizes and Surprises, Sunday: Costume contests for kids and pets
  • Info: http://www.bighorsecornmaze.com/   or Facebook
    • September 30 – October 30, 2017
      • Sat and Sun – 10 am – 4 pm
      • Weekdays – 1 pm – 5 pm,.  Closed Monday, expect final 2 weeks
        • Festival closing at 3pm on Oct 30
    • Big Horse Feed and Mercantile

      • 33320 Temecula Parkway, Temecula
    • Pumpkin Patch, free admission
    • Maze entry $9, children 3 and under free
    • Admission for activities vary from $2 – $10: kids’ combo ticket $15 for maze and 3 of the activities
    • Parking $5

Riley’s Farm – Harvest Festivals and Adventures -Oak Glen

2017 UpdateRiley’s Farm is a working apple orchard and living history farm featuring pick-your-own fruit, living history education, dinner theater, group banquet facilities and extended, historically-themed overnight stays.

Open every day but Sunday for picking fruit. Buy tickets for individual programs and/or meals most days of the weeks. Check their calendar for program details: Sleepy Hollow Celebration, Harvest Festival, Civil War Adventure, Colonial Farm Life Adventure, Revolutionary War Adventure, Old Joe Homestead, Gold Rush Adventure. Each event has it’s own set of entertainments and workshops, schedule of meals and more. Days do sell out.

  • Info: http://www.rileysfarm.com/ or 909-797-7534
    • Events all year.  For October 2017 see  their calendar
    • Pricing varies w/ event. Order tickets on line or RSVP – Days do sell out
      • Sleepy Hollow Celebration,Evenings
      • Colonial Farm Life Adventure
      • Revolutionary War Adventure
      • Gold Rush Adventure
      • Old Joe Homestead
      • Dracula
    • Riley’s Farm
      • 12261 S. Oak Glen Road, Oak Glen
      • A bit beyond the 10/60 Freeway merge, use their map page for instructions because map quest doesn’t always get it right.
      • They are a large farm, which parking lot you use depends on the event.

Graveyard of past events

Riverside Halloween Carnivals

More Riverside Halloween
Evergreen Historic Cemetery Spooktacular
A Celebration to Die For. Music, Dancing, Food
“Spooktacular” Entertainment. Fun for the whole Family!
Info: http://www.evergreen-cemetery.info/
Friday Oct 30, 2009 6:30-8pm
Evergreen Cemetery, 14th and Pine Streets, Riverside
Donation: $10 per person, $25 per family.
Park events: detail: (note, city events still being added, check your local park)
October 23, 2009 (5-8)
Eastside Halloween Carnival – Bobby Bonds Park
Fall Carnival – Orange Terrace Park
October 24, 2009 (5-8)
Hunt Park Halloween Carnival
October 29, 2009 (times vary by park)
Halloween Carnival – Reid Park (701 N. Orange St)
Nichols Park Halloween Carnival:
Nichols Park- 5505 Dewey Ave.
Villegas Park Halloween Carnival
Villegas Park- 7260 Marquerita Ave
October 31, 2009 (5:00 pm- 8:00 pm)
Bryant Park Halloween Carnival – 7950 Philbin St

Halloween Haunt Extraordinaire

Family Halloween haunt and festival.
Info: http://www.cityofgrandterrace.org or or 909-430-2201
Email: Community Services

October 30, 2010, 5-8
Richard Rollins Park – City of Grand Terrace
22735 De Berry St., Grand Terrace, Riverside County