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

2017 Update  Join the Orange County Market for our annual Trick-or-Treat Festival starting at 9am! The first 500 kids to check in with us will receive a special prize! We encourage you to wear your costume as you Trick-or-Treat around the Market Place, visiting participating vendors and concession stands for candy. Stick around for Halloween entertainment including stilt walkers, puppet shows, and face painting – all free to enjoy!

  • Info: http://www.ocmarketplace.com/ or (714) 708-1500 or Event Detail
    • Sunday, October 29, 2017, 9-4
    • Orange County Fair & Event Center
      • 88 Fair Dr., Costa Mesa
      • Park for free at Gate 2 or 10.
    • 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.

To Cute to Spook Celebration – Bowers Museum

2017 Update Join us for a silly, spooky, and not scary Halloween fun filled day!

  • Goulish Makeovers: Our expert face painters will enhance your costumes to look spooky, funny or sweet!
  • Paper Halloween Lanterns: Create silly paper lanterns that will glow with your complimentary glow bracelet.
  • Ghostly Dance Jam: Fall under our spell and join in on the frightfully fun dance jam on a giant digital hopscotch floor.
  • Monster Scavenger Hunt: Find all the friendly monsters hiding in the museum and collect your candy bag at the front door as a prize.
  • Info: http://www.bowers.org or or 714-567-3600
    • Tuesday, October 31, 2017, 10-4pm,
    • Bowers Museum Courtyard
      • 2002 North Main Street, Santa Ana.
    • Tickets: $10 for everyone over the age of 2, free for Bowers Museum Members

Boo-uena Park  New Event

Olde Tyme Fall Festival

2017 Update The City and Buena Park Historical Society present the Olde Tyme Fall Festival. The festival showcases the City’s historical structures across the street from City Hall with ghostly tours of the historic Whitaker-Jaynes Estate, spooky storytelling in the Bacon House and much more! Kids can create and take home fall-themed crafts at the Cornstalk Craft Village, watch a thrilling magic show and play fun old-time games. Take in the sounds of local entertainment and tastes of local food vendors, including tacos from Buena Park’s newest neighbor, Poquito Mas. Halloween-themed vendors will also be onsite selling tricks and treats for the whole family. 

Admission, magic show and crafts are free, while supplies last. Prices for vendors and food vary.   Bring the whole family for a spooktacular beginning to the Boo-uena Park season!

  • Info: http://www.buenapark.com  or http://www.hauntedoc.com/ or Event Detail
    • September 30, 2017 
      • 2-5 pm
    • Downtown Buena Park – 6631 Beach Blvd.
      • General parking – across Beach Blvd. in the City Hall parking lot, 6650 Beach Blvd.
      • Handicap/disabled parking will be behind the First Congregational Church.
    • Free

 Haunt at Heritage Hill and the Autumn Harvest Festival

Autumn Festival at Heritage Hill

2017 UpdateFestival Halloween:  Heritage Hill Historical Park welcomes back the annual Autumn Harvest Festival. Bring the family to a fun-filled adventure and experience the park transformed into a spooky Halloween festival.

Enjoy the Trick or Treat Stations, Adventure Maze, and dare to visit the Haunted School House.  Children of all ages can participate in ghoulish games, costume contests and the pumpkin decorating zone. Costumes and trick-or-treat bags are recommended. Fun for the whole family. Children are encouraged to come in costume.

Haunt at Heritage Hill

2017 UpdateHaunted House: OC Parks and the City of Lake Forest welcomes trick-or-treaters ages 12 and older back to Heritage Hill Historical Park for the 10thAnnual Haunt at Heritage Hill. The park will once again transform into a haunted adventure with scream zones.  Haunting since 2008.

Harvest Festival

  • Saturday, October 7, 2017 – 4-9   EarlyBird
  • Admission: $5
  • Ages 3 and up 
  • Costumes encouraged, but NO masks or full-face paint will be allowed inside the event. 


  • Fri-Sat, October 13-14, 2017 – 6-10:30  EarlyBird
  • Admission: $8
  • Teen event, 12 and up
  • Costumes encouraged, but NO masks or full-face paint will be allowed inside the event. 

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

GhostWalk Riverside & Halloween Carnival

2017 Update California Riverside Ballet is excited to present the annual Ghost Walk Riverside in Downtown Riverside this October.  With a legacy of delighting this  is a premier event with a rich history.  This event has the esteemed reputation for attracting artists from various areas, making a truly exceptional collaboration. Writers, storytellers, actors, musicians, and vocalists all take part in a display of talent and walking adventure through downtown Riverside known as Ghost Walk.  This year’s line-up will include both family-friendly tours as well as tours for the more adventurous and daring participants.  Guided tours will depart from the Main Street Mall.

Each of our walking tours is about 1 1/2 hours long. RAIN OR SHINE.  Haunting since 1991.

Guests are escorted on a tour throughout the historic downtown district where they will hear spine-tingling as well as comic renditions of tales told by California Riverside Ballet volunteers and sponsored by local individuals and companies. Each of the tours is unique and has its own theme. New tours each year.  For the whole family!

As an encore, guests enjoy a Halloween carnival:  Frightfully fun games, tricks, and treats. Perfect for children ages 10 and under. Kids can enjoy games like Pumpkin Patch, Wacko Wire, Wheel of Misfortune, Monster Twist, and Go Bananas. Thirteen games in all!  You can play every game once for only $10.00. Games start at $0.50. Plus kids can win cool prizes!

Guests will also enjoy live entertainment, fun food and craft vendors and the Boo-Tique.

  • Info:  http://crballet.com   or   Walk Event Page

    • Ghost Walk : Sat-Sun, October 27-28, 2017 . 5:30-11pm
    • Carnival: 6-10pm
    • Downtown Riverside pedestrian mall
      • Main St, on the mall, Old Town Riverside
    • Walk Tickets online: $15, timed.  Discount for advance purchase; group rates available
      • Sells out, book in advance.
      • Arrive early to collect your wristband.
    • Tours are suggested for ages 5 and up.  Please pay attention to the ratings.
    • Kiddie Halloween Costume Contest – Ages 10 and under. Both nights.

 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
    • Admission:
      • 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 Colonial Village and Dinner 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.

Fall Harvest Colonial Village

Riley’s Farm presents the Fall Harvest Colonial Village!  Come join us at Colonial Chesterfield, and become a part of a working 18th century township! Learn crafts like Buttermaking, Candle-dipping, throw a Tomahawk or shoot Archery! There is something to do for everyone in your group! Join us each Saturday this fall.

  • Info: Event detail or 909-797-7534
    • Saturdays this fall, starting September 30, 2017
      • 10am – 5pm
    • Tickets: $10 adults / $7 kids / Family of 4 $28
      • Includes 3 activity tickets

Dinner and a Show in the evenings

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 for dinner and show info. 
    • 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