Oktoberfest fun and Halloween happenings
Choose a costume and enjoy a chill-filled celebration of all things creepy, mysterious and spooky. Here are some choices for Halloween fun around town, and nearby:
Boot Hill haunted house for CHOC
October 13–14, 20–22, 27–29; 7–10 p.m.
It’s the 18th year that the folks at 16 Goldenrod in Irvine have hosted an Old West-themed haunted house, complete with a creepy cemetery and a creative back story about the town of “Bridgewood” that once stood where Woodbridge is now. It’s free, there’s parking at nearby Springbrook Elementary, expect a line and please donate generously to CHOC Children’s Hospital, the beneficiary of all the boos at Boot Hill. Note that it’s not open on Halloween itself!
Tanaka Farms Pumpkin Patch & U-Pick Tours
Through October 31
Find your way through the corn maze, visit the petting zoo, take a wagon ride around the farm, and pick your own pumpkin right off the vine. And on weekends, the Fall Harvest Festival includes a pumpkin cannon, carnival games, food and more.
Costume Week at Pretend City
Dress your kids in costume and go to Pretend City Children’s Museum the week before Halloween and receive 25 percent off a second admission.
Also check out Frankenstein Friday on Oct. 27, Healthy Halloween Oct. 30, Trick and Treat through the City on Oct. 31 and Dia de los Muertos on Nov. 2.
Haunted Hotel at Wyndham Irvine
October 28; 9 p.m.-2 a.m.
For over 21 Halloween fun, the third annual Haunted OC Hotel bash features 4 DJs on two floors of the Wyndham Irvine, with ballrooms, bottle service and VIP areas set up throughout the hotel. Tickets range from $23-$1,200.
Eat, Drink and Be Scary Costume Party at Hotel Irvine
October 28; 9 p.m.–2 a.m.
This Halloween, partygoers should don their scariest, most original costumes and creep over to Red Bar and Lounge for its second annual Halloween party. There will be Halloween-themed specialty cocktails to sip, while fans of fun mix and mingle with other creatures of the night and enter the group costume contest to win some scary-good prizes.
Oktoberfest at Hotel Irvine
October 29; 11 a.m.–4 p.m.
Sample craft beers from Ballast Point, Stella Artois, North Coast, Stone and others, along with a menu featuring rustic sausages, hot dogs, burgers and more, in Hotel Irvine’s big back yard space. There’s live music, games and activities for all ages. General admission is $40 per adult; $15 per child ages five to 12; children under four years complimentary.
Irvine Park Pumpkin Patch
Through October 31
Irvine Regional Park, Orange
Enjoy a pumpkin patch, hay maze, pony rides, haunted house, face painting, bouncy houses, games, food and of course the train ride at our favorite park not in Irvine.