10 Ways to Spend Halloween in Orange County

10 Ways to Spend Halloween in Orange County
Josue Rivas

For many, Halloween is the best time of the year--better than Christmas even. For one day, people are allowed to dress up as whatever they want--a slice of pizza, Walter White, one of the guys from Daft Punk--and not get strange looks from anyone. It's a time when mortals welcome paranormal activity (simulated ones, at least), thoughts on death, and spookily decorated desserts. This Halloween, there are all sorts of things you can do in the county: you could get trapped in a haunted maze, for one, or participate in a ghost walk. Whatever you prefer, here are ten great Halloween events we think you should know about (and they all have food for you, of course).

10. Irvine Regional Park Pumpkin Patch (Orange)

10 Ways to Spend Halloween in Orange County
Photo by Angela Severn

If you don't want to do anything extreme on Halloween, visit Irvine Regional Park where there's a pumpkin field and hay maze. Kids can play in the bounce houses, ride a train, and--if they dare--enter the haunted house. During down-time, indulge in some food and a cookie-decorating session to relax.

1 Irvine Park Rd, Orange; irvineparkrailroad.com

9. Scare Away Hunger with The OC Food Bank (Tustin)

You have to admit, the old Wilcox Manor in Old Town Tustin is a great venue for a Halloween event whether it's actually haunted or not (we'll leave that up to you when you go there...) On October 31st, enter the 19th century home for some food and wine pairings from Beau Soleil, Bistro Bleu, True Seasons Organic Kitchen, Roma d'Italia, Pandor Artisan Boulangerie, and many others. All proceeds will go to the OC Food Bank's Hope for the Holidays campaign which provides meals, winter clothing, and toys to families and children in need.

Wilcox Manor, 310 Pasadena Ave, Tustin; website

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