OC Parks Celebrates Spooky Season with Halloween Events this October

Halloween Zoo-Tacular at the OC Zoo, 2022. Photo courtesy of OC Parks.

 Celebrate Halloween with OC Parks this October at various free, family-friendly events and programs throughout Orange County. 

Visit Santiago Oaks Regional Park after dark Friday, October 13 and discover critters that call the canyon home at Boo at the Oaks. The evening will be filled with fun nature stations, creative crafts, scavenger hunts for prizes and night hikes for all ages. Costumes are welcome but must be safe for hiking on dirt trails in the dark. Advance registration required.

Tour the decorated historical grounds at the third annual Fall-O-Ween at Heritage Hill Historical Park during special park hours October 13-15 and 20-22. Snap photos at a variety of fall and Halloween-themed photo opportunities, find your way through the hay maze and complete a scavenger hunt for ghastly goodies.

Join the OC Zoo at Halloween Zoo-Tacular Saturday, October 28. Festivities will include a scavenger hunt, trick-or-treating, spooky crafts for kids and watching zoo animals receive treat-filled pumpkins throughout the day. The first 100 children ages 12 and under in costume will receive a fun gift.

Returning this year, the popular Boo at the Bay takes place at Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve Saturday, October 28. Enjoy a fun family Halloween party featuring spooky stories, creepy crafts, weird science experiments, bizarre animals and hair-raising games. The event will also feature booths and exhibits from Orange County Bird of Prey Center, Environmental Nature Center and the OC Parks Archaeology and Paleontology departments. All children who attend in costume will receive ghoulish door prizes.

Boo at the Oaks

Date: October 13

Time: 5:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Location: Santiago Oaks Regional Park 

Address: 2145 N. Windes Drive, Orange, CA 92869

Website: ocparks.com/events

Cost: Free

Parking: Free

Registration: letsgooutside.org/ocparks/activities

Public Contact: (714) 973-6625 

Fall-O-Ween

Date: October 13-15 & 20-22

Time: 4:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Location: Heritage Hill Historical Park 

Address: 25151 Serrano Road, Lake Forest, CA 92630

Website: ocparks.com/heritagehill

Cost: Free

Parking: Free

Public Contact: (949) 923-2230 

Halloween Zoo-Tacular at the OC Zoo

Date: October 28

Time: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Location: OC Zoo at Irvine Regional Park

Address: 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA 92869

Website: ocparks.com/events

Cost: Free with paid zoo admission ($2 per person, ages 2 & under are free)

Parking: $5 per vehicle

Public Contact: (714) 973-6846

Boo at the Bay: Family Halloween Party

Date: October 28

Time: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Location: Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center

Address: 2301 University Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660

Website: ocparks.com/events

Cost: Free

Parking: Free

Public Contact: (949) 923-2290

Credit: OC Parks.

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