Trick or Treat across O.C.

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Oogie Boogie Bash

By Anna Welsh | 10/27/2023

The wolves are howling and the witches are brewing; it must be spooky season. Looking for some fun with your friends this Halloween season? Orange County has plenty to offer. 

Tanaka Farms is right next door to campus and provides a lowkey way to get into the mood for Halloween without having your socks scared off. Tanaka Farms offers fall time activities that last until Oct. 31. These activities include a petting zoo, a pumpkin patch, a corn maze and a wagon ride. 

Tanaka Farms is highly praised for its ability to set the autumn tone for the Halloween season. One pumpkin patch enthusiast named Richard Lang said, “It’s like $25 to enter, but that includes a tractor ride so I thought it was worth it!” 

Another option is the theme park Knott’s Berry Farm, which adapts its alter ego for the spooky season and is known as Knott’s Scary Farm. This park is the longest-running Halloween park in all of Southern California. From the end of September until the end of October, Knott’s Scary Farm offers haunted houses and multiple mazes. 

Knott’s Scary Farm also pulls out all the stops and hires actors to dress up in their scariest Halloween costumes to wander around the park. These monsters interact with the guests to add to the eerie atmosphere that this haunted season brings. 

Disneyland, the theme park of all theme parks, also joins in on the Halloween spirit as they put on Oogie Boogie Bash. This event also runs until Oct. 31. 

Ella Gribble, a junior at Concordia as well as an employee at Disneyland, explained that the “Oogie Boogie Bash is an after-hours event in California Adventure Park that goes from 6 to 11 p.m. The park is open during these hours only to people with an Oogie Boogie Bash ticket so they get to experience less crowds and lower ride wait times.” 

“During this event, the guests get to see villains that they would not see during a regular day,” Gribble added, “On top of this, they get to walk through multiple different treat trails where free candy and other small snacks are handed out. There is also an exclusive parade that only goes on during the bash.” 

Gribble encouraged everyone to go check out Disneyland during its spookiest season. This event is a “family-friendly event suitable for all ages,” which is a good alternative to Knott’s Scary Farms, which truly invites the horror of Halloween.

This Sat., Oct. 28, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Anaheim not only presents Disneyland’s Oogie Boogie Bash but also a fall festival and a Halloween Parade. Game booths, face painting, snacks, live music and a ton of fall-time fun are also a guarantee! Folks often wear their Halloween costumes to the event to get into the spirit of things as well. 

Get out there with your costume on and caramel apple in hand, and join in on the fall festivities before the Christmas decorations come out! 


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