Archives For Halloween Activities

boo-at-the-zoo-santa-ana-zooBoo at the Zoo is the perfect combination of trick-or-treating, Halloween activities, decorations, animals, carousel/train rides, crafts, photo ops, and lots of great prizes. It is such a great relaxing family outing with no big lines, no stress, just lots of fun for everyone. Below are some of the great activities we got to experience in the past. 

What to expect:

  • Trick-or-treating: they have 10 trick or treat stations scattered around the zoo. So while you leisurely walk and check out some of their nocturnal animals, you get to stop at their stations and get some fun prizes. I have to say that the treats/prizes were great, not the usual sugary candy. In the past, we got lemonade, Noosa yoghurt, Disney bracelets, books, small toys, some candies, and more!
  • Food Allergies: Santa Ana Zoo is participating in the OC Teal Pumpkin project and offer allergy-friendly takeaways for kids with food allergies! 
  • Animals: you won’t be able to see all the animals which are normally at the zoo…which is good because you wouldn’t have time to do everything :). But you will get to see several animals including camels, an eagle, pigs, birds, and many monkeys. 
  • Storytime is normally offered between 6pm at 8pm at the farm. You can stop by at any time.
  • Animal presentations: you get to see several animals up close and learn about them. Don’t miss those because they are super fun for everyone. 
  • Carousel and train rides (not included in the price of admission)
  • Games: they vary every year, but they are normally very cute and give the kids the opportunity to win great prizes. One of the game is normally located next to the train station which is easy to miss.
  • Costume parade: The parade is normally at 7:30pm in front of the entrance.
  • Teen scream hunted house: sorry, I get scared easily so I didn’t dare but I watched several adults and teenagers going in and heard them screaming and then running out giggling. So if you dare, it is probably fun. Recommended for ages 13+.
  • Bug House:  also really fun. You get to see and even pet lots of little creepy critters and learn about them.
  • Food: if you don’t want to bring a picnic your can purchase Hot Dogs, chips, and drinks!



  • Buy tickets online in advance to avoid to stand in line on the night of the event.
  • All the kids and also many parents wore costumes. So if you have a costume, wear it!
  • Visit the monkeys first before you stop at the bug house or at the farm. You will find several trick-or-treat stations on the trails and you get to see the monkeys and other animals before it gets too dark. The bug house and the farm are nicely lit up so you can visit those later.



$19.95 for non-members.
$9.95 for members.
Free for children under 2.

IMPORTANT: I was told that if you go to this event with someone who is a member you also pay $9.95. So as long as one member is present, everyone in their party will get the discount.

A family membership is $89 for unlimited admission for 2 adults and 4 children. 

Parking is free

Click here to purchase tickets.


Saturday October 21, 2017: 5:30pm – 8pm
Sunday October 22, 2017: 5:30pm – 8 pm
Saturday October 28, 2017:  5:30pm – 8pm
Sunday October 29, 2017: 5:30pm – 8pm


Santa Ana Zoo, 1801 E. Chestnut Avenue, Santa Ana, CA, 92701


Information on PlanADayOut:

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Irvine Park Railroad’s 12th annual Pumpkin Patch is fun for the entire family. Children and adults are invited to the Pumpkin Patch which is open daily at 10:00 am, beginning September 16th through October 31st. Irvine Park Railroad is located inside of Irvine Regional Park in the foothills of Orange, California.

The Pumpkin Patch is located in Locomotive Loop and Miner’s Meadow just behind the train station. Thousands of pumpkins, in all shapes and sizes, fill the areas behind the train station. All visitors are sure to find the perfect pumpkin.

Pumpkin Patch activities include:  Train rides, hay rides, panning for gold, a child-friendly haunted house, a hay maze, a moon bounce, pumpkin ring toss, carnival games, cookie decorating, John Deere tractor racers, face painting, picture stands, great food, and a lot more.

Irvine Park Railroad’s 2nd annual “Great Pumpkin Weigh-Off” will take place on Saturday, September 23rd starting at 11:00 am. Come see if pumpkin growers have what it takes to grow the biggest pumpkin. Cash prizes will be awarded. KTLA Channel 5 weatherman Henry DiCarlo will host this event and a live band will play on this day only from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.


Admission into the Pumpkin Patch is free. Prices for all other activities vary; please visit for additional information and costs.

Photo Credit: Irvine Park Railroad


The Irvine Park Railroad Pumpkin Patch is open daily from

September 16th through October 31st, 2017

Weekdays 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Weekends 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Irvine Park Railroad’s 2nd annual “Great Pumpkin Weigh-Off” will take place on Saturday, September 23rd starting at 11:00 am.

Photo Credit: Irvine Park Railroad


Irvine Park Railroad @ Irvine Regional Park
1 Irvine Park Road
Orange, CA, 92869


The parking fee for Irvine Regional Park is $3.00 per vehicle on weekdays and $5.00 per vehicle on weekends. Important parking information: As Halloween nears, we encourage visitors to plan to arrive early to help avoid crowds, particularly on the weekend. Visit this page on our web site for special event parking information.

Photo Credit: Irvine Park Railroad

Other Activities:

Visit Irvine Regional Park’s other activities including Wheel Fun Rentals® at Irvine Park — fun and unique bike rentals that can be enjoyed by single riders or an entire family — paddle boat rentals, the Orange County Zoo and pony rides. Bike and paddle boat rentals are open daily at 10:00 am. Visit for full details including hours of operation and costs.

Photo Credit: Irvine Park Railroad



One lucky PlanADayOut reader will win the following package

  • 8 Tickets (which can be used to ride the train OR participate in Pumpkin Patch activities)
  • 1 Double Surrey Rental 
  • 1 Paddle Boat Rental

For a chance to win leave a comment under the post about this giveaway on our Facebook page.

Halloween Time at Disneyland

Tickets for Disneyland Halloween Party are now available!  This is a pretty fantastic event especially because you can actually go on rides without standing in line! On top of that, they have tons of trick-or-treat stations, photo ops, dance parties, crafts, parades, fireworks, and more excitement.

The catch…this event is in the evening from 6pm until 11pm (or 7pm until midnight) but you can enter Disneyland up to 3 hours before the event time. So you get 8 hours of Disneyland and lots of Halloween celebrations. Ages 2 and under are free…you just have to keep them awake.

Something to think about…but think fast because this event sells out every year.

Click here for more details. To purchase tickets, click on the website under “Event Contact Info”.