HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR & MOONLIGHT MOVIE
The City of Dana Point hosts its Halloween Spooktacular & Moonlight Movie, October 26, 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Lantern Bay Park, 25111 Park Lantern Road. Beginning at 5 p.m. there will be Halloween cupcake decorating, a children’s costumer parade with a free treat for participants and kids 3 to 10 years old are invited to bring a pre-carved or decorated pumpkin for the pumpkin contest. “Hilarious Halloween Haunt” a marionette show starts at 5:30 p.m. The Moonlight Movie, Monster House, rated PG begins at 6:15 p.m. with free popcorn and refreshments available for purchase.
DANA WHARF BOO CRUISE
Dana Wharf Sportfishing and Whale Watching will host 20-minute “Haunted Harbor Cruises,” October 26 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 per person; kids 1 and under are free. Reservations are not necessary. The boat will be decorated for Halloween and guests will be treated to spooky music, tasty treats and Halloween goodie bags, while they last. Proceeds will benefit Community Autism Now. For more information call 949.496.5794 or see www.danawharf.com.
HAUNTED HOUSE AT JUNQIE’S
JunQie’s costume and vintage apparel shop, 24662 Del Prado, is hosting a haunted house October 26 through 30, from dusk to 11 p.m. and all day on the 31st. Adults are $5 and kids 12 and under are free. The haunted house is a black light-lit maze with creepy characters popping out to startle guests. Free treats and face painting for kids will also be offered. Food and refreshments will be available for purchase October 27 and 28. The haunted house may also be booked for private parties through Halloween. For more information call 949.496.4406
DOHENY BEACH HALLOWEEN HAUNT
Doheny State Beach hosts the annual Halloween Haunt, October 27 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at areas A and B. Admission is free with the donation of one canned food item per person. The event includes carnival games, a “spooky walk,” educational booths, arts and crafts, face painting, Halloween treats and temporary tattoos. For more information call 949.496.6172 or log on to www.dohenystatebeach.org.
TIDEPOOL TERRORS AT THE OCEAN INSTITUTE
The Ocean Institute, 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive, hosts a family-friendly day of Halloween fun October 28 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Guests can participate in a trick-or-treat scavenger hunt through the Ocean Institute, listen to a scary story from a pirate ghost and make a creepy critter craft. Throughout the day, guests can also participate in our spooky science labs:
- Tidepool Terrors – Find out what tidepool creatures have the best costumes and camoflage.
- Monsters of the Deep – Discover the unusual adaptations of the vampire squid and other deep-sea creatures.
- Ghastly Goo Science Lab – Make some ghastly goo to take home along with tips to keep our oceans clean.
- Cow Eye Dissection – Examine the unique structures and features of a mammal’s eye.
At 12:30 p.m. there will be a kids’ costume contest with prizes for the most scary, best ocean-themed and most eco-friendly costumes. Admission is $6.50 per adult; $4.50 per child; Members and kids (4-12) in costume are free. For more information, see www.ocean-institute.org.
CREATURES OF THE NIGHT AT THE RITZ
The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel and their Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ambassadors of the Environment program presents Creatures of the Night, October 25 through October 27, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Ticket are $65 per person. Wear a costume and celebrate Hallowing with activities designed to enliven the senses. In the Shadow Game, the sense of sight is explored as guests attempt to identify animal shadows. Let Me Pick Your Brain lets guests identify items such as brains (spaghetti) and eyeballs (grapes) using only their hands. The other senses will be tested in games such as Bump in the Night, Ghoulish Smell and Monster Madness. For more information or reservations, call 949.240.2000, or visit the website at www.ritzcarlton.com/LagunaNiguel.
TRICK-OR-TREAT TALEGA VILLAGE
Talega Village Center, 801 Via Suerte, will host trick-or-treaters, October 27 from 3 p.m.-6 p.m. The afternoon will include free Halloween bags for the first 500 kids, face-painting and balloon art. Trick-or-treat bags will be available at Halloween Discounters, while supplies last. Families should look for stores displaying a sign in the window that says, “Trick or Treat Here!” Adult masks are prohibited at the event.
FUN ON THE RUN HALLOWEEN HEALTH HAUNT
The City of San Clemente will host “Halloween Health Haunt,” October 25 and 26, as well as 29-31, as part of the “Fun on the Run,” mobile recreation program. For more information, contact San Clemente Recreation at 949.429.8719.
STORYTELLER/PUPPETEER AT SAN CLEMENTE PUBLIC LIBRARY
Ken Frawley, a storyteller, musician and puppeteer will entertain at the San Clemente Public Library, 242 Avenida Del Mar, October 30 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Junior Woman’s Club will hand out treats after the show.
SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO
MARIACHI FOR ALL
DIA DE LOS MUERTOS
A Dia de los Muertos celebration will be held October 28 from noon to 4 p.m. at the San Juan Capistrano Library, 31495 El Camino Real. See Dia de los Muertos themed artwork, on display throughout the building, ofrendas (altars) prepared by community members to honor their loved ones on display in the library’s Bland Garden and participate in Day of the Dead themed crafts in the courtyard. This program is free of charge and sponsored by the Friends of the Library and SDG&E.
BOO AT THE ZOO: A WESTERN HALLOWEEN
Zoomars Petting Zoo, 31791 Los Rios Street, hosts a Western Halloween, October 28 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission includes the zoo and a barbecue lunch from noon to 2 p.m. Children get a basket of food for the animals, a pony ride and a train ride. Cost is $40 for adults, $20 for children ages 2-12 and $100 for a family ticket (two adults and two kids). Contest for best decorated pumpkin ($5 entry). Tickets must be purchased in advance at www.petprojectfoundation.org or 949.595.8899. All proceeds will benefit the San Clemente/Dana Point Animal Shelter.
HALLOWEEN FOR THE TROOPS
Members of the equestrian community and others are invited to gather at Tar Farms, 28411 San Juan Creek Road, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. October 28 to build care packages for troops in Afghanistan. Call 949.489.9034 for more information.