halloween 2019

Halloween 2019: Where to Celebrate in the Desert

We've compiled a list of Halloween 2019 events from across the Coachella Valley, High Desert, and Idyllwild for kids and adults.

Julie Pendray Attractions, Current Digital

halloween 2019

The Halloween 2019 season promises to be outrageous, with plenty of "freaks,” zombies, wild animals, contests, games and dancing.

And candy.

We've compiled a list of Halloween 2019 events from across the Coachella Valley, High Desert, and Idyllwild for kids and adults that will be updated as new events are announced. Time to get your spooky on.

Hotel Killifornia & The Slaughterhouse

Various dates in October, beginning Oct. 4: Two scary mazes at Sandy’s Haunt, Westfield Palm Desert, next to JC Penney. General admission is $13. Online advance ticket purchase recommended.

Idyllwild’s Haunted Ghost Town

Oct.11-12, 18-19, 25-26, 31-Nov. 1-2: Maze of fear. Watch out for spiders, snakes, clowns and scary dolls at Idyllwild Help Center, 26330 Highway 243, Idyllwild. Runs evenings, 7-10 p.m. Tickets: $15. eventbrite.com

Oct. 18: The Palm Springs Cultural Center presents a double-feature in the Halloween theme, running 6-10 p.m. The two films are Vampyr and The Witch. eventbrite.com



Halloween Spooktacular
Pumpkin Carving

Oct. 23: Kids in kindergarten to fifth grade can carve their own design from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the Palm Springs Public Library’s Youth Story Room. A parent or guardian must be with each child. palmspringsca.gov

Halloween Vintage Extravaganza

Oct. 25 - 27: RV owners and enthusiasts can express themselves with pumpkin-carving, decorating and costume contests (including pets), plus trick-or-treating at Emerald Desert RV Resort in Palm Desert. Catch a Halloween movie and – for ages 16 and over – a murder mystery dinner. emeralddesert.com




Oct. 25:  Costume up for family friendly games and contests from 5-8 p.m. at Indio Hills Community Center, 80-400 Dillon Road, Desert Hot Springs. Free admission.

Halloween Skate Spooktacular

Oct. 25-27: Desert Ice Castle offers a special discount of $1 off admission to skaters who dress up in Halloween costumes. Glide to Halloween-themed music complete with disco lights There will also be games, spooky lights, and candy. deserticecastle.com

Halloween Carnival

Oct. 26: Family friendly games, contests, and good times, 1-6 p.m. Indio Community Center and Park, 45-871 Clinton St. Cost: $5 per person. myrecreationdistrict.com

Rancho Mirage Library Spooktacular

Oct. 26: Come sing and dance with Kids ImagineNation at their Halloween show. After the show, participate in trick or treating and a costume parade throughout the library.

Halloween Bash

Oct. 26: Party With BB at The Show, inside the Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa in Rancho Mirage. State-of-the-art sound, lights, and video system with more than 80,000 watts of power. Dancing 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. This event is in its 35th year.


Oct. 26: Live bands and DJs get the party going at this adults-only event at Indio’s Tack Room Tavern. Best costumes win cash prizes. Make memories in the photo booth.

Halloween Spooktacular

Oct. 26: Trick-or-treat at a haunted house and enjoy games and activities. Come as you are or compete in a costume contest, then stop by the photo booth, noon-4 p.m. at the Yucca Valley Community Center. Free admission.

Halloween Carnival

Oct. 26: Family fun with extreme inflatables, carnival games and contests with prizes. 1 to 6 p.m., Indio Community Park, 45-871 Clinton St.



Howl-O-Ween at The Living Desert includes 20+ trick-or-treat stations, arts and crafts, animal encounters and entertainment.


Oct. 26 and 31: Get wild and crazy at The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens in Palm Desert. All ages welcome for carnival games, monster maze, magician, wizard’s workshop, dance floor and trick-or-treating.

Halloween Spooktacular

Oct. 27: Have you ever seen 30,000 pieces of candy? You can at Cathedral City's family friendly event that includes trick-or-treating, kids’ contests, DJ music and chats with police and fire personnel with their equipment. Zombie bus and blood drive. Cathedral City Civic Center. Free admission and parking.


Oct. 27: Two Bunch Palms embraces the spirits of Dia De Los Muertos with a variety of events running through Nov. 2. They include a Halloween Candlelight Yoga Vigil, tarot card readings, Offrenda art classes and more.

Retro Horror Movie

Oct. 30: See “The House That Dripped in Blood,” at 7 p.m. at the Mary Pickford Theatre in Cathedral City. Storyline: A  Scotland Yard inspector is treated to horror stories while investigating a murder at a country estate. dplaceentertainment.com

Halloween Carnival

Oct. 30: Carnival games, face painting, raffles, contests, inflatables and children’s activities. Bagdouma Community Center and Park, 51-251 Douma St. Free admission.

Halloween Palm Springs

Oct. 31: Arenas Road turns into the one of the largest Halloween bashes in the Coachella Valley. Cash prizes for dance-off and costume contest. Evelyn “Champagne” King, Keisha D, Kippy Marks and others will perform.

Freak Show

Oct. 31: Parents strongly cautioned. Palm Springs Halloween presents “a kinky production” hosted by PNN and sponsored by PrideNation. Partygoers are encouraged to “let out your inner freak” and “let loose” while enjoying carnival games, a freak contest, and entertainment with Gage Dancers. Free admission for this event, billed as the inaugural. palmspringshalloween.com


Oct. 31: Juniper Table’s inaugural Howl-O-Ween Pet Costume Party. will be held from 6-9 p.m. at the Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs. The event is free and open to the public, and donations will go to the Friends of the Palm Springs Animal Shelter. There will be “yappy” hour specials for the people and a dog menu of ground sirloin, chicken with rice & carrots and house-made treats. The dog (and owner) with the winning costume will receive a gift card for dinner for two. RSVP to enter your pet in the costume contest. eventbrite.com


The Halloween costume contest on Arenas Road in downtown Palm Springs always draws creative entries.

Villagefest Halloween Spook-tacular

Oct. 31: Come on down to VillageFest on Oct. 31 for the annual Halloween Spook-tacular. Ghoulishly fun activities include a costume contest for the best team costume, scary costume and do-it yourself costume. Enjoy trick-or-treating with VillageFest vendors and downtown merchants. Palm Springs police and firefighters will also be on hand with games and candy. In addition, SunLine Transit will provide a “Haunted Bus.” The costume contest kicks off at 7 p.m. on the corner of Museum Way and Palm Canyon Drive. Chilling live music, face-painting, crafts, carnival games and more. Festivities begin at 6 p.m. till the candy runs out. VillageFest hours during the fall are 6-10 p.m. along Palm Canyon Drive between Baristo and Amado roads.

Idyllwild Halloween Parade & Festival

Oct. 31: Put on your costume, step into your alter ego, and hit the streets to meet and greet. Parade starts at 4:15 p.m. at the top of North Circle Drive, followed by carnival games, bounce house, food and connecting with friends, 5-7 p.m. Organized by Idyllwild Community Center. info@idyllwildcommunitycenter.org
or 951-965-0456.

Idyllwild Zombie Run

Nov. 2: Each runner receives three life flags and commemorative T-shirt. Runners versus zombies. Runners start at North Circle Drive and Fir Street. Tickets: $30. eventbrite.com

Palm Valley School Fall Festival

Nov. 2: Open to the public, with a pie-eating contest, Halloween costume contest, DJ, dunk tank, climbing wall, horse rides, sack races, barbecue, face painting, a tug-of-war contest, and more. Free admission, cost for some booths, food, and games.