halloween 2020

Halloween 2020 Things to Do

There are a few outdoor activities in the desert available to enjoy with COVID 19 protocols in place.

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halloween 2020
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Halloween Scavenger Hunt

Oct. 26-30, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Civic Center Park, 43-900 San Pablo, Palm Desert

The Desert Recreation District has come up with a creative way to still engage in an old school scavenger hunt and stay safe. Open to all ages. Pick a day and time between Oct. 26 and 31, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, and follow the spooky clues to complete the clue sheet.

Each registered child receives a bucket of goodies.

Details: myrecreationdistrict.com

Oak Canyon Pumpkin Patch

Daily through Oct. 31

Mondays-Thursdays: 4-9 p.m.

Fridays: 4-10 p.m.

Saturdays: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Sundays: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Live Oak Canyon, 32335 Live Oak Canyon Road, Redlands

Pick your own Halloween pumpkin from the largest patch in San Bernardino County. While there, you can also take part in: Flower Garden walk through; Pumpkin Houses; Chicken Show; Tractor Pulled Hay Ride; U-Pick Pumpkin Fields; Hay Castle; Fall-themed photo op spots; Farmer’s Market, and Magic Shows – (Saturdays and Sundays only)

Attendance is limited due to COVID 19 restrictions. Make plans to arrive in plenty of time.

Details: liveoakcanyon.com

GHOST GOLF

Castle Park’s four award-winning miniature golf courses will remain open for the Halloween season on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from Oct. 2 through Oct. 31.

The golf patio will be decked out in Dia De Los Muertos decorations, and golfers have even reported numerous sightings of the Lady in White lurking around the windmill once dusk hits.

Select arcade games an carnEVIL skill games will be available for guests to enjoy. While supplies last, all children 12 years of age and younger will receive a goodie bag with candy and coloring activities. For those brave enough to enter, an open air haunted Trail of Terror awaits in Buccaneer Cove, brought to you by the monsters behind the making of Castle Dark.

Capacity will be restricted each night. Temperature checks will be taken at the park entrance. Social distancing will be highly encouraged and facial coverings will be required at all times except for when guests are eating or drinking.

“All scare actors on the Trail of Terror will have facial coverings built into their costumes, and all scares will be from at least six feet away. Group outings for the trail will be limited to travel parties already visiting Castle Park together.

The Ghost Golf package are available online for $19.99 per person. The package includes mini golf, food, skill games & a walk through on the Trail of Terror!”

Details: castlepark.com

Caitlin Manor Haunted House

Oct. 30-31,  6 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Caitlin Manor Haunted House, 6880 Caitlin St., San Bernardino

Masks are required. Small groups with social distancing.

On Oct. 30, there will be a no scare trip through the haunted house for kids from 5-7 p.m. the regular haunted house will run 7-11 p.m. On Oct. 31, 5-7 p.m. no scare for kids and 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. for the regular haunted house.

Details: facebook.com

PALM SPRINGS

Halloween Drive-Boo Through “Haunted Bus,”  Oct. 29, 5:30 – 8 p.m. Palm Springs Leisure Center, 401 S. Pavilion Way. Music, games, and treats. Wear your costume! Limited space is available. $5 per vehicle. To RSVP, call 760-323-8272.

Haunted Halloween Drive-Thru “Trunk or Treat,” Oct. 30, 4 – 7 p.m., James O. Jessie Desert Highland Unity Center, 480 Tramview Road. Music, games and treats. Wear your costume! First come, first served. Free admission.

Face coverings are required at all events. For more information, visit palmspringsca.gov.

The Palm Springs Cultural Center offers a special Halloween Drive-in double feature “Secret Screaming” with a “Masked” costume contest on Oct. 31. There will also be two short trivia contests with prizes before 12 Hour Shift and intermission as well as an announcement on the second film… will it be a “Trick” or a “Treat?!”

To enter the costume contest, you must be masked appropriately covering your nose and mouth.

Event Timeline
5 p.m.: the lot, the bar and candy for trick or treaters open.
6:30 p.m.: PSCC staff will pick the top five costumes for an audience vote. Winners will get prizes on site.
6:45 p.m.: short trivia contest. One winner will get free ticket and popcorn bundle.
7 p.m.: 12 Hour Shift film begins
8:30 p.m.: 15-minute intermission with second trivia contest
8:45 p.m.: Secret Screening begins.

This event is for ticketed guests only. Visit eventbrite.com for details and tickets.

Palm Desert

Come and safely celebrate Howl-O-Ween at The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens on Oct. 31. Children are encouraged to dress up in their favorite costumes and explore the Zoo for a socially-distant and family-friendly adventure. Participate in a self-guided scavenger hunt, and be sure to grab a Scales, Claws, and Teeth, Oh My! program to see your favorite animal receive a special pumpkin enrichment experience during your visit. In place of trick-or-treating, the zoo will hand out pre-stuffed Boo in a Bag treat bags to children ages 12 and under, while supplies last.

The event will take place on Oct. 31 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., with last admissions at 4 p.m. Due to capacity limitations, advanced reservations are required through an online ticketing system. Free for members or with paid park admission.

Limited number of tickets available, book early. Visit livingdesert.org.

LA QUINTA

Celebrate Halloween at one of the more unlikely places, Quick Quack Car Wash,43632 Washington St., in La Quinta, which turns its operations into a haunted house. The family-friendly event uses full Covid-19 precautions. Admission is free for Unlimited members of Quick Quack Car Wash, and $19.99 for non-members. Register for an Unlimited membership with a special Halloween discount of only $10.31 for the first month. Visit dontdrivedirty.com for the offer.

Rancho Mirage

At the River, don your best angel or devil costume and gather at the shopping center’s amphitheater for the Inferno Hot Pilates Costume Night at 6 p.m. Oct. 30 put on by Hot Yoga Plus Palm Springs. Information, visit hotyogapluspalmsprings.com or call 760-832-8655.

The River is al so hosting a Trunk or Treat where the kids dress up, stay in the car, and candy will be placed in the vehicle trunk. Runs 4-7 p.m. Oct. 31. Enter the parking lot from the Bob Hope entrance. For information, call 760-861-5192, or visit theriveratranchomirage.com.

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