Everyone’s favorite spooky fall holiday, Halloween, might look a little different this year, but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy some safe seasonal celebrations. While the CDC recommends our little ghouls and goblins abstain from door-to-door trick-or-treating, there are still a few fun frights lurking in the desert to get into the true spirit of the holiday. Below are some of the best options for the whole family to enjoy Halloween in the Coachella Valley this year.
Fun Rolls at the Family YMCA of the Desert Halloween Drive-Thru
When: October 29 and October 30 from 6-9PM
Where: The Lower Level of the Parking Structure at the Gardens on El Paseo
Gather the family and head over to The Gardens on El Paseo in Palm Desert for the YMCA’s Halloween Drive-Thru to experience the essence of the season from the safety and comfort of your vehicle. This family-friendly event starts on Shadow Mountain Drive and eventually snakes through the lower level of the parking structure, rolling through a Halloween-themed course featuring your favorite decorations and live characters before exiting the parking structure on Larkspur Lane. There is a $10 fee per vehicle, which includes a treat bag.
Explore The Living Desert’s Howl-O-Ween
When: October 31 from 8am to 5pm
Where: The Living Desert
Looking to really go wild this Halloween? This is your chance! Get dressed up in your best costume and zip over to The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens in Palm Desert between 8am and 5pm to participate in Howl-O-Ween, a socially distant zoo adventure perfect for the whole family. Creative activities include a scavenger hunt and the opportunity to watch your favorite animals enjoy a special seasonal treat – hint, it involves a pumpkin. Additionally, children 12 and under will receive a pre-stuffed “Boo in a Bag” treat bag (while supplies last). Admissions will be limited to ensure the safety of park guests so be sure to grab your reservations in advance. You may get tickets, for both members and non-members, at The Living Desert’s website.
Film Frights Await in Palm Springs
When: October 30 and 31
Where: Camelot Theaters
Nothing beats a good scary movie on Halloween, and the Palm Springs Cultural Center’s Cinema Under the Stars series presents the perfect creep show with a “double-screaming” of acclaimed independent horror flick “12 Hour Shift” and a mystery film on Friday, October 30th and Saturday, October 31st. In addition to the onscreen scares, movie-goers can find thrills with some freaky-fun activities, including “Terror Trivia,” a Masked Halloween Costume Contest, and wash it all down by heading to the “Trick & Treat Bar” which will features a witches’ brew of delightful drinks.
For more information and purchase tickets, head to the Palm Springs Cultural Center’s website.
Haunt Locally with A Staycation in Indian Wells
When: October 30 through November 1
Where: The Renaissance Esmeralda in Indian Wells
Really treat the family this Halloween with a little R&R at the recently renovated Renaissance Esmeralda in Indian Wells. This world-class resort is running a special for Halloween weekend that will take your scary celebration up a notch. The “Spooktacular Weekend Escape” package features festive balcony decorations, in-room pizza and treats on Halloween night, and access to a pumpkin patch, including family carving time and arts and crafts. In addition to all of the planned scary-good Halloween fun, you can hit the freshly renovated pool, featuring a huge lazy river and exhilarating water slides, spend some time at the spa, catch a round on the golf course, and soak up the atmosphere of one of the desert’s best resorts. Check the resort’s website for availability and more information.