Scary Good Fun Lurks Around the Desert this Halloween
Get into the Halloween spirit this October with these fun events taking place throughout the month around the desert.
Carve out some time this October to enjoy these frighteningly good Halloween events, taking place throughout the Coachella Valley.

Ghastly Halloween Delights and Frights Await

The desert comes alive for Halloween, with a ton of ghoulishly delightful activities and events to enjoy. From the frightful and thrilling to celebrations of the season, there is something for everyone to enjoy, with lots of treats and some scattered tricks. Below are a few notable options to creep into the Halloween spirit. If you are looking for other stuff to check out this month, visit our October events entry.

Gather at the Gardens

October 30th from 2-6pm

Head to The Gardens on El Paseo for an afternoon of family-friendly fall festivities, including trick-or-treating, costume contests, a rock-climbing wall, jump zone, pumpkin painting, arts & crafts, delicious food, and more. Tickets benefit the Family YMCA of the Desert, doubling the fun of this lively event. More details can be found on The Gardens on El Paseo website.

Halloween Themed Chili Cook-Off and Car Show

October 30th from 11am-2pm

If you like cars, planes, AND chili, this one is for you! Head to the Palm Springs Air Museum for this Halloween-themed chili cook-off and car show. Sample spicy and savory chili offerings from volunteers whipping up their secret recipes while you explore an impressive display of classic and contemporary show cars. The car show is included with museum admission, with chili tastings available for $1 per taste or $5 for a six pack of tasters. Get more info on the Palm Springs Air Museum’s website.

Howl-O-Ween and Scavenger Hunt at The Living Desert

October 30th and 31st from 9am-4pm each day

Celebrate Halloween weekend surrounded by your favorite animals at The Living Desert. This socially distant event includes a pre-stuffed “Boo in a Bag” for children under 12, a self-guided scavenger hunt, and a special pumpkin enrichment experience for animals throughout the day. Get more details on The Living Desert’s website.

Ghosts & Goblins Pickleball Tournament

October 30th and 31st

Grab your paddle, put on your best costume, and hit the newly minted court at Mission Hills C.C. for the Ghosts and Goblins Pickleball Tournament, taking place over Halloween weekend. In addition to the packed action on the court, there’s a ton of exciting stuff to check out and enjoy between matches, including delightful food choices, prizes, and a costume contest. Get more details and sign up for the tournament here.

Family Halloween Magic Show

October 31st

Treat yourself to some tricks this Halloween by checking out the Family Halloween Magic Show with magician Dean Apple. This immersive magic experience takes place at the Palm Springs Cultural Center on Halloween with two showtime options, from 4-5pm and 6-7pm. Enjoy an interactive event where audience members become the stars of the show and Dean performs his Halloween set for magic lovers of all ages. Get more details and tickets on the event’s EventBrite page.

Cathedral City’s Halloween Spooktacular

October 31st

Enjoy this free safe communities Halloween event in Downtown Cathedral City. Planned activities include trick-or-treating for the little ones, costume contests, music, family games, and public safety exhibitions from the police and fire departments. Additionally, a free screening of the film Monster House will take place at the Mary Pickford at 3pm. More information can be found on the Cathedral City website.

Madam Hazel’s Haunted House

Through October 31st

Looking for a fright this Halloween season? Check out Madam Hazel’s Haunted House at Westfield Palm Desert, a creepy experience featuring eerie rooms and creepy characters waiting to say hello. Tickets are $15, and the haunted house is open Thursday through Sunday. More info and tickets are available on the Westfield Palm Desert website.

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