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Celebrate Spooky Season at OC Parks

Halloween Zoo-Tacular

(Orange County, Calif.) – Celebrate the spooky season with OC Parks this October at various free, family-friendly events and programs throughout Orange County. 

Visit Santiago Oaks Regional Park after dark Friday, October 13 and discover critters that call the canyon home at Boo at the Oaks. The evening will be filled with fun nature stations, creative crafts, scavenger hunts for prizes and night hikes for all ages. Costumes are welcome but must be safe for hiking on dirt trails in the dark. Advance registration required.

Tour the decorated historical grounds at the third annual Fall-O-Ween at Heritage Hill Historical Park during special park hours October 13-15 and 20-22. Snap photos at a variety of fall and Halloween-themed photo opportunities, find your way through the hay maze and complete a scavenger hunt for ghastly goodies.

Join the OC Zoo at Halloween Zoo-Tacular Saturday, October 28. Festivities will include a scavenger hunt, trick-or-treating, spooky crafts for kids and watching zoo animals receive treat-filled pumpkins throughout the day. The first 100 children ages 12 and under in costume will receive a fun gift.

Returning this year, the popular Boo at the Bay takes place at Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve Saturday, October 28. Enjoy a fun family Halloween party featuring spooky stories, creepy crafts, weird science experiments, bizarre animals and hair-raising games. The event will also feature booths and exhibits from Orange County Bird of Prey Center, Environmental Nature Center and the OC Parks Archaeology and Paleontology departments. All children who attend in costume will receive ghoulish door prizes.

Boo at the Oaks
Date: October 13
Time: 5:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Location: Santiago Oaks Regional Park 
Address: 2145 N. Windes Drive, Orange, CA 92869
Cost: Free
Parking: Free 
Public Contact: (714) 973-6625 

Date: October 13-15 & 20-22
Time: 4:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Location: Heritage Hill Historical Park
Address: 25151 Serrano Road, Lake Forest, CA 92630
Cost: Free
Parking: Free 
Public Contact: (949) 923-2230 

Halloween Zoo-Tacular at the OC Zoo
Date: October 28
Time: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Location: OC Zoo at Irvine Regional Park
Address: 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA 92869
Cost: Free with paid zoo admission ($2 per person, ages 2 & under are free)
Parking: $5 per vehicle
Public Contact: (714) 973-6846

Boo at the Bay: Family Halloween Party
Date: October 28
Time: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Location: Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center
Address: 2301 University Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660
Cost: Free
Parking: Free 
Public Contact: (949) 923-2290


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OC Parks 

OC Parks manages nearly 60,000 acres of parks, historical and coastal facilities and open space for the County of Orange as part of OC Community Resources.