Best ways to celebrate Halloween this October

It’s a spooky season!


Priya Harry

Reign of Terror Haunted House:

Located at the Janss Marketplace, Regin of Terror is the largest, indoor walk-through haunted house in Southern California. This 28,000-square-foot walk-through experience showcases 10 scary attractions including Fun House, Quarantine and The Asylum. Beginning the last Saturday of September, this haunted house runs every Friday and Saturday of October from 7-11 p.m. with some additional dates. On select dates, Reign of Terror features their “Lights OUT!” (Nov. 5) or “Lights ON!” (Oct. 15, 12-3 p.m) experiences. Regular Admission is $30 ($35 on Oct. 15, 22, and 29) and “Immediate Access” costs $55 ($60 on Oct. 15, 22, and 29).

Amusement parks:

Visiting haunted attractions is the perfect way to celebrate this holiday. Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights, Knott’s Berry Farm’s Knott’s Scary Farm or Six Flags Magic Mountain’s Fright Fest is sure to give you a scare. These amusement parks transform into a terrifying world filled with haunted mazes, monsters and live shows. Running throughout October, each theme park has different pricing and rules about its experiences. Do these amusement parks sound too scary? No worries. Check out Disneyland’s Oogie Boogie Bash for a more family-friendly Halloween experience. 

Nights of the Jack:

If haunted houses aren’t your thing, then Nights of the Jack is the perfect way to get in the Halloween spirit. This family-friendly experience located on King Gillette Ranch in Calabasas is a jack-o-lantern wonderland. The two-thirds-mile-walking trail is filled with hundreds of intricately carved pumpkins that light up the path. In addition to the immersive walking trail, Nights of the Jack includes a souvenir shop, live pumpkin carving viewing and food trucks. Nights of the Jack takes place from September 30 through October 31, from 6-10 p.m. Tickets are $39.99 with children 2 years and under free.

Halloween Movies and TV Shows:

Whether it’s a horror film from the 80s or a Disney Channel original, movies are a great way to celebrate Halloween. Classic films like “Scream” or “Halloween” are annual must-watch movies during the month of October. If horror movies don’t sound appealing, there are still plenty of less scary Halloween movies out there. “Hocus Pocus”, “The Nightmare Before Christmas”, “Halloweentown” and even “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” are all family-friendly classic films. Even some TV shows like “Gilmore Girls” and “Stranger Things” are sure to set the fall mood. 


Time to dust off those old Halloween boxes and bring out the fall-scented candles because it’s time to decorate. Stores such as Michaels, T.J.Maxx and Target always have a great selection of decorations for any holiday. Those stores are filled to the brim with indoor and outdoor spooky decorations that will transform your house. Don’t want to buy new decorations? No problem. There are plenty of video and website tutorials online describing how to create the perfect Halloween decorations at home. Also, be sure to check out stores like Bath and Body Works to find the best fall scents. 

Find a Costume:

No matter if you choose a solo look, a couples’ costume, or a group costume, starting to plan now will ensure you’ll find an outfit that you’re excited to wear. Plenty of original costume ideas can be found on platforms such as TikTok or Pinterest. Whether you buy a costume off the rack or decide to DIY the outfit yourself, deciding on a costume will spark the Halloween spirit. If you’re looking to buy a costume from a store, great places to check would be Spirit Halloween or Party City.

Whether you end up carving pumpkins, watching a scary movie, or visiting a haunted house, your October is sure to be filled with spooktacular fun all month long.