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Dust off your costumes and bring your little ghouls down to Laguna Beach this Halloween for a frightfully good time!
There's fun for your entire monstrous family all month long in and around Laguna Beach. From candy gathering to coffin escaping you'll find the perfect way to celebrate all hallows eve. Check out all the spooktacular events below.
This Halloween season, the "escape room" concept will be re-invented and implanted into two custom-built coffins. Players will enter each coffin individually and race to get out, being immersed into a fully sensory experience with interactive puzzles. The game "Deadringers" takes place centuries ago when people were buried with bells, so they could ring them to alert gravekeepers if they were still alive. The goal of the 12-minute escape game is to find and ring the bell after you've been accidentally buried alive. "Deadringers," designed by the creators of The Escape Bus, is a technically-advanced game with lighting effects, Dolby 7.1 surround sound, mechanical puzzles, magnetic compartments and more. Like The Escape Bus, which is Orange County's only mobile escape game, this experience is not your typical "lock and key" game. Bookings can be made for two people at a time in 15-minute intervals and cost $15 a person. The coffins are located at 31706 S Coast Hwy in Laguna Beach, Calif. The game will run Oct. 1 through Oct 31. More info and booking available at TheEscapeBus.com/Deadringers. For more information, contact Tyler Russell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Laguna Playhouse presents: Sister's Halloween Catechism. It is that time of year again and Sister is preparing her classroom for another long year of Catechism. You are in store for another hysterical lesson with "Sister's Halloween Catechism: The Holy Ghost and Other Terrifying Tales." In this session we find out the Church's take on all the familiar Halloween tales of Ghosts and Goblins. Full of Sister's signature class participation, you may get hands on experience in how to build a Catholic appropriate Halloween costume.
Returning to the Festival of Arts for the first time in five years, this much loved Laguna Beach event turns the Masters into the Monsters. The Pageant of the Masters living art show becomes a backstage haunted house. This year's theme (focused on art, of course) is based on the movie Raiders of the Lost Ark. Visitors will be able to follow the Pageant's "Indy" through a workshop maze filled with surprises and scares. The event will also feature music and Halloween art activities. Due to the nature of the content the Pageant of the Monsters is recommended for kids over the age of 5.
In nearby Laguna Niguel medieval terrors come to contemporary life for one of the spookier events in the area. If you thought last year's carnival theme got your skin crawling just wait for this year's castle hallways and haunted tents to scare you silly. Groups of ten will be escorted by guides to walk the trails. Just beware of who (or what) else might be walking them with you! This popular, but terrifying, event is recommended for guests 8 years old and up. The haunted trails are located in Crown Valley Community Park at 29751 Crown Valley Parkway. For more information please call (949)425-5100.
If the last event was a bit too scary for your younger tricksters, these next two promise to be a real treat for kids of all ages. First up is this cruise departing every 20 minutes from Dana Wharf Sportfishing at Dana Point Harbor. The whole family will have a blast showing off their costumes on the water, with each cruise hosting its own costume contest. For cruise dates and further information please call (949)496-5794.
Bigger kids might jump at the chance to encounter their own maritime thrills and chills at this special event at the Ocean Institute at 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive. Gather 'round for tales of hauntings on board the Brig Pilgrim, with the tour continuing on into the Boathouse before ending up in a mad scientist's lab. The haunted stories portion of this event is better suited to kids over the age of 8, but all ages will have fun with the activities in the Ocean Education Center.
This family event puts a unique spin on trick or treating tradition. Admission is free but participants are asked to donate a non-perishable item per person. The festivities include arts and crafts, educational booths and a dedicated fun zone for the littlest costumed visitors. The Halloween Haunt happens at picnic sites A and B on Doheny State Beach in Dana Point. Please call (949)496-6172 for more information on this spooky good time.
Between 3pm and 9 pm on the 26th there'll be plenty to enjoy at the Dana Point Community Center. From 3pm to 5:30pm the Spooktacular portion of the event will include a costume parade with prizes for top kids' costumes, carnival games, and even cookie decorating. At 5:30 the Moonlight Movies start (complete with hot chocolate and candy) with a screening of "Pooh's Heffalump Halloween Movie" for little revelers before moving on, at 7:00, to more intense fare for the slightly older crowd with the 1982 horror classic "Poltergeist" from Tobe Hooper and Steven Spielberg.