Top Orange County Things to Do in October

New Fall Menu at True Food Kitchen photo courtesy Nerissa R. Silao

Find a variety of items, like this butternut squash pizza, on True Food Kitchen’s new fall menu.

This month, Orange County brings you seasonal dining events, musicals and plays, Halloween festivities and more. See our list of 40+ top Orange County things to do in October.

Edited by Whitney Lauren Han.

A Restaurant’s 10th Anniversary Celebration
Oct. 1-31. Corporate Executive Chef Jonathan Blackford welcomes a menu of ten items for $10 on the tenth month of the year at A Restaurant. Indulge in menu favorites like the “A” Burger or the Crispy Duck Salad. Sip on A’s celebratory Black Tie Martini, or try a variety of Kettle One Botanical cocktails. 10th Anniversary food specials will be offered during Social Hour only, and 10th Anniversary cocktail specials will be offered during all restaurant hours. Social Hour: M-F 4-8 p.m.; Restaurant hours: M-Th 4-10 p.m., F 4-11 p.m., Sa 5-11 p.m., Su 5-10 p.m. 3334 W. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, 949.650.6505. arestaurantnb.com

 

LA Opera: “Don Carlo” in Concert Starring Plácido Domingo
Oct. 1. Opera legend Plácido Domingo, the LA Opera Chorus and Orchestra, and a superstar cast join forces at Musco Center for this concert version of one of Verdi’s works. Don Carlo is an enthralling tale of morality and mortality. 7:30 p.m. $85-$225. Musco Center for the Arts, Chapman University, 415 N. Glassell, Orange, 844.626.8726. muscocenter.org

 

National Taco Day at Puesto
Oct. 1-31. Imperfect Produce is partnering with Puesto for its October Taco of the Month, Save a Squash. This vegetarian taco features squash in mojo do ajo and braised greens from the service, as well as queso enchilado, warm chipotle squash salsa, cilantro and pepitas. Guests can also receive a free Taco of the Month on National Taco Day (Oct. 4) by following Puesto on Instagram and mentioning the special to their server. See website for hours. Los Olivos Irvine, 8577 Irvine Center Dr., 949.608.9990; Park Place Irvine, 3311 Michelson Dr., 949.608.7272. eatpuesto.com

 

Guest Chef Pop-Up Dinner at Roe Seafood
Oct. 2. Roe Seafood’s Chef Arthur Gonzalez will host four renowned L.A. chefs Dakota Weiss, Vartan Abgaryan, Rachel Haggstrom and Annabel Cohen for a guest-chef pop-up dinner with all proceeds benefiting Habitat for Humanity Guatemala. Each chef will create a special course for the five-course prix-fixe menu with highlights including Pacifico Sea Bass Poke, Braised Oxtail and Foie Gras Corzetti Firsito, and Pan Seared Diver Scallops. Call to make reservations. Seatings from 5:30-9 p.m. $85. 5374 E. 2nd St., Long Beach, 562.546.7110. roeseafood.com

 

Owl City: “Cinematic” Tour
Oct. 2. Singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Adam Young brings his electronica-pop project, Owl City, to 18 cities in North America for the tour of his sixth full-length album and first independent offering, Cinematic. Special guest performance on tour is Matthew Thiessen & The Earthquakes. Doors 6 p.m., show 7 p.m. $25. House of Blues Anaheim, 400 W. Disney Way, Suite 337, Anaheim, 714.520.2334. houseofblues.com

 

Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse in Irvine
Opens Oct. 3. Chef/Restaurateur Steve DiFillippo has brought his popular East Coast-based concept to Orange County in a brand-new 10,000-square-foot restaurant. Davio’s Irvine will serve an array of carefully sourced and seasonally inspired Northern Italian cuisine featuring handmade pasta, fresh seafood and salads, as well as prime aged Brandt beef. To celebrate the grand opening, the restaurant will host a fundraiser event to benefit Alzheimer’s Orange County on October 2 from 6-8 p.m. 18420 Von Karman Ave., Irvine, 949.477.4810. davios.com

 

New Fall Menu at True Food Kitchen
Available Oct. 3. Fall is here, and True Food Kitchen has crafted a variety of new dishes and drinks to try. Indulge in the butternut squash pizza, roasted Brussels sprouts, or the dashi ramen made with sweet potato glass noodles. New drinks include the Forbidden Root made with lemon-infused vodka, apple, red beet and rosemary; Cinnamon Vanilla Latte served hot or cold brew; and more. See website for hours. Fashion Island, 451 Newport Center Dr., Newport Beach, 949.644.2400. truefoodkitchen.com

 

Back Bay Bistro Fall Concert Series: Henry Kapono
Oct. 4. Grammy nominated Hawaiian musician Henry Kapono is coming to Newport Beach for Back Bay Bistro’s fall concert series. Kapono will perform all of his classics and new music from his upcoming album, Welcome 2 My Paradise. 8-10 p.m. $20 GA, $50 VIP. Back Bay Bistro at Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort, 1131 Back Bay Dr., Newport Beach, 949.729.1144. newportdunes.com

 

Lucia Micarelli
Oct. 4. Heralded as “a violinist of heart-melting talent” by The Wall Street Journal, violinist and actress Lucia Micarelli will bring her eclectic style and high-profile collaborations to Musco Center for the Arts. Micarelli has performed with global superstars including Josh Groban, Barbra Streisand, Jethro Tull and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, and is known for her role on HBO’s critically acclaimed television series Treme. 7:30 p.m. $25-$55. 415 N. Glassell, Orange, 844.626.8726. muscocenter.org

 

Orange County International Auto Show
Oct. 4-7. Drive on over to the Anaheim Convention Center to see 600+ vehicles on display. This iconic event will debut 2018 production-models—you can test drive more than 100 of them—plus an array of concept, custom and exotic cars. Check website for show hours. $12 adults, $10 seniors, free for ages 13 and under. Anaheim Convention Center, 800 W. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714.765.8950. autoshowoc.com

 

Newport Beach Wine and Food Festival
Oct. 4-7. Known as the most exclusive, intimate and world-class epicurean lifestyle event in Southern California, enjoy restaurant samplings, celebrity chef cooking demonstrations, master sommelier tasting panels, interactive mixology courses, and tastes from over 250 renowned cult and boutique wineries. See website for schedule and ticket prices. Newport Beach Civic Center, 100 Civic Center Dr., Newport Beach, 888.511.3378. newportwineandfood.com

 

Wagner Family Wine Dinner
Oct. 4. Oak Grill’s new Executive Chef Brittany Valles is presenting an elegant five-course wine dinner, featuring Napa Valley’s award-winning Wagner Family of Wines, including Caymus, Conundrum and Mer Soleil. Prior to dinner, enjoy a social hour with champagne at 6 p.m. Dinner 7 p.m. $125. Call to make reservations. Fashion Island Hotel, 690 Newport Center Dr., Newport Beach, 949.760.4920. oakgrillnb.com

 

Chinese Warriors of Peking photo courtesy of Musco Center for the Arts

Jump back into history while watching “Chinese Warriors of Peking” at Musco Center for the Arts.

‘Chinese Warriors of Peking”
Oct. 5. Set during the Ming Dynasty, this new production tells the tale of two rival martial arts disciplines competing in the ancient Chinese capital of Peking. Under the direction of Qui Jian, the Shaolin and Wudang performers demonstrate their exceptional athleticism through juggling, contortion, traditional weapons handling and live stage combat. 7:30 p.m. $20-$50. Musco Center for the Arts, Chapman University, 415 N. Glassell, Orange, 844.626.8726. muscocenter.org

 

“Creatures of the Night”
Oct. 5. Get a glimpse into a different world at Sherman Gardens’ family-friendly event, “Creatures of the Night.” This evening will focus on entertainment and education, designed for interacting, observing and learning about plants and animals that are most active at night. Attendees will receive a “passport” to explore the Gardens after dark and visit interactive animal stations. Additional highlights include a photo op in front of the Birds of Prey selfie wall, arts and crafts, a scavenger hunt and a gourmet hot dog cart. 5:30-8:30 p.m. $10 members, $15 non-members, $5 minors ages 5-17, free for children 4 and under. Sherman Library & Gardens, 2647 E. Coast Hwy., Corona del Mar, 949.673.2261. slgardens.org

 

The Wonder of Christmas Boutique
Oct. 5. Spark your holiday spirit early and decorate your home for the holidays with a visit to Roger’s Gardens’ The Wonder of Christmas boutique. Celebrate the diversity and richness of European Christmas traditions. Shop for curated holiday gifts and decor that showcase some of the oldest European craftsmanship. 9 a.m.- 6 p.m. 2301 San Joaquin Hills Road, Corona del Mar, 949.640.5800. rogersgardens.com

 

4th Annual Shopping Extravaganza
Oct. 6. Mark your calendars for this shopping extravaganza you won’t want to miss. Consumers will receive exclusive discounts at 40+ participating stores, while Outlets at San Clemente donates $25 for every $35 ticket purchased to any of the 45 local nonprofit organizations of the shopper’s choice. The event includes entertainment, opportunity drawings for more than $40K in gift cards and prizes, catered lunch, and VIP wine and cocktail tasting. Registration 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; lunch 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; VIP tasting noon-4 p.m. Event ends 8 p.m. $35. 101 W. Avenida Vista Hermosa, Suite 190, San Clemente, 949.535.2323. outletsatsanclemente.com

 

Laguna Plein Air Painting Invitational Gala
Oct. 6-14. The Laguna Plein Air Painters Association (LPAPA) celebrates the 20th anniversary of the West Coast’s most prestigious fine art event. The invitational showcases the nation’s top plein air landscape painters who come to paint the town and compete for prizes. This 9-day painting celebration includes public paint-outs, painting demonstrations, PleinTalk conversations, educational events and activities. 7-10:30 p.m. $150. Festival of Arts, 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.376.3635. lpapa.org

 

Lokal Brews Lokal Grooves
Oct. 6. Celebrate Oktoberfest with some of Orange County’s finest local breweries, hottest local bands and tastiest festive eats from Executive Chef Jeremy Cantwell at House of Blues Anaheim. Located throughout the venue, Oktoberfest-inspired food stations will feature items such as bratwurst, schnitzel, beer braised brisket sliders and more. Taste a wide variety of craft beer samplings from 25 local breweries and enjoy tunes from 20 local bands scheduled to perform in three different entertainment spaces. Festive German attire encouraged. VIP entry 2 p.m., GA 3 p.m. $12 GA, $60 VIP (21+). Anaheim GardenWalk, 400 W. Disney Way, Suite 337, Anaheim, 714.778.2583. houseofblues.com

 

“Fancy Nancy, The Musical”
Oct. 7-28. Based on the popular Fancy Nancy book series by Jane O’Connor and illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser, this delightful new show follows Fancy Nancy and her friends Bree, Rhonda, Wanda and Lionel as they prepare to perform in their very first show—“Deep Sea Dances.” See website for show times. $21-$30. Chance Theater @ Bette Aitken theater arts Center, 5522 E. La Palma Ave., Anaheim, 888.455.4212. chancetheater.com

 

Tikiland Trading Co. Marketplace
Oct. 7. Get into the Hawaiian spirit at Tikiland Trading Co.’s third marketplace event. Expect over 60 Tiki artists, makers and vendors; Dole Whips by Hula Girls Shave Ice; food from Royal Hawaiian Laguna Beach; live music by Ukulena and Keanuenue Polynesian Entertainers; and more. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. GA: $5 online, $8 cash at the gate; VIP: $25 online. Children 15 and under are free. Art-A-Fair festival grounds, 777 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach. tikilandtrading.com

 

“Beautiful – The Carole King Musical”
Oct. 9-14. From Producers Paul Blake and Sony/ATV Music Publishing, the Tony and Grammy Award-winning musical tells the inspiring true story of Carole King’s rise to stardom. From being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, this musical shows one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. See website for show times and prices. Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Dr., Costa Mesa, 714.556.2787. scfta.org

 

“Open Casa: Kevin Short”
Opens Oct. 9. Southern California-based painter and printmaker Kevin Short is bringing a month-long exhibition of his recent works to Casa Romantica. Open Casa: Kevin Short is free on the night of the opening reception. Afterward, entry is free with general admission to Casa Romantica ($5 for ages 13+, free for ages 12 and under). Opening reception 6-8 p.m. Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens, 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, 949.498.2139. casaromantica.org

 

Brews & Brats Oktober Cocktail Cruise
Oct. 10-11, 17-18, 24-25. Coast through Newport Harbor aboard a Hornblower cruise to enjoy German style beers and German cuisine. There will be a cash bar that includes the German style beer, Ayinger (Oktoberfest and Bavarian Pils) as well as wine, other beers, and cocktails available for purchase. W-Th board 5:30 p.m.; cruise 6-8 p.m. $37. Hornblower South, 2431 W. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, 949.631.2469. hornblower.com

 

7th Annual Porktoberfest
Oct. 11. Join Five Crowns Restaurant for the 6th year of celebrating swine and brews with Firestone Walker Brewing. Chef Alejandra and the culinary team at Five Crowns will be featuring a five-course dinner menu, each paired with six delicious and rare beers from Firestone Walker Brewing. 6:30-9:30 p.m. $120. 3801 E. Coast Hwy., Corona Del Mar, 949.717.4322. Tickets

 

Rita Wilson: “Liner Notes”
Oct. 11-13. Actress-producer and singer-songwriter Rita Wilson gathers friends Billy Steinberg, Lindy Robbins and Darrell Brown for the return engagement of her acclaimed cabaret show Liner Notes. These intimate evenings features performances and storytelling behind their most memorable music. 7:30 p.m. $89+. Samueli Theater, 600 Town Center Dr., Costa Mesa, 714.556.2787. scfta.org

 

Clicquot on the Coast photo courtesy of J Public Relations

Sip on champagne at Clicquot on the Coast all weekend long in Paséa Hotel & Spa.

Clicquot on the Coast
Oct. 12-14. Veuve Clicquot is taking over the hotel for a weekend filled with champagne, Instagram-worthy activations and even a “secret” rosé garden filled with caviar experiences. Enjoy a Clicquot H2O pool party, a garden soiree, an exclusive masters winemaker dinner and more. See website for full schedule and ticket prices. Paséa Hotel & Spa, 21080 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, 844.814.2483. meritagecollection.com/pasea-hotel

 

Le Dîner en Blanc Orange County
Oct. 13. Don your best white attire at this annual secret affair that will take over an undisclosed public space whose location is only revealed minutes prior to the commencement of the event. This annual event promises an unforgettable evening of elegance, beauty and magic. Guests must bring a table, two white chairs, white tablecloth and a picnic basket comprising fine food and proper stemware and white dinnerware. Dress code is elegant attire, white only. See website for more info. orangecounty.dinerenblanc.com

 

“The Seafarer”
Opens Oct. 17. Grab your tickets to see this Celtic folklore-inspired play at the Laguna Playhouse. Set in a small coastal village north of Dublin on Christmas Eve, main character Sharky has returned to look after his irascible, aging brother who’s recently gone blind. As Sharky attempts to stay sober during the holidays, he contends with old drinking buddies hoping to play some cards. With the arrival of a stranger from the distant past, the stakes are raised ever higher as Sharky may be playing for his very soul. See website for show times and prices. 606 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.497.2787. lagunaplayhouse.com

 

Beast Feast
Oct. 18. Dine with acclaimed Executive Chef Joe Magnanelli as he caters to adventurous foodies with the primal dinner series that utilizes the entire animal instead of specific cuts. After April’s lamb kick-off—the first of three intimate family-style dinners—and July’s journey to the deepest depths with sea creatures, Chef Joe will conclude the series this evening with wild boar. 6:30 p.m. $70 (excludes tax and service fee). Cucina Enoteca Newport Beach, 951 Newport Center Dr., Newport Beach, 619.239.2222. urbankitchengroup.com

 

Ahmad Jamal
Oct. 19. Renowned composer-pianist and Lifetime Achievement Award winner Ahmad Jamal will showcase his diverse stylings and freewheeling improvs at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Jamal is known to have influenced numerous other jazz greats such as Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock. 8 p.m. $49+. 600 Town Center Dr., Costa Mesa, 714.556.2787. scfta.org

 

“Kings”
Opens Oct. 19. Fresh from New York, this incisive comedic play takes an unflinching look at how things get done in Washington. The story follows new Congresswoman Sydney Millsap, who’s determined to drain the swamp, but then she meets whip-smart lobbyist Kate, who gets her clients what they want—whatever they want. See website for show times and prices. South Coast Repertory, 655 Town Center Dr., Costa Mesa, 714.708.5555. scr.org

 

The Taste by Los Angeles Times
Oct. 19-21. Following nine years at the Paramount Pictures Studios backlot in Hollywood, the Los Angeles Times is partnering with Travel Costa Mesa to bring The Taste to Orange County, a celebration of the Southern California culinary scene. Each day features different restaurants and chefs including Chef Carlos Salgado from Taco María (The Times’ Restaurant of the Year) on Saturday. Purchase one of three hotel packages and receive two tickets to the event, courtesy of Travel Costa Mesa. Admission includes unlimited tastings, seasonal cocktails and cooking demos. 21+. F-Sa 6-9 p.m; Su 1-4 p.m. $100-$130. The MET, 535 Anton Blvd., Costa Mesa. Tickets

 

Fly Into The Blue: The Great Pacific Airshow
Oct. 20-21. All eyes look to the sky as planes and jets perform spectacular stunts over the Pacific Ocean in the only beachfront airshow on the West Coast. Flying begins at noon each day with many of the aerobatic maneuvers happening over Huntington City Beach. Noon-4 p.m. See website for ticket prices. Paséa Hotel & Spa, 21080 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach. Tickets

 

140th Exhibit at Bistango
Opens Oct. 20. Celebrate the opening of Bistango’s fourth quarter art exhibit marking the 140th exhibit the restaurant has hosted over the last 31 years. Enjoy tray-passed bites and a glass of house wine during the opening reception (Oct. 20) while meeting the artists. In collaboration with two Laguna Beach galleries—Hugo Rivera Gallery and T. Leo ART—Bistango will show works by gallery principals as well as a cadre of artists they represent. RSVPs to info@bistango.com or by visiting here. RSVPs are not necessary, but appreciated. Opening reception 3-5 p.m. 19100 Von Karman Ave., Irvine, 949.752.5222. bistango.com

 

Beach, Brews and BBQ
Oct. 20. Be part of a great cause while enjoying the best barbecue in town at the Beach, Brews and BBQ, benefiting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Orange County Chapter. Look forward to unlimited samples of handcrafted beers, live entertainment, and live and silent auctions. 2-6 p.m. $50 GA; $65 VIP; $10 parking. Newport Dunes Marina, 1299 N. Bayside Dr., Newport Beach, 714.938.1393. beachbrewsbbq18.org

 

Sea Fare at the Aquarium of the Pacific
Oct. 20. Fall into a festival of flavors at the Aquarium of the Pacific. The most so-fish-ticated event of the year features an open bar, tastes from over 30 local restaurants, breweries and bakeries; a live and silent auction; photo booth fun; and more. 7-11 p.m. $130. 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, 562.590.3100. aquariumofpacific.org

 

“The Other Place”
Through Oct. 21. Written by Sharr White and directed by Matthew McCray, this compelling and acclaimed drama focuses on respected neurologist Juliana Smithton, whose life has recently begun unraveling: Her husband is leaving her, her daughter has eloped with a much older man and even she’s beginning to question her own good health. See website for show times. $25-$35. Chance Theater @ Bette Aitken theater arts Center, 5522 E. La Palma Ave., Anaheim, 888.455.4212. chancetheater.com

 

Yappy Howl-O-Ween photo by Pacific Dream Photography

Bring your pup to Yappy Howl-O-Ween at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel.

Yappy Howl-O-Ween
Oct. 25. Dress in your favorite Halloween costume with your pup at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel’s cocktail party and costume contest. Haute hounds will lap up drinks such as bacon-, chicken-, or beef-infused water (vegan options available), while humans relax with a glass of Mutt Lynch Unleashed Chardonnay, Merlot Over and Play Dead, Chateau d’Og Cabernet Sauvignon or a refreshing cocktail featuring Tito’s Vodka. Additional beverages and a selection of barbecue items are also available for purchase. 4-7 p.m. $10 costume contest registration fee per dog, per category. The Dawn Lawn, 1 Ritz Carlton Dr., Dana Point, 949.240.2000. ritzcarlton.com

 

“All Hallows Eve” Party
Oct. 27. Ghouls and ghosts should don their scariest costumes for this year’s “All Hallows Eve” Halloween party at the Aqua Lounge. Signature drinks for the evening include Bloody Bitters (a Smoked Cherry Manhattan) and Bat-Winged Bubbly (Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label in a bat-winged flute). Call for reservations. 9 p.m. $20 GA; $250 VIP booth. Fashion Island Hotel, 690 Newport Center Dr., Newport Beach, 949.760.4920. visitnewportbeach.com

 

The District Creepy Crawl
Oct. 27. Take a stroll through The “Spooky” District at Tustin Legacy and sample culinary tastes, desserts, beer, wine, sangria and signature drinks while enjoying live music and in-store activations from over 25 different restaurants and stores. 2-5 p.m. $30. 2437 Park Ave., Tustin, 714.259.9090. thedistricttl.com

 

Halloween Yacht Party
Oct. 27. Get your costume and come aboard this decked out Halloween dinner party cruise to take a four-hour trip on the beautiful Royal Princess Yacht in Newport Harbor. Highlights include a buffet dinner, a DJ spinning tunes and a full bar that will keep the drinks flowing. $500 cash prize will be awarded to the best costume. 21+. Check-in 6:30 p.m., event 7-11 p.m. $84 GA, $175 reserved couch area. 2901 W. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, 714.485.6543. annualyachtparties.com

 

Troye Sivan: “The Bloom” Tour
Oct. 27. Australia-based singer, actor and YouTube personality Troye Sivan is coming to Anaheim for the tour of his second studio album, Bloom. Joining him as a special guest is German singer and songwriter Kim Petras. Doors 6:30 p.m., show 7 p.m. $42.50. House of Blues Anaheim, 400 W. Disney Way, Suite 337, Anaheim, 714.520.2334. houseofblues.com

 

Oktoberfest
Through Oct. 28. To mark their 40th anniversary, Oktoberfest Huntington Beach promises to make their year the best celebration yet. Enjoy authentic German food, imported German beers, German-based bands and other festivities, competitions, games and more. See website for schedule and pricing. Old World German Restaurant, 7561 Center Ave., Huntington Beach, 714.895.8020. oldworld.ws

 

Taiwan Philharmonic
Oct. 30. Kick off the fall season at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Hall for an evening performance by the Taiwan Philharmonic with music director Shao-Chia Lü and pianist Stephen Hough. The philharmonic returns to Orange County to perform four different scores including Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1 and Debussy’s La mer. 8 p.m. $38+. 600 Town Center Dr., Costa Mesa, 714.556.2787. scfta.org

 

Knott's Scary Farm photo courtesy of Knott's Scary Farm/website

Dare to go into the Pumpkin Eater maze at Knott’s Scary Farm.

Knott’s Scary Farm
Through Oct. 31. Watch as Snoopy’s favorite theme park turns sinister on select nights during the Halloween season. This year includes new live shows, mazes and 1,000 monsters lurking throughout the park. Scary Farm opens 7 p.m. Admission to every event night: $95. See website for Scary Farm event nights. Knott’s Berry Farm, 8039 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, 714.220.5200. knotts.com

 

Sinister Pointe’s “Scary Place”
Through Oct. 31. Sinister Pointe Productions will unleash a brand new kind of Halloween event this fall, Scary Place. Three stories of unrelenting terror, covering over 150,000 square feet and featuring two all-new mazes and a brand-new haunted dark ride. F-Sa 7 p.m.-midnight, Su and Th 7-11 p.m. See website for schedule and prices. Laguna Hills Mall, 24100 Laguna Hills Mall, Laguna Hills, 601.272.2791. sinisterpointe.com

 

Dark Harbor
Ongoing. Named one of the top 10 most haunted places on Earth by TIME magazine, Southern California’s most terrifyingly authentic haunt will once again rise from the deep, dripping with history of the infamously haunted ship. Dark Harbor’s resident spirits include Ringmaster, Captain, Samuel the Savage, Graceful Gale, Half-Hatch Henry, Iron Master, Scary Mary, Voodoo Priestess and Chef. See website for times. $20+. The Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach, 562.499.1739. queenmary.com

 

“Kings, Queens & Castles”
Ongoing. Bring the kiddos to Bowers Kidseum for the Kings, Queens & Castles exhibit, a children’s chess exhibition co-created by The World Chess Hall of Fame and The Magic House, St. Louis Children’s Museum. Designed for children ages 3-11, this innovative, nationally traveling exhibit brings the game of chess to life and provides an engaging introduction to individual chess pieces and game strategy. See website for times and prices. Bowers Museum, 2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana, 714.567.3600. bowers.org

 

“Knights in Armor”
Ongoing. Explore Bowers Museum’s newest exhibition that features over 90 stunning masterpieces of European arms and armor as well as paintings dating from the Medieval and Renaissance ages to the Romanticized Medieval revival of the 1800s. All pieces and artwork are a loan from the Museo Stibbert of Florence, Italy bring to life the legendary figure of the knight, his code of chivalry and his battlefield role. Tu-Su 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $23 adults; $20 students and seniors 62+; $10 members. Bowers Museum, 2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana, 714.567.3600. bowers.org

 

New Fall Menu at True Food Kitchen photo courtesy Nerissa R. Silao. Chinese Warriors of Peking photo courtesy of Musco Center for the Arts. Yappy Howl-O-Ween photo by Pacific Dream Photography. Knott’s Scary Farm photo courtesy of Knott’s Scary Farm.

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