Spooky delights for all

Halloween weekend is full of events for both kids and adults alike.

October 28, 2010|By Candice Baker
  • World-renowned pumpkin sculptor Farmer Mike Valladao carves a scary face into a 400-pound giant Atlantic pumpkin during the 13th Annual Trick or Treat Festival at the OC Marketplace at the Orange County Fairgrounds. The other pumpkin became a dragon.
World-renowned pumpkin sculptor Farmer Mike Valladao… (Daily Pilot )

"There are three things I have learned never to discuss with people: religion, politics and the Great Pumpkin." — Linus, "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown"

Got costume? Let your fire burn (and your cauldron bubble) with a huge range of local Halloween activities, from the silly to the sedate to the scandalous. The suggestions below are arranged by age group.


For all ages

KISS tribute band Gods of Thunder will play at noon and 2 p.m. Saturday at the Orange County Market Place, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa. Admission is free with a can of food for the Second Harvest Food Bank and a flier available at

The Mesa Verde Center, 2701 Harbor Blvd., Costa Mesa will hold an all-ages Halloween Festival from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, including trick or treating, $2 face painting, and arts and crafts from noon to 3 p.m.; a balloon artist onstage from noon to 2 p.m.; a magician onstage from 2 to 3 p.m.; and a costume contest for $25 Toys R' Us gift certificates at 3 p.m. Other offerings include a raffle and a pumpkin patch filled with rides and activities. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Costa Mesa. Visit


One of the most cherished local traditions is Sonora Elementary School's Trunk or Treat, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday at 966 Sonora Road, Costa Mesa. Savory treats including hot dogs, soda, and chili and/or cheese nachos will be $1. Families have decorated the trunks of their cars Halloween-style for a contest, which will be followed by trick or treating from car to car. Sonora students get in free; the general public is invited for $3 per person.

Take the kids trick-or-treating at Costa Mesa Courtyards, where Newport Boulevard, 19th Street and Harbor Avenue meet, from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday. Participating stores will have a "Trick or Treat Here" sign in their window. Free Halloween bags will be given to the first 500 kids at Cold Stone Creamery. Call (714) 259-1046 or visit

Country-style craft store Piecemakers, 1720 Adams Ave., Costa Mesa, holds an annual pumpkin patch and holiday barn. Open all month, including from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday. Call (714) 641-3112.

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