If you don’t want to fight the crowds at Disneyland and Knott’s Scary Farm, or you’re looking to escape the deluge of kid-centric Halloween activities, haunted houses, trails, and mazes are a fun and creepy alternative for teens and adults. Here's a guide to spooky attractions in Orange County.
The Legend of Boot Hill is a tale of the town of Bridgewood, a miserly land developer Jebediah Smith, and how he was brought to justice in an old church cemetery. The site has since been leveled and is now the Irvine village of Woodbridge. But legend has it that every year the church and cemetery reappear and the spirit of Jebediah Smith roams the grounds. Boot Hill is open Oct. 22-24 and 27-30 from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.; and Halloween, Oct. 31, from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Admission is free, but donations are requested and benefit the Children’s Hospital of Orange County.
This guided tour through mazes, tents and trails in “a world of mass confusion,” promises to be a terrifying experience. Admission is $10 and the haunted trails in Laguna is not recommended for children under 8. The trails opens Oct. 27 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Oct. 28-29 from 6:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Visit the website for directions and additional details.
The haunted campgrounds at Doheney State Beach in Dana Point is more of a Halloween festival than a spooky spectacle, with educational booths, arts and crafts stations, and other fun activities. The Haunted Campground is open one day, Oct. 22, 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. Admission is free, but a non-perishable food donation is requested.