Beckman Beat’s definitive list of things to do before the end of the Halloween Season. (Ethan Prosser)
Beckman Beat’s definitive list of things to do before the end of the Halloween Season.

Ethan Prosser

Frights at Night: Things To Do During The Halloween Season

When home alone on All Hallow’s Eve, what are the activities to keep you up for all hours of the night? We’ve prepared a list of the scariest movies to watch while the Jack O’ Lanterns still light, treats for the inner ghoul inside of us and activities for the zombies of high school.

October 30, 2019

We know that when it comes to the haunting season of Halloween, it can seem like there’s a bunch of stuff that people overlook when trying to cram together last-minute plans. There are an abundance of activities around Orange County for the Halloween season, and here’s a list of places to visit, activities to do, treats to cook and movies to watch.

Thriller Pumpkin Patches for Recruiting Jack O’ Lanterns

The Jack O’ Lantern is one of the most important parts of Halloween spirit; they keep the ghouls and spirits away from the doorstep in the night of All Hallows. However, if you have not already picked a location to pick out pumpkins and carve their spirit repellant, here is created a list of what we consider to be the best patches for some last minute carvings – excuse me we mean cravings…

1. Tanaka Farms

Located in Irvine, the Tanaka Farms pumpkin patch is being held this year from Sept. 21 to Oct. 31. The pumpkin patch is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., but closes at 3 p.m. on Halloween. The admission is $4 per person, and children under the age of 2 get in for free. There are several day and weekend activities in the pumpkin patch. On the weekdays, the pumpkin patch offers the wagon ride, barn exhibit, corn maze, and the vegetable patch. On the weekends, all of the same activities are open, but they also have games, ATV rides, face painting and a pumpkin cannon. Along with these activities, the Tanaka Farms Pumpkin Patch has acres of pumpkins that can be bought. Their pumpkins range from every color, shape and size that you can imagine.


2. Pumpkin City

Located in Anaheim, Pumpkin City’s Pumpkin Farm is being held this year from Oct. 3 to Oct. 31. The farm is open weekdays from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. On weekends, the farm is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. The patch’s admission is free, but you need to pay to partake in the activities. The farm is equipped with a number of rides, attractions, games and diners. This Harvest Festival contains a variety of thousands of pumpkins to search through and find the perfect pumpkin to buy.


3. Irvine Park Railroad’s Pumpkin Patch

Located in Irvine at Irvine Regional Park, Irvine Park Railroad’s Pumpkin Patch is being held this year from Sept. 14 to Oct. 31. The pumpkin patch is open on weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and on weekends from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Entering the pumpkin patch is free, but activity tickets are $6 each. Tickets can be used for the train, hayrides, face painting, gold panning, mini tractor races, pumpkin ring toss, cookie decorating, carnival games, haunted house and food.
ride the train, go on hayrides, bounce in the bouncy house, receive face painting, pan for gold, The pumpkin patch also offers many free activities like hay mazes, picture stands and the climbing hay pyramids. The Irvine Park Railroad’s Pumpkin Patch also holds a very large amount of different types of pumpkins that are spread throughout the patch.



Planning on staying in on Halloween night? Going to a party? Or decidedly still young enough to trick-or-treat and plan on hitting up the nearest neighbors for some Snickers bars? Whether you prefer to be indoors or outdoors this spooky season, we’ve got some activities we think you’ll enjoy!

1. Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor

Located on the restless tides of Long Beach, California, the Queen Mary ocean liner is known for going all-out during the Halloween season. From Sept. 26 to Nov. 2, the ship transforms itself into one of the hottest haunted attractions in Southern California. Those who purchase a ticket, whose prices begin at $20 each, are granted the privilege of venturing into the ship’s most forbidden areas, such as Door 13. Ripe with horror – haunted mazes, intricate shows and more – the Dark Harbor is a place to consider if you’re in the mood for fright. 


2. Oogie Boogie Bash at Disney California Adventure

The Oogie Boogie Bash is a fun, family-friendly idea for Halloween! This party is hosted by Oogie Boogie and Company and takes place every few days at Disney’s California Adventure Park. Open from late September to Halloween night, holders of the Oogie Boogie Bash tickets can view numerous spooky events designed by Disney, such as Villainous! – an altered version of the usual World of Color spectacular – and Villains Grove. Tickets for the event typically sell out very early on in sales, so it’s wise to try and purchase them earlier.


3. Knott’s Scary Farm

A Southern California classic, Knott’s Scary Farm is the more intensively frightening cousin of Knott’s Berry Farm. Open only at night from Sept. 19th to Nov. 2nd, Knott’s Scary Farm offers ticket holders a new kind of Knott’s experience as they get a sense of familiarity from the park, but also the chill of wandering through the park’s foggy pathways and encountering undead characters.


Frightfully Easy Recipes For Ghostly Treats

One of the greatest parts of Halloween is the amazing dishes one can bake in the theme of Ghosts, Zombies or any other freaky fright! Here we give some easy recipes to replicate in case the candy gets too much for any readers to handle…

Please check the ingredient list for any potential allergies.

1. Ghost Cookies: 


  • 12 oz. Vanilla-flavored candy coating
  • 1 (1lb) package of Pillsbury peanut-butter filled cookie sandwiches
  • Miniature Chocolate Chips (4 teaspoons) or Black Frosting


  1. In a small saucepan melt the candy coating, but do not boil, stir until completely smooth
  2. Line cookie sheets with wax paper (to reduce cleanup)
  3. Using tongs or well-washed hands, dip cookies into the candy coating making sure to cover all parts of the sandwich. If using chocolate, place the chocolate chips near the top in eye formation; if using black frosting, lay on a cookie sheet to dry for about 10 minutes, then place two dots of frosting on the top of the cookie in eye formation
  4. Let cookies sit for about ten minutes or until all components are dried
  5. Enjoy! 


2. Frankenstein’s Little Monsters: 


  • Box of Rice Krispy Treats
  • 12 oz. Green Candy Coating
  • Gray and Black Frosting


  1. In a small saucepan melt the candy coating, but do not boil, stir until completely smooth
  2. Remove Treats from foil
  3. Place wax paper on a cookie sheet
  4. Using tongs cover all parts of Rice Krispy Treats in the green candy and then leave to dry on a sheet
  5. Once dried, decorate with the gray and black frosting 
  6. Enjoy!


3. Dirt Cups:


  • 3.4 oz. Jell-O chocolate pudding mix
  • 2 cups of milk
  • 8 crushed Oreo cookies
  • gummy worms


  1. Follow the instructions on the package to make the pudding mix
  2. Whisk the pudding mix in a large bowl and add in milk for 2 minutes
  3. Spoon the pudding at the bottom of the cup (or bowl)
  4. Crush Oreos and add to the top of the cup/bowl
  5. Top with gummy worms or any spooky edible creatures!
  6. Enjoy!


Killer Scary Movies

Horror movies have become an absolute staple for Halloween, there are even films named after the famous holiday. As such for those who are not going out for the traditional “Trick or Treating” we have created a list of scary movies to enjoy in this haunting hour.

1. The Conjuring (1 or 2)

It’s just too hard to pick one movie from the “Conjuring” series. Both of these movies will leave you shaking in your seat as their grim depictions of reality and insanity fill the screen with the best imagery I have seen in a horror movie in years. Don’t watch this alone – watching it with friends is a much better experience as any sound will make the audience jump. 


2. Alien

“Alien” is arguably the best sci-fi series in the entire business. The original is also one of the most famous horror movies of the 70s. While the sequel, “Aliens,” is revered as one of the greatest movies of all time, it is the original in the Ridley Scott series that is best for watching on Halloween. Xenomorphs and Face-huggers everywhere will make audiences scream in their seats, not to even mention the famous chest-burster scene. “Alien” may be fictional but after watching, audiences will definitely stay at home with the door locked. 


3. Scream

While its many sequels have tarnished the name of this original, this movie is honestly a classic for Halloween movie marathons. The attack of Ghostface has become one of the most recognizable mascots of the horror genre. Plus the twist is one of the most legendary in cinematic history!


4. The Exorcist 

“The Exorcist” is definitely one of the most famous movies on this list. Following the haunting/possession of a young child, the movie starts rather slow but the last 30 minutes will haunt audiences for the rest of the night. Chilling scenes and graphic body-horror make this movie one of the scariest experiences that audiences can find for a Halloween binge-night. 


5. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

Based on a true story… These words haunt audiences whenever they appear before a horror film, and most of the time it’s a total lie. Unfortunately, it actually isn’t with this film! The Texas Chainsaw Massacre will make anyone afraid of picking up hitchhikers and anyone with a southern accent. The skin-based furniture and horrifying scenery will make everyone in the audience want to curl up and hide. 


6. Paranormal Activity

While films like “The Blair Witch Project” made the found-footage horror subgenre popular, the breakout series brought this movie into the big-time. “Paranormal Activity” brings the horror from the normal outside settings and haunted mansions into the comfort of a suburban home. The movie sparked a bunch of sequels which are all pretty good, but the original is definitely a must-watch on a scary movie binge. 


7. The Shining

“Here’s Johnny!” Jack Nicholson’s famous line has been echoing through pop culture for decades after this film’s original release. The descent into madness of the cabin-fever driven characters of this film are legendary both with Stephen King fans and movie fans everywhere. With the new sequel “Doctor Sleep” coming out in the next couple of weeks, this is a perfect time to both reflect on the greatness of this film and to prepare audiences for the chills of the new version. 


8. The VVItch

This independent film swept audiences when it first released and has cemented itself as one of the greatest horror movies of the century! Not much can be said about this movie without spoiling everything great about it, so all we can say is watch this for a Halloween binge! 


9. Black Swan 

Natalie Portman is arguably at her best in this disturbing psychological masterpiece. While this movie is not a horror movie, it is arguably scarier than anything else on this list. The film takes a dive into the mental state of a dancer and her descent into total madness. Audiences will be challenging what’s real and what’s apart of her delusions as the world becomes a cluster of pain and depression bringing a whole new take on the Swan Lake performance.


10. Silence of the Lambs

Sir Anthony Hopkins’ best performance ever as Hannibal Lector will send chills down the spines of any audience. This film is scary in a unique way rather than the rest of the films on this list in that it is more psychologically scary rather than visually. The ventures of Clarice Starling trying to solve the killings of Buffalo Bill are truly some of the best scenes in any movie to date and audiences will be hard-pressed to find a film quite like it. Audiences will be left wondering “Are the lambs still screaming?”


Last Minute Costumes That Will Do the Trick

It’s Halloween night, and all of a sudden you realize that you don’t have a costume! Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered here are a few last-minute costume ideas that are both cheap and easy to make.

1. Tourist

This costume is one of the easiest to make at home. A hat, camera, fanny pack and a Hawaiian shirt are all that is required for this costume. An additional accent is optional but definitely recommended.


2. Mummy

A roll of toilet-paper is all that is needed to create this unique costume. We recommend wearing black clothing underneath in order to truly bring across the mummified look and to bring more attention to the bandages.


3. Anonymous Hacker

This is by far the easiest costume to make. Simply purchase an anonymous mask from any local store, they’re pretty much sold everywhere. Wear a black hoodie and don’t talk very much.

Well that’s our list. These are some ideas and things to do during the Halloween season and we hope you all have a frightful night.


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