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13 Spooktacular Things to Do for Halloween in the Inland Empire

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Leaves are changing, the air is cooling, and the world has become a pumpkin spice and apple cider wonderland! Fall is officially here, with Halloween following closely behind. So, whether you’re a pumpkin lover or a zombie lover, here is a list of 13 things to do this season in the Inland Empire.


Wickerd Farm

Pick a pumpkin, ride the hayride, and get in the fall spirit at this festive family-friendly pumpkin patch.

Where: 26852 Scott Rd, Menifee, CA, 92584

When: September 25- October 31 from 10 a.m. –  8 p.m.

Cost: Pumpkins start at $1, the Hayride costs $4, entrance is free

For more information visit or call 951-672-3020



Greenspot Farms

A cute country farm where you can pick pumpkins, go through a hay maze, do crafts, race ducks, ride horses, and so much more.

Where: 10133 Ward Way Mentone CA, 92359

When: Pumpkin Patch and Hayride opens September 30, 9 a.m.- 6 p.m.

Haunted Nights start October 13, 7 p.m.-10 p.m.

Cost: Free General Admission and parking and $10 – $25 admission to haunted hayride (only cash is accepted)

For more information visit or call 909-794-7653



Nightmare at Dos Lagos

Survive the zombie apocalypse by escaping brain-hungry zombies. Don’t get infected!

Where: 2790 Cabot Drive, Corona CT 92883 (In TGI Fridays Parking lot)

When: Friday-Saturday, October 6 -October 31, 7 p.m.- 10:30 p.m.

Cost: Many different types of tickets are available

To find out prices and more information visit




Immerse yourself into a terrifying nightmare dimension. Challenge your phobias by going through haunted mazes, getting approached by wandering scarers, and so much more. Not kid-friendly!

Where: 28701 Los Alamos Heights Rd Murrieta CA 92563

When: September 29- October 31, Thursday and Sunday 6 p.m.- 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday 6 p.m.- 11 p.m.

Cost: VIP (Includes VIP haunted maze) $50, General Admission $30, WItching Hour (only available to purchase in person between 6pm-7pm, while supplies last) $25

To find out more information visit



Ghostwalk Riverside

Take a tour of haunted sites through downtown Riverside. Listen to creepy ghost stories all while eating good food and listening to live music.

Where: St. Francis de Sales School 4205 Mulberry St. Riverside, CA

When: October 20-21, 6 p.m- 10 p.m.

Cost: Carnival only admission is $5 + tax and tour tickets are $20 + tax

To find out more information visit


Tombstone Cinema Hocus Pocus

Watch the beloved Hocus Pocus in Riverside’s oldest historic cemetery.

Where: Evergreen Memorial Historic Cemetery, 4414 14th Street, Riverside US

When: October 14, gates open at 6pm and start 7pm-9:30pm

Cost: $15 per person, children 10 years of age and under are free

To find out more information visit


Emo Prom with Boys Who Cry

Dress up and go rock out to a live emo band playing emo hits. Maybe even take some free emo prom photos while you’re at it!

Where: 3660 Mission Inn Ave, Riverside CA

When: October 7, 8:30 p.m.- 1 a.m.

Cost: General Admission tickets are $10, only ages 21+ are allowed entry

For more information visit


Monster Fest

Come see entertainment, Halloween vendors, and take advantage of cute photo ops at this family-friendly event.

Where: North Park, 3200 Mission Inn Ave,, Riverside

When: October 21, 11 a.m.- 7 p.m.

Cost: Tickets are $15, and children ages 12 and under are free but must still be registered (when purchasing beforehand use code BOO for 30% off admission)

To find out more information visit


Castle Dark

Go through the Cinema of Fear, become the main character in your own haunted story, take a trip down the Haunted Highway, try to survive undead pirates and sirens, avoid ghost cowboys, and enjoy the haunted street in celebration of de los Muertos. Not intended for children!

Where: 3500 Polk St, Riverside CA, 92505

When: September 22-24, 29-30

October 1, 6-8, 13-15, 20-22, 27-29

Cost: Castle Dark General Admission $40, currently 50% of presale $20,

Dia de los Muertos General Admission $40, currently 35% off $25

To find out hours of operation and any other information visit


Valley Center

Bates Nut Farm

Immerse yourself into a fall atmosphere with a pumpkin patch, hay ride, farm zoo, and much more at this cozy fall farm.

Where: 15954 Woods Valley, Rd Valley Center

When: September 16- October 31, hours vary

Cost: $10 per vehicle on September 30 and every weekend in October

To find out hours of operation and more information visit or call 1-760-749-3333



Pumpkinland Pumpkin Patch

This pumpkin patch is fun for every crowd. Eat yummy kettle corn, pick out the perfect pumpkin, walk through a spooky haunted house, and more.

Where: Temecula Promenade Mall in the JC Penny’s Parking Lot

When: September 22- October 31, hours vary

Cost: many variations of tickets

To find out pricing and hours of operation visit


Peltzer Farms

Pet some cute animals at the petting farm, pick a pumpkin, pan for gold, paint your pumpkin, and have fun with other attractions.

Where: 39925 Calle Contento, Temecula CA

When: Opening September 23 and staying open 7 days a week, hours per attraction and day vary

Cost: prices vary per day and per person

To find out hours and prices visit


Lake Elsinore

Halloween Festival and MarketPlace

Immerse yourself with spooky attractions, carnival games, and a night full of fun thrills.

Where: 500 Diamond Dr, Lake Elsinore CA

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When: October 27, 4 p.m.-10 p.m. and October 28-29, 12 p.m.- 10 p.m.

Cost: $20 per vehicle

To find out more information visit


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Hi! My name is Mia Rotell and I am a writer and editor for The Talon! I'm going on my second year at MSJC and my second semester at The Talon. I'm extremely passionate about writing and storytelling, which makes me put my all into my pieces and always on the lookout for a story to cover. I'm currently a Journalism major and plan on getting my bachelor's degree in Journalism and Media Communications. My ultimate goal is to be an editor at a major publication like TIME Magazine or one that highlights people/ events of different cultures and backgrounds. Outside my articles, I like to read, write, do yoga, paint, travel, and collect old books.
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