Real live creepy crawlies and hairy howlers to costumed zombies and sugar skulls, Palm Springs offers unique ways to scare up Halloween family fun.
Having perfected the art of a family-friendly Autumn holiday, The Living Desert’s Howl-O-Ween festivities take place Saturday and Sunday, October 26th and 27th, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the desert’s premier zoological park and botanical garden. This G-rated, western-themed event features trick-or-treating for the kids, costume contests, pumpkin bowling and decorating, a hay maze, batty-bingo, close-up encounters with the animals, zoo keeper chats, face painting, a bouncy house, and food. Dressing up in your best western gear or Halloween getup is encouraged. The Howl-O-Ween extravaganza is free with paid park admission. The Living Desert is located at 47900 Portola Avenue in Palm Desert, CA, about 15 miles south of Palm Springs. For more information, visit The Living Desert online.
For those with a stomach for ghouls, the Palm Springs VillageFest Street Fair Halloween Spooktacular and Zombie Walk is where everyone will be on Thursday night, October 31st, from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Don your zombie disguise. An fx makeup booth will be on hand. There’s plenty to enjoy as a spectator, too, including live entertainment, food vendors, safe trick-or-treating with VillageFest vendors and downtown merchants, a pumpkin patch, face painting, crafts, and a kids’ costume contest at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free. Palm Springs VillageFest is located in the heart of downtown Palm Springs on S. Palm Canyon Drive. Some streets will be blocked during the event. Come early, and be vigilant of pedestrians as you look for parking. For more information, visit Palm Springs VillageFest online.
In keeping with lively Mexican tradition, the Día De Los Muertos Celebration on Saturday, November 2nd, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Desert Memorial Park, is a vibrant homage to life filled with music, food, and a bright atmosphere. The day’s fiesta includes live music, Mariachis, dancers, food and merchandise vendors, a student art work contest, face painting, and children’s activities. Admission is free. Desert Memorial Park (Palm Springs’ version of Hollywood Forever Cemetery) is located at 31705 Da Vall Drive, Cathedral City, CA, 92234, about 8 miles from Palm Springs. For more information, contact Well in the Desert at (760) 327-8577.