Howl-O-Ween at The #LivingDesert
47900 Portola Ave – Palm Desert
Oct. 26 & 27 – 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Oct. 31 (members only night) 6 – 8:30 p.m.
The Howl-O-Ween event is included with regular admission: Adults $17.25; children $8.75; seniors and military $15.75. There will be games, candy, pumpkin decorating and a petting zoo. Information: (760) 346-5694.

Daytime Howl-O-Ween at the Living Desert
A Safe and Spooky Daytime Zoo Adventure
Costume Contests, Pumpkin Bowling, Batty Bingo, Hay Maze, Animal Encounters, Storytelling, Face Painters, Bounce Houses, Grub at a Chuckwagon, & More
Saturday, Sunday October 26 – 27

Calling all ghosts, goblins and knee-high superheroes for The Living Desert’s ever-popular Howl-O-Ween extravaganza that returns to the park for two days of family friendly entertainment Saturday and Sunday, October 26th & 27th from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The expanded event is FREE with paid admission to the park.

Costumed kids of all ages can trick-or-treat in the Wild West town of Berger’s Bluff or join in all new activities including pumpkin bowling and decorating, hay maze exploration, batty-bingo and more. Adding to the fun, keepers will give up-close and personal animal encounters and educational chats. For the little ones, costumed characters will mosey around Berger’s Bluff offering fun photo ops. Children and adults are encouraged to dress up in their best western gear, or their favorite Halloween costume.

The western-themed festivities offer a safe environment for families to celebrate the Autumn holiday. Generously sponsored by The H.N. and Frances C. Berger Foundation, Howl-O-Ween activities are included in the general park admission. Zoo daily admission tickets are conveniently available online at www.LivingDesert.org. , and, as always, members are admitted free.

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Family Spooktacular at #Westfield Mall
72840 Highway 111 – Palm Desert.
Oct. 31 – 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Retailers will be handing out candy. There will be prize drawings and photo stations. Masks and items resembling weapons are prohibited. FREE. Information:www.westfield.com/palmdesert.

Halloween Spooktacular at Palm Springs #Villagefest.
Oct. 31. – 6 – 9 p.m.
There will be candy, face painting, a kids’ costume contest at 7:30, and a pumpkin patch. Please note, Villagefest is host to an annual zombie walk. This begins at 7 p.m. on Baristo Rd. and S Palm Canyon. This part of the event is not sanctioned specifically for kids and families, but is considered family-friendly. However, young children may not be cool with the un-dead. FREE. Information: www.villagefest.org.

Costume Parade and Spooktacular Juggling Show at the Rancho Mirage Library
Oct 31 – 3:30 – 5 p.m.
71100 Highway 111, Rancho Mirage. FREE. Information:www.ranchomiragelibrary.org.

CHURCHES: It’s common for churches to provide Halloween-alternatives for kids and families. Below are just a few local churches hosting Harvest or Fall Festivals. Check with your church, or a church near you, for information on available Halloween programs.

Bridges of Hope Harvest Festival at The Father’s House Christian Center
1281 N Gene Autry Trail, Palm Springs; 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Oct. 31. This event is open to the public. FREE. Information: (760) 275-3579.
Annual Hoedown at Victory Christian Center
34500 Bob Hope Drive, Rancho Mirage
Oct 31 – 6 – 9 p.m.
Costume contests, food, pony rides and cook-offs are planned. FREE. Information: (760) 328-3313.

Fall Spectacular at Southwest Church
77701 Fred Waring Drive, Indian Wells.
Oct 31 – 5 – 8 p.m.
There will be rides, jump houses, music, candy and food. FREE. Information: (760) 200-2000.

Fall Festival at Jordan Outreach Ministries
50930 Calhoun St, Coachella.
Oct 31 – 5 – 9 p.m.
There will be carnival booths, candy, an open food court, games and a bungee run. FREE. Information: (760) 398-3352.

Neighborhood Harvest Festival at The Journey Baptist Church
43400 Warner Trail, Palm Desert.
Oct 31 – 6 – 9 p.m.
There will be games, prizes and candy. FREE. Information: (760) 345-8505.

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