By Crystal Harrell

Halloween is upon us, and here are some ways to have a spooky good time in the Coachella Valley this October.

Gather at the Gardens

Where: The Gardens on El Paseo


When: October 30, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Fall favorites, contests and activities will be available for the whole family! Enjoy an afternoon of rock climbing, pumpkin painting and costume contests for pets, adults and kids (with prizes of course)! Ticket packages will be sold at the event and through Eventbrite with proceeds benefitting Family YMCA of the Desert.

Indio Halloween Carnival

Where: Indio Community Park

When: October 30, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Put your costume on and have fun when you attend best Halloween carnival in Indio, yet. You can find fun activities from games and inflatables to a petting zoo and face paintings – and, of course, the candy! Participate in costume contests and make sure to bring a bag to hold all the candy you will receive. Admission is $5 per person.

Ghost & Goblins Pickleball Tournament

Where: Mission Hills Country Club

When: October 30-3, starting at 8 a.m. each day

What a better way to celebrate the Halloween weekend that with a match of pickleball? Head over to the Mission Hills Country Club’s newly-upgraded pickleball facility and sign-up for the tournament. With sponsors like Ben & Jerry’s, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts and more, it will be a great time for all. Show up in your most clever costume on Sunday to win a prize! Find registration information for the tournament on through the link on the event page.

Scaretoberfest and Halloween Party

Where: Coachella Valley Brewing Co.

When: October 30, starting at 7 p.m.

Head to Coachella Valley Brewing Co. to celebrate the spooky season and see what they are brewing up. Enjoy brews, food by DJ’s Louisiana Kitchen, live music by local artists and don’t forget to show up and show out for the costume contest. This event is open to all ages and there is no cover charge.

Be A Hero For Kids Halloween Bash

Where: Hilton Palm Springs

When: October 31, 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Be a hero for kids this Halloween and enjoy cocktails, costumes and culinary treats poolside at the Hilton Palm Springs. This fundraising event is presented by the Boys & Girls Club of Palm Springs.

Cathedral City’s Halloween Spooktacular

Where: Cathedral City Civic Center Plaza

When: October 31, noon to 3 p.m.

Join friends, family and neighbors for a Spooktacular time while celebrating Halloween! Come dressed in your best costume for a chance to win one of the costume contests, there will be 2 bikes given away to the winner every hour! Enjoy food, trick or treat, play games and hangout with the firefighter and police to see their exhibits. Admission is free for all!

Cinema Bizarro: Best of Retro Cartoon Halloween Specials

Where: Palm Springs Cultural Center

When: October 31, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Take yourself back in time at Cinema Bizarro showing the best retro Halloween cartoon specials like Beetlejuice Aminated Series, JEM and more! It’s like you are watching early morning Saturday cartoons all over again! Enjoy cereal and milk and sit in nostalgia for this 3 hour event. Find tickets on Eventbrite for $12.

Family Halloween Magic Show

Where: Palm Springs Cultural Center

When: October 31, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. & 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Celebrate Halloween a different way by taking your family to see a magic show at the Palm Springs Cultural Center. Magician Dean Apple is prepared to amaze the crowds with his comedy skills, mentalism and magic talent. He has a lot of tricks up his sleeve! Find tickets to see Dean Apple for yourself on Eventbrite starting at $10.

Ghostbusters Hosted by the Southland Ghostbusters Where: Palm Springs Cultural Center

When: October 31, 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Watch this classic Halloween movie to get you in the spooky mood before your evening festivities! Bring your family out to meet the Ghostbusters themselves! Find tickets on Eventbrite, $5 for kids and $10 for adults.

Halloween Music Spooktacular

Where: Rancho Mirage Community Park

When: October 31 | 2:00 p.m.

Spend the afternoon listening to the Coachella Valley Symphony play Halloween inspired music, featuring the soundtrack of Ghostbusters and Spiderman. You won’t want to miss this one-of-a-kind concert, plus it’s free!

Hocus Pocus Hosted by the Sanderson Sisters

Where: Palm Springs Cultural Center

When: October 31, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Celebrate Halloween night by watching this Halloween classic of ‘Hocus Pocus’ and be accompanied by some special guests, the Sanderson Sisters themselves! Bring the entire family to enjoy the movie. Find tickets on Eventbrite, $5 for kids and $10 for adults.

Howl-O-Ween and Scavenger Hunt at the Living Desert

Where: The Living Desert

When: October 31, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Stop by The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens  this Halloween for a safe and lively Halloween celebration. Dress the little ones up in their favorite costumes and enjoy a socially-distant and family-friendly evening. Participate in several activities including a self-guided scavenger hunt, animal encounters and more. Limited spots are available, reservations are encouraged.