students in Halloween costumes on CSUF campus

With spooky season coming and midterms looming, we are getting closer and closer to fall. While this marks seven months of being at home, we all need some inspiration on what to do around SoCal for this season. Here are some drive-in and socially distanced events coming in October:

Urban Legends Haunt –OC Fair Event Center

Home to the OC Fair, the Event Center will host the Urban Legends Haunt from Oct. 1 through Nov. 1. At the event, guests drive through storytelling sets with live performances, four interactive show zones and a light show with special effects. General admission tickets begin at $59.99 on Wednesday (for up to five people in a car) and increase $10 every day through Sunday. For more ticket options and additional information, visit

 Los Angeles Haunted Hayride – Bonelli Regional Park

 The Haunted Hayride experience rolls along from Sept. 25 through Nov. 1 near Raging Waters in San Dimas. A multimedia story on a movie screen with spooky sets and characters from Midnight Falls creep around the drive-in. On arrival, cars pass through All Hallows Lane straight out of a horror movie, and Monte Revolta will take complete management of the theatre with his Minions of the Living Dead. Standard two-person car tickets vary between $49.99 for row 7 to $59.99 for row 6, with the ability to add backseat passes for $9.99 each (not to exceed eight individuals per car). Ticket information and times are available at

Nights of the Jack – King Gillette Ranch, Calabasas

For those interested in Instagrammable Halloween content, Nights of the Jack is the place to be. It features thousands of hand-carved Jack O’ Lanterns with various designs as you drive the ranch in the comfort of your car. Vehicle ticket prices begin at $70, and motorcycles, RVs, buses, and limos are not allowed. The mile-long trail takes 25 minutes to drive at the 5 mph speed limit. To reserve tickets and check time slots, visit

Descanso Gardens – La Cañada Flintridge

If you’re looking for a socially distanced stroll through traditional seasonal displays, Descanso Gardens is the perfect choice. Highlights include a hay maze, pumpkin arch, scarecrow trail and a house made entirely out of pumpkins. The Halloween display is part of regular admission to the garden (which is $15 for adults, $5 for kids), but you will need reservations from Oct. 1 through Oct. 31. To choose your times and check out availability, visit

City National Grove of Anaheim

Not feeling the spooky season vibes? There are plenty of drive-in options for those looking to get out for some entertainment at City National Grove of Anaheim:

Oct. 2: The Yeti Film Tour

Oct. 3: Clasico Capitalino Drive-In: America vs. Pumas

Oct. 16: Iliza Shlesinger

Oct. 24:  Ziggy Marley

Parking is $15 the day of the show. For more information on times, visit