No other place sets a better scene than Big Bear for Halloween! Ghosts and goblins beware, there are far more frightening creatures lurking in our forest.
Here is a list of our favorite things to do in Big Bear during Halloween time:
Panic in the Park:
Back by popular demand! PANIC IN THE PARK Haunted House at Meadow Park is a walkthrough scary attraction filled with a live action cast and things that go bump in the night! The Big Haunted House is scary and not recommended for younger children but there is a not-so-scary version on Friday nights for the younger ones. Stop by and be ready to be spooked!
Friday & Saturday nights Oct 18-19, 25-26 and 31st
Times: 6pm – 9pm except Halloween night 7pm – 9pm
Tickets: $10 per person; Fri nights 5-6pm $5 the Not-So-Scary version for the younger kids.
Location: Meadow Park Gym at 41220 Park Avenue, Big Bear Lake CA 92315
Contact: Tel (909) 866-9700 | Website www.bigbearparks.com
Halloween Pumpkin Patch at Northwoods Resort
Bring the family to Northwoods Resort for a Halloween pumpkin patch, yummy treats like cotton candy and loads of jumpers for the kids!
Halloween Pumpkin Patch at Northwoods Resort
Dates: October 25-31, 2013
Time: 12 noon – 6 p.m.
Location: Northwoods Resort at 40650 Village Dr., Big Bear Lake, CA
Date: (909) 866-3121
Join the fun at Southern California’s #1 rated Oktoberfest! On Saturday, October 26 there is a Halloween costume contest for adults and kids! In addition to Halloween contests, there is a log sawing contest, stein holding contest, game booths, bull riding, live music, authentic German food and beer! The contests are free to enter.
Saturday, October 26 – “Oktoberfest Spooktactular”
Times: 12 noon – 12 midnight
12:30 p.m. – Midnight – “The Express Band”, Southern California’s Premier German band
2:00 p.m. – Big Bear Lake Polka Tots
3:00 p.m. – Children’s Halloween Costume Contest
- 9:00 p.m. – Adult Halloween Costume Contest
4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. – “Franken Welpen”
Saturday, October 20 (Noon to Midnight)
Tickets: Adults $18; Seniors $14; Children $8
Sunday, October 21 (Noon to 5:30pm)
Adults $7; Seniors $5; Children FREE
Saturday, October 26 (Noon to Midnight)
Tickets: Adults $18; Seniors $14; Children $8 (Free if they are in Costume)
“Oktoberfest Spooktactular” with a Costume Contest
Location: Convention Center, 42900 Big Bear Blvd., Big Bear Lake CA 92315
Contact: Tel (909) 585-3000 | Website www.bigbearevents.com
Please note: On Saturdays after 6 p.m. only persons 21 years and older will be admitted. However, families with children who have entered Octoberfest prior to 6 p.m. will not be asked to leave at 6:00 p.m.
Ships of Screams Aboard Miss Liberty Paddlewheel Tour Boat
The Miss Liberty Paddlewheel Tour Boat at Pine Knot Marina turns into a Haunted ship! The Paddlewheel Tour Boat will remain moored at the end of the jetty and will be the home to some scary characters as others are invited to explore the haunted side of the paddlewheel boat. Bring the kids to partake in this unique Haunted Halloween experience on Big Bear Lake.
Event Dates and Times:
Friday, October 25 & Saturday October: 6 pm – 9 pm
Thursday ,October 31 : 6 pm – Close TBD (based on crowds)
Friday, November 1 & Saturday, November 2: 6 pm – 9 pm
Tickets: Adults, $5; Kids 10 and under: $2
Location: Pine Knot Marina, 400 Pine Knot Blvd., Big Bear Lake
Contact: Tel: (909) 866-6129 | Website: www.pineknotmarina.com
Big Bear loves a theme and many of the local bars encourage visitors and locals to dress in costume for a night of fun! For the 21 and over crowd, many of the local bars hold their own Halloween contests and offer live music October 26th and 31st. Let your inhibitions go and get in the spirit by dressing up in your best costume. Local tip: Call Big Bear Cab Co., (909) 838-7014, for a ride from your cabin to the Village and bar hop around the variety of local establishments such as Nottinghams, Murray’s Saloon & Eatery, and Club Bombay.
Nottingham’s 10th anniversary Halloween Party: costume contest, food and drink specials, live music with Silver Moon, Shocking Magic with Magic J, “Psychic” Readings and more.
Date: October 26, 2013
Time: Party Starts, 7 pm; Costume Contest, 9 pm
Location: Nottingham’s Tavern, 40797 Big Bear Blvd. Big Bear Lake
Contact: Tel: (909) 866-4644 Website: www.nottinghamstavern.com
Murray’s Saloon Halloween Party: costume contest, live music.
Date: November 2, 2013
Time: Costume Contest, 11 pm
Location: Murray’s Saloon & Eatery, 672 Cottage Lane. Big Bear Lake
Contact: Tel: (909) 866-1444 | Website: www.murraysbigbear.com
Club Bombay Halloween Party: costume contest, live music.
Date: October 31, 2013
Time: Costume Contest, 7:30 pm- 10:45 pm
Location: Club Bombay, 672 Pine Knot Ave. Big Bear Lake
Contact: Tel: (909) 547-3435 | Website: www.clubbombaybbl.com
Boo In The Zoo & Flashlight Safaris:
For more family friendly fun, visit the Big Bear Alpine Zoo’s Flashlight Safari on October 27 or the Boo in the Zoo event. Get in the Halloween spirit with the sounds of ear piercing howls that fill the night sky and claws scampering and scurrying through fallen leaves or the site of a pair of glowing eyes staring directly into your flashlight beam. These are just some of the sights and sounds visitors witness after dark at the Moonridge Animal Park’s Flashlight Safari and Boo in the Zoo events.
Boo in the Zoo is a daytime Halloween party where visitors dress-up in costume and the Zoo is converted into a family friendly Halloween fun zone. Visit the Graveyard, Pumpkin Patch, Electric Dungeon of Doom, Witches Brew, Scarecrow Land, Witches Lair, and Goblins throughout the park.
Saturdays, October 19 & 26, 2013
Gates Open, 6:15 p.m.; Tour Starts, 6:30 p.m.
Boo in the Zoo
Sunday, October 27, 2013
Times: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Admission: Ages 10+, $9; Ages 3-10, $6; Under 3 years old, Free
Location: Big Bear Alpine Zoo, 43285 Goldmine Dr. Big Bear Lake, CA 92315
Contact: Tel (909) 584-1299 | Website www.bigbearzoo.org
Halloween in the Village:
Halloween in the Village is Big Bear’s largest annual trick-or-treat party. On Halloween night, the Village streets are closed off to traffic which allows for a safe area to trick-or-treat all in one area and makes it a favorite sport for costume gazing! 50+ Village business’ pass out candy for the kids and don’t forget your costume or you’ll miss out on the trick or treating!
Date: Thursday, October 31, 2013
Time: 4 p.m.- 8 p.m.
Location: The Village in Big Bear Lake, Pine Knot Ave & Village Dr.
Contact: Tel (909) 866-6186
Venture out of your comfort zone and visit Big Bear this Halloween. There are so many things to do, from family friendly events to fun for the 21 and over crowd! Now the only thing left to do is plan my outfit…