Lots of Treats without the Tricks

Ready to scare up some seasonal fun? Whether you’re seeking a hauntingly hopping party or wickedly wonderful family-friendly festivities, find a number of Halloween events in Rancho Mirage.

Get your costumes ready

Do the bash – BB’s 35th Annual legendary Halloween Bash is one of the most anticipated events of the fall season and one of the best Halloween dance parties in Southern California. This year, the tradition continues on Oct. 26 and promises to be even more outrageous and entertaining than last year’s party. Three of Southern California’s hottest DJs will spin: DJ Cre-8, Aaron C, and DJ Ceasare. Plus, you won’t want to miss the special guest star performers.

Trick-or-treat tennis – Get ready to serve up something “spook-tacular” when you play in costume during The Halloween Monster Smash hosted by Cliff Drysdale Tennis at Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa on Oct. 30. RSVP is required for this complimentary event. 

Not-so-spooky – Take the whole family to the 24th annual H.N. and Frances C. Berger Foundation’sHowl-O-Ween at The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens. This zoo adventure is a fun, safe, and unique way to celebrate Halloween with more than a thousand Halloween lights and décor throughout most of the park, a variety of carnival games including pumpkin bowling and Quidditch. Plus, there are arts and crafts, a monster maze, and a wizard workshop. Guests are invited to wear their favorite costumes. Kids under 12 can bring a reusable bag and hit the trick-or-treat trail. Saturday, Oct. 27: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. is free for members or with paid admission and Wednesday, Oct. 31:  6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. is a free members night with an additional $10 fee for member guests.

Creepy canvases 

Pinot’s Palette  hosts Halloween-themed painting parties throughout October. During the Halloween Scream (Oct. 20), create your own version of Edvard Munch’s classic work. Don your best look for the costume contest on Sweet Calavera night. Immerse yourself in the Mexican culture and learn how to decorate your own sugar skull (Oct. 26).

Sweet treats

Halloween wouldn’t be complete without something sweet. Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory gets spirited with decorative caramel apples. There are 10 different kinds, including mummies, jack-o’-lanerns, Frankenstein, and more. They make great Halloween party fare. Kid-friendly items include rice krispies-on-a-stick decorated like witches, ghosts and other holiday characters.

Head over to Pastry Swan Bakery to grab one of the popular ghost brownies before they disappear. Plus, there is a case full of grab-n-go Halloween-themed specialty cakes as well as cake pops and cupcakes. Grown-ups might also enjoy pumpkin spice muffins and seasonal pies.

Boos at the bars

Dringk Eatery + BarCome in costume for your chance to win cash and other prizes. Party starts at 8 p.m. on Halloween night (Oct. 31). Raise a ghoulish glass filled with one of the special devilish drinks on the menu specifically for the haunted holiday.

O’Caines Irish Pub You’ll  also find the Halloween party here on Oct. 31. $5 scary brews are served all night as well as other holiday spirits. Don your best costume to compete for $500 in cash prizes (1st, 2nd and 3rd place) to be awarded at 10 p.m.  $10 cover charge.

Other seasonal sensations

Rancho Mirage has so much to offer visitors during the fall. Find other events and great dining options all around town. Want to stay a few days to take it all in? Local resorts provide spacious rooms, poolside patios, private villas, and other options to suit any traveler.