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Halloween Madness for All Ages in the Coachella Valley

Halloween Madness for All Ages in the Coachella Valley

Halloween is almost here in the Coachella Valley and if you’re still trying to decide who or what to be and where to go, CoachellaValley.com is here to help.

By Francoise Rhodes

For many, All Saints Day is the perfect excuse to be anonymous (much like The Masked Singers), throw caution to the wind and let your inner self have some fun. For kids, we know it’s all about the candy!

In case you need a conversation starter at a big Halloween bash, the history of Halloween goes all the way back to a pagan festival called Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts.

The word “Halloween” comes from “All Hallows’ Eve” and means “hallowed evening” as hundreds of years ago, people dressed up as saints and went door to door, which is the origin of Halloween costumes and  trick or treating.

Now that you can impress everyone with your Halloween knowledge, it’s time to do the same with your costume. Every Halloween, some of the best costume ideas are ripped straight from the past year’s hottest pop culture headlines. This year’s lineup is no different, with a good mix of scary and family friendly.

EscapePS.com – Halloween Night – 2019

Here is our list of trending costumes.

Pennywise the Clown from IT

The Monster from The Masked Singer

“Baby Shark” Family (This costume works best when you’ve got the whole family in on it and trust us, the kids will love dressing up as a group.)

Meghan Markle, Prince Harry, and Baby Archie Forky from Toy Story 4

Princess Jasmine Daenerys Targaryen from Game of Thrones (Sadly, this is the last year that a Game of Thrones costume will likely feel relevant.)

Instagram Filter (Really!!!)

Coachella Valley Halloween Safety Tips

As for what to do, we’ve found some spooktacular events to consider…or why not have your own Halloween party and invite us!


OCT 23


Oct. 23: Kids in kindergarten to fifth grade can carve their own design from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the Palm Springs Public Library’s Youth Story Room. A parent or guardia

OCT 25


Oct. 25-27: Desert Ice Castle offers a special discount of $1 off admission to skaters who dress up in Halloween costumes. Glide to Halloween-themed music complete with disco lights There will also be games, spooky lights, and candy. deserticecastle.com


Oct. 25 – 27: RV owners and enthusiasts can express themselves with pumpkin-carving, decorating and costume contests (including pets), plus trick-or-treating at Emerald Desert RV Resort in Palm Desert. Catch a Halloween movie and – for ages 16 and over – a murder mystery dinner. emeralddesert.com

Coachella Valley Halloween Social

Fri, Oct 25 – Sat, Oct 26

Beyond the Beat Dance Studio, 41990 Cook St # 401

Palm Desert, CA


Oct. 25:  Costume up for family friendly games and contests from 5-8 p.m. at Indio Hills Community Center, 80-400 Dillon Road, Desert Hot Springs. Free admission.

OCT 26


Oct. 26: Live bands and DJs get the party going at this adults-only event at Indio’s Tack Room Tavern. Best costumes win cash prizes. Make memories in the photo booth.


Oct. 26: Trick-or-treat at a haunted house and enjoy games and activities. Come as you are or compete in a costume contest, then stop by the photo booth, noon-4 p.m. at the Yucca Valley Community Center. Free admission.


Oct. 26: Family fun with extreme inflatables, carnival games and contests with prizes. 1 to 6 p.m., Indio Community Park, 45-871 Clinton St.

Return of the Black Widow Halloween Party

Saturday, Oct 26

Coachella Valley Brewing Company, 30640 Gunther St

Thousand Palms, CA

CVASA Teen Social Group: Howl-O-Ween at the Zoo

Sat, Oct 6, 9 AM – 12 PM

The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens, 47900 Portola Ave

Palm Desert, CA

Howl-O-Ween at The Living Desert includes 20+ trick-or-treat stations, arts and crafts, animal encounters and entertainment.


Oct. 26 and 31: Get wild and crazy at The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens in Palm Desert. All ages welcome for carnival games, monster maze, magician, wizard’s workshop, dance floor and trick-or-treating.

Halloween Carnival – Indio

Sat, 1 – 6 PM

Indio Community Center, 45871 Clinton St

Indio, CA

BB’s 35th Annual Halloween Bash at Agua Caliente…

Sat, Oct 26 – Sun, Oct 27

The Show, 32-250 Bob Hope Dr

Rancho Mirage, CA

OCT 27

Halloween Spooktacular at Cathedral City Civic Center

Sun, 5 – 8 AM

Cathedral City Community Amphitheater, 68562 Ave Lalo Guerrero

Cathedral City, CA

OCT 30

Halloween Carnival – Coachella

Wed, 6 – 8 PM

Bagdouma Park Community Center, 51-251 Douma St

Coachella, CA

OCT 31


Oct. 31: Put on your costume, step into your alter ego, and hit the streets to meet and greet. Parade starts at 4:15 p.m. at the top of North Circle Drive, followed by carnival games, bounce house, food and connecting with friends, 5-7 p.m. Organized by Idyllwild Community Center. info@idyllwildcommunitycenter.org
or 951-965-0456.

Thousand Palms Halloween Carnival

Thu, 10:30 AM – 1:30 PM

Thousand Palms Chamber of Commerce, 72715 La Canada Way

Thousand Palms, CA

Halloween with Heatwave at Villagefest

Thu, 6 – 10 PM

Palm Springs Village Fest, 100 N Palm Canyon Dr

Palm Springs, CA

Halloween Costume Contest at the Mizell Senior…


Mizell Senior Center, 480 S Sunrise Way

Palm Springs, CA

Villagefest Halloween in Downtown Palm Springs

Thu, 6 – 10 PM

Palm Springs Village Fest, 100 N Palm Canyon Dr

Palm Springs, CA


Thu, 6 – 9 PM

Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs Hotel, 100 W Tahquitz Canyon Way

Palm Springs, CA

If you know an event you’d like to see included just email Francoise Rhodes at twf@coachellavalley.com


Oct.11-12, 18-19, 25-26, 31-Nov. 1-2: Maze of fear. Watch out for spiders, snakes, clowns and scary dolls at Idyllwild Help Center, 26330 Highway 243, Idyllwild. Runs evenings, 7-10 p.m. Tickets: $15. eventbrite.com


Nov. 2: Each runner receives three life flags and commemorative T-shirt. Runners versus zombies. Runners start at North Circle Drive and Fir Street. Tickets: $30. eventbrite.com

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