Halloween 2023 events in Central California


As the leaves turn golden and a crisp chill fills the air, Central California comes alive with Halloween spirit. From family-friendly activities to spine-tingling scares, there’s something for everyone in the region during this ghoulish season. If you’re one of those guests who love to camp in October, our Riverbend RV Park is a great place to camp and use as a base for enjoying the fun Halloween activities in the area. Let’s explore some of the most thrilling Halloween events happening in Central California in 2023.

ZooBoo at Fresno Chaffee Zoo (Oct. 12–28)

For those seeking a family-friendly Halloween adventure, ZooBoo at the Fresno Chaffee Zoo is a must-visit. This event runs from October 12 to October 28 and offers a delightful blend of spooky and silly. Kids can embark on a trick-or-treat scavenger hunt through the zoo, collecting goodies and admiring the animals in their Halloween-themed habitats. The costume contests, games, and crafts add to the festive atmosphere. Don’t miss the opportunity to see the zoo’s residents enjoy their own Halloween treats! Click here for more information.

Mystery at the Darling Hotel (Oct. 20–21)

Visalia’s Mystery at the Darling Hotel takes you on an immersive journey into the past. This interactive theater experience, held on October 20 and 21, transports you to the roaring ’20s. As a guest at the Darling Hotel, you become a character in a murder mystery, working alongside other attendees to solve the crime. It’s a thrilling night of suspense, intrigue, and costumed revelry. Put on your best flapper dress or pinstripe suit and get ready to uncover clues in this speakeasy-style event. Click here for more information.

Hobb’s Grove (Oct. 19, 6 PM)

Get ready to keep your spirits up at Hobb’s Grove on October 19. Located at 14265 E Goodfellow Ave, Sanger, CA, this promises to be a really fun time! Hobb’s Grove is the ultimate destination for Halloween enthusiasts seeking spine-tingling scares and thrilling experiences. With its immersive haunted attractions and captivating performances, Hobb’s Grove offers an unforgettable journey into the macabre. From eerie mazes to haunted forests, this event is a must-visit for those looking to embrace the spirit of Halloween with a dose of heart-pounding excitement. Click here for more information. Click here for more information.

Clovis’s Halloween Pub Crawl (Oct 21,  4:30 – 9:00 PM)

If you’re looking for adult-oriented Halloween fun, Clovis’s Halloween Pub Crawl is the event for you. While the date is yet to be announced, this pub crawl is always a highlight of the season. Gather your friends, put on your spookiest or silliest costume, and embark on a bar-hopping adventure through Clovis. Enjoy drink specials, contests, and the lively atmosphere of this annual tradition. Click here for more information.

Haunted Howls: Trunk-or-Treat (Oct 21, Fri, 3 – 7 PM)

For an early Halloween celebration, head to the Fresno Animal Center on October 21 for Haunted Howls: Trunk-or-Treat. This family-friendly event combines the joy of trick-or-treating with the opportunity to meet adorable rescue animals. Dress up in your Halloween best and explore the “haunted” trunks filled with treats. The event not only offers a unique way to enjoy the season but also supports a great cause, as proceeds benefit the Fresno Humane Animal Services. It’s a win-win for animal lovers and Halloween enthusiasts. Click here for more information.

Halloween Bash with Marie Wilson Band

Experience a spooktacular evening at Kings River Winery’s annual Halloween Bash on October 27th, featuring live music by the Marie Wilson Band. Gates open at 6:00 PM, and the band will serenade you from 7:00 to 10:00 PM. This thrilling event promises great music, a festive atmosphere, and free entry for active Wine Club Members, making it a fantastic way to celebrate Halloween in style at 4276 S Greenwood Ave, Sanger, CA. Click here for more information.

Monster Mash Dash Halloween Run

Lace up your running shoes and join the spooky fun at the Monster Mash Dash Halloween Run in Fresno on October 28th. It’s the perfect way to combine fitness and Halloween spirit. Don your favorite costume and get ready to race! Click here for more information.

Disney tiny tots Halloween Party

Get ready for a magical and enchanting experience at the Disney Tiny Tots Halloween Party in Clovis on October 28th. This family-friendly event is filled with Disney music, costumes, and a delightful costume contest for your little ones. Don’t miss the chance to enjoy cafe specials and meet some beloved Disney characters, making this Halloween celebration truly special. Admission is just $8, with a $5 skate rental and a $5 spectator fee for non-skating adults. It’s a Disney-themed Halloween adventure you won’t want to miss! Click here for more information.

Halloween 2023: Central California’s Spooktacular Lineup

Central California is teeming with Halloween excitement in 2023, from spooky mysteries and family-friendly festivals to adult pub crawls and trunk-or-treating with rescue animals. No matter your age or scare threshold, you’re sure to find an event that will make this Halloween season unforgettable. Mark your calendars, pick your costumes, and get ready for a spooktacular time in Central California.


Photo credit: Cole Keister