Halloween and Dia de los Muertos are just around the corner, and Greater Palm Springs is getting ready to celebrate. From block parties and concerts to 5K memorial runs, the oasis is filled with Halloween events and Dia de Los Muertos celebrations. Make plans to check out some of these top picks in Greater Palm Springs.
Chili Cook-Off & Car Show for Halloween | Oct. 28
Celebrate this haunted holiday at the Palm Springs Air Museum with their 10th annual Chili Cook-Off and Car Show, featuring ghoulish chili recipes and ghostly costumes. Visitors get to sample chili and pick the winners. Don’t miss the stunning collection of vintage and champion cars, plus the museum’s renowned aircraft collection.
Movies at the Park in La Quinta | Oct. 28
For a family-friendly evening, pack your lawn chairs and snacks and head to La Quinta Community Park for Movies at the Park. This month’s Halloween-themed screening is “Hotel Translyvania 2.” The movie begins shortly after dusk.
2017 Dia de Los Muertos Celebration | Oct. 28
Cathedral City’s Dia de los Muertos celebration is a day filled with food, entertainment and face painting in honor of the Day of the Dead. Celebrate loved ones who have passed during this annual event at Desert Memorial Park.
Terrorfest | Oct. 28
Are you prepared to be scared? Put your nerves to the test at Terrorfest at Empire Polo Club in Indio. The terror-filled evening includes five stages of live entertainment, plus a Path of Terror, Spirit Garden, Zombie Lounge and Phantom Food Court. Billed as the “most intense Halloween event in Southern California,” Terrorfest 2017 is ready to give you the show of your afterlife.
BB’s 33rd Annual Halloween Bash at Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs | Oct. 28
One of the biggest Halloween parties in the Coachella Valley returns to the Hard Rock Hotel this year for three floors of costumes, dancing and partying. Last year’s Halloween Bash drew more than 3,000 attendees to enjoy DJs and live bands across seven stages, and this year’s party is expected to be even bigger.
Howl-O-Ween at The Living Desert | Oct. 29; Oct. 31
The Living Desert’s annual family-friendly Halloween event returns for a not-so-spooky zoo adventure this year. Kids 12 and under will get to hit the trick-or-treat trail and fill up their candy bags. The family can also enjoy pumpkin bowling, pumpkin decorating, face painting, live entertainment, a monster maze and more. Costumes encouraged.
Cathedral City Halloween Spooktacular at Fallfest | Oct. 29
Trick or treat! Bring the kids for their share of more than 20,000 pieces of candy at this safe and fun annual Halloween event in Cathedral City. Families can interact with fire trucks and police vehicles, and kids can enter an hourly costume contest to win a free bicycle and gear.
Halloween Palm Springs | Oct. 31
Halloween returns to gay-friendly Arenas Road in Palm Springs with an all-out block party featuring a stunning lineup of entertainment, outrageous costumes and all-night dancing. The event’s first-ever disco dance-off gets the party going at 5 p.m., and local bars keep the fun going with evening costume contests.
Halloween Party at Lulu | Oct. 31
Enjoy a Halloween dinner in decorated dining rooms with costumed staff at LULU in Palm Springs, and stick around for the annual costume contest hosted by local drag queen and entourage Arial Trampway & Friends. Three gift certificates will be awarded for the most innovative and fun costumes. The party starts at 6 p.m. and the costume contest begins at 9 p.m.
Dive-In Movie: Phantom of the Opera | Oct. 31
ARRIVE ends its 2017 dive-in movie series on Halloween with a spooky showing of “Phantom of the Opera.” Enjoy a drink, a dip and a flick and don’t forget your costume! The free screening starts at dusk.
Trick or Treating at Westfield Palm Desert | Oct. 31
Looking for a cool and safe way to take the kids trick or treating on Halloween? Then grab your costumes and candy bags and head to Westfield Palm Desert, where their annual trick or treating event will fill kids’ candy bags with treats from 6 to 7 p.m.
5th Annual Run with Los Muertos Block Party | Nov. 4
Run for a loved one and celebrate Dia de Los Muertos with a block party in the heart of Old Town Coachella. The 5K run and block party includes live music, an art show and beer garden.
Looking for more? Check out our full listings of events in Palm Springs and beyond.