Spotlight: Kate’s Top Picks for Halloween in Palm Springs!

Looking for something spookily seasonal to enjoy in Palm Springs this Halloween? Whether high—think Dias de los Muertos altars, or low—pumpkin bowling; young—trick or treat stations, or old—a DJ’d costumed street party—Greater Palm Springs has something for everyone this Halloween! On this week’s Spotlight, check out my curated top picks to get your ghost on this Halloween. Stay safe, boys and girls, and have a howl of a time! ~Kate 

10/24/15  and 10/31/15
Haunted Carriage Tour
horseBig Horse Carriage Company, 217 S. Palm Canyon, Palm Springs, CA, 92262, features Haunted Carriage Tours on Saturday, 10/24/15 and 10/31/15 from 8pm to 11:30pm. Enter the Haunted Carriage Tour and enjoy the haunting of the Big Horse Carriage Company as your ride takes you into the legends and lore of Old Palm Springs. Designed for the whole family. Your hostess of the night is dressed in Halloween Costume and shares the spirit of ghost stories through out the tour and will introduce you to the guest of the month.  Meet the Spirit Ball, and our Headless Horseman, learn the legend of Tahquitz, see the the Tahquitz Witch, and tour the haunted history of old Palm Springs. Included is the demon in the basement, the notorious blue door, the shadow people walk the walls of the old abandon Inns.

Space is limited. The Haunted Carriage only seats 6.  Reservations are recommended. Rates are $15.00 Adults /  $10.00 Children (per person). Private Carriage tour available: $90.00 (per carriage; carriage holds 6 adults).

10/24/15 – 10/31/15
Howl-O-Ween “A Spooky Zoo Adventure”

Palm Desert, CA: The Living Desert Zoo / Gardens: Howl-O-Ween “A Spooky Zoo Adventure”The Living Desert Zoo / Gardens, 47900 Portola Ave., Palm Desert, CA 92260 – 760-346-5694 / Kids are encouraged to dress up in their favorite costumes and enjoy one of the many exciting activities planned for Halloween night including more than 20 trick or treat stations, a monster maze, pumpkin bowling, pumpkin decorating, animal encounters, Living Desert zoo mascots, face painters, bounce houses, craft workshops and more.

Saturday, October 24, Sunday the 25th & Halloween – Oct 31, 2015. Oct 24, 25 & 31 10am – 2pm; *Oct 31 6pm – 8:30pm (*members night). Buy Living Desert Tickets Here!

10/28/15 – 10/29/15

CV Days of los Muertos at Sunnylands
Sunnylands Center & Gardens, 37977 Bob Hope Drive, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270 / In a partnership with Raices Cultura, Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert (The Galen), and the Children’s Discovery Museum, Sunnylands Center & Gardens will celebrate CV Days of los Muertos. The Center & Gardens will be open during the evenings of October 28 and 29 from 6:15 – 9pm for guests to view the Dias de los Muertos altars and see the calavera (skull) designed especially for Sunnylands. The altars, installed throughout the Gardens, will remain on view through the weekend.

For more information please contact the education department at 760-202-2234 or email


Halloween Palm Springs
Join thousands of incredible and unique costumed revelers for Halloween on Arenas Rd. in Palm Springs. Bands, DJs and singers along with cash and prizes for the costume contest. From October 26-30 there will be preliminary costume contests at Chill, Spurline, Hunters, Score and Streetbar with cash and prizes valued at over $200 at each contest.

Halloween on Arenas Rd. has become the not-to-miss event of the. Admission is FREE, but a suggested donation of $5 will benefit Desert AIDS Project, Palm Springs Gay Men’s Chorus [pictured at left], LGBT Community Center of the Desert and Greater Palm Springs Pride.  VIP Tickets are $50 and include beer tastings, gift bag courtesy of Party City and more, for tickets call 760-409-1530 or visit The event is held on Arenas Rd. between Indian Canyon and Calle Encilia in Palm Springs from 6pm to 10pm on Halloween, October 31st.


Día De Los Muertos Celebration
coachellavalley_dayofthedead-d6547cc8In keeping with lively Mexican tradition, the Día De Los Muertos Celebration on Saturday, November 2nd, from 11am to 4pm, at Desert Memorial Park, is a vibrant homage to life filled with music, food, and a bright atmosphere. The day’s fiesta includes live music, Mariachis, dancers, food and merchandise vendors, a student art work contest, face painting, and children’s activities. Admission is free. Desert Memorial Park (Palm Springs’ version of Hollywood Forever Cemetery) is located at 31705 Da Vall Drive, Cathedral City, CA, 92234, about 8 miles from Palm Springs. For more information, contact Well in the Desert at (760) 327-8577.

As always, be sure to check our Calendar of Events for curated event and activity listings year round!

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David J Castello is the Editor-in-Chief and Chief Operating Officer for the Castello Cities Internet Network (,,, etc). His debut novel, The Diary of an Immortal (1945-1959) was published in 2016.

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