“I love Halloween, and I love that feeling: The cold air, the spooky dangers lurking around the corner.” – Evan Peters
Crisp, cool air and red and orange leaves are all around us. Fall is officially here at Big Bear Lake! There are pumpkins adorning storefronts and scarecrows in the Village to greet visitors and shoppers to create the perfect fall setting in the mountains. Follow this guide for fall and Halloween Big Bear events and fun at Big Bear Lake.
Head to the Pumpkin Patch
Picking a pumpkin in an old-fashioned country pumpkin patch is all part of the Halloween experience, especially for the kids. Head to Bear Valley Farms to enjoy an organic pumpkin patch, hayrides, a Bounce House and a petting zoo from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. every weekend in October.
When the sun sets at Bear Valley Farms, stick around to see ghouls, zombies, ghosts and more transform the property into Haunted Bear Valley Farms Friday and Saturday nights Through Oct. 27. Try the corn maze and take a Haunted Hayride. Kids under age 10 are not allowed on the Haunted Hayride. Tickets for the evening Haunted Bear Valley Farms range from $15 – $30 and are available online.
Enjoy Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest
Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest is getting in on the Halloween spirit too! Rated the No. 1 Oktoberfest celebration in Southern California, the Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest runs through Nov. 3. Read our Ultimate Guide to Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest to get the most out of your experience.
Vote for Your Favorite Big Bear Village Scarecrow
The Big Bear Village Business Association is hosting the fifth annual Scarecrow Festival through Nov. 4 in Big Bear Village. Walk through the Village and see an assortment of scarecrows on display. Vote on your favorite scarecrow too! Ballots and maps are available so you have time to vote before the polls close Oct. 30. An awards ceremony for best scarecrow will take place during the annual Halloween in the Village event on Oct. 31.
Take a Stroll at Halloween in the Village
Bring your kids to The Village in Big Bear Lake for some old-fashioned trick or treating fun in Big Bear’s quaint village setting. The free Halloween in the Village event runs from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31. The event has more than 50 places for kids wearing costumes to get candy as you walk through the fall-festive Village. Your dogs are always welcome in the Village too! A pet costume contest is planned at The Copper Q restaurant on Pine Knot Avenue in the Village at 4 p.m. For more information, call (909) 878-4747.
Enjoy Big Bear Alpine Zoo Halloween Events
Every Friday and Saturday night in October, Big Bear Alpine Zoo hosts special guided tours at 6 p.m. that explore the zoo with Flashlight Safari at the Zoo. Come learn about animals that like to stay active from dusk to dawn and allow zoo tour guides to dispel spooky myths about wolves and other nocturnal animals that roam the zoo at night.
From 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 27, bring your children to the zoo in costumes for the annual Boo At the Zoo event to trick or treat, participate in animal art projects and decorate pumpkins. Regular admission prices apply for both zoo events.
Compete in the Pumpkin Carving Competition
On Saturday, October 27th from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Carve for Cash will take place where there will be a Pumpkin Carving Contest, featuring tons of prize giveaways, free family-friendly activities, and a live carving demo by Halloween Wars season 4 winner, Jon Neill.
Ghosts and goblins ages 12 & under can enter for a chance to win a 2018/19 BBMR Anytime Pass, 2019 Summit Bike Park Pass, or plenty of other spook-tacular prizes while their mummies and daddies (ages 13+) compete for $1,100 in ghoulishly green dead presidents! For more information, call 1-800-GO2-BEAR.
Book Your Big Bear Fall Visit Now
Your fall and Halloween schedule is now full of exciting things to do to celebrate one of the best times of the year at Big Bear Lake. Now it’s time to make a reservation for a cozy cabin or luxury hotel room at Big Bear Frontier.