The Capistrano Dispatch
San Juan Capistrano, San Clemente and Dana Point are playing hosts to several family friendly Halloween activities this year.
Friday Oct. 28
5-7 p.m. Hop aboard one of serval 20-minute Harbor cruises. There will be a costume contest on every cruise. Rides are $5 per person, and proceeds benefit the local nonprofit, Community Autism Now. Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching. 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point. 888.224.0603. www.danawharf.com.
6-10 p.m. Walk though several rooms of this all-ages haunted house. Features include animatronics, lightning and fog. There will also be candy and glow sticks for the kids. Also runs Saturday, Oct. 29. Admission price is canned goods, which will be donated to Family Assistance Ministries in San Clemente. 1601 Via Ameno, San Clemente.
Ghost & Legends Tours
6:30 p.m. Get in the Halloween spirit as Historical Society guides lead a “spooky” walking tour of Los Rios Street. Tickets are $8 for adults, and $4 for children. Tours start at 6:30 p.m., 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and also run on Saturday, Oct. 29. Starts at the O’Neill Museum Historical Society. 31831 Los Rios Street, San Juan Capistrano. 949.493.8444. www.sjchistoricalsociety.com.
‘Dial M for Murder’
8 p.m. Deception, murder, and passion complicate Frederick Knott’s darkly brilliant tale of jealousy and greed, Dial M for Murder. This is the second production of the season at the Camino Real Playhouse. Show runs through Oct. 30. Tickets start at $20. 31776 El Camino Real, San Juan Capistrano. 949.489.8082. www.caminorealplayhouse.org.
Saturday, Oct. 29
10:30-11:30 a.m. Kids and families are welcome to listen to “spooky stories” and decorate cookies at the Dana Point Library. 33841 Niguel Road, Dana Point. 949.496.5517. www.ocpl.org/libloc/dana.
Spooky Seas: Halloween Spooktacular Tour
6-9 p.m. This Ocean Institute Halloween tour begins in the lab of a mad scientist and continues onto the wharf and the Pilgrim. Hot cider, hot cocoa and activities will be offered. Suitable for children ages 10 and up. Cost is $7 for children, $10 for adults. Runs through Monday. Ocean Institute. 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive. 949.496.2274. www.ocean-institute.org.
7 p.m. Listen to live music from the Show Killers, and participate in a costume contest—winner gets a free bottle of wine. It’s happy hour all night, and there will be spooky games and activities. Barnoa Wine Bar. 831 Via Suerte, No. 106, San Clemente. 949.388.4378. www.barnoawinebar.com.
Casa Creepy: Haunted House
7-9 p.m. Encounter ghosts, mummies, and creepy-crawly surprises around every corner during spooky tours of our historic 1927 home. Period films such as Nosferatu and vintage-themed special effects will ‘reel’ in the whole family. $12 for adults, $10 for members, $5 for kids under 12. Runs through Monday, Oct. 31. Casa Romantica. 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente. 949.498.2139. www.casaromantica.org.
7:30-11 p.m. Listen to live music from The Cholulas during a Halloween party at Iva Lee’s. 555 N. El Camino Real, San Clemente. 949.361.2855. www.ivalees.com.
Monday, Oct. 31
2- 5 p.m. Head to the Ole Hanson Beach Club for a floating pumpkin patch, pumpkin games, pumpkin decorating, spook-tacular music, and more. Each participant will take home one pumpkin. This event is suitable for all ages. Proper swim attire is required. 105 W. Avenida Pico, San Clemente. 949.361.8264.
Calvary Harvest Festival
5-9 p.m. Join Calvary Chapel for a free night of family fun at Buchheim Field, including bounce houses, face painting, games, rides, music, food trucks, popcorn, candy and more. The field is near Calvary Chapel, which is located 31612 El Camino Real, San Juan Capistrano. 949.443.2572. www.calvarysjc.com.
War of the Worlds
8 p.m. For one night only, the Camino Real Playhouse presents War of the Worlds, a staged dramatization of the original Orson Welles and Mercury Theater on the Air broadcast that aired startling news of reports of a “huge, flaming object” that had fallen to Earth on a New Jersey farm. An anxious radio audience came to the frightening conclusion that Earth was the target of a full-scale alien invasion. The playhouse will also perform Graveyard Mansion from The Witch’s Tale anthology radio series. Tickets are $20. 31776 El Camino Real, San Juan Capistrano. 949.489.8082. www.caminorealplayhouse.org.