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Looking for inexpensive or free entertainment? We've compiled a list of events that have no admission charge. Please note, some of the events below may have optional charges for extra items or entertainment such as rides, raffles, etc. Links to the event are provided that will detail schedules, all activities and optional charges.

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Boot Hill
Select nights starting October 17

An elaborate yard display in Irvine, BOOT HILL rises from the fog for it's 14th year to inhabit the residence at 16 Goldenrod. The unearthly spirits from the old west town of Bridgewood will materialize for NINE nights, transforming the residence at 16 Goldenrod into the old church and cemetary that once occupied the land. Come if you dare...but beware the ghost of Jedediah Smith, he has been known to roam through the decaying grounds of Boot Hill.

Free to all, donations are accepted with proceeds going to CHOC, Children’s Hospital of Orange County.

LOCATION:
16 Goldenrod
Irvine, CA

INFORMATION:
818-633-0300

Horrific Haunted House of Orange
October 24, 25 & 31, 2014
6:30 - 10 pm

4th annual community favorite!

8 rooms of creepy fun with actors, sets, sound and pro lighting. Definitely worth checking out because its FREE and AWESOME!!! Themes this year are: Demented Dolls, Voodoo, Alien Invasion, Murderous Clowns, Zombies, Killer Hillbillies, Tooth Fairy and Insane Asylum

LOCATION:
1466 N. Harwood
Orange, CA 92867
Between Katella and Taft, off of Cambridge/Trenton.
Look for the big yellow sign on the corner!

36th Moulton Elementary Annual BOO Blast!
Saturday, October 25, 2014
10am – 4pm

Carnival Rides, Games & Prizes! Dare to enter Moulton’s Haunted Maze of Scary Feary Tales! Little Red Riding Hood will never be the same……

Face Painting & Hair Spraying
Good Eats & Refreshing Drinks
Food Drive: 4 Cans = Free Ride Ticket

Raffle Baskets & Silent Auction Online. Auction opens Oct. 13th - Nov. 3rd! go to: www.hand.bid/moulton

Free Admission!

LOCATION:
Moulton Elementary School
29851 Highlands
Laguna Niguel

Kidz Block Party
October 31

North Orange County's Largest Free Halloween Alternative Event at Downtown Brea.

Presented by The Cause Community Church featuring face painting, pony rides, games, bounce house, petting zoo,rock climbing wall, raffles, prizes, entertainment and free candy.

LOCATION:
Brea Downtown
E Birch St and S Brea Blvd
Brea, CA 92821

Halloween Treat-or-Treating at Anaheim Town Square
October 31, 2014
3pm-5pm

FREE Event! Activities include: Trick-or Treating, Pumpkin Decorating, Face Painter, Balloon Artist, Train Rides, a Costume Contest and More!

People’s Choice Costume Contest on Facebook (vote on Facebook October 31 thru November 2!)
Age Categories: 5 & Under, 6-11, 12-16, 17+
Registration: 3pm to 5pm
1st Place: $100 • 2nd Place: $50 • 3rd Place: $25

LOCATION:
Anaheim Town Square
2180 East Lincoln Avenue
Anaheim, CA 92806

INFORMATION:
714.956.3411

Discovery CubePresents: Pumpkin Launch - Fullerton
November 1, 2014

Bring your lawn chairs and witness history at this free event as teams compete to see who can launch a pumpkin at targets using giant trebuchets and other devices. Plus, kids can participate in hands-on activities throughout the day. Don’t miss this great family event!

LOCATION:
Cal State Fullerton
800 N. State College Blvd.
Fullerton, California, 92831

INFORMATION:
714-542-2823

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Ongoing Free Events

ExploreOcean Science Saturdays & Science Sundays - Balboa

Science Saturdays & Science Sundays ExplorOcean offers families a fun, interactive hands-on experience to connect to the 7 essential principles of ocean literacy through Science Saturdays at ExplorOcean and Science Sundays at the Back Bay. Quick and engaging activities bring parents and children together as they make predictions, ask questions, problem-solve and think like scientists. Each month we will introduce a new theme based on one of the Ocean Literacy Principles. Science Saturdays and Sundays are FREE and offered to children of all ages. Join us and prepare to see your world in a whole new way! Program is ongoing, weather permitting.

Science Saturdays Location:
ExplorOcean Galleries and Science Courtyard
600 East Bay Avenue, Newport Beach
Time: Noon-3pm

Science Sundays Location: Back Bay Science Center
600 Shellmaker Rd, Newport Beach
Time: 10am-2pm

INFORMATION:
(949) 675-8915

Huntington Beach Art Walk
Huntington Beach
6-9 PM

Experience the talents of visual and performing artists, live music, food and fun in Downtown Huntington Beach! The FREE self-guided walking tour spans over 8 blocks of Downtown Huntington Beach, primarily on Main St., 5th and 3rd streets.

This art event is held every 3rd Thursday of the month from 6 pm to 9 pm.

Santa Ana Art Walk
Santa Ana
First Saturday of the Month
7:00pm - 10:00pm

Orange County's hippest new neighborhood invites you to stroll down the four blocks of the 2nd Street Promenade from Broadway Avenue to Spurgeon Street on the First Saturday of EVERY month from 7:00pm - 10:00pm. Admission is FREE.

The monthly event will give you access to buy original art work from some of Southern California’s freshest, edgiest and most talented artists. It also will have open viewings of working lofts owned by artists and designers all in an award winning urban setting.

Dana Wharf Sportfishing Kid's Fishing
Dana Point Harbor

Kid's Free Fishing Clinic
Every Sunday!

12pm - 12:30pm

Join us every Sunday for our free kid's fishing clinic! Dana Wharf is proud to offer a dockside experience for young anglers! Ask the experts and learn new fishing techniques, new hook tying secrets, win raffle prizes and so much more! No reservations are needed! Try out your new techniques on the 1/2 day trip departing immediately after the clinic where kids fish free AND their rental gear is included!

LOCATION:
34675 Golden Lantern
Dana Point

Saturday Fun Roll - Huntington Beach
Every Saturday
10:30 am

Meets every Saturday morning at 10:30a.m. just north of the Huntington Beach Pier at the amphitheater for a skate of approximately 16 miles round trip. The pace is nice and easy and all ages and levels are welcome. They make several rest stops at various points to let everyone catch up. If you miss them at the beginning, just skate south on the beach path, they retrace the route back, so they'll eventually meet. It's highly recommend that you wear all protective gear - at least wristguards and a helmet. Afterwards you can join everyone for lunch in or around downtown Huntington Beach.

Parking - There is a parking lot next to the pier, cost is about $9.00 per day. Free parking can be found a few blocks away, up any street from 6th to 17th, where there are no meters.

Bolsa Chica Conservancy - Free 1st Saturday Tour - Huntington Beach
1st Saturday of the month
9 am - 10:30 am

Free First Saturday Tour offers an exceptional on-site presentation of the Bolsa Chica Story. On the first Saturday of each month, their docents gather at the south lot of the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve, across the street from the main entrance to Bolsa Chica State Beach. Docents are stationed on or near the footbridge, a truly magnificent entrance to the restored Bolsa Chica wetlands. Tours begin every 15 minutes and five areas of interest are included in the presentation: history, birds, endangered species, ecology and restoration.

This free tour is on a first come, first served basis.

LOCATION:
Bolsa Chica Conservancy
South lot of the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve
3842 Warner Ave., Huntington Beach

Phone:
To reserve private tours, call (714) 840-1575

Pumpkin Patch School Field Trip and Tours
Ongoing - (free teacher admission)

Irvine Park Railroad – located inside of beautiful and historic Irvine Regional Park - offers Pumpkin Patch school and group tours. You can choose a package that’s best suited for your class or group. Activities vary by package and can include a train ride, hay ride and moon bounce. Free activities include a hay maze, picture stands and child-friendly haunted house. All children who participate in this school field trip / tour will receive a free pumpkin and bottle of water. A minimum of 25 paid children per group is required for group pricing. Teachers are FREE. Schedule your school or group ahead of time and you can have access to a Party Pavilion in this great park at no additional cost to enjoy a sack lunch and other activities. Irvine Park Railroad is centrally-located in Orange County.

LOCATION:
Irvine Regional Park
1 Irvine Park Road
Orange, CA 92869

INFORMATION:
For complete Pumpkin Patch activities, or to make a class or group reservation, call Irvine Park Railroad at (714) 997-3968.

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Free Activities & Things to do

Orange County Beaches

Except for parking fees, most beaches in Orange County have no charge for admittance. We have a list of some of our most popular beaches by following the link above.

Orange County Parks

Stroll through wilderness or hiking trails, follow an excercise course, watch the kids on the playground or simply and enjoy the fresh air and wildlife. Orange County parks have a lot to offer.

Click on the link above for some of our favorite parks. Except for some regional parks, there are no charge for admittance.

 

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