SCARE & Pumpkin Festival Planned For Coachella Valley Halloween, 2023


Ashley Ludwig | Contributed

The Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival has announced a new family tradition for Coachella Valley this October: The Riverside County SCARE & Pumpkin Festival.

The event will take place at the Riverside County Fairgrounds in Indio, starting Saturday, Sept. 29, through Tuesday, Oct. 31. Tickets are now available online.

“Merging the playful mystique of Halloween with the rich traditions of the Day of the Dead, the team that brought you the 2023 Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival presented by Fantasy Springs Resort Casino welcomes you to visit a magical town in the spirit world featuring an immersive experience in three gorgeous themed realms:

• Plaza Fantazma: A haven for family-friendly fun, this pumpkin patch boasts seasonal delicacies and a picture-perfect town square alive with a festival of friendly ghosts.

• Cantina Calacas: Sip on festive brews where skeletons celebrate Oktoberfest in a haunting desert oasis like no other, where every toast echoes with spirited laughter.

• Carnival Carnivore: Step right up and see The Beast… Who FEASTS! This heart-pounding haunted house for thrill-seekers aged 16 and up promises unforgettable surprises. “Nestled within Plaza Fantazma is its ofrenda, a community altar allowing locals to pay tribute to departed loved ones.

“For those brave enough to dare, the Carnival Carnivore haunted house offers frights untold.

“Tickets are on sale now at:

“The 91-acre Riverside County Fairgrounds has a rich history of hosting eclectic, community-centric events, ranging from multi-day extravaganzas to intimate gatherings.

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