CATHEDRAL CITY/PALM SPRINGS — The only thing better than one Spooktacular might be two — both in the Coachella Valley to coincide with Halloween.

Both Cathedral City and Palm Springs will hold a Spooktacular event. There will be more candy than in Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory, a haunted bus, costume contests, and much more.

Admission is free to Cathedral City’s Halloween Spooktacular on Oct. 27 from noon to 3 p.m.  The event features trick or treating with more than 30,000 pieces of candy.

Spooktacular Fun in Cathedral City, Palm Springs

Cathedral City Spooktacular participants

Spooktacular activities include Halloween costume contests (two bikes given away each hour), Cathedral City High School Ballet Folklorico, police and fire exhibitions, music, family games, and LifeStream will hold a blood drive for adults only.

Presented by Quick Quack Car Wash (Don’t Drive Dirty) and sponsored by the City of Cathedral City, Cathedral City Police Department, Cathedral City Fire Department, Sonic Drive-In, Zobo & Meester’s, U S Bank, Mary Pickford Theatre, Frazier Pest Control, and La Michoacana Ice Cream Parlor and Candy Store.  Come hungry as A Liberty Catering will be there to serve lunch and beverages for purchase.

Halloween Spooktacular, 68700 Avenida Lalo Guerrero, provides attendees with information about the police and fire departments, to view special demonstrations, and get to know the men and women who serve you on a daily basis.

Palm Springs will hold its Halloween Spooktacular during VillageFest on Thursday, Oct. 31.

Activities include a costume contest for the best team costume, scary costume and Do-It-Yourself costume. The costume contest kicks off at 7 p.m. on the corner of Museum Way and Palm Canyon Drive.

Attendees can trick-or-treat with VillageFest vendors and downtown merchants.

Palm Springs police and firefighters will also be on hand with games and candy. In addition, SunLine Transit will provide a “Haunted Bus.”

Activities include live music, face-painting, crafts, carnival games, and more. Festivities begin at 6 p.m.

VillageFest hours this fall are 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. along Palm Canyon Drive between Baristo and Amado roads.

Shops, galleries and restaurants will remain open late during VillageFest.

Image Sources

  • Cathedral City Spooktacular participants: City of Cathedral City
  • Halloween: Image by ArtTower from Pixabay