CtrCity’s Ultimate Guide to Halloween Haunts and Happenings

From the scary to the sweet, Center City has no shortage of fun fall festivities and special treats. And although Halloween is the star of the show, it’s not all spooks and seasonal foods, as some of the best of Center City’s fall lineup includes a twist on a German tradition and a brilliant exhibition on one of southern California’s darkest hours.

Hawaiian Portugese Sausage at Black Sheep, GC

 Come in now through the end of the month for this seasonal special at Black Sheep Grilled Cheese Bar, Center Street’s own grilled cheese gurus. Designed especially for the fall season, the Hawaiian Portuguese sausage sandwich is made with sage Derby cheese, ground mustard and sauerkraut. Through October 31st. Black Sheep, GCB, second floor Packing House.           

         The Yoga Mat + Decades Bar and Grill Bend & Brunch: Rock Out ‘80s Theme

 Need some costume inspiration? Let the “Me Decade” inspire you. The Yoga Mat and Decades Bar and Grill have teamed up to bring you a totally ‘80s yoga and brunch event on Saturday, October 19th at Decades. Wear your best ‘80s gear for the yoga class and stick around for brunch afterward. $30 per person. Includes the class, one breakfast entree, and one mimosa or Bloody Mary. Radical! Yoga from 10AM-11AM, Brunch from 11AM-2PM, Decades Bar and Grill, Center City. For more info:decadesbarandgrill.com/live-events

Diwali Celebration Class at Adya

Diwali is the fall festival of lights celebrated on October 27th by many Sikhs, Buddhists Hindus, and Jains. The five-day festival celebrates the triumph of light over dark, and knowledge over ignorance. Learn how to make celebratory foods for this beautiful tradition from the folks at Adya on the second floor of the Packing House. The event is $35 and includes the class, lunch and a beverage. Saturday, October 19th. For reservations call 714-533-2392 or email info@adyaoc.com.

 Bizen Beer Bar’s Oktoberfest

We said Anaheim Brewery’s Oktoberfest is a can’t-miss event and we stand by our word but the fun continues with Bizen Beer Bar’s non-traditional take on Oktoberfest. With $5 and $7 draft beers, Japanese tapas and the music of Frank Sinatra by Trevor Kelly makes for an eclectic ode to beer. Neighbors Hummus Bean, Pour Vida and House of Chimney Cakes join in with street food. Bizen Beer Bar Saturday, October 19th, from 4-10 PM.

Anaheim Fall Festival

A tradition since 1923, Anaheim’s Fall Festival and Parade are a delight for kids and adults alike. The festivities begin at 11 AM on Center Street Promenade. Be sure to enter your little person or pup in the Kiddie Costume Contest and Halloween Pooch Parade. The main parade starts at 6 PM, going from Broadway to Center Street. Saturday, October 26th starting at 11 AM. For more info: https://www.anaheimfallfestival.org/parade/

BXCR’s Absinthe and Cheese Pairing

The spookily green spirit absinthe once had a forbidden reputation but in the hands of BXCR’s resident cheese sommelier it takes on a much more refined reputation. The green-colored anise and fennel spirit was a favorite of Vincent Van Gogh. BXCR Wines, Packing House ground floor, Tuesday, October 29th from 6:30-9:30 PM. $50 per person.Reserve your spot here.

Halloween Music from Amanda Castro

Make one of your trick or treat spots the Packing House and you’ll be entertained by the sultry jazz of Amanda Castro, a local favorite. Thursday, October 31st From 7-9 PM Free. Check out Amanda and her band here.

Okayama Kobo and House of Chimney Cakes Scary & Sweet Treats

These Center Street neighbors are outdoing each other with Instagram-worthy adorable and sweetly spooky desserts!  Limited and seasonal, pop by Okayama Kobo for adorable ghost and bat croissants. House of Chimney has a Halloween Day only OG Chimney ”Mummy” wrapped up in Marshmallow fluff and a “wicked witch” special through the end of the month with orange Dole whip, blueberry sugar cone, fondant and sprinkles. 

      Boo-tiful Halloween and Thanksgiving Gear for the Littles

Lil Rockstarz Tutu Boutique has sewn up some adorable festive creations for your little fashionista. Custom creations can also be requested online but stop by the Thursday Anaheim Farmers Market between 10AM-3PM and pick out your pumpkin’s outfit in person!

I Am an American: Japanese Incarceration in a Time of Fear

This sobering but important special exhibit tells the story of local Japanese Americans before and after WWII. Ending soon, on November 3rd, the display includes personal artifacts and testimonials. It takes a special look at the Poston, Arizona incarceration camp which many Orange County Japanese Americans were relocated to between 1942-1945. Presented in partnership with the Anaheim Library. Through November 3, MUZEO, 241 South Anaheim Blvd. Wed.-Sunday 10AM-5PM. Between $7-$10 Purchase tickets here.

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