What to do on Halloween in Newport Beach
Planning to take your costume out for a spin in Newport Beach? A myriad of local establishments are throwing up their faux cob-webs and prepping their spaces for your arrival. From family-friendly to strictly adult, here’s our roll call of the best (read: spookiest) things to do on All Hallows’ Eve.
Blackies 16th Annual Halloween Surf Competition on the Balboa Peninsula | Oct. 26
If you’ve ever had an intense desire to ride the waves in a clown costume without being the subject of many arched eyebrows and sideways glances, now’s your chance. During the annual Blackies Halloween Surf Day, surfers around town come together to hit the water in their spookiest attire. Got no surfing chops to put into practice? Don’t fret. People-watching during this event can be just as fun.
Halloween Yacht Party | Oct. 26
If you’re looking to dance your bones off in your skeleton costume, then hop aboard this decked out Halloween party cruise—and come hungry. The three-hour event will feature an unlimited buffet dinner and a full bar to trick—no, treat—yourself. Not to mention, a $500 cash prize for best costume will really up the ante at this bash.
Halloweekend Pub Crawl | Oct. 26
Kids get candy. Adults get their spirits lifted with spooky drinks. Explore a thirsty stretch of the city by hitting up some of Newport Beach’s best watering holes—including Baja Sharkeez, where the festivities will begin—in costume. And while yes, technically, Halloween falls on a Thursday this year, the pub crawl will take place on a Saturday so you can raise your glass this Halloweekend.
Aqua Lounge’s All Hallows Eve Party | Oct. 26
Usher in the holiday by burning up the dance floor at Fashion Island Hotel’s Aqua Lounge. Every year, Aqua Lounge hosts an All Hallows Eve party for their ghouly guests. Opt for the VIP booth, if your group has $250 to shell out. Otherwise, $25 earns you admission as well as a complimentary cocktail from Aqua Lounge’s featured drink of the month (Hint: it’s spiced apple mojito). It also might thrill you to death to know that after a night of being dead on your feet, you might—if you’re crowned best-dressed—snag a 60-minute signature massage at the hotel’s spa.
Throw on your most glamorous dress or your snazziest tuxedo (don’t forget that glitzy mask that’ll turn you into a mysterious stranger), and make your way to this masquerade celebrating the iconic Port Theater’s 70th anniversary. Boogie the night away while sipping on cocktails and catching the night’s entertainment—a live band, a DJ, exotic acts and aerial performers.
Written By: Mariam Makatsaria