Halloween events raise spirits in Costa Mesa

October 6, 2012 by  

As Halloween approaches, kids can trick-or-treat in costume at the 15th annual Trick or Treat Festival and Halloween Hearse Show. The first 500 children will receive a free gift.

Also this year, the event will feature a Day of the Dead celebration, with Azteca dancers presenting traditional Mexican holiday dances. Dia de los Muertes is a way of honoring loves ones who have passed on. Dance performers include Relámpago del Cielo Grupo de Folklorico and Xipe Totec Danzantes Aztecas.

The annual Hearse Show will feature a display of 50 vintage hearses, ambulances, and funeral coaches. The main stage will feature a display paying homage to the famous magician Harry Houdini, who died on October 31.

Visitors can vote on their favorite Mitt Romney or Barack Obama pumpkin heads, created by sculptor Dough Goodreau of Peculiar Pumpkin Portraits. There will be free face painting, two sessions of puppet shows, and an ice-cream contest sponsored by Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlour. The person with the best scream will win a $50 zoo party at Farrell’s, $30 in ice-cream if they manage second place, or $10 worth of ice-cream for third. Kids can win a free monster mask in ‘Monster Musical Chairs’ and a carnival side show will be performed by FreakShow Deluxe.

The Market Place is located at 99 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, and it would not be surprising to see banner printing used to direct visitors to specific sites during festivals and special events. It will be held 10:00 am – 2:00 pm at the Orange County Market Place on October 28.