From sculptures and paintings to literature and culinary arts, this week really showcases Orange County’s creative scene. But we can’t forget the celebrations for the two holidays taking place this week as well—a haunted maze experience for Halloween and a cemetery party for Dia de los Muertos. Then, end the week right with a run for a cause.

Monday, October 30

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See “Wings of the City”
Plaza Calle Cuatro
325 East 4th Street
Santa Ana, CA 92701

The city of Santa Ana recently partnered with the local Mexican consulate to bring a public art display to the area, which includes nine bronze sculptures crafted by contemporary figurative artist Jorge Marín. Stop by within the next year to see pieces like “Wings of Mexico,” which is located in the plaza, as well as eight other sculptures that are scattered along 2nd Street, 4th Street and Spurgeon Street.

Tuesday, October 31

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The Haunt at Daisy Avenue
Ravenwood Manor
16887 Daisy Avenue
Fountain Valley, CA 92708

Celebrate Halloween with the last-ever run of this nearly 20-year event. A private home turned into a maze in the spirit of the spooky holiday, The Haunt at Daisy Avenue takes guests through a haunted graveyard and dark halls filled with monsters following a séance gone wrong. On Wednesday night, there will also be a non-scare version.

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Visit Mickey’s Halloween Party
Disneyland Resort
1313 Disneyland Drive
Anaheim, CA 92802
(714) 781-4565

Tonight is the last night to visit the terrific Halloween experience at Disneyland! Mickey’s Halloween Party has continued to grow more and more popular each year since its inception, offering special events of spooky excitement within the famed theme park. In addition to the fun slew of rides and attraction, this special ticketed party offers Halloween décor, trick-or-treating lines offering candy and healthy treats, a themed fireworks show and unique parades and performances. This year, for the first time, Disney’s California Adventure is open for the party as well. Certain rides—like the Haunted Mansion, Space Mountain and Guardians of the Galaxy—Mission: Breakout!—have been transformed for the holiday as well. Attend from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Wednesday, November 1

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Suzanne Gates Book Signing
Barnes & Noble
7881 Edinger Avenue
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
(714) 897-8781

Author Suzanne Gates, the writer of mystery novel “The Glamorous Dead,” will be on site at Bella Terra to sign copies of the book and lead a discussion about the story. There will also be prize giveaways during the event, which begins at 7 p.m.

Thursday, November 2

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Dia de los Muertos Celebration
Fairhaven Memorial Park
1702 Fairhaven Avenue
Santa Ana, CA 92705
(714) 633-1442

Follow up Tuesday’s scary celebrations with one of remembrance. Dia de los Muertos is an important part of Mexican culture and tradition, and this event will help attendees remember loved ones with a bilingual service, entertainment and complimentary refreshments as well as a traditional offertory where guests can place pictures of their own deceased family members.

Friday, November 3

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“I Love You, California: The Peter & Gail Ochs Collection”
Casa Romantica
415 Avenida Granada
San Clemente, CA 92672
(949) 498-2139

Friday marks the first day of this three-month exhibition, with an opening reception taking place from 6 to 8 p.m. The rare exhibit will display 25 major impressionist works from California artists including Maurice Braun and William Wendt.

Saturday, November 4

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Fire-and-Ash Wine Dinner
Centennial Farm
88 Fair Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(714) 708-1619

Visit The Red Barn for a farm-to-fork experience that includes everything from live-fire grilled flatbreads, split Cornish game hen, butter cake s’mores, sparkling wine and much more. French-American artist Guy Buffet will be the honored guests while Dan Kohler, Melissa Cortina and Thom Curry will speak.

Sunday, November 5

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Miracle Babies Super Hero 5K
Aldrich Park at UCI
Irvine, CA 92697
(949) 724-6000

Get your daily exercise in with a walk or run at UCI dressed as your favorite superhero. The event is for a great cause; those of all fitness levels can join in to raise funds for Miracle Babies, a nonprofit that supports families and babies that are in the NICU.

Ashley Ryan is an Orange County native that loves traveling, live music and photography. She blogs at Pure Wander and freelances for a variety of publications including Newport Beach Magazine and Laguna Beach Magazine.


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