Pageant of the Monsters

Pageant of the Monsters

Back by popular demand, the Pageant of the Monsters returns to Laguna Beach. And just when you thought it was safe to go backstage… the Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters brings a “monster” of a good time! Reviving an event from years past, Pageant of the Masters Director Diane Challis Davy presents the Pageant of the Monsters, transforming the Pageant’s backstage into a Haunted House with an artistic twist and a sinking luxury liner.

This year, the Pageant of the Masters’ creative team of artists and technicians has reunited to resurrect the acclaimed Halloween Haunted House as part of the Pageant of the Masters 80th Anniversary celebration. Davy reveals, “Over 100 bewitched Pageant of the Masters volunteers will transform into the ghostly passengers of a doomed luxury liner plus other creepy creatures.” She continued, “It’s not your usual haunted house. Guests will be directed through the amphitheater, Pageant workshops and stage, which have been transformed into a series of eerie artistically presented vignettes. It will be a little scary and spooky, but lots of fun for the whole family.”

Local art organizations will host additional activities including spooky face painting with Sawdust Art Festival, ghoulish crafty fun with Art-A-Fair, plus other “spook-tacular” surprises with the Laguna Playhouse. You may even see fortune tellers, alien autopsy and wandering zombies. But you don’t want to miss the pumpkin printmaking, fun mask making, and the demented chef sideshow. If you happen to get hungry during the haunt Gina’s Alfresco will have Halloween themed snacks available for purchase.

So for those looking for something a little different besides the typical costume party or amusement park haunt, the Pageant of the Monsters is frightfully affordable and offers festivities for everyone to enjoy. Stay a couple of days at one of our Laguna Beach vacation rentals and see more what this small town has to offer for your Halloween experience.

The event will take place at the Festival of Arts, 650 Laguna Canyon Road, on October 25th, 26th, 27th and 31st from 6pm to 9:30pm. Admission is $15 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under (not recommended for children under 5). Tickets are available at or by phone 800-487-3378.