Whether you’re a die-hard fan of the supernatural or simply looking for a unique spot to hang out this October, Orange County has the perfect potion of places to whet your appetite. Whether you’re looking for a quiet coffee, a magical tea, or a bewitched brew, this list has something for everyone.Venture out, if you dare, and relish in the season’s spooktacular spirit.
If you’ve ever dreamt of sipping your morning coffee amidst Victorian goth splendor, Burnt Umber in Santa Ana is the place for you. Owned by two gothic-loving sisters, this coffee shop and tea room serves as a bewitching backdrop year-round with its antique furniture, eerie art pieces, and delicious coffees, teas, and lattes that don’t disappoint. Beyond your beverage, you can also find themed jewelry, perfumes, teas, and Halloween decor for sale from their Petals and Poison shop. And with occasional themed events and limited time offerings, it promises something new every visit. Perfect for a memorable photo op or a spooky date!
The Vogel Victorian
Step back in time and into a hauntingly charming atmosphere at The Vogel Victorian in Santa Ana. This majestic Queen Anne Victorian home not only promises an exquisite High Tea experience, but also an enchanting tour of the 125-year-old haunted house. Dive deep into the home’s history, indulge in spectral detective work, and cap it off with a spread of finger sandwiches, soup, and the finest teas. Remember to book your spot in advance via Eventbrite for this exclusive paranormal tea party.
Elixir Tea Bar
Unleash your inner sorcerer at Elixir Tea Bar! A secret boba speakeasy in Costa Mesa, this specialty tea and ice cream haven pays homage to the world’s most famous fantasy franchises — from Harry Potter to Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones. To even find its hidden location, you must follow the riddle-like directions listed on their website. Once inside, you’ll be whisked away into a land a magic and mystery. After choosing your drink, you’re handed a wand, beckoning you to embark on 1 of 12 “Wizard Tasks,” such as magically transporting a bubble into your glass. Who knows what magical task will await you on your visit?
Strong Water Anaheim
For those seeking to drown their spooky spirits, Strong Water Anaheim is the place for you. Step into what feels like a sunken ship, and toast to the month with their special “Mahalloween” cocktails. The award-winning “Best Cocktail Bar in Orange County” according to the LA Times for 2023, the bar serves up spooky drinks this month like “Berry the Hatchet,” “The Devil’s Corn,” and “Dead to Port” that are sure to leave even the most legendary pirates impressed. Note: It’s a 21+ venue and reservations are needed for indoor dining.
Lastly, but by no means least, is The Cauldron in Costa Mesa. Offering a bewitching blend of French-inspired cuisine and craft cocktails, this witch-themed bar is an essential stop for those wanting to celebrate the spooky season in style. Venture in and explore to discover their secret hidden room, or enjoy their weekly costume themes during the Halloween season for a discount on their enchanting offerings. With their intricate craft brews and warm, inviting atmosphere, The Cauldron bar is a must-visit this October.