In Los Angeles, once the calendar page turns to Fall, it means it’s time to start celebrating Halloween! Here’s a list of ten family-friendly ways to celebrate all over So Cal. From Mickey Mouse to Mr. Bones, Halloween is terrific Los Angeles-style!
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Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland
1313 Disneyland Dr., Anaheim, CA 92802
A southern California Halloween classic. Disneyland is ready for Halloween and invites families to enjoy with a variety of events. Come dressed in your costume and enjoy fireworks, beware of Disney villains, check out special trick-or-treat stations, enjoy live entertainment including the “Paint the Night” Parade, and more. This is a special seasonal event and runs from Sept. 20th to Oct. 31 – and continues on past regular Disneyland Park hours. Ticket prices vary depending on the date you visit.
Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch
10100 Jefferson Blvd. (W. Los Angeles College), Culver City, CA
This is no ordinary pumpkin patch. Here you’ll find a variety of pumpkins in all sizes, autumn decorations (including squash and gourds), and a special “Halloween boo-tique.” Kids will enjoy all the extra activities, including face painting, pony rides, a petting zoo, a jack-o-lantern bounce house, a straw maze, pumpkin decorating, and a super slide. Weekend admission fees count as credit towards the purchase of your pumpkin. (During the week, admission is free). They’re open from Oct. 6th – 30th, Sunday through Thursday 9 am – 8 pm, Friday and Saturday from 9 am – 9 pm. (Certain activities may have special hours).
Pumpkin Festival & Halloween Hunt at Kidspace
480 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91103
The 23rd Annual Kidspace Children’s Museum Pumpkin Festival takes place October 14th and 15th. Families can play carnival games, make fall crafts, have their faces painted, and select their pumpkins from the pumpkin patch. There will be free live musical performances from a variety of performers, and some activities require purchased tickets. The Halloween Hunt takes place on Sunday, October 29th and is a day of fun in the Arroyo. See website for details and prices.
Boo at the L.A. Zoo
5333 Zoo Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90027
Have some Halloween fun every weekend throughout the month of October (from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm) at the L.A. Zoo. Special Halloween-themed activities include bat and spider-themed crafts, watching pumpkin-carving demonstrations, and trick-or-treating on October 24, 25, and 31st. Families can learn about creepy, crawly creatures, explore some of the Zoo’s caves, and more! These activities are all included in the price of general admission.
Knott’s Spooky Farm
8039 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, CA
Knott’s Berry Farm is ready to celebrate Halloween every weekend in October, starting September 30th. Specially geared for kids ages 3-11, the daytime activities are big on fun, not scares. Some of the special activities include karaoke, mask making, a costume contest party, trick-or-treating, navigating through a maze, exploring slithery, crawly critters, and more. All activities are included in the price of regular admission to Knott’s. (And if you need something scarier, don’t forget about Knott’s Scary Farm).
Phantom of the Opera – Halloween Film With Organ
Walt Disney Concert Hall
111 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012
This special Halloween-night performance begins at 7:00 pm. Organ virtuoso Clark Wilson will perform an appropriately atmospheric sound track on Walt Disney Concert Hall’s magnificent pipe organ for this groundbreaking 1925 silent film – Phantom of the Opera – one of the most unforgettable films of the Silent Era.
Too Cute To Spook at Bowers Museum
2002 N. Main Street, Santa Ana, CA 92706
The Bowers Museum in Santa Ana is promising a silly, spooky, and not scary Halloween fun-filled day. The fun includes Goulish Makeovers, with face painters who can enhance your costumes to look spooky, funny or sweet, Paper Halloween Lanterns: Create silly paper lanterns that will glow with your complimentary glow bracelet, Ghostly Dance Jam: join in on the frightfully fun dance jam on a giant digital hopscotch floor, and a Monster Scavenger Hunt: Find all the friendly monsters hiding in the museum and collect your candy bag at the front door as a prize. $10 for everyone over the age of 2, free for Bowers Museum Members.
The Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor
1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach, CA 90802
Not for the easily scared or for children under thirteen, the Queen Mary transforms itself into a haunted ship in the spirit of Halloween. There are monsters and mazes for twenty nights from Sept. 28th through Nov. 1st. Take part in this annual nightly event from 7:00 pm to 12:00 am, and on Fridays and Saturdays from 7:00 pm to 1:00 am. Tickets are available online and vary in price depending on when you plan to arrive.
Scarium of the Pacific
Aquarium of the Pacific
100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802
On Saturday, Oct. 14, 2016 and Sunday, Oct. 15, the Aquarium of the Pacific becomes the Scarium of the Pacific. From 9:00 am to 5:00 pm each day, families are invited to get into the Halloween spirit with a children’s costume contest, arts and crafts, storytelling, face painting, and magic shows. And because it is the Aquarium, there’s underwater pumpkin carving and a chance to learn about “eerie animals” in the Great Hall. Activities are included in the price of general Aquarium admission.
Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood
100 Universal Studios Hollywood, Universal City, CA 91608
Universal Studios does Halloween, Hollywood style. Live stage shows, scare zones, mazes, and the Terror Tram await families who dare (not geared for children under 13). Tickets are available online, and prices vary depending on the day you attend. See website for dates and times. Begins Sept. 15th and runs through Nov. 3rd.
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