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Things To Do with Kids in Los Angeles to Celebrate Halloween 2016

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UPDATED 9/2016 In southern California, once the calendar page turns to October, it means it’s time to start celebrating Halloween! Here’s a list of ten family-friendly ways to celebrate.

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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 – from Sept. 23, 2016 to Oct. 31, 2016 – and continues on past regular Disneyland Park hours. Ticket prices vary depending on the date you visit.

Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch
(note: new location) 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. 1 – 31, 2016 Sunday through Thursday 9 am – 8 pm, Friday and Saturday from 9 am – 9 pm. (Certain activities may have special hours).

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. 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).

Horror in the Hall – Halloween Organ With Film
Walt Disney Concert Hall
111 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012
This special Halloween-night performance begins at 8:00 pm. Organ virtuoso Clark Wilson will improvise an appropriately atmospheric sound track on Walt Disney Concert Hall’s magnificent pipe organ for this groundbreaking 1920 silent film – The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari – one of the earliest, most influential and artistically acclaimed films in the German Expressionist genre, directed by Robert Wiene.

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. 29th, 2016 through Oct. 31, 2016. 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. 15, 2016 and Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016 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. 16,2016 through Nov. 5, 2016.

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Wendy is a freelance writer who finds inspiration in her nine-year-old son and from her experiences from her twelve-year teaching career. Her writing has appeared in several publications and anthologies, both in print and online. She prefers sunflowers to roses and thinks chocolate is okay at any meal. You can find her at wendykennar.com.


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