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Halloween in Los Angeles

15 + Things To Do with Kids in Los Angeles to Celebrate Halloween

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In Los Angeles, once the calendar page turns to Fall, it means it’s time to start celebrating Halloween! When you were a kid, Halloween may have been a One-Day-Per-Year kind of holiday, but these days we have fun with it for 6 weeks or more.

Here’s a list of more than 15 family-friendly ways to celebrate Halloween all over Los Angeles. From Mickey Mouse to Mr. Bones, Halloween is terrific Los Angeles-style!

Nights of the Jack
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Family-Friendly Halloween in Los Angeles

Boo at the L.A. Zoo
5333 Zoo Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90027

Have some Halloween fun every weekend throughout the month (from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm) at the L.A. Zoo. Special Halloween-themed activities include live performances, special animal feedings, and more. Take advantage of Trick-or-Treat Weekends on October 19 and 20 and October 26 and 27. These activities are all included in the price of general admission. 

Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood
100 Universal Studios Hollywood, Universal City, CA 91608

Universal Studios does Halloween, Hollywood style on select nights beginning Friday, September 13th through Halloween. Live stage shows, scare zones, 10 mazes, and more await families who dare (not recommended for children under 13). Tickets are available online, and prices vary depending on the day you attend. The event begins at 7:00 pm each night.

Halloween Organ and Film
Walt Disney Concert Hall
111 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012

This special Halloween-night performance begins at 8:00 pm. Clark Wilson on organ will accompany the 1923 silent film The Hunchback of Notre Dame. The silent film features Lon Chaney. Tickets are available online. 

Haunted Little Tokyo
Little Tokyo Neighborhood in Downtown Los Angeles

There will be a little bit of everything at this 3rd Annual Haunted Little Tokyo event, taking place all month long. There’s a Pumpkin Patch, a Haunted Night block party, Trick or Treating, a Haunted Film Festival, a Ghostly Walking Tour, and even see the location where John Carpenter’s Prince of Darkness was filmed – and watch the film, too. Obviously some events are meant for the whole family and some will be more appropriate for adults, so please check their website for more information.

a house made of pumpkins at Mr, Bones pumpkin patch with skull surrounded by pumpkins
Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch

Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch
10100 Jefferson Blvd. , Culver City, CA 90232

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 dancing spider bounce house, a straw maze, pumpkin decorating, live entertainment on the weekends, and a super slide. Mr. Bones is open October 4th through October 30th; check the website for ticket information and hours. 

Looking for Pumpkins? Check out our list of the Best Pumpkin Patches.

Halloween in Calabasas and Ventura

Nights of the Jack
King Gillette Ranch: 26800 Mulholland Hwy, Calabasas, CA 91302

Nights Of The Jack is more than your traditional Halloween attraction. Vast grounds of intricately hand-carved and illuminated pumpkins will welcome visitors as they make their way through the half-mile trail around the ranch.  This year, in partnership with Nickelodeon, the event will feature a special SpongeBob SquarePants installation, which brings to life fan-favorite SpongeBob characters and iconic Bikini Bottom places through an illuminated pumpkin display.

Ventura Harbor Village Howl-o-ween Dog Costume Contest
and Seaside Trick or Treating

Visitors and their furry friends are invited to participate in two fab-boo-lous free events including the HOWL-O-Ween Dog Costume Contest from 11 am to noon and Kids Seaside Trick or Treat from 1-3pm on Saturday, October 26, 2019 in Ventura Harbor Village. Dogs dressed as ghosts, goblins, witches and more, along with costumed kids and spooktacular parents, will gather in picturesque Ventura Harbor Village to celebrate Halloween seaside.

Halloween on the Eastside

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Pumpkin Nights
Fairplex
1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona, CA 91768

Pumpkin Nights began in 2016 at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds and now runs throughout the month of October in five different cities. Families will “venture along a half-mile walking path, where you’ll discover the Forbidden Pumpkin City, a pirate’s cove, and more fantastical lands built using over 3,00 hand-carved real and artificial pumpkins.” Families will also enjoy entertainment, games, and more. Tickets must be purchased in advance and are available online. Families are also encouraged to wear costumes. Check the website for details regarding tickets as well as special events planned for each night. The outdoor, family-friendly Halloween experience will be open from Thursday, October 10th to Sunday, Nov. 3rd from 5:30 pm to 10:30 pm each night.

Kidspace Spooktacular: Monster Mash
480 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91103

Kidspace Spooktacular: Monster Mash takes place on Saturday, October 12th and Sunday, October 13th from 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm. Enjoy Halloween-themed activities throughout the museum. And with your timed-ticket, families will “enter Arroyo Adventure to meet your Ghost Host and encounter fun and frightful characters as you search for candy and other treats.” Remember to bring your own treat bag. Tickets are pre-sale only; check the website for details and prices.

Pumpkin Festival with Kidspace Children’s Museum
Brookside Park in front of Kidspace

360 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91103

The 25th Annual Kidspace Children’s Museum Pumpkin Festival takes place on Saturday, October 19th and Sunday, October 20th from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm each day. Families can play carnival games, make fall crafts, have their faces painted, enjoy live musical performances, and visit a petting zoo. Admission to the festival is free, though tickets are required for certain food and festival attractions. Check the website for details and prices.

Carved
Descanso Gardens
1418 Descanso Dr., La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011

Descanso Gardens hosts Carved, a special display of “a thousand professionally carved pumpkins – some as large as 100 pounds and all of them real,” from October 23rd through October 27th, 6:30 pm to 10:30 pm. The pumpkins will line a one-mile walk through the Camellia Forest and Oak Grove. This is a family-friendly event designed for all ages. Advance tickets are required, and are expected to sell-out quickly. Check the website for details. 

Ready to Get Dressed Up? Check out our list of the Best Costume Shops in Los Angeles!

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Castle Dark for Halloween at Castle Park
3500 Polk Street, Riverside, CA 92505

Experience Castle Park like never before. As night falls, monsters, zombies, and scares linger around every corner. Experience three new haunted maze attractions and five scare zones. All of your favorite ride attractions will be open as well. Castle Dark is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 7pm – 11pm, September 28 – October 27.

candy colored pumpkins decorating Downtown Disney 2019
Candy-colored pumpkins decorating Downtown Disney

Halloween in Orange County

Oogie Boogie Bash – A Disney Halloween Party
Disney California Adventure Park
1313 Disneyland Dr., Anaheim, CA 92802

Get ready for a new “howliday spellebration” select nights September to October 2019” at Disney California Adventure Park! This “new, separately ticketed, after-hours event” is hosted by Oogie Boogie (from Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas) and the Disney Villains. Enjoy special events, tricks and treats, and more. Check the website for ticket prices. Tickets are expected to sell-out so don’t delay in purchasing yours. This special season event runs on select nights from September 17th through October 31st. 

Knott’s Spooky Farm
8039 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, CA

 Knott’s Berry Farm is ready to celebrate Halloween each Saturday and Sunday, from September 28th through October 27th and Thursday, October 31st. Specially geared for kids ages 3-11, the daytime activities are big on fun, not scares. Trick-or-treat through Ghost Town from opening until 4:30 pm. Kids can participate in a costume contest, and have some fun when the “Timber Mountain Log Ride transforms with spooky but family-friendly surprises.” All activities are included in the price of regular admission to Knott’s.

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giant pumpkin at Disneyland and my family posing with it
Happy Halloween from my family!

Halloween Tours: Unsolved Mysteries at the Bowers Museum (A Docent-Led Specialty Tour!)
Bowers Museum
2002 N. Main Street, Santa Ana, CA 92706

Families are invited to the Bowers Museum for a “spine-tingling experience that will haunt you!” This special 30-minute, docent-led tour takes visitors to the Historic Wing and highlights “mysteries surrounding the Bowers’ oldest artifacts and a ghostly presence often felt in the museum’s original building.” The tour is included in general admission and is offered on Thursdays throughout October. Check the website for details.  

Halloween in Long Beach

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. This annual Halloween haunt features “6 haunted mazes, a 4D theater experience, hundreds of monsters, immersive attractions, live entertainment,” and more. The frights begin September 26th and continue for 23 “haunted evenings through November 2nd.” 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. 26th and Sunday, Oct. 27th, 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 Near San Diego

Legoland’s Annual Brick-or-Treat Party Nights
1 Legoland Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92008

Legoland Park transforms into the ultimate family Halloween party with tasty goodies, monster jams and spooktacular entertainment every Saturday night (Sept. 28, Oct. 5, 12, 19, and 26) at 5 p.m. There are treat stations located throughout the Park and inside SEA LIFE® Aquarium, there is sure to be something to satisfy every sweet tooth. Along with tons of candy, guests can collect specialty items such as LEGO® Commemorative brick, LEGO® Life Magazine and healthy treat options!

Legoland brick or treat giant pumpkin made of legos Halloween
(PHOTO / LOCK + LAND, Chip Litherland)

Scary Halloween Events For Older Kids and Adults

Fright Fest 2019
Six Flags Magic Mountain
26101 Magic Mountain Parkway, Valencia, CA 91355

If you dare to explore, Fright Fest is back for select days from September 14th through November 3rd. Enjoy several mazes and scare zones throughout the park as “zombies and ghouls take over the park.” Check the website for details. 

Los Angeles Haunted Hayride
Griffith Park (Old Zoo)
4730 Crystal Springs Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90027

The Haunted Hayride is for true horror fans, and is actually several attractions in one. Besides the Hayride, there’s the town of Midnight Falls, Midnight Mortuary, Roadkill Ranch, and mini escape games to play. Not recommended for kids under 12. See their website for dates, times and ticket prices.

Knott’s Scary Farm
8039 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, CA 90620

The normally charming theme park is transformed into a Halloween nightmare with mazes, scare zones, and scary experiences all over. While there is no age restriction, it is not recommended for kids under 13.


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