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Halloween in Los Angeles

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

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 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
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.

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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. 

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. 

Halloween on the Eastside

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Pumpkin Nights
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.

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. 

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Happy Halloween from my family!

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. (And if you need something scarier, don’t forget about Knott’s Scary Farm).

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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 in Valencia

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. 


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1 comment

  1. Elizabeth soto 16 October, 2018 at 10:08 Reply

    How can I get free tickets to knots spooky farm to take my daughter to have a good time . I can’t afforded can you please help .

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