12 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! Here’s a list of 12 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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1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona, CA 91768
Pumpkin Nights at the Fairplex in Pomona invites visitors to journey into the world of dazzling, multi-sensory Halloween displays and eight Pumpkin Lands created with over 3,000 hand-carved pumpkins and foam pumpkins.Highlights include tastes and treats, seasonal beverages, a movie screening of Pixar’s Coco, a pumpkin patch, pumpkin painting and meet and greets with pumpkin artists carving giant pumpkins live. The outdoor, family friendly Halloween experience will be open from Friday, Oct. 12 to Sunday, Nov. 4.
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. 19th to Oct. 31st – and continues on past regular Disneyland Park hours. Ticket prices vary depending on the date you visit. It can sell out so if you’re interested in going, get your tickets early.
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. 5th – 30th, Sunday through Thursday 9 am – 8 pm, Friday and Saturday from 9 am – 9 pm. (Certain activities may have special hours).
Haunted Arroyo at Kidspace Children’s Museum
480 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91103
The Haunted Arroyo takes place Saturday, October 13th and Sunday, October 21st from 5 to 8 pm. Kidspace’s Arroyo Adventure will be glowing with ghouls, spooks, and mystery as you journey through the Haunted Arroyo. Light yourself up with glow in the dark paint, and make a spooky potion. Create glowing lanterns and join the Monster Mash dance party. This special event is not included with regular admission price. See 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 24th Annual Kidspace Children’s Museum Pumpkin Festival takes place on Saturday, October 27th and Sunday, October 28th. Families can play carnival games, make fall crafts, have their faces painted, and visit a petting zoo. There will be free live musical performances from a variety of performers, and some activities require purchased tickets. See website for details and prices.
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Boo at the L.A. Zoo
5333 Zoo Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90027
Have some Halloween fun every weekend day throughout the month of October 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 20th, 21st, 27th and 28th. Families can learn about creepy, crawly creatures, see a fire & ice science show, 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 in the fall. Specially geared for kids ages 3-11, the daytime activities are big on fun, not scares. Some of the special activities include a costume contest, themed rides, trick-or-treating with Snoopy and a Dia de Los Muertos celebration. 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).
Nosferatu – Halloween Film With Organ
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 provide chills and thrills to accompany the silent classic Nosferatu, the first film adaptation of Dracula.
All Hallows’ Eve Celebration at Bowers Kidseum Museum
2002 N. Main Street, Santa Ana, CA 92706
Kidseum at The Bowers Museum in Santa Ana is celebrating All Hallows’ Eve on October 27th from 11 am to 3 pm. Come dressed up in your favorite medieval or Renaissance costume and celebrate in a castle! Enjoy themed art projects and stories that are sure to bring out your inner knight. Enter the costume contest for a chance to be crowned a winner!
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. 27th through Nov. 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. 27th and Sunday, Oct. 28th, 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, a creepy coloring contest, spooky storytelling, face painting, and magic shows. And because it is the Aquarium, there’s underwater pumpkin carving. 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. The movie studio that invented the horror genre brings to life all-new immersive worlds of living, breathing icons from the most twisted imaginations in film and television. 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. 14th and runs through Nov. 3rd.
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