The Ultimate Guide to Halloween Events for LA Kids & Parents

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The ultimate list of Halloween events in LA so you can find the perfect Halloween haunt for every superhero, witch, and goblin in your family

Spooky season is in full swing—and with that, the hunt to find Halloween events near me and discover some new ones that are worth the drive are top of mind. From not-so spooky ghostly haunts to scare fests that come with an age-minimum, luckily, there’s something frightfully fun for everyone. Check out our list of must-go list of Halloween events in Los Angeles—from babies and toddlers to tweens and beyond—there’s a fun Halloween event your family is sure to love. Add a pumpkin patch in LA, some apple picking near Los Angeles and a free event or two happening around LA this month and your October is one for the memory books.


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Best Halloween Events in Los Angeles for Babies & Toddlers

Boo! at the LA Zoo
Oct. 1-31: Babies love looking at the animals, and bringing your adorable costumed little monkey for a photo op with the real monkeys is a memory you’ll treasure always. There are activities for kids of all ages, and you can always just watch animals munching on their Halloween treats. Event details.

Carved at Descanso Gardens
Oct. 7-31: Carved is a family-friendly event for all ages (not just toddlers but this age group will get an absolute kick out of the various installations, sculptures and treats along the way. For three weeks in Oct., thousands of carved pumpkins will line a 1-mile walk through the Camellia Forest and Oak Grove. Along with pumpkins, there will be exciting new oversized sculptures made of sticks and other natural materials. Pumpkin carving demonstrations, the ever-popular pumpkin house, a hay maze, and themed food and beverage will all help to create a fun harvest festival ambiance. Event details.

Halloween at Kidspace
Oct. 1-31: It’s pumpkin time! And as our special treat, Kidspace Children’s Museum is hosting the most adorable Halloween event ever for you and your little pumpkin. Everyone is invited to march, dance, and strut the catwalk in our fanciful Halloween parade—costumes encouraged! Plus, there will be pumpkin decorating (for a modest additional charge), mask making, and up-close visits with some not-too-scary animal friends. Event details.

Bob Baker’s Halloween Spooktacular
Sept. 24-Oct. 31 (Sat. & Sun. plus additional showtimes): In this hour-long, family friendly boo-sical revue, over one hundred spirited puppets rally to unearth ghastly things on strings. From whirling witches, to the soulful laments of Dracula and Vampira, to a bone-rattling soirée of glow-in-the-dark skeletons in a hidden cabaret, Bob Baker’s Hallowe’en Spooktacular whisks you to the place where imagination lurks. Event details.

Howl-O-Ween at Great Wolf Lodge
Oct. 1-31: Time to get spooky at Great Wolf Lodge Southern California as it gets ready to kick off one of its famed seasonal celebrations, Howl-O-Ween! Fa-boo-less fun awaits all month long as the lodge is decked out with fall leaves, pumpkins, and other festive décor to celebrate the color-changing season. This year’s event will also include the family favoriteTrick-Or-Treat Trail, a Halloween-themed version of Great Wolf Lodge’s Yoga Tails, Monster Bash Dancy Party, Howl-O-Ween trivia and crafts, and more. Event details.

Halloween Time at Disneyland Resort
Oct. 1-31: Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort brings guests of all ages under its spell, with spook-tacular experiences themed especially for the season. Halloween magic will enchant guests at both Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park as favorite experiences are transformed into dreadful delights. With seasonal attraction overlays, Halloween-themed décor and food and beverage offerings, plus encounters with dastardly Disney villains, happy haunts seem to materialize around every corner. Event details.

 

Best Halloween Events in Los Angeles for Preschoolers

Arachnids Come Alive at the NHM
Now through Nov. 27:
What’s creepy, crawly and has eight legs? Spiders of course! And the Natural History Museum has dozens of them on display for you to view and learn about. From fangs and eyes to webs and burrows, find out why we could never live without our arachnid friends. See the spectacular spiders and their magnificent webs in this unique, open-air experience. Event details.

LEGOLAND’s Brick-Or-Treat Monster Party
Every Sat. through Oct.: The frighteningly-fun Monster Party begins the moment guests enter the Park with Instagrammable photo spots, LEGO Monster Character Meet & Greets, a scavenger hunt and the Monster Security Checkpoint Street Performers checking that only “real monsters” are entering the party! Treat stations themed to each spooky zone featuring an assortment of candy can be found throughout the Park, with friendly ghoulish stilt walkers passing through to say “Boo!” Along the way, guests can collect themed pop badges and a commemorative Brick-or-Treat brick. All guests are encouraged to join the festivities in costume and get ready for a howling fun time. Event details.

Nights of The Jack
Sept. 30-Oct. 31: This immersive experience showcases intricately hand-carved and illuminated jack o’lanterns, Halloween wonderland featuring a live pumpkin carver, gift shop, top LA food trucks, a “Spookeasy Bar” and tons of other “Instagrammable” moments for all to enjoy. Event details.

Haunt-O-Ween Immersive Experience
Sept. 30-Oct. 31: Go trick-or-treating in the Town of Haunt O’ Ween, wander through the streets of Ghoul City, visit the Farm House, venture into the Hidden Hollows. At this immersive experience, you can explore over 200,000 square feet. full of performances, games, decorations, photo ops, rides, and more. Event details.

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Spooky Science at the Discovery Cube
Oct. 1-31: Stop by the science lab for fun and educational activities, let your toddlers jump on the tractor rides. take the Pumpkin Tetris Challenge, go on a scavenger hunt throughout the science center. Event details.

New Spider Pavilion at the South Coast Botanic Garden
Oct. 1 through Nov. 30: New arthropods will be calling the area home as hundreds of live spiders take over the pavilion. Guests (for an additional fee much like to see the butterflies) can enter the pavilion for 30 minutes to be surrounded by orb-weaving spiders. And while these spiders will be living freely in the pavilion, there will be some additional tarantulas inside glass cases. Check out the Spider Wall that will educate guests about the brown widow, which was “discovered” in Torrance in 2003 as an invasive species on the West Coast. Event details.

Spooky Fun & Painting at the Children’s Gallery
Oct. 8: Go to LACMA for spooky fun and free painting! Visitors of all ages are invited to explore the art of brush painting with friendly and helpful staff who will introduce painting techniques, offer tips, and even provide high chairs for very young artists. No prior art-making experience is necessary. Event details.

Free Halloween Goo Craft
Oct. 13: Kids of all ages can get their hands into making some squishy Halloween slime-goo. The whole family can enjoy making a creative mess! Event details.

Go to a Faery Hunt Halloween Party
Oct. 23:
On this unique event, join the faery folke on a fun and gentle immersive quest for the Fairy Royalty with A Faery Hunt interactive, musical performance. Come in costume, it is Halloween! Event details.

“Coco” at the Hammer Museum
Oct. 23: Young Miguel yearns to be a singer but, for reasons shrouded in mystery, his family forbids it. On Día de Muertos, he stumbles into the Land of the Dead where he must discover his family’s secret to heal the wounds of the past. This Oscar-winner from Pixar prefigures Encanto with its vibrant palette, buoyant rhythms, and whole-hearted celebration of family bonds, cultural traditions, and musical dreams. Free admission. Event details.

Halloween Carnival at Malibu Bluffs
Oct. 28: Includes bounce houses, carnival games, truck-or-treat, costume cat walk face painting and food are available for a nominal fee. Pre-registration required. Event details.

Boo-nion Station: Family Halloween Fest
Oct. 29 & 30: Boonion Station is back! The free, fiendishly fun event will transform the station’s South Patio into a mystical Halloween Village featuring activities for kids. The Hallowhuts will host performances, Halloween crafts, face painting, tarantula tattoos and puppet shows. Event details.

Scarium of the Pacific
Oct. 29 & 30: The Aquarium will celebrate its 23rd annual Scarium of the Pacific, a Halloween event for the whole family featuring costume and coloring contests, a vampire magician, underwater pumpkin carving, creepy critters, and more. Event details.

Trick or Treat at Westfield Topanga
Oct. 31: Trick-Or-Treating at The Village from 5-7 p.m. In addition to “window to window” trick or treating, the center will also be offering arts, crafts, games, music, face painting, and more! Event details.

Trick-or-Treating at Westfield Century City
Oct. 31: Families are invited to celebrate Halloween at LA’s chicest mall where little ones can enjoy a safe, fun, and festive trick-or-treating experience from 5-7 p.m. Event details.

Best Halloween Events in Los Angeles for Big Kids

Freaky Flora at the LA Arboretum and Botanical Garden
Oct. 1-31: Why was rosemary traditionally placed in funeral boquets? What flower was once used to preserve dead bodies? Which herb in the Middle Ages was believed to ward off evil spirits? Learn the answers to these questions discover eerier side of our collections as you enjoy a self-guided exploration of our “Freaky Flora” plant list. While weaving your way through the garden, look for little scarecrows tucked along the paths. Each scarecrow indicates a stop on the Freaky Flora list, and has a QR code connected to the full Freaky Flora route, along with fun, spooky facts about all 25 plants. Event details.

All Things Wicked & Wonderful at South Coast Botanical Garden
Oct. 1-31: From looking into the skeleton pasts of Diabolical and Misunderstood plantings in the Garden Graveyard to hundreds of creepy crawlers taking over their first-ever Spider Pavilion, there’s something for everyone, and every scare level. Head off on our Witch Hunt that may have you believing in sorcery as you search throughout our 87 acres for one wicked witch, with special sightings during the last four weekends of October, or bring your four-legged friend to our Howl-o-ween Costume Contest. Event details.

 Watch “Cruella” on the Rooftop  
Oct. 6 & 20: In 1970s London amidst the punk rock revolution, a young grifter named Estella is determined to make a name for herself with her designs. She befriends a pair of young thieves who appreciate her appetite for mischief, and together they are able to build a life for themselves on the London streets. One day, Estella’s flair for fashion catches the eye of the Baroness von Hellman, a fashion legend who is devastatingly chic and terrifyingly haute. But their relationship sets in motion a course of events and revelations that will cause Estella to embrace her wicked side and become the raucous, fashionable and revenge-bent Cruella. Event details.

Halloween Cinemalibu: “Ghostbusters”
Oct. 22: There will be food and treats with special guests: D’Amore’s Pizza Truck, Kona Ice Truck. The movie begins at sunset and pre-movie activities take place an hour before sunset. Stay after the movie to participate in “Neon Night,” a glow-in-the-dark candy hunt. Event details.

Halloween Aaahh-Archery at Terranea
Oct. 28-31: Experience the unique sport of archery at Terranea’s Beach Cove and enjoy sweeping views of Catalina Island along with Halloween-themed adventure – perfect for family fun. Skilled archery instructors will provide guests with a bow and arrow, along with expert instruction, followed by shooting practice and games featuring zombies, pumpkins, and other spooky targets. Event details.

Best Halloween Events in LA for Tweens, Teens & Parents

See “Hocus Pocus” at Rooftop Cinema
Various dates throughout Oct: Enjoy the ultimate open-air cinema experience tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the city with mountain views, starry skies and ocean breezes. Doors open 60 minutes before the film, allowing plenty of time to grab your headphones, select a seat and enjoy the rooftop experience. Event details.

See “Ghostbusters” at the Drive-In
Oct. 1 & 20: LA’s longest running Pop-Up Drive-In now in Glendale. Watch outdoor movies inside or outside your car, delicious food and great times await! Brought to you by the Electric Dusk Drive-In in Glendale in the Old Sears Parking Lot. Event details.

Halloween Horror Nights at Universal
Select nights now through Oct. 31:
Summon your scream squad to Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights with 8 haunted houses, the Terror Tram, scare zones, a live show and exhilarating attractions. Whether you’re a superfan, here for the snacks or selfies, scared of everything or skeptical of everyone, remember, never go alone. Event details.

 

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