Pumpkin Festivals, Trick-or-Treats, Zoos & More
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Looking for kid-safe Halloween entertainment in Los Angeles? There are many Halloween events for children around town. Some are “lights-on” versions of scary night-time events; others are special afternoon or one-day presentations that take place in year-round facilities such as zoos or wildlife stations.
NOTE: This page emphasizes Halloween Haunts in Los Angeles that are specifically for young trick-or-treaters. You can find fun for the whole family, young and old alike, on our page of Halloween Haunts: Festivals and Fairs.
Click here for the latest news on Children’s Halloween attractions in Los Angeles. (You will find one-shot events that do not show up on this page, which lists recurring, annual attractions.)
The events listed on this page are specifically for children. However, there are many other Halloween attractions in Los Angeles that appeal to children, depending on ther age:
- *There are many Halloween Festivals and Street Fairs, usually local events, that are designed to appeal to neighborhood families with children.
- *Most Halloween Yard Haunts in Los Angeles are safe for kids, especially if they are simply decorated yards, without a walk-through maze or actors portraying monsters.
- *A 2012 list of Halloween events at Community Centers – provided by the L.A. Department of Recreation and Parks – may give you a few ideas.
- *Several Halloween Haunted Houses and Hayrides present family-friendly matinees on weekend afternoons. Unfortunately, these will usually not be available on Halloween Night.
AFTERSCHOOL ADVENTURES: HUNTINGTON CHAMBER OF HORRORS
2014 Date & Hours:
- To Be Announced, if any. This event is not listed on the Hungtington Library’s Calendar of Events for 2014.
- Members – $10; Non-Members – $15 (includes one accompanying adult)
On October 30, 2013, the Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens offered Halloween fun for kids in Los Angeles, with Jim Folson introducing curious trick-or-treaters to the strange carnivorous plants on the grounds. Audrey II from LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS was not on view, but there was a Venus Flytrap or two. Intended for ages 5 and up.
2014 BOO AT THE ZOO DATES & TIMES:
- October 18-19 and 25-26 from 10am to 4pm.
- A special preview of Boo at the Zoo is available to GLAZA members, who may enter the zoo from 8:30 to 10:00am on Saturday, October 18, before the zoo opens to the general public.
All Halloween activities are included with the regular price of admission:
- $19 for adults
- $16 for seniors (over 62)
- $14 for children from 2 to 10, free for children under 2.
- Admission is free to GLAZA members.
BOO AT THE ZOO INFORMATION:
The Los Angeles Zoo’s annual Halloween event for children offers such kid-safe treats as: jack-o-lantern carving demonstrations, photo opportunities, and crafts. Visitors are invited to view Creepy Creatures in the Winnick Family Children’s Zoo, followed by a live Halloween show in the Adventure Theater. Children can also learn scary animal facts about the zoo’s animals. There will be trick-or-treating opportunities throughout the zoo..
Note: The Los Angeles Zoo also holds an adults-only evening event, Night of the Living Zoo.
Dates & Hours:
- Weekends in October, from 10:00am to 5:30pm (regular park hours
Camp Snoopy transforms into Camp Spooky every Halloween. This family-friendly event, including in the regular price of admission, runs at during daylight hours – a sort of safe alternative to the scary Knotts Berry Farm Halloween Haunt at night. Kids aged 3 through 11 are encouraged to dress up and attend the “Monster Dance Party and Costume Parade” and walk-through the “Haunted Harvest.” Other activities include the all-singing “Spooktacular” in the Peanuts Halloween Theatre, the Foam-tastic Pumpkin Patch, and a craft depot.
CASTLE DARK HALLOWEEN HAUNT
3500 Polk Street
Riverside, CA 92505
Theme park with family-friendly Halloween fun by day during the month of October. As of September, no listing for Halloween 2014.
DISNEYLAND HALLOWEEN TIME
Disneyland Park – 1313 S. Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, CA 92802
The Enchanted Kingdom’s annual Theme Park Halloween Attraction is family-friendly rather than frightening; kids and their parents are sure to enjoy.
Listed on our page for Theme Park Halloween Attractions.
Click here for more information.
- (310) 390-9071
- None. The Keep A Child Alive organization is producing a non-Halloween event this year, the Black Ball, hosted by Alicia Keys.
- $250 for child admission
- $300 for adult admission
- $2,500 for a Family Sponsorship
- $5,000 for a Friend Sponsorship.
Sponsorships include free valet parking, early admission, VIP reception, and tickets donated in your name to a local charity that benefits children.
This annual fundraiser – which bills itself as the premiere family-friendly Halloween event in Los Angeles – benefits children and families affected by AIDS in Africa and India. Presented by the Keep A Child Alive foundation, Dream Halloween Los Angeles features a a trick or treat lane, kid-friendly haunted houses, live performances, arts & crafts, gourmet food from some of LA’s finest restaurants, celebrity guests, and more.
The organization claims to have raised over $16.7-million since 1994.
Eek! at the Greek
The Greek Theatre
2700 North Vermont Avenue
Los Angeles, California 90027
- October 25
- Trick-or-Treat Village at 4:30pm
- Music at 7pm
- $100 for a Pit Table.
- Adults $25 or $55 depending on seat
- Children $8 or $15, depending on seating.
Webpage: Click here
Description: Looking for family-friendly Halloween fun in Los Angeles? Look no further! Haunting Los Angeles music lovers since 2011, Eek at the Greek offers Halloween treats for the whole family, including scary symphony music and a Trick-or-Treat village. Presented by the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, Eek at the Greek features the 60-piece Symphony in the Glen Orchestra, which Arthur B. Rubinstein will conduct in a series of performances including Igor Stravinsky’s “Infernal Dance” from THE FIREBIRD; Camille Saint-Saens “Funeral March of the Marionette” (commonly known as the theme to the old ALFRED HITCHCOCK SHOW); and “The Devil Dance” by John Williams.Also, actor Bruce Boxleitner will narrate Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart” with musical accompaniment, and there will be a world premiere performance of new live music by Carl Stalling, set to Disney’s classic 1929 Silly Symphonies cartoon, “Skeleton Dance.”
The Trick-or-Treat Village will be open from 4:30pm to 6:30pm in the front plaza of the Greek Theatre, where children can enjoy face-painting, a costume contest, safe trick-or-treating, and other arts and crafts.
More information on page dedicated to Halloween Festivals and Community Haunts.
GHOST TOUR AT STRATHEARN PARK
Strathearn Historical Park & Museum,
137 Strathearn Place, Simi Valley, CA 93065
Ghost Tour at Strathearn Park is a family friendly event, appropriate for all ages, that relates the history of Simi Valley through characters who have returned from the great beyond to regale the living with their life stories.
More information on our page for Halloween Haunts: Shows and Tours.
Location: McCambridge Recreation Center, 1515 North Glenoaks Boulevard, Burbank
- October 31
- 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Website: Click here
The city of Burbank presents this Halloween Carnival, intended exclusively for elementary school children. There will be games, candy, and prizes.
HALLOWEEN PARTY FOR DOWNTOWN L.A. KIDS
Grand Hope Park at FIDM, South Hope Street,
Los Angeles, CA 90015 (323) 644-6661
2014 Date & Hours:
- Halloween Night, 5-8pm
- $5 admission for adults and children over 2. Children under 2 free
Website: Click here
The Downtown Center Business Improvement District of Los Angeles invites families living in the area to bring their children out for a night of fun and games. This Community Halloween Event features: trick-or-treat doors; inflatable bounce house; video game truck; fun face painting and crafts; balloon animals and jugglers; marionettes; and hot dogs, cotton candy & popcorn.
Costumes are required for children and suggested for adults. Remember to bring a candy bucket or bag!
The Halloween Party for Downtown L.A. Kids is intended for children who live in the following Los Angeles ZIP Codes: 90012, 90013, 90014, 90015, 90017, 90021, and 90071.
Sorry, no pets are allowed in the park.
2014 Date & Hours:
- Halloween Night, 4-6pm
- $10 for adults, free for children under 11 accompanied by a paying adult.
Website: Click here
For Halloween 2014, the Queen Mary offers the 3rd annual Little Monsters Ball. Activities include:
- Trick-or-Treating: Let your kids roam through Dark Harbor Village for fun and safe trick-or-treating!
- Face Painting: Turn your little angel into a frightful ghoul for the evening!
- Special Entertainment: Live music that is fun and appropriate for the entire family.
- Kid’s Costume Contest: Bring the little ones dressed in their Halloween costumes and compete for terrific prizes! Each contestant must bring in the costume entry form to participate.
The Little Monsters Ball is a separate admission from the Queen Mary Dark Harbor.
LOS ANGELES LIVE STEAMERS GHOST TRAIN
Los Angeles Live Steamers Railroad Museum
Griffith Park – 5202 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90027
This scaled-down kid-size Halloween train ride is decorated with spooky scenes during October, providing one of the family-friendly ways to enjoy Halloween in Los Angeles.
Click here for our page devoted to the Ghost Train.
HALLOWEEN HARVEST FESTIVAL
Pierce College - 208000 Victory Boulevard in Chatsworth.
This family-friendly Halloween event features kid-safe activities during the day (a corn maze, petting zoo, face painting, pumpking carving, etc) and a more adult Factory of Nightmares by night. Get more information on the Harvest Fest here.
Legoland California – One Legoland Drive, Carlsbad, CA
Like Disneyland’s Halloween Time, Legoland’s annual Halloween Theme Park Attraction is designed to appeal to children who don’t want to have nightmares. Listed under Theme Park Halloween Attractions. Get more information by clicking the name.
Montana Avenue, Santa Monica, CA
- October 31
Montana Avenue Merchants Association presents this event from 3-6pm on Halloween night. Kids of all ages will enjoy trick-or-treating all along Montana Avenue, plus all kinds of fun, spooky activities!
MR BONES PUMPKIN PATCH
702 North Doheny Drive, West Hollywood
- October 3 through 31
- Sunday – Thursday 9am to 7pm
- Friday – Saturday 9am to 8pm
- Halloween – 9am to 1pm
Fees are applied toward your purchase of a pumpkin or other treats in the Halloween boutique.
- $4 for adults
- $2 for children
Website: Click here
Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch offers a variety of kid-friendly activities: petting zoo, “jumpin’ pumpkin, pony rides, face painting, super slide, straw maze, pumpkin decorating, a giant rocking horse. Mr. Bones Pumpkin patch sells pumpkins (of course), squash, gourds, indian corn, and other tricks and treats in their Halloween Boutique. The pumpkin patch also hosts parties for children and adults.
There are also specific events throughout the month, such as the annual “Pumpkins and Pooches” day.
From the website:
Since 1986, our family has traveled from Oregon bringing the spirit of the farm and exuberant joy of Halloween to the heart of Los Angeles. Kids anxiously anticipate the arrival of the patch, year after year. We’re happy to serve communities throughout the city, including Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Pacific Palisades, Brentwood and Malibu.
We offer beautiful fresh autumn decorations, long-stemmed pumpkins, cornstalks, indian corn, gourds, squash, straw bales and an outrageous Halloween boo-tique. We offer everything you need for a magical Halloween. Carving, pumpkin painting services, delivery and flame retardant certification are available upon request.
One Colorado Courtyard & Colorado Boulevard
Old Town Pasadena, CA
2014 Dates & Hours:
- October 31, 5-8pm
This October, Old Town Pasadena cuts back from two days of haunted happenings to a single night of trick-or-treating on October 31. Families are invited to bring their costumed kiddies and canines to One Colorado for a family portrait and store-to-store Trick-or-Treating, receiving a variety of treats from participating merchants. Costumed characters wander the area, and Old Pasadena guides offer Halloween Eggs, with special prizes inside.
SCARIUM OF THE PACIFIC & HALLOWEEN SLEEPOVER
2014 Dates & Hours:
- Halloween Family Sleepover: 5pm on Friday, October 24, 5pm to 7am on Saturday, October 26.
- Scarium of the Pacific: October 25 & 26, 9am to 5:00pm, both days
- Scarium of the Pacific activities are included with the price of general admission to the aquarium: $29.95 for adults; $14.95 for children (3-11); $22.95 for seniors.
- Halloween Family Sleepover tickets are $70 for non-members, $60 for members.
AQUARIUM OF THE PACIFIC DISCOUNTS:
- Free admission for Members. Members guests get 20% admission. Adult tickets purchased in advance are $3 off.
The Aquarium of the Pacific offers two separate events for the Halloween season.
Scarium of the Pacific is a chance to meet thousands of sea creatures and enjoy creepy, educational activities and special Halloween programs, including a children’s costume contest, a creepy coloring contest, magic shows, spooky storytelling, etc.
Halloween Family Sleepover invites parents and children to sleep with the fishes. Overnight activities include pumpkin painting, animal interactions, and a flashlight tour. Dinner, snacks, and breakfast are included. Family friendly costumes are welcome. Children must be five or older, and accompanied by an adult.
STAR ECO STATION’s Enchanted Green Hallow’s Eve
2014 DATES & HOURS:
- October 26
All proceeds go to support rescued animals.
- $8 for adults; $6 for children; $7 for seniors (65 and over).
- One child free for every paying adult. Children in strollers free.
For one weekend every Halloween season, the STAR ECO Station transforms into a magical fairytale palace of trickery, treating and eco storytelling! See your farovite fairy tales with an environmental twist. Costume Contests, games, prizes and performances all day. 2012 features the “Haunted Academy” for ages 10 and up, at an additional cost of $1.
- October 1-31
- 10am to 9pm (longer hours as Halloween approaches, extending until midnight the last few days of the month)
- $4 for petting zoo & $1 for animal feed
- $6 for maze
Every year, the Toluca Lake Florist turns into the Toluca Lake Pumpkin Patch during the month of October, offering Halloween cheer in the form of a petting zoo and a haunted maze. You will find pumpkins of every size for your Jack O’Lantern needs, along with carving kits. While parents are shopping for just the right pumpkin, children can play with ducks and goats in the petting zoo or take a walk through the maze.
By daylight, the maze is mild enough for the little tykes; there are no actors in costume, just decorations of skulls, coffins, and tombstones. The tone is more fun than frightful; however, things do get a little more intense at night.
Overall, a nice place to bring the kids for a fun but not too fearsome Halloween experience.
If you click here to find a coupon you can use to purchase an $8 voucher, which gets you admission to the petting zoo and the maze, plus a $5 credit toward the purchase of a $10-or-larger pumpkin. The coupon is from 2013, so we won’t promise that it will be honored, but it’s worth a try.
McCambridge Recreational Center
1515 North Glenoaks Boulevard
Website: Click here
- Saturday, October 25
- 10am to 11:30am
The City of Burbank presents this Halloween party for pre-school children on Saturday, October 26, from 10am to 11:30am. Call 818 238-5378 for more information
HALLOWEEN YARD HAUNTS
Dates: Halloween night (possibly a few days before)
Hours: dusk till…?
Yard Haunts are a great way to enjoy Halloween in Los Angeles with your children. These neighbborhood home attractions usually feature houses and lawns decorated to resemble graveyards; some offer walk-through haunted mazes (although few if any actually allow you inside their house). Most are are kid-friendly. All are free and open to the public; some accept donations, either to off-set their costs or to benefit local charities.