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.
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.
2013 Date & Hours: October 30, from 3:30pm to 5:00pm.
Calendar Listing: Click here
Description: This afternoon, the Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens offers Halloween fun for kids in Los Angeles, with Jim Folson introducing curious trick-or-treaters to the strange carnivorous plants on the grounds. You probably will not see Audrey II from LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, but you might see a Venus Flytrap or two. Intended for ages 5 and up.
Fees: Members – $10; Non-Members – $15 (includes one accompanying adult)
2013 BOO AT THE ZOO DATES & TIMES: October 19-20 and 26027, from 10am to 4pm.
NOTE: 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 19 and Sunday, October 27, before the zoo opens to the general public.
2013 LOS ANGELES COUNTY ZOO TICKETS: $18 for adults, $15 for seniors (over 62), and $13 for children from 2 to 10, free for children under 2. All Halloween activities are included with the regular price of admission.
DISCOUNTS: Admission is free to GLAZA members.
BOO AT THE ZOO INFORMATION: The Los Angeles County Zoo asks you to “Have a safe and spooky Halloween at the Los Angeles Zoo!” Eucalyptus Grove will become a giant pumpkin patch, featuring pumpkin carving and crafts. The Creepy Creature Encounter at the Winnick Family Children’s Zoo offers close encounters with scary critters, trick-or-treating, and other Halloween entertainment.
BOOO-TIFUL DOWNTOWN BURBANK & HAPPY HOWL-OWEEN – On Hiatus for 2013
Website: click here
Date: No listing for Halloween 2013 , sadly
Hours: approximately 4-7pm
Location: Downtown Burbank
Description: Downtown Burbank offers its annual Halloween event for families with children and/or canines. Parents are invited to bring their goblins and ghouls for an early evening of trick-or-treating. Local merchants provide free treats from store-to-store. And pet owners are encouraged to bring along their favorite K-9 dressed in the Halloween spirit for the Annual Downtown Dog Parade on the AMC Walkway.
CASTLE DARK HALLOWEEN HAUNT
3500 Polk Street
Riverside, CA 92505
Theme park with family-friendly events by day.
Listed on our page for Theme Park Halloween Attractions. Also listed on its own page here.
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.
Phone: (310) 390-9071
2013 Date: October 26 at 5pm
Tickets: $250 for child admission; $300 for adult admission; $2,500 for a Family Sponsorship; $5,000 for a Friend Sponsorship.
Note: Sponsorships include free valet parking, early admission, VIP reception, and tickets donated in your name to a local charity that benefits children.
Description: 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 $15.5-million since 1994.
More information on page dedicated to Halloween Festivals and Community Haunts.
GHOST TOUR AT STRATHEARN PARK
Location: Strathearn Historical Park & Museum, 137 Strathearn Place, Simi Valley, CA 93065
Phone: 805-526-6453 (for group reservations of ten or more)
Ghost Tour at Strathearn Park is a family friendly event, appropriate for children of all ages. It is the history of Simi Valley told in a very entertaining way by those who created it. Although the characters have returned from the great beyond, they are less interested in frightening listeners than in regaling the audience with their life stories.This is a walking-standing tour with limited seating at a few of the stops. The tour can accommodate wheelchairs and strollers.
Location: McCambridge Recreation Center, 1515 North Glenoaks Boulevard, Burbank
Date: Halloween Night
Hours: 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Website: Click here
2013 Date & Hours: Halloween Night, 5-8pm
Location: Grand Hope Park at FIDM, South Hope Street, Los Angeles, CA 90015 (323) 644-6661
Tickets: $5 admission for adults and children over 2. Children under 2 free
Website: Click here
Information: 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!
Please note: 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.
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 HALLOWEEN HOP
Date: October 31
Location: Montana Avenue, Santa Monica, CA
Description: Montana Avenue hosts its Annual Halloween Hop 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!
Read a brief account of the 2011 Halloween Hop.
MR BONES PUMPKIN PATCH
Location: 702 North Doheny Drive, West Hollywood
2013 Dates: October 4 through 31
Hours: Sunday – Thursday 9am to 7pm; Friday – Saturday 9am to 8pm; Halloween – 9am to 3pm
Entrance Fees: $4 for adults; $2 for children (fees are applied toward your purchase of a pumpkin or other treats in the Halloween boutique)
Website: Click here
Description: 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.
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.
Click here for the latest on Old Pasadena Halloween Celebration.
2013 Dates & Hours:
- October 26: pumpking decorating 10:00am to noon; kid-friendly haunted house noon to 4pm
- October 31: trick or treating starting at 5pm; Hotel Transvylvania screening at 6pm; Beetlejuice screening at 8:00pm
Description: Old Town Pasadena offers two days haunted happenings for Halloween 2013, including spooky activities suitable for the entire family: pumpkin decorating, store-to-store trick or treating on Colorado Boulevard, Halloween photos, and spooky movie screenings.
Saturday, October 26 offers pumpkin decorating from 10am to noon. Pumpkins are free and go home with their creators. Then there is a kid-friendly haunted house (recommended for ages 7 and up) from noon to 4pm; tickets are $10.
On Thursday, October 31 – Halloween Night – young trick-or-treaters can go from store to store on Colorado Boulevard, receiving a variety of treats from participating merchants. There will be costumed characters wandering the area, and Old Pasadena guides will offer Halloween Eggs, with special prizes and candy inside. There will also be Halloween photography in One Colorado Court, and screenings of Hotel Transvylvania at 6pm and Beetlejuice at 8pm. Those with a taste for stronger scares may head over to the Old Town Haunt Halloween Attraction, one block north of Colorado Boulevard, at 20 North Raymond Street.
OLD TOWN HAUNT
20 North Raymond Street in Pasadena (Old Town)
This professional Halloween haunt for adults – located in Old Town Pasadena – used to offer light-on kiddie matinees on selected Saturdays and Sundays, from noon to 4:00pm. Since 2010, they switched to a children’s matinee recommended for ages 7-12, with no live actors, some special effects, and fewer scares.
Listed on our page for Halloween Haunted Houses.
Click the link in the name for more information.
2013 DATE & HOURS: None this Halloween. Heritage Square Museum will hand out candy to children during their annual Halloween & Mourning Tours, which take place on Saturday and Sunday, October 26 and 27, from noon to 4:00pm.
ADMISSION: In the past, Heritage Square charged $5 for Adults and $2 for children 6 to 12. Children under 6 free .
PARKING: Free street parking
DESCRIPTION: Bring your kids for Halloween treats inside the safe confines of the museum grounds. Children 1 to 12 years of age, with parent accompaniment, may come in costume and receive sweets from the Heritage Square’s costumed interpreters, who will be stationed at each of the museum’s well-preserved Victorian building.
OTHER INFORMATION: The Heritage Square Museum also presents an annual Halloween Movie Night and a Halloween & Mourning Tour, depicting the practices and beliefs of the Victorian Era regarding funerals, spiritualism, and Halloween.
2013 Dates & Hours:
- Scarium of the Pacific: October 26 and 27, 9am to 5:00pm, both days
Tickets: 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
AQUARIUM OF THE PACIFIC DISCOUNTS: Free admission for Members. Members guests get 20% admission. Adult tickets purchased in advance are $3 off.
FEATURES: The annual Scarium of the Pacific offers a “family friendly adventure, including the chance to meet thousands of creatures of the Pacific, frighteningly fun activities, and plenty of hands-on experiences to haunt your memory.” The aquarium offers you a chance to “Discover the creatures lurking in the depths of Pacific at the Scarium of the Pacific—a spooktacular educational Halloween event for the whole family. Enjoy special Halloween programs, including the annual children’s costume contest, the creepy coloring contest, magic shows, spooky storytelling, kooky crafts, eerie animals in the Great Hall, and much more.”
NOTE: The Halloween Family Sleepover, which offered an opportunity for children (with an adult chaperone) to spend a night in the aquarium in 2011 and 2012, is not on the schedule for Halloween 2013.
2013 Dates: weekends in October, from the 5th to the 27th
Hours: 10:00am to 5:30pm (regular park hours
Description: Camp Snoopy transforms into Camp Spooky for 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.
STAR ECO STATION’s Enchanted Green Hallow’s Eve
Star Eco Station Environmental Science Museum & Exotic Wildlife Rescue Facility
10101 Jefferson Blvd Culver City, CA
Phone: (310) 842-8060
Web Page: www.ecostation.org
2013 DATES & HOURS: Saturday & Sunday, October 26 & 27, noon-6pm.
TICKETS: $8 for adults; $6 for children; $7 for seniors (65 and over).
DISCOUNTS: One child free for every paying adult. Children in strollers free.
FEATURES: 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.
NOTE: All proceeds go to support rescued animals.
Dates: October 1-31
Hours: 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
Description: 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 round pumpkin, children can play with ducks and goats in the petting zoo or take a walk through the maze.
By daylight, the maze is not too terrifying for the little tykes; there are no actors in costume, just decorations of skulls, coffins, and tombstones. The tone is more fun than frightful: Herman Munster’s face is seen reposing in one coffin, and a menu offers vampire cocktails made with “real blood.” However, things do get a little more intense at night.
Overall, a perfect place to bring the kids for a fun but not too fearsome Halloween experience. For Halloween 2013, the Toluca Lake Pumpkin Festival promises an all-new maze.
Discounts: 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.
Location: McCambridge Recreational Center, 1515 North Glenoaks Boulevard
Website: Click here
Date: Saturday, October 26
Hours: 10am to 11:30am
Description: 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…?
Description: 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.
Still haven’t found what you’re looking for? Last-minute announcements do not always make it onto this page, so you should check out our archive of posts for Children’s Halloween Events.