Halloween Haunts for Children

Pumpkin Festivals, Trick-or-Treats, Zoos & More

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hh2Looking 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 events specifically for young trick-or-treaters. You can find fun for the whole family, young and old alike, on our page of Halloween Festivals and Street Fairs.

Click here for the latest news on Los Angeles Halloween events for children. (You will find one-shot events that do not show up on this page, which lists recurring, annual attractions.)

Other Options

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:

AFTERSCHOOL ADVENTURES: HUNTINGTON CHAMBER OF HORRORS
Huntington Library
1151 Oxford Road San Marino, CA 91108

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)

BooattheZoo2013BOO AT THE ZOO
Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens
5333 Zoo Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Phone: (323) 644-4200
Website: www.lazoo.org

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.

Note: For Halloween 2013, the Los Angeles Zoo added an adults-only evening event, Night of the Living Zoo.

Boo at the Zoo News Archive

Boo-tiful BurbankBOOO-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 park fun by dayCASTLE DARK HALLOWEEN HAUNT
Castle Park
3500 Polk Street
Riverside, CA 92505
Website: www.castlepark.com
Theme park with family-friendly events by day.
Listed on our page for Theme Park Halloween Attractions. Also listed on its own page here.

Castle Park News Archive

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.

DreamHalloween2013_logoDREAM HALLOWEEN LOS ANGELES

Location: Barker Hangar, Santa Monica Airport, 3021 Airport Avenue #203, Santa Monica, CA

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.

Website: www.keepachildalive.org

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.

Dream Halloween Haunted House entrance Dream Halloween Haunted House Dream Halloween 19 logo

FALL HARVEST FESTIVAL
Forneris Farms
15200 Rinaldi Street
Mission Hills, CA 91345

Website: www.fornerisfarms.com

More information on page dedicated to Halloween Festivals and Community Haunts.

Forneris Farms Harvest Festival Archive

Vasquez simi valley ghost tourGHOST 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)
Website: www.simihistory.com/ghost

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.

More information on our page for Halloween Shows and Tours.

HALLOWEEN CARNIVAL

Location: McCambridge Recreation Center, 1515 North Glenoaks Boulevard, Burbank

Date: Halloween Night

Hours: 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Admission: free!

Phone: 818-238-5378

Website: Click here

Description: 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 2011

HALLOWEEN PARTY FOR DOWNTOWN L.A. KIDS

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

Website: www.lals.org
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’S BRICK-OR-TREAT
Legoland California – One Legoland Drive, Carlsbad, CA
Phone: 949-660-1988
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.

MontanaHalloweenHopMONTANA AVENUE HALLOWEEN HOP

Webpage: www.montanaavenue.com

Date: October 31

Hours: 3-6pm

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

Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch copy 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.

Old Town Haunt promo artOLD PASADENA HALLOWEEN CELEBRATION
One Colorado Courtyard & Colorado Boulevard
Old Town Pasadena, CA

Phone: 626.356.9725

Website: www.oldpasadena.org

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

PRICE: Free

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.

Karen Del Rio- enjoys Safe Haven Trick-or-Treating at Heritage Square Museum SAFE HAVEN TRICK OR TREATING – On Hiatus for 2013
Heritage Square Museum
3800 Homer Street
Los Angeles, CA
Website: www.heritagesquare.org

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.

Check out our archive for Heritage Museum.


SCARIUM OF THE PACIFIC
Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802
Phone: (562) 590-3100, ext. 0
Web Page: AquariumofthePacific.Org

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.

Aquarium of the Pacific Archive

Camp Snoopy Costume copySNOOPY’S COSTUME PARTY
Knotts Berry Farm
8039 Beach Boulevard
Buena Park, CA 90620

Webpage: Click here

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.

Click here for more about Knotts Scary Farm.

Camp Spooky Archive

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.

zTOLUCA LAKE PUMPKIN FESTIVAL
10601 Riverside Drive
North Hollywood, CA 91602
818- 505-8039
Website: Click here

Dates: October 1-31

Hours: 10am to 9pm (longer hours as Halloween approaches, extending until midnight the last few days of the month)

TICKETS:

  • $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.

<strong><a href=”http://www.hollywoodgothique.com/wp-content/uploads/Tot-Halloween-Party-2013.JPG”><img title=”Tot Halloween Party 2013″ src=”http://www.hollywoodgothique.com/wp-content/uploads/Tot-Halloween-Party-2013-290×300.jpg” alt=”Tot Halloween Party 2013″ width=”290″ height=”300″ /></a>Location: </strong><span style=”font-size: 13px; line-height: 19px;”>1515 North Glenoaks Boulevard</span>
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<a href=”http://www.burbankca.gov/home/showdocument?id=23498″ target=”_blanck”></a><strong>Description: </strong>Burbank presents this Halloween party for pre-school children on Saturday, October 26, from 10am to 11:30am. Free at the McCambridge Recreational Centery. Call 818 238-5378 for more information

Tot Halloween Party 2013TOT HALLOWEEN PARTY

Location: McCambridge Recreational Center, 1515 North Glenoaks Boulevard

Website: Click here

Date: Saturday, October 26

Hours: 10am to 11:30am

Admission: free

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
Various Locations

Dates: Halloween night (possibly a few days before)

Hours: dusk till…?

Price: Free

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.

Click here to see a list of established Halloween yard haunts. Or click here to look for announcements about recent additions that may not appear on the permanent list yet.

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.


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