Halloween Events and Attractions for Kids in LA and OC

Mostly Non-Scary Halloween Fun for Kids in the Los Angeles Area

There are tons of non-scary Halloween activities for kids in Los Angeles from pumpkin patches and parades to fall festivals and daytime theme park events. Here are some of the top Halloween festivities that cater to the under-13 crowd in Los Angeles and Orange County listed chronologically from when they begin. Some are recommended for kids six and up and others are all ages. You'll know best whether your kids have the attention span to sit still for shows.

These are listed chronologically from when they begin, so events that are only on Halloween or closer to Halloween are at the end.

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    Boo at the Zoo - Griffith Park

    Boo at the Zoo at the Los Angeles Zoo
    ••• A hippo eats pumpkins during Boo at the Zoo at the LA Zoo. Photo by Tad Motoyama courtesy of the LA Zoo

    Boo at the Zoo is the Los Angeles Zoo's family-friendly Halloween event with themed areas for performances, pumpkin carving, crafts and creepy crawlies. 
    Location: The LA Zoo,5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90027 in Griffith Park off the 5 Freeway.
    Dates: weekends, Oct 1-31, 2016
    Hours: 10 am - 4 pm (Zoo is open until 5)
    Cost: Adults $20, Children 2-12 $15, Seniors $17, under 2 free
    Info: www.lazoo.org
    Ages: All ages

    Review of Boo at the Zoo

    More on visiting the Los Angeles Zoo

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    HalloweenTime and Mickey's Halloween Party at Disneyland

    Mickey Pumpkin at Disneyland
    ••• Giant Mickey Pumpkin on Main Street at Disneyland, CA. Photo © 2010 Kayte Deioma, licensed to About.com

    Disneyland gets a Halloween makeover with the parks and the Disney characters decked out for the season from early September through Halloween. Mickey Mouse pumpkin heads rule. Begins Sept 9, 2016.
    More Details
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    Knott's Spooky Farm

    Knott's Spooky Farm
    ••• Knott's Spooky Farm. Photo courtesy of Knott's Berry Farm

    Knott's Spooky Farm is a daytime non-scare celebration of Halloween spread around Knott's Berry Farm with a haunted maze, trick-or-treating and themed entertainment for kids 3-11.
    Weekends in October.
    More Details and Review

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    The Best Pumpkin Patches in Los Angeles in Los Angeles and Orange County

    Underwood Farms Pumpkin Patch
    ••• Underwood Farms Pumpkin Patch. Photo courtesy of Underwood Farms

    Pumpkins are cheaper at the supermarket, but then you don't get the experience of photographing your little ones with a field of pumpkins or that one giant pumpkin, and these days some Los Angeles Pumpkin Patches are mini theme parks. So it's not just about the pumpkin.

    Los Angeles hasn't cornered the market on pumpkin patches. There are plenty of Pumpkin Patches in Orange County to choose from for the perfect pumpkin or a day of family fun.

    Most pumpkin patches are open from October 1st through the 31st.

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    Great Wolf Lodge Howl-O-Ween

    If you're staying at the Great Wolf Lodge in Garden Grove any night in October, you can enjoy their Howl-O-Ween fun, which includes spooky stories, trick-or-treating along a nightly costume parade and monster dance parties. Water park passes are included with your overnight stay. For details, visit www.greatwolf.com/southern-california/deals/howl-o-ween. Check LivingSocial before Oct 12 for a family special valid through December.

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    Vampirates Dinner Adventure

    Vampirates Dinner Adventure
    ••• Vampirates at Pirates Dinner Adventure. Photo courtesy of Pirates Dinner Adventure

    Pirates Dinner Adventure in Buena Park is taken over by vampires for this musical Halloween extravaganza that runs every through October.
    Location: 7600 Beach Blvd Buena Park, CA 90620 ​
    Dates: Oct 3-31, 2016
    Hours: Mon-Thu 7 pm, Fri 7:30 pm, Sat 5 & 8 pm, Sun 3:30 & 6:30 pm​
    Cost:  $59.95 adult, $36.95 child. Check Goldstar.com for discount tickets or look for a coupon code on the website.
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    Rise of the Jack O'Lanterns

    Rise of the Jack O'Lanterns
    ••• Rise of the Jack O'Lanterns. Photo courtesy of Rise of the Jack O'Lanterns

    The whole family can enjoy the display of over 5000 hand-carved Jack O'Lanterns, including some carved as famous faces. they've moved indoors this year at two new locations, the LA Convention Center and the Fairplex in Pomona.​​
    Locations: LA Convention Center, 1201 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90015; Faiplex, 1101 W McKinley Ave, Pomona, CA 91768
    Dates: Convention Center: Oct 13-16, 2016; Fairplex: Oct 27-30, 2016
    Hours: Thu-Sun 6 pm - 10:30 pm
    Cost:  $26 Adult. $22 for 3-12 & 65+, Free under 3. Earlybird discount code on the website. Check Goldstar.com for additional discount tickets.
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    Scarium of the Pacific - Long Beach

    Scarium of the Pacific at the Aquarium of the Pacific
    ••• Scarium of the Pacific at the Aquarium of the Pacific. Photo courtesy of the Aquarium of the Pacific

    The Aquarium of the Pacific hosts a weekend of magic, scary stories, crafts and a creepy coloring contest and children’s costume contest and trick-or-treating for kids under 12. 
    Location: Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach 90802
    Dates: Sat-Sun, Oct 15-16, 2016
    Hours: 9 am - 5 pm
    Cost: Adults $29.95, Children (3-11) $17.95, Seniors (62+) $26.95
    Special Offers: See the website for a coupon for free admission for up to 4 children under 12 in costume. AAA Discount.​
    Info: www.aquariumofthepacific.org

    More on visiting the Aquarium of the Pacific

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    LA Farmers Market Fall Festival

    LA Farmers Market will be celebrating the harvest season with a family-friendly country-style Fall Festival. Highlights include Alaskan pig races, a petting zoo, a kids' pedal-tractor pull, pie eating contests, old-time artisans, live music and more.
    Location: LA Farmers Market, 6333 W. 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90036 (at Fairfax) ​
    Dates: Oct 15-16, 2016
    Cost: Free​
    Parking: 2 hours free with merchant validation (the GRove doesn't count), $4 for 3rd hour, $1 per 15 min thereafter up to $20 max. Without validation, $2/15 min up to $24 max), ​
    Info: www.farmersmarketla.com

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    Fall Festival at Americana at Brand

     An afternoon of pumpkin decorating, Sprinkles cupcake decorating, costumes, crafts, face painting, TOMS Style Your Sole and more.
    Location: Americana at Brand, 889 Americana Way, Glendale, CA 91210
    Date: Oct 16, 2016
    Hours: 12-4 pm
    Cost: $10, children 2 and under are free 
    Info: eventbrite.com

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    Disney's Spooktacular October at El Capitan

    Disney is screening not one, but two spooky films at El Capitan Theatre this Halloween Season, Hocus Pocus, and ​The Nightmare Before Christmas. they're folloing that up with a Throwback thursday screening in November of Bedknobs and Broomsticks.
    Location: El Capitan Theatre, 6838 Hollywood Blvd. Hollywood, CA 90028  
    Dates: Oct 21-31, 2016​, ​Nov 17
    Cost:  $14-23. Check Goldstar.com for discount tickets.​
    Infoelcapitantheatre.com

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    A Faery Hunt's A Mermaid's Tail Show and Fairy Halloween Party

    Join A Faery Hunt for their enchanting Faery show in the woods at Griffith Park, and for this Halloween production, both children and adults are encourages to come in their Faery best and stay after the show for storytelling, dancing, games, fairy unicorn readings, fairy face painting, and one-on-one time with the fairies.
    Location:  Griffith Park, Fern Dell, 2332 Fern Dell Place, Los Angeles, CA
    Dates: Oct 22, 2016
    Cost:  $25, $15 for show only
    Info:  www.afaeryhunt.com

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    Slightly Spooky Stories at Descanso Gardens

    Ensemble Shakespeare Company invites kids and adults to come in costume to their family-friendly telling of slightly spooky stories, which are also funny and surprising. 
    Location: Under the Oaks Theater, Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Dr, La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011
    Date: Oct 22, 2016
    Hours: 11 am
    Cost: Included with $9 admission
    Info: www.descansogardens.org

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    Heritage Square Halloween and Mourning Tours

    Heritage Square Museum
    ••• Heritage Square Museum. Photo courtesy of Heritage Square Museum

    During these special weekend tours, guests will visit a house in mourning, learn about the origins of Halloween and the Victorian fascination with ghosts and spirituality, see a traditional altar for Dia de los Muertos and more. On Sunday, Children ages 2 to 12 are invited to come in costume, play period games, enjoy and make 19th century harvest crafts, choose a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch, listen to spooky stories, and receive treats from costumed interpreters.
    Location: Heritage Square Museum, 3800 Homer Street in the Lincoln Heights and Highland Park neighborhoods of Los Angeles, approximately three miles north of downtown Los Angeles, on the 110 Arroyo Seco Byway (otherwise know as the 110 Pasadena Freeway)
    Dates: Sat-Sun, Oct 22-23, 2016, noon - 4 pm
    Cost: Museum tours $20, Seniors (65+) $15, Children 6-12 $8, Children under 6 free. Discounts for AAA and TimeTravelers members.
    Info: (323) 225-2700, heritagesquare.org

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    Halloween Pet Parade and Halloween Contest in Torrance

    The Pet Parade & Halloween Costume Contest is part of the Torrance Antique Street Faire. It convenes in the grassy area in front of Wells Fargo Bank.
    Location: 1317 Sartori Ave., Torrance, CA 90501
    Date: Oct 23, 2016
    Hours: Parade & contest 12-2, meets at 11:45 am, Antique Fair opens at 8 am.
    Cost: Free
    Info: eventbrite.com

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    Halloween Princess Ball at Maggiano's Little Italy

    Maggiano's Little Italy at the Grove is hosting a Princess Ball to benefit the Make a Wish Foundation. Adults and kids can dress up as their favorite princesses and villains to attend Princess Aurora's Birthday Ball, which will appropriately be interrupted by Maleficent and friends. Your ticket includes a 3-course meal with unlimited appetizers, entrees and dessert and one glass of wine per adult, Halloween music, costume contest, dance party, trick or treating, pumpkin decorating and more.
    Location: Maggiano's Little Italy, 189 The Grove Dr, Suite Z80, Los Angeles, CA
    Date: Saturday, October 28, 2016
    Hours: 6-9 pm
    Cost: Adults 21+: $69.95, Youth 12-20: $59.95, Kids 5-11: $29.95, Under 5: $10.95
    Tickets and Info
    Note: All ages

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    Anaheim Fall Festival and Halloween Parade

    A Saturday family festival with booths, carnival rides, concerts, a haunted house, costume contest and the Spooktacular Halloween Parade. They've also added a Howl-o-ween Pooch Parade at 2 pm.
    Location: Festival on the Center Street Promenade, see parade route map.
    Dates: Festival Sat Oct 29, 2016, 11 am - 5 pm, parade at 6 pm​, Pooch Parade at 2 pm
    Cost: Festival and parade Free​
    Info: www.anaheimfallfestival.org

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    Halloween and Day of the Dead in Old Pasadena

    Old Pasadena has a number of family-friendly activities lined up for Halloween and Day of the Dead. 

    • October 29, 10-noon - Pumpkin Decorating at One Colorado (41 Hugus Alley)
    • October 30 - Day of the Dead Altar Tour at participating businesses, face painting and screening of the annimated film Book of Life
    • October 31, 5-8 pm - Trick or Treating at 100 local businesses, plus family photos
    • October 31, 7 pm - movie screening of​ The Addams Family - Halloween Addams Style (1965) and Gremlins (1984) (41 Hugus Alley)
    • November 1, 1-4 pm, Day of the Dead Fiesta at Mercantile Place between Fair Oaks and Raymond Avenues.

    For more information, visit www.oldpasadena.org/halloween/.

    More fun family Halloween events on Page 2

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    Family Halloween Fall Festival at the Grove

    The Grove shopping center at the LA Farmer's Market will host pumpkin decorating, Halloween crafts, face painting and trick or treating on First Street the Sunday before Halloween. There will also be a "spooky-stylish" fashion show starring #FashionMamasKids.
    Location: The Grove, 189 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90036
    Date: Oct 30, 2016
    Hours: 3 to 5 pm
    Cost: Free
    Info: www.thegrovela.com

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    Haute Dog Howl’oween Parade

    Haute Dog Howl'oween Parade
    ••• Haute Dog Howl'oween Parade. Photo © 2004 Kayte Deioma, licensed to About.com

    The annual Haute Dog Howl’oween Parade​ of costumed pups and their humans takes place in Belmont Shore, Long Beach. The event includes a Canine Costume Contest, pet related vendors and pet adoption opportunities. Costumed kids and adults lead the parade, followed by the dressed-up dogs and their decked-out humans.
    Location: Starts and ends at Marina Vista Park, 5355 E. Eliot St. Long Beach, 90803. Park in the Marine Stadium parking lot accessed from Nieto Ave.​​
    Date: Saturday, October 30, 2016 
    Hours: Park festivities are 12:30-4:430 pm, the parade is 2:30-3:30ish; costumed dog and people contest winners will be announced after the parade.
    Cost: $10-35 for dogs, free for kids and adults in costume to walk in the parade and free to watch, seats are available to rent for $10 advance reserved, or $5 cash for whatever's left on the day, or bring your own.​
    Info: www.hautedogs.org/howloween.html 
    Note: For everyone's safety, kids and dogs may not sit on the ground in front of the first...MORE row of chairs.​

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    Historical Society of Long Beach Annual Cemetery Tour

    HSLB Cemetery Tour
    ••• Historical Society of Long Beach Cemetery Tour takes place the Saturday before Halloween every year. Photo © 2013 Kayte Deioma, licensed to About.com

    The dead come to life to tell you about the lives they lived and the way they died at the neighboring Long Beach Municipal and Sunnyside Cemeteries in Long Beach. It's daytime theatrical storytelling among the tombstones.
    Location: Sunnyside and Long Beach Municipal Cemeteries, 1095 E. Willow St., Long Beach
    Date: Saturday, October 31, 2015
    Hours: Tickets go on sale at 8:30 am. Presentations continuously 9 am - 2:30 pm. Allow 2 hours.
    Cost: $20 Adults, Students 5-18 $8, Children under 5 $1, Members $15
    Info: www.hslb.org, (562) 424-2220
    Ages: Kids who are attentive enough to listen to stories for 8 to 10 minutes at a time are welcome.
    Note: This is an outdoor walking tour on uneven terrain. Wear comfortable shoes, sunscreen and a hat.

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    Halloween Festival for Downtown LA Kids

    This Halloween evening festival for kids at Grand Hope Park in Downtown Los Angeles tends to sell out.  There are trick-or-treat doors, bounce houses, face painting, puppet shows, crafts and more. Tickets include hot dogs, snacks, candy and other treats. 
    Location: Grand Hope Park, 919 S. Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90015
    Date: Oct 31, 2016
    Hours: 5-8 pm
    Cost: $7 pre-sale, $10 at the park
    Info: www.downtownla.com/calendar/downtown-la-halloween-kids-festival

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    Healthy Halloween Festival at Farm Lot 59 in Long Beach

    Skip the sugar, but not the fun at this Halloween festival that distributes only healthy treats. Other activities include fishing for apples, seed bomb making, buried treasure, bean bag toss and more.
    Location: Farm Lot 59, 2714 California Ave, Long Beach, CA 90755
    Date: Oct 30, 2016
    Hours: 11 am - 2 pm
    Cost: $5 per child, no charge for adults or kids too small to participate.
    Info: eventbrite.com

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    Harvest Days & Haunted Nights in Marina Del Rey

    This full weekend of Halloween fun includes family-friendly activities during the day, including a pumpkin patch, carnival games, costume contests, crafts, a train ride, hay maze. Haunted Nights is full of zombie pirates and a haunted pirate ship.
    Location: Burton Chase Park, 13650 Mindinao Way, Marina del Rey, CA 90292
    Date: Oct 28-30, 2016
    Hours: Harvest Days Sat-Sun 10 am - 6 pm, Haunted Nights Fri 5-9 pm, Sat 6-9 pm, Sun 6-8 pm
    Cost: Free
    Info:   beaches.lacounty.gov/wps/portal/dbh, flyer
    Note:  Haunted Nights not recommended for kids under 13