Kid-Friendly Halloween Events around Los Angeles

Hey Los Angeles! It's almost October so we might as well get a jump start on all of the Halloween fun! Today I'm sharing a few of my favorite kid friendly Fall and Halloween events taking place around Southern California. Some of these events we go to every year and some will be our first time this year, either way, our calendar is filled and we are so excited. 

Knott's Camp Spooky

Every Weekend in October

The daytime event is a non-scary celebration of cheer rather than fear with shows and activities all geared for kids ages 3-11. Admission to Knott's Spooky Farm is included with your Knott's Berry Farm admission or Season Pass. Here is some of the fun you can look forward to: Monster Masquerade Ball KaraokeSnoopy's Costume Contest and Dance Party

The Monsters are Coming, Charlie Brown” in the Camp Spooky Theatre, Ghost Town Trick or Treating, the Creepy Crawler Cabin and the Spooky Hollow Maze! After the maze, paint and decorate your own pumpkin (nominal fee required).

Boo! at the Zoo!

Every Day in October

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

At the L.A. Zoo, you’ll enjoy more treats than tricks, with haunted caves, a pumpkin patch, fun photo opportunities, jack-o-lantern carving demonstrations, costumed characters, and up-close encounters with creepy, crawly, and scaly creatures. Some of our animals will even join in the fun, with seasonal treats all their own.

Explore the Zoo’s darkest caves and learn about the “super natural” powers of animals and how they adapt at night through the use of their senses. Choose your own adventure to meet the most mysterious, feared, and freaky animals at the Zoo!

Plus, Every Saturday and Sunday in October:

Create black bat and spider-themed crafts, view tigers, elephants, orangutans, jaguars, and other Zoo residents tasting their own delicious treats. Explore the nighttime through a “Graveyard Safari” to find and learn about creatures that emerge in the dark in Los Angeles and take in the “Campfire Cathy” interactive, animal-themed musical show in our Adventure Theater.

Irvine Park Railroad

Saturday, September 19th - Friday, October 31st

Open 7 Days a week starting at 10 am

The cost to enter the Pumpkin Patch is free, and activity tickets are $5.00 each or $60 for 15 tickets. Children can download and color a Halloween coloring page during the Pumpkin Patch and bring it in to the train station for a sweet treat. You can find more coupons for bike and paddle boat rentals here.

P.S. I'm giving away a $55 value ticket bundle here.

Rise of the Jack-o-lanterns

(2 Locations)

Descanso Gardens in La Cañada, CA

Thursday-Sunday in October from 6:30-9:30 p.m. 


Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, CA

Friday-Sunday Oct. 9- Nov.1 from 6:30-10:30pm

*Tickets are timed and limited, so purchase here ahead of time!

Come see more than 5,000 hand-carved and illuminated Jack O'Lanterns lighting up the night this October in a unique and family friendly fall event. Created by professional artists and sculptors and arranged in creative ways along a 1/3-mile scenic walking trail all set to an original music score produced exclusively for The RISE! The variety of new and exciting themes created for 2015 is sure to impress both RISE newbies and returning RISE fans.

Go on a safari and see larger-than-life animals carved from dozens of jack o'lanterns and make sure to watch out for the dragon that's over 50 feet long and contains hundreds of jacks carved by a team of artists! You'll also see our talented artists hand-paint and hand-carve the images of some of your favorite TV and movie stars into giant 100 pound pumpkins at our live carving station! Our well lit parking lots and trail make The RISE experience safe and exciting for visitors of all ages.

Scarium of the Pacific

Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015  9:00 AM–5:00 PM

Sunday, Oct 25, 2015  9:00 AM–5:00 PM

Discover the creatures lurking in the depths at the Aquarium of the Pacific’s 16th annual 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, face painting, magic shows, underwater pumpkin carving, spooky storytelling, kooky crafts, eerie animals in the Great Hall, and much more.

Eek! at the Greek!

Saturday October 24

Trick-or-Treat Village opens at 4:30 PM show begins at 7PM 

$55.00 (adult) $15.00 (child) / $25.00 (adult) $8.00 (child)

Symphony In The Glen and Nederlander Concerts will host the 5th Annual EEK! At The Greek!, a symphonic extravaganza, presented by Children's Hospital Los Angeles. The Greek Theatre's front plaza transforms into a "Trick-or-Treat Village," welcoming families to bring their children for safe trick-or-treating and Halloween activities from 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM, including arts & crafts, face painting, a costume contest and more! The costume contest will begin at 4:30 PM in the front plaza with the finale taking place during intermission on The Greek Theatre's main stage.

This year's program will feature the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles performing "Ghost Riders in The Sky," under the direction of Dr. Joe Nadeau, Artistic Director.

21st Annual Pumpkin Festival at Kidspace Children's Museum

Saturday, October 17 & Sunday, October 18, 2015

9:30a.m. to 5:00p.m.

This family-friendly event includes fun for all ages and will be hosted in Brookside Park, directly in front of Kidspace Children’s Museum. The kids get to enjoy the petting zoo, pony rides, bouncers, carnival games, and seasonal crafts. Partake in a costume parade, make your own take-home fall crafts, enjoy face painting, and select pumpkins from our pumpkin patch.

Parents will love the book and costume sale, and tasty picnic treats.

Festival admission is free - as well as the live music/performances, selected crafts, promotions at the Radio Disney tent, and a photo opportunity at the pumpkin patch. There is also plenty of free parking in Lot I of the Rose Bowl adjacent to Brookside Park. Tickets are available for purchase to enjoy the bouncers, pony rides, games, food, and many other festival attractions.

Mickey's Halloween Party

Select dates in September and October

*Tickets sell out fast, buy yours ASAP Mickey's Halloween Party is a fun way to celebrate Halloween. You get to dress up and enjoy all the magic that Disneyland has to offer but with some frightful fun! The trick or treat stations can be found throughout the park and with the decorations, the characters dressed up, the rides and the shows, it's all just really magical. We haven't been in 3 years, so we are very excited for this one. If you haven't been yet, I definitely recommend it, it's a fun experience.