From spooktacular train rides to parties hosted by fairies, LA is overflowing with Halloween activities for kids of all ages.  The hardest part is picking which haunts will fill your weekends. We’ve rounded up the very best Halloween happenings in every corner of town and for every kind of kiddo, to make it a little easier to decide.

Catch Some Animal Antics

If your own little critters love to get up close and personal with creepy creatures, look no further than these scare-free Halloween-themed animal encounters.

Scarium of the Pacific
Spend the day meeting some of the creepy creatures that inhabit the ocean. Come decked out in costume and enter the kids contest. Check out underwater pumpkin carving, magic shows, and fun Halloween inspired crafts and activities. Scarium of the Pacific takes place ‪on Oct 15 & 16. Event details.

Boo! at the Zoo
Little animal lovers will have a blast celebrating Halloween at the LA Zoo. Explore creatures in creepy caves, make your way through a spooky maze, and get up close with some crawling critters. There are also live performances, dance parties, crafts, and trick-or-treating on select weekends. Boo! at the Zoo takes place throughout the month of October. Event details.

Boo! at the Teaching Zoo
Visit the smaller Moorpark Teaching Zoo (it's near Underwood Farms, so you can make a day of it), where it's easier to have an upclose encounter with the animals. Costumed kiddos get a BINGO card upon entry, and when all squares are filled they head to the kids fun zone and receive a bag o’ treats. There will also be animal shows and other activities throughout the day. Boo! days are Oct 29 & 30. Event details.

photo: Jamie Pham

Know of any must-see Halloween haunts we missed? Please share your favorite spots to take your little ghouls and goblins in LA.

—Shahrzad Warkentin