If there was ever a need for a magical spell that would allow you to be in multiple places, at the same time, this weekend would be it. From spooky to non-scary, the Halloween celebrations are at peak level and they all sound so good we dare wish we could go to all of them. Scroll through our picks for the most frightfully fun options!

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Los Angeles

Mourning and Halloween Tours
Join in a reenactment of an Edwardian funeral to learn customs and attitudes about turn-of-the-century death; a family-friendly day features period games, harvest crafts, trick or treating and a pumpkin patch. Sun. Event details.

Hollywood Forever: Dia De Los Muertos
Join the festivities at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, where they will honor the Aztec goddess who gave birth to the moon, stars, and the sun and celebrate the divine feminine, the loving mother that unites us all! Coatlicue (/kwɑːtˈliːkweɪ/) “skirt of snakes” “mother of the gods”, is the Mexica-Aztec goddess who gave birth to the moon, stars, and Huitzilopochtli, the god of the sun and war. She is the Great Mother, in whom both the womb and the grave co-exist. Kids will enjoy and learn more about this tradition through storytelling, crafts, face painting, dancing, seeing Aztec Ritual dancers and even playing music. Sat. Event details.

Spooky Halloween Cupcake Decorating
Join us for this frightfully fun event, where girls will decorate Halloween cupcakes with icing and sprinkles. Girls will make a “boo box” craft, and take home an AG Magazine. Reservations required. Fri. Event details.


Halloween & Day of the Dead Drag Queen Storytime with Kay Sedia
Celebrate Halloween and Day of the Dead with world-renowned, multi-talented Kay Sedia! Come in costume and join our Children’s Book World costume parade. Enjoy funny and not too scary stories as Kay graciously shares her storytelling talents here at Children’s Book World. Sat. Event details.

Shane’s Inspiration is hosting an inclusive play event for families with and without disabilities at their universally-accessible playground in West L.A.! Enjoy their free inclusiveHalloween My PlayClub with costumes, treats, & lots of activities for the family. You won’t want to miss this spook-tacular event! Includes: Sensory Spook Tent, Animated Short Screening, Face Painting, Snacks, Entertainment, Arts & Crafts, Community Resources, Prizes, and Giveaways (while supplies last). Sat. Event details.

Spooky Movie Night at Mila & Emma’s Pumpkin Patch at PLATFORM
Catch the classic Halloween movie Hocus Pocus in the pumpkin patch! Comfy seats and popcorn provided by Joymode, order pizza from the brand new Roberta’s or special items from Hayden* BYOB for adults (stop by the Hayden wine shop before the show!). Sat. Event details.


Theatricum BOO-tanicum!
Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum transforms into the haunted BOO-tanicum with the company’s annual Halloween extravaganza fundraiser, highlighted by its unique and infamous haunted house. Enjoy the tricks and treats of the season on the wooded grounds with a host of enticements including ghost stories, game booths, festival food and libations, performances by Creative Playground, Peter Alsop, comedy improv group Off the Grid; and more. Beware of zombie thespians! Come on down…if you dare. Sat. Event details.


This family-friendly event includes fun for all ages and will be hosted in Brookside Park, directly in front of Kidspace. Kids will giggle with delight at the petting zoo, pony rides, exciting bouncers, carnival games, and seasonal crafts. Partake in a costume parade, enjoy face painting, and select pumpkins from our pumpkin patch. Festival admission is free to enjoy the live music/performances, selected crafts, and a photo opportunity at the pumpkin patch. Sat.-Sun. Event details.

Join PCM’s Junior Guitar Orchestra, conductor Felix Bullock, and narrator Lindsay Dodoras for our Young Musicians Concert.  Our young guitarists will play some classical favorites and tell the story of The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything. This NON-SCARY seasonal concert is perfect for families and preschool and school-aged children.  Audience members may wear their costumes, and everybody gets a treat! Sun. Event details.



Kids Like Me will be hosting its biggest party of the year! There will be two separate parties for club l.a. KIDS (ages 5-12) and club l.a. TEENS (ages 13-18) which will feature spooktacular activities, games, music, dancing, food, prizes and more! Sat. Event details.

Sherman Oaks

What’s Scarier than Being a Teenager? Putting a Bunch of them in Halloween Costumes on Stage! Joy Theatre’s ages 12 and up cast is performing a Halloween themed comedy improv show for kids of all ages. Get ready to be a part of the show and scream out at them silly, scary, goofy, Halloweeny suggestions. Their characters may even welcome your Ghostly and Ghastly Booooos. Admission is free for kids in full costume! Fri. Event details.


Spooky Creatures in the Garden
Start your Halloween celebration at the Arboretum. Halloween activities are designed for children ages 10 and under including, fall book readings and walks, amazing photo opportunities, autumn crafts, and engaging scavenger hunts.  Dressing in costume is encouraged! Sat. Event details.

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—Andie Huber


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