This weekend Halloween goes historical with haunted history that ranges from Civil War times, the old Adobe days and the Victorian era. If you prefer your spooky more kooky, catch Halloween tales at Descanso Gardens, visit the Enchanted Eco Station or take part in a Pumpkin Race by the beach. For a break from any haunted capers you can hang with dinos, immerse yourself in art, celebrate a record release, say goodnight to the moon and sample a host of artisanal wares and treats. October rocks!

Every Angeleno Counts 5K and Festivalphoto: Every Angeleno Counts


Halloween Goes Victorian at Heritage Square
Play period games, make 19th century harvest crafts, pick a pumpkin and listen to spooky stories on the lawn at this old-timey festival. Sun. Event details.

Artisanal LA
Arts & Crafts (and baby goats!) entertain kiddos, alongside enough samples of artistanal snacks and drinks to leave adventurous tummies stuffed. That leaves parents with plenty of time for learning about DIY crafting, cooking and even making kombucha. Mmmmm. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Every Angeleno Counts 5K & Fest
Spend a morning running, walking, standing, playing, and being together in support of Homeboy Industries. There’s a 5K run/walk for everyone and a kids 1K fun run.  Everyone gets a medal and after that exercise, see some art and take part in art activities, check out the kid zone and the Homeboy Food Fair. Sat. Event details.

San Gabriel Valley

ArtNight Pasadena
Enjoy a free evening of art, music, and entertainment as Pasadena’s most prominent arts and cultural institutions swing open their doors for free to get the whole family seeing and making art. Start with Kidspace then keep the art party going at the Armory Center for the Arts, Art Center, the Norton Simon and more. Fri. Event details.

Slightly Spooky Tales at Descanso
Descanso’s favorite Ensemble Shakespeare Theater returns with an all-new family-friendly production of stories that are funny, surprising, and ever so slightly spooky. Sat. & Sun. Event details.


Goodnight Moon & The Runaway Bunny
Adapted from Margaret Wise Brown’s classics, these tales are told with adorable animal puppets, amazing scenic effects, and evocative music that make this show a perfect first theater experience. Sat. Event details.

Enchanted Crawly Hallow’s Eve
This Halloween-themed entomology fest showcases everything from terrifying tarantulas to beautiful butterflies. Test your bug bravery with the Fear Factor edible insect challenge, costume contest, exotic wildlife exhibits, celebrity guests and more. Sun. Event details.

Andrew & Polly’s Album Release Party
When one of the best local kids bands (Andrew & Polly) invites another (Mista Cookie Jar) to celebrate the release of their cool new album at top spot in town for kid concerts (McCabes), you just gotta go. Sun. Event details.

South Bay

Manhattan Beach Pumpkin Race
The Manhattan Beach Pier becomes Pumpkinrace Land once every year.  Enjoy the activities for kids and make your own Pumpkin Racecar to feel the thrill of competing or simply watch the World Famous Pumpkin Race. Sun. Event details.

Civil War Spirits
Take a candlelight tour at California’s only Civil War museum, where docents in period attire lead tours through the Drum Barracks. Fri. & Sat. Event details.

San Fernando Valley

Leonis Adobe’s Pumpkin Party
The old adobe is bursting with activities like Halloween crafts, feeding the ranch animals, free pumpkins for the kids, live interactive kids music by Craig Newton and more. Sat. Event details.

Haunted History
Get a little un-living history at Los Encinos with pumpkin carving (BYOP – Bring Your Own Pumpkin), haunted tours, haunted harvest games, twilight blacksmith demonstration, a screening of a spooky silent film and classic creepy cartoons. Sun. Event details.

Santa Clarita Valley

Dino Zoo Live!
Observe, meet and interact with an eye-popping collection of amazingly life-like dinosaurs and other creatures in a performance that thrills, entertains and inspires little imaginations. Sun. Event details.

Ghosts go with history, don’t they? What’s your favorite historically haunted site in the city? Let us know in the comments!

—Meghan Rose