Sleep in the pits, run with the fish, howl at the moon and go Greek! While you can certainly get ready for Halloween with some festive events, like a Pumpkin train, wizard magic show and spooky marionettes, you can also experience loads of other unusual outings like going back in time, uncovering the new Autry and watching cars tear up the road.

As the holiday crawls closer still, our kooky cast of over one hundred spirited puppets rally together for quite the Hallowe'en merriment! Unearth everything on strings; from the Invisible Man to xylo-bone playing ghouls, accompanied by the soulful laments of Dracula and Vampira and a bone rattling soiree of glow-in-the-dark skeletons, flitting the night away in their secret moonlit Cabaret - to name a few! Bob Baker’s "HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR” is sure to whisk you away to “the place where imagination dwells” - and sometimes, lurks... “SPOOKTACULAR” is a delightful, family-friendly, hour long musical revue, set to haunting and jazzy holiday-themed tunes celebrating nearly every decade. Following each performance, our guests are invited to join the Puppeteers for some after show refreshments in the setting of our charmingly thrilling historical Party Room. Simply SPOOKTACULAR!photo: Bob Baker Marionettes


LA Greek Fest
Flaming cheese! Crazy dancing! Plate throwing! While the LA Greek Fest is packed with music, dancing, prizes, shows, an arcade for kids and strolling acts, it’s really all about the delectable food. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Bob Baker’s Halloween Spooktacular
This LA tradition set to “hauntingly” jazzy tunes showcases marionettes like the Invisible Man, xylo-bone playing ghouls, Dracula and Vampira and a bone rattling soiree of glow-in-the-dark skeletons. After the show, meet the artists for ice cream. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Eastside & Griffith Park

Rockin’ at the Roller Derby
The Derby Dolls are Southern California’s premier all-female, banked track roller derby league.  Cheer on Darla Daredevil or Jackie Nimble and settle in for some serious girl power. Sat. Event details.

The New California Continued at the Autry
You may have noticed that the Autry Museum of the West has been undergoing a few renovations. Well, they’re ready for their closeup, with a whole new exhibit called California Continued, that features galleries, an ethnobotanical teaching garden and so much more that teaches kids about our local history. Sun. Event details.


This Sleepover Is the Pits
Fossil Day is coming up (Oct 12) and this sleepover at the La Brea Tar Pits is a great way to celebrate. Get stuck in all sorts of gooey activities, take a flashlight tour of the pits, see skeletons and make sticky crafts. Sat.-Sun. Event details.

South LA

Moon Night at the Space Center
International Observe the Moon Night is the night for moon gazers all around the globe to look to the skies and see “what’s up!” Telescopes will be set up, with astronomers to answer questions. Sat. Event details.


Harry Potter Magic Show
The best kids bookstore in town celebrates their 30th anniversary and the release of a new illustrated edition of Harry Potter with a wizard of a magician. Wear your wizard gear and join in the fun of a magic show and Harry Potter giveaways. Sat. Event details.

South Bay

Rallycross Race
Red Bull GRC’s doubleheader in LA this weekend is the closer for the season, so if your kids like to see cars go really, really fast, this is an exciting event to catch. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

San Fernando Valley

Reyes Adobe Days
Kids can go back in time and experience adobe life through hands-on activities such as corn grinding, tortilla pressing, soap making and old fashioned laundry scrubbing. The whole family can tour the adobe, watch the parade, get some great grub and take in a concert, too. Sat.& Sun. Event details.

Long Beach

Kids Fun Run at the Aquarium
Kids as young as young as five can lace up, warm up, and race during the one-mile fun run where everyone gets a marine animal medal, finisher certificate and free Aquarium admission. Sat. Event details.

Worth the Drive

Pumpkinliner Train Rides
All aboard, with a Halloween ticket to ride. This vintage train goes to “Ichabog”, a private pumpkin patch where kids can play, bounce, do arts & crafts, eat BBQ and of course, pick the perfect pumpkin. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Irvine Park Railroad’s Pumpkin Patch
If you’re looking for a way to spend a Halloween-y day for the tinier tots, this patch is worth the drive. No only are there zillions of pumpkins, there are hay rides, train rides and tractor rides.  Add in a Halloween bounce house, cookies to decorate, face painting, panning for gold, a haunted house, carnival games, a hay maze and more, and you’ll be busy all day. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


October is one of those months when all the LA teams are playing: The Rams, Clippers, Lakers, Dodgers, Galaxy and Kings all have games this month. What’s your favorite LA sports team?

—Meghan Rose