So long September! With October comes Halloween and a whole month of tricks and treats. So we thought for this first weekend we’d showcase a mix of once a year events, like a chocolate salon, teddy bear concert and chance to meet a scream queen, along with some festive harvest and Halloween outings you hit now or make plans for visiting later, like Boo at the Zoo, Underwood’s Pumpkin Festival and Spooky Science at the Discovery Cube.

boo zoo los angelesphoto: Jamie Pham for the Los Angeles Zoo


The Octonauts and the Deep Sea Volcano Adventure
For the first time in the U.S. The Octonauts and the Deep Sea Volcano Adventure is on stage, with the whole Octonaut crew as they go on an underwater quest through a world full of adventure and tons of interactive sea life surprises. Sat. Event details.

Make Your Mark in the Park
Grand Park is hosting the flagship event of LA’s The Big Draw, and will be transformed into a giant drawing studio with activities like using colored tape to create giant patterns on the sidewalks and creating comics, masks and banners. Sun. Event details.

Eastside & Griffith Park

Boo at the Zoo!
For the whole month you can visit the spooky caves and corn “stalk” mazes, do creepy crafts, see a musical monster mash-up puppet show, oogle masterpiece pumpkins, meet strolling characters, take in mad science shows and boogie at the Halloween dance party. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

A Teddy Bear Concert
Kids can bring their Teddy Bear (or any stuffed friend) and family to meet the woodwind family. This concert will explore the sounds of the flute, oboe, clarinet and bassoon, with a milk & cookies Teddy Bear picnic afterwards. Sat. Event details.


American History in 50 Minutes
7 actors share 21 square feet of space to recreate the entire American fight for independence from Lexington to Yorktown. This year’s history curriculum is done in under an hour! Fri.-Sun. Event details.

San Gabriel Valley

Spooky Science
Discovery Cube’s Spooky Science fair takes place every weekend in October, where you can enter a fantastical world of wizards and dragons, discover enchanting chemistry in the “Wizard of Ooze” stage show, observe characteristics of real and mythical creatures and join the costume parade. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Eat All the Chocolate
‘Tis the season for chocolate, but if you want to elevate your tot’s palate above and beyond the standard Hershey Halloween haul take them to The Chocolate Salon, complete with tastings, chocolate demos, chef and author talks and meet & greets. Tickets include all tastings, and kids under 6 are free. Sat. Event details.

Ticket to the Twenties at the Homestead Museum
Dig out your glad rags celebrate the Roaring Twenties with dance demonstrations and lessons, silent films with live musical accompaniment, crafts, historic house tours, Mah Jongg lessons, 1920s bikes and automobiles and more. Sat. & Sun. Event details.


Jamie Lee Curtis Book Signing
For parents, she’s the ultimate scream queen. For kids, she’s the author of some of their favorite books, like her new one, This is Me. Sat. Event details.

Where Pie Meets (Eats?) Art
Before treating yourself to a sampling of savory and sweet pies at KCRW’s Pie Contest, create a placemat using raw ingredients found in pies. This family activity is inspired by a process used by Cuban artist Belkis Ayón to create her beautiful prints, currently on view at the Fowler. Sun. Event details.

The Do Good Family Ride
Do Good Bus and Project Giving Kids are joining forces to host a ride that offers family activities on and off the bus to ensure kids (and adults!) learn about the importance of giving back and helping their community. Sat. Event details.

Long Beach

Meet Peter Gros and His Wild Animals
Take an adventure with Peter Gros—from Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom—as he tells tales of his travels and brings exotic animals on stage. Sat. Event details.

Santa Clarita Valley

Hart of the West Powwow
Take part in, or simple watch, the largest Powwow in Los Angeles County with dancers, drummers and displays of arts and crafts from many Native American tribes. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Worth the Drive

Underwood Family Farms Fall Festival
Pumpkins, pumpkins and more pumpkins! Plus every weekend through Halloween there will be tractor-drawn wagon rides, the corn maze & hay pyramids, the animal center, Craig’s Chicken Show, kid’s corral & play area plus live bands, an animal show, pig races & more. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

What annual October outing do you anticipate each year? Let us know in the comment section. We’ll check back after buying our Mickey’s Halloween and LEGOLAND Brick or Treat tickets!

—Meghan Rose