Those costumes need to get a workout – you didn’t go to all the trouble of making a fabulous creation for just one night! For Halloween fun you can take your pick between an interactive Halloween Fairytale, a Halloween Haunt, a Pumpkins for Peace Parade, a visit to the Pumpkin Patch or a ride on the Irvine Park Pumpkin Railroad. The weekend before Halloween is the perfect time for a festive getaway to LEGOLAND for Brick-or-Treating. There’s the Canadian Ballet’s production of Alice and Wonderland, a play about a man who planted trees, or a trip to Travel Town to celebrate Depot Day!

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Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
Do you prefer your ballet a bit funny and funky, instead of precious and pink? Then this original yet classic adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s beloved book is perfect for you. Sat. & Sun., 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm. Downtown. $34- $125. Ages 4+. Event details.

Depot Day at Travel Town
If you have any Thomas fans, Dinosaur Train enthusiasts, or just plain lovers of all things that go choo choo (this goes for parents and grandparents too!), you’ve got to bring them to Travel Town for this day of special exhibits and activities for the whole family. Sun., 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Griffith Park. Free. All ages. Event details.

Pumpkins for Peace Parade
Take a day amidst all the crazy candy and costumes to stop and celebrate peace with a peace parade, pumpkin carving, face painting, and a teensy break from all the sugar of the season with some healthy snacks. Sat., 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm. Echo Park. $20 per family. All ages. Event details.


Halloween Fairytale Theatre
It’s an interactive afternoon of story-telling, sing-a-longs, crafts, face-painting, enactment of a fairy tale, theater games, refreshments and special gifts, all with a not-too-spooky Halloween theme. Sat., 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm. Santa Monica. $15 per adult/child pair. Ages 4-10. Event details.


Calabasas Pumpkin Festival
With a pumpkin patch for picking (and painting, carving, cooking whatever you like!), pumpkin beer for drinking, pumpkin pies for noshing, pumpkin seeds for planting- all your pumpkin needs will be met. Sat. & Sun., 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Calabasas. $5 admission. All ages. Event details.

The Man Who Planted Trees
This play for kids tells an inspiring story with just enough comedy and puppetry to keep it light and funny without losing the important (be green!) message. Fri., 7:00 pm. Thousand Oaks. $20-$24. Ages 4+. Event details.


Halloween Hunt at Kidspace
The hunt is on! Hundreds of Halloween eggs and mini pumpkins are hidden in the Kidspace Gardens just waiting to be found… Sun., 11:00 am – 1:00 pm. Pasadena. $3 plus museum admission. Ages 1-10. Event details.

Worth The Drive

Brick or Treat at LEGOLAND
If you have a LEGO maniac, you can’t miss this Halloween celebration where LEGO-themed treat stations offer candy, healthy snacks and a few surprises along the way. While you wander the park, the BOO Crew, Brickzini the Magnificant, Count Brickula and others wait to scare, errrr, entertain you. Sat., 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Carlsbad. $30. All ages. Event details.

Irvine Railroad Pumpkin Patch
With thousands of pumpkins in all shapes and sizes, Halloween décor and a farm feel which makes an ideal setting for taking pictures, this is a perfect day trip.  Rides galore are here as well: hay rides, train rides or tractor rides and more. Fri. – Sun., 10:00 am – 6:00 pm. Orange. Free admission. All ages. Event details.

— Meghan Rose