Pumpkins, pumpkins: here we come! If you haven’t finished your pumpkin procuring or costume collecting, this is the time to get it done. But it’s also the weekend to celebrate the season. Take a ride on the Pumpkinliner, have some monsters show you a garden, set sail on the spooky seas, check out a film “pestival,” visit animals and marionettes who haunt your Halloween or see a feathery fire show! Read on to discover all that and so much more.

photo: STAR Eco Station


Found LA
Found LA is a citywide event that showcases culturally dynamic neighborhoods through the eyes of residents, public figures and renowned artists who lead tours and share their unique perspective and passion for their neighborhoods. This year’s tours are inspired by the Getty’s ambitious PST which highlights Latin American art. Sat. & Sun. Event details.


Bob Baker’s Halloween Spooktacular
These marionettes are an LA tradition, and as the holiday crawls closer you’ll love meeting this kooky cast of over one hundred spirited puppets like the Invisible Man, Dracula, Vampira and glow-in-the-dark skeletons. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

A Film “Pestival”
Brave moviegoers will be able to enjoy unBUGlievable films including Bee Movie, The Ant Bully, The Birds and more. There’s also a cricket eating contest, bug exhibit, Halloween costume contest, free popcorn with flavored insect toppings and even insect-infused lollipops. Sat. Event details.

Griffith Park

Odd Nights at the Autry
Things get odd near Halloween! Head to the lawn at the Autry for an evening of fun, music, picnics, a kids area, full bar and gourmet food trucks. Fri. Event details.

San Gabriel Valley

Monster Tours at Descanso
The Ensemble Shakespeare Theatre returns to Descanso with a fun monster-filled production that romps through the gardens for the whole family to enjoy. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Fall Festival at the Norton Simon Museum
Create your own costumes inspired by artwork from the collections, join interactive tours, create your own storybook and delight in music and story time. Be sure to check the schedule of events for the activities you won’t want to miss (like story time with Where the Wild Things Are). Sun. Event details.

Beverly Hills

Feathers of Fire: A Persian Epic
Inspired by the 10th-century Persian epic Shahnameh (The Book of Kings), the action-packed tale follows star-crossed lovers Zaul and Rudabeh who triumph at the end against all odds. The story is told with puppets, costumes, masks, scenography and digital animation, all of which come to life on a cinema-size screen. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Getty Family Festival
Explore the art and culture of Latin America through a day of interactive fun. Make your own pre-Columbian treasures in a hands-on workshop, be regaled by the dance, music and stories of the Mayan, Aztec, and Incan empires and delve into the mysteries of Argentina through the magic of tango. Sat. Event details.

A Skirball Family Sleepover
Pack your PJs and spend the night aboard Noah’s Ark. Explore the photographs of the current exhibitions and discover how artists build and give back to their communities. Then use photography to make art and tell stories with LA-based artists. Sat. Event details.

STAR Eco Station’s Trick-Or-Treat Village
This is a fairy tale gone green with an environmental and entomology twist—kids can meet some cartoon characters, enter costume contests and try the Fear Factor edible insect challenge, if they dare. Sun. Event details.

South Bay

Harvest Sunset Family Sail
Take a family sail from the LA Harbor and watch the sun set from the deck of a tall ship.  Sit back and relax or learn to hoist the sails and tighten the hatches from the amazing crew. Sat. Event details.

San Fernando Valley

Leonis Adobe’s Pumpkin Party
Visit the old adobe and take part in Halloween crafts, feeding the ranch animals and a kids concert by the popular Craig Newton. This is another chance to get those costumes seen! Sat. Event details.

Calabasas Pumpkin Festival
With a pumpkin patch for picking (and painting, carving or cooking) pumpkin beer for drinking, pumpkin pies for noshing, pumpkin seeds for planting: your pumpkin needs will be met.  There’s also a reptile show, a giant slide, inflatable rides and Halloween carnival games. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Worth the Drive

Pumpkinliner Train Ride
We’ve got your Halloween ticket to ride. Hop aboard a vintage train to “Ichabog,” a private pumpkin patch filled with jumpers, a carousel and more. For bigger kids looking for more of a scare, this weekend Fillmore & Western Railway also offers a Haunted Hayride Family Dinner ride and the new Zombie hunter paintball adventure, too! Sat. & Sun. Event details.

What are your favorite annual Halloween family traditions? Let us know in the comment section!

—Meghan Rose