It’s high-Halloween season all ’round town this weekend. Families can easily find spooky-fun and autumn-themed celebrations, including Kidspace’s always-fabulous Pumpkin Festival in Pasadena, Descanso Garden’s Harvest Festival, and the Westchester Halloween Town Fair. Santa Monica has twice the fun with the aquarium’s Fishy Fest and the Playhouse’s Halloween Hullabaloo. Music fans should head to the Disney Hall for a family-oriented concert of Mexican folk music and a bilingual puppet show; outdoor enthusiasts can hike to their hearts’ content at Temescal Canyon on Sunday. What else is on tap this weekend? Check it out!
World City Music
On October 22, families can take in music, dance, and sounds of Los Cenzontles from Mexico, as well as a bilingual “toy theater” puppet performance by Facto Teatro titled Pantéon de Fiesta. Sat., 11:00 am, 12:30 pm, & 2:00 pm performances. Free. 3 & up. Event details.
Pacific Standard Time Family Festival
The Getty hosts its Pacific Standard Time Family Festival, a day-long celebration focused on the city-wide Pacific Standard Time exhibits. Families can examine art installations, make mail art, re-create a version of Di Suvero’s Peace Tower, and much more. Sat., 10:00 am – 6:00 pm. Free. 3 & up. Event details.
Hike-a-Thon in Temescal Canyon
Families can take in the natural beauty of the canyon while also raising funds for children in foster care with organized hikes throughout the day, as well as other activities like music, face painting, arts and crafts stations, and more. Sun., 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. $40 minimum donation. 4 & up. Event details.
Apple Harvest Festival
The Sixth Annual Apple Harvest Faire offers a seasonal, fun-filled day for the entire family with games, fabulous food, a pumpkin patch, amusement rides, music, horse-drawn wagon rides, live entertainment, and surprises. Sun., 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm. All ages. Event details.
A Halloween Hullaboo
Santa Monica Playhouse Family Theatre Musical Matinee Series presents A Halloween Hullabaloo, a magical, interactive, musical fairytale journey that explores Halloween through the ages. Guests can enjoy costumes, face-painting, and special treats. Sat-Sun., 12:30 pm. $10.50-$12.50. 2 & up. Event details.
A little Halloween, a little Dia de los Muertos — that’s the premise of the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium’s annual event, which features a mad scientist’s lab, face painting, crafty fun, naturalist demos, a marine animal graveyard, and Day of the Dead altars and themed art projects. Sat.-Sun., 12:30 pm – 5:00 pm. Adults $5, Children (under 13) free. All ages. Event details.
Harvest Festival at Descanso Gardens
One of San Gabriel Valley’s best autumn events for kids, the Harvest Festival at Descanso Gardens features costume parades (come dressed up!), the Moo Doo Puppet Show, great food from the Chuckwagon Grilling Station, and picture-perfect autumnal scenery to serve as backdrops to Halloween kiddie portraits. Sat.-Sun., 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. Free with garden admission. All ages. Event details.
Kidspace Pumpkin Festival
It’s always a banner day at Kidspace when the pumpkins get rolled out, the games set up, and the festivities get underway for little costumed visitors at the museum’s annual Pumpkin Festival. Children can enjoy crafts, train rides, petting zoo, bounce houses, carnival games, and much more. Sat-Sun., 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Free with museum admission. All ages. Event details.
Westchester Halloween Town Fair
It’s not all spooks and fright at Westchester’s event. Even the youngest children can enjoy a petting zoo, face painting, a food court, entertainment, dancing, treats, Halloween costume and pumpkin decorating contests, carnival rides and games, and bounce houses. Sat., 11:00 am – 6:00 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.
— Sarah Hilbert