This is it! The big Halloween weekend. Sure, next Saturday is actually Halloween, but you have your traditional trick-or-treating plans. This weekend celebrate all over the city: start with an Eek! at the Greek, move to pumpkin races by the beach, whip up some cauldron concoctions in the garden and scare together some spooky (and sticky) science. Plus see some dance, learn what records are (remember vinyl??), soak up LA history and more.


Griffith Park

Eeek! at the Greek
This is a nice mix of fun, atmospheric and cultured. Start the night with a Trick-or-Treat Village, then a concert that has some atmospheric classical music and caps a haunted evening with a reading of Edgar Allen Poe’s, The Tell-Tale Heart. Sat., 4:30 p.m. Griffith Park. $8-$55. Ages 5 & up. Event details.

A New Zoo Family Class
Bring your family for a new adventure at the Zoo to learn about amazing animals together. This first class is about the secrets of camouflage, and how animal stripes, spots and blotches create the illusion of invisibility. Sat., 9:30-11 a.m. Griffith Park. $15-20. All ages. Event details.

Arroyo Secco

Heritage Square Halloween
Spend a day back in time, when kids can play period games, make 19th century harvest crafts, trick-or-treat and listen to scary(ish) stories at the Heritage Museum. Sun., noon-4 p.m. Arroyo Secco. $8-$15, free for 5 & under. Ages 2-12. Event details.

South LA

Spooky Science Nights
The Columbia Memorial Space Center invites all mad scientists (and other curious kids) to come experiment with the spooky space crew at a night that’s slimier than ever. Fri. & Sat., 5-9 p.m. Downey. $5. All ages. Event details.

Hollywood & Mid-City

Dia de los Muertos at Hollywood Forever Cemetery
It’s the perfect place for a Day of the Dead fiesta with altars, a procession, a Smiths/Morrissey Mariachi Tribute band (!), loads more music and lots of food. Kids learn more about the tradition by storytelling, crafts, face painting, dancing and playing music. Fri. the altar set up takes place beginning at 5 p.m. and Sat. festivities start at noon. Hollywood. Free-$20. All ages. Event details.

Wax: A Vinyl Festival
Kids need to know what a record player is! WAX is a festival that puts the focus on vinyl, music lifestyle goods, and record collecting culture, with loads of face painting and art projects for kids and DJ sets and music for everyone. Sat. & Sun. noon-6 p.m. Hollywood. $10 adults, kids free. All ages. Event details.

San Gabriel Valley

Cauldron Concoctions
Kids can mix up some magic potions and brew bewitching beverages using plants and herbs from the Huntington garden in this workshop with a chef. Sat., 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. San Marino. $45. Ages 7-12. Event details.


Shaping Sound
Young fans of So You Think You Can Dance and Dancing with the Stars will love this show from the choreographers of those shows that mashes-up dance styles and musical genres. Enjoy explosive choreography, dynamic rhythm, speed, and physical strength that give shape and form to sound–live! Fri. & Sat., Various times. Santa Monica. $40-$80. Ages 5 & up. Event details.

From Hughes to Hercules
Don’t miss this rare opportunity to tour a piece of LA history with the LA Conservancy: the legendary Hughes Aircraft Company facility in Playa Vista, where Howard Hughes designed and built the famous “Spruce Goose.” Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Playa Vista. $10-$35. All ages. Event details.

San Fernando Valley

Leonis Adobe Halloween Party
Celebrate Halloween with some old fashioned family fun at the Leonis Adobe Museum, where there will be pumpkins, music, face painting, crafts and fun. Sat., 1-4 p.m. Calabasas. $4. All ages. Event details.

Rec Fest in the Mountains
Cast a rod and reel, get on a horse, set up a tent, climb a wall, take a hike, play, picnic and learn all about our local mountains and the National Park Service. Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Agoura Hills. Free. All ages. Event details.

South Bay

Pumpkin Race at the Pier
Your little one loves things that go, and pumpkins on wheels are a spectacular sight. Cheer on the kookiest pumpkin, then spend the day at the beach. Sun., noon-5 p.m. Manhattan Beach. Free. All ages. Event details.

Still want more? We’ve got perfect pumpkin patches, haunts for all ages and spooky sweets that will hit the spot!

—Meghan Rose

photos: Meghan Rose and Jodi Michelle via flickr