‘Twas the weekend before Halloween, and all through the place, there were costumes and pumpkins and masks for the face…  Trick-or-treat bags were set by the front door with care, but the kids were all wondering, would Halloween ever be there?  Well the countdown is on, and we’ve got treats (and maybe a few tricks up our sleeves) to keep kiddos busy until the big night.  It is a bit of pumpkins, pumpkins everywhere this weekend, but whether peaceful, green, witchy, groovy, eek-ful, tot-sized, barking or fishy – that’s up to you!

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Pumpkins for Peace
The Pumpkins for Peace walk comes with honking car horns and lots of chanting and joy.  It also provides plenty of 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 donation per family suggested. All ages. Event details.

Halloween Groovy Lounge
Halloween isn’t just for after dark – it’s for brunch, too.  This high energy music and variety show is perfect for families with young kids looking for an early morning Halloween experience.  Sat., 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. Los Feliz. $10. Ages 1-7. Event details.

Eek! at the Greek
Ghosts, goblins and ghouls all gather at the Greek. The afternoon kicks off with a fun and safe “Trick-or-Treat Village” for kiddos to explore before the show, then the concert includes atmospheric tunes for the holiday. Sun., 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Griffith Park. $10-$100.  All ages. Event details.


Enchanted Green Hallows Eve
Keep it wild and keep it green this Halloween! The STAR Eco Station has been transformed into a maze of favorite fairy tale lands, with costumed characters guiding you through a special environmentally themed tour (complete with real wild animals). Sat. & Sun., 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Culver City. $6-$8.  All ages. Event details.


Tiny Tot Halloween Carnival
It’s safe and not-so-spooky Halloween fun for the littlest witches, goblins, and ghosts. Families can enjoy an afternoon of Halloween activities, games, and a costume parade on the beautiful bluffs over the beach in Malibu.  And still be home for bedtime.  Fri., 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm. Malibu. Free. Ages 1-10. Event details.

Witches’ Cookbook for the Tragically Unmagic
Forget vampires.  Move over, zombies.  Witches are the next big thing! Kiddos come to this workshop ready to cook up a little magic on this weekend before the witches come out to play. Sun., 12:00 pm. Westwood. Free. Ages 5+. Event details.

A Fishy Halloween Festival
Celebrate both Halloween and Dia de los Muetros at the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium with this Fishy Fest! Activities include a glow-in-the-dark “Deep-Sea” science lab, a costumed photo booth, and Dia de los Muertos crafts, altars and face painting. Sat. & Sun., 12:30 pm – 6:30 pm. Santa Monica. Free for kids, $5 adults. All ages. Event details.

South Bay

Pumpkin Race at the Pier
Welcome to Pumpkin Race Land, where creativity runs wild and cheaters never prosper.  Come in costumes, enjoy fun activities for kids from tots to teens, make your own Pumpkin Racecar and feel the thrill of competition.  Sun., 12:00 pm – 6:30 pm. Manhattan Beach. Free. All ages. Event details.


Leonis Adobe Halloween Family Fun
Celebrate Halloween with some old fashioned family fun at the Leonis Adobe Museum – there will be pumpkins, music, face painting, crafts and even a special appearance by Regina the Witch. Sat., 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Calabasas. Free for kids in costume, $4 for everyone else. All ages. Event details.

Long Beach

Haute Dog Howl’oween Parade
This parade of costumed canines is a great way to celebrate the holiday for any and all pup loving tots. In addition to a doggie parade, there is a kid’s costume contest, too, so they can get in on the fun!  Sun., 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm. Long Beach. Free. All ages. Event details.

Worth the Drive

Mickey’s Halloween Party and Brick-or-Treating
Sometimes you just want to go big – and we have two choices that are an easy drive to the south that let kids celebrate Halloween in a big, big way.  So if you’ve got a Disney fan in your house, may we suggest splurging on Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland?  Or your LEGO maniac might prefer a trip to go Brick-or-Treating at LEGOLAND.  Either way, this week is your last chance, before the hauntings pack up for another year…

We spent hours whittling down the very best of this weekend – there are too many fun Halloween activities.  Be sure to check our calendar for even more spooky fun all over town.

-Meghan Rose

Photo credits: Harshlight and jinx! via flickr