It’s time for some serious Halloween celebrating with your little bats and ghouls, and whether you want something celebratory, spooky or scary, we’ve got just the thing. Tots can seek treats on the bluffs in Malibu or hop on Snoopy’s Great Pumpkin Patch Express. Bigger kids can get their haunts historically, seek out a sea scare or “bring out your dead” at Hollywood Forever’s Dia de Los Muertos. And the whole family can wander to a Boo-tanicum fest in the woods, have a Kidspace Halloween haunted hunt or see pumpkins race. Scroll down to find out what other happenings we recommend for this haunted Hallows Eve!

photo: Hollywood Forever Cemetery

Hollywood & Mid-City

Dia de Los Muertos at Hollywood Forever
Join the festivities at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, where there will be altar settings, tons of live music, a procession, storytelling, food, crafts, face painting, dancing and Aztec Ritual dancers. Fri. & Sat. Event details.

American Girl’s Halloween Spooktacular
Ghouls and their mummies (or daddies) can celebrate Halloween at American Girl. Visit in costume for a sweet treat and then take part in a fun Halloween Boo Box craft and pose for pics. Sat. Event details.

San Gabriel Valley

A Halloween Hunt
Trick-or-treat for clues at a scavenger hunt for the kooky (not spooky) critters that call the Arroyo home, whose clues you will need to solve a Kidspace mystery. There are also crafts and a costume parade. Sun. Event details.

Meet Spooky Creatures in the Gardens
Discover what lurks in the Arboretum with Halloween activities that include mini-pumpkin decorating, arts & crafts, games & prizes, spooky story time, a costume parade and face painting. Sat. Event details.


Halloween at the BOO-Tanicum!
Beware of zombie thespians as you wander the wooded grounds of Topanga Canyon, where the stage is set for a frightening maze and haunted house. Actors tell ghost stories, take part in pumpkin and face painting, games and see loads of performances that may spook but won’t scare. Sat. Event details.

Halloween Carnival on the Bluffs
This stunning Halloween Carnival takes places at Malibu Bluffs Park and tots can trick-or-treat along hiking trails where Halloween characters give out treats. There are also food trucks, carnival games, bounce houses and more. Fri. Event details.

Books & Cookies Spook-tacular Halloween Bash
It’s a Halloween spooky(ish) story time, sing along & concert with creepy crafts, a costume parade, trick-or-treating, a photo booth, healthy snacks, sweet treats, dreadful discounts and giveaways. Sat. Event details.

San Fernando Valley

Visit Scare-amount Ranch
Mix film history and nature at this brand new outing where kids can make fake movie blood and take part in nocturnal animal-themed crafts. Pick a hike (one is family-friendly, the other is for those looking for a little scare), see a movie, take selfies in the jailhouse, meet creepy critters and learn at the rangers stations scattered throughout the ranch. Fri. Event details.

Haunted History at a Spooky Jazz Age Celebration
Get ready for a vintage Halloween with live jazz age music and dancing, activities for the kids and grown ups and a showing of classic spooky cartoons & short films. Sat. Event details.

South Bay

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium’s Sea Scare
Welcome to an underwater world of chills, thrills and gills. Trick-or-treat throughout the aquarium at treat stations and enjoy the Seaside Boardwalk, the Sea Scare Party Zone and Skull Alley. Sat. Event details.

Manhattan Beach Pumpkin Race
Every year, the Manhattan Beach Pier is transformed into Pumpkinrace Land.  Come in your costumes, enjoy fun activities for kids from tots to teens, make your own Pumpkin Racecar and watch or compete in the World Famous Pumpkin Race.  Sun. Event details.

Orange County

Ride the Great Pumpkin Patch Express with the Peanuts Gang
Hop a train to “The Most Sincere Pumpkin Patch” where kids will be greeted by Charlie Brown, Lucy and Snoopy. At the patch there’s a kid’s concert, pumpkin decorating, hayrides, bounce house, face painting, vintage trolley rides and more. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Worth the Drive

Boo at the (Teaching) Zoo
Every kiddo in costume gets a Zoo BINGO card; when all squares are filled they head to the kids fun zone and receive a bag o’ treats. There will also be animal shows, costume contest, a parade, face painting, games and not-so-spooky decorations throughout the zoo. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

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—Meghan Rose