So, the kids have been planning the costumes for about a year and counting down the days to sugar begging (er, trick-or-treating). But then what? Never fear, we’ve got tons of ways to keep the party going all weekend long with Day of the Dead fests, superb Halloween celebrations and some spook-adjacent activities you’ve never dreamed of. And don’t forget to change the clocks on Sunday, when Daylight Savings ends.



Downtown’s Halloween Party
Downtown is booming and hosts hundreds of kids decked out in full costume for a celebration brimming with puppet shows, bouncy houses, crafts, video games, hot dogs, and “trick-or-treat doors.” Fri., 5 p.m-8 p.m. Downtown. $5-$8. All ages. Event details.

Stan Lee’s Comikaze
For kids that love comics, video games, sci-fi, fantasy and pop-culture this is a can’t miss event. Trick-or-treat, meet the cast of My Little Pony, see a Power Rangers Megaforce panel, a Land of the Lost reunion, meet the voices of the Teen Titans and more. Fri.-Sun., Various times. Downtown. $30/adult, kids free. All ages. Event details.

24th Street Theatre’s Dia de Los Muertos Block Party
Louie Cruz Beltran and his Latin Jazz Orchestra headline a party filled with music, dancing, homemade tamales, face painting, crafts and a graveyard where families can make their own altars. Sun., 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Downtown. Free. All ages. Event details.


Hollywood Forever Cemetery’s Day of the Dead
It’s the biggest Dia de Los Muertos party in town, where kids learn more about this holiday through storytelling, the making of the altars, face painting, dancing, and playing music. It’s definitely the most atmospheric of the city’s celebrations, which means we recommend coming during daylight with little revelers. Sat., noon-midnight. Hollywood. $20, 8 and under free until 4 p.m. All ages. Event details.

Nightmare Before Christmas in 4D
How to bridge the gap between this holiday to the next? Catch the Tim Burton holiday classic in spine-tingling 4-D (interactive effects include lights, smells, wind, snow and fog). Fri.-Sun., Various times. Hollywood. $12-$23. Ages 6 & up. Event details.

Pasadena Area

Little Shop of Horrors
Singing plant-life carnivores. Dentists. Fame. Fortune. It’s all pretty terrifying in this hilariously horror filled musical. Fri., 8 p.m. Glendora. $15-$22. Ages 6 & up. Event details.


Everything Is Awesome on Halloween
You’ve got to trick-or-treat early with littles, before it gets crowded and dark. But then they’re not ready for bed, so take them to see their favorite Lego Movie adventure and then balance out the candy with tacos from a truck, take photos and get some free toys and treats. Fri., 7:30 p.m. Santa Monica. $11-$13. Ages 4 & up. Event details.

Theatricum Boo-tanicum
Beware zombie thespians! Wander the wooded grounds where you’ll find a haunted house, ghost stories, pumpkin carving, game booths and performances by Creative PlayGround, a belly dance troupe and a comedy group. Fri., 4 p.m.-10 p.m. Topanga. $15, kids 5 and under are free. All ages. Event details.

Long Beach

Little Monster’s Ball
Bring your little monsters down to the kid-tastic Little Monster’s Ball at the Queen Mary.  Roam through Dark Harbor Village for daylight trick-or-treating then get into the spirit of things with face painting and monster mashing. Fri., 4 p.m.-6 p.m. Long Beach. $10/adult, kids free with paid adults. All ages. Event details.

Worth The Drive

Pumpkin Launch
Here’s what you do with those leftover pumpkins: launch them! The Pumpkin Launch is filled with family-friendly activities, hands-on challenges and plenty o’ flying pumpkins. Sat., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Fullerton. Free. All ages. Event details.

‘Tis the season! Whether you need a last minute pumpkin patch, costume or trick-or-treat spot, we know just where to go. All that, and the coolest Dia de Los Muertos celebrations, too.

-Meghan Rose

Photo credits: ladybug girl photo by Jonas Seaman via flickr, Day of the Dead image by David Lytle via flickr