Don’t be frightened this weekend, there’s plenty of tricks and treats for everyone in the family. Animal lovers will dig Boo at the Zoo and the Haute Dog Halloween Parade, while the brave hearted can head the Autry Museum for the Dio de Los Muertos celebration. Carnivals abound from Malibu’s Tiny Tot Halloween Carnival to Burbank’s Howl-O-Ween for kids and their four-legged pals. Plus, there’s a costume and musical hoedown at Dragonfly Dulou, spooky storytelling in Westwood, and the huge Halloween Festival in Woodland Hills—complete with haunted houses and more. And that’s the tip of the caramel apple, read on for more ghostly doings–if you dare.
Los Angeles (Los Angeles, Hollywood, West Hollywood, Silver Lake, Los Feliz, Eagle Rock, Downtown)
Vivian Los Muertos!
The Autry Museum hosts the other side of this ghoulorious holiday with a Day of the Dead Celebration. Dive into traditional Mexican food while learning about this tradition through a variety of events, from creepy skeleton crafts to musical and dance performances. Sat., 2 to 9 p.m., Los Angeles, Free with museum admission (Adults $9, children 3-12 $3, under 3 free). Event Details.
Boo at the Zoo
Head to the L.A. Zoo for a real treat, from pumpkin patches and face painting, to cool animal encounters with creepy crawlers like spiders, bugs and snakes. Wrap up the day by trick-or-treating through the “Halloween Down Under” graveyard where in addition to candy, kids can learn about Australian critters. Sat. and Sun., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Los Angeles, free with zoo admission (Adults $14, children 2-12 $9, under 2 free). Event Details.
Vista Hermosa National Park’s Fall Fest
Celebrate the season with some old-fashioned fun, including a pumpkin rolling contest, dunking for apples, creating a scary mask or just enjoying the cool weather. The afternoon ends with a campfire so don’t forget the snacks. Sat., 12 to 3 p.m., Downtown Los Angeles, Free. Event Details.
Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band
Get a full day’s wearing out of that Batman costume by kicking it off with this funky concert at Dragonfly Dulou. The morning starts with a costume parade and then it’s all dance party fun. Sun., 11 a.m., Silver Lake, Free. Event Details.
Westside (Beverly Hills, Westwood, Brentwood, Pacific Palisades, Cheviot Hills, Culver City)
Pacific Palisades Village Fair
With a new location at the Pacific Palisades High School, get into the swing of this ghostly day with a costume contest, haunted house, face painting and pony rides. Plus, there’s plenty more action from chili cook-offs to pie baking and eating competitions to games, rides, petting zoos and musical performances. Sun., 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Pacific Palisades, Free. Event Details.
A Haunted Halloween Carnival
Gather up your little goblins and head to this carnival for the afternoon. Featuring games, arts and crafts, costume contest, face painting and plenty more spooky happenings. Sat., 3 to 7 p.m., Westwood (for children 11 and under, $5 per child). Event Details.
Santa Monica (Santa Monica, Venice, Marina Del Rey, Mar Vista, Malibu)
Maliboooo Trick or Treat Village
Give those costumes a test run by heading out to the Lumber Yard and Country Mart where businesses will be handing out candy in a safe, family-friendly atmosphere. Sat., 3 to 5 p.m., Malibu, Free. Event Details.
Tiny Tot Halloween Carnival
Malibu Bluffs Park turns into a Halloween fest this Friday night with games, costume parade, a tattoo parlor bounce houses and more. Don’t miss out on the Trick or Treat Street—sure to please the sugar seekers. It’s the perfect kick off to a frightfully fun weekend. Fri., 3 to 5:30 p.m., Malibu, Free. Event Details.
Beach Cities (Redondo Beach, Manhattan Beach, Huntington Beach, Long Beach)
Celebrate that fall feeling with a good old fair complete with a cake walk, bounce houses, kids toy raffle, arts and crafts booths, bake sale and more. And the biggest draw? The Grilled Cheese Truck will be cranking out their delicious melted sandwiches. Sat., 12 to 3 p.m., Redondo Beach, Free. Event Details.
10th Annual Haute Dogs Howl’oween Parade
Sure to please the canine loving kiddos, this parade of costumed canines is a great way to celebrate the holiday. In addition to a parade of pups, there is a kid’s costume contest as well as prizes for the animals—best dressed pup and so on. Sun., Fair 12 to 5 p.m., parade at 2:30 p.m., Long Beach, Free. Event Details.
Valley (Studio City, Sherman Oaks, Encino, Glendale, Burbank, Pasadena)
A Howl-Oween Celebration Dress up the dog and your kiddos and head to downtown Burbank for this howlin’ event. Merchants will be handing out candy to the two-legged creatures (and some may have treats for the four-legged pups as well) but the big draw is the pet parade featuring K-9 dressed to the, er, nines. Sun., 4 to 7 p.m., pet parade at 6 p.m., Burbank, Free. Event Details.
Halloween Harvest Festival Pierce College hosts this massive spooktacular festival featuring all the must-dos, from farm animals and hay rides to a corn maze and haunted house. Plus, there’s a fantastic patch of farm grown pumpkins to find your perfect jack-o-lantern. Fri. and Sat., 10 to 12 a.m., Sun., 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Woodland Hills, (Admission $4, under 3 free). Event Details.