It’s October—that means that it’s time to put your pumpkin plans in place! So many Halloween and fall activities are can’t miss events, which means you need to pay more attention to your October schedule than a drill sergeant. Because you can’t possibly make it to Boo at the Zoo, all the Pumpkin train rides (spooky and not), pumpkin patches, magic shows, scarecrow fests and more without a plan of action. Read on to find out which events only take place this weekend and which need to be on your spooky radar for the future.

photo: Jamie Pham Courtesy of the Los Angeles Zoo


National Public Lands Day Clean Up
We have the biggest and most beautiful parks and public lands of any major city in the world, which is why it’s extra important that we take care of them!  Today, your family can take part in the nation’s largest hands-on volunteer effort to clean up and improve our public lands. Sat. Event details.


Young Scientists Explore
Junior Scientists explore what life is really like for paleontologists in the field, while younger Critter Club kids meet animals who the brave the heat. Sat. Event details.

Day of Drum & Jazz Festival at Watts
Watts Towers Day of the Drum and Jazz Festivals are two days of live music and drumming performances, drum circles, dancing, art exhibitions, arts and crafts for sale, international food, crafts activities for kids and guided tours of the Watts Towers. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Griffith Park

Boo at the Zoo!
Check out the all-new “Nocturnal Adventure” maze and have some “Animals and Boo” encounters. Then see the “Swazzle’s Monster Menagerie” puppet show, pumpkin carving demonstrations, special animal feedings and other family fun. Sun. Event details.

San Gabriel Valley

The crayons’ roles have been cast, their costumes have been made and the pages are all set. Learn how a scribble can be a beautiful thing by looking at John Altoon’s abstract work and make an artwork out of a scribble. Sun. Event details.

Chinese Ghost Stories & Painting at Huntington
Learn about ghost stories from ancient China through the art of Chinese brush painting in this workshop led by artist. Sat. Event details.


See an Amazing Magic Show
This action-packed 90 minute show is filled with unforgettable moments, including a woman appearing out of thin air, an assistant is cut into three pieces, a person floating onstage and more. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Go Dog Go!
Go, Dog. Go! brings the adventures of P. D. Eastman’s modern classic to life in a musical romp full of surprises, color, clowning and vaudeville. Sun. Event details.

Captain Underpants, Weird Al and more at the Aero
Tra-la-laa! Dav Pilkey, author of the bestselling Captain Underpants and Dog Man series (with special guests Jamie Lee Curtis and “Weird Al” Yankovic) is throwing a Supa-Epic Event. Sun. Event details.

826@Hammer: Radical, Magical Women
Discover through this free writing workshop for kids how all girls and women can be just as extraordinary as the magical, powerful and wild women that came before us. Sun. Event details.

Santa Clarita Valley

Hart of the West Powwow
Experience Native American culture at the annual Hart of the West Powwow, the largest Powwow in Los Angeles County. Enjoy the dancers, drummers and the numerous displays of arts and crafts from several tribes.  Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Worth the Drive

Underwood Farms Fall Festival
Every weekend from now till Halloween there will be tractor-drawn wagon rides, the corn maze & hay pyramids, the Animal Center, Craig’s Chicken Show, Kid’s Corral & play area plus live bands, pig races & more. And did we mention the pumpkins? Tons of photo ops in the pumpkin patch! Sat. & Sun. Event details.

The Santa Ynez Scarecrow Festival
So, of course you want to head up to Santa Ynez for a fabulous day of fall wine tasting.  Er, we mean to bring the kids to check out all the amazing scarecrows. Go on a hunt to find over 200 scarecrows scattered through out the county and vote for your favorite. Sun. Event details.

Pumpkin spice or extra beach days? What hays October in LA to you? Let us know in the comment section!

—Meghan Rose