Spooky season is upon us and all the monsters, witches and ghosts are on the loose at many events throughout Los Angeles and beyond. While those scarier events can be fun, finding a calmer event for families with younger children is a great way to partake in the holiday. Here are some of the best family-friendly Halloween events in SoCal.
From Oct. 13-15 and 20-22, come to OC’s annual Fall-O-Ween at Heritage Hill Historical Park. Come in costume, bring your pet, take a tour through decorated historical grounds, go on a scavenger hunt and find your way through a hay maze at this family-friendly event. FREE.
The Zimmerman Trunk-or-Treat & Spooky Car Cruise-In
On Oct.29, the Zimmerman Automobile Driving Museum is bringing back their trunk-or-treat and car cruise-in event. At this Halloween event, you and your car can come dressed up, take part in costume contests, listen to live music, get food from local vendors, do arts and crafts, check out the automobile museum and of course trunk-or-treat. $5 and up; free for ages 10 and under.
Halloween at Ventura Harbor Village
Ventura Harbor Village is hosting three events this Halloween. On Oct. 28, the harbor is hosting its 11th annual “HOWL-O-ween Dog Costume Contest.” Then on Oct. 29, there will be two separate events. First, is the “Seaside Trick-or-Treat” where kids can get candy from the businesses on the harbor, find skeletons in a harbor-wide scavenger hunt, do arts and crafts and get their pumpkins professionally carved. Next is the “Thriller Zombie Dance Party” where zombies will invade the harbor to do the iconic dance and a DJ will host a dance party. FREE.
Very Happy Halloween
From Sept. 28 through all of October, Kidspace Children’s Museum presents a Very Happy Halloween. Visit the costume shoppe to create accessories out of up-cycled materials or the pumpkin patch to decorate however you like. Other activities include daily costume parades, arts and crafts and reptile encounters. Included with admission.
Rooftop Cinema Club
Located in El Segundo, Downtown L.A. and the Arts District, Rooftop Cinema Club has an array of showtimes for your family to watch a classic Halloween movie. “Hocus Pocus,” “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” “Halloweentown” and more will be featured at these special viewings in the L.A. skyline. There will also be a “Furry Friends” event at the El Segundo and Arts District locations where you can bring your dressed up pet to the movie. $16.50 and up; $11.75 and up for ages 12 and under.
LEGOLAND’s Monster Party
LEGOLAND has entered the Halloween festivities with Monster Party. From Oct. 7 – 29, the park will be all decked out for the holiday. Children can go trick-or-treating through spooky themed lands, watch live music and dance performances, ride select Halloween themed attractions, eat and drink festive items and join the costume party. $104 and up.
SeaWorld‘s day-time Halloween event runs every weekend from Sept. 15 – Oct. 29. Family fun includes dance parties, hay mazes, trick-or-treating, a pumpkin scavenger hunt and special themed areas like “Dia de los Muertos” and “Count’s Halloween Spooktacular” on Sesame Street. Children ages 3-9 are free with a purchase of an adult ticket.
One Colorado’s Halloween Spooktacular
Old Pasadena is hosting three Halloween events this year. On Oct. 22, the annual pumpkin decorating event will feature a large selection of pumpkins, tools and accessories to make your work of art. $10 per person. Oct. 28 Bob Baker Marionette’s “Halloween Spooktacular” featuring Dracula, the Invisible Man, Grumpy Pumpkin and more will have two free showings. Finally, on Oct. 31, little ones are invited to collect Halloween goodies along the Treat Trail, where local shops and restaurants will hand out sweets. Stop by haunted houses, pose for a Halloween-themed family portrait and enjoy a special screening of “Casper” in the courtyard. FREE.
Nickelodeon’s “Are You Afraid of the Dark?”
Get into the Halloween spirit with Nickelodeon’s “Are You Afraid of the Dark?” podcast, a reimagining of the 90’s cult-classic TV show. This five-star podcast is an anthology series about kids navigating their way through weird, spooky events.
Halloween at Dana Point Harbor
Dana Point Harbor presents a Halloween-themed Little Folk Club on Oct. 27. Little ones are encouraged to come in costume and bring an instrument to sing along to festive songs. Meet in the Clock Courtyard for kid-friendly fun. FREE.
5th Annual Boonion Station
Los Angeles Union Station will transform into Boonion Station on Oct. 28. This family-friendly event will have face painting, costume contests, arts and crafts, a dance party and more. FREE.
Santa Monica Playhouse presents “Absolutely Halloween,” a family-friendly musical for ages 2 and up and a Santa Monica Playhouse tradition. Come in costume and get a 2-for-1 pass to a future family theater musical. Runs Saturdays and Sundays Oct. 7-29. $15; $12.50 for ages 12 and under.
Just in time for Halloween, the Natural History Museum will transform its Nature Gardens into a hauntingly whimsical interactive light-up experience. From Sept. 28 through Oct. 31 make a trip to Boney Island, featuring a skeleton orchestra, talking and singing plants, photo-ops, food trucks and more. $20-$25.
For more fall fun, check out our pumpkin patches roundup.