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Event Date

Event Description




Oct. 3-5

Ventura Harvest Festival

Strolling performers, Kid Zone, arts and crafts exhibitors, pumpkin patch and more.

Fri. and Sat.: 10 am to 6 pm, Sun.: 10 am to 5 pm

Seaside Park at the Ventura County Fairgrounds

10 W. Harbor Blvd., Ventura

Adults: $9, seniors: $7, youths (13-17): $4, kids 12 and under FREE. Bring a canned food donation and get $2 off your adult ticket price.

Oct. 4


Carnival games, costume contest, German food, coloring contest, bingo and more.

12 noon-11 pm

2300 and 2400 blocks of Honolulu Ave., Montrose


Oct. 4

Angel Festival

Celebrate angels! Kids crafts, face painting, Parijata Yoga and Kirtan Yoga dance and more.

11 am-4 pm

Memorial Park, 222 W Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre


Oct. 4-5

Festival of Philippine Arts and Culture

Children’s activities, food, art exhibits, literary readings, performances and film screenings.

Sat.: 12-8 pm

Sun.: 10 am-6 pm

Grand Park

200 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles

Free; fee for parking

Oct. 5, 12, 19 and 26

Family Fundays

The Creative Playground performs a variety of plays for families, a different play each weekend.

11 am

Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Cyn. Blvd., Topanga

$8, children under age 2: free

Oct. 7

Free Family Night: Halloween Magic

Enjoy the museum, art activities and a magic show.

4-8 pm

Kidspace, 480 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena


Oct. 10-12

Reyes Adobe Days

Activities showcasing California’s past and present include old-fashioned games, pony rides, kids art projects, art exhibits, a parade and live performances.

11 am-4 pm

5464 Reyes Adobe Rd., Agoura Hills


Oct. 11

World City

The performers this month are Los Masis and Bolivia Corazon de America. Music and dance from Bolivia, as told by entertainers dressed in indigenous costumes, entertains audiences young and old.

11 am and 12:30 pm

Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles

Free, arrive early to get tickets.

Oct. 12

Malibu Pie Festival

Pie-eating contests, local bands, Karate demo, kid performances, kids crafts, storytelling, petting zoo and lunch from food trucks.

11 am-4 pm

Malibu United Methodist Church, The Courtyard, 30128 Morningview Drive, Malibu


Oct. 12

Taste of Encino

Food samples from local restaurants, a wellness fair, live entertainment and children’s activities.

10 am-5 pm

Ventura Blvd., between Balboa Blvd. and Amestoy

Free admission, cost for samples

Oct. 12

Kids in the Courtyard: Spin a Yarn, Draw a Thread

View beautiful textiles in the museum’s newest exhibit and learn about the stories they were inspired by. Then, illustrate stories about different cultures with spaghetti, yarn, and silly string.

1-4 pm

Fowler Museum at UCLA, North Campus, Sunset Blvd. And Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles

Free: parking is $12

Oct. 12

Second Sunday Science: Fantastic Spiders This science program is for the whole family.

2-4 pm

Madrona Marsh Preserve, 3201 Plaza Del Amo, Torrance

$5/person or $10/family

Oct. 18-19

Kidspace Annual Pumpkin Festival

Pumpkin patch, live performances, arts and crafts, bounce houses, petting zoo, food, live performances

9:30 am-5:30 pm

Brookside Park, 480 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena

Free admission and parking; fee for all activities

Oct. 18-19

Harvest Festival

Costume parade, pumpkin carving demo, hay maze, storytelling and a nature walk.

9 am-5 pm

Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Dr., La Canada

Adults: $9, Students/Seniors: $6, Children ages 6-12: $4, Children ages 5 and younger: Free.

Oct. 18-19

Calabasas Pumpkin Festival

Inflatable rides, contests, carnival games & business district fun zone, car show, live bands,

reptiles and nature programs.

10 am-5 pm

Juan Bautista de Anza Park

3701 Lost Hills Rd., Calabasas

Admission includes all games/rides: $5. Children under 2: Free. Free parking.

Oct. 18-19 and 25-26

Boo at the Zoo

Eucalyptus Grove will become a giant Pumpkin Patch with jack-o-lantern carving, photo opportunities, and eerie crafts. The Creepy Creature Encounter at the Winnick Family Children’s Zoo will feature trick-or-treating, a chance to get up close with some creepy creatures, and Halloween entertainment.

10 am-5 pm

LA Zoo, 5333 Zoo Dr., Los Angeles

Adults: $19, Children: $14

Oct. 19

Autumn Sea Fair

The ocean-related activities include live music, gyotaku, the Japanese art of fish printing, and a giant origami demo. Adventurous pirates of all ages can join in the search for buried treasure in the Great Treasure Hunt, learn how to cast a fishing rod and use recycled materials (provided by the Aquarium) to compete in the Ocean Monster costume contest!

10 am-3 pm

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, 3720 Stephen White Dr., San Pedro


Oct. 25

10th Anniversary

Join the celebration of the branch's tenth anniversary in this location. The event will feature special performances arts and crafts for children, food trucks and many special surprises.

12-4 pm

Will and Ariel Durant Branch Library

7140 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles


Oct. 25

Halloween Family Fun

Listen to live music, make crafts, play games and decorate and carve pumpkins.

1-4 pm

Leonis Adobe

23537 Calabasas Rd., Calabasas

$4. Children In costumes get in free.

Oct. 25

Sea Scare

Come in costume! Make your own slime and learn what ocean animals use slime to survive. Cookie decorating, mask making, fortune-telling, live DJ, games and much more.

6-9 pm

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, 3720 Stephen White Dr., San Pedro

Adults: $5, Children: $1

Oct. 25

Old Fashioned Halloween Fun

Pumpkin contest, cupcake walks, trick or treating, crafts, storytellers, gold panning and games.

12:30-4:30 pm

Stagecoach Inn and Museum

51 S. Ventu Park Rd., Newbury Park

Adults: $5, Students/Seniors: $4, Children (ages 5-12): $2, Children ages 4 and younger: Free

Oct. 25

Halloween Family Festival

Bouncer, carnival games, costume parade and trick-or-treating.

2-6 pm

Studio City Recreation Center 12621 Rye St., Studio City

Free admission

Oct. 25

Halloween Haunted Trail and Costume Contest

The spooky hike is appropriate for all ages. Hay rides, costume contests, prizes and a trick or treat street. Free reptile show and free pony rides.

6-9 pm

Thousand Oaks Community Center

2525 N. Moorpark Rd., Thousand Oaks

Free admission. Cost for haunted trail ($3).

Oct. 25

A Haunted Halloween Carnival

Arts and crafts, games, bounce house and costume contests.

11-3 pm

Westwood Recreation Center

1350 Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles


Oct. 26

Stories in the Afternoon: Pet Project

Read a story about a young girl who learns to appreciate an unconventional pet. You will then get the opportunity to make up your own unusual pet, inspired by the watercolors in the story the many animals depicted in the Museum.

2-3 pm

Norton Simon Museum, 411 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

Adults: $12, Children under 18: Free

Oct. 26

Family Flicks: Hold that Ghost

Enjoy this classic (haunted!) story with Abbott and Costello.

11 am

Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles


Oct. 29

Annual Halloween Storytime!

Mr. Steve will be bringing out all of the best monster and ghost stories for our annual Halloween story time. Enjoy trick-or-treating and crafts.

10 am


695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena


Oct. 31

Theatricum Bootanicum

Get in the Halloween spirit with scary storytelling, costumes, belly dancing, food, games and a haunted house.

4-11 pm

Theatricum Botanicum

1419 N. Topanga Cyn. Rd., Topanga

$15; Free for kids 5 and younger

Oct. 31

Halloween Carnival

Carnival games, candy, costume parade, jumper, prizes and arts and crafts.

4-8 pm

Tarzana Recreation Center

5655 Vanalden Ave., Tarzana

Free; $1 game tickets

Oct. 31

Halloween Carnival

Costume contests, games, arts and crafts, refreshments, prizes and fun.

3-7 pm

Silverlake Recreation Center

1850 West Silver Lake Dr., Silverlake


Oct. 31

Halloween Carnival

Costume Contests, game booths, moon bounce, live performances, candy bags and more.

4-8 pm

Granada Hills Recreation Center

16730 Chatsworth St., Granada Hills

Free admission; some activities require a nominal fee.

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