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Event Date

Event Description




Oct. 1-31

Boo at the Zoo (our review)

Special activities throughout the month with more added events on Saturdays and Sundays. Live music, special animal feedings, pumpkin carving and crafts. Strolling characters, sing-a-longs and watch the animals enjoy seasonal treats.

10 am-4 pm

LA Zoo

5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles

Adults: $20, Children: $15

Parking is free.

There is a special promotion with 99 Cents Only Stores. Pick up vouchers at any store location to receive one child's admission ticket for 99 cents for each adult ticket purchased.

Oct. 2nd-4th

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. 2nd-4th

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. 3rd


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

12 noon-11 pm

2300 and 2400 blocks of Honolulu Ave., Montrose


Every day in October with some special activities only on weekends!

Boo at the Zoo

Experience Halloween in a whole new way with jack-o-lantern carving, photo opportunities, eerie crafts, trick-or-treating (Oct. 24th, 25th and 31st only), a chance to touch scaly and crawly creatures, and live music. Go on a  “Graveyard Safari” to discover creatures that come out only at night and take part in in interactive, animal-themed musical show.

10 am-4 pm

LA Zoo, 5333 Zoo Dr., Los Angeles

Adults: $20, Children: $15

Oct. 4th

Good Food Pie Contest

The Fowler is partnering with KCRW to present the celebrated Good Food Pie Contest.  Hundreds of home cooks and professionals will compete on Wilson Plaza just outside the Fowler.  Enter a pie, visit the museum, enjoy a cooking-themed family program and of course sample lots of tasty pies.

11 am-4 pm

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

Free: parking is $12

Oct. 4th

Family Festival

Celebrate the exhibition In Focus: Animalia with storytelling, games, and workshops. Transform yourself with painted whiskers and spots and create a headdress based on your favorite creature. Enjoy a presentation of live animals from around the world.

10 am-6 pm

Getty Center

1200 Getty Center Dr., Los Angeles

Free admission. Parking is $15.

Oct. 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th

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

$9, children under age 2: free

Oct. 4th and 25th

Stories in the Afternoon: Diego Rivera

Learn about how Rivera created a visual history for the people of Mexico. Then, take a look at the Flower Vendor, and create a collage using paper flowers.

2-3 pm

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

Adults: $12, Children under 18: Free

Oct. 6th

Free Family Night: Halloween Magic

This is a night dedicated to monsters from around the world. Create your own hybrid monster and dance to the Monster Mash. Also enjoy a live performance from The Swazzle Puppet Company at 6pm.

4-8 pm

Kidspace, 480 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena


Oct. 7th-9th

LA Greek Fest

Live music, dancing, cooking demos, cathedral tours and Greek food.

Fri.: 5-10 pm, Sat. And Sun.: 12-10 pm

St. Sophia’s Cathedral

1324 South Normandie Ave., Los Angeles


Oct. 10th

Family Art Day

Story Pirates performs. Also, enjoy special art projects and a tour of the Weisman museum.

10 am-1 pm

Pepperdine University Center for the Arts

24255 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu

Story Pirates: $15. Family Art Day and museum admission: Free

Oct. 10th

What's Cookin' Family Day

Food and fun with an eco-friendly theme! Decorate a re-useable lunch bag and put your own unique designs on a re-useable water bottle. Balloon Monsoon will make and give away balloons in the shape of cupcakes and ice cream cones. Discover the benefits of gardening and composting in a fun hands-on workshop.

11 am-4 pm

Japanese American National Museum

100 North Central Ave., Los Angeles


Oct. 11th

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. 17th-18th

Kidspace Annual Pumpkin Festival

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

9:30 am-5 pm

Brookside Park, 480 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena

Free admission and parking; fee for all activities

Oct. 17th-18th

Autumn Festival

Costume parade, pumpkin carving demo, take home crafts, 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. 17th-18th

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. 18th

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. 21st

Scary Stories

Enjoy the best monster and ghost stories for a fun and scary storytime and a special s'mores snack.

6 pm


695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena


Oct. 24th

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. 24th

Sea Scare

Come in costume! Have a scary good time, the ocean way. Attractions include Trick-or-Treat Trail, Seaside Boardwalk, the Sea Scare Party Zone, and Skull Alley.

7-10 pm

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

Pre-pay online: Adults: $5, Children: $1

At the door: Adults: $7, Children: $3

Oct. 24th

Halloween Haunted Trail and Costume Contest

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

6-9 pm

Thousand Oaks Community Center

2525 N. Moorpark Rd., Thousand Oaks

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

Oct. 25th

Sunday Science: Fantastic Reptiles and Amphibians

Live critters will be on display for everyone to see! Pre-registration is highly recommended. To register call 310-782-3989.

2-4 pm

Madrona Marsh Preserve, 3201 Plaza Del Amo, Torrance

$5/person or $10/family

Oct. 25th


Witches Cookbook (and TV Show) for the Tragically Non-Magic

In this workshop, students make a witches' cookbook, complete with delicious recipes and delightfully wicked illustrations. The students will also rehearse a TV cooking segment for the book’s upcoming publicity tour!

11 am

Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles


Oct. 25th

Haunted History

Bring Your Own Pumpkin (BYOP) carving and decorating, spooky cartoons, twilight tours, haunted harvest games and more.

3 pm

Los Encinos State Historic Park

16756 Moorpark St., Encino


Oct. 30th

Halloween Family Festival

Bouncers, carnival games, a costume parade, trick-or-treating and a screening of ParaNorman.

4-9 pm

Studio City Recreation Center 12621 Rye St., Studio City

Free admission

Oct. 30th

Theatricum Bootanicum

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

4-10 pm

Theatricum Botanicum

1419 N. Topanga Cyn. Rd., Topanga

$15; Free for kids 5 and younger

Oct. 31st

Pumpkin Festival

Storytelling, Zombie Walk, crafts, games and more. Bring your carved pumpkin to compete in the contest.

12:30-4 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. 31st

A Haunted Halloween Carnival

Arts and crafts, games, bounce house and costume contest prizes.

11 am-3 pm

Westwood Recreation Center

1350 Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles


Oct. 31st

Halloween Carnival

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

12-4 pm

Tarzana Recreation Center

5655 Vanalden Ave., Tarzana

Free; $1 game tickets

Oct. 31st

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. 31st

Halloween Carnival

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

12 pm

Granada Hills Recreation Center

16730 Chatsworth St., Granada Hills

Free admission; some activities require a nominal fee.

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