Halloween isn't all scare. There are plenty of things to do with the entire family to celebrate the holiday in not-too terrifying-ways. Take a trip to the aquarium, carve pumpkins, hang out with animals at the zoo, and trick-or-treat your way through town.
Oct. 5 -
FORNERIS FARMS HARVEST FESTIVAL AND CORN MAZE
Snap on the overalls and head to Mission Hills so you can weave your way through a fun—and dizzying—corn maze. Forneris Farms. More information
Oct. 5 - 6
19TH ANNUAL PUMPKIN FESTIVAL
Let the little ones prance in a costume parade, create autumnal crafts, and pluck orange gourds. Brookside Park, Pasadena. More information
Oct. 19 - 20
CALABASAS PUMPKIN FESTIVAL
Find your Halloween spirit at the Calabasas Pumpkin Festival. There’s plenty of fun for young and old. Live bands, DJs and a costume contests for the former. Pumpkin beer, delicious food, and a car show for the latter. Juan Bautista de Anza Park. More information
Oct. 19 - 20,
26 - 27
BOO AT THE ZOO
Spend a fun scary day trick-or-treating, carving pumpkins, checking out the creepiest animals, and singing along with Campfire Cathy as the L.A. Zoo opens its doors for the 24th annual family friendly “Boo at the Zoo.” L.A. Zoo. More information
Oct. 19 - 20
CAL POLY POMONA PUMPKIN FEST
If the pony rides and pumpkin patch aren’t your thing, the Insect Fair next door shows off 500,000 live and preserved bugs— including a few tarantulas, natch. Cal Poly Pomona. More information
4 – 11 p.m.
Theatricum BOO-tanicum transforms the forested oasis of Topanga Canyon into a thespian underworld of ghost stories, haunted houses, live music, and sinful treats. WillGeer’s Theatricum Botanicum. More information
Oct. 26 - 27
SCARIUM OF THE PACIFIC
A scare aquatic. Bring the kids to the Aquarium of the Pacific for a children’s costume contest, creepy coloring workshop, face painting, magic shows, underwater pumpkin carving, spooky storytelling, kooky crafts, eerie animals of the sea, and much more. Aquarium of the Pacific. More information
Oct. 26 - 27
A FRIGHTFULLY FUN FISHY FEST
Nothing fishy about this: Celebrate Halloween and Dia de los Muertos with an aquatic theme. Enjoy story time, marine animal graveyards, face painting, and more at this family-friendly event. More information
5 – 9 p.m.
BOOLVD HALLOWEEN AND HARVEST FESTIVAL
It’s scary but not too scary! BooLVD features trick-or-treating, a children’s costume contest, pumpkin carving, scary movies, and much more for all of the family to enjoy. Downtown Lancaster. More information
Oct. 27, 5:30 p.m.
EEK! AT THE GREEK
Symphony In The Glen Orchestra, lead by Maestro Arthur B. Rubinstein, invites you to a fun musical evening. The orchestra will perform frightening favorites like The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Wicked: A Fable for Orchestra, and Edgar Allan Poe’s The Tell-tale Heart narrated by actor Stacy Keach. The Greek Theatre. More information
4 p.m. -
HALLOWEEN IN MALIBOOOO!
Follow the orange balloons for Halloween treats and cheer. There will be plenty of trick-or-treating for everyone at participating stores and be sure your costume is top-notch; there’s a children’s costume contest and the winner receives a $100. Malibu Country Mart. More information
MONTANA AVENUE HALLOWEEN HOP
The Halloween Hop promises tons of fun for kids of all ages. Hop up Montana Ave. and trick-or-treat till you drop. Montana Ave., Santa Monica. More information
HOLLYWOOD HALLOWEEN STREET FAIR
Bring the kids for this family friendly version of the West Hollywood Street Fair. There’s no parade but there’s plenty of other fun to be had. Come in costume and trick-or-treat your way down the boulevard. Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. More information