The Best Family-Friendly Halloween Events in LA

All of the fun, not as many of the scares

Halloween Party for DTLA Kids | Photo courtesy of

Halloween Party for DTLA Kids | Photo courtesy of

Halloween doesn't have to be filled with blood and frights. We've gathered Halloween events across Los Angeles the entire family will enjoy.

For much scarier attractions, read our Halloween event guide... if you dare!

Trick or Treat Masquerade at Six Flags Magic Mountain

Trick or Treat Masquerade at Fright Fest | Photo: Six Flags Magic Mountain

Fright Fest - Six Flags Magic Mountain (Through Nov. 3, 2019)

Six Flags Magic Mountain will unearth frightful fun for the entire family during Fright Fest, their most popular festival of the year. Enjoy seasonally-themed shows, events and attractions including kid-friendly activities during daylight hours - but once the sun begins to set, the ghouls come out to haunt the midways at 7:00 p.m. Witch Hazel's Pumpkin Patch Crafts lets younger guests stretch their imaginations. The Looney Tunes Trick or Treat Masquerade invites kids (under 48") and parents to walk with Looney Tunes friends through Bugs Bunny World, where they will find tantalizing treats along the way.

Fright Fest is taking place on select dates through November 3. Only children ages 12 and under are allowed to wear costumes to Six Flags Magic Mountain. No masks, make-up or scary/gory costumes allowed.

Bear enjoys a pumpkin during Boo at the LA Zoo

Boo at the LA Zoo | Photo courtesy of LA Zoo, Facebook

Boo at the LA Zoo

Treat the imagination at Boo at the L.A. Zoo, taking place throughout October at the Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens. The spooky and safe family festivities offer Halloween adventures every day in October and special entertainment on weekends, including roaming costumed characters, pumpkin carving, a musical puppet show, crafts, and more. Costumes are encouraged!

Don't miss trick-or-treating on October 19-20 and 26-27, featuring treat stations throughout the zoo, with treats and bags courtesy of 99 Cents Only Stores. (Available while supplies last.) For a full schedule of animal feedings, visit the L.A. Zoo website. Boo at the L.A. Zoo is free with zoo admission.

Haunted Little Tokyo Pumpkin Patch at Japanese Village Plaza

Haunted Little Tokyo Pumpkin Patch | Photo: Haunted Little Tokyo, Facebook

Haunted Little Tokyo - Japanese Village Plaza (October 2019)

The whole family is invited to experience Little Tokyo like never before at Haunted Little Tokyo 2019. Highlights include pumpkin patches, ghostly games, Japanese yurei, free Okko's Inn screening, and trick or treating. Taking place on October 18-20, the Haunted Little Tokyo Pumpkin Patch is an outdoor marketplace open from noon to 6pm at Japanese Village Plaza. Explore a pumpkin patch grown by local Asian Pacific Islander farmer Tanaka Farms and decorate your pumpkins with volunteer artists. Pumpkins are priced from $5 to $25 and decorating stations are available on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last.

On Saturday, October 26, Japanese Village Plaza welcomes all the little goblins and ghouls to Trick-or-Treat in Little Tokyo from 5pm to 8pm. Small business owners in the Plaza will be handing out candies and treats for costumed kiddies.

Boo-nion Station at Union Station in Downtown LA

Boo-nion Station at Union Station

Boo-nion Station - Union Station (Oct. 26-27, 2019)

Union Station will become a fiendishly fun garden of goblins at the 2nd annual Boo-nion Station, a free, family-friendly Halloween event in Downtown LA. Taking place from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, October 26 and 27, Boo-nion Station will transform the historic station’s South Patio into a mystical Halloween Village and feature delightfully devilish activities for kids. The Hallowhuts will host performances, Halloween crafts, face painting, tarantula tattoos and puppet shows to keep even little monsters entertained.

At 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. each day the village will become a sorcerer’s stroll around the Treats-on-Track Trail, which promises to deliver a spellbinding sugar high. Guests can “boo-gie” down with a spooky spin on some Halloween favorites at the Monster Mash Dance Party, held every hour on the half hour or don their most haunting or hilarious costumes for the Creepy & Clever Costume Contest with prizes at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Carved at Descanso Gardens

Carved at Descanso Gardens

Carved - Descanso Gardens (Oct. 23-27, 2019)

Descanso Gardens will be aglow with festive pumpkins this October for a new event, Carved. Taking place 6:30–10:30pm for five evenings only, a thousand professionally carved pumpkins – some as large as 100 pounds and all of them real – will line a one-mile walk through the Camellia and Oak Forests. Carved is a family-friendly event for all ages. Advance tickets are required. Tickets are $25 for Descanso Gardens members and $30 for non-members. Note: All ticket times for Saturday, October 26 are reserved exclusively for Descanso Gardens members.

Funeral procession at Halloween & Mourning Tours | Photo: Heritage Square Museum, Facebook

Funeral procession at Halloween & Mourning Tours | Photo: Heritage Square Museum, Facebook

Halloween & Mourning Tours - Heritage Square (Oct. 27, 2019)

Now in its 16th year, the Halloween & Mourning Tours take place at Heritage Square Museum on Saturday and Sunday, October 26-27, from noon to 4 p.m. each day. Sunday is the more family-friendly event - children ages 2 to 12 can play period games, make 19th-century inspired crafts, choose a pumpkin for the pumpkin patch (while supplies last), and trick or treat at each of the Heritage Museum's buildings. Admission is $20 for Adults, $15 for Seniors, and $8 for children 6-12. Free for children under 6 and Museum Members.

Marina Spooktacular | Photo: Visit Marina del Rey

Marina Spooktacular | Photo: Visit Marina del Rey

Marina Spooktacular - Marina del Rey (Oct. 26-27, 2019)

Taking place Oct. 26-27 at Burton Chace Park in Marina del Rey, the Marina Spooktacular offers Halloween fun for the whole family. Daytime activities are kid-friendly, but when night falls at this two-day festival the park evolves into a field of frights with tours of L.A.’s only haunted pirate ships, recommended for brave souls age 13 and up. All-day activities include a scavenger hunt graveyard, a blackout maze of terror, trick-or-treating, Dia de los Muertos celebrations, DJ music, food trucks, and more. Other highlights include costume contests and cultural dances. Admission to the Marina Spooktacular is free.

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Happy Harbor Halloween - Port of Los Angeles (Oct. 26, 2019)

Happy Harbor Halloween welcomes the entire family to the Port of Los Angeles. Happy Harbor Halloween takes place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at two locations: in San Pedro, along the Promenade on Harbor Boulevard between 3rd and 4th Streets; and Wilmington Waterfront Park on West “C” Street.

Kick off the day with a Halloween-themed Pet Parade from 10-11 a.m. (Halloween costumes are admired but not required.) Then from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., enjoy Happy Harbor Halloween, a free, family-friendly event that features a costume parade, music, arts and crafts, face painting, games, and fun for kids of all ages.

Sea Scare | Photo: Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, Facebook

Sea Scare | Photo: Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, Facebook

Sea Scare - Cabrillo Marine Aquarium (Oct. 26, 2019)

On Saturday, Oct. 26 the annual Sea Scare is washing ashore at the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium in San Pedro with lots of family-friendly thrills, chills and of course gills. Favorite attractions include the Trick-or-Treat Trail, Seaside Boardwalk, Sea Scare Party Zone and Skull Alley. Come in costume and join the masquerade of ghosts and goblins, it’s sure to be a frightfully good time for the whole family!

Pumpkin Festival - Kidspace Children's Museum (Oct. 19-20, 2019)

Celebrating its 25th anniversary, the Pumpkin Festival is taking place at the Kidspace Children’s Museum in Pasadena from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, October 19-20. The family-friendly event is hosted at Brookside Park, directly in front of the museum. The all-ages festival includes a petting zoo, pony rides, bouncers, carnival games and seasonal crafts. The kids can participate in a costume parade, make their own take-home fall crafts, enjoy face painting, and select pumpkins from the pumpkin patch. Parents will love the book and costume sale, and the tasty picnic treats. Entrance to the festival, parking and live performances are free. Tickets are available for purchase to enjoy activities and food.

Halloween Family Night at Aquarium of the Pacific

Photo: Aquarium of the Pacific, Facebook

Scarium of the Pacific (Oct. 26-27, 2019)

The annual Scarium of the Pacific is a spooktacular, educational Halloween event for the whole family. Special Halloween programs include the annual children’s costume contest, creepy coloring contest, magic shows, underwater pumpkin carving, spooky storytelling, kooky crafts, and the eerie animals of the Great Hall. Scarium of the Pacific takes place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, October 26-27. Admission is free with General Admission, and free to aquarium members. Members' guests receive 20% off admission. Admission is free for kids in costume!

Halloween Bash - The Gentle Barn (Oct. 27, 2019)

Located in Santa Clarita, The Gentle Barn lets you get up close and personal with animals they’ve rescued from severe abuse and neglect and others who were just too old, sick, lame, or scared to be adopted into alternate homes.

On Sunday, October 27, The Gentle Barn is hosting a family-friendly Halloween Bash from 10am to 2pm. The festivities include hayrides, kids tattoos, a photo booth, pumpkin decorating, and a costume contest to award the costume that looks most like one of their animals, and the Best Costume of the Day. During the Scavenger Hunt, kids will get a card that lists things they need to find or do during their visit. Hug a cow, hold a chicken, pet a goat, give a pig a tummy rub, make a peaceful potion in the woods with a witch, and more! They'll get a sticker each time they complete something and when their card is full with all of the stickers, they can come back to The Gentle Barn store to claim their vegan candy.

Tickets are on sale at Eventbrite. Pricing is $22 for adults and $12 for kids 12 and under.

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Exploding Pumpkin-Carving Laboratory and Workshop - Craft Contemporary (Oct. 30, 2019)

On Wednesday, October 30, the Craft Contemporary Museum presents the Exploding Pumpkin-Carving Laboratory and Workshop. Add a bombastic twist to your boring pumpkin carving activities with a mix of wicked chemistry concoctions and laboratory experiments. From gruesome oozing effects to exploding pumpkins, this workshop is sure to be a bang! General admission is $25 and includes materials and pumpkin. Register for the two-hour workshop at the museum website.

Halloween Party for DTLA Kids | Photo courtesy of

Halloween Party for DTLA Kids | Photo courtesy of

DTLA Halloween Festival - Grand Hope Park at FIDM (Oct. 31, 2019)

Children and their families living in Downtown Los Angeles are invited to the 12th Annual Halloween Festival, taking place from 5-8 p.m. in Grand Hope Park at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM). Enjoy face painters, bounce houses, arts and crafts tables, puppet shows, trick-or-treat doors, and more. Costumes are requested for children and optional for adults. Remember to bring a bucket or bag for candy. (Sorry, no pets are allowed.) Tickets include all activities and snacks.


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