Best Kid-Friendly Halloween Places to Visit in Southern California
With Halloween coming up at the end of the month, you may be wondering how to celebrate with your little ones. While there are many scary attractions for older kids and adults, what do kids do for Halloween?
Here are some some fun Halloween 2019 events for families you can participate in for the month of October and celebrate your Halloween kid-friendly!
1. PAW Patrol Halloween📍 Participating Target locations
When: October 26; 10am to 1pm
This Halloween for kids event is hosted by Target stores. Its theme is based around PAW Patrol, a Nickelodeon kids’ show. This is a family friendly event where kids can dress up in costume and trick-or-treat throughout the store. There will even be a screening of an exclusive PAW Patrol episode and your children also have the opportunity to win some in-store giveaways!
You can check here to see if your local Target is participating: https://www.target.com/c/event-stores/-/N-i9dn5?lnk=PawPatrolNickel
2. Nights of The Jack📍 King Gillette Ranch
26800 Mulholland Hwy
Calabasas, CA 93102
When: October 3 - November 3; 6:30pm
Nights of The Jack features Halloween-themed attractions along a 0.5 mile nature trail that is great for pictures. This trail is filled with thousands of hand-carved jack o’lanterns along with various beautiful lit up pumpkin installations and artists’ works. This year their event will feature a “SpongeBob Squarepants” themed illustration! There are also food trucks serving food and drinks so you can enjoy the attractions at your leisure! The event starts in the evening and advance ticket purchases are needed.
Learn more: https://nightsofthejack.com/
3. Scarium of the Pacific📍 Aquarium of the Pacific
100 Aquarium Way
Long Beach, CA 90802
When: October 26-27; 9am to 5pm
Enjoy the aquarium along with other Halloween themed activities for kids! This family friendly event includes a children’s Halloween costume contest, creepy coloring contest, magic shows, underwater pumpkin carving, storytelling, and fun crafts. It is definitely a Halloween for kids that you can’t miss out on!
4. Kidspace Pumpkin Festival📍 Brookside Park
360 N Arroyo Blvd (in front of Kidspace)
Pasadena, CA 91103
When: October 19-20; 9:30am to 5pm
Not only is admission to the festival free (with tickets requires for some activities), but there are also various Halloween fun for the whole family! This Pumpkin Festival includes a pumpkin patch, festival games, crafts, pony rides, petting zoo, and free performances for everyone to enjoy. All proceeds benefit the Kidspace Children’s Museum.
Learn more: https://www.kidspacemuseum.org/support/pumpkin
5. Boo at the LA Zoo📍 Los Angeles Zoo
5333 Zoo Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90027
When: October 1-27; 10am to 4pm
The LA Zoo is transformed for Halloween themed festivities! Not only do you get to enjoy the animals, but there are also activities such as a pumpkin patch, games, maze, bird and animal shows, and animal tours. There are also other events restricted to weekends only that include a puppet show, science show, photo booth, arts and crafts, and animal feedings. Additionally, there are a few select days where your kids can trick-or-treat for Halloween candy!
Learn more: https://www.lazoo.org/boo/
6. Legoland: Brick or Treat📍 Legoland
One LEGOLAND Drive
Carlsbad, CA 92008
When: October 12,19, 26; 5pm to 9pm
Enjoy Halloween at LEGOLAND on select Saturday dates in October! Enjoy live shows along with meet and greets with your favorite characters. Your little one can also participate in a costume contest and visit various treat stations that have more than one million pieces of candy! Don’t miss out on the AstroBash Dance Party and other Party Nights events!
7. Knotts Berry Farm: Spooky Farm📍 Knott's Berry Farm
8039 Beach Boulevard
Buena Park, CA 90620
When: Saturdays & Sundays, September 28 - October 27 & 31
While many people may be familiar with Knotts Scary Farm, Knott’s Spooky Farm is a daytime family-friendly Halloween celebration for kids ages 3-11. Enjoy trick-or-treating throughout Ghost Town, participating in the daily costume contest, riding rides with a Halloween twist, and watching Camp Snoopy shows!
Learn more: https://www.knotts.com/play/spooky-farm
8. Great Wolf Lodge: Howl o’ween📍 Great Wolf Lodge
12681 Harbor Boulevard
Garden Grove, CA 92840
When: October 1-31
This is a new attraction theme park in SoCal that features an 84-degree indoor water park, restaurants, arcades, spas, and other children's activities. Their Halloween celebration includes a trick-or-treat trail, spooktacular story time, and monster bash dance party! Show off your costumes and best dance moves this Halloween!
Learn more: https://www.greatwolf.com/howl-o-ween
9. Fall Festival📍 The Farmer's Market
6333 West Third Street
Los Angeles, CA 90036
When: October 12-13; All day
Come out to the country fair to celebrate the fall harvest! There are plenty of family-friendly events such as the pumpkin patch, petting zoo, arts & crafts, pie-eating contests, and plenty of live music and performances.
10. Marina Spooktacular📍 Burton Chace Park
13650 Mindanao Way
Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
When: October 26-27; 11am to 9pm
This event is hosted by the Department of Beaches & Harbors and has both daytime and nighttime activities. However, the night time activities are recommended for those ages 13 and up. Despite that, there are plenty of fun daytime activities you and your children can participate in! A few include: pumpkin decorating, giant grid maze, buccaneer pirate ship your children can play on, face and hand paintings, and various live performances, music, and kid shows!
Learn more: https://beaches.lacounty.gov/halloween/
With these ten different kid-friendly Halloween places to visit, you’ll never run out of things to do! Regardless of what you choose to do this October, enjoy your Halloween 2019 by making great family memories, receiving loads of candy, and dressing in amazing costumes!
If you're wondering if you can take your infant out to celebrate Halloween, check out our previous blog!