Halloween is supposed to be a little bit grim and kind of scary, but there are ways to embrace the spirit of the holiday without taking on unnecessary risk. In our last post we covered the {hazards and horrors} that families across the country face when trick-or-treating, but we didn’t want to leave you without some safe, alternative ways to get into the spooky spirit.

Luckily there are a number of events throughout the Los Angeles area this year that offer just that. Please note that not all are family friendly, or will necessarily suitable for the youngest of ghouls. Parental discretion advised.

October 25th

Burbank:  From October 25-28, attend the A Festival Of Frights 2018 at Warner Bros. Studios. Experience terror on the backlot!

Los Angeles:  Boo at the L.A. Zoo. Treat the imagination to a month of spooktacular events. Costumes encouraged! Through October 31st.

Los Angeles:  The 10th Annual Los Angeles Haunted Hayride.  Hailing from the authentically haunted Old Zoo area of Griffith Park, the hayride returns with the most immersive ride yet as guests are completely transported back to hayrides past. This terrifying tradition will be. Tickets on sale now. Available through October 31st.

South Pasadena:  South Pasadena #BikeThursdays: Scenes from Halloween. “Did you know several scenes from the 1978 horror slasher classic Halloween were filmed in South Pasadena?” Explore the infamous “Haddonfield” on this bike tour.

Universal City:  Through November 3rd:  Halloween Horror Nights 2018 at Universal Studios, the movie studio that invented the horror genre. “Face your darkest fears in Southern California’s scariest, most intense event.”

October 26th

Burbank:  From October 25-28, attend the A Festival Of Frights 2018 at Warner Bros. Studios. Experience terror on the backlot!

Los Angeles:  Boo at the L.A. Zoo. Treat the imagination to a month of spooktacular events. Costumes encouraged! Through October 31st.

Los Angeles:  The 10th Annual Los Angeles Haunted Hayride.  Hailing from the authentically haunted Old Zoo area of Griffith Park, the hayride returns with the most immersive ride yet as guests are completely transported back to hayrides past. This terrifying tradition will be. Tickets on sale now. Available through October 31st.

Malibu:  Halloween Carnival & Movie. The City’s annual Halloween Carnival will take place at Malibu Bluffs Park on Friday, October 26. Admission is free. Guests can purchase “Jack Bucks” for $5 each, good for games, bounce houses, and an art activity. A family friendly screening of the classic film “Goonies” begins at sunset.

North Hollywood:  NHHS Halloween Concert. For some musical, spooky fun check out this concert featuring the NHHS Marching Band and String Orchestra.

South Pasadena:  Halloween Spooktacular. Games, food, inflatables, and more. 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM. Orange Grove Park, 815 Mission Street, South Pasadena.

Thousand Oaks:  Reign of Terror Haunted House. 105 Bone Chilling Rooms!

8 Terrifying Attractions! Voted Best Haunted House and Biggest Indoor Haunt In Southern California. Open 7pm – 10pm Friday, Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday

Open 7pm – 11pm On Saturdays.

October 27th

Burbank:  From October 25-28, attend the A Festival Of Frights 2018 at Warner Bros. Studios. Experience terror on the backlot!

Calabasas #1:  Gelson’s Spooky Village. “Join us for a Spook-tacular time!” at Gelson’s 21st Annual Spooky Village on Saturday October 27th, 3 pm – 6 pm, featuring:  face painting, arts & crafts, fun prizes, and trick-or-treating. For more information, call (818) 377-6494. Gelson’s Calabasas 22277 Mulholland Highway Calabasas, CA 91302

Calabasas #2:  Trick Or Treat Trail Along The Lake. Includes costume parade & crafts.

Hollywood:  5th Annual Haunted Howloween Party at Wag Hotels Hollywood. Canine and human guests will enjoy a frighteningly good time while trick-or-treating in our hotel and mingling with other witches, ghouls, and goblins. Proceeds benefit California Fire Foundation. Perfect for pups and their owners! 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM.

Hollywood:  L.A. Day Of Dead 2018 at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. “Watch evening stars appear as the cemetery comes to life with joyful celebrations.”

Los Angeles:  Boo at the L.A. Zoo. Treat the imagination to a month of spooktacular events. Costumes encouraged! Through October 31st.

Los Angeles:  The 10th Annual Los Angeles Haunted Hayride.  Hailing from the authentically haunted Old Zoo area of Griffith Park, the hayride returns with the most immersive ride yet as guests are completely transported back to hayrides past. This terrifying tradition will be. Tickets on sale now. Available through October 31st.

Los Angeles:  Carrera De Los Muertos, a vibrant 5k run that honors Day of the Dead.

Moorpark:  Fall Harvest Festival 2018 at Underwood Family Farms. The theme this weekend is All About Pumpkins! The farm will be “filled with with live entertainment from 10:30-5:30pm! We’ll have pumpkin demonstrations & feature displays of pumpkins, squash, and gourds as well as new and different ways to decorate them! Don’t miss our favorite bands The Catterwailers & Rocky Neck Bluegrass!”

Pacific Palisades:  Halloween Spooktacular at Palisades Recreation Center, 3-7pm. $10 entrance fee (cash only) per child, includes spooky trick-or-treat path, pumpkin patch, carnival games, DJ, petting zoo, moon bounces, arts & crafts and more.

Pasadena:  One Colorado’s Pumpkin Decorating Extravaganza. Free and open to the public. “Kids can get busy with glitter, glue sticks, (washable) markers, and creative imaginations to create their own Great Pumpkin. Pumpkins and spaces are limited.”

Santa Monica:  Fiesta of Fright 2018. Held anually at the Rustic Canyon Rec Center, “There will be games, prizes, moon bounces, candy, a food truck, and a haunted house.”

Sherman Oaks:  2018 SOPA Festival of Frights introduces “Stage Fright!” “head over to Sherman Oaks Elementary Charter for one of the season’s largest and spookiest halloween carnival.”

Woodland Hills:  Halloween Family Faire. Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018. 10: 00 AM – 3:00 PM at the Woodland Hills Recreation Center, 5858 Shoup Ave., Woodland Hills, CA.

October 28th

Burbank:  From October 25-28, attend the A Festival Of Frights 2018 at Warner Bros. Studios. Experience terror on the backlot!

Los Angeles:  Boo at the L.A. Zoo. Treat the imagination to a month of spooktacular events. Costumes encouraged! Through October 31st.

Los Angeles:  The 10th Annual Los Angeles Haunted Hayride.  Hailing from the authentically haunted Old Zoo area of Griffith Park, the hayride returns with the most immersive ride yet as guests are completely transported back to hayrides past. This terrifying tradition will be. Tickets on sale now. Available through October 31st.

Los Angeles:  Día de los Muertos at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes. 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM. “The dead come to life at LA Plaza! Watch performances that pay homage to the dead through music and dance. Families can participate in arts, garden and culinary workshops. LA Plaza’s annual Day of the Dead altar honors our ancestors. Bring a photo our your loved ones.” Amission is free!

Malibu:  Halloween in MaliBOO! Hosted by Malibu Country Mart. “Join us for a children and pet costume contest, trick-or-treating around the Mart, arts & crafts, a DIY costume station, treats, prizes and more.” 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM.

Moorpark:  Fall Harvest Festival 2018 at Underwood Family Farms. The theme this weekend is All About Pumpkins! The farm will be “filled with with live entertainment from 10:30-5:30pm! We’ll have pumpkin demonstrations & feature displays of pumpkins, squash, and gourds as well as new and different ways to decorate them! Don’t miss our favorite bands The Catterwailers & Rocky Neck Bluegrass!”

Santa Monica:  Trunk or Treat 2018 at McKinley Elementary School. The first 300 guests receive free tacos and cotton candy! Who can say no to free tacos?

October 29th

Los Angeles:  Boo at the L.A. Zoo. Treat the imagination to a month of spooktacular events. Costumes encouraged! Through October 31st.

Los Angeles:  The 10th Annual Los Angeles Haunted Hayride.  Hailing from the authentically haunted Old Zoo area of Griffith Park, the hayride returns with the most immersive ride yet as guests are completely transported back to hayrides past. This terrifying tradition will be. Tickets on sale now. Available through October 31st.

October 30th

Brentwood:  Halloween Festival 2018 @ Country Mart. 3 PM – 5 PM. “Meet us at the Mart for a fun Halloween festival! We will have a costume contest (with a kids gift basket prize for the winner!), mini pumpkin decorating, cookie decorating & cider. PLUS come back to the Mart on Halloween for trick-or-treating at all of the stores, 2-5pm!”

Los Angeles:  Boo at the L.A. Zoo. Treat the imagination to a month of spooktacular events. Costumes encouraged! Through October 31st.

Los Angeles:  The 10th Annual Los Angeles Haunted Hayride.  Hailing from the authentically haunted Old Zoo area of Griffith Park, the hayride returns with the most immersive ride yet as guests are completely transported back to hayrides past. This terrifying tradition will be. Tickets on sale now. Available through October 31st.

Oxnard:  Trick-or-Treat at The Collection. “Super Heroes, witches and zombies, unite! All are invited for an evening of delight. Enjoy dreadfully delicious treats at The Collection at RiverPark’s annual trick-or-treat event.” From 5:00 – 7:00 PM

October 31st

Agoura Hills/Calabasas:  Trunk-Or-Treat 2018. Community Center, Agoura Hills/Calabasas. 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM“There will be games, prizes, a corn maze, and much more!”

Canoga Park:  Westfield Topanga Halloween Trick-or-Treat. Fun and safe! Children 12 years and younger (accompanied by parent/guardian) are invited to hunt for treats at participating retailers. The event is free! 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

Chatsworth:  Chatsworth Recreation Center’s Halloween Carnival 2018. Carnival Games & Prizes, Spooky Alley, Bouncy Houses, Crafts and a Selfie Photo Booth! 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

Los Angeles #1:  The 10th Annual Los Angeles Haunted Hayride.  Hailing from the authentically haunted Old Zoo area of Griffith Park, the hayride returns with the most immersive ride yet as guests are completely transported back to hayrides past. This terrifying tradition will be. Tickets on sale now. Available through October 31st.

Los Angeles #2:  Boo at the L.A. Zoo. Treat the imagination to a month of spooktacular events. Costumes encouraged! Through October 31st.

Moorpark:  Haunted High Street. “Come join the City of Moorpark on Halloween night from 5:00-8:00 p.m., for some spooky, but not too spooky, family fun on our historic High Street!”  Admission to the event is free. A $5 wristband allows unlimited access to the carnival! Activities include trunk-or-treat, haunted house, Halloween movies, a costume contest, awesome prizes, and more!

Pasadena:  Halloween at One Colorado. “Enjoy a free outdoor screening of “Coraline” beginning at 7:00pm!”

Santa Monica:  Halloween Carnival 2018 Spooktacular, presented by the Police Activity League. 5:00 – 8:00 PM. Family fun, tricks, treats, haunts, games, and more!

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Check Out These References for Further Reading:

“California’s Best Haunted House to Visit.” Patch.com. Retrieved 24 October 2018. https://patch.com/california/agourahills/s/gj9na/california-s-best-haunted-house-to-visit

Los Angeles Halloween Haunts, Pumpkin Patches & More: 2018 Guide.” Patch.com. Retrieved 24 October 2018. https://patch.com/california/los-angeles/los-angeles-halloween-haunts-pumpkin-patches-more-2018-guide