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Fun Things To Do in LA This Halloween Weekend For Families and Kids!

Find a list of best things to do in Los Angeles this weekend, Oct 30-Nov 1

Even though trick-or-treating is not recommended in LA, there are still lots of Halloween events that you can enjoy with your family and kids this Halloween weekend! Keep reading to find some of the spookiest events of 2020, and some not so spooky to do with your little ones!

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What to do this weekend with your family? Here is a list of things you can enjoy with your family this Halloween weekend:

L.A. Zoo is having a drive-in movie series happening this weekends for Halloween! This classic drive-in movie experience is on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Outside Cinemas: Kids Fest Halloween Night

Join Outside Cinemas on October 31st from the safety and comfort of your own vehicle to enjoy "Coco" on big screen. Outside Cinemas has curated a Tasty Delicious menu with everything from Fresh Buttery Popcorn to Sour Punch Apple Straws for you to enjoy in your car. Costumes are encouraged. You will also receive Halloween Candy by the staff members. Doors open at 5:30 pm and movie starts at 6:00 pm. You should reserve your ticket online in advance. Tickets are $95 per vehicle for up to 6 guests per ticket.

Nights of the Jack is a family friendly drive-thru Halloween experience. Expect to see some larger than life pumpkin installations as well as detailed artist depictions of your favorite movie stars, sports heroes, and animated characters. In addition to the attractions, you will be given the option to visit the drive-in food court featuring seasonal food and beverage offerings from some of LA’s top food trucks. The experience is not scary but can be a little spooky in a few places.

Halloween at Descanso

Celebrate Halloween at Descanso, a pumpkin-filled extravaganza that invites you to safely wind your way through socially-distanced, pumpkin-themed displays in the most popular sections of Descanso Gardens. The Kitchen at Descanso will have a variety of warm, fall-inspired drinks and soups available, along with such seasonal favorites as caramel corn and churros.

From Thursday, Oct. 29 to Saturday, Oct. 31, from 7:30 pm through 11:30 pm, there will be a spooky fantastical show right on Jack in the Box store in Northridge (9433 Reseda Blvd., Northridge, CA 91324). Jack Box will be joined by ghosts and ghoulish friends, and give guests a haunting good time with spooky stories and truly terrifying soundtrack - once you adjust your car radio, you will be guided through the experience with a haunted narration by Jack himself. This three-day event is free and open to the public, and all guests will be required to remain in their vehicle. Guests that arrive in costume will receive free tacos and the first 25 guests to arrive will receive something extra special!

Peek-a-Boo Stroll Through

Go behind-the-scenes at Bob Baker Marionette Theater with private tours this weekend. Kids can meet the marionettes and see what they’ve been up to. Tickets are $60 per group for up to 6 people.

The spirit of Halloween comes to life with a cornucopia of Harvest and Halloween décor that will transform Knott's Berry Farm for the season. Dress up in your most festive costumes to experience one-of-a-kind themed food and treats. Included with a junior tasting card, young guests will have an opportunity to take a trip through the fully-themed Camp Snoopy Trick-or-Treat Trail presented by Hershey, loaded with multiple treat stations and special spooky decorations. This event starts is happening now through November 1st.

Underwood Family Farms is having its' annual pumpkin patch with social distancing. They offer acres of pumpkins, fall harvest decor, multiple photo opportunities, a Country Store, rides to and from the fields, and viewing of the animals. Reservations are recommended on weekends but are not required. (Admission is $15 Saturdays and Sundays).

This "drive-into" experience will take you to the streets of the famous Hawkins residents of "Stranger Things". In this 1 hour ride, you will unlock the untold story of Hawkins from the safety of your car, which will be held in a central DTLA location. You can expect real-life locations from the series and mind-blowing audio and visual effects with things that can quickly turn uʍop ǝpᴉsdn. Admission varies depending on the number of passengers. (Not recommended for children under 13)

The Drive-Thru Pumpkin Farm Experience is open this weekend. The drive-thru experience is $20 per vehicle.

South Coast Botanic Gardens is open this weekend for walk or hike, but you are required to make reservations through their online system in advance so that they can control number of people that enter the garden. You are also required to wear protective face coverings during your visit, and practice social distancing.

L.A. County Arboretum is open this weekend. You must buy tickets online in advance. When visiting, you are required to wear a mask or other face covering. All indoor spaces are closed.

Forneris Farms is having a Pumpkin Patch this weekend with modification. They have the most beautiful pumpkins in Los Angeles County and a variety of other fall harvests. Due to the restrictions by CDC, they will not have their Corn Maze, Pony Rides, or a Petting Zoo, but they will have plenty of pumpkins.

Tina's Pumpkin Patch is open Friday and Saturday from 10 am to 9 pm. There is a free straw maze, and you can enjoy train rides for $3 per person. Staff will be cleaning the wagons and train after each guest. There is increased hand washing stations and hand sanitizer dispensers throughout the patch. 

Irvine Park Railroad’s Pumpkin Patch is located just behind the train station and admission is free. The pumpkin patch will include train rides, hayrides, John Deere racers, panning for gold, hay maze, great food, lots of pumpkins, and much more.

Stone Soup Farm offers a variety of heirloom pumpkins for your culinary and decorating needs. The farm grows a small patch of these traditional pumpkins that are Pre-Picked and available at the Farm Stand. Take the whole family and pick out your favorite autumn pumpkin. The Farm Stand will have Pre-Picked pumpkins available through October.  There is also a puppetry show for the kids at the farm in October (check the website for more details).

In the safety of your own car, you can enjoy a 45 minutes drive-thru where you will experience immersive story-telling and scary sets. You will be entertained by live performances through-out your drive, plus experience 3 interactive show zones and an immersive show of lights, sound, special effects with monsters coming alive. There are limited tickets and time slots. (There is no age limitation, but the event is not recommended for children under 10; tickets start at $49.99 per vehicle).

Experience a realm where two worlds collide, and music meets horror. Suffer in terror through two all-new, original mazes bringing monsters from the dead through the dark shadows and depths of hell. If you survive, feel the vibrations stemmed from the slaying DJ’s and killer performances. Only 2-3 people are allowed in a maze at a time. Masks are required. (Not recommended for children under 13)

Lowes Santa Monica Beach hotel has outdoor movie screenings and tarot reading Halloween weekend. On, October 30, watch Hotel Transylvania at 8 p.m. on the pool deck. On October 31, catch a double feature with Hotel Transylvania and Hocus Pocus kicking off at 6 p.m. and tarot card readings from 7:30-9 p.m. Tickets for both nights are $35 per person and include reserved seating, popcorn, candy, and a soft drink.

This weekend take an immersive, self-guided walking or driving tour of Haunted Los Angeles. When you arrive at each stop on the tour, trigger the audio to hear a bit about the eerie history of the location–and about the ghosts that are said to still haunt the hallways to this day. The tour includes accounts of real-life crimes and may be too scary for kids.

L.A. Magazine has a self-guided audio tour of true crime, Los Angeles history, and general creepiness in downtown L.A. When you arrive at any of the tour’s 10 locations, GPS will trigger audio to tell you more about it. Learn more here.

The Haunted Barnyard concept is a new and exciting immersive drive-thru experience in Santa Clarita. Your unsuspecting passengers will get the scare of a lifetime in The Gentle Barn’s transformed barnyard of doom. Wind your way through a multitude of ghastly scenes while being guided by a ghostly audio with sound effects in the safety of your own vehicle! Tickets start at $28/person. (Not recommended for kids under 13)

In this Drive-Up Experience, you will stay inside your vehicle while driving “down a creepy stretch of road featuring some sets and scenic environments, followed by a haunted show featuring an original multimedia story displayed on a 40-foot screen, as well as horrifying sets and live characters from Midnight Falls.” (Ticket prices range from $49.99 for a standard experience to $199.99 for a platinum experience. This event is not recommended for children under 12.)

Happy Halloween LA is a drive thru event featuring over thirty larger-than-life inflated dinosaurs, Monsters, Dia De Los Muertos, and more. There will also be magical illusions, Halloween themed music, packaged candy for kids, and cold water for the adults. There will be an online costume contest as well as a custom made drive thru photo booth! Tickets are sold online and start at $60 per vehicle.

Haunt o'Ween is an all-ages-friendly drive-thru experience. Keep the fun traditions and excitement of Halloween alive in a safe, engaging, interactive, and immersive format. The event features Pumpkin Picking, Video Op, Immersive Installations, and more. The experience will last between 25-35 minutes. Candy will be wrapped and served via extended containers by event staff. (Tickets range from $70-$90 per vehicle.)

Cortez’ Carnival Games of chance and skill will challenge and entertain you. Costumes are highly encouraged as you can win a prize for the best costume! One lucky person will find the Olde World Emporium “Cortez’ Gold Coin” in their Trick or Treat bag and win the Pirate’s Booty! Mystic Dylan will be available to perform Mini Readings for you if are curious to know what's in store for you ($5, only 2 tickets available per 30-minute session).

To make Halloween more enjoyable for everyone, founder of SoCal Haunt list has put together a list of houses with Halloween decors and and drive-by installations that you can drive by. To help ensure everyone has a safe experience, be sure to pay attention to and observe all individual haunt requirements.

All Randy’s Donuts locations will give free donuts to children 15 and under on Halloween, Oct 31st, while supplies last. Costumes welcome, but not necessary. 

This annual Orange Circle Treats In The Streets Autumn Festival will kick off this year as usual on October 29, 2020. This free community event is hosted by the City of Orange, and local merchants will hand out goodies to trick-or-treaters. Everyone is encouraged to wear a costume. There will be entertainment and games for everyone to enjoy.

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