This Weekend and This Week: Halloween Thrills and Chills the San Fernando Valley

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It’s Halloween 24/7 this weekend!



L.A. County Parks and Recreation: There’s festivals at parks throughout Los Angeles through Halloween.  Check out this list for the park near you!

Theatricum BOO!-tanicum Classic Halloween Fun and Haunted House: For one night only, Topanga’s historic Theatricum Botanicum theater and surrounding gardens will become the haunt of headless horsemen, wandering witches, tale-telling hearts, man-made monsters and spirited sprites with a haunted house, classic ghost stories told by award-winning actors Ellen Geer, Earnestine Phillips and William Hunt, costume contest, bobbing for apples and pumpkin carving, organic chicken and waffles, live music by Peter Alsop and Tommy Santee Klaws, and lots of not-too-scary stuff for kids.  Friday, 2 p.m. -10 p.m, The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd. Topanga, Kids 5-12 $5, Teens $15, Adults $20.

Ladies Night Out:  This Ladies Night Out is for the entire family. Come dressed in costume to the Magnolia Park area of  Burbank where the street will be lined with a dozen food trucks parked near 3216 W. Magnolia Blvd. This part of the street is home to an eclectic mix of distinctive shops and eateries — vintage, re-sale, collectible and antique stores. Come for shopping, special treats, food, drinks, giveaways and more! There will be costume contests at costume contests at audrey k and Free Bird Boutique!


Boo at the L.A. ZooHave a safe and spooky pre-Halloween at Boo at the L.A. Zoo. The Eucalyptus Grove will turn into a giant Pumpkin Patch with jack-o-lantern carving, photo opportunities, and eerie crafts. The Creepy Creature Encounter at the Winnick Family Children’s Zoo will feature trick-or-treating, a chance to get up close with some creepy creatures, and Halloween entertainment. Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m- 4 p.m., L.A. Zoo, 5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles (Griffith Park).  This event is free to GLAZA members and with paid Zoo admission.


Loteria Grill Halloween and Dia de los Muertos: Loteria Grill is celebrating Halloween and Dia de los Muertos with Happy Hour all day long for anyone in costume. Also, enter the Facebook Photo Contest. Picture yourself as Loteria Card (there’s  huge Loteria Cut out standees at the restaurants). Upload your picture to the Facebook page. The picture with most “likes” win.  Halloween winners picked on October 31st receive two tickets for Cirque du Soleil;  Dia de los Muertos winners chosen November 2 and receive dinner for two at Loteria Grill. (At all locations, except Farmers Market).

8th Annual Halloween Carnival and Stuntacular: The 8th Annual Halloween Stuntacular is a free stunt show consisting of 150 professional stunt men and women to help the Make A Wish Foundation. Raffles, prizes and fun! Live show times:  Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Halloween Night 6 p.m., 7 p.m., 8 p.m., 9 p.m. Westfield Fashion Square, Riverside and Woodman, Sherman Oaks parking lot behind Sports Authority.  Free admission; Some attractions and food extra.


Halloween at The Leonis Adobe Museum in Calabasas:  This historical landmark in Calabasas will host its annual Halloween Pumpkin Party on Saturday, October 27th, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The party will include pumpkin carving and decorating, 1800′s crafts and games, musical entertainment and face painting. Free for members of the museum, $4 per person with FREE entry for those in costume.

The Pumpkin Fair at Dixie Canyon in Sherman Oaks: This fair on October 27 from 11 a.m.-7 a community event for the whole family! Come one and all to celebrate the season with a fun-filled day/eve of rides, gigantic bouncies, haunted house, carnival games, raffles, arts and crafts, costume contest, face painting, laser race track, exciting music, amazing prize booth and special surprise flash mob! Over 70 local vendors plus tasty food from local restaurants and MORE!!!! Free Admission – Rides, Food and drink for purchase Proceeds benefit our local public school children. FAMILY FUN, FUN, FUN. The Pumpkin Fair – A Community Event!

Fright Night at Emelita Street Elementary in Encino: Family Fun for all ages! Haunted Maze, Games, Food, Family Fun, Crafts, Costume Contest! Admission is free. (Each booth/activity does have a fee.) All proceeds benefit Emelita Street Elementary School. Emelita Street School Fright Night Friday, October 27  4 p.m. – 8 p.m. 17931 Hatteras Street, Encino, CA 91316 (Between White Oak and Lindley)


Cupcakes and Cakepops at Cook LA: Add some fright to your bite with deliciously scary Halloween cupcake recipes. Chef Liz will share some special cupcake recipes. for all ages and skill levels. Sunday, Octber 28 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Price: $55

Halloween Stories: This Sunday from 11 a.m. to noon, participate in interactive Halloween stories include adaptations of stories by Edgar Allen Poe and Oscar Wilde. Perfect for families with children ages 3-8. Children are encouraged to come in costume  This hour long play is performed at the outdoor Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum in Topanga Canyon. The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd. , $9 per ticket.


Halloween in Downtown Burbank: The streets of Downtown Burbank will be haunted by thousands of little monsters in costume and scores of pet dogs decked out to the K-9s on October 31 from 4 – 7 pm.  Kids can trick-or-treat from store-to-store (accompanied by adults!), and dog-owners will be encouraged to bring along their favorite companion for a mutt-see Howl-oween Parade on the AMC Walkway. Downtown Burbank’s Halloween festivities are free and open to the public.  The core area for this outdoor trick-or-treat celebration will be on San Fernando Boulevard between Magnolia Boulevard and Angeleno. Pet Parade for Dogs in Costume, 6 pm. Pet owners are encouraged to bring along their favorite K-9 dressed in the Halloween spirit for the 2nd Annual Downtown Dog Parade on the AMC Walkway at San Fernando Boulevard and Palm Avenue in Downtown Burbank. Owners are asked to please register on-site by 5:30 P.M. on October 31. All well-behaved pets are welcome. Dogs must wear leashes.

Halloween Spook-tacular: The Sherman Oaks Galleria invite all ages to wear costumes and come out for a night of fun activities—costume contest, treat stations and so much more.





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Karen Young is the founder of My Daily Find.

  • Taylor B

    Hi Karen – this is a great list! One more family-friendly idea for your readers: the silent movie with organ accompaniment at Walt Disney Hall. There’s more info – and a clip from the movie – here: (I work with LA Phil sometimes, and have brought my 16 year old nephew and sister to this show the past couple years – so fun!)

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