Driving out of my garage this morning was another frightening experience as I caught eyes with the masked and knifed statue standing on my porch, reminding me that Halloween is not taken lightly around the Maltas house, thanks completely to my adventurous husband.
After taking a deep breath, seemingly becoming a morning recurrence, I drove through Brentwood to the office and noticed all the amazing homes decked out in all things Halloween. It is here, and so are the dentist visits!
Having two young daughters, excitedly waiting to dress in their Tinkerbell and Cinderella costumes, my husband and I wanted to find additional events (after trick-or-treating through Brentwood Park, of course) to enjoy with them on the Westside.
This ghostly weekend offers many local family-friendly events from Malibu to Culver City and events at the LA Zoo in Griffith Park, for those venturing East. Here are a few I have found to have a fun and safe family weekend of fun!
Santa Monica Playhouse
ABSOLUTELY HALLOWEEN, the heartwarming tale of the aptly named “Candy,” a sweet young girl who learns some surprising lessons about life, love, laughter and sugar, from a delightfully colorful array of characters who take her on a magical All Hallow’s Eve adventure, enlisting the audience’s aid to help save Halloween for one more year.
$10.50 for children (12 and under); $12.50 for adults. FREE face-painting before performance
Free Flying Trapeze and Aerial Arts Show
Sat, Oct 30, 7 – 9 pm – Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica
Get ready for an amazing and ghoulish flying trapeze and aerial arts show at the Pier’s Trapeze School New York (TSNY) on Saturday, October 30 from 7-9PM.
It’s a Halloween based show with a theme entitled “Dead in the Dark”. Activities also include a raffle where you have the chance to win FREE trapeze classes.
Pacific Palisades ‘Village Fair’
Sun, Oct 31, 11 am – 3 pm
On the Quad at Palisades Charter High School
Halloween Costume Contest, Pie Baking Contest, Pie Eating Contest, Fire Stations 69 & 23 Chili Cook-Off, Face Painting, Pony Rides, Petting Zoo, Music, Haunted House, Games, Rides, Balloon Lady, Food & Drink, Merchant Booths.
Palisades Pumpkin Patch
Hours of Operation: Mon-Fri, 3 – 6 pm, Sat & Sun 10 am – 6 pm
Simon Meadow, corner of Sunset Blvd & Temescal Canyon
A tradition in Pacific Palisades for over 25 years begins October 9: the opening of the Palisades-Malibu YMCA’s Pumpkin Patch. Many families associate the arrival of fall with the colorful orange mass at the corner of Temescal and Sunset. The Pumpkin Patch serves as an important fundraiser for the Palisades-Malibu YMCA. The proceeds from the sales benefit YMCA youth and family programs. There will be treats and surprises for children who come in costume to the pumpkin patch on Saturday and Sunday. YESSS!!!
Maliboooo Trick or Treat Village
Sat, Oct 30, 3 pm – 5 pm – Legacy Park, Country Mart & Lumber Yard, Malibu
Enjoy a safe and fun-filled evening where local businesses will be handing out treats to children. Look for the bright orange balloon outside of participating businesses. Event is free.
Trick or Treat at Malibu Farmer’s Market
Sun, Oct 31, 10 am – 3 pm – Malibu Library Parking Lot & Civic Center Way
Bring the kids and let them wear their costumes so they can trick or treat through the friendly lane of our Farmers Market. Enjoy a break with family or friends at the Market’s wonderful Food Court where fresh delights are prepared right there for you.
Star Eco Station’s Enchanted Green Hallow’s Eve
Star Eco Station Environmental Science Museum & Exotic Wildlife Rescue Facility
10101 Jefferson Blvd
Saturday & Sunday, October 30 & 31, noon-6pm., $8 for adults; $6 for children; $7 for seniors (65 and over).
(One child free for every paying adult. Children in strollers free)
The STAR ECO Station transforms into a magical fairytale palace of trickery, treating and eco storytelling! See your farovite fairy tales with an environmental twist. Costume Contests, games, prizes and performaces all day. All proceeds go to support rescued animals.
… and some festive fun at the LA Zoo further East:
BOO AT THE ZOO
Los Angeles County Zoo 5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90027
October 30 & 31, 10am to 5pm., $14 for adults, $11 for seniors (over 62), and $9 for children from 2 to 10, free for children under 2
The Los Angeles County Zoo’s website asks you to “Have a safe and spooky Halloween at the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens, where fun festivities will take place throughout the Zoo at this year’s Boo at the L.A. Zoo!” Activities include Creepy Creature Encounter, a variety show, a Witches Bew puppet show, a pumpkin patch parade, pumpkin carving demonstrations, face-painting, and “Halloween Down Under” (trick-or-treating through a ghostly graveyard to learn about extinct animals that now live “down under”).
This scaled-down kid-size Halloween train ride is decorated with spooky scenes during October, providing one of the family-friendly ways to enjoy Halloween in Los Angeles.
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Have a fun and safe weekend out there! I would love to hear about the events you all found throughout LA!