One of the most essential aspects of being a good parent (or aunt, uncle, grandparent, weird family friend, etc.) is teaching children about the importance of Halloween. They must learn to love all things spooky, scary, and eerie while their young brains are still impressionable. Alas, Halloween mazes and immersive theatre experiences are sometimes just too much for a 5-year-old. But the good news is that there are plenty of family-friendly Halloween events going on all over Southern California in the next few weeks.

We’ve rounded up our favorite events in the area for your little monsters.


Pumpkin Patches and Farms

Underwood Family Farms Fall Harvest Festival (Moorpark): Sept 28-Oct 31

Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch (Culver City): Oct 5-30

Tanaka Farms Pumpkin Patch (Irvine): Sept 21-Oct 31

Irvine Park Railroad (Irvine): Sept 14-Oct 31

Fillmore & Western Railway Pumpkinliner Train and Zombie Hunt (Fillmore): Oct 5-27

Jack-O-Lantern Displays

Nights of the Jacks

“Carved” at Descanso Gardens (La Canada Flintridge): Oct 23-27

Nights of the Jacks (Calabasas): Oct 3-Nov 3

Pumpkin Nights (Pomona): Oct 10-Nov 3

Halloween Festivals/Street Fairs

Haunted Little Tokyo (Downtown LA): Oct 1-31

Calabasas Pumpkin Festival (Calabasas): Oct 19-20

Heritage Halloween (Simi Valley): Oct 19



Bob Baker’s Marionette Theatre: Halloween Spooktacular (Eagle Rock): Sept 27-Nov 3

Absolutely Halloween at the Santa Monica Playhouse (Santa Monica): Oct 5-27

Not-so-Scary Haunts/Yard Displays

House at Haunted Hill (Woodland Hills, CA): Oct 31-Nov 2

Wicked Pumpkin Hollow (Sherman Oaks): Oct 25-27

VanOaks Cemetery (Sherman Oaks): Oct 19-31

Freeform’s Halloween House (Hollywood): Oct 2-7

Theme Parks

Photo credit: Disney Tourist Blog

Oogie Boogie Bash/Disneyland HalloweenTime (Anaheim): Sept 17-Oct 31

Knott’s Spooky Farm (Buena Park): Sept 28-Oct 31

Legoland Brick-or-Treat (Carlsbad): Sept 28-Oct 26

Sea World’s Halloween Spooktacular (San Diego, CA): Sept 21-Oct 27