Weekends, September 30 – October 31: Spend your Halloween at Discovery Cube Orange County with pumpkins, slime, and costume parades!
Weekends and second Tuesdays: Eureka! Learn how to pan for gold, just like the 49ers did during the California gold rush, at an outdoor re-creation of a miner’s panning station.
September 17 – November 26: Hundreds of spiders are on view in the pavilion, along with scorpions and tarantulas in terrariums just outside.
October 20-22: Bring the family and join the fun with carnival rides, games, contest, food, entertainment and raffles. Contests include the Baby Classic (Saturday, noon); Mutt Show (Sunday, noon); Pie Eating Contest, (Saturday, 1 p.m.,); and Hog Calling (Sunday, 3 p.m.).
September 16 – October 31: Pick the perfect pumpkin, ride the train or the ponies, jump around on haystacks or bounce house, wander through the hay maze or the haunted house, get your face painted, pan for gold or just play games and make crafts
Weekends, September 23 – October 29: Enjoy silly spooky shows, fun-fishy activities and photo opportunities with wacky characters.
October 7-31: The Los Angeles Zoo offers families and Halloween lovers a range of seasonal activities and learning opportunities at Boo at the L.A. Zoo.
October 1-31: Throughout the month of October, children 11 years old and younger receive free admission.
Third weekends: Free model train rides are offered by Orange County Model Engineers.
Weekends, October 7-29: Witches, ghouls and goblins come out to haunt at the Fillmore & Western Railway’s Ichabog pumpkin patch.
Sundays: MOLAA’s Target Free Sundays offer visitors the opportunity to learn about Latin American culture through art workshops, live performances, and gallery tours.
Fridays – Sundays, September 16 – October 31: Halloween-themed “Fright Fest” runs with low-scare areas for younger kids.
Weekends: In a hands-on, simulated dig, kids experience the ancient Near East, learning methods for excavating a site and the importance of preserving archaeological artifacts.
October 21-22: The Pumpkin Festival offers live bands, a dj dance zone, marketplace vendors, delicious food & pumpkin treats, pumpkin beer, pumpkin painting, professional pumpkin carving and so much more!
Daily: See an Oscar statuette, visit the Dolby Lounge and other celebrity hot-spots, and see images from previous Academy Awards ceremonies.
Through November 26: Working apple orchards in Oak Glen, a mountain town halfway between Riverside and Palm Springs, open their doors to the public. Some offer U-pick apples.
Through October 31: Pick your own pumpkin right off the vine, take a wagon ride ($5) around the 30-acre farm, and visit the corn maze and petting zoo ($3).
Sundays: Dana Wharf Sportfishing offers a dockside experience for young fisherman.
October 1-31: Pick pumpkins at Spookley’s Pumpkin Patch! Pet Zoomar’s collection of animals, ride ponies, hop on the mini train, pan for gemstones and more!
September 21 – October 31: Scary Farm (13+) features 13 haunted attractions, live shows, multiple scare zones, and over a thousand costumed monsters roaming the park.
October 20-31: The beloved stop-motion animated film tells the story of Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King of Halloween Town, who stumbles across neighboring Christmas Town and sets out to fill Santa’s big shoes. Watch in spine-tingling 4-D.
Daily: Movies at discounted prices.
Sundays, September 10 – October 29: An annual event that lets families enjoy Oktoberfest, featuring wiener dog (dachshunds) races, plus carnival games, live German music, bouncy houses street vendors, performers and family fun.
September 30 – October 31: Corn maze covers four acres of twists and turns, this year theme is “Super Farmer” with a heroic theme.
Saturday and Sunday: Try your luck at finding the gold in the custom-designed Mission trough. They’ll supply the pan and the “gold” kids roll up their sleeves and pan their way to riches.
October 6-29: A group of panicked survivors are barricaded in a deserted farmhouse while a horde of flesh-eating zombies hovers outside their door.
Weekends, September 22 – October 29: Gather friends and family to celebrate Oktoberfest with German food, dancing, kids’ activites and crafts.
September 24-October 31: The farm features all fall activities including pumpkins, digging in the Peltzer Mine, pig races, train rides, pony rides and a petting farm.
September 30 – October 30: Bring family and friends for old fashioned farm fun! Try your luck at the corn maze. Enjoy the pumpkin patch and maze daily; on weekends, enjoy more activities!
September 30 – October 31: Weekend admission includes a tractor-drawn wagon ride, corn maze and hay pyramids, Animal Center with Fun Hill, Craig’s Chicken Show, Kid’s Corral and play area, plus live bands, an animal show, pig races and photo ops in the pumpkin patch.
October 20-22: Join hordes of rotting revelers for Long Beach’s annual zombie outbreak, a three-day invasion of undead music and horror for all ages. Visit their website for details of the walk (all three days), music, attractions, contests, workshops, entertainment and more! Free make-up services at the Zombification Zone by award-winning special effects make-up artists from Cinema Makeup School — “Come in Alive, Leave Drop Dead Gorgeous!”
Thursday – Sunday: The Great Park’s tethered, 118-foot-high, helium-filled balloon allows passengers to soar 400 feet in the air for a birds eye view. The carousel reaches a speed of 4.5 mph.
Saturdays and Sundays: A family up to 5 can skate, including skate rental, for this special deal!
April 30 – December 3: Monthly, watch short-legged but swift Dachshunds race, like nothing you’ve seen before!
October 21-22: Come down to Underwood Family Farms for bullwhip and roping demonstrations, sidewalk-swindle card games, the Jumbo Shrimp Circus, and performances by JImmy the Banjo Cowpoke, Heide on Horse and the Billhillies.
October 1 – November 30: Take a walk through the Garden and be on the lookout for ten festive fall stations. Each station will be decorated and have a pumpkin sign with questions about the Garden.
October 21-22: Take the family for a docent-led tidepool walk to Pelican Point and see what how many different creatures you can find. A volunteer will help identify animals and describe some awesome adaptions.
October 21-22 and 28-29: Boo at the Zoo is one of the safest places for young children to trick-or-treat for Halloween taking home goodies from 10 toys/treats stations.
Sundays: Kids (8+) can spend the day at Fashion Camp learning to sew! Campers will complete a project of their choice in one day – perfect for the beginner or returning student!
Weekends: The Newport Bay Conservancy offers a two-hour guided kayak tour of the Back Bay.
October 22: Enjoy a fun-filled creativity-themed family festival this fall.
September 9-October 28: Celebrating 47 years of family fun, this annual weekend festival features authentic German entertainment, food contests and children’s activities, including a petting zoo, game booths, bounce house and face painting.
October 6-30: Started in 1986 by an Oregon Family, families enjoy a petting zoo, bounce house, pony rides, face painting, super slide, straw maze, pumpkin decorating, the new Capt. Billy Bones’ Jump & Fly, and a giant rocking horse (great photo op!).
October 20-22: LBSC’s Halloween Month celebration of Old Time Radio Horror Classics continues with “The Lodger” and “Night Must Fall.”
Friday – Sunday: Visit a large-scale permanent craft marketplace in classic World War II-era waterside warehouses, plus creation stations, printmaking workshops, daily demonstrations, live music, special events and food trucks.
Sundays: Tour the facility, including the loop trail and marine life.
October 19-22: Celebrate Korean heritage through song, dance and food including a Korean Pop contest, talent show and speech and writing contests.
October 13-14, 20-22, and 27-29: Boot Hill rises from the fog for it’s 17th year as Orange County’s most elaborate yard display.
September 29 – October 31: Creatures of apocalyptic proportions are waiting in Los Angeles Haunted Hayrid, an Iconic Hollywood tradition that remains unparalleled and unmatched.
October 1-31: Wear your Halloween costume to any Chuck E. Cheese’s location during the month of October and receive 50 free tickets!
Sundays, October 1-29: Make, look, and talk about art at Andell Family Sundays!
October 20-22: Create a eerie, spooky, up-cycled haunted house! Use sticks and cobwebs to create the perfect Halloween centerpiece in the Creation Station.
October 1-31: Families enjoy pumpkin hunting, petting zoo, bounce house, slide and obstacle course.
Sundays: Make the drive to Gentle Barn for a presentation and tour. See how the barn was started and what a regular day is for them. Then head off for a tour and meet some animals that were saved.
Saturday and Sunday: Join an hour-long tour that features fascinating stories about how the pier has changed over 100 years, the apartments over the Merry Go-Round, hidden nooks and crannies and more!
Daily: A monthly calendar of story times, crafts, homework help and family-friendly events at libraries in the Orange County library system.
Daily: A monthly calendar of family-friendly hikes, walks, tours and more at parks in the Orange County Parks system.
Sunday – Thursday: A special time just for little ones to jump around at their own pace without older kids. In addition to opening the attractions, they provide extra balls and toys for the little kiddos.
Sunday: Don’t miss the shark’s favorite time of day – feeding time! Learn about these often-misunderstood creatures while watching them eat a meal. S
Weekly through October 30: Come witness these short legged but swift wieners racing to the finish line at the most adorable competition right in Old World Huntington Beach.
October 20-22: TACA’s annual conference was created to educate families and the autism community with the most up-to-date research, treatments and developments from experts in the field.
October 7-29: Passengers (10+) can shoot at moving and stationary targets and costumed characters from the train using paintballs on the one-and-a-half hour ride.
Sundays, September 25 – October 23: The Alpine Village Oktoberfest is about bringing families and friends together in celebration, and Sundays have always been family focused.
October 14-15, 21-22, and 28-29: The Peanuts’ The Great Pumpkin Patch Express Trains depart for an adventure to the Most Sincere Pumpkin Patch where passengers are greeted by Charlie Brown, Lucy, and Snoopy.
October 1-29: This heartwarming musical tale of the aptly named “Candy.”
September 15 – November 4: With the heritage of making horror films for over 80 years, Universal Studios Hollywood brings the most terrifying live Halloween event in Los Angeles for brave souls ages 13+.
September 29 – October 31: A fun place for the enire family, you’ll find a large variety of pumpkins to choose from, plus haystacks, corn stalks and gourds. Enjoy the snack bar, pony ride, petting zoo, games and rides, all in a country fair atmosphere.
October 1-31: Find thousands of pumpkins to choose from, in all shapes and sizes, plus fun activities for the kids, slides, bouncers, kiddie rides and farm animals!
October 1-31: Pick just the right pumpkin and enjoy fantastic rides, slides, ponies, petting zoos, games, food and more!
September 30 – October 31: Pick out a pumpkin and enjoy rides, activities and game booths, a petting zoo, pony rides, puppet shows and photo opps.
September 28 – November 1: Recommended for older teens and adults. Live your nightmares aboard the haunted Queen Mary and join their cast of ghouls, spirits, and the undead for an unforgettable, frighteningly authentic haunted experience.
October 1-31: Is your favorite toy or game missing from the National Toy Hall of Fame? Nominate it now!
Sundays: Kids (4-9) join Mrs. Lund for story time and crafts.
Ongoing: This behind-the-scenes tour lets fans visit some of the most restricted and non-public areas and view the Stadium from a whole new perspective.
October 16 – November 30: The Ultimate Recycling Machine is back at Pretend City Children’s Museum. This large scale hands-on experience geared towards school-aged children combines engineering, collaboration, and sustainability.
October 2 – November 10: Kids (4-12) sign up at the Signal Hill Library and read five books to receive a certificate for a free hamburger from In-N-Out Burger.
October 6-31: Located across the freeway from Disneyland in Anaheim’s Business Expo Center, this haunted attraction is an actual maze.
October 21-22 and 28-29: Descanso favorite Ensemble Shakespeare Theater returns with an all new family-friendly production of stories that are funny, surprising and slightly spooky.
September 29 – October 31: Daring kids (10+) can tour the Scream Zone’s House of Horrors, Karnevil and Haunted Hayride while parents hang out in the free lounge.
October 1 – November 15: Registration begins Sunday, October 1 for PICK6 Youth Flag Football’s spring season. Are you looking for a flag football league that offers excellent character building and fundamental flag-football training? Teach your child to use their brain and not just their brawn to strategically excel in football!
October 21-22: Wear your costume to Gym “BOO” ree for trick-or-treating, spooky snacks, costume parade, dancing, make a trick-or-treat bag and lots of fun activities with your Gymboree friends!
Daily: Parents and toddlers join Sky Zone for a fun time just for them. Get access to the toddler court and foam pit!
October 3-31: Celebrate Halloween with Pirate’s Dinner Adventure’s Vampirates. Saturday and Sunday shows features a costume contest for ghouls and goblins of all ages, a four-course feast, and a two-hour chilling show.
October 20-22 and 27-29: Head to Calico Ghost Town for trick-or-treating, costume contests, pumpkin carving, kids carnival tent, stage shows, haunted attractions and more.
Most days: Studio tours include a two-hour guided portion and self guided visit to Stage 48: Script-to-Screen (approximately three hours). Explore iconic backlots, The Archive and The Picture Car Vault.
Most third Sundays: Kids (3-9) learn about the symbiotic relationships among plants in the garden.
October 21: Pack your PJs and your favorite stuffed animal, and spend the night aboard Noah’s Ark.
June 18 – January 7: Experience the next level of toys and games at this new exhibition opening on Father’s Day. Through more than 100 historic objects from the Autry’s collections, Play! explores the role of toys and games across cultures and over time.
Puppets, costumes, masks, scenography and digital animation, derived from the visual traditions of the region, come to life in a “live animation” on a cinema-size screen in Feathers of Fire: A Persian Epic.
Daily: A monthly calendar of story times, crafts, homework help and family-friendly events at libraries in the Los Angeles library system.
October 22: Mark you calendars for a FUNdraiser for Creaitivity! It’s going to be a “Spook”tacular Adventure.
October 1-31: One man’s trash is another man’s treasure! Come out to Pretend City as you can engineer your own recycling machines!
Through July 2018: Take a journey back in time, through the eyes of passengers who were on the Titanic.
October 20-29: With the help of a hunchbacked sidekick named Igor, enjoy the hilarious story of a serious young doctor trying to escape the mad-scientist legacy of his family name.
October 21-22: Family Camp offers the fun and beauty of the great outdoors without the hassle.
October 20-29: Get ready to kick off your Sunday shoes as the high-energy pop musical Footloose dances into the Attic.
October 1-31: Take a stroll through the pumpkin patch and pick the best. Enjoy family friendly activities and concessions for purchase.
October 14-29: This faithful adaptation of Dahl’s quirky, scary tale pits a young boy against child-hating witches who are holding a conference at an English seaside hotel.
Daily: Educational robotic and static dinosaur displays, plus dino-themed activities including inflatable obstacles, Ride-a-T-Rex, fossil panning, maze, and more!
October 14-29: The Long Beach Landmark Theatre Company will be transforming the First Congregational Church into the Cathedral of Notre Dame for the new musical production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame where we meet and follow the tale of Quasimodo, the deformed bell ringer of the Cathedral of Notre Dame.