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Events on October 26th, 2018

A listing of awesome activities for kids, teens and families throughout Southern California. If you would like to submit an event for possible inclusion, email your information here. Want these events delivered to your inbox every week, for free? Sign up for the Buzzz!

The Great Pumpkin Hunt South Coast Botanic Gardens

September 16 – November 30: Can you locate the bird houses inhabited by parrots, owls, blue birds and hawks to collect their clues and find the missing pumpkin patch?

Spooky Science at Discovery Cube OC & LA

October 6-31: Calling all ghouls and goblins! Spend this Halloween season dressed up and ready to explore at Discovery Cube’s Spooky Science exhibit!

Spider Pavilion at the Natural History Museum

September 16 – November 25: Have a one-of-a-kind experience in the only Spider Pavilion in the U.S. Get a glimpse of the private lives of spiders in the open-air pavilion that is designed as a safe space to get up close to these amazing arachnids.

Pumpkin Patch at Irvine Park Railroad

September 15 – October 31: Pick the perfect pumpkin, go on a train or hay ride, race on tractors, play a carnival game, decorate cookies, or the ponies, jump around in a bounce house, wander through the hay maze or the haunted house, get your face painted, pan for gold, and more.

Kids’ Free Month at San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park

October 1-31: Throughout the month of October, children 11 years old and younger receive free admission.

Fright Fest at Six Flags Magic Mountain

Fridays – Sundays, September 15 – October 28: Halloween-themed “Fright Fest” runs with low-scare areas for younger kids.

Apple Season in Oak Glen

Through late November: 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.

Tanaka Farms Pumpkin Patch in Irvine

September 22 – October 31: Pick your own pumpkin right off the vine, take a wagon ride around the 30-acre farm, and visit the corn maze and petting zoo.

Pumpkinpalooza at ZOOMARS

September 15 – October 31: Pick pumpkins, pet Zoomar’s collection of animals, ride ponies, pan for gemstones and more.

Knott’s Scary Farm in Buena Park

September 20 – October 31: Scary Farm (13+) features 14 haunted attractions and over a thousand costumed monsters roaming the park.

The Nightmare Before Christmas 4D in Hollywood

October 22-31: 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.

Movie Deals and Theater Child Care

Daily: Movies at discounted prices.

Harvest Festival and Corn Maze in Mission Hills

September 29 – October 31: Enjoy the Harvest Fest and 4 acres of Super Farmer Corn Maze.

Date Night by Frogg’s Bounce House

Fridays: Every Friday night is Date Night with Frogg’s Bounce House. Drop the kids off and enjoy a night out!

Night of the Living Dead in Fullerton

October 5-28: A group of panicked survivors are barricaded in a deserted farmhouse while a horde of flesh-eating zombies hovers outside their door.

Oktoberfest in Anaheim

Weekends, September 21 – October 28: Gather friends and family to celebrate Oktoberfest with German food, dancing, kids’ activites and crafts.

Peltzer Farms Pumpkin Farm in Temecula

September 23-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.

Big Horse Feed and Mercantile Corn Maze

September 29 – October 28: Bring family and friends for old fashioned farm fun! Try your luck at SoCal’s largest corn maze. Enjoy the pumpkin patch and maze daily; on weekends, enjoy more activities!

Friday Knight Tournaments at Academic Chess

Fridays: Friday Knight Tournaments give students a chance to flex their mental muscles and see if their queen is the meanest queen in town!

Fall Harvest at Underwood Farms in Moorpark

September 29 – October 31: The 21st annual Fall Harvest Festival is chock full of family fun!Pick your own fruits and vegetables, ride around the farm in a wagon pulled by massive draft horses, see live performances and farm animals, and venture into a corn stalk maze!

Los Angeles Comic Con

October 26-28: The festival will be a treat for all comic, anime, gaming, scifi, fantasy and horor geeks.

Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch in Culver City

October 5-30: Families enjoy a petting zoo, bounce house, pony rides, face painting, super slide, straw maze, pumpkin decorating, Capt. Billy Bones’ Jump & Fly, and a giant rocking horse (great photo op!).

Ghost Train 2018 at LA Live Steamers in Griffith Park

October 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28, 30 and 31: Join the annual Ghost Train fundraiser with a spooky-fun ride on their pint-sized steamers! 10 nights, 7-10 p.m.

Pageant of the Monsters in Laguna Beach

October 26, 27, 28 and 31: Just when you thought it was safe to go backstage the Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters brings a monster of a good time back to Laguna Beach!

Teen Movies and Anime at Garden Grove Main Library

Fridays: Binge-watch anime during Teen Anime Club every first and third Friday, and see popular and not-so-popular films during Teen Flicks every second and fourth Friday (grades 7-12).

Haunted Hayride Dinner & Haunted House Train in Fillmore

October 19 & 26: Creep onboard a hauntingly vintage train for a spooktacular adventure, with “The Patch” as the destination. Dress in costume or go as a mortal.

Halloween Spooktacular and Moonlight Movies in Dana Point

October 26: Kids (12 and under) can enjoy carnival games, crafts, cookie decorating, marionette a costume parade and entertainment.

Haunted Boot Hill in Irvine

October 12-13, 19-21, and 26-28: Boot Hill rises from the fog for it’s 19th year as Orange County’s most elaborate yard display.

Los Angeles Haunted Hayride

September 29 – October 31: Recommended for ages 12+. Horrifying creatures lurk in Los Angeles Haunted Hayride, an Iconic Hollywood tradition that remains unparalleled and unmatched.

Halloween Crafts in San Pedro

Select dates, October 19-28: Join Crafted at The Port of LA for a variety of fun Halloween inspired crafts! Activities include making marbled pumpkins, Dia de Los Muertos painting instruction, and a Halloween potion making party.

Enchanted Country Pumpkins in Brea and San Dimas

October 3-31: Families enjoy pumpkin hunting, petting zoo, carnival games, bounce house, slide and obstacle course, and more.

Dia de los Muertos at Olvera Street

October 25 – November 2: Attend a Pre-Columbian Novenario procession and blessings nightly. Then, on November 1 and 2, enjoy beautifully decorated altars, art exhibits and entertainment.

Shoreline Village Halloween 2018

October 12-14, 18-21 and 25-31: Join them this October for a fun-filled Halloween season. This fall features YMCA Haunted Maze, the annual Zombie Walk, a Red Cross Blood Drive, and Trick or Treating.

Minecraft Night for Kids in Irvine

Friday and Saturday: Parents drop off the kids and enjoy a night out on their own. Three hours of awesome games on the custom server and game maps with favorite BrainStorm instructors.

Parents Night Out at BounceU Orange

Every other Friday: Parents’ drop off the kids (4+) for a night of activities, games, pizza, snacks, drinks, a movie and whole lot of bouncing fun.

Kids’ Night Out in La Habra

Select Fridays: Kids (4-13) can enjoy games, crafts, dinner, popcorn and a movie!

Beach Front Cinema in Huntington Beach

October 20, October 26, November 30, and December 1: Beach Front Cinema is the perfect activity for the whole family. Watch top box office rated movies on the beautiful sandy beaches, under the stars.

Kids’ Night Out in Buena Park

Select Fridays: Kids (4-10) enjoy a delicious dinner, plus games, crafts and movies, while parents enjoy a night out without the kiddos.

Zombie Hunter Paintball Train in Fillmore

Select Days, September 29 – October 28:: Take a train ride through the battle grounds of the Zombie Apocalypse! You will be armed with a paintball gun loaded with Zombie flesh-eating toxic paintballs.

Hollywood Horror Nights at Universal Studios

September 14 – November 3: The movie studio that invented the horror genre brings to life all-new immersive worlds of living, breathing icons from the most twisted imaginations in film and television.

Pa’s Pumpkin Patch in Long Beach

September 28 – 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.

Johnson Brothers Pumpkin Patch in Irvine

October 1-31: Find thousands of pumpkins to choose from, and enjoy fun activities for the kids, including slides, bouncers and kiddie rides.

The Pumpkin Factory

September 22 – October 31: Come experience the wonder of four pumpkin patches with their fantastic rides, slides, ponies, petting zoos, games, food and more!

Pumpkin City in Orange County

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.

17th Annual Halloween Spooktacular Costume Party at My Gym

October 26: Come sporting your best Halloween costume and get ready for fun Halloween games, songs, puppet shows, a costume parade, an immersive themed environment, lighting, sound, and glow-in-the-dark effects, trick-or-treating, snacks, Halloween cookies and pizza, arts and crafts, cookie decorating, refreshments, and much more. 

Dark Harbor at the Queen Mary in Long Beach

September 27 – November 2: Recommended for ages 12+. The Queen Mary promises the most intense season of SoCal’s most authentic haunted attraction, Dark Harbor.

Nominate Your Favorite for the Toy Hall of Fame

October 1-31: Is your favorite toy or game missing from the National Toy Hall of Fame? Nominate it now!

Fashionable Fundays at Fashion Camp

Fridays: Kids (7+) join Fashion Camp every Friday for a fun sewing workshop.

Fancy Nancy the Musical in Anaheim

October 5-28: Fancy Nancy and her friends Bree, Rhonda, Wanda, and Lionel are going to be performing in their very first show, “Deep Sea Dances.”

Trick or Treat at the Senior Center in Irvine

October 26: Bring your little ghouls and goblins (ages 2-6) to the Lakeview Senior Center for a morning of Halloween fun!

Last Fridays Teen Lounge Nights in Lake Forest

Last Fridays: Teens (11-14) give their parents a night off and celebrate good times with friends at the Recreation Center and Teen Lounge.

Nightmare Before Christmas at the Hollywood Bowl

October 26-27: Celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Tim Burton film “The Nightmare Before Christmas” by watching it on the big screen, with cast members, a live orchestra and choir performing the soundtrack.

Long Beach Shakespeare Radio Series

October 26-28: Enjoy LBSC’s anniversary presentation of Orson Welles’ classic radio show War of the Worlds, with live sound effects and music performed by the cast.

The Scream Zone at Del Mar Scaregrounds

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.

Celebrate Halloween with Vampirates at Pirate’s Dinner Adventure

October 5-31: Pirate’s Dinner Adventure transforms into the Halloween Spooktacular!

Calico Ghost Haunt at Calico Ghost Town

October 19-21 and 26-28: Head to Calico Ghost Town, an old West mining town founded in 1881, for trick-or-treating, costume contests, pumpkin carving, family circus, stage shows, carnival booths, haunted attractions, wildlife animal shows, and more.

Movie Under The Guns Presents Hocus Pocus in San Pedro

October 26: Battleship IOWA’s special free Halloween event will feature trick or treating and a Movie Under The Guns screening of the comedy Hocus Pocus.

LA Fall Fair in South El Monte

October 26 – November 4: Join 50,000+ families for unlimited carnival rides including a brand new bobsled roller coaster, games, live music (on weekends), arts and crafts, an international food court, and more.

Halloween Family Night

October 26: A unique opportunity to explore the Aquarium, make a craft, learn about animal blood types, investigate touch pool animals, and venture into our famous Biofact Boneyard.

43nd Street in Cerritos

October 12-28: Based on the novel and the 1933 movie, this tale is about a starry-eyed dancer named Peggy Sawyer, who heads to New York City to audition for the Broadway musical Pretty Lady.

Haunted Train Ride at Tom’s Farms

September 29th & 30th and every Friday – Sunday during October: Bring your whole family for a night of frightening fun, food, and games!

Halloween Trainspookular Night Ride in Torrance

October 26-27: Join Southern California Live Steamers for the annual Halloween Trainspookular Night Ride.

Halloween Costume Contest and Dance Party in Redondo Beach

October 26: Join the The Redondo Pier Association for the inaugural Halloween Costume Contest and Dance Party on The Pier.

The Haunted Jail in Lakewood

October 26: The Lakewood Sheriff’s station will be transformed into The Haunted Jail for one night.

KING TUT: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh at the California Science Center

March 24 – January 6, 2019: A new chapter of ancient Egyptian history will be unearthed to the world with the debut of KING TUT: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh, an exclusive exhibition celebrating the 100-year anniversary of the discovery of his tomb.

Shrek the Musical in Thousand Oaks

October 19-28: Witness the musical based on the animated film!

42nd Street in Cerritos

October 12-28: This Tony-winning tale is about a starry-eyed dancer named Peggy Sawyer, from Allentown, Pennsylvania, who heads to New York City to audition for the Broadway musical Pretty Lady.

Fun Foodie Friday at Southern California Children’s Museum

Fridays: Kids (2+) make edible art using fruits and other foods donated by Trader Joe’s. Create a tasty masterpiece that looks and tastes good.

Jacob Jonas The Company at The Wallis

October 24-27: After a sold-out run in The Wallis’ 16/17 Season, Jacob Jonas The Company returns as the 18/19 Season Company-in-Residence.

FUN-tastic Family Nights in Lakewood

September 28, October 26, March 1-29, April 26 and June 7: Every day is a wonderful day to spend with your family! Come to The Centre in Lakewood and join your neighbors and friends at FUN-Tastic Family Nights.

Adventure City’s Boo-tastic Halloween Party

October 19 and 26: Adventure City is hosting a family-friendly Halloween Bash for two Friday nights only!

Kids’ Night Out: Outer Space

October 26: Kids (4-13), this quarterly event is all about you! Stop by and enjoy a break from your parents. Outer space-themed activities will include games, crafts, dinner, popcorn, and a movie.

Reflections of the Face of Lincoln in Redlands

Through December 29: Audiences of all ages can delight in a little theme park-style magic at the Shrine with Reflections of the Face of Lincoln, an immersive presentation featuring special effects, multi-media elements, and spectacular animatronics in a moving portrait of Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War era.

HalGLOWeen at San Diego Zoo

October 26-28: The San Diego Zoo will light up with special activities and seasonal fun for the whole family during HalGLOWeen, the Zoo’s annual Halloween celebration.

Hallowe’en Spooktacular at Bob Baker Marionette Theater

September 22 – November 4: A delightful, family-friendly, hour long musical revue, set to haunting and jazzy holiday-themed tunes celebrating nearly every decade. Simply spooktacular! Costumes are encouraged.

Prarents Night Out and Halloween Costume Party at Lil’ Chef in Irvine

October 26: An opportunity for the parents to go out, while your child has a fun-filled, Haloween-themed, Friday evening with Lil’ Chef!

October at Pretend City

October 1-31: Kids can participate in a variety of activities depending on the special event. This month, bugs invade Pretend City…your child is invited to make bug, fall, and Halloween themed creations of all kinds throughout Pretend City!

Halloween Spooktacular at Bob Baker Marionette Theater

Select dates, October 5 – November 4: Bob Baker Marionette Theater presents a delightful, family-friendly, hour-long musical set to haunting and jazzy holiday-themed tunes.

Halloween Time at Disneyland

Through October 31: Eerie encounters and fiendish fun await guests at both Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park as favorite experiences are transformed into dreadful delights.

Boney Island

Select dates, October 11-31: Tucked away in a small corner of Los Angeles is a magical place that comes to life every October for guests of all ages to enjoy.

Pumpkin Nights Festival in Pomona

October 12 – November 4: Nightly entertainment with fire breathers, dancers and pumpkin artists. Little pumpkinheads can explore eight different pumpkin-themed lands, go on a scavenger hunt, dig for treasure in Pumpkin Pirate Cove, watch Coco and more.

Dia de Los Muertos Celebration in Anaheim

October 13 28: This important cultural tradition has been celebrated for over 3000 years in Mexico, Central and South America and is a joyful celebration of life. Visitors can leave mementos of their loved ones and participate in a mask making workshop.

Spooky Halloween Cupcake Decorating in LA

October 26: Join the Grove LA for a frightfully-fun event where girls will decorate their very own Halloween-themed cupcakes with tasty icing and sprinkles! Attendees can also make a “boo box” craft and take home a special edition of American Girl Magazine.

Haunted Maze at the YMCA in Long Beach

October 25-31: Stop by this Halloween season and enjoy the YMCA Haunted Maze. Test your survival skills through a maze of post-apocalyptic thrill for all ages. Will you survive or become get left behind?

Magical Lantern Art Festival at LA County Arboretum

October 26-January 6: A fantasy of light transforms the Arboretum into an evening wonderland. Magnificent lantern art depicting exotic animals, shimmering flowers, whimsical pandas, soaring dragons and more!

Illumination Film Festival

October 26-November 1: Join Harkins Theatres for the Illumination Film Festival and watch your favorite characters from Despicable Me, The Secret Life of Pets, The Lorax and Sing on the big screen once again.