Events on October 28th, 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!

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!

Pan for Gold at the Autry

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.

Pumpkin Festival in Pasadena

October 27-28: This family-friendly event includes fun for all ages in Brookside Park, directly in front of Kidspace Childrens Museum. Enjoy free performances, crafts, pumpkin patch, petting zoo, pony rides, exciting bouncers, food and carnival games.

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.

SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular

September 22 – October 28: Enjoy silly spooky shows, delightful Halloween dance parties and trick-or-treating in a safe, family-friendly environment.

Boo at the Los Angeles Zoo

Weekends in October: The Los Angeles Zoo offers families and Halloween lovers a range of seasonal activities and learning opportunities at Boo at the L.A. Zoo.

PumpkinLiners in Fillmore

Weekends, October 13 – 28: Witches, ghouls and goblins come out to haunt at the Fillmore & Western Railway’s pumpkin patch.

Scarium of the Pacific at Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach

October 27-28: Discover the creatures lurking in the depths at the Aquarium of the Pacific’s nineteenth annual Scarium of the Pacifica spooktacular, educational Halloween event for the whole family.

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.

Oktoberfest, Kinderfest and Dachshund Races in Huntington Beach

Sundays, September 9 – October 28: 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.

Panning for Gold, Adobe Brick Making and Arrowhead Necklace Craft at the Mission

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.

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 Corn Maze and Harvest Festival in Temecula

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!

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.

Weiner Dog Races at Old World

April 8 – December 9: Monthly, watch short-legged but swift Dachshunds race, like nothing you’ve seen before!

All About Pumpkins at Underwood Farm

October 27-28: Head down to Underwood Family Farms for pumpkin demonstrations and displays of pumpkins, squash and gourds, plus new and different ways to decorate them!

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?

Halloween Mourning Tours at Heritage Square

October 27-28: Learn all about death and mourning etiquette during the Victorian era, the movement of Spiritualism, and how other cultures celebrate and remember their loved ones.

Boo at the Santa Ana Zoo

October 20-21 and 27-28: 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.

Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest

September 8-November 3: Celebrating 48 years of family fun, this annual weekend festival features authentic German entertainment, contests and children’s activities, including interactive performances, game booths, bounce house and face painting.

Dia de los Muertos at Grand Park LA

October 28 – November 4: Grand Park celebrates the traditions of Da de los Muertos with multiple ways to experience and learn about the holiday.

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!).

Dia de los Muertos in Oceanside

October 28: Celebrate departed loved ones with live music, a car show, live entertainment, chalk cemetery, arts and crafts and more.

Dia de los Muertos in San Pedro

October 28: Celebrate the Day of the Dead with art, culture, delicious cuisine and live entertainment.

Sorrowful Soirée at the Homestead Museum

October 28: Celebrate life as you learn about death at the Homestead’s very first Sorrowful Soire.

Community Day at Back Bay Science

Sundays: Tour the facility, including the loop trail and marine life.

Dia de los Muertos Art Festival in Downey

October 28: The Downey Theatre hosts the annual Dia de los Muertos Art Festival, indoor/outdoor vendors, decorate Calaveras, Papel Picado demos, alter contest, art exhibition, live music, ballet folklorico, Aztec dancers, food trucks and more.

Halloween Kids Run in Dana Point

October 28: Kids can join the Super Hero 1/2 mile Kids Run while grown-ups run the Terrifying 10-miler, Spooky 5K or 10K along the Salt Creek Beach Park.

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.

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.

Wiener Dog Races at Old World

Weekly through October 28: Come witness these short legged but swift wieners racing to the finish line at the most adorable competition right in Old World Huntington Beach.

Myth and Lore of Wolves at the Fullerton Arboretum

October 28: Wolves are woven within the stories of many cultures across the globe. Learn of legendary lupines such as Fenrir, Asena, Sirius, and even creatures such as Skinwalkers and Werewolves.

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.

Ride the Pumpkin Patch Express at Orange Empire Railway Museum

October 13-28: Take a ride to adventure at the Pumpkin Patch! Visit the petting zoo, enjoy performances, go on a hayride, jump on a trolley, explore the hay maze, experience the scavenger hunt, go trick or treating, and much more!

Absolutely Halloween in Santa Monica

October 6-28: This heartwarming musical tale of the aptly named “Candy.”

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.

Haunted High School in Cypress

October 20-21, 27-28 and 31: Dodge zombies as you take a tour through the classrooms and hallways of Haunted High.

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.

Boo in the Zoo at the Teaching Zoo in Moorpark

October 27-28: Each child in costume receives a Zoo Bingo card upon entry. When all squares are filled they head to the kids fun zone and receive a bag o’ treats! Plus, animal shows, costume contest, a parade at 3 p.m., face painting, games, and not-so-spooky decorations throughout the zoo.

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!

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.”

Free Family Concerts in LA County

Through October: Family-friendly concerts will be held in parks, outdoor amphitheatres, community centers, libraries and museums throughout LA County featuring a variety of artists.

Slightly Spooky Stories at Descanso Gardens

October 20-21 and 27-28: Descanso favorite Ensemble Shakespeare Theater returns with a family-friendly retelling of your favorite Halloween stories. Enjoy a selection of stories that are funny, surprising, and slightly spooky.

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.

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.

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.

42nd 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.

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.

Knott’s Spooky Farm

September 29-October 28 and October 31: Families with younger kids (3-11): can join in on the ghoulish fun by participating in safe, interactive adventures throughout the park with shows, activities and of course,trick or treating.

Healthy Kids Running Series Fall Program in Laguna Niguel

September 30 – October 28: The Healthy Kids Running Series is a five-week running program for kids (2-14). All participants receive a medal and gift bag for their achievements!

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.

School Ghoul Run in Los Alamitos

October 28: You and your kids can sign up for this year’s School Ghoul Run! This community event features the 5K, new 1 Miler, and Combo 5K + 1 Miler, as well as a pancake breakfast, Ghoul Zone, and awards and prizes.

Day of the Dead Celebration at the Children’s Museum at La Habra

October 28: Enjoy the festivities while making decorated sugar skulls and whimsical Calavera masks, as well as traditional face painting.

Trunk or Treat in El Segundo

October 28: Safe, family fun at the Automobile Driving Museum. Folklorico dancers, costume contest, food trucks, hearse cars, games and more!

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.