The Ultimate Halloween Family Guide
Hallowe’en Spooktacular at Bob Baker Marionette Theater
September 22 – November 4 | Los Angeles
A delightful, family-friendly, hour long musical revue, set to haunting and jazzy holiday-themed tunes celebrating nearly every decade. Following each performance, guests are invited to join the puppeteers for some after-show refreshments in the setting of their charmingly thrilling historical Party Room. Simply spooktacular! Costumes are encouraged. Check website for dates/times. Tickets, $20. Children 2 and under, free.
Coco at El Capitan Theatre
October 6-7 | Hollywood
In Disney/Pixar’s COCO, a vibrant tale of family, fun and adventure, aspiring young musician Miguel embarks on an extraordinary journey to the magical land of his ancestors. There, the charming trickster Hector becomes an unexpected friend who helps Miguel uncover the mysteries behind his family’s stories and traditions. Prior to the screening, dance in your seat and sing along to music videos featuring Disney Junior’s Vampirina and The Ghoul Girls! Showtimes vary, check website for details. $11-23. El Capitan Theatre.
Night of the Living Dead at Maverick Theater
October 5-28 | Fullerton
A group of panicked survivors are barricaded in a deserted farmhouse while a horde of flesh-eating zombies hovers outside their door. This is a one of a kind experience, perfect for the Halloween season. Recommended for kids ages 13+. Fridays, 8 p.m.; Saturdays, 7 and 9 p.m.; and Sundays, 7 p.m. (and 8 p.m. on October 25). $25. Maverick Theater.
Absolutely Halloween at Santa Monica Playhouse
October 6-28 | Santa Monica
This heartwarming musical tale of the aptly named “Candy.” A sweet young girl who learns some surprising lessons about life, love, laughter and sugar, from a delightful array of colorful characters who take her on a magical All Hallows’ Eve adventure, enlists the audience’s aid to help save Halloween for one more year. Saturdays, 2 p.m.; and Sundays, 12:30 p.m. Adults, $15; kids (12 and under), $12.50. Santa Monica Playhouse.
Hocus Pocus at El Capitan Theater
October 11-21 | Hollywood
Celebrate the 25th anniversary of this Halloween classic! You’re in for a devil of a time when three outlandishly wild witches return from 17th-century Salem after they’re accidentally conjured up by some unsuspecting pranksters! It’s a night full of zany fun and comic chaos once the tricky 300-year-old trio sets out to cast a spell on the town and reclaim their youth but first they must get their act together and outwit three kids and a talking cat! Check the web for dates and showtimes. $11-23. El Capitan Theater.
The Nightmare Before Christmas 4D at El Capitan Theater
October 22-31 | Hollywood
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 (interactive sensory effects including lights, scents, wind, snow and fog) promises to be fun for the whole family. $11-23. El Capitan Theatre.
Halloween Magic Show
October 23 | Huntington Beach
Join an annual fun-filled magic show with Johnny Ace Palmer. Children are invited to wear their Halloween costumes and join in a costume parade around the library after the show. They will also get a chance to pet Mr. Palmer’s magic rabbit. Tuesday, 4 and 7 p.m. $5 per person. Huntington Beach Public Library.
Nightmare Before Christmas at the Hollywood Bowl
October 26-27 | Hollywood
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. Danny Elfman joins Catherine O’Hara and Ken Page onstage to reprise their vocal performances from the movie. Also take part in a costume costume and trick-or-treating. Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. $37.50-$199.50. Hollywood Bowl.
Halloween Spooktacular and Moonlight Movies
October 26 | Dana Point
Kids (12 and under) can enjoy carnival games, crafts, cookie decorating, marionette a costume parade and entertainment. Includes free popcorn, treats and hot chocolate. The night ends with moonlight movie screening of Pooh’s Heffalump Halloween Movie (for the little ones) and the 1982 film Poltergeist. Friday, 3-9 p.m. Free. Dana Point Community Center.
Movie Under The Guns Presents Hocus Pocus at Battleship USS Iowa
October 26: | San Pedro
Battleship IOWA’s special free Halloween event will feature trick or treating and a Movie Under The Guns screening of the comedy Hocus Pocus. All guests in costume and those accompanying small children will be invited on board to trick or treat through a portion of the historic battleship. Costumes should not be violent or offensive and should not contain weapons (actual or replicas). Trick-or-treaters should be 13 years old and younger and should bring their own trick-or-treat bags. Limited seating is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Guests are encouraged to dress appropriately, bring light jackets, blankets and outdoor chairs. Concessions will be available, no coolers or outside food and beverages allowed. Friday, trick or treat begins at 5 p.m.; movie begins at 6:30 p.m. Free.
The Wizard’s Spellbook at Segerstrom Center for the Arts
October 27 | Costa Mesa
Hocus pocus, alakazam! Attend a spellbinding Halloween celebration that includes music from Fantasia and Harry Potter, as well as The Conductor’s Spellbook, an exciting and interactive new work by composer Paul Dooley that teaches about the instruments of the orchestra. Come dressed in costume and don’t forget your wand and broomstick! Join in the fun at the interactive Musical Carnival in the concert hall lobby at 9 a.m. (for 10 a.m. concertgoers) and 12:15 p.m. (for 11:30 a.m. concertgoers), where kids can test drive a musical instrument, meet the performers, and enjoy musical arts and crafts activities themed to the morning’s concert. Saturday, 10 and 11:30 a.m. Check website for ticket prices. Segerstrom Center for the Arts.
BOO-Tanicum at Theatricum Botanicum
October 27 | Topanga
The unique outdoor theater garden Theatricum Botanicum in Topanga Canyon transforms into the haunted BOO-tanicum, with its unique and infamous haunted house. Enjoy the tricks and treats of the season on the wooded grounds with a host of enticements including ghost stories, game booths, festival food andlibations, performances by Creative Playground, comedy improv group Off the Grid, and more. Beware of zombie thespians! Perfect for ghosts and goblins of all ages. Saturday, 4-10 p.m. $15; kids (6-17), $10.
The Ultimate Halloween Family Guide