Harvest Festivals in Los Angeles and Beach Cities

Halloween Carnivals, Harvest Festivals, Street Fairs

There are many Harvest Festivals in Los Angeles proper, and more in the Beach Cities.  In the dense city area, most of these events are one day events right around Halloween.  Check the outlying area for events all October in the main index.

Halloween Carnivals

You can just to our area here, but it’s more fun to explore the general area.  So many different types of events

See the index for the whole Los Angeles area

Los Angeles Halloween Harvest Festivals and Fairs

West Hollywood Halloween Carnival

This is the Halloween Street Fair and Costume Party to end all parties. It’s the ultimate block party — and that’s saying a lot for Los Angeles.  This is a global street party like no other.  Over a half million folks will attend.  The Halloween Carnival attracts very loud and very proud guests from around the world. You need to be a fan of crowns to come and play.

Halloween night Santa Monica Blvd. is closed down in West Hollywood and turned over to the the wildness of imagination. You’ll see some of the most electrifying, strangest, daringest, gaudiest costumes to dare to strut down a public street. It has been titled “the largest Halloween street party in the world.”  Everyone comes out and parties together, large groups, singles, simple costumes, costumes with dozens of lights, hundreds of feathers, plain folks from all over, stars, everyone.

There are numerous stages set up with bands and other events as well. There will be a parade. Try for the $1000 first prize in their costume contest.

Most stores stay open late.  Restaurants and bars have special deals and their own events.  It’s a great place to come and play… you never know who or what you will see. There will be numerous stars just roaming the boulevard as well as total shocking silliness. This is an event for those who like to watch and be watched.

The City of West Hollywood on Halloween night is NOT for the kiddies… nor for anyone easily offended. Leave your inhibitions at home and party! It’s a no-holds-bared Mardi Gras fun night for adults. However, there are kid friendly events in the week before hand.

  • Info: (323) 848-6307, http://westhollywoodhalloween.com/or http://www.weho.org  or  http://www.visitwesthollywood.com/halloween-carnaval/ .
    • (Still waiting for this year’s new links)
    • Halloween night, 6PM to 11pm
      • Extra activities the week before,
      • Full calendar – updated often close to the events
    • West Hollywood on Santa Monica Blvd – from La Cienga Blvd. to Doheny Drive.
      • See site for street closure and parking arrangements.
      • Plan to make arrangements with ride-share, or even get a hotel room for your group.l.
    • Come in Costume if you can. Costumes may be wild, but please remember, it is on a city street…
      • Costume Contest Information . $1000 prize. Pre-qualify during the evening for the 10pm final.
    • NOTE: No backpacks, camera bags or totes allowed. Please carry items in clear plastic bags.

Summary of other West Hollywood Halloween Events

See their website for the long list of parties & links to Halloween packages at the local hotels.

Hollywood Youth Carnival 

Come and join us for the spookiest, creepiest and most fantastic Halloween Carnival you’ve ever been to!  We will have a day of fright and fun to celebrate the fall season with face painting, costume contests, game booths, prizes and more!  The Carnival is free, open to the public and great for families and children alike.  You won’t want to miss this yearly celebration of haunts!

  • Info:   http://www.weho.org/city-hall/calendar    or 323/848-6534 or Event Detail
    • Saturday, October 29, 2016, 2-5 pm   
    • West Hollywood Park
      • 647 N. San Vicente Boulevard
      • West Hollywood Park, Softball Field
    • Free!
    • Everyone is encouraged to dress in costume

Annual Doggy Costume Contest

This year this event is replaced with a Low-Cost Dog and Cat Vaccination and Microchipping Clinic
held at city hall.

  • Info: Event detail or 323/848-6534
    • Saturday, October 22, 2016, 10-1 pm
    • Plummer Park, Fiesta Hall Courtyard
      • 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Hollywood
    • See website for pricing and details.

Hollywood Halloween Street Fair

OK, it’s not quite true that the West Hollywood Street Fair is too big to contain all the costumes. However, if you are looking for something much more kid-friendly but still a free spirited street fair, check out what Hollywood does on Hollywood Blvd.

It’s back to being a very informal affair more for just the locals. There’s a caravel atmosphere and many of the shops are set up for trick-or-treaters. Some stores will be open late for trick-or-treating. Street vendors. It’s a great time to visit the bizarre midnight museums that dot the area.

Info: (all unofficial since this just happens in the grand LA tradition) Halloween night after dark to about 10. Some spots, midnight. The center of Hollywood — Hollywood Blvd. (Vine-ish west Check your local papers for actual street closure. Parking is on lots just off Hollywood Blvd.

No silly string – it’s the law now – seriously.

Treats for kids in many of the stores  

Come in Costume if you can.

Halloween Party for Downtown LA Kids 

2017 Update   The property owners of the Downtown Center Business Improvement District (DCBID) invite Downtown LA’s children and families to the Annual Halloween Party for Downtown LA Kids. Held in Grand Hope Park at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM)  on Halloween night.   Children will enjoy face painters, boundy houses, arts and crafts tables, puppet shows, and trick-or-treat doors. Tickets include hot dogs, snacks, candy, and other treats.   Last admission at 7:30pm.

Please note: The Halloween Party for Downtown L.A. Kids is intended for children who live in the following Los Angeles ZIP Codes: 90012, 90013, 90014, 90015, 90017, 90021, and 90071.

  • Info:  http://downtownla.com/Halloween

    • Halloween Night, 2017, 5-8pm
      • Rain or shine
    • Grand Hope Park at FIDM,
      • South Hope Street, Los Angeles
      • The party entrance is at Hope Street & 9th Street
      • See website for parking options.
      • Tickets: $7 in advance admission for adults and children over 2. Children under 2 free ( $8 at door)
        • Order tickets in advance to avoid line
    • Costumes are required for children and suggested for adults. Remember to bring a candy bucket or bag!

Little Tokyo Community Halloween Odori/Ondo Costume Party at Centenary    

??? This year we are going “INDOORS” (a “Rain or Shine” event.)  Please share with family and friends. This is a FREE EVENT to attend with FREE Parking. The first hour will start off with a “Costume Parade”, Trick or Treating and Halloween Games with prizes for ALL AGES.  Three Public odori/ondo dance sessions, 1st at 1:30 PM, 2nd at 2:30 PM and 3rd at 3:30 PM.  Japanese Festival Folk Dancing that all can join in, no prior experience necessary as all dances have repetitive steps just like “line dancing.”  Public odori/ondo dances will be a mix of Bon Odori, Nisei Week Street Ondo and a few “surprises.” Music and Entertainment throughout the event. FREE snacks, drinks and finger foods. The Spirit of Culture, Community and Fun on Halloween.   Since 2012.

  • Info:   http://centenarylt.org/   or  Facebook  or  Event Detail
    • Saturday, October 31, 2015
      • 12 Noon to 4:00 PM
    • 300 S. Central Ave, Los Angeles
      • corner of Central and 3rd Street Downtown Los Angeles
    • Free event, free parking
    • All ages 
    • Come in a costume, come with your temple, church or organization hapi coat, come in yukata, kimono, jenbei or just as you are.

Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch (Culver City) 

This is a perennial favorite and probably the best pumpkin patch in Los Angeles in an area far from da farms!   It’s much more than just a pumpkin patch, though it started that way.  Kids are entertained with Mr. Bones and the Halloween giants, straw maze, giant rockin’ horses, the super slide for everyone, pony rides for the kids, petting zoo and face painting, pumpkin decorating.  Pumpkin village, Tipi village.  Some Friday nights are Sideshow Friday’s with special shows.

There are also specials for adults. Instead of driving all around they’ve got just about every fresh autumn decorations and tools in one place so you have more time to party at Halloween. This including long-stemmed pumpkins, cornstalks, Indian corn, gourds, squash and straw bales. They even providing carving and pumpkin painting if you want to chicken out and have someone carve for you.  See website for special services from carving to event setup.

This is a family owned Oregon business that brings it’s farm-fresh Halloween items right into the heart of LA… while saving you time and providing a fun time for the kids. They also do special week-day parties. Far too much to list here.  Carving and partying since 1987.

  • Info: http://www.mrbonespumpkinpatch.com or 310-276-9827  or or facebook
    • October 1 – October 30, 2016 
      • Open 7 days a week.  Opens at 9am.  See website for hours. Closes at 1pm on Halloween.
    • West Los Angeles College
      • 10100 Jefferson Blvd, Culver City
      • Near Venice Blvd and the 405 freeway
    • Free weekdays, except
      • Sideshow Fridays – 14-28, 2016 – 6-9pm – $10 adults, $5 kids – $5 pumpkin coupon.
      • School groups and parties must reserve times in advance.
    • Weekends: $10 (+2 and up), with adult $5 pumpkin coupon, and kids get event tickets / Early bird $5 & evenings / VIP available
      • Activities:  Some are free, others individually priced and have separate times.  See the website for details
      • Parking: $5 weekdays, $6 weekends, Valet available, too
    • See website for special activities and specials though the month.

Shawn’s Pumpkin Patch (Los Angeles) 

2017 Update Mountains of pumpkins, lots of straw bales, corn stalks, Indian corn, gourds, squash. Lots of activities for the kids: Petting Zoo, Pony Rides, Face Painting, Ball House, Bouncer, Painted Pumpkins, Slide, Train Ride, Food & Beverages, FREE Small Straw Maze & Play Area. It’s right in the middle of the city, but sure to give you some of the “country” feeling.

  • Info: www.shawnspumpkinpatch.com or call 310-621-8419 (before opening date) or (310) 390-7800
    • October 6-31, 2017. 
      • Patch Hours : 10:30 am to 7:30pm – closes at 6 on Halloween, no animals or train that day
      • Activities: 3 to 7 during the week and 11 AM to 7 weekend,
    • 6815 S. La Cienega Blvd. Los Angeles,
      • (corner of La Cienega and Centinela Blvd., near Ladera Heights
      • Check website for other locations and kids events.
    • Private parties area, reserve in advance.
    • Patch and maze are free, but small charges for the other events.
      • Sign up for their news letter for discounts.

Halloween-Themed Charity Race: LA Cancer Challenge – UCLA  New Event

2017 Update  Spooky witches and monsters and ghosts and goblins will be haunting the 20th Annual L.A. Cancer Challenge (LACC) this Halloween season on the boo-tiful UCLA campus to raise awareness for pancreatic cancer research.  The LACC – one of the largest charity races in Southern California – will host upwards of 3000 runners and walkers dressed in fun, festive Halloween costumes. Participants will walk or run the 5K, 10K or 15K to show unity in finding a cure for a disease that has the highest mortality rate of all major cancers.  The Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research has sponsored and produced the annual spellbinding Halloween charity race.

Perfect for the entire family, the LACC highlights include a hair-raising Fit Family Expo, a Halloween Kids Zone, a Kids Can Cure Fun Run, celebrities, live course entertainment, a Children’s Halloween Parade and Adult Costume Contest.  Running since 1997. 

  • Info: http://pancreatic.org/event/la-cancer-challenge/  or Event Detail
    • Sunday, October 29, 2017 – starting at 7am
    • UCLA Campus (Wilson Plaza)
      • 120 Westwood Plaza, Westwood
    • Race Registration pricing varies. See website. Take advantage of early-bird registration prices.
    • Fit Family Expo and Halloween Kids Zone, free.

Beach Cities

Halloween in Downtown Long Beach

The Day of the Dead Celebration – Long Beach

Art, music & food. Street Block Party.  Altar contest. Cultural Presentations. Face painting. Photo-booth. Beer Garden. Live music from 5pm-10pm: Conjunto Nueva Ola. Very Be Careful.

  • 2-10 pm
  • Downtown Long Beach
    • Pine & Broadway between 7th and 8th, Long Beach

  Long Beach Zombie Fest

Join hordes of rotting revelers for Long Beach’s annual zombie outbreak, a THREE DAY invasion of undead music, film, and horror for all ages! This apocalyptic festival is a jam-packed day of live entertainment, showcasing a dance floor with bumpin’ jams you’re going want to dance to for the ultimate frightful dance party, outdoor screenings of classic zombie movies, Thriller workshop, carnival games, exhibitors/vendors, costume and pumpkin carving contests, freakshow attraction, wrestling, the infamous Zombie Walk, Hollywood special effects make-up artists, food court with festival food and tasty treats for the hungry ghouls and gals, and adult beverages: Beer, Wine, Liquor drinks — “Screaming Zombie“ and Margaritas for our 21+ crowd; exclusive at our Zombie Bar.  Live music.

  • 3500 sq. ft. haunted maze with a Zombie Outbreak Interactive Scare Zone – YOU CAN BE A PART OF THE ACTION! (become a real-life scareactor for 15 minutes)
  • Zombification Zone – (FREE MAKE-UP) Hollywood special effects make-up artists from Cinema Makeup School providing their expert services FREE to all attendees who need assistance in finding their inner zombie
  • Live 100+ Interactive Reptile Exhibit with a Fear Factor Attraction
  • Zombie Apocalypse Hunt Laser Tag Attraction
  • Mobile Live Action Escape Room LA Attraction
  • Zombie Watusi Dance Contests
  • Thriller Workshops.  Be a part of an all dancing Zombie Flash Mob by World Record Breaker – Thrill the World Los Angeles (workshop starts at 2PM on Saturday only)
  • Costume Contests and workshops
  • Zombie Prom (Sunday)
  • Phantom Coaches Hearse Club
  • Mysterious Sideshow Museum
  • The Infamous Zombie Walk (all three days starting at 6pm)
  • And much more listed on their web
Don your gruesomest apparel and make-up – and don’t worry, we’ll have make-up artists on hand ready to give you a zombie transformations if you need help revealing your inner flesh-eater!  Zombie walking since 2008.
  • Info:  http://longbeachzombiefest.com/        or facebook
    • Friday-Sunday –  October 20-22, 2017  EarlyBird

      • See web site close to event for more scheduling details.
    • Zombie pass:   $13-15 per day (buy online in advance) (2 day $18, 3 day $20/ kids under 12 free
    • Rainbow Lagoon in Long Beach
      • 400-403 Shoreline Drive, Long Beach
    • Events for all ages.   See website for details
    • Costumes strongly encouraged!  And although this event continues to be the largest invasion of undead flesh-eaters in America, the zombies don’t discriminate against ghosts, witches, Star Wars characters, creepy bunnies. No weapons, even pretend.   And of course, we welcome the non-costumed Living as well.  Zombies need to eat too!!

Twilight Walk: Malice in Wonderland Trick-or-Treat

??? Trick or treat with a twisted version of the classic 1865 novel Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Each shop will have candy for treats and many will offer drink specials and shopping discounts. Costume Contest @ 8pm. Beer Garden at Kress Market. Spooky Drag Queens at Hamburger Mary’s. AFTER PARTY @ MADhaus Long Beach, 10pm-midnight. Full bar, live music, art and roller girls.

More Long Beach events

Don’t stop at just the fairs.  They have movie classics, cemetery walks, pet events and more.

Santa Monica 

All kinds of events from Festivals, to block Trick or Treats, to theater, to dances, to movies, to Story Time

See their whole list at: http://www.santamonica.com/visitors/what-to-do/fall-specials/

The Manhattan Beach Halloween Pumpkin Race

Enjoy the spectacle of the Manhattan Beach Pier area transformed into Pumpkinrace Land, where creativity runs wild and cheaters never prosper.  Whether you race for the pure fun of it, or to support a loved one, the World Famous Manhattan Beach Pumpkin Race is a thrilling, family-friendly experience that will rekindle your childhood delight.  Enjoy heart racing thrills and jump for joy in  your fun-spirited quest for the Championship trophy and team awards including Best Design, Worst Crash, Most Adorable, Top Fundraisers, and more!  Dress in colorful costumes, enjoy fun activities for all ages.

Everyone is welcome to participate in this unique, one-of-a-kind family fun competition. Build your own Pumpkin RaceCar and enter the Pumpkin Race for free! Or, pickup a pre-carved pumpkin and Pumpkin RaceCar Kit at the event for a $20 dollar donation. Pumpkin RaceCar Kits ( in advance, see website).  Pumpkin Pit Row contains all of the necessary tools, accessories, and expert assistance (and encouragement!) to build a Pumpkin RaceCar. Stock items include wheels, axels, tools, hardware accessories and assorted decoration options.   Tour the display of competitors, or watch the “cheaters” be smashed to pie with a large mallet.

Activity booths.  Food fun and excitement for the entire family will be open from 12:00pm – 6:30pm.    Costume contest.  Morning Friendship Walk.   Racing since 1990.

  • Info: https://pumpkinrace.com/    or  http://mb.pumpkinrace.com/
    • Sunday October 23, 2016 12:00pm – 6:30pm 

      • Qualifying races start at noon.
      • Friendship walk registration starts at 8am
    • Manhattan Beach Pier
      • Manhattan Ave. & MB Blvd for the street fair
    • Costumes!

Catalina Island

October Costume Events on Catalina Island

Check the dates.  The fun varies, as does the location on the Island

Buccaneer Days – Catalina Island – Two Harbors

Aargh, mateys! Come celebrate our Annual Buccaneer’s Weekend. Don your best pirate attire and set sail for Two Harbors for a weekend of treasure hunts, costume contests, great food, live music, and a lot of fun.  Attendees are invited to don their best pirate costume and set sail.  The cover charge provides access to four days of swashbuckling fun.

This year’s event will feature more entertainment than ever before with  live bands on all four days and DJs spinning hits late into the night. The Pirate Village will encompass the Harbor Reef Restaurant deck and the plaza below, with multiple satellite bars, treasure hunts and costume contests to provide fun for everyone.  Live Bands, DJs.

Fall Fest – Catalina Island

Live music, food, games, hayrides, pumpkin patch on the beach, and much more! Join the Avalon community as they raise money for local charities and kick off the Fall season. Fun for the whole family! For more information, please contact the City of Avalon Recreation Department.

Annual Halloween Parade on Catalina Island

Don your favorite costume and join island school kids and residents for the Annual Halloween Parade down Crescent Avenue starting at 4pm Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce. 310-510-1520

Karaoke Halloween Costume Party – Catalina

Join the wacky and outrageous fun at El Galleon’s annual Halloween Karaoke Costume Party. Karaoke party starts at 9pm, where you can sing all the monster favorites with over 20,000 songs to choose from! Vote on your favorite costumes with 1st prize winning a Lobster Dinner for Two. Happy Hour from 3pm-6pm and Sunset Dinner Specials available from 5pm-7pm.

  • Info:   Full Calendar  or https://www.catalinachamber.com/event/halloween-costume-party-at-el-galleon/
    • October 31, 2017, 9pm
    • El Galleon Restaurant
      • Front Street, On the beach, Catalina Island
    • No Cover, 21+
    •  Costume contest prizes will be awarded!

Lots more haunted events on the Island. See more Catalina Events  on the sites listed above.

Da Graveyard

The RISE of the Jack O’Lanterns – LA Convention Center & LA FairPlex

Come see thousands of hand-carved illuminated jack o’lanterns creatively arranged along a scenic indoors walking path and set to a musical score designed to bring out the Halloween spirit in visitors of all ages! The various new and exciting themes created for 2016 are sure to impress both RISE newbies and returning RISE fans.

This year, we’re DOUBLING the number of intricately carved 100+ pound pumpkins on display.   We’re also bringing back our iconic multi-pumpkin structures that consist of dozens of illuminated jack o’lanterns assembled into life-sized pieces of art. You’ll see classic fan-favorites like life-sized dinosaurs, dragons, and safari animals, as well as a number of new structures featuring time-honored characters from some favorite movies, including one that will make you feel like you’re in a galaxy far, far, away.

Our live carving efforts are expanding for 2016 so that you can learn more about how we do what we do! We’ll have four live-carving stations where you can watch our artists create the different types of displays you see in the show all right before your eyes! Watch us illustrate and carve our famous 100+ pound pumpkins, see us build a multi-pumpkin jack o’lantern structure similar to our iconic raptor skeletons, catch some of the most talented pumpkin sculptors in the country carving our signature 3D sculpted pumpkins, and learn how our team churns out thousands of Halloween jack o’lanterns per day, in our Mini Carving Factory.

Haunting since 2015.

  • Oct 13 – Oct 16, 2016  – LA Convention Center
  • Oct  27 – 30, 2016 – Fair Plex
    • Thursday – Sunday, hours vary but basically 10am –  10pm
  • Tickets:  Discounts start at $13.  MUST be purchased in advance.  Timed!
    • Promo codes and discounts on the website
  • NEW LOCATIONS – Indoor Venues

 Fright Fair ScreamPark & Halloween Harvest Festival – Pierce College

Welcome back “Spookley” the square pumpkin and his friend Jack the scarecrow at the all new HolidayHill Farms stage show inside our very own pick your own pumpkin patch. Venture through the Adventure Corn Maze, or take a spooky journey into the Haunted House or Creatures of the Corn Haunted Trail.” Farm Festival Also farm animals, hay rides, bungee bounce, bounce house, rock wall, giant slide and pony rides for the kids. After dark gets extremely scary.

  • Info: http://www.halloweenharvestfestival.com/or (818) 999-6300 or http://www.piercecollege.edu/
    • September 26 – November 2, 2014
      • 10 AM – 10 PM Sun – Thurs, 10 AM – 12 AM Fri – Sat,
      • Day, open every day.
      • Some nights dark. final two weeks, all nights but Monday
      • Hours vary by activity, haunted houses after dusk
    • Pierce College
      • 20800 Victory Blvd., Woodland Hills
      • Metro: take Take the Orange Line directly to the DeSoto Metro stop
      • Bring in a same day MTA Ticket and receive FREE admission to the festival event area
    • Daily kid events.
  • For the evening scary events.
    • September 26 – November 2, 2014
      • Dusk – 10 PM Sun – Thurs, Dusk – 12 AM Fri – Sa
      • Some nights dark. final two weeks, all nights but Monday
      • Closed Mondays and some early Oct Tues & Wed, check their calendar
    • Buy tickets on line for evening show only

Nightmare City –  Horror Fest

Film / Music / Art

Nightmare City, at the intersection where horror, fantasy, science fiction and surrealism collide.  The Cinefamily, Cinespia and The Woodshed  have combined forces with other L.A. cultural organizations to present an ambitious schedule of events designed to terrorize horror buffs and tantalize non-traditional fans. Film premieres, concerts and live scores, rare 35-mm repertory screenings, magic and stagecraft, comedy and an exclusively curated black-light poster art show – in Nightmare City all these things come together in every possible permutation to create a unique festival which celebrates the cinema, music, and art of our darkest dreams.

20 days. 73 events, 6venues, 61 horror movies, 16 live shows, 6 LA film premieres,10 artists,and one Blacklight poster exhibition.

  • Info: http://nightmare-city.com/  Early Open