Local Fests

Smaller Local Halloween Carnivals, Halloween Festivals and Street Fairs

Halloween does not past your local cities.  They run Halloween Carnivals. Local Trick or Treat street festivals.  Support your local neighborhood.  Will all the Halloween chaos, sometimes you just want to stay close to home.  These are mostly free events, and always very child friendly.  Most of these will be earlier in the evening, so there’s still time to go out and party hard afterwards.

Since it’s the first year for this page, it may be a bit disorganized.  Feedback welcome….   and don’t forget to check the main festival page as well.  I’m basically including anything you wouldn’t travel more than 10 miles for, places where you’ll see your friends and neighbors.

If you know of something local going on I don’t have listed, please drop Spooky Cat the info.  And don’t forget to also check y our local papers.


Burbank and San Fernando Valley and north

Burbank Halloween

Burbank Carnivals and other Halloween events are scattered thoughout the city.  Check your local parts and rec.  More events are listed in haunts and movies

Burbank Carnivals

Info: http://www.burbankusa.com/ or   http://www.burbankca.gov/departments/parks-and-recreation/arts-events/halloween-happenings

Halloween Carnival

Exclusively for elementary school-age children.  Games, Candy, and Prizes

  • For information, please call 818.238.5378
    • Saturday, October 31, 2015, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
    • McCambridge Recreation Center
      • 1515 N. Glenoaks Boulevard, Burbank
    • FREE

Tot Halloween Party

Exclusively for pre-school children –  Games, Candy, and Prizes

  • Saturday, October 31, 2015 –  10am – 11:30
  • McCambridge Recreation Center
    • 1515 N. Glenoaks Boulevard, Burbank
  • FREE

Tricks for Treats – Skate

Inormation updated for 2016Food – Prizes – Giveaways – Contests for costume and skating.   No masks. Costumes must not present safety hazards.   Contests, prize giveaways, local youth bands from Burbank Music Academy, and free hot dogs!  Poor weather may cancel event.

Floating Pumpkin Patch

Games – Crafts – Pumpkin Decorating

  • Info: 818.238.5391
    • Sunday, October 25, 2015  — 1:00-4:00 p.m.
    • Verdugo Aquatic Facility
      • 3201 West Verdugo Avenue, Burbank
    • Free

Haunted Adventure Tour at the Starlight Bowl

Inormation updated for 2016The Unknown

Get ready for a frightful night at the Haunted Adventure Tour.  The Burbank Nature Docents will lead you on a frightening tour of the Starlight Bowl turned into a haunted house. This terrifying tour is very scary and children under 6 years old will not be allowed. No refunds for scared participants.  Haunting since 1996.

No flashlights, costumes or props.  Wear comfortable shoes.  Will walk up and down hills.

  • Info: http://www.burbankusa.com/ or Event Detail or Flyer  or 818.238.5440
    • Friday-Saturday, October 14-15, 22, 2016, 7-9pm
    • Stough Park near the Starlight Bowl off of Walnut Avenue
      • Stough Canyon Nature Center
      • 1335 Lockheed View Drive
    • Tickets: $5, refreshments available for purchase.
    • Ages 6+, An adult must accompany children under 12 years old.


Find even more events in www.BurbankWire.com

Rock n’ Haunt Halloween Carnival

Sherman Oaks Elementary Charter School 

Inormation updated for 2016   Haunted maze.  Special Interactive Attractions: Haunted House, 12 story rock climbing wall, Ultrazone Lazer Tag, Ultimate game Truck, Stormtrooper Blasters  Teacher’s parking lot will be taken over: Go Carts, ATV Racers,Lifesize Bowling. Food and snacks.  he younger kids can visit during the early hours and get a (light) scare, and after dark the braver kids can get their SCARE on!

  • Info: http://shermanoakselementarycharter.com/or  Event detail
    • Saturday, October 22, 2016 – 3-9 pm  EarlyBird
    • Sherman Oaks Elementary Charter Campus.
      • 14755 Greenleaf Street, Sherman Oaks
    • Admission is FREE!!!! Maze $10,, tickets required for some events.  See site for ticket packages.

San Gabriel Valley and east

City of Alhambra

Lots going on in Alhambra this year…

Pumpkin Run

Inormation updated for 2016 Join the race! 10K run and 5 K walk/run.   Warm-up for main race begins at 7:45 a.m. Race begins at 8 a.m. Kids may run main race or separate 1K run.  Runners will head north on Palm. Streets will be closed to accommodate the race. Also included:  a festival, costume contest, food trucks, music and fun. Race will take place rain or shine. 

Buster Balloon’s Halloween SPOOKtacular

Buster Balloon will present an all new family show filled with creepy comedy, spooky magic, and monstrous balloon creations guaranteed to have your little ones howling with laughter and screaming with delight!  No registration is required. Space is limited.

  • Info:  http://www.alhambralibrary.org/   or    City Calendar
    • Saturday, October 17, 2015 –  3-5pm  EarlyBird
    • Civic Center Library – Reese Hall
      • 101 S First St, Alhambra
    • Free
    • For families with children ages 3 to 12 years old. 

Maezie’s Pumpkin Patch – Reading and fun

Story Time and Author Visit – Local author and educator Lynn Martin Snowden will be here to share her children’s picture book “Maezie’s Pumpkin Patch” which tells the story of true events that occurred in Pasadena resident Maezie Powell’s pumpkin patch. A pumpkin craft activity will also be in store following the author’s presentation.  No registration is required, but please note that space and supplies are limited.

Ghostbusters — Teen Movie

Make your own SLIME!!!!

Hallowscream – Downtown Alhambra

Costume contests and trick or treating for the family.  Family friendly vendors in the mosaic town center (1 E. Main St.) .  DJ.  Candy.

Costume contest 10-12am.  Prizes.   Trick or treating from noon on.

Old Town Pasadena

Group of events…

Halloween Pumpkin Decorating 

Don’t miss One Colorado’s pumpkin decorating extravaganza! Kids can unmask their creative super powers with some serious Halloween pumpkin decorating fun. Free and open to the public; boys and ghouls welcome.  Pumpkins first-come-first-served and all creations go home with their creators. (And don’t worry Mom and Dad – this is a glue and stick-on only event!) (provided) in the One Colorado Courtyard. And kids take home their creations! Good for little and medium-sized kids alike; boys and ghouls welcome.


The Pasadena ARTWalk is Pasadena’s largest urban art fair with over 5,000 people attending yearly. The event highlights some of the best Southern Californian visual artists showcasing their work in painting, sculpture, watercolor, photography, mixed media, ceramics, jewelry, drawings, and printmaking. ARTWalk is free and all-ages are welcome.  Instagram scavenger hunt.  Local restaurant discounts.  (See web for details.)

Old Pasadena Halloween Celebration 

Tricks, a Flick and (free) Family Pix

Dress up the little ones and trot them over to One Colorado for some store-to-store Trick-or-Treating. And once the candy bag is bulging, pose for a super spooky family portrait with our photographer extraordinaire.  Then stay for the Halloween movie

Monster Flick – Mad Monster Party (1967) 

On the big screen… This classic 1967 Rankin/Bass romp is a fantastic flashback to stop animation before Burton was all the rage. Mad Monster Party takes place on Dr. Frankenstein’s Island of Evil, where he’s corralled his monster buddies for his retirement and naming of his successor. All the groovy ghoulies are there – Dracula, Werewolf, Mummy, Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde, Frankenstein’s Monster and Mate (Phyllis Diller) among others. In addition to his monster-making sayonara, Dr. F (Boris Karloff) will share his “secret of total destruction!” Be there or be square. And did you know – Mad Magazine creator Harvey Kurtzman penned the script (with writer Len Korobkin) and Mad artist Jack Davis designed many of the characters.

Old Pasadena Halloween Celebration Trick-or-Treating

 On Halloween, more than 100 stores and restaurants in Old Pasadena open their doors to all the costumed visitors for free store-to-store trick-or-treating. The Dog Bakery is giving out treats to furry friends that are in disguise.  Be on the lookout for Old Pasadena ambassador guides handing out fun little Halloween eggs filled with surprises. Kids will have the opportunity to meet and greet various popular costumed characters along Colorado Blvd. Take your dressed-up family and even four-footed friends over to the One Colorado Courtyard for free professional photos against a Halloween-themed background and hundreds of pumpkins.

Find even more Pasadena events at www.PasadenaNow.com  and http://www.oldpasadena.org/halloween/  .   Also check out our Book section and Kids events.


Los Angeles, west and south

Halloween Party for Downtown LA Kids 

Inormation updated for 2016 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, 2016, 5-8pm
      • Grand Hope Park at FIDM,
        • South Hope Street, Los Angeles
        • The party entrance is at Hope Street & 9th Street
    • Tickets: $7 in advance admission for adults and children over 2. Children under 2 free ( $10 at door)
      • Order tickets in advance to avoid line
      • See website for parking options.
    • 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.

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/

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


Zombie Walk & Festival @ Long Beach

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.

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 23-25, 2015  EarlyBird

      • See web site close to event for more scheduling details.
    • Zombie pass:   $12 per day (buy online in advance) (2 day $18, 3 day $20/ kids under 12 free
    • Rainbow Lagoon in Long Beach     <<——-  New Location
      • 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


Orange County

Events listed by city at: http://www.orangecounty.net/html/weekend_halloween.html 

Riverside and San Bernardino Counties

Riverside Halloween Carnivals


More Riverside Halloween
Evergreen Historic Cemetery Spooktacular
A Celebration to Die For. Music, Dancing, Food
“Spooktacular” Entertainment. Fun for the whole Family!
Info: http://www.evergreen-cemetery.info/
Friday Oct 30, 2009 6:30-8pm
Evergreen Cemetery, 14th and Pine Streets, Riverside
Donation: $10 per person, $25 per family.
Park events: detail: (note, city events still being added, check your local park)
October 23, 2009 (5-8)
Eastside Halloween Carnival – Bobby Bonds Park
Fall Carnival – Orange Terrace Park
October 24, 2009 (5-8)
Hunt Park Halloween Carnival
October 29, 2009 (times vary by park)
Halloween Carnival – Reid Park (701 N. Orange St)
Nichols Park Halloween Carnival:
Nichols Park- 5505 Dewey Ave.
Villegas Park Halloween Carnival
Villegas Park- 7260 Marquerita Ave
October 31, 2009 (5:00 pm- 8:00 pm)
Bryant Park Halloween Carnival – 7950 Philbin St

Halloween Haunt Extraordinaire

Family Halloween haunt and festival.
Info: http://www.cityofgrandterrace.org or or 909-430-2201
Email: Community Services

October 30, 2010, 5-8
Richard Rollins Park – City of Grand Terrace
22735 De Berry St., Grand Terrace, Riverside County

 Graveyard of past events

Emelita Harvest Fest 

??? Haunted Maze, Games, Food, Crafts, Family Fun, Music, Costume Contest! Family fun for all ages!

  • Info: http://emelitastreetschool.com
    • Saturday, October 23, 2013 , 3PM – dusk
    • Emelita Street School
      • 17931 Hatteras Street, Encino
      • (Between White Oak and Lindley)
    • Admission free: charges for booths and some events

The Pumpkin Fair 

??? The Pumpkin Fair is a community event and a treat for the whole family! A fun-filled day and evening with rides, gigantic bouncies, haunted house, carnival games, raffles, photo booths, I-Fitness, bumper cars, arts and crafts, pumpkin painting, costume contest, kids hay maze, face painting, magicians, animal shows and exciting entertainment. Tasty food from local restaurants and more.

  • Info: www.ThePumpkinFair.com
    • Saturday, October 27, 2012 – 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
    • Dixie Canyon Avenue School
      • 4220 Dixie Canyon Avenue, Sherman Oaks (just off Ventura)
    • Free Admission

 Harvest Festival – Victory Outreach Eagle Rock

All ages costume contests.  Karaoke.  Jumpin’ Jumper, Food, Candy, Prizes, Carnival Games, Face Painting 

Halloween Octoberfest

A full-day of fun awaits the whole family at Rosemead’s Halloween-Oktoberfest. This incredible event offers hours of live entertainment on two stages. Food, craft, and other vendors provide a wide array of delicious and delightful wares. A carnival of rides and attractions and a variety of game booths are guaranteed to bring smiles to local youth. Our Haunted House still tingles the spine. The event also features a Car Show and a variety of contests including Rosemead’s Got Talent for youth.

Participate and help save the Savannah Cemetery.
Info: http://www.cityofrosemead.org/ or
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Mission Drive & Rosemead Park, Rosemead
12 p.m. -9 p.m. FREE!!!