Have No Fear — October’s Here

It’s that time of year: Things are getting spooky!

Venice Patch rounded up the best Halloween and autumn events going on throughout the region, including the spookiest haunted houses, Oktoberfests, harvest fairs, craft shows and Day of the Dead celebrations, along with those very charming, small-town, trick-or-treat carnivals.

Belmont Shore

October 31: Trick or Treat on 2nd Street

Tuesday, October 31, 2017 – 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Second Street, Belmont Shore, CA

From Belmont Shore Business Association:
“Calling all ghosts, goblins, princesses and superheroes! Grab a bag and come show off your costumes in return for some serious candy loot! Walk the streets of Belmont Shore and trick or treat in participating businesses.”


Beverly Hills

October 20: Moonlight Hike: Coldwater Canyon Park

Friday, October 20 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm
TreePeople Headquarters, Coldwater Canyon Park, 12601 Mulholland Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210.

Hosted by TreePeople:
“Come howl at the moon and explore Coldwater Canyon Park at night. Check-in: 6:30 p.m. to enjoy some live music while the sun is setting. Hike begins at 7:30 p.m and ends at 8:30 p.m. Families welcome during this hour-long guided hike. Free to members and three guests; $5 for non-members. You must pre-register.”


October 29: ‘Bow Wow 2017’ – Doggie Costume Contest, Food, Auctions & Entertainment

Sunday, October 29, 2017
BOW WOW BEVERLY HILLS AT TWO RODEO DRIVE, 9480 Dayton Way, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

From Love Beverly Hills:
“Proceeds from this special event benefit the Amanda Foundation, a non-profit animal charity in Beverly Hills. The Foundation operates its own full-service veterinary practice, rescues animals from Los Angeles City and County shelters and offers free spay or neuter procedures and vaccines through their Spaymobile, which travels to neighborhoods throughout the L.A. area.”


October 29: Peekaboo! Halloween Screenings at The Paley

October 29, 2017 – 12:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
PALEY CENTER FOR MEDIA, 465 North Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

From Love Beverly Hills:
“Free and open to the public, watch screenings on the big screen of Halloween episodes from the Paley Archive.”

12:15 p.m. – American Horror Story: “Halloween”
1:34 p.m. – The Sandman
1:44 p.m. – South Park: “Pink Eye”
2:06 p.m.- The X-Files: “The Post-Modern Prometheus”
2:52 p.m. – The Twilight Zone: “The Dummy”
3:16 p.m. – Rod Serling’s Night Gallery: “The Caterpillar”
3:50 p.m. – Freaks and Geeks: “Tricks and Treats”
4:34 pm – Tales from the Crypt: “Séance”


October 30: Senior Halloween Dance & Costume Contest

Monday, October 30, 2017 – 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Roxbury Park Community Center, 471 S. Roxbury Drive, Beverly Hills

From the City of Beverly Hills:
• Doors open at 1:00pm
• FREE with BHAAC membership card $5 for non-BHAAC members
• Entertainment provided by the Wilshire Vista Swing Band

Come for a ghoulish good time!
Reservations are required! Call 310.285.6840

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October 4: Harvest Festival -Sukkot Celebration: Skirball Cultural Center

Sunday, October 8, 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Skirball Cultural Center
2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049

From Skirball Cultural Center
“Embrace the fall harvest season and celebrate the Jewish holiday of Sukkot at this daylong festival—curated and produced in partnership with Artisanal LA, a showcase of handmade edibles and home goods. With family and friends, explore the Skirball campus transformed into a socially conscious, bustling market, offering abundant produce, an assortment of locally sourced fare, home goods, craft beer, and more.”


October 25: Halloween Crafts & Games: Library

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 – 4:00pm
Brentwood Branch Library, 11820 San Vicente Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049

From the Donald Bruce Kaufman – Brentwood Branch Library:
“We’ll celebrate Halloween by making spooky crafts and playing Halloween games.”


Culver City

October 6 – 30: Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch: Straw Maze & Petting Zoo

Open daily October 6 – 30, 2017.
Fridays & Saturdays — 9:00 am – 9:00 pm.
Other days: 9:00 am – 8:00 pm.
10100 Jefferson Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232

Straw maze, Petting zoo, Pumpkin decorating, Super slide, Professional pumpkin carver and more…


October 22: Enchanted Crawly Hallow’s Eve: STAR Eco Station

Sunday, October 22 at 10 AM – 3 PM
STAR Eco Station, 10101 Jefferson Blvd, Culver City, California 90232

Hosted by STAR Eco Station:
“It’s almost time for our Annual Enchanted Crawly Hallows Eve! Join us Sunday, October 22 for some entomology fun! Dawn your creepiest costume and join us for a creepy bug-filled adventure! Families are invited to venture into STAR Eco Station’s Trick-Or-Treat Village filled with unique Halloween fun. It’s a fairy tale gone green with an environmental and entomology twist! Kids can meet some cartoon characters, enter costume contests and try the Fear Factor edible insect challenge – if they dare! All proceeds go directly to the care and feeding of STAR Eco Station’s exotic rescue animals.”

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El Segundo

October 14: Water Harvest Festival & Costume Contest

Edward C. Little Water Recycling Facility
1935 S. Hughes Way, 1935 S. Hughes Way, El Segundo, CA 90245

Join in the fun at West Basin’s 2017 Water Harvest Festival as we celebrate “70 Years of Water Reliability!” It’s been 70 years since West Basin was formed and we want to celebrate this milestone with the communities we serve. Water Harvest is a free and fun water education event for the whole family! As part of the festivities, West Basin will be offering tours of the Edward C. Little Water Recycling Facility, food, games, stage shows, kids costume contest, reptile petting zoo, a chance to enter into our grand prize giveaway and so much more. See you there!


Hermosa Beach

October 28 – 29: Great Glass Pumpkin Patch

Thursday, October 28 – Friday, October 29 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
618 Cypress Avenue, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254

Hosted by Glass House Studio:
Hundreds of beautifully crafted individual glass pumpkins.


Long Beach

September 28 – November 1: Queen Mary ‘Dark Harbor’ – Halloween Haunted Ship & Mazes

Varying dates and times Sept. 28 – Nov. 1 – 7 p.m. or 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. to 1 a.m.
Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach, CA 90802

From the Queen Mary:
“This fall Southern California’s most haunted Halloween event returns on September 28th with more monsters, more nights and more mazes than ever before. With more sinister spirits taking over the Queen Mary, this will be the scariest year yet. This year’s Dark Harbor will include an all-new 4th maze on the haunted ship. In addition, many of your favorite mazes will be intensified this year with more terrifying new scares. Live your nightmares aboard the haunted Queen Mary and join our cast of ghouls, spirits, and undead for an unforgettable, frighteningly authentic haunted experience.”


September 29 – October 31: Pa’s Pumpkin Patch – Petting Zoo, Carnival Rides & Games

Friday 09/29 3pm to 9pm
Sat – Sun 09/30 – 10/01 10am-9pm
Monday 10/02 – Friday 10/06 3pm-9pm
Sat 10/07 – Sun 10/08 10am-9pm
Monday 10/09 – Friday 10/13 3pm-9pm
Sat 10/14 – Sun 10/15 10am-9pm
Monday 10/16 – Friday 10/20 10am-9pm
Sat 10/21 – Sun 10/22 10am-9pm
Monday 10/23 – Friday 10/27 10am-9pm
Sat 10/28 – Sun 10/29 10am-9pm
10/30 & 10/31 Open 10am to 9pm
Every Saturday & Sunday 10am to 9pm

Pa’s Pumpkin Patch, 6701 E. P.C.H., Long Beach, CA. 90803

From Pa’s:
“Come experience Pa’s Pumpkin Patch, we have been open for over 40+ years. There is something for everyone at Pa’s Pumpkin Patch, Carnival style environment with over 28 different attractions. A petting Zoo and Live Pony Rides! We also have All Fresh Made to order! Carnival style food at our Snack Bar! BBQ, Funnel cake and much much more! We also have a lot of areas for you to take pictures!! We sell a wide range of Pumpkins, Corn Stocks.”


October 14: Oktoberfest – Beer, Food & DJ: Pike Outlets

Saturday, October 14, 2017 from 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM
The Pike Outlets, 95 South Pine Ave., Long Beach, CA 90802
Two sessions: 12-2:30 p.m. and 3:30 – 6 p.m.


October 14-15: ‘Scarium of the Pacific’ Family Halloween Event: Aquarium of Pacific

Saturday & Sunday, October 14-15, 2017
9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802

From the Aquarium:
“Discover the creatures lurking in the depths at the Aquarium of the Pacific’s eighteenth annual
Scarium of the Pacific—a spooktacular, educational Halloween event for the whole family. Enjoy
special Halloween programs, including the annual children’s costume contest, the creepy coloring
contest, face painting, magic shows, underwater pumpkin carving, spooky storytelling, and kooky
crafts, and meet eerie animals in the Great Hall.”


October 20-22: Zombie Fest & Infamous Zombie Walk

October 20-22, 2017
Fri. 5PM – 10PM
Sat. 3PM – 10PM
Sun. 3PM – 10PM
Rainbow Lagoon, 400-403 Shoreline Village Drive, Long Beach, CA 90802

From organizers:
“The Zombies are Coming… Join hordes of rotting revelers for Long Beach’s annual zombie outbreak, a THREE DAY invasion of undead music and horror for all ages! This apocalyptic festival is a jam-packed day of live entertainment, showcasing a dance area with bumpin’ jams you’re going want to dance to for the ultimate frightful Halloween dance party.


October 25, 26, 27: Holiday Gift Boutique: Assistance League

Wed, October 25, 2017, 2 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Thurs., October 26, 2017 – 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Fri., October 27, 2017 – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Assistance League of Long Beach Philanthropic Center
6220 E. Spring Street, Long Beach, CA 90815

by Assistance League of Long Beach:
“Don’t miss the opportunity to pick up fabulous holiday gifts for family, friends and yourself! Over 30 vendors will have great items for sale: decorative home accessories, jewelry, apparel, purses, stationery, tabletop items, charming gifts, holiday decor, jams, jellies, candies, olive oils, orchids, succulents and more creative finds we think you’ll love. Free admission & parking! All proceeds benefit our philanthropic programs.”



Friday, October 27, 2017 – 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Malibu Bluffs Park, 24250 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA 90265

From the city of Malibu:
“The City’s annual Halloween Carnival will take place at Malibu Bluffs Park on Friday, October 27. Admission is free.

Open to the public
Appropriate for children ages 2-10
The costume parades will begin at 3:30 PM and 4:30 PM
Carnival Games*
Trick or Treat along the City’s hiking trails; easy to complete for young children who will be bale to gather treats along the trail from Halloween characters; open from 3:30-4:30 PM.
Food Trucks: Border Grill Truck and Sweet Suite Dessert Truck
Bounce Houses*
*Tickets $5.”


Manhattan Beach

October 21: Halloween Carnival – Costume Contest & Parade 2017

October 21, 2017  |  12:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Manhattan Heights Park, 1600 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

From Manhattan Beach Parks and Recreation Department:
“The event is designed for children ages 2 to 13. Children under the age of 5 years old must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Past carnivals have included face painting, haunted house, food and game booths, and much, much more! All game booths are constructed by children in the REC Program and the haunted house is constructed and staffed by Teen Center staff and their teens.”


October 29: World Famous Pumpkin Race Festival

Sunday, October 29, 2017 | 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Manhattan Beach Boulevard Between Ocean Drive and the Pier, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

From the city of Manhattan Beach:
“READY, SET, GO! Gather your family and friends and get your little pumpkins to the 27th Annual World Famous Pumpkin Race Festival. Enjoy the spectacle of the Manhattan Beach Pier area transformed into Pumpkin Race Land, where creativity runs wild and cheaters never prosper. Dress in colorful costumes, enjoy fun activities for all ages, make your own pumpkin race car and feel the thrill of competing in the fun-spirited World Famous Pumpkin Race. This is a free fun event for the whole family. Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors and volunteers.”


Marina del Rey

Wednesday & Thursdays in October: Brews & Brats Oktober Cocktail Cruise

Wednesdays & Thursdays in October
Departs from Fisherman’s Village Marina, 13755 Fiji Way

Boards: 5:30 PM, Cruises: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Price: $37.00 per person* (*Tax, service charge and landing fee may apply)


October 28: Harvest Days & Haunted Nights – Pirate Ships & Family Fun

Saturday, October 28, 2017 – All day event
Burton Chace Park, 13650 Mindanao Way Marina del Rey CA 90292

From the Marina del Rey Convention & Visitors Bureau:
“Experience the only haunted pirate ships in Los Angeles this Halloween! Expect kid-friendly fun by day and spooky entertainment by night (recommended for ages 13+). Admission is FREE, and food is available for purchase. Parking is available for $8 in County Lots 4 and 77; pay stations take credit cards and cash. Waivers need to be signed in order to participate in activities, so minors should have a parent present to sign.”


Pacific Palisades

October 28: Halloween Spooktacular Carnival

Saturday October 28, 2017  |  3-7PM
PALISADES RECREATION CENTER, 851 Alma Real Dr., Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

From the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks:

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Rancho Palos Verdes

October 15: Harvest Festival – Maze, Food Trucks, Live Music & Hay Rides

Sunday, October 15 at 12 PM – 3 PM
Green Hills Memorial Park, 27501 S Western Ave, Rancho Palos Verdes, California 90275

Hosted by Green Hills Memorial Park:
“Join us Sunday, October 15, 2017 for the 5th Annual Green Hills Harvest Festival. This year’s event will include a pumpkin patch, a fun maze, multiple food trucks, arts and crafts for children, and hay rides. Award winning Professional Pumpkin Carver Doug Goodreau will return this year to give pumpkin carving demonstrations. Doug has competed in numerous carving contests, including season 2 of Food Network’s ‘Halloween Wars’ show. Live music will be provided by local country cover band ‘South Bay Country.’ South Bay Country are regular performers at Texas Loosey’s in Torrance and American Junkie in Hermosa Beach. Festival will be open from Noon until 3:00 pm. All activities are free of charge. Bring the whole family!”

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October 21: Kids’ Music Fest & Trunk or Treat

Saturday, October 21, 2017  |  11:00am-2:00pm
Ladera Linda Community Center, 32201 Forrestal Dr., Rancho Palos Verdea, CA

From the City of Rancho Palos Verdes:
“Come dressed in your costumes for trunk or treating AND music fest activities: a musical ‘petting zoo’, musical games and activities, parent & me activities, and plenty of crafts! This event is FREE for families. Thank you to our generous sponsor: Kids Music N Motion!”


Redondo Beach

October 14-15: Rejoice In Art! Fine Art Fair & Exhibition & Gift Boutique

Riviera UMC
375 Palos Verdes Blvd., Redondo Beach, CA 90277

Art enthusiasts and the general community will celebrate when the third annual Rejoice in Art! Fine Art Fair and Exhibition opens its doors to the public October 14-15. This premier South Bay art event features a national juried show as well as 30 local artists in tents and booths, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, in a family-friendly, fun atmosphere brimming with live music, art demonstrations, food trucks, a kids’ art show, gift boutique and more.


October 31: Trick-or-Treat Halloween Stroll: Riviera Village

October 31 | 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Riviera Village, 1799 South Catalina Ave., Redondo Beach CA 90277

From Riviera Village:
“Ghosts and goblins will mix with princesses and super heroes as Riviera Village hosts the annual Halloween Trick or Treat on Tuesday, October 31, 2017. Catalina Ave. will be closed to traffic from Ave. I to Palos Verdes Blvd. Shops will hand out candy and treats from 4 to 6 pm. This event has become a Redondo Beach tradition, attracting thousands of children each year to enjoy Halloween in a safe and fun atmosphere. Make an evening of it, and stop for dinner in one of the new restaurants in the Village. The Village restaurants are packed after all the Trick or Treating, so make your reservations early. It’s a great way to celebrate Halloween and enjoy all that Riviera Village has to offer!”


San Pedro

October 27: Hocus Pocus Halloween – Trick-or-Treat & Movie: Battleship USS Iowa

Friday, October 27 at 5:30 PM – 10 PM
Pacific Battleship Center – Battleship USS Iowa, 250 S Harbor Blvd., Berth 87, San Pedro, CA 90731

Hosted by Pacific Battleship Center – Battleship USS Iowa:
“Battleship IOWA will be hosting a Hocus Pocus Halloween on Friday, October 27. This family-friendly event will feature a “Trick or Treat” and a “Movie Under The Guns.”Beginning at 5:30 pm, all guests in costume and those accompanying small children will be invited on board for FREE 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.Then, at 7:00 pm, the 1993 Halloween family fantasy comedy ‘Hocus Pocus’ will be screened outdoors on the ship’s fantail.”

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Santa Monica

Saturdays and Sundays in October: ‘Absolutely Halloween’ – Magical Musical For Entire Family

October 1 to 29, 2017 – Saturdays at 2pm and Sundays at 12:30pm
Santa Monica Playhouse 1211 4th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401

From Santa Monica Playhouse:
“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.”


October 21: Cardboard Mask Making workshop with Shannon Freshwater

Saturday October 21, 11am-1pm
Camera Obscura Art Lab
1450 Ocean Ave, Corner of Ocean and Broadway, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Cost: $5
Register at the link or call (310) 458-2239.
Halloween is approaching! Studio resident Shannon Freshwater will guide participants through the process of making their own large head mask built from cardboard boxes. The workshop will be focused on building the structure and features of the head, leaving it optional to paint at a later date.


October 27, 28, 31: HalloWeekend Pub Crawls 2017

Friday, October 27, Saturday, October 28 and Tuesday, October 31  |  6 p.m.
Various venues.

From organizers:
“Put on your coolest, scariest or sexiest costume and head out to Santa Monica for this massive Halloween Pub Crawl over three Spook-tacular nights with half dozen bars.”

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October 28: 5th Annual Zombie Crawl

Saturday, October 28 at 6 PM – 9 PM
Santa Monica, California, Starts at the Pier

Hosted by Spin Public Relations:
“Hundreds of zombies invade the Santa Monica streets and crawl their faces off. The Zombie Crawl will bring out the undead Halloween weekend for a chilling bar crawl in the heart of Santa Monica. Starting on the Santa Monica Pier, crawlers will moan and growl their way through the city for spooky drink and food specials all night. The official Zombie Crawl wristband will give crawlers access to great food and drink specials at participating locations. Zombies will collide at the Official Zombie After Party at 1212 Santa Moncia on the Promenade with DJ, dancing, contests and more.”

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October 31: Montana Avenue Halloween Hop

Tuesday, October 31 – 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Montana Avenue, Santa Monica, California 90403

Kick off trick-or-treating on Montana. Enjoy sweets, treats and fun for the entire family!



September 8 – October 28: Oktoberfest Los Angeles 2017: Alpine Village

September 8 TO October 28 2017
Fridays: 6:00 PM to midnight
Saturdays: 5:00 PM to midnight
Sundays: 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Friday & Saturday: 21+
Sunday: All Ages
ALPINE VILLAGE, 833 W Torrance Blvd. Torrance, CA 90502

From Alpine Village:
“Alpine Village is the home of the oldest Oktoberfest celebration in Southern California. Ours is the longest running Oktoberfest in Los Angeles. Traditional Bavarian fun is supplied by Oom Pah Pah party bands, your belly is sated by traditional German fare, and your thirst is quenched by delicious German beers brewed by Warsteiner. We deliver an authentic-yet-modern Oktoberfest to you each and every year…and all within 10 miles of Southern California’s beautiful beaches. Join us for Oktoberfest 2017!”


October 15: 22nd Annual Halloween Ball benefiting Pediatric Therapy Network

The Depot Restaurant  |  1250 Cabrillo Avenue, Torrance, CA 90501

Dinner ~ Hosted Martini, Wine & Beer Bar ~ Live Music ~ Costume Contests ~ Live & Silent Auctions ~ Raffle Prizes ~ Infamous Wine Wall ~ PURE FUN! Hosted by Chef Michael Shafer of The Depot Restaurant, the Halloween Ball takes place under a “ghostly” white tent in Torrance and is attended by over 800 costumed guests! This annual fundraiser benefits the 2,500 children of Pediatric Therapy Network. Today, 1 in 6 children born in the U.S. has a developmental disability. 1 in 68 has a diagnosis of autism. Pediatric Therapy Network (PTN) helps children with special needs and medical conditions, from birth to 22 years, by providing therapies that increase each child’s abilities so that he or she can live a fulfilling and independent life.



September 30 – October 15: Wurstküche Oktoberfest 2017 – Beer, Music & Yodeling
Saturday, October 7 – 11 AM – 9 PM
Sunday, October 8 at 1 PM – 5 PM
Saturday, October 14 – 11 AM – 9 PM
Sunday, October 15 – 1 PM – 5 PM
Wurstküche Restaurant  |  625 Lincoln Boulevard, Venice, CA 90291

Wurstküche Venice:
“Dust off your lederhosen & lace-up your dirndls; Wurstküche is hosting Oktoberfest 2017! The Bavarian celebration will take place at Wurstküche’s Venice location for 3 consecutive weekends! Taps will be flowing, girls will be yodeling, and the Munich Boom-Steiners will be performing all weekend long!
Dress to impress – wear your Oktoberfest best! Find traditional dirndls and lederhosen here, you don’t want to feel left out!”

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October 28: Halloween Carnival – Contests, Games & Prizes

Saturday, October 28 | 10:00am – 2:00pm
PENMAR RECREATION CENTER, 1341 Lake St., Venice, CA 90291

From the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks:
“Come join us and solve some mysteries here at our Annual Halloween Carnival at Penmar … We will have games, contest, food and prizes! It will be a scary good time.”

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October 27 – 28: Halloween ‘Chocolate River Ride’ & Costume Contest

Fri., October 27 & Sat. Oct 28 -4pm – 8pm
WESTWOOD RECREATION CENTER, 1350 Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025

From the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks:
“This Halloween, journey through our Chocolate River experience at the Westwood Pool! Sing along with our Oompa Loompa’s, view our Whipple-scrumptious fudge mellow delights and meet Willy Wonka for an amazing experience!” * Costume contest * music * Wonka factory games

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Special Halloween Events at Amusement Parks


September 15 – October 31 – Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland


Buena Park

Varying nights from September 21- October 31: Knott’s Scary Farm – Haunted Thrills & Mazes


Universal City

Dates vary September 15 – November 4: Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood 2017: Universal Studios



Select dates from September 16 to October 31: Fright Fest & Trick-Or-Treat Trail: Six Flags Magic Mountain


Source: Venice Patch