It’s candy time!  There’s lots of things going on this weekend around the San Fernando Valley and surrounding area.  So put on that costume and head to your favorite event!  Here’s a list to help you find what’s close to you.

Fri Oct 31st

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

All Krispy Kreme Locations– For today only it will be known as Krispy Skremes. That is soo sweet I got a cavity. What I am trying to say is free donuts. It’s only treat here people, no tricks.
DTLA– Leave it to Grand Park to throw a big party for all the kids. It’s the 7th annual Halloween party for the kids of Downtown LA. Get a costume on and get ready to party. Tickets are $5 in advance.
Pasadena One Love Pasadena is doing it right, Rock n’ Roll and Halloween. Admission is free. Shop while you drop it like it’s hot to the tunes of DJ Naomi. Lots of contest and ghoul things.
Pasadena– In the event of a real disaster, it’s always better to be prepared. The Disaster Preparedness Workshop will do just that. Be in control during a catastrophic event. The American Red Cross is putting this free even together to make sure you know what to do.
PasadenaTricks, A Flick and a Free Family Pix are happening at One Colorado. All the little boys and ghouls will be there. Come out and party like an animal. Event is free.
Pasadena-Time to scare up some fun at the Old Pasadena Halloween Celebration. One Colorado is pulling out all the stops to make this a night to remember. There’s refreshments, pumpkin decorating and trick or treating. Event is free.
Sherman Oaks– If your kids haven’t been hyped up enough on candy, or you might have some shopping to do, head to the Sherman Oaks Galleria Spooktacular event.  Two birds, one stone.
Van Nuys– Looking for a party that’s kids friendly? Rhythmic Academy Halloween Gala and Dance Party is the place to be. Get dressed up as your favorite character and watch the gymnasts perform their routines to spooky music. Admission is free but RSVP with a potluck item
West Hollywood– West Hollywood knows how to party and to prove it they have the biggest carnival in the world. West Hollywood Halloween Costume Carnival is legen…..wait for it……dary. Bring the older kids and come party like its Friday night, oh wait it is. Event is free.
Woodland Hills– If you’re looking for something more low-key to do with the kiddos, head to the Westfield Topanga Mall for their Spooktacular event as well.  Trick or Treat among the stores, participate in the costume contest, and play during the spooky activities and music.


Sat Nov. 1st

DON’T FORGET TO CHANGE YOUR CLOCKS BACK 1 HOUR

Beverly Hills– Location is everything and Franklin Canyon has been the back drop for several movies, TV shows and commercials. Come on down to the Sooky Goldman Center, take a light hike and see where movie magic is made.
DTLA-The party doesn’t stop at LA Live just because Halloween is over. Come dressed in your best Halloween or Dia de los Muertos costumes. There’s face painting, candy and prizes for the games. This event is free and for the whole family.
DTLA– Now that you are candied out from Halloween stop by Grand Park and enjoy a cultural celebration of Dia de los Muertos set to music. There will be music, food, face painting and altars. Event is free.
DTLA– Get the kids involved in the festival of Dia de los Muertos at the best place possible, Olvera Street. Kids ages 3-10 are encouraged to come out and make masks, get face paint and learn a little culture. Event is free.
Glendale– Come out and support your local boy scout. Magnolia Park United Methodist Church is the location for a breakfast and silent auction. Have some flap jack and bid on some wonderful prizes. Cost is $5 but helping out an eagle scout is worth so much more.
North Hollywood– The Amelia Earhart Public Library would like you to know there’s a used book sale going on. Stop by and get a new to you book and maybe one for a friend proceeds go towards the library.
Northridge– Get your last haunted maze of the season under your belt because it’s going, going, gone. Big Worm’s Sherwood Scare is getting ready to pack up till next year. Created by horror filmmakers for your pleasure. $3 donation is requested and goes towards the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
South Pasadena– With the little spare time I have, I love to go to yard sales. This is the mother lode. South Pasadena Christian Church parking lot will be the site for garage sale heaven. You can almost say it’s divine.
SylmarSan Fernando Pioneer Memorial Cemetery is getting in to the spirit of things with a Day of the Dead celebration. This fiesta comes with a family friendly history lesson on why this celebration is so important. Event is free.
Van Nuys– Woodley Park is sponsoring a very important event. The 8th Annual Los Angeles VisionWalk brings to light the importance our sight and what we can do to prevent the loss of it. The 5K helps raise money to research and cure blindness. Event is for the whole family complete with food games and music.


Sun Nov. 2nd

Beverly Hills-Time to get that blood pumping in the nice fall air.  Nature Trek is back.  Enjoy the hike and beautiful changes of the season through Franklin Canyon. Hike is about two but don’t worry, you can set you clocks back tonight to get one of those hour back.
Beverly Hills- With the change of the season happening, it would be nice to capture some good nature shots.  Nature in Focus will help you do just that.  Put on your hiking shoes and bring you camera for a lesson in nature photography.  Event is free.
Brentwood- A Faery Hunt is back.  This time in Brentwood.  Come on down to Crestwood Hills Park. It’s time for Faery royalty.  Come in costume and have a great time with friends.  Suggested ages from 2-10 and tickets are $12.50. Be there.
Canoga Park-Everyone is getting in on the Dia de los Muertos festival.  This family friendly event is packed full of good times for kids of any age from classic car dads to the hipster who’s into chalk art.  Event is free.
DTLA- The Japanese culture is one on my favorites and now it’s time for Japan Fair 2014.  This event is will have full of delicious food and sake.  You will be saying arigato after this event.  Tickets start at $3.
DTLA- This day is full of celebrations but one of the oldest is the 41st Annual Dia de los Muertos festival sponsored by Self Help Graphics. Dress up in your favorite day of the dead attire and get ready to party.  Music, food, cultural lessons are provided.  Event is free
Eagle Rock- New Stone Age Mosaic Studio is helping you get into the Dia de los Muertos spirit with a raw, organic version of it all.  Eat some delicious foods and experience a cultural celebration unlike any other.  Event is free.
Mission Hills- Say it ain’t so, it’s the last day of the San Fernando Historical Society’s Harvest Festival.  Food Trucks, games, mazes and a pumpkin patch. Bring the whole family.  Event is free.
West LA- Loyola Marymount is hosting a film screening and discussion group for the film The Gatekeepers.  This true story follows a group who is overseeing the war on terror in Israel.  It is seen through the eyes of the Israeli and Palestinian.  Event is free.
West LA-Loving one’s self is the key to happiness.  The 2nd Annual Love your Body Fashion Show will help you love the skin you are in.  Hear speakers that will encourage you, shop different vendors and learn how to balance life.  This event is free and for women only.
West LA-Do something different this Halloween weekend and come to Creature Camp.  The Hammer Museum is showing the youth how to build monsters. How cool is that!  This event is free.

Fri Nov. 7th

DTLA-Namaste.  The stresses of the week are overwhelming but you can rejuvenate with Lunchtime Yoga.  Grand Park is at it again, making your life wonderful.  Event is free and freeing.
Northridge- Nobel Prize finalist for literature, Ngugi wa Thiong’o comes to speak at CSUN’s Cypress Hall.  His story will inspire you, from starting out very poor to being educated throughout the world.  Event is free.
Pasadena-Pasadena Museum of California Art is reminding you that the first Friday of every month is free.  Come on down to union street and end your week with a little culture.
Pasadena-Looking for a little event on a Friday night?  Come to the Norton Simon museum where they are having a free evening.  Get a little culture with your Friday night.


Sat Nov. 8th

Calabasas- Hundreds of years ago these valleys were inhabited by Native American.  Now you too can Walk in the Chumash World.  See how the first settlers of southern California lived.  Hike is considered easy and takes approximately 2 hours.
DTLA-The Department of Cultural Affairs is proud to present Histories Absolved: Revolutionary Cuban Poster Art and the Muslim International.  This art collection shows Islam through art.  It goes through the decades and different countries showing where Islam is to.  Event is free.
DTLA-Haven’t been to a good book party lately?  You are in luck. Future Studio Galley is launching 100 Not-so-Famous Views of LA +Drink.  It’s a book about ambiance missing its mark but the drinks are good.  Test your LA nerdy knowledge and see how many of the 100 place you know.  Event is free.
DTLA- While everyone is celebrating Dia da los Muertos come by the Keck Amphitheater to see the Git-Hoan dancers.  If you’ve done your homework you know that means People of the Salmon.  This lively group from the Tsimshian tribe will have you amazed with dance, carved masks and drums.  Event is free.
Granada Hills- Were you the one in high school toting around the tuba or trumpet?  If so, or if you have an appreciation for band music regardless of high school experience, then you might want to head to Granada High School for the 32nd Annual Highlander Competition.  Hosting several So-Cal school marching bands and dance guard squads, the kids will be competing for your enjoyment.
Mid-City-Mid City Health & Awareness Community Fair is at the Midtown Shopping Center.  Come on out and meet local businesses while enjoying the day with your family.  Learn about different kinds of art, enjoy some food and live music.  Event and parking is free.
Northridge-Help welcome The Museum of the San Fernando Valley to the neighborhood.  It’s finally open and a party is in order.  Come by for some party food and drink and stay for a story or two.  Event is free.
Studio City- Getting a child to love reading takes a lot of patience and practice, B.A.R.K Beach will help The Studio City Library has some canine buddies that love to be read to. Grab a book, a dog buddy and start reading.
Tarzana- Get in touch with your wild side because the Tarzana Safari Walk annual sidewalk fair is back!  From music and food to face painting with the kiddos, you’ll be oohing and aahing and having a great time.

Sun Nov. 9tth

DTLA- Our Lady of Angels is presenting Simon Toparovsky: Vessels and Channels. Simon’s body of work is impressive and very moving, making the inhumane humanize.  Event is free but RSVP is required.
Glendale-You either love them or hate them but they are a piece of Americana.  The Art of Motorcycles lives up to its name complete with guest speakers to tell you all about what they mean to America and there legacy. Event is being held at Forest Lawn and is free.
Griffith Park-Amerce yourself in Native American culture.  The 2014 American Indian Arts Marketplace is now open.  40 tribes bring together unique jewelry, basket weaving and their stories.  This event is not to be missed.
Hollywood-The family that makes art together stays to stays together.  Barnsdall Park is having a family art workshop.  Stop on by, make a memory.  Event is free
Pasadena-It’s the most wonderful time of the year, Harvest Festival time.  One Colorado is putting on quite a show complete with baking contests, square dancing and all sorts of family fun. Event is free and for the whole family.
Pasadena-Looking for a new experience?  The USC Pacific Asia Museum is hosting some monks from India.  They will be making very intricate sand design called a Mandala. Admission is free.

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