Looking for fun things to do in the San Fernando Valley and surrounding areas?  Here’s a few ideas to check out.

Fri Oct 16th

DTLA- Like dolls on strings? Then the Bob Baker’s Halloween Spooktacular marionettes may be the place for you.  Dracula, Vampira, witches and ghost will be singing and dancing for you. Event is $15 and reservations are strongly recommended.
Burbank--Come and take a 15 minute tour through Strough Canyon Park while listening to Forgotten Fairytales. Be prepared to be scared! Event is $5 per person, children under 6 will not be allowed on the tour.
Griffith Park- All aboard the Halloween Ghost Train! Hop aboard and take a ride through a variety of Halloween landscapes covering various spooky themes. This is a very popular family event so there may be a wait. Event is $10 suggested donation.
Griffith Park- The Odd Market will be held at the Autry, south lawn from 6 pm tp 11pm. Enjoy live music, food and craft vendors at this event. Event is FREE to enter.
Santa Monica- Family movie night can be at the Santa Monica Pier with Front Porch Cinema. Tonight they will be showing The Imitation Game, movie starts at 7:30pm. Event is FREE and if you don’t want to bring your own seats you can rent them for $5


Sat Oct 17th

Burbank- Celebrate Craft beers at the Burbank Beer Festival at downtown Burbank. There are 2 tasting sessions, one from noon to 3 and the second from 4-7pm. There will be samples from more than 45 breweries. Event cost is $40
Calabasas- Everything is coming up pumpkin!  Calabasas is the Spanish word for pumpkin and so it’s no surprise that every fall it holds a Pumpkin Festival to honor its namesake.  Pumpkin EVERYTHING will be available – with some music and fun to boot.
Crenshaw-  Dubbed “the largest street festival in LA”, more than 350,000 came in 2014 to listen to some great beats and get great eats at the Taste of Soul Festival. Open today from 10 am to 7pm. Event is FREE to enter.
Burbank- Earthquake, CPR, first aid, zombie apocalypse? Do you or your family know what to do in an emergency? If not stop by the Emergency Preparedness Fair. Event is FREE but there will be items for purchase.
Burbank- Come and take a 15 minute tour through Strough Canyon Park while listening to Forgotten Fairytales. Be prepared to be scared! Event is $5 per person, children under 6 will not be allowed on the tour.
Glendale- The Glendale Galleria knows how to do fall right with their Fall Festival!  With live entertainment, a fashion modeling show, and pumpkin decorating, it’s the best mix of fall you can find.
Griffith Park- All aboard the Halloween Ghost Train! Hop aboard and take a ride through a variety of Halloween landscapes covering various spooky themes. This is a very popular family event so there may be a wait. Event is $10 suggested donation.
La Canada-Flintridge- The Descanso Gardens Autumn Festival is being held today. There will be a costume parade at 11 (you can join if you’re dressed up) and arts and crafts for the kids to do. Event is FREE.
Mar Vista- Mar Vista Community Fall Festival is celebrating “Hero’s Among Us”. Come and enjoy arts and crafts, kids activities and more. Event is FREE.
Mid-Wilshire- What kid wouldn’t want to be a scientist for the day? Today they can! Your kidos can become Junior Scientist at the Tar Pits. They will make scientific discoveries and build knowledge. Science is the new recess! Event is FREE with admission to the museum.
Mid-Wilshire- Kids can get candy and learn at the same time when they come to the Los Angeles Museum of History’s Trick or Treat at the Museum from 11am to 2pm. Other activities will include crafts and pumpkin decorating. Event is $22-10, and children 2 and under are FREE
Pacific Palisades- Want to know how the Chumash Indians lived? Then this “Walk into the Chumash World” is an easy 1 mile walk to see how at the Temescal Canyon Park. The walk last about 2 hours and starts at 3pm. You can also explore the Ballona Wetlands. Guided tours start at 9am, 10am and 11am at the Fiji Gateway. Events are FREE.
Pasadena- Looking for some family friendly fun? Try the Kidspace Pumpkin Festival. You can enjoy games, food, crafts, pony ride and of course a pumpkin patch. Event is FREE, and the Kidspace Children’s Museum tickets will be half off all weekend too!
Sherman Oaks- Skeleton Magic show? That is exactly what Boney Island is. A family friendly haunting experience that is fun for all ages. Event is FREE, there is a tree house tour for $10 with proceeds going to a local elementary.
Sherman Oaks- Needing to brush up on your self defense skills or just want to learn? There will be a Women’s Self Defense Workshop held at the North Hollywood Rec Center from 1 to 3 pm. To RSVP or for more information, please call the District Office at 818-376-4246. This class is FREE.
Ventura- What is the Kinetic Sculpture Race? Kinetic: pertaining to motion, caused by motion. This race is for man-powered vehicles that will tackle challenging terrains. Come see who will make it to the finish line first.  If you feel like a nice drive up the coast, the event is FREE

Sun Oct 18th

alabasas- Everything is coming up pumpkin!  Calabasas is the Spanish word for pumpkin and so it’s no surprise that every fall it holds a Pumpkin Festival to honor its namesake.  Pumpkin EVERYTHING will be available – with some music and fun to boot.
DTLA- Biking is great for the environment and for your health and now there is a fair to celebrate fellow riders! The CicLAvia-Heart of LA will let you explore 6 miles in the Los Angeles area. Ride a little or a lot you choose. There will also be food trucks and vendors. Event is FREESherman Oaks- A celebration of community is what you’ll find at the Annual Sherman Oaks Chamber Street Fair being held today from 10am to 6pm. There will be 200 vendors, food trucks and even a cocktail lounge. Come enjoy a family friendly afternoon. Event is FREE.
Griffith Park- Learn about American Indian Culture today at the Autry in Griffith Park. There will be an cultural educator and traditional American Indian games. Event is FREE with museum admission.
La Canada-Flintridge- The Descanso Gardens Autumn Festival is being held today. There will be a costume parade at 11 (you can join if you’re dressed up) and arts and crafts for the kids to do. Event is FREE.
Pasadena- Looking for some family friendly fun? Try the Kidspace Pumpkin Festival. You can enjoy games, food, crafts, pony ride and of course a pumpkin patch. Event is FREE, and the Kidspace Children’s Museum tickets will be half off all weekend too!
Sherman Oaks- Skeleton Magic show? That is exactly what Boney Island is. A family friendly haunting experience that is fun for all ages. Event is FREE, there is a tree house tour for $10 with proceeds going to a local elementary.
Westwood- Dress the kids up and come on down to Kids in the Courtyard-A costume Party at the Fowler Museum at UCLA. While there kids can see the Disguise: Masks and Global African Art exhibit. The party starts at 1pm. Event is FREE.

Fri Oct 23rd

Burbank- Come skate at the Halloween Skatefest in Valley Park, just don’t fall down and go crying to you Mummy! Event is FREE.
Burbank- The Buena Vista Library will be holding a Crafty Kids session today from 4-5 pm. The theme is the Day of the Dead. Recommended for kids in grades 1-6. Event is Free.
Burbank- Tonight is movie night at Magnolia Park. The 1984 classic Ghostbusters. I ain’t afraid of No Ghosts! Prove that your not either by coming to the viewing. Seating starts at 7 and movie at 8. Event is FREE.
Malibu- Dinner and a movie? Nah how about a Haunted Maze and movie! E.T. the Extraterrestrial will be shown at dusk at Malibu Bluffs Park and you can choose to navigate the maze before or after. Remember to bring your own blanket or chairs, seating is first come, first serve. Event is $5 or you can bring 3 canned goods to donate.
Santa Monica- Family movie night can be at the Santa Monica Pier with Front Porch Cinema. Tonight they will be showing Guardians fo the Galaxy, movie starts at 7:30pm. Event is FREE and if you don’t want to bring your own seats you can rent them for $5
South Pasadena- Looking for some Friday Family Time then come on down to the South Pasadena Halloween Spooktacular! The fun starts at 5:30 for all ages. There will be games, inflatable slides, face painting and a costume parade. Event is FREE

Sat Oct 24th

urbank- Bring the little ghost and goblins to the 31st Annual Boo Bash Carnival. There will be plenty to do from carnival games, spooky maze and costume and carved pumpkin contest. Event is FREE fro adults, children are $6
Chatsworth- For one day a year the Chatsworth Library becomes ghastly and full of ghouls.  Teens can come to the Young Adult Haunted House or those younger with their parents.
City of Industry- Do you know what the name of the first Southern California’s costume craft beer festival was? It was BierBuzz Masquerade! Dress up in your scary, silly or sexy costume’s and enjoy fine craft beer, music and the spooktacular Halloween atmosphere. Event is $20-50
DTLA- Do you like scary movies? Rosemary’s Baby will be playing tonight at the Electric Dusk Drive In starting at 6:30. So grab your friends or significant other and be prepared to be scared! Event ranges from $9 (per person) for lawn seats to $13 (per person) for car tickets. If you buy tickets at the door add another $2 on. Get there early they do sell out.
Hollywood- Today the Dia de los Muertos Festival will be held at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery from noon to midnight. Dia de los Muertos attire is strongly encouraged. Come and celebrate with fine Mexican food, music and arts and crafts. Event is $20 and you can pre purchase tickets to avoid long lines
Lakeview Terrace- October is a salute to a lot of things, and one of those is Latino Heritage Month.  As part of the celebration, Lakeview Terrace Public Library will be hosting the owner of El Milagaro Bakery in one of the most yummiest discussions yet: The Art of Cooking Mexican Food.
Pasadena- The Mom Expo is designed to bring mothers together and show support, motivation and inspire mothers with young families.This trade show will have vendors for moms with kids ages newborn to school age. Kids can enjoy the play area, music and trick or treating. Event is $5 for adults and children are FREE
Santa Monica- Frightfully Fintastic Fishy Fest Day will be going on at Heal the Bay’s Santa Monica Pier Aquarium and Pier Costume Show.  Paint Day of the Dead Masks, check out the glow in the dark lab, and creep through the marine cemetery – if you dare!
Sherman Oaks- Skeleton Magic show? That is exactly what Boney Island is. A family friendly haunting experience that is fun for all ages. Event is FREE, there is a tree house tour for $10 with proceeds going to a local elementary.

Sun Oct 25th

Burbank- The Verdugo Aquatics Facility will be hosting a Floating Pumpkin Patch. Children can enjoy free games, pumpkin decoration and swimming from 1-4pm. Event is FREE
DTLA- Do you like scary movies? Amityville Horror will be playing tonight at the Electric Dusk Drive In starting at 6:30. So grab your friends or significant other and be prepared to be scared! Event ranges from $9 (per person) for lawn seats to $13 (per person) for car tickets. If you buy tickets at the door add another $2 on. Get there early they do sell out.
Encino- OoooOOoooOoo!  If you’re going to head somewhere with a truly scary past, head to Los Encinos State Park for Haunted History III.  With park twilight tours, harvest games, and bring your own pumpkin for carving.
Glendale- Enjoy an afternoon of music, face painting, pumpkin carving and much more at the Americana Mall for the Fall Festival in Glendale. Event is FREE
Mid-Wilshire- Need a break from Halloween activities? Come and be an architect for the day at LACMA. The Andell Family Sunday-Architecture is Art is where you and your kids can build and design skyscrapers, bridges and homes. Event is FREE with museum admission.
Shadow Hills- Come benefit the Shadow Hills Riding Club for their Haunted Pumpkin Patch.  Face painting, carnival games, a mechanical bull… and the hay maze to boot.  To boot! Ha! Get it?
Tarzana- What to learn about Argentinian culture? Then come on down to the Argentinian Festival being held today from 10am to 4pm.  Event is FREE.

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