What to Know Southern California is a center for sweet, seasonal activities and events Farm-based fun, pumpkin patches, animal parks, and theme park go-outs are all unfolding in the weeks ahead Some spots will require advance reservations or tickets; do check before you go
An autumn outing? It can really be divided into two distinct parts: One that is all about intense thrills, the sorts of jumps and eeks created for mature guests, while the other?
Too cute: It's about pretty pumpkins, colorful leaves, face painting, ghostly goodies, and the chance to share some cheery times with your tots.
Southern California offers plenty of events from both realms, but the fall-fun side of the aisle tends to blossom first, which is no surprise, given that autumn arrived several days before October began (and the month's scary slate of super-eerie events).
Are you ready for colorful cookies, tractor-pulled hayrides, and the opportunity to potentially pet a goat? Don your plaid and/or overalls and roll for...
Boonion Station Boonion Station
, a free family festival, will haunt Union Station on Oct. 29 and 30. Sweet: Kids can follow the treats-on-track trail.
JianGang Wang Aquarium of the Pacific:
The Long Beach address for aquatic amazingness will dive into several events in October, including Scarium at the Aquarium. Have your lobster costume at the ready? Put it on now then
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Nights of the Jack Nights of the Jack:
So your family is fond of a fanciful flickering pumpkin, the sort of gourd that memorably graces a house's front steps? Then make for Calabasas, beginning on Sept. 30, for a colossal display of gourdly goodness.
Irvine Park Railroad Irvine Park Railroad
is an adorable Orange attraction that is keeping the pumpkin-cute pastimes lively, each and every day, through Oct. 31, 2022.
Jamie Pham/GLAZA Boo at the L.A. Zoo:
Spying a peckish critter chowing down on a seedy squash? It's one seasonal sight that visitors will encounter while calling upon the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens during its month-long revelry, which began on Oct. 1. Note that special activities, like animal feedings, will take place on the weekends. Sweet: Trick-or-treating happens over the last two weekends of the month.
Haunt O' Ween Haunt O'Ween:
Oodles of trick-or-treat-able candy pieces, lots of atmospheric lights, and immersive areas themed to the charms of late October? They're all sprouting, with whimsy, in Woodland Hills. The nighttime happening has fun for adults and kids, but if you're there with youngsters, look for the face-painting area, cute walk-throughs, and, yes, chances to trick-or-treat. It opened Sept. 30.
Ian 'Doc' Singleterry/Eyeem Fall Harvest Festival:
Underwood Family Farms in Moorpark is sweetly synonymous with many October-style hallmarks, including a vast pumpkin patch, pyramids made of hay, and a tractor-drawn wagon ride. The 2022 event is adding animal cuteness and seasonal spunkiness to our worlds from Oct. 1 through 31, with a line-up of themed weekends on the schedule.
Ryan J. Lane Tapia Bros. Farm:
Looking for perfect produce in Encino? This beloved go-to has long been a community gem, with spring events like Tomatomania! and much summer succulence. But come fall, it is all about the pumpkins and sweet kid-cute activities. Those activities began on Oct. 1, with a petting zoo and pony rides on the roster.
Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort:
The Anaheim theme parks put on a flavorful fall show each year through Halloween, along with decorations, costumed characters, special events, and more: Pictured: Mickey Pumpkin Apple (Candy Palace, Pooh Corner at Disneyland Park and Bing Bongs and Trolley Treats at Disney California Adventure Park) - Green Granny Smith apple dipped in caramel with marshmallow ears enrobed in orange-white chocolate and green, white chocolate leaf. (David Nguyen/Disneyland Resort)
Knott's Spooky Farm:
The daytime to-do will feature a pumpkin patch, activities for kids, lots of decorations, and seasonal sweets. It's happening Thursdays through Sundays from Sept. 29 through Oct. 30. Oh yes: And it is open on Halloween, too.
Rebecca Richardson / Tanaka Farms Tanaka Farms Pumpkin Patch:
We always appreciate a double delight during the most whimsical time of year, and the historical Irvine destination is delivering. How? By growing pumpkins at both its traditional farm and at Hana Field in Costa Mesa. There are sunflowers, too, at Hana Field, but you'll want to see what is sprouting where before you go.
Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch:
One of the coolest places to be seen during the crispest stretch of the year is this Culver City stalwart, which has been pleasing pumpkin-seeking families (and plenty of celebrities) since the 1980s. Be sure to look into tickets, before you visit, and the long list of things to do once you arrive.
Pumpkin Fest at Cal Poly Pomona:
Without a doubt, this Pomona pumpkin party is one of the largest larks in our region. That's because the festival is helmed by the Don B. Huntley College of Agriculture, meaning thousands (literally thousands) of pumpkins are grown ahead of the festival's annual opening. And that opening? The pumpkins started popping on Oct. 1, 2022.
BUENA VISTA PICTURES/ANDREW COOPER "Hocus Pocus" Marathon:
So your tot is a huge fan of the Disney classic, which marks its 30th anniversary in 2022, but has never seen it outside nor on the big screen? Rooftop Cinema Club can help: The outdoor movie series is showing the witch-wonderful whimsy several times in October and three times on Halloween Eve. Just check dates, details, and the location (there are three to choose from) before you go.
Carved" at Descanso Gardens:
The La Cañada Flintridge destination is a flowery delight by sunlight, but after dark? Fanciful things may flicker from the shadows. The jack-tastic jaunt through the garden will get glowing on Oct. 8; tickets are available now.
NHMLAC Spider Pavilion:
Education with a slightly eerie (and awesome) vibe? We'll spin by such a way-cool event, believe it. And spinning outside the Natural History Museum in Exposition Park? Lots (and lots) of eight-legged wonders. Staffers are on-hand to give the spider-y background on the various beasties.