Family-friendly Halloween Fun

The Ghost Train at Griffith Park (photo by Nikki Kreuzer)

The Ghost Train at Griffith Park (photo by Nikki Kreuzer)


7pm – 10pm 5202 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, 90027 $15

Chosen by Offbeat LA as their kitschy pick, The Ghost Train at LA Steamers runs from 7pm until 10pm tonight and tomorrow, November 1st. “During this time of the year, the 7 1/2 mile track of miniature steam engine, which winds through the scrubby brush of eastern edge of the park, is transformed into enchantingly haunting displays of wild west towns, singing man-eating plants, not-so-scary skeletons and flying saucer landings.” -Nikki Kreuzer Riders must be over 34″ tall.


10am to 5pm 5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, CA, 90027 $20.00

The LA Zoo in Griffith Park hosts a special day of trick-or-treating today, plus Creepy Crafts, Dress Up with Campfire Cathy, Sing-alongs and Face painting at  2 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Enjoy Masterpiece Pumpkins, Fearsome Feedings & Creature Treats,  haunted caves, a pumpkin patch, jack-o-lantern carving demonstrations, and up-close encounters with creepy, crawly, and scaly creatures and strolling characters until 4 p.m.

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Start until 6:30pm, closing at 8pm 8302 Melrose Ave. LA, CA 90069 $50 for 2

If you like the idea of making Halloween cupcakes, but lack the equipment or the baking skill, take your kids to Duff Goldman’s Cakemix Studios in West Hollywood. Each $26.00 kit is made for two people and includes: 6 pre-baked unfrosted cupcakes, 3 buttercream colors, 2 fondant ball colors and 2 “goodie bar” scoops. There is an additional $12 fee per person for an hour of decorating time in the studio, which includes tools, Aprons, Gloves, Cookie Cutters, Stencils, Molds, Guidance from Team Duff. There are three flavors of cupcakes, including a gluten-free option. The best part? You can make a huge mess and you don’t have to clean it up. Start times are every 15 minutes with the last reservation tonight at 6:30pm.

Boney Island

6pm to 10pm 4602 Morse Ave. Sherman Oaks 91423 FREE

Chosen by Offbeat LA as the pick for most creative, Boney Island is a free non-scary decorated backyard with animatronics, talking flowers and bushes, and a treehouse you can climb for a charity donation. Tonight is the last night to be thrilled and amazed.

Rise of the Jack o Lanterns


6:30pm – 10:30pm 1418 Descanso Drive
La Cañada Flintridge, CA, 91011 $22-$28

See the beautiful spectacle of 5,000 Halloween jack o’ lanterns glowing in the darkness. The hand-carved jack o’ lanterns are arranged along a 1/4 mile trail. Parking is free and refreshments are available for purchase. Trail is wheelchair accessible, but a little rocky. Expect a big crowd tonight. Buy your tickets now as they are selling out fast. Also at Santa Anita Park.

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4:15pm, 7pm and 9:45pm El Capitan $14 – $23 Park at Hollywood & Highland Center 1755 N Highland Ave, Hollywood, CA 90028

This showing of Nightmare Before Christmas in 4D including smog, sprinklers, and a ripoff of the tingler has become an annual tradition at El Capitan. Park across Hollywood Blvd. at the Hollywood and Highland Center. Prepare to sing along.

Elise Thompson

About Elise Thompson

Born and raised in the great city of Los Angeles, this food, culture and music-loving punk rock angeleno wants to turn you on to all that is funky, delicious and weird in the city. While Elise holds down the fort, her adventurous alter ego Kiki Maraschino is known to roam the country in search of catfish.
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