Boo! It’s scary enough that I recently and successfully hauled my wicked brood out of our usual woods and all the way to Disneyland in Anaheim, CA for some Halloween family fun. (We had a blast. My husband can no longer hide.) With kids, Halloween quickly gets more fun than I seem to remember it. There are a ton of spooktacular activities in and around the Los Angeles area this fall. Check ’em out… if you dare. (Mwaha-ha-ha-ha. That’s an evil laugh.)

Boo at the Zoo in Los Angeles, CA. Through October 31st, the LA Zoo hosts special Halloween-related activities every day. On weekdays: frightfully fun times are focused around the Winnick Family Children’s Zoo. Special weekend attractions: a Graveyard Safari, a Boneyard Station, pumpkin carving demonstrations, music, animal encounters, holiday crafts and storytelling.

Underwood Family Farms Fall Festival in Moorpark, CA. Autumn attractions include a corn stalk labyrinth, pig races, horse-led wagon rides, games, hay bales and each weekend has a different theme. Think “old fashioned family pumpkin patch” — featuring the most famously-tall hay bales at the entrance (fabulous photo op). During this time, the Farm is filled with stunt ropers, gold mines and other cowboy-style activities during the Wild West Weekend (Oct. 24-25) and Halloween day, naturally, is “All About Pumpkins.” It’s adorable… especially if your little one dresses like a pumpkin too. Just sayin.

Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns in La Canada Flintridge, CA. We hit this up last year and man… was it a HIT. Located in the outdoor venue Descanso Gardens, seeing thousands of the most artistic, hand-carved pumpkins all in one place will blow your mind. Pumpkins piled high in the shapes of dinosaurs, your favorite celebrities, classic movies… you name it. (No, I’m not being paid by ‘The Rise’ to say this.)

Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch in Culver City, CA. If you want to feel like a celebrity mom, this is the place to go. Dress your kid in their trendiest fall gear and keep an eye out for JLo. (I’ve never been, but I’m told paparazzi are parked in front to catch all the celebrity families that show up to nab their pumpkins.) They’ve got pumpkin houses, pumpkin carving, pumpkin bouncers, pumpkin painting and, of course, plain old pumpkins to take home and plop on your porch.

Natural History Museum in Los Angeles, CA. Not to freak you out, but this year toddlers can find spiders and mummies in the same place! Over 300 spiders and 20 mummies are workin’, chillin’ and haunting this spot through October (check dates on the website, separate exhibits).

So boo to YOU! Happy Halloween…



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