#TopPicks: October’18 Outings

Once the weather cools down and pumpkin everything starts cropping up, you know it’s officially autumn in LA.

Check out our list of top picks for October outings below, and don’t forget to check out the calendar for more outing ideas!

Ongoing

Sept. 29 – Oct. 31 | Underwood Family Farms Fall Harvest Festival: [Moorpark] Weekend admission at the festival includes a tractor-drawn wagon ride, corn maze, hay pyramid, the animal center, pig races, and much more! Admission rates vary by date, and range from $12 – $20.

Oct. 13 – Oct. 31 | Ghost Train: [Griffith Park] LA’s steamers get haunted this month! Littles that love trains and Halloween will enjoy this seasonal activity.

Oct. 11 – Oct. 21 | Hocus Pocus at the El Capitan Theatre: [Hollywood] Experience Disney’s Hocus Pocus at the El Capitan. Tickets range from $11 – $23, with discounted tickets for kids 11 years and under.

Oct. 11 – Nov. 4 | Nights of the Jack: [Calabasas] Gaze upon thousands of uniquely carved and illuminated pumpkins at King Gillette Ranch. Ticket prices range from $20 – $25, with a discounted rate for kids 12 years and under.

Oct. 25 – Nov. 2 | Dia de los Muertos: [Downtown LA] Honor the dead at this 9 day festival on Olvera Street. The event includes children’s workshops, face painting, and a novenario procession.

All month | Boo at the LA Zoo: [Griffith Park] Enjoy Halloween-themed daytime and weekend activities all month long at the LA Zoo! Special events include trick-or-treating, Boo-tiful photo ops, and a “Spooktacular Science” show. Tickets range from $16 – $21 for admission, with a discounted rate for kids 12 years and under.

Tuesday, October 2

Mean Girls Outdoor Screening: [The Grove] Enjoy a special screening of Mean Girls at The Grove!

Wednesday, October 3

Sugar Skulls: [Lake View Terrace] Kids ages 11-18 years are invited to decorate Sugar Skulls.

Thursday, October 4

Job Skills for Teens: [Harbor City] Teens can learn tips on how to fill out job applications and create resumes.

Shakes-Queer: [East Hollywood] Learn how to perform a Shakespeare speech like a pro, from a drag queen!

Friday, October 5

LA Greek Fest: [USC Area] This 3-day festival features tasty Greek food, Greek dance workshops, history tours of Saint Sophia Cathedral, and free parking! Admission is $5, but you can receive a $2 discount coupon via email.

Free Screening of The Goonies: [Redondo Beach] Bring a picnic for a free screening of The Goonies in Hopkins Wilderness Park.

Feed the Homeless: [Downtown LA] Roll and pass out burritos to the homeless from a mobile food truck every Friday evening.

Saturday, October 6

Pumpkin Festival: [Pomona] Enjoy this weekend festival that includes a corn maze, hayride, pumpkin patch, pie eating contest, pumpkin seed spitting contest, and more! Ticket pre-sale ends 10/6, and ticket prices range from $3 – $5, with discounted rates for kids 12 years and under.

Children’s Business Fair: [Santa Ana] Kids can learn how to launch their very own startup! Develop a brand, create a product, and open for business in Downtown Santa Ana.

Culver City Art Walk & Roll Festival: [Culver City] Swing by the Culver City Arts District’s art galleries, featuring live music, kids activities, and food trucks.

Community Health Fair: [Inglewood] This family-friendly fest includes activities, free consultations and screenings, therapy sessions, healthy food chefs, and more!

Birds of the Santa Monica Mountains: [Calabasas] Take an easy morning bird walk around the King Gillette Ranch.

Outdoor Volunteer Day: [San Pedro] Volunteer at the native plant nursery by transplanting seeds and prepare native plants to be planted.

Wrap It Up!: [Van Nuys] Every Saturday in October, volunteers 16 years and older can help wrap and sort books at the Child Care Resource Center.

LA Greek Fest: [USC Area] This 3-day festival features tasty Greek food, Greek dance workshops, history tours of Saint Sophia Cathedral, and free parking! Admission is $5, but you can receive a $2 discount coupon via email.

Monster Island: [Downey] Enjoy monster dress-up, karaoke, and a movie screening at Downey Civic Theatre. This movie screening is for kids and young adults with special needs.

Sunday, October 7

Pumpkin Festival: [Pomona] Enjoy this weekend festival that includes a corn maze, hayride, pumpkin patch, pie eating contest, pumpkin seed spitting contest, and more! Ticket pre-sale ends 10/6, and ticket prices range from $3 – $5, with discounted rates for kids 12 years and under.

Make Your Mark in the Park: [Downtown LA] Budding artists will have a blast trying many variations of urban landscape drawing in Grand Park.

Encino Family Festival: [Encino] Experience this free event, featuring games, craft artisans, and performances.

OCD Free- Family Fun Fair: [Beverly Hills] This festival raises awareness and understanding of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and related disorders through activities and games for all ages.

COAST: [Santa Monica] Traverse the open, car-free streets of Santa Monica! Enjoy art installations, activities, and the opportunity to run, bike, skate, and walk around Downtown Santa Monica’s streets.

LA Greek Fest: [USC Area] This 3-day festival features tasty Greek food, Greek dance workshops, history tours of Saint Sophia Cathedral, and free parking! Admission is $5, but you can receive a $2 discount coupon via email.

Feria de los Moles: [Downtown LA] This free festival in Grand Park celebrates the delicious Mexican dish, mole poblano! Plates start at $10, and will include vegan mole.

Monday, October 8

The Inaugural Los Angeles Indigenous Peoples Day Celebration: [Downtown LA] This is the first official celebration commemorating Indigenous Peoples Day in Los Angeles. Take part in a sunrise ceremony, 5K run, parade of nations, and much more!

Tuesday, October 9

BEST Ride: Taste of Monterey Park: [Monterey Park] Experience an evening bike ride as you make pit stops for free samples around Monterey Park’s many eateries.

Wednesday, October 10

Idealist Grad Fair: [Downtown LA] Is your Little already contemplating grad school? They’ll learn about admission requirements for grad programs in social work, public policy, public interest law, and more at this free event open to all.

Thursday, October 11

Fitbit Local Halloween Bootcamp: [Culver City] Enjoy a free, all-ages evening workout at Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch, with a chance to win a free Fitbit!

Kids and Candidates: [Alhambra] Civic-minded Littles can get involved in this community engagement forum by developing questions, staffing info tables, and providing support throughout the evening.

Friday, October 12

Art Night: [Pasadena] Experience a free night of open doors to 19 of Pasadena’s art and cultural institutions, featuring dance sessions, art workshops, and ghost stories.

Feed the Homeless: [Downtown LA] Roll and pass out burritos to the homeless from a mobile food truck every Friday evening.

Saturday, October 13

Haunted Arroyo: [Pasadena] Wonder through this after-hours glowing special event at Kidspace Children’s Museum. Tickets are not included in general admission.

Fall into Literacy Book Festival: [Wilmington] Community libraries and schools are teaming up to provide free books and resources to families in an effort to promote literacy in the community.

Health and Harvest Fair: [Westlake] The LA Community Clinic hosts a free event featuring free food, health screenings, costumes, and gifts for all ages.

Reyes Adobe Days: [Agoura Hills] Reyes Adobe Park & Historical Site plays host to this fall celebration. Tour the Adobe, see art, enjoy the parade, and enjoy free children’s activities all weekend.

Wrap It Up!: [Van Nuys] Every Saturday in October, volunteers 16 years and older can help wrap and sort books at the Child Care Resource Center.

Sunday, October 14

Haunted Arroyo: [Pasadena] Wonder through this after-hours glowing special event at Kidspace Children’s Museum. Tickets are not included in general admission.

Say NO Bullying Festival: [Griffith Park] Anti-bullying advocates will feel empowered by this festival and resource fair, merging education with advocacy.

Native Garden Volunteer Day: [Rancho Palos Verdes] Learn about native gardening as you gaze out at the Pacific Ocean. Volunteers will prune, weed, water, and spread native seeds at the oceanside garden.

Reyes Adobe Days: [Agoura Hills] Reyes Adobe Park & Historical Site plays host to this fall celebration. Tour the Adobe, see art, enjoy the parade, and enjoy free children’s activities all weekend.

Tabletop Games: [Cypress] Adults, teens, and kids can have fun with tabletop games at the Cypress Library.

Monday, October 15

Latinx Film Celebration: [Downtown LA] Celebrate Latinx culture with a film screening!

Free Yoga Class: [South LA] Head over to Hyde Park Miriam Matthews branch library for a free yoga class!

Tuesday, October 16

Popcorn for Poetry: [Downtown LA] Is your Little a poet, and they know it? Come by the Central Library to share your poem and popcorn.

Wednesday, October 17

Harry Potter Trivia Night: [Palms] The library hosts a Harry Potter trivia night, pizza included!

Thursday, October 18

Free Math Tutoring: [Hollywood] Littles in grades K-8 can benefit from some free math tutoring at the Memorial branch library!

Friday, October 19

Inside Voices: A Solo Exhibition: [West Hollywood] Art-loving Littles might be interested in this 3 day exhibit featuring art by Greg Mike. His style incorporates classic cartoons, color, and ferocious animals.

Game Day: [Downtown LA] Play video games on the Nintendo Switch or Xbox 360 Kinect, or board games at the Central Library!

Feed the Homeless: [Downtown LA] Roll and pass out burritos to the homeless from a mobile food truck every Friday evening.

Saturday, October 20

Calabasas Pumpkin Festival: [Calabasas] Celebrate all things fall with pumpkin pies, professional pumpkin carving, free inflatables, and a free car show. Ticket prices range from $5 – $10 based on pre-sale purchase or purchase at the gate.

Malibu Creek State Park Restoration: [Calabasas] Spend your morning volunteering in the outdoors, removing weeds and invasive plants.

Beverly Hills Art Show: [Beverly Hills] Check out the Beverly Hills Garden Park for 4 blocks of varied art forms and activities.

Wildlife Family Fun Day: [Century City] Enjoy a day of fun activities celebrating an exhibition opening at Annenberg Space for Photography.

Family Fun Fall Festival: [Pasadena] This free event features games and activities for all, including pony rides, costume contests, a petting zoo, and more!

Inside Voices: A Solo Exhibition: [West Hollywood] Art-loving Littles might be interested in this 3 day exhibit featuring art by Greg Mike. His style incorporates classic cartoons, color, and ferocious animals.

Wrap It Up!: [Van Nuys] Every Saturday in October, volunteers 16 years and older can help wrap and sort books at the Child Care Resource Center.

Strut Your Mutt: [Exposition Park] Join a team or individually fundraise to help save homeless dogs in our community. Start with a celebratory walk (dog not required), and enjoy a family-friendly festival with lots of fun activities, food, and vendors.

Sunday, October 21

Calabasas Pumpkin Festival: [Calabasas] Celebrate all things fall with pumpkin pies, professional pumpkin carving, free inflatables, and a free car show. Ticket prices range from $5 – $10 based on pre-sale purchase or purchase at the gate.

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bag Making: [Culver City] Help decorate Halloween-themed trick-or-treat bags filled with candy, toys, and a toothbrush. All bags are donated to the less fortunate in our community.

Fall Funtastic at the Beverly Hills Farmers Market: [Beverly Hills] Decorate pumpkins and participate in a scavenger hunt at the farmers market!

Inside Voices: A Solo Exhibition: [West Hollywood] Art-loving Littles might be interested in this 3 day exhibit featuring art by Greg Mike. His style incorporates classic cartoons, color, and ferocious animals.

LA Cancer Challenge 5K, Walk, & Run: [UCLA] Get fit for a good cause at this family-friendly 5K. The event features a Candyland Kids Zone featuring fun activities. Registration starts at $25, with discounted rates for kids 11 years and under.

Monday, October 22

How to Write Great College Essays: [Anaheim Hills] Learn about what college admission counselors want to read! This session is perfect for your college-bound Little.

Tuesday, October 23

Cookies & Comic Books Club: [Hollywood] Kids over 16 years can share their favorite graphic novels and comics, and enjoy cookies provided by the Wilshire branch library!

Hook & Yarning Group: [Venice] Whether you’re a beginner or advanced, you’ll have fun at this all ages knitting group at the Abbot Kinney library. Needles, yarn, and hooks provided.

Wednesday, October 24

Full Moon Hike: [Beverly Hills] Experience a moderate, 2 1/2 hour hike at Franklin Canyon Park.

Thursday, October 25

History of Central Avenue: [USC Area] For Littles that love jazz and local history, this free program at the California African American Museum is not to be missed!

Friday, October 26

Feed the Homeless: [Downtown LA] Roll and pass out burritos to the homeless from a mobile food truck every Friday evening.

Saturday, October 27

Scarium of the Pacific: [Long Beach] Littles that love Halloween and learning about marine ecology will revel in this special weekend program at the Aquarium of the Pacific.

Halloween Harvest Festival: [Arcadia] Kids will love this free event, including face painting, trick-or-treating, pony rides, and more! Costume parade participants will be entered for the chance to win a bike!

Scare-amount Ranch: [Agoura Hills] This free, family-friendly Halloween event includes two self-guided hikes into the backwoods of Paramount Ranch. Activities include making fake movie blood and animal-themed crafts.

Outdoor Volunteer Day: [San Pedro] Volunteer at the native plant nursery by transplanting seeds and prepare native plants to be planted.

Wrap It Up!: [Van Nuys] Every Saturday in October, volunteers 16 years and older can help wrap and sort books at the Child Care Resource Center.

Anaheim Fall Festival & Halloween Parade: [Anaheim] This annual festival and parade will delight anyone who revels in the autumn spirit! Enjoy a ferris wheel, pooch paw-rade, a haunted house, and more!

Carrera de los Muertos: [Downtown LA] This vibrant 5K honors loved ones that have passed, as participants run, walk, and jog throughout scenic Downtown LA. Face painters will be available in the morning. Registration prices range from $30 – $50, depending on age and date of entry.

Pumpkin Festival: [Pasadena] This free annual, family-friendly event includes carnival games, bouncers, and face painting. Tickets can be purchased for food and activities.

Day of the Dead: [Hollywood] Celebrate the Aztec goddess at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Dress in your finest Calaca apparel as you enjoy Mexican cuisine, kids’ art projects, and musical entertainment throughout the evening. Admission is $25, with free admission for kids under 8 years until 4 pm.

Saturday Afternoon at the Labyrinth: [Mid-City] Meditate and reflect in the meditation gardens for free at Peace Awareness Labyrinth and Gardens.

Sunday, October 28

Scarium of the Pacific: [Long Beach] Littles that love Halloween and learning about marine ecology will revel in this special weekend program at the Aquarium of the Pacific.

Halloween Block Party: [Eagle Rock] This free event features dog and cat adoption, a doggy kissing booth, costume parades for kids and dogs, face painting, and lots of freebies!

Alhambra Pumpkin Run & Halloween Fest: [Alhambra] This event features a pumpkin pie bake-off contest, a 5K run, and a craft fair!

Howlin’ Halloween for Kids: [Pasadena] The Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA invites kids to enjoy an afternoon of crafts, games, and trick-or-treating with shelter dogs.

Pumpkin Festival: [Pasadena] This free annual, family-friendly event includes carnival games, bouncers, and face painting. Tickets can be purchased for food and activities.

Monday, October 29

Free Yoga Class: [South LA] Head over to Hyde Park Miriam Matthews branch library for a free yoga class!

Tuesday, October 30

Teen Art Club: [Hollywood] Art supplies and how-to books are provided at this art group for kids 11-18 years of all skill levels.

Wednesday, October 31

Halloween Party: [Baldwin Hills Crenshaw] Kids 13 years and under can trick-or-treat for free at the mall. Enjoy kids crafts and free giveaways!

Trick-or-Treat in Little Tokyo: [Downtown LA] The youngest of Littles will enjoy dressing up and asking local retailers for candy around Japanese Village Plaza.

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