South Bay Halloween Guide – Social Distancing Events 2020 Edition
Halloween 2020 will probably be very different this year. But it’s still such a fun holiday that kids look forward to every year, so we’ve created a round-up of activities that are happening in the South Bay, Los Angeles and even a few worth a drive in Southern California! And don’t forget to check out our list of halloween movies for at home fun.
Check back often as we will continue to update. And please note, during this time, due to COVID-19, all events below are subject to change. Please check the venues website and reach out to verify information is accurate and up-to-date.
The LA County of Department of Public Health has issued official Guidelines for 2020 Halloween in Los Angeles County, read more here.
Halloween Activities: Not Permitted (gatherings and events are not currently allowed under the Health Officer Order)
- Halloween gatherings, events or parties with non-household members are not permitted even if they are conducted outdoors.
- Carnivals, festivals, live entertainment, and haunted house attractions are not allowed.
- Door to door trick or treating is not recommended because it can be very difficult to maintain proper social distancing on porches and at front doors, ensure that everyone answering or coming to the door is appropriately masked to prevent disease spread, and because sharing food is risky.
- “Trunk or treating” where children go from car to car instead of door to door to receive treats is also not recommended, particularly when part of Halloween events, since it is difficult to avoid crowding and sharing food.
Local Halloween Activities and Events:
Mr. Jone’s pumpkin patch
3825 Pacific Coast Highway, Torrance
It’s in between Hawthorne and Anza. Our hours of operation are 9:30 to 9:30. Bounce houses, hey rides and Pumpkins.
Pumpkin Patch at the South Bay Galleria – Oct. 1-31
Located on the corner of Artesia Blvd. & Kingsdale Ave.
ADMISSION: $1.00 per person
DAILY HOURS: 10:00am – 8:00pm
- Pumpkins of all shapes & sizes
- Trackless train ride: $5.00
- Play at the farm: $5.00
- Video games: $10.00
- Jumpers & slides: $15.00
- Photo opportunities & more
Corner of 9th St. & Western Ave
SEASONAL**Hours: Sun-Thurs 10-8:30
Join us on October 31st from 10am till 1pm for safe family fun at the Automobile Driving Museum.
Cruise over in your classic car and scare the neighborhood at the Automobile Driving Museum.
We understand you may be feeling a little down and out about this year’s Halloween with trick-or-treating being frowned upon. But just because you can’t go house to house for some candy, doesn’t mean you can’t run around the Garden for some! We’re encouraging all Garden visitors to come to the Garden dressed in costume (yes, masks are still required). Our staff will be joining in as well and we’ll be handing out some fun bingo cards for you to go on a hunt through the Garden. Parents, we’re encouraging you to make it even more fun for your kids by bringing a bag of candy with you. Every time they cross off a square on their bingo card, they’ve earned a piece of candy! It’s a new, creative way of trick-or-treating safely during this COVID era.
And we’re not stopping there! Coming to the Garden dressed in costume isn’t just fun… it’s a competition! Take your most creative pics in the Garden (there are definitely some spooky spots for a fun backdrop and we’ll have some photo ops set up for you too!
Garden hours for Halloween day are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Advance ticket reservations are required and can be purchased here.
Introducing a new breed of “boo” at the Los Angeles Zoo – Oct 29- Nov 1
Gather the brood for ghoulishly fun-yet-safe night as the Zoo’s parking lot transforms into a creepy-cool classic drive-in theater, offering boo-tiful photo ops, treat bags with candy and fun swag, and devilishly good food available for purchase via mobile ordering. Arrive early to catch the preshow video presentation featuring favorite Zoo animals, trivia challenges and more. And get in the spirit by dressing in costume and decorating your vehicle!
- Thursday, October 29 – Clue (1985, PG)
- Friday, October 30 – Goosebumps (2015, PG)
- Saturday, October 31 – The Addams Family (2019, PG)
- Sunday, November 1 – Poltergeist (1982, PG-13)
$100 per vehicle for up to two guests
$140 per vehicle for three or more guests – members save $15 with their discount code!
Irvine Park’s Railroad, Pumpkin Patch, Sept 19 – Oct 31
Irvine Park Railroad’s Pumpkin Patch in Orange County is fun for the entire family. Come out and enjoy the many activities for kids of all ages. The Pumpkin Patch is located just behind the train station and admission is FREE. Please note that a gate entrance fee will be charged by the County of Orange for each vehicle that enters Irvine Regional Park.
At this time, due to COVID-19, we are uncertain if the 2020 Pumpkin Patch will take place as scheduled. The event, and dates of the event are scheduled to change at the sole discretion of Irvine Park Railroad. Please check back for updates in the weeks leading up to October 3, 2020.
Stay tuned for updates on how we are making the 2020 Pumpkin Patch a safe and enjoyable for everyone!
This year we will be offering a Drive-Thru Pumpkin Patch option as well as a U-Pick Pumpkin Option! A wagon ride led by one of our friendly tour guides around our beautiful 30 acre farm! Includes a pumpkin you pick yourself, U-Pick veggies, pumpkin cannon, ride through the barnyard educational exhibit with farm animals, lots of fun stuff to look at, a scarecrow contest, sunflowers, and more!
The farm will transform for the fall season into a 40+ acre giant Pumpkin Patch, Pick Your Own & Harvest Experience. While our traditional Fall Harvest Festival will be postponed until 2021, we will offer acres of pumpkins, fall harvest decor, multiple photo opportunities, a Country Store, rides to and from the fields and viewing of our animals. Weekends will include roaming entertainment at a distance.
Freeform Halloween Road Show – Oct 2-4
We’re kicking off Halloween with a FREE, in person, socially distant experience in Los Angeles. #FreeformHalloweenRoad is an outdoor immersive event all behind the wheel of your car. If you dare, drive through the worlds of The Nightmare Before Christmas, Hocus Pocus & other spooktacular surprises.
Click here for Freeform’s 31 Days of Halloween Movies
Haunt-O-Ween LA – October 9 – 31
A family friendly Halloween drive-thru adventure. Enjoy the adventure from the safety of your vehicle. An all-ages-friendly drive-thru experience. Keep the fun traditions and excitement of Halloween alive in a safe, engaging, interactive & immersive format. Windows down, masks on! Pumpkin “Picking” (1 pumpkin per vehicle. Additional pumpkins available for purchase), “Door to Door” Trick or Treating (enough candy for everyone!), Video Op (sent to your email), and Immersive Installations. 6100 Topanga Canyon Blvd- Woodland Hills, CA 91367
Urban Legends Haunt at the OC Fairgrounds – Oct 1- Nov 1
Drive-thru Halloween haunt. Guests will enjoy in the safety of their own vehicle a drive-thru where scare seekers will experience immersive story-telling and terrifying sets. Guests will be entertained by live performances through-out their drive, plus experience 3 interactive show zones and an immersive show of lights, sound, special effects and monsters will come alive.
No age restrictions but we recommend 10+
This fall, if you’re looking for a Halloween experience that’s less about frights and more about the joy of the season, then Descanso Gardens has the perfect activity for you. Throughout the month of October, the Gardens will celebrate Halloween at Descanso, a pumpkin-filled extravaganza that invites guests to safely wind their way through socially-distanced pumpkin-themed displays in the most popular sections of Descanso Gardens.
During Halloween week – Monday, October 26 to Saturday, October 31 – the Gardens will offer extended hours from 5pm-8pm and small treat bags for kids. On Halloween night, Saturday, October 31, extended hours will be reserved for Family Plus members.
Knott’s Berry Farm – Taste of Halloween Sept 25 – Nov 1
Knott’s Berry Farm introduces its newest family-friendly outdoor dining and retail experience celebrating the Halloween season and the flavors of Fall with Knott’s Taste of Fall-O-Ween. Knott’s pays tribute to the year’s spookiest season with a Fall food event unlike any other. The spirit of Halloween comes to life with a cornucopia of Harvest and Halloween décor that will transform the park for the season.
Guests of all ages can dress up in their most festive costumes* to experience one-of-a-kind themed food and treats, exclusive event merchandise including specialty items from local crafters, an all-new “Into the Fog” art show, and so much more. Plus included with a junior tasting card, young guests will have an opportunity to take a trip through the fully-themed Camp Snoopy Trick-or-Treat Trail presented by Hershey and Ralphs, loaded with multiple treat stations and special spooky decorations. All Knott’s Taste of Fall-O-Ween activities will be conducted at a safe and socially distant space for families to enjoy.
Nights of Jack: A drive through Halloween Experience Oct 1- Nov 1
Due to Covid-19 and our concern for everyone’s health and safety, we have shifted Nights of the Jack to a DRIVE-THRU Halloween experience for this season! Our new extended driving trail will feature thousands of hand-carved and illuminated Jack O’ Lanterns as attendees make their way around King Gillette Ranch in Calabasas, CA. Immerse yourself in an instagrammable Halloween wonderland and experience what everyone is talking about!
The Haunted Barnyard – A Drive Thru Experience – October 22nd, 23rd, 27th – 31st, November 5th & 6th 2020
Drive through our interactive terrifyingly haunted barnyard of nightmares! See if you can escape from the Funhouse, journey through our Zombie Infested Graveyard, take caution entering the Insane Asylum, find your way out of the Haunted Woods, navigate the Ghostly Maze, and a few surprises that will scare your socks off.
The Haunted Barnyard concept is an exciting immersive drive-thru experience in Santa Clarita curated by a team of designers including a film and themed park set designer, set dressers, costume designers and makeup artists from Universal Studios Horror Nights, Knott’s Scary Farm and Six Flags Fright Fest. Your unsuspecting passengers or (victims) will get the scare of a lifetime in The Gentle Barn’s transformed land of nightmares. Wind your way through a multitude of ghastly scenes while being guided by a ghostly audio with sound effects in the safety of your own vehicle!
Mr. Jack O’Lanterns Pumpkins at The Farmer’s Market – 10/10 -10/11
Grab your kiddos and stop by our pumpkin patch hosted by Mr. Jack O’Lanterns Pumpkins to find the plumpest pumpkins big or small, perfect for decorating or carving jack o’lanterns at home. There will be crowd control to allow 6ft physical distancing along with mask-wearing guidelines.
Boo At The Zoo at the Santa Ana Zoo – 10/28 – 10/31
A PASSIVE WALK THROUGH EXPERIENCE. Follow a fun Halloween trail through the Zoo during extended admission hours. You’ll discover our “merry, not scary” decorations along the way, making this an activity the whole family can enjoy together, wearing family-friendly costumes and collecting goody bags for each child on the way out.
Scarium of the Pacific at the Aquarium of the Pacific – 10/23-10/25
Discover the creatures lurking in the depths at the Aquarium of the Pacific during its Scarium-themed weekend. Enjoy spooky décor and creepy creatures as you explore the Aquarium. Everyone is invited to wear family-friendly costumes during this event. Islands is providing Kids Free Meal certificates each day of Scarium to the first 200 children in costume as they enter the Aquarium.
Visit the Aquarium’s safety protocols page before visiting: pacific.to/safety
Advance reservations are required.
The Thirteen Days of Halloween at the Kidspace Museum – 10/19-10/31
Countdown to the spookiest day of the year when Kidspace unleashes The Thirteen Days of Halloween! For thirteen lucky days beginning October 19, children can “trick-or-treat” online to learn and laugh about pumpkins, bats, spiders, and more. A new door with a new video treat unlocks every day! To sweeten the surprise, you can unwrap science experiments, crafts, and recipes. The Kidspace Thirteen Days of Halloween party begins October 19 on desktop and mobile devices at kidspacemuseum.org.
2020 Ragin Cajun Haunted Cafe – 10/12- 10/31
Halloween Is Not Cancelled This Year!! Our Outdoor Patio’s and Parking Lot will be turned into a Haunted Cafe Every Night from October 12-31!
Enjoy ordering off of our Special Halloween Menu that features Spicy Bat Wings, Smoking Skull Drinks, Buckets of Bones, Vampire Soda, Witches Hair Pasta and more!! Fun for the whole family! All children 12 and under will get a Take Home Gift Bag!
Seating is limited and will be done on a First Come – First Served basis, so Please Be Patient! Parking in the lot will be limited, please use the street parking and the Walgreen’s Lot next door.
Halloween at Descanso Gardens – 10/1-10/31
Throughout the month of October, celebrate Halloween at Descanso, a pumpkin-filled extravaganza that invites guests to safely wind their way through socially-distanced, pumpkin-themed displays in the most popular sections of Descanso Gardens.
The Kitchen at Descanso will have a variety of warm, fall-inspired drinks and soups available, along with such seasonal favorites as caramel corn and churros.
**Tickets are required for non-members and will be available Sept. 28 at descansogardens.org**
Spooky Spectacular Thursday Livestream: Venardos Circus Online – Oct 29th – NOV 1st
Our Spooky Spectacular Circus show is here for Halloween with 7 shows Oct 29th – NOV 1st! We are happy to announce that we will be performing all of our Spooky Spectacular Livestream performances in front of a limited in-person audience in Redmond Oregon! Working with local health and safety regulations we will be able to welcome small, socially distanced groups to watch our Live-stream shows in person with us, under the big top! This will be an all-new show designed to delight all ages with the spooky fun of Halloween!
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Practicing our TRICKS for our big SpooOooOOooky Spectacular show this Halloween! 🎪 For the first time since March, we will be performing in front of a socially distanced crowd, we’re going to put up the Big Top (omg we miss that Tent!) and we are going to stream all seven shows online for our National audience! 🎪 SHOWTIMES 🎪 THURS: 7pm PST FRI: 7pm PST SAT: 12pm, 3pm, 6pm PST SUN: 1pm, 4pm PST Please Buy Your Tickets In Advance! 🎟 : www.VenardosCircus.com