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Your guide to pumpkin patches and Halloween haunts in SoCal

Here's your guide to scary and not-so-scary Halloween events in SoCal.
Here's your guide to scary and not-so-scary Halloween events in SoCal.
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Boo! Halloween snuck up on you. Here's a round-up of Halloween-themed events for the kids and the adults. Don't worry, they aren't all scary.

FALL FESTIVALS

Dia de los Muertos Festival

 

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 28, 12 p.m. - 12 a.m.
WHERE: Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Hollywood MAP
COST: $20 admission

The Dia de los Muertos festival is as colorful and vibrant as the makeup and art that you associate with this Mexican holiday. There will be a traditional procession in the home of Hollywood’s Immortals with Aztec blessings. Dance groups and musical performances will grace the four stages. See over 100 altars of flowers and gifts competing in the competition. There's also a costume content for the best Calaca (skeleton).

Tanaka Farms Fall Festival

 

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WHEN: Friday, Sept. 29 - Tuesday, Oct. 31; 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
WHERE: Tanaka Farms, Irvine MAP
COST: $3 admission

Tanaka Farms' pumpkin patch is everything you love about family fall festivals, with a lot of Sanrio thrown in. Hello Kitty and her cute cartoon friends can be found all over the farm. The fall attractions also include a corn maze, carnival games, farm animals, face painting and a pumpkin cannon. Make sure you get parking passes online ahead of time if you plan on going on the weekend. You won't be admitted without one on Saturdays and Sundays.

Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch

WHEN: Friday, Oct. 6 - Monday, Oct. 30; 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. on Sundays - Thursdays, 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays
WHERE: 10100 Jefferson Blvd., Culver City MAP
COST: $10 - $15 admission on the weekends Get tickets

You don't have to go all the way to Orange County to get your pumpkin fix. This patch in Culver City is perfect for L.A. residents who don't want to go too far to feel like they're on a farm. One of the most Instagram-famous spots is the Mr. Bones residence made of stacked pumpkins. There's also slides, bounce houses, giant seesaws, face painting and a petting zoo.​

FURRY (MONSTER) FRIENDLY

Haute Dog Howl'oween Parade

Some costumed dogs even ride in their own float, like these circus animals in the 2016 Haute Dog Halloween Parade in Long Beach.
Some costumed dogs even ride in their own float, like these circus animals in the 2016 Haute Dog Halloween Parade in Long Beach.
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WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 29, 2:30 p.m.
WHERE: Marina Vista Park, Long Beach MAP
COST: Free to watch, $10 to enter

Dressed-up dogs are almost as cute as your tiny terror two-year-olds dressed up at pumpkins. Watch hundreds of dogs walk in this annual parade. You can expect plenty of puns. Last year, there was a French bulldog dressed as French fries. That's reason enough to go.

Howl-o-ween

 

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 28, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.
WHERE: Angel City Brewery, DTLA MAP
COST: Free

Angel City Brewery is letting you bring your dogs to their cool, artsy outdoor space. There's a dog costume contest, dog training demos, and the chance to adopt a dog like the adorable one above from the Westside German Shepherd Rescue.

HALLOWEEN RAILROADS

Peanuts: The Great Pumpkin Patch Express

WHEN: Saturdays and Sundays in October, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
WHERE: Orange Empire Railway Museum, Perris MAP
COST: $25 for adults, $15 for kids

Meet Charlie Brown, Lucy and Snoopy at this special pumpkin patch inspired by the classic Halloween movie. Kids can get their face painted, jump in the bounce house and select a pumpkin to take home. The museum is also offering hayrides and vintage trolley rides.

Irvine Park Railroad’s Pumpkin Patch

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WHEN: Sept. 16 - Oct. 31; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. weekdays, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. weekends
WHERE: Irvine Park Railroad, Orange MAP
COST: Free

This free pumpkin patch is perfect for the little ones. There's a hay maze and a haunted house that's not too scary. If you get tickets, the kids can also go on train rides and hay rides and race tiny versions of John Deere vehicles.

FOR ADULTS

West Hollywood Costume Carnaval

 

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WHEN:  Tuesday, Oct. 31, 6 p.m. - 11 p.m.
WHERE: Santa Monica Boulevard between Doheny Drive and La Cienega Boulevard, West Hollywood MAP
COST: Free

This annual street party in West Hollywood is a Halloween tradition in L.A. The city is expecting crowds of 500,000 people. The people-watching and costume spotting is entertainment enough, but there's also plenty of bars with food and drink specials and live performances on the street.

Santa Monica Zombie Crawl

Dressing like a zombie is required for this annual pub crawl.
Dressing like a zombie is required for this annual pub crawl.
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WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 28, 6 p.m. - close
WHERE: Various locations in Santa Monica MAP
COST: $12 online Get tickets

Party like the undead! There are a couple of rules for this pub crawl. No. 1, you must dress like a zombie. If you don't have any zombie costume materials, be one of the first 100 people there and make-up artists will transform you for free. The other main rule is you must also walk like a zombie between bars, arms outstretched and dragging a leg to Santa Monica nightlife staples like Ye Olde King's Head.

BACKYARD HAUNTED HOUSES

These are a great pick for people looking for a taste of local haunts. These private houses go all out for Halloween, and they let the public in to see their setup for free (but they take donations for local charities).

MAIN ATTRACTIONS

Other popular Halloween attractions include:

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