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Best Alternatives To Trick-Or-Treating In Los Angeles

October 8, 2015 6:00 AM

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Now is the time to join the festivities and make this Halloween amazingly fun for the children. If you prefer your children to be in a more structured atmosphere than trick-or-treating door to door but still want them to enjoy themselves, then try these tremendously fun events. The ones listed are inexpensive, have snacks available, are well organized, and were created for a night of Halloween celebration the whole family is sure to love.

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(credit: Ethan Miller/Getty Images)


Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch
West Los Angeles College
10100 Jefferson Blvd
Culver City, CA
(310) 276-9827
www.mrbonespumpkinpatch.com
Dates: October 2nd – 31st, 2015

Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch has to be one of the coolest places to be this Halloween. Offering tons of fun activities for children, kids may decorate pumpkins, play with animals in the petting zoo, bounce in a Jumpin’ Pumpkin, get their faces painted, race down Mr. Bones Super Slide, walk through the Straw Maze and sway back and forth on huge Giant Rockin’ Horses and do more at this great pumpkin patch. To top it off, Bones sells all kinds of goodies to snack on, including vegetarian hot dogs and other treats including chips, muffins and popsicles as well as apple juice and soda. In addition, children and parents are welcome to wear costumes. Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch will truly make this Halloween a memorable one this year.

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(credit: Vilma S./Yelp)


Los Angeles Live Steamers Halloween Ghost Train
5202 Zoo Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 662-8030
www.lals.org/www.lals.org
Dates: October 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25, 29, 30 an 31, 2015; November 1, 2015 from 7pm to 10pm

A fun safe alternative way to spend Halloween with children is by taking them to historical Griffith Park where your kids can enjoy visiting the Los Angeles Steamers Railroad Museum. At the museum, kids will love viewing bridges, water towers, train stations and miniature towns. For just $15, you and your kids will get to enjoy a twenty minute outdoor train ride featuring terrific lighting effects and more. It’ll be somewhat scary too, since it is technically Halloween, but the fright-factor is family safe and you won’t have to be scared of monsters coming at you.

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8th Annual Halloween Party for Downtown LA Kids
Grand Hope Park at FIDM
West 9th Street and Hope
Los Angeles, CA 90017
(323) 644-6661
www.downtownla.com

Celebrating in Grand Hope Park for the 8th consecutive year, The Downtown LA Halloween Party for Kids will be tons of fun and feature a myriad of activities. With puppet shows, bouncy hoses, arts and crafts, face painting and more, it’s a place children and adults can come to enjoy without having to go out trick or treating and still take part in Halloween activities. Advance tickets are recommended as the event does sell out, and costumes are required for children, but are optional for adults. Remember to bring a bucket or a bag to get candy also!

Related: Best Fall Festivals in Los Angeles

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(credit: JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images)


Hollywood Horror Night 
Universal Studios Hollywood
100 Universal City Plaza
Universal City, CA 91608
818) 622-3801
www.halloweenhorrornights.com/

Universal Studios’ amped annual Halloween event, Halloween Horror Nights, is scarier than ever this year! Featuring more surprises more screams, newly themed mazes based on cult films and smash hit TV shows, and more, you’ll can be sure you’ll be pretty scared by the end of the evening. Take a “Terror Tram” ride and get overrun by zombies, or pick a maze and get ambushed by aliens, zombies or werewolves. The choice is yours. Times, tickets and packages are available online.

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(credit: LA Zoo)


Boo At The Zoo 
LA Zoo
5333 Zoo Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 644-4200
www.lazoo.com/

The L.A. Zoo’s annual event will be returning again this year throughout the month of October. Visitors are invited to don their best costumes and take part in activities including pumpkin carving demonstrations, arts and crafts, the Creepy Creature Encounter, Chomp n’ Stomp animal feedings, performances, crafts for kids and more. Guests can also choose to trick-or-treat throughout the Zoo as well. The Zoo will feature Halloween decorations, exhibits and demonstrations during the entire month of October. On Saturdays and Sundays, additional shows and events will be featured, including a “Graveyard Safari” and “Campfire Cathy,” which is an interactive, animal-themed musical show.

Cassandra Bautista is a freelance writer from Los Angeles. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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