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Best Alternatives To Trick-Or-Treating In Your Neighborhood In Los Angeles

October 19, 2012 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.

Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch

702 N. Doheny Drive
West Hollywood, CA
(310) 276-9827

Price: free entrance on weekdays/$4 petting zoo per entry/$3 Jumpin’ Pumpkin/$5 to $15 face painting/$1 Mr. Bones Super Slide/$3 straw maze/free Giant Rockin’ Horse
Hours: Oct. 31 – 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch has to be one of the coolest places to be this Halloween. This huge pumpkin patch offers 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. To top it off, Bones sells all kinds of goodies to snack on, including vegetarian hot dogs. Enjoy 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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Los Angeles Live Steamers Halloween Ghost Train
5202 Zoo Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 662-8030

Price: $3 suggested donation
Hours: Oct. 31 – 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

A fun safe alternative way to spend Halloween with children is by taking them to historical Griffith Park. Kids may enjoy visiting the Los Angeles Steamers Railroad Museum and viewing bridges, water towers, train stations and miniature towns. Halloween night is an extra special treat at this railroad. On this particular night, the train features festive creatures including ghosts, witches and other fun monsters. Enjoy this rain ride, lit with fluorescent night lights in shades of greens, yellows and purples. The haunted night sounds plus the hanging characters make this a thrilling and exciting choice for young children.

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

Price: $5 per person/free children 2 years and younger
Hours: Oct. 31 – 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

This event is going to be tons of fun with hundreds of children joining for a Halloween adventure in downtown Los Angeles. This is a place where children and adults may become any character they like as costumes are required for the youth. Parents are encouraged to dress up as well.  Some of the exciting activities to look forward to include an inflatable house for children to jump in and a truck with video games inside. Some other fun features included are jugglers, balloon animals, arts and crafts, and face painting. No one will go hungry at this party. Hot dogs, cotton candy, popcorn and water will be available.

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Booo-tiful Downtown Burbank 
AMC Walkway
Corner of San Fernando Boulevard and Palm Avenue
Burbank, CA 91502
(818) 238-5209

Price: free
Time: Oct. 31 – 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Animal lovers, this event is a fun way to meet other people who adore their furry friends. Venture over to downtown Burbank for a unique parade. Dress up your pup to walk down the street in the Annual Downtown Dog Parade. Families and especially children will enjoy watching animal friends show off their best Halloween costumes. In addition, some of Burbank’s stores and employees will be dressed up for the occasion. Avoid walking in the dark, but be sure to visit Burbank’s stores for free candy.

The First Annual Catalina Zombie Walk 
888 Country Club Drive (Crescent Avenue/Avalon)
Avalon, CA
(310) 510-1520

Price: free
Hours: Oct. 31 – 4 p.m. to close

Make this Halloween an adventure for the entire family, and ride a ferry over to Catalina Island. Make sure and bring your favorite costumes as there will be a children’s Halloween Parade. The excitement doesn’t end there. Older children and adults may participate in a thrilling Halloween event the First Annual Catalina Zombie Walk. Get your best interpretation of a zombie look together, and a makeup artist will be available to help get ghouls ready for this walk. There will even be free raspberry-flavored blood to add to all of the fun. After the Zombie Walk, grab some food from one of the vendors, and cuddle up on the south beach with the family to watch a Halloween movie. This will most definitely be a night to remember for years to come.

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

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