(credit: Pirch)

(credit: Pirch)

As fall has arrived and Halloween approaches, there are many ways to celebrate the change of season and upcoming holiday. The weeks are filled lots of spooky fun for all. This week features amazing haunts, food, and events. Here’s our round up of events you will enjoy for this week.

October 14

(credit: Vroman's Bookstore)

(credit: Vroman’s Bookstore)

Eclectic Author Panel

Vroman’s Bookstore
695 E Colorado Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91101

For a night of intellectual fun, the Los Angeles Chapter of the Women’s National Book Association will be hosting an eclectic author panel at Vroman’s Bookstore. The featured authors are Reyna Grande (The Distance Between Us), Dianne Dixon (The Book of Someday), Tracy Guzeman (The Gravity of Birds), Ray Robertson (David), and Elizabeth L. Silver (The Execution of Noa P. Singleton). A night of amazing authors is always a great way to spend the evening.

October 15

(credit: Pirch)

(credit: Pirch)

Young Culinary Masters: Spooky Rice Crispy Treats

3303 Hyland Ave Ste D
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

From 4 to 5 p.m., round up the kids and learn to make the classic marshmallow rice crispy treat for Halloween. They make it easy enough for our young masters to remember by heart and add some frosting to get everyone in the mood for Halloween. It’s a great way to start to celebrate the upcoming holiday.

October 16

(credit: Downtown Culver City)

(credit: Downtown Culver City)

Downtown Culver City’s annual Third Wednesday ‘OktoberFest’

Downtown Culver City
9343 Culver Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90001

Celebrate the tradition that is Downtown Culver City’s Annual Third Wednesday OktoberFest. Enjoy free samples of frothy beer, sizzling sausages, pretzels and more — plus live German music, fun discounts and special offers from local merchants, boutiques and galleries between 5 and 9 p.m.

October 17

(credit: Queen Mary's Dark Harbor)

(credit: Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor)

Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor

Queen Mary
1126 Queens Hwy
Long Beach, CA 90802

Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor returns for terrifying fun with a sinister new circus-themed maze, terrifying freak show and more. If you didn’t know, Dark Harbor is the Queen Mary’s annual Halloween event featuring mazes, monsters, food and beverages, a RIP lounge and entertainment. It’s scary good fun for all.

October 18

(credit: Dominique's Kitchen)

(credit: Dominique’s Kitchen)

Escargot and Anniversary Celebration

Dominique’s Kitchen
522 S Pacific Coast Hwy
Redondo Beach, CA 90277

Celebrate Dominique’s Kitchen one-year anniversary by indulging in escargot. Dominique’s Kitchen will have different escargot preparations on special, escargot recipe and ideas for 101 ways to do escargot at home, free champagne to toast our anniversary, and drawings for fun prizes.

October 19

(credit: LA Femme Film Festival)

(credit: LA Femme Film Festival)

Rock N Roll Mamas Los Angeles Premiere

LA LIVE Regal Theatre Stadium 14
1000 West Olympic Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90015

Looking for a unique film experience? Check out The LA Femme Film Festival and the Los Angeles premiere of “Rock N Roll Mamas,” a 56-minute documentary that chronicles the ups and downs of three indie rockers over six years as they strive to follow their creative dreams while balancing the demands of raising their children.

October 20

(credit: Santa Ana Zoo)

(credit: Santa Ana Zoo)

Boo At The Zoo

Santa Ana Zoo
1801 Chestnut Avenue
Santa Ana, CA 92701

Check out the Santa Ana Zoo’s annual “merry not scary” Boo at the Zoo. It’s now the 23rd Annual Boo at the Zoo. The event is one of Orange County’s longest-running Halloween events, providing a fun, safe, and family-friendly event for trick-or-treaters and children of all ages who love to wear costumes and embrace the Halloween spirit. Guests will have the opportunity to explore 10 prize stations on the Trick-or-Treat Trail, enjoy a variety of Halloween-themed games and activities – including storytelling and sing-alongs, and visit with the zoo’s nocturnal animals. Guests will also be able to participate in the nightly costume parade, led by SAZOO, the monkey mascot.

Vanessa Diaz is a freelance writer and blogger. You can find her on her blogs The Queen of Swag and Disney Domain. You can also find her on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.