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The alarm has sound­ed. A shriek has wrapped its ten­drils around our hearts. A pan­dem­ic has descend­ed upon the Earth and this Hal­loween in Los Ange­les the most fright­en­ing thing isn’t the mon­sters, the ghouls or the tricks. It’s the idea of not recov­er­ing from this new coro­n­avirus that has already par­a­lyzed most of the world in fear.

So what are Hal­loween lovers to do with their kids who love to dress up, who love to trick-or-treat and get into the whole scary themed part of the sea­son? They have to get cre­ative. After Los Ange­les Coun­ty effec­tive­ly can­celed Hal­loween cel­e­bra­tions by dis­cour­ag­ing trick-or-treat­ing dur­ing the end­less assault of 2020, cre­ative types got togeth­er to offer the fol­low­ing activ­i­ties all with­in a broom­stick­’s flight from their LA lair.





Ventura Ranch KOA Holiday


We’ve been doing a lot of camping/glamping this past month dur­ing our attempt to make the most of dis­tance learn­ing. So, we’ve seen a lot of camp­grounds and can tell you that the Ven­tu­ra Ranch KOA Hol­i­day is one of the best we’ve ever expe­ri­enced. There are so many unique activ­i­ties to do there for kids, includ­ing my boy’s favorite, the jump­ing pil­low, and my favorite, the Big Foot Night Hike (tem­porar­i­ly closed). It makes com­plete sense that this camp­ground ded­i­cat­ed to appeal­ing to a kid’s delight would want to save Hal­loween for them too. Every week­end dur­ing Octo­ber, Ven­tu­ra Ranch KOA has a Pirate Ship with ani­ma­tron­ics open to KOA guests. Kids can dress up and par­tic­i­pate in social­ly dis­tant trick-or-treat­ing among the trees and the shin­ing eyes star­ing at them hid­ing between them.


Halloween fun around Los Angeles for kids

Carve a pre­cious Hal­loween mem­o­ry with KOA  Pho­to © Kamp­grounds of Amer­i­ca, Inc.


Don’t Miss! Glamp­ing in Ven­tu­ra with Kids


Invite your neigh­bor­hood to relive the glo­ry days! 

More KOA Fall Fun!


Urban Legends of Southern California


Some­times images speak loud­er than words. 





Urban Leg­ends of South­ern Cal­i­for­nia is our choice for Hal­loween as soon as we are back from our camp­ing trip. It runs from Tues­day to Sat­ur­day all of Octo­ber until Novem­ber 1. I can’t wait. The boys will freak out. They deserve it after the hell they’ve put us through dur­ing parts of our trip (insert evil laugh here). Plus, I’m dying to expe­ri­ence this too!   Five shows along a dri­ve­able scare­way fea­ture actors in ghoul­ish cos­tumes and loud props reen­act­ing haunt­ing South­ern Cal­i­for­nia legends. 



Community Heroes Discount Events


Every Wednes­day, Urban Leg­ends Haunt will hon­or local com­mu­ni­ty heroes with a spe­cial $5 off coupon for mil­i­tary per­son­nel, first respon­ders, and firefighters.

  • Oct 14th & 16th Salute to Mil­i­tary and Law Enforce­ment: Eli­gi­ble guests can use the code “SERVICE” and bring their rel­e­vant Mil­i­tary or Law Enforce­ment ID for onsite verification. 
  • Oct 21st & 22nd Salute to Nurs­es, Doc­tors, and Hos­pi­tal Work­ers: Eli­gi­ble guests can use the code “FIRSTAID” and bring their rel­e­vant Med­ical ID for onsite verification. 
  • Oct 28th & 29th Salute to Fire­fight­ers: Eli­gi­ble guests can use code “FIRE” and bring their rel­e­vant Fire­fight­er ID for onsite verification. 



If you are a bet­ter or more com­pas­sion­ate par­ent than I, con­sid­er this toned-down ver­sion of the activity:

Little Legends Night (A Spooktacular Halloween Car Parade)


A spe­cial Lit­tle Leg­ends Night will be offered for fam­i­lies with chil­dren under 13 to enjoy a less scary Hal­loween expe­ri­ence on Octo­ber 31 from 5pm to 7pm. Guests are encour­aged to come dressed up and to “deck out” their vehi­cles for a spook­tac­u­lar parade! There will be COVID-safe goody bags of pack­aged can­dy. All par­tic­i­pants must remain in their cars to par­tic­i­pate. Tick­ets start at $49.99 (lim­it­ed avail­abil­i­ty) for (1) GA Vehi­cle (no more than 5 peo­ple). Large Group Tick­ets Avail­able (up to 9 peo­ple).  


WHERE: OC Fair & Event Cen­ter; 88 Fair Dr. Cos­ta Mesa, CA 92626. Entrance at Gate 2 off Fair Drive.

TICKETS & PRICING: Entry to the event is through advanced online tick­et pur­chas­es only at UrbanLegendsHaunt.com and lim­it­ed reser­va­tions are avail­able per time ses­sion. Gen­er­al admis­sion starts at $69.99 per vehi­cle (up to five peo­ple) on select nights, with VIP and larg­er vehi­cle tick­ets (six to nine peo­ple) also avail­able. Group car­a­van dis­counts are also avail­able for car­a­vans of 10 or more cars.



Haunt ‘O Ween LA


Yes to the dri­ve-thru Hal­loween haunt but no to the long dri­ve? Try Haunt ‘O Ween LA — dri­ve through a pump­kin patch and take home a san­i­tized pump­kin deliv­ered to your car by a san­i­tized masked actor. Many scenes to admire and cre­ate Insta­gram­able moments. A two-block neigh­bor­hood dec­o­rat­ed in the spir­it of Hal­loween offers kids the chance for safe trick-or-treat­ing although they nev­er leave the car, can­dy is deliv­ered by masked and, we assume, san­i­tized helpers. This sounds per­fect for the younger kids. 


Don’t Miss! Salem, MA: The Spook­i­est Fam­i­ly-Friend­ly Des­ti­na­tion For Halloween



WHEN: Octo­ber 9th-Octo­ber 31st 3P-9P Daily

WHERE: 6100 Topan­ga Canyon Blvd Wood­land Hills, CA 91367

COST: $70 Per Vehicle



Dia De Los Muertos at the Third Street Promenade and Santa Monica Pier


The city of San­ta Mon­i­ca is help­ing busi­ness­es struck hard by loot­ers who took advan­tage of the peace­ful protests for Black Lives Mat­ter by rob­bing and van­dal­iz­ing the pri­vate store­fronts dur­ing the march­es. Many of those dev­as­tat­ed shops are owned by minori­ties and in the city’s effort to aid in their recov­ery, San­ta Mon­i­ca com­mis­sioned artist Ricar­do Soltero to cre­ate a 14-foot ver­sion of Dia De Los Muertes’s most rec­og­niz­able icon, La Catrina. 


Safe things to do with kids in Los Angeles for Halloween

Mona Lisa has noth­ing over Catari­na’s smile  Pho­to © Down­town San­ta Mon­i­ca Inc.



Stroll with your fam­i­ly along the Third Street Prom­e­nade or San­ta Mon­i­ca Pier to view the 13 sculp­tures and feel the Dia De Los Muer­tos vibe. While you do, drop into the restored shops and tell them you sup­port their hard work by treat­ing them with your business.


WHEN: Sat­ur­day, Octo­ber 31 — Mon­day, Novem­ber 2 Third Street Prom­e­nade sculp­tures to be on dis­play from 10 am — 8 pm

WHERE: La Cat­ri­na sculp­tures are view­able at nine loca­tions on Third Street Prom­e­nade and four loca­tions on the San­ta Mon­i­ca Pier.

COST: Free

PARKING: Park­ing is wide­ly avail­able in the down­town struc­tures includ­ing the San­ta Mon­i­ca Pub­lic Library or Park­ing Struc­tures 9 and 10 just north of Wilshire Boule­vard. Bik­ing, walk­ing and pub­lic tran­sit are encouraged.

MORE INFORMATION: For more infor­ma­tion, vis­it downtownsm.com or fol­low @DTSantaMonica on Insta­gram and Twit­ter or Down­town­San­ta­Mon­i­ca on Face­book.


Don’t Miss! A Spooky Adven­ture in Bal­ti­more: Walk­ing the Poe Trail with Kids



Stranger Halloween Things 


Many are opt­ing to stay in this year and clutch their fam­i­ly mem­bers as they watch scary movies. What if you could dri­ve into your favorite scary show instead? The cre­ative team behind U.K.‘s Secret Cin­e­ma brings you Stranger Things Dri­ve Into by trans­form­ing Down­town Los Ange­les into Hawkins and bring 24 cars at a time into Star­court Mall, to explore the Ed!spu Down World of Stranger Things. View­er’s favorite scenes are reen­act­ed and some are dis­cov­ered as guests dri­ve into 1985 and the secrets that make up the spooky town of Stranger Things.

  • Date: From Octo­ber 2020
  • Dura­tion: > 1h
  • Loca­tion: Sky­light ROW DTLA
  • Age: Rec­om­mend­ed to 13+
  • Dress code: Dress­ing for the occa­sion is high­ly encouraged
  • Stan­dard Access and VIP Access options available
  • Price: Tick­ets start at $59 for 2 peo­ple in one car
  • Enjoy the expe­ri­ence from the safe­ty of your own car
  • Impres­sive spe­cial effects, both visu­al and audio