Pumpkin spice season has arrived and along with it the start of fall fun! From pumpkin patches to Halloween experiences, there are so many fun things to do with kids in Los Angeles this season. Check out our list of the very best fall activities for families in L.A. and the South Bay.
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The Best Things to Do With Kids This Fall
Oct. 7 – 31
Explore Descanso Gardens after dark as it gets a spooky overlay of carved pumpkins and Halloween-themed exhibits. Check out the pumpkin house, hay maze, artists sculpting pumpkins, and a special Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos) installation at the Amphitheater. Guests can also enjoy holiday-themed food and beverages and UV “black light” experiences.
Sep. 30 – Oct. 31
Nights of the Jack is lighting up the night with this immersive experience that showcases thousands of hand-carved, illuminated pumpkins across the grounds of King Gillette Ranch in Calabasas. Grab a drink at the Spookeasy bar and enjoy treats from L.A. food trucks after exploring the carved pumpkin displays.
Oct. 1 – 31
There’s no better way to get into the spirit of the season than a trip to Underwood Farms’ annual Fall Harvest Festival. In addition to the gigantic fields full of pumpkins, you’ll enjoy all kinds of festive activities, including a corn maze, pumpkin house and displays, animal center, rides and attractions, delicious treats, themed weekend events and so much more!
Sep. 18 – Nov. 27
Calling all arachnid fans! If you’ve got kids who love to bug out over spiders, then a visit to the Natural History Museum’s annual Spider Pavilion is a must. Get an up close and personal look at hundreds of spiders and their habitats at this open-air exhibit.
Oct. 7 – 30
Mr. Bones has been a popular fall destination for L.A. families for decades. Founded just over 30 years ago, Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch is a family-owned and operated annual patch. Mr. Bones features play areas to explore, bounce houses, a straw maze and petting zoo. Kiddos can also enjoy face painting, pumpkin decorating, slides and more. There are dozens of other festive pumpkin patches throughout L.A. Check out our guide to the best pumpkin patches in Los Angeles and Orange County to find one near you.
Sep. – Nov.
If you’re looking to get out of the city and enjoy a taste of fall, apple picking is an awesome family activity. Not far from Los Angeles, in Oak Glen you’ll find family-friendly apple orchards to explore. Get away for the day or plan a whole weekend around it. You’ll find our picks for the best locations in our guide to apple picking near Los Angeles.
Sep. 30 – Oct. 31
This spooktacular walk-thru experience is back for 2022! Haunt O’Ween features pumpkin tunnels and displays, trick-or-treating, rides, face painting and more.
Sep. 2 – Nov. 1
From Mickey Mouse pumpkins to the Nightmare Before Christmas-themed Haunted Mansion Holiday, Disneyland at Halloween time is always exciting. Halloween-themed attractions, shows, character photo ops, decor, and tasty Halloween treats are all part of the celebration.
Saturdays, Sep. 17 – Oct. 29, Sunday, Oct. 30
Every Saturday leading up to Halloween the LEGOLAND Brick-or-Treat Monster Party kicks off with live entertainment and shows, character meet and greets, a costume contest, and trick-or-treating.
Oct. 1 – 31
Enjoy live shows, animal pumpkin feedings, themed photo ops, education stations, and much more all month long at the L.A. Zoo. On the last two weekends of the month you can also experience trick-or-treating stations throughout the zoo grounds. Costumes are encouraged!
Oct. 1 – 31
All month in October visitors to the Discovery Cube Los Angeles can check out fun and educational activities at the Science Lab. Scavenger hunts and tractor rides are also part of the spooky fun. On weekends you can also participate in a costume parade and trick-or-treating.
As the temperatures start to cool down, there’s no better time to go for a hike and enjoy the outdoors in Los Angeles. Check out our guide to the best family-friendly hiking trails to get started.
Looking for more fun things to do with kids this fall? Check out our Local Events calendar for more ideas.