Boney Island is a family-friendly, non-profit, Halloween fun house that has become a Sherman Oaks tradition. It is always free, and fun for all ages. The centerpiece attraction is a glowing ultraviolet water fountain show that takes place every 15 minutes.
The fun materializes nightly at the end of October, from 6 PM to 9 PM Sundays through Thursdays and 6 PM to 10 PM on Fridays and Saturdays. The address is 4602 Morse Avenue, Sherman Oaks.
Please visit their website to see photos or videos.
Gourmet Ghosts 2 is a book by James T. Bartlett, a Los Angeles resident who has researched the most haunted restaurants, hotels, and bars in our area. He will be giving a live discussion of his book at The Last Bookstore on Friday, October 28, 2016 at 7:00 PM with a book signing after.
Check out the Facebook event page for more information. Also, the The Last Bookstore’s website lists more future free events.
Griffith Observatory is hosting a free panel discussion about our planetary neighbor Mars, and the challenges of starting a human colony there. The event is Friday, October 28, 2016 and starts at 7:30 PM. The event is free and open to the public, so it is advised to arrive early to get a seat.
The panelists for this discussion will be Leonard David, author of MARS: Our Future on the Red Planet, Rob Manning, JPL Engineering and Science Directorate Chief Engineer, Andre Bormanis, Co-Executive Producer of MARS: Our Future on the Red Planet, and Dr. Laura Danly, Griffith Observatory Curator, hosting.
Anyone unable to attend in person can watch via the Internet on this Livestream channel. Visit the event page for more information.
On Saturday, October 29, 2016 from 10 AM to 5 PM there is a Halloween Family Faire for all ages in Woodland Hills. Admission and parking are both free. There will be free entertainment and activities, including a kids costume parade and free bike repair.
There will also be several games and activities where you need to buy a ticket, including face painting, pumpkin decorating, and carnival style games. Tickets are $1 each or 25 for $20. For a family, that could break down to just a few dollars per person.
To see which activities require a ticket, you can visit their website.
The Western Hotel Museum in Lancaster hosts an annual haunted house. This year it is on Saturday, October 29, 2016 from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM.
This haunted house is guaranteed to be scary! It is not recommended to bring children under 13 years old. Entry fee is $5 for all.
See their Facebook event page for more information.
Halloween Capers is a free community event, that is safe and friendly for the whole family. There will be face painting, activities, and a costume contest.
It takes place on Saturday, October 29, 2016 from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM.
There will be treat giveaways and snack vendors, so you can be sure the little ones are eating safe snacks.
Check out their Facebook event page for more information.
Come to the Day of the Dead Family Fiesta in Old Pasadena, on Sunday, October 30, 2016 from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM. There will be many fun activities for the whole family, including:
- Free calavera face painting
- Fun, hands-on craft activities sponsored by the Armory Center for the Arts
and Color Me Mine Pasadena
- Day of the Dead merchandise and artwork from local artisan vendors
- 75-minute family program with storyteller Olga Loya
- Musical performance by 6-piece Mariachi Tesoro de Rebecca Gonzales
- “In Tlanextli Tlacopan” Aztec Fire Dancers will provide an authentic ritual performance dressed in extravagant costumes
Festival will take place at the Metro Right of Way at Union Street (between Colorado and Holly Street), 100 E. Union Street.
Visit their website for more information.
Santa Monica is hosting it’s first Fringe Fest, running from October 17th to October 30, 2016. Productions will cover a wide variety of topics from all genres, from comedy to drama and fairytale.
Tickets are free, but must be reserved in advance by calling the box office at 310-394-9779 Ext 1. Or email the playhouse at theatre@SantaMonicaPlayhouse.com (when emailing be sure to leave your full name, contact number, and number of seats you’d like to reserve).
Check their Facebook event page for a schedule of plays and workshops.