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Best Halloween Events for Families in Southern California

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There's a great selection of scary attractions popping up all over town, but what if you have younger kids? No need to give them nightmares. Here's an eclectic roundup of the best Halloween events in Southern California for families with young children.


Camp Spooky - Knotts Berry Farm

8039 Beach Boulevard
Buena Park, CA 90620
(714) 220-5200
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Take the kids to Camp Spooky for some not-so-scary Halloween fun. Join Snoopy and friends at this event geared for kids ages 3-11. You and the kids will enjoy a costume parade, shows, activities and of course trick or treating. Camp Spooky is every weekend October 6th through the 28th and is included with the price of admission.


Warner Bros. Animation and The Paley Center for Media Presents: Spooky Saturday Halloween 2012

The Paley Center for Media
465 North Beverly Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 786-1091
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On October 27 from 1:00pm-4:00pm families are invited to a spooky Saturday Halloween where you can enjoy dancing and photo ops with Bugs Bunny, Daffy Dug and Scooby Doo; as well as giveaways, pumpkin decorating and more. That's not all guests will also enjoy screenings of classic spooky cartoons from Warner Bros. Animation and have the opportunity to explore the Warner Bros. exhibit Television: Out Of The Box, celebrating nearly 60 years of some of the most popular shows that have shaped generations of TV viewers. Kids dressed in costume are free, two-for one pricing for adults and kids not in costume.


Boo in the Zoo – Big Bear Alpine Zoo

43285 Goldmine Drive
Big Bear Lake, CA 92315
(909) 878-4200
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On October 27th from 1pm-4pm take your entire family to the Moonridge zoo for some boos, visit The Graveyard, Pumkin Patch, Electric Dungeon of Doom, Witches Brew, Scarecrow Land, Witches Lair, and Goblins throughout the zoo. There will even be a costume contest and you'll have the opportunity to watch the zoo animals eat their Halloween treats!


Scarium of the Pacific – Aquarium of the Pacific

100 Aquarium Way
Long Beach, CA 90802
(562) 590-3100
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The Aquarium of the Pacific gets a Halloween twist on 10/20 and 10/21. Families can enjoy special Scarium programs including children's costume contest, coloring contest, face painting, magic shows, underwater pumpkin carving, crafts, storytelling and a special eerie animals exhibit in the Great Hall. Free with admission.


Spooky Science - Discovery Science Center

2500 North Main Street
Santa Ana, CA 92705
(714) 542-2823
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Things get spooky at the Discovery Science Center from 10/20 until 10/31, families have the opportunity to get hands on with spooky science! Guests will enjoy a scavenger hunt, spooky photo opportunities, Thor's Snake show and so much more! All guests under 17 years old will receive a goody bag too.


Sleepy Hollow at Riley's Farm

12261 South Oak Glen Road
Oak Glen, California 92399
(909) 797-7534
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Step back in time and spend an evening with Washington Irving's classic and timeless story. There will be apple-bobbing, pie-eating contests, dancing, music and dinner all while meeting the citizens of Tarrytown. The dinner menu includes BBQ chicken or tri tip, biscuits, baked beans, potatoes, corn on the cob, green salad and an apple crisp. Tickets are going fast, reserve yours now.

Desiree Eaglin blogs at Sarcastic, Funny and Brutally Honest. You can follow her on Twitter too.


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