by Laura Nickerson
Whether or not you are a pumpkin lover, pumpkin hater, pumpkin carver or pumpkin latte drinker, you can’t deny the pull of the orange-skinned fruit. So go with that pumpkin love this weekend and check out some of the cool festivals featuring October’s favorite food.
Here’s my top 5 family activities for this weekend:
Looking for some thing fun but low key and not too scary to do with your kids? This weekend you can take your kids to the Leonis Adobe Museum in Old Town Calabasas for their Halloween Fun Celebration. It’s Saturday, October 25th, from 1 to 4 p.m. and features pumpkins, face painting, games, crafts and even a real witch (not me)! It’s $4 for non- members and free for kiddies in costumes, so make sure you have your kids suit up before you head over. There’s even something called “Batville.” Even if it isn’t a mash up of Smallville and Batman, it’s still worth exploring.
2) Paramount Ranch Rec Fest Agoura Hills
If you and your family are the outdoorsy biking/hiking/climbing types, the Paramount Ranch Rec Fest might be right up your alley. Outdoor enthusiasts are invited to attend this inaugural recreation festival on October 25th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Paramount Ranch in Agoura. It’s free and will feature rock climbing, mountain biking, horseback riding, fishing and nature sketching, plus a one-mile fun run if you are up for it. Call 805.370.2301 for info. Your family can go even if you are all beginners, so don’t be intimidated by the professional types that own and wear their own stretchy, spandexy pants with padding. You can do this-no padding required.
3) Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Downtown LA
I would not normally encourage you to take your kids to something that has such a morbid title, but this “Day of the Dead” is a happy one, surprisingly. Head over to Olvera Street this weekend and next to celebrate this Mexican National Holiday remembering loved ones who have passed on. Children’s workshops featuring mask creating, necklaces and more are from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. through November 1st, but the celebration always has something fun for all ages if you are to “dead” to get there early. Click here for details and directions. It will be the most fun you have ever had talking about dead people. Hopefully…
4) Halloween Haunted Trail & Costume Contest Thousand Oaks
Trick or treating can be filled with all sorts of fear for parents. Kids can get lost, scared, poisoned or, worst of all, not share their candy with you. So why not take them to a celebration you can relax and enjoy; the Halloween Haunted Trail & Costume Contest at the Thousand Oaks Community Center. It involves a short hike with a hayride back to the “haunted trailhead,” plus all sorts of fun kids activities, including a costume contest. Tickets are only $3 and the festivities run from 6-8 p.m. You can call (805) 381.2793 for more info. Relax and enjoy this event made for little ones. There will be enough candy for everyone, guaranteed.
5) Haunted History-Halloween Program Encino
When I say “BYO…” you naturally go with the “B” for “Beer” option, right? Well, there’s a cool family fun event in Encino this weekend that is “BYOP”…the “P” is for “Pumpkin,” and it is going to be a blast for the little ones. It’s at the Los Encinos State Historic Park from 3-8 p.m. on Sunday, October 26th. There’s living and unliving history, spooky cartoons, haunted tours and, of course, some pumpkin carving. Admission is free and you can check out the details here.
It will be so fun you won’t even need the “B”.
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