Photo courtesy of Downtown Center BID
Photo courtesy of Downtown Center BID

Safe, Organized, and Indoor Trick-or-Treat Options for LA Kids on Halloween Night

We may have grown up cruising the streets unchaperoned eating loosely wrapped candy on Halloween night, but we’d no sooner let our own children do that than bounce around the back of a station wagon without a car seat. And while some of us are fortunate enough to have friendly, festive neighborhoods to walk our Avengers and Elsas through, many parents prefer the safety and self-contained nature of a mall, museum, or other organized trick-or-treat event.

Keep an eye on our events calendar and Halloween Fun Guide for complete listings; some venues hold their Halloween celebrations on the weekend, to maximize the holiday. October 31, of course, is the night for ringing doorbells, but for those who prefer to collect their candy in a confined space, we have more than 25 local options below.

Photo courtesy of Riviera Village

If candy collection isn't your primary goal, what a night to ride see the classic silent version of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, or head down to the Oogie Boogie Bash; Disneyland definitely knows how to do Halloween. Wherever you're heading, if you spot a Krispy Kreme en route, we recommend pulling over.

Here’s a list so far of this year's confirmed October 31st indoor and contained trick-or-treat activities by area; we'll keep adding events right up to the last minute:

Baldwin Hills
Buena Park
Canoga Park
Culver City
Huntington Beach
Little Tokyo
Long Beach
Manhattan Beach
Oak Park
Redondo Beach
San Pedro
Santa Ana
Santa Monica
Silver Lake
Simi Valley

Westfield Culver City's Spooktacular is hopping. Photo courtesy of Westfield

Originally published October 26, 2011

Cayton Creators Outdoor Community Program
Cayton Children's Museum - 10:00 AM Pick
Weekend Scenic Train Ride
Fillmore & Western Railway - 10:00 AM Pick
Knott's Taste of Fall-O-Ween
Knott's Berry Farm - 12:00 PM Pick
American Girl: Meet Courtney Moore
American Girl Store at the Grove - 12:00 PM Pick
Neighborhood Guides
Activity Guides