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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 Moanas 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.

Easy Last-Minute Halloween Costumes for Kids

Maybe your daughter changed her mind about her Halloween costume for the bazillionth time. Or maybe your son got an invite to a last-minute Halloween party. Or maybe you're just a proud member of the Procrastination Club. Whatever your case may be, we’ve found the easiest Halloween costumes for kids that even a non-crafty mom or dad can pull together on the fly.

Most of the costumes on our list don't call for an arm's-length list of crafting supplies or Halloween props: Headbands, pom-poms, markers, solid t-shirts, and a glue gun can go a long way with a little imagination. In fact, these DIY kids' costumes are so easy, you might just have time to whip up a few frighteningly tasty Halloween treats, too.

7 Best Train Ride Day Trips To Take from Los Angeles

One of the best parts about living in Los Angeles is getting out of Los Angeles. With an unending supply of beaches, mountains, deserts, and historic highways just a short distance away from the city, there’s always an excuse for a day trip. But what are the options if you’re looking to leave cars out of the equation and travel by train to your favorite SoCal destination? Here are a few of the best spots Angelenos can get to by rail and still be home by bedtime.

25 Things to Do with Kids in Marina del Rey and Playa del Rey

Turns out, Marina del Rey — "Marina of the King" — is also fit for a kid. So, too, is its neighbor, Playa del Rey. That's right, whether you're seeking food, recreation, an outdoor romp, or a dip in the water, Marina and Playa del Rey are sure to float your boat. Read on for our 25 favorite things to do in the area, perfect for when 100 things to do in LA sound like too many, and BurbankHollywoodRedondo Beach, and even Culver City sound too far away.

Say Boo at the Zoo: 5 LA and OC Zoos with Cool Halloween Week Events

Let the record show that there is more than one way to smash a pumpkin, and handing it to a hippo is definitely one of them. A gorilla does the job pretty well, too, as does a tiger, or—well, just about any other animal at the zoo. This discovery by our nation's zookeepers has led to a peculiar Halloween tradition—that we highly recommend!

Each year Southern California's zoos (and Griffith Park is only one of the options, as you'll see below) plan Halloween events, usually treating resident critters to their favorite delicacies stuffed inside pumpkins. For some, the delicacy may actually be the pumpkin itself (chomp chomp), while the more carnivorously inclined seem to view the pumpkins more as wrapping paper (smash smash). Either way, zoo animals smashing pumpkins ups the ante on traditional pumpkin patches. Check out all the beastly fun at Southland zoos this season.

Weekend Fun for LA Kids: Enchanted Crawly Halloween, Boos at Zoos, Trunk-or-Treat, and RBG

Throw on your capes and open up your treat sacks, because this is the weekend we start taking Halloween seriously. True, in some corners Halloween has always been deadly serious (as in full-on Zombie attack), but for the most part we have been attending our trick or treateries sans costumes, and more in onlooker mode. Well, no more. This weekend you start trick-or-treating at the LA Zoo. You can trick-or-treat at the Santa Ana Zoo. You can trick-or-treat with cheerleaders, and you can trick-or-treat with bugs (though hopefully not for bugs).

You can party with faeries (no, that's not a costume; they always dress like that). You can party with cops (no, that's not a costume; they always dress like that). You can party with the notorious RBG. (Not all superheroes wear capes.)

You can get pumpkinspumpkins, pumpkins, from a town called pumpkin (ish), and then you can watch as they light up the night. And it's all just a rehearsal for the big show to come!

Keep reading to dig into our bag of holiday treats!

Best Neighborhoods to Trick-or-Treat in Orange County on Halloween

Orange County is home to plenty of family-friendly attractions (including the country's biggest theme park haunt) so it should come as no surprise that California's third biggest county is also one of the hottest spots for trick-or-treating on Halloween night. Tons of planned communities with homes a short stroll from one other give kids ample opportunity to satisfy a sweet tooth, in a climate that doesn't require covering up cool costumes with coats. The OC is also one of the wealthiest counties in the country, which translates into bigger candy bars, more elaborate decorations, and no-holds-barred block parties.

We scoured the county to come up with a list of the top OC spots to take your ghouls and goblins trick-or-treating this Halloween. If you're visiting one of these generous neighborhoods, please show your appreciation by being extra considerate about candy wrappers and other litter on the ground. And wherever you head on Halloween night, carry lights and watch out for traffic.

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