This is Halloween in Pasadena

October 09, 2023 | Posted in Things To Do

October is all about pumpkins, ghouls, and spooktacular Halloween activities. Celebrations in and around Pasadena start as early as September, so get your costumes ready for this year's monster-sized list of Halloween-themed events. Whether it's costumes and candy with the kids and family, or scary and haunted adventures for grown ups, enjoy some of the best ghoulish activities in the Los Angeles metroplex in the lush city of Pasadena.

Halloween at Kidspace

Halloween at Kidspace Children’s Museum is happening all month long this October. Arrive in costume and join the other fairies, mermaids, pirates and superheroes strutting their stuff in the daily Kidspace Halloween Parades. Visit the costume creation station for some DIY accessories and costume additions, decorate a pumpkin, meet a snake in Slitherin' Snake Tent, and enjoy the magic of Halloween.

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CARVED at DesCanso Gardens

Carved returns with a spectacular display of Halloween fun at Descanso Gardens. Stroll through a mile-long trail filled with carved, glowing jack-o-lanterns, fall foliage, and whimsical displays through the Camellia Forest and picturesque Rose Garden during this family-friendly event for all ages. Don’t miss the Día de los Muertos altar, glow-in-the-dark installation Rhizome by Tom & Lien Dekyvere, and giant carved pumpkins.

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On Friday, October 27, the Armory Center for the Arts and the Pasadena Community Job Center, along with the Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Department, will host a vibrant celebration of the cherished century-old tradition of Dia de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead. The event will feature captivating dance performances, creative arts and crafts, delicious food offerings, and the beautifully adorned "ofrendas," all designed to pay tribute to the lives of our departed loved ones at the Villa Parke Community Center from 5 - 9 p.m.

The Haunting of Old Pasadena Tour

The Bunker Experience in Old Pasadena brings back the immersive ghost tour on Thursday nights this Halloween season. The Haunting of Pasadena Tour takes you through the vaults located beneath one of the oldest buildings in Pasadena, the Union Saving's Bank Building, where haunting events have been said to take place throughout the building's 130 year history. The tour will also take you to the opening of the catacombs left over from the Spanish Mission that was once located at the building’s site. You'll hear the stories of the ghosts that still haunt this underground structure.

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Haunted Pasadena Walking Tours

Through castles and courtyards, mortuaries and theatres, darkened alleyways and shuttered shopping malls, come walk through the haunted stories of Pasadena. Meet the phantoms who haunt its alleys, underground tunnels, corridors, and back rooms. Experience a nighttime wander through the Playhouse Village and Old Pasadena as you dive into the unexplained mysteries and dirty dealings that pepper Pasadena's past. From stories about the catacombs to the Parsons Suicide Squad to Crazy Cazaurang, enjoy the Haunted Pasadena Walking Tour on Fridays at 6:30 p.m.

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Check in to the Langham Huntington, Pasadena this Halloween for the "Hollywoodland" Murder Mystery Dinner Theater on October 28 in the historic Viennese Ballroom. This one-of-a-kind dinner theater event features an elegant 3-course autumnal menu in the dim light of sparkling chandeliers and flickering sconces while you attempt to solve the mystery before you. The year is 1949 and you, the Holywoodland's Elite, are invited to the movie premiere of The Hollywoodland Murder. Tensions are high, as this controversial film exploits the infamous story of the Black Dahlia murder that rocked the town three years ago. Unknowingly, you and your fellow guests walk into a one-of-a-kind hostage situation as you innocently mingle & dine with the cast. The Killer, still inside, has carefully constructed a macabre game in which the guests must work together by participating in various challenges, trivia & scavenger hunts to solve this murder mystery - before the body count piles up!"

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Spooky Cocktails at Hotel Dena

Head to Hotel Dena's new Agents Only Bar for some spooky cocktails that tells the stories of Pasadena's haunted past. Paying homage to John Carpenter's 1978 Halloween slasher film, the Spiced Pumpkin Pasadena Martini is made with Woody Creek Vodka, Monin Cold Brew, Spiced Pumpkin Syrup, and topped with freshly grated nutmeg and candied orange on a stainless steel skull cocktail pick. Why? Because the house Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) lived in is located in South Pasadena and you, too, can go and take pictures in front of the house this Halloween. The Lingering Spirit cocktail gives a nod to Pasadena's iconic Gamble House, which is rumored to have lingering spirits. This one is made with Fords Gin, Garden Syrup, Lime Juice, a vial of Coconut Charcoal, and topped with a black spider. Happy sipping!

Trick-Or-Treating in Old Pasadena

Dress up in your most creative costumes on October 31, and head over to Old Pasadena for a Treat Trail. Enjoy store-to-store Trick-or-Treating and discover a variety of delicious treats and surprises at every turn, where shops and restaurants are handing out Halloween goodies for the little ones (first-come first-served). Once the candy bag is full, pose for a family portrait in the Halloween-themed photo area. Stick around for a courtyard screening of Casper at One Colorado at 7 p.m. - and be sure to bring your own chairs and blankets.

Strange Science at The Huntington

Head to The Huntington Saturday, October 28 for a special evening of chills and thrills! Witness spirited performances and special displays of rarely seen objects from their vaults. Hear spine-tingling stories, learn weird scholarly facts, and experience twisted fantasies on the dance floor.


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