If you’re in town for Halloween this year, you’re in luck. Pasadena has plenty of Halloween activities for children and adults. Everything from pumpkin decorating, trick-or-treating, and more will be taking place in Old Pasadena, the Playhouse District, and throughout the city. See all the boo-tiful events you can attend below.
On October 19th, adults and children are invited to decorate autumn pumpkins with succulents, dried pods, and nuts to create the perfect centerpiece and Halloween decor. The arrangements will last for months and can be replanted in your family’s garden, making it an experience that will last far beyond time. The children’s workshop is open to children ages 7 years and up.
From October 21st to October 31st, the whole family will have a frightfully good time at the Old Pasadena Halloween Celebration. Enjoy festivities such as the annual Pumpkin Decorating Extravaganza and a movie screening. Fun Halloween festivities will be provided for little ones to enjoy. There will also be a “Growl-o-ween” doggy costume parade and trick-or-treating along Colorado Boulevard and in the One Colorado Courtyard.
For five evenings only, Descanso Gardens’ Camellia Forest will be decorated with 1,000 hand-carved pumpkins, some as large as 100 pounds. The one-mile walk will also feature live-carving demonstrations. The event will take place October 23rd and run until October 27th.
From October 24th to 26th, celebrate Old Pasadena Day of the Dead with three days of family events. The celebrations include a tour of over two dozen beautiful altars created Old Pasadena businesses. These altars will be showcased for guests to admire during the self-guided Tour of Altars. The Day of the Dead Weekend will also include the third annual Salsa in the Alley party. Last year, the event attracted close to 1,000 dancers in Big Bang Theory Way alley.
On October 26th from 6:30 pm to 10:00 pm, the Huntington grounds will be lit by the light of the moon as actors from the Guild of St. George and LA Opera grace the area with scenes and songs from haunting works. This event may be too intense for younger audiences and is recommended for children who are at least 12 years and up.
On October 31st, the Playhouse District will be celebrating Halloween. Visit Vroman’s Bookstore for crafts, activities, and storytelling in the courtyard. Create your own spooky pom pom spider with the Southern California Children’s Museum at Pasadena Playhouse’s courtyard. Perfect for all ages, these adorable spiders make the cutest Halloween companion. And travel to participating Playhouse District businesses to pick up a tasty treat. (Look for orange balloons.)
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