Dozens of things to do for you and your whole family.

Here's the bummer about Halloween this year: it's on a school night. It's the end of the weekend, yet with homework, practices, and school the next day-miles away.

The kids want to forget about homework, stay up late and eat candy with abandon. After all, it's Halloween! Parents, not so much. So, how do you make a school night celebration fun and memorable without turning your kids into sugar-hungover zombies at school the next day?

Start with dinner. Get responsibilities out of the way before you even set the table. Then, serve up a ghoulish feast!

  • Make spiderweb pizzas using string cheese to create webs and black olives for spiders.
  • Make creepy witch fingers out of baby carrots. Attach an almond sliver to the end of the carrot with a dab of cream cheese. Serve with a ranch dip "witches brew."
  • Or, shape ready-to-bake breadsticks into finger shapes. Roll them out, cut them to half their length, and shape them. Then, attach an almond for a fingernail and bake. Serve them with pizza sauce for dipping.
  • Breadsticks can also be easily shaped into spooky bones. Simply cut them to half-length, then cut a horizontal slit into each end. Shape the ends into the two knobby ends of the bone, pressing the middle to create the bone shape.
  • Or, shape ready-to-bake breadsticks into these adorable snakes with the addition of pepperoni and poppy seeds.
  • Clementines, tangerines, and oranges make adorable mini-jack-o'-lanterns. Simply draw faces on them with a black marker.
  • Or, make this skeleton sheet pan nachos with tortillas, cheese, and corn.

Now for dessert; that coveted mountain of candy produced by an evening's worth of trick or treating. We parents want to get the kids out early and home to bed at a reasonable hour, but there are obstacles. Not the least of which is your neighbors may still be wary about trick-or-treating.

Luckily, many local cities host fun Halloween events, complete with trick or treating, costume contests, and photo ops galore. And best of all, the festivities begin early-most of them around 5:00 PM.

Grab a group of friends and take a trek down to Old Pasadena for store-to-store trick or treating, a Halloween-themed family portrait, and a free movie in the One Colorado Courtyard.

Sierra Madre celebrates Halloween with small-town flair. There's a Halloween parade led by the Sierra Madre fire department, store-to-store trick or treating, and a costume contest.

Old Town Monrovia's library park hosts a Halloween celebration that includes a costume contest for kids and dogs, games, crafts, trick or treating, and more!

Head to Finkbiner Park in Glendora for a Halloween Carnival complete with games, a costume contest, a photo booth, food, and more.

Head home as it's getting dark, stop by a few houses in the neighborhood for a little more trick or treating, and then let annual candy count begin!


Happy Halloween!

Julie Ward


Boo at the L.A. Zoo

The annual event is back and in full swing since October 1, from 10 AM till 4 PM daily. Your family can take a spooky stroll down a haunted (yet festive) path, explore an extinct animal graveyard, take a picture in the green-screen photo booth with some of the zoo's most Halloween-y critters (weekends, from 11 AM till 3 PM), and a lot more. Check all that Boo has to offer.



Halloween at Kidspace

The Kidspace Halloween Event will be held on October 12th - 31st. Kids and their parents are invited to march or strut their way down the orange catwalk in the Kidspace Halloween parade (and, yes, costumes are encouraged). In addition, there will be pumpkin decorating, silly stories, and up-close visits with their "hairy-not-scary" spider friends. 



Voices of the October Night

Teens and Adults can gather in a shadowy corner of the Altadena Library's parking lot for a reading of M. R. James' The Ash Tree with audiobook actor and narrator Simon Vance. The strange and scary story will be read on October 30, from 4:00 PM till 5:00 PM

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Day of the Dead Concert

The Pasadena Senior Center hosts a joyful Dia de los Muertos concert by the Susie Hansen Latin Trio on October 24, from 3:00 PM till 5:00 PM. Everyone who attends is encouraged to bring a photo of a loved one who has passed away to place on the ofrenda. The concert is free for members and only $5 for nonmembers. Registration and COVID-19 protocol observance are required.



All About Art: José Posada and his Calaveras

Your family is invited to learn about famed Mexican illustrator José Posada and his iconic skulls (calaveras). You'll also make your very own calaveras book plates. It all happens on October 23, from 3:00 PM till 5:00 PM at the Allendale Branch Library.



Take & Make: Haunted Beads

Get your Tween and Teen ready to make some spooktacular melty bead designs with the Santa Catalina Branch Library. Signups for supply kits open on October 14 and run through October 31 or while supplies last.



Sew It Begins: Pennant Banners

The Teens and adults in your family who love the sew are invited to join the zoom class to learn how to make pennant banners - just in time for the playoffs! The lesson is on October 25, from 3:30 PM till 5:30 PM. Registration is required. See the event listing for supplies.



Afternoon Games

The whole family is invited to the Villa Parke Community Center Branch Library to play games, from board games to giant dominos. The fun happens on October 12 and 26, from 2:00 PM till 4:00 PM.



Family Fun Films

Villa Parke Community Center Branch Library is queuing a movie good for the whole family on Thursdays from 3:30 PM till 5:30 PM. Call the library at 626-744-6510 for the specific title.



Take & Make: Paper Roll Totems

Your kids can learn about Totem Poles and make one of their own. Supply kits are available for pickup from the San Rafael Branch Library. Kit reservations open October 31 by phone at 626-744-7270. This is a month-long project available while supply kits last. 



Take & Make: Tiny Art Show

Everyone in your family can take part in this art show! Pick up a mini canvas and some paint supplies from the Santa Catalina Branch Library. Then, return your creation by November 30 to be included in the library's Tiny Art Show! Supply kit reservations open on November 4.



Spooky Shadow Play

Your Tweens (ages 8-12) are invited to learn about the history of shadow plays and then make one of their own. Starting with creating a puppet stage, they will then write a story and build characters. Once done, they can film their play to be shown on the library's social media channel. It all happens on October 23, from 3:00 PM till 4:30 PM.



Super Smash Fridays!

In the Altadena Libary's Community Room, teens (grades 8-12) smash the competition every other Friday starting October 1, from 4:00 PM till 5:00 PM. Console and controllers are provided by the library. Teens just bring their friends!



Tween Switch Hour

Suppose you have a Tween (ages 8-12) who enjoys playing a Nintendo Switch. In that case, the Altadena Library has some fun for them every other Thursday through November 18, from 4 PM till 5 PM. Things kick off with Mario Kart racing on September 23. The library has a limited number of loaner Switches and copies of Mario Kart for kids to use at the event on a first-come, first-serve basis. 



Tween Gaming Hour

Your Tween (ages 8-12) are invited to an hour of gaming fun every other Thursday, from 4:00 PM till 5:00 PM. A variety of games are played, including Among UsMario Kart, and Smash Brothers. Your Tween can bring their own tablet or Nintendo Switch. In November, the fun is on November 4 and 18.


Fall Crafts

Your Teen (grades 6-12) can get into the spirit of fall with some seasonal arts and crafts on November 1, from 5:00 PM till 6:00 PM at the Monrovia Public Library.

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NOTE: Story times are subject to change. Please check the sites. Recorded story times are generally available on library YouTube channels.

Teen Inspiration

Check out Altadena Library's Teen Instagram account for BTWN TiTLES, their biweekly posts of book reviews, creativity experiments, and more.

Pasadena Public Library regular storytimes:

Social Media Storytime: Preschool on Mondays at 10:30 - 10:50 AM on Facebook Live and Thursday at 3:00 - 3:20 PM on Instagram Live


Social Media Storytime: Toddler on Tuesdays at 10:30 - 10:50 AM on Instagram Live


Chinese Mandarin Storytime on Wednesdays at 3:00 PM on Instagram Live


Social Media Storytime: Hora de Cuento en Español on Wednesdays at 4:00 - 4:20 PM on Facebook Live


Social Media Storytime: ASL (American Sign Language) on Friday at 4:00 - 4:20 PM on Instagram Live

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