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This year, Halloween and Día de Los Muertos carry a different kind of resonance after 18 months of pandemic, with Southern California full of holiday events, many of which were canceled or virtual last year.

Here is a selection of seasonal shows and displays as well as a collection of activities in a trio of amusement parks. (Note that LA County mandates masks – covering your nose and mouth – in public indoor settings for visitors 2 or older, and businesses may also choose to require masks indoors.)

Beware of the dark realm in Santa Clarita is a free “home” designed to raise money for the nonprofit Family Promise of Santa Clarita. It runs from 19 to 22 Fridays and Saturdays through October 30th. The Sivley family, which hosts the event for all ages, calls it a “high-intensity, walk-through attraction filled with awe-inspiring live monsters, amazing special effects and incredible sets.” (The monsters do not touch you.) A donation of $ 10 is recommended. 28621 Sugar Pine Way, Santa Clarita.

Cal Poly Pomona Pumpkin Fest: This tradition returns from kl. 10 to kl. 20 on the weekend and at. 15 to 20 Wednesday to Friday. This year’s pumpkin patch will feature 30,000 Cal Poly-grown pumpkins for $ 5 to $ 7 each, plus demonstrations on the farm, live entertainment, food and a range of activities at the Cal Poly Pomonas AGRIscapes Center. Activities include hørider, a corn maze, a sunflower patch, a clap farm (featuring Oreo, the celebrity slam named last year in a popular competition), the new “Moo Moo Cow Train”, towed by an antique tractor and a farmers market with campus -cultivated agricultural goods, handicrafts and snacks. The insect fair will not be held this year due to COVID restrictions. Admission is free on Wednesdays and Thursdays, but visitors must sign up online. On Fridays, admission is $ 5 for adults and $ 4 for seniors, children 3-12 and anyone with a Cal Poly Pomona ID. Weekend tickets are $ 8 and $ 6. Bracelets that offer unlimited access to activities are $ 14 on weekends and $ 8 on Fridays. The proceeds support the school’s Huntley College of Agriculture’s farming, student clubs and outreach activities. 4102 S. University Drive, Pomona.

Cemetery track at the Heritage Square Museum in Los Angeles promises “creepy but sure” trick-or-treat among the museum’s eight restored Victorian homes and several other stops. The attraction runs 27.-31. October. Tickets are $ 25- $ 30. Organizers say that “while it is intended for all ages, the event is less intimidating during our daytime hours and becomes more eerie as the night goes on.” 3800 Homer St., Los Angeles.

An aerial photo of large Victorian houses with people in front.

Cemetery Lane attraction on Heritage Square.

(Brandon Scullion)

Delusion: Reaper’s Anger: This interactive game takes place in a 19th-century Pomona mansion. Shows are staged Thursdays-Sundays through November 21st. It is typically a 90-minute experience, heavy on the occult overtones. Open to 12 years and older. General admission from $ 89.99. 2640 Pomona Blvd., Pomona.

Descanso Haver: In the evening from 11.-31. In October, the gardens will feature the “Cut,” which contains hundreds of sculptural pumpkins as well as other items made from natural materials along a mile-long path through the Camellia Forest and Oak Grove. Other features include a house made of pumpkin and a hay maze. The event is 18:30 to 22:00 at night, with timed admission. General admission is $ 32-35 for non-members. 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge.

A woman stands at a colorful altar with photos of people

Consuelo G. Flores designed an altar called “The Roots Of All Resistance” for a Día De Los Muertos exhibition in 2020 at Self Help Graphics & Art in Los Angeles.

(Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)

Grand Park: This green area of ​​downtown LA pays homage to Día de los Muertos with a public art installation from October 22 to November 2. Presented in collaboration with Self Help Graphics & Art, the display will include more than 20 altars created by local artists and organizations, including a community altar designed by the National Endowment for the Arts’ 2018 National Heritage Fellow Ofelia Esparza. From kl. From 7pm to 9pm on October 23, the park will host a Noche de Ofrenda (night of offerings) with dance performances and calavera (skull) art workshops led by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art for All Ages. 200 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles.

Griffith Park: Haunted Hayride, a return attraction, is focused on an area that has been transformed into the square of Midnight Falls. For hayride alone, recording starts at $ 29.99. For access to hayride, trick or treat, Midnight Mortuary and the Dead End Diner area, the price is $ 39.99. (There are also VIP and Platinum options that promise shorter waiting times.) Remember, parents and vegetarians that Dead End Diner contains overtones of cannibalism, and organizers warn that the event “may be too intense for kids 12 and under. ” 4730 Crystal Springs Dr., Los Angeles.

Los Angeles Zoo: Boo at the LA Zoo runs every day in October with photo opportunities, trick-or-treat candy stations, “scary” science demonstrations, an extinct cemetery and weekend pumpkin feeding, and other activities, mostly between 6 p.m. 16.00 All activities are included in the zoo’s usual entrance fee ($ 22 for adults and $ 17 for children aged 2-12 years). Trick-or-treatment will take place on October 23, 24, 30 and 31. Costumes are allowed for children or adults on that day, as long as you avoid “full face masks, weapons, obscenity or anything that could cause disruption to either patrons or animals.” And which animals will eat pumpkins? A black bear, a turtle, meerkats, otters, elephants, pigs, hippos, jaguars, cassowaries, snow leopards, flamingos, piranhas, peccaries and howler monkeys.5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles.

A meerkat with a pumpkin.

A meerkat with a pumpkin in the LA Zoo, which offers lots of Halloween fun this year.

(Jamie Pham / Glaza)

Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch in Culver City is aimed at a family audience. An Ultimate Kids Pass ($ 30) gives a child access to slides, a bounce house, straw maze, giant rocking horses and a zoo. Access to pony rides, face painting and pumpkin decorating stations costs extra. Open at 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. 7.-31. October. 10100 Jefferson Blvd., Culver City.

Underwood Family Farms: This Moorpark farm, leaning against pumpkins and away from horror, has filled its October with the Fall Harvest on the Farm events, beginning with a large pumpkin patch. Among the weekend’s features: a tractor-drawn carriage ride, corn maze and maze, pig racing, live entertainment, access to pick-your-own field, hay pyramids, a chicken show and slides. General admission is $ 10 on weekdays, $ 16- $ 22 on weekends. Weekend themes include antique tractors (October 16-17), the Wild West (October 23-24) and all about pumpkins (October 30-31). 3370 Sunset Valley Road, Moorpark.

Witchy Architecture Tours: A team of architectural conservation experts has come up with a free, family-friendly drive to LA “witch houses,” including castles, cottages, and other structures appropriate for a fairy tale or ghost story. The list will be published as a free download on October 13 by Friends of Residential Treasures: LA (FORT: LA), and this year’s itinerary covers five structures chosen by actress Amber Benson (who starred in the series “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”). ) Including buildings in Hollywood, Los Feliz and West Hollywood, the group has also recorded actors reading bits of “Grimms’ Fairy Tale” passages so you can listen while you drive.

Houses with towers and walkways in brick

A look at the Normandy Towers in West Hollywood. The apartments have been featured in Witchy Architecture Tours.

(Michael Locke)

Among amusement parks:

Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Park has a range of seasonal offerings through Oct. 31, including costumed characters, artfully hand-carved pumpkins and emphasis on Día de los Muertos in Disneyland’s Frontierland and California Adventure’s Paradise Gardens Park. One day of adult access to a park costs $ 114- $ 154. 1313 Disneyland Drive, Anaheim.

Knott’s Scary Farm is basically a seasonal transformation of Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park. Since the 1970s, the park has added mazes, theme shows, evil clowns on the Boardwalk, “boo-fat” dinners and “more than 1,000 scary creatures lurking in the fog and hiding in every corner of the park.” The play is not recommended for children under 13. Open select nights (including Thursday-Sunday) from 19:00 to 01:00 or 02:00 to 31 October, depending on the night. Tickets are $ 53 and up. Parking is $ 25. (Knott’s Spooky Farm, staged Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 31, is aimed at ages 3-11. It’s part of the regular admission price to the park.) 8039 Beach Blvd., Buena Park.

Universal Studios Hollywood has brought back its Halloween Horror Nights, which leans towards spookiness and carries a general admission price of $ 69- $ 102. Universal warns that the “intense” presentation “is not recommended for children under the age of 13. No costumes or costume masks are allowed.” 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City.

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