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Halloween Happenings

A ghost-proof guide to celebrating with wee ones

Dressing up a baby for Halloween is ridiculous amounts of fun. But other than the cute costume, most elements of the spooky, sugar-filled holiday are totally inappropriate for babies and toddlers. Here, a few exceptions worth considering.

Underwood Farms All About Pumpkins Festival. We can’t get enough of the acres and acres of pumpkins at this Ventura County farm—not to mention tractor rides, pony rides, a corn maze and animal shows with Bingo the dog, Lucy the pig, Chubs the rabbit, and Buttercup the Holstein calf. Live bluegrass-y music rounds out the barnyard effect. Oct 27-28, 9am-6pm; $12 for ages 2 and up; 3370 Sunset Valley Rd., Moorpark; 805.529.3690, underwoodfamilyfarms.com.

Kidville Halloween Bash. The cheery Brentwood play space is pulling out all the tricks (and treats) for its first Halloween Bash, this Friday.  At the free event you can expect open play in the toddler gym, set to live music from Kidville’s Rockin’ Railroad house band, plus arts and crafts and yes, trick-or-treating. Oct 26, 4-5:30pm; 11740 San Vicente Blvd., Suite 107, Brentwood; 310.909.8959 kidville.com.

Eek at the Greek! Beyond the usual costume contests, face painting, and trick-or-treating, event goers will be treated to a festive concert by the Symphony In the Glen orchestra. Doors open at 5:30pm on Oct 28; tickets start at $20.50; Greek Theatre, 2700 North Vermont Ave.; 323.665.5857, greektheatrela.com.

Boo at the Zoo. Start with the pumpkin carving demonstration in the Eucalyptus Grove. Next, head over to the Winnick Family Children’s Zoo for puppet shows and a fun look at creepy creatures like lizards and spiders. Friendly monsters and storybook characters will make a showing at the Treetops Terrace, and each child gets a goodie bag of treats, with admission. Oct 27-28, 10am-4pm; Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens, 5333 Zoo Dr.; 323.644.4200, lazoo.org.

Kidspace 18th Annual Pumpkin Festival. Last year, nearly 20,000 locals descended on Pasadena’s Brookside Park in front of the Kidspace Children’s Museum for pumpkin picking, pony rides, cookie decorating, live music, and plenty of eats. This year, don’t miss the designated toddler zone with tot-friendly carnival games like bean bag toss and graveyard dig. Oct 27-28, 9:30am-5pm; 480 N. Arroyo Blvd., in Brookside Park, Pasadena; 626.449.9144, kidspacemuseum.org.