This Thursday is Halloween. Time for the creepy and the cute to strut their stuff, make onlookers screech, oggle, or ooh and aah, then run up and down driveways, cut across lawns and fill a pillowcase full of mini candies that will be dutifully examined, counted, exchanged, and ingested before it is placed out of reach by a concerned parent and forgotten, only to be found dry and tasteless sometime around Easter.
Here are some Halloween events starting Tuesday, October 29th through Halloween:
One Colorado: Little ones are invited (5-8 p.m.) to go Trick-or-Treating not door-to-door but store-to-store in a family friendly and safe environment. Afterwards, families (pets included) are invited to sit for a free family photograph. This is also a movie night with Hotel Transylvania playing when it gets dark (around 6 p.m.) and Beetlejuice screening at 8 p.m. One Colorado Courtyard, 41 Hugus Alley, Pasadena 91106. OneColorado.com.
Pasadena Spooktacular Fall Festival
Thursday, Oct. 31st, 5-8:30 p.m.
Victory Park, 2575 Paloma Street
Free event, though tickets sold onsite for some of the rides and games
The City of Pasadena invites everyone to come in costume and enjoy live entertainment, face painting, arts and crafts, pony rides provided by Tom Sawyer Camp, “a big slide and sticky wall” (interesting!), a train ride around the park, and a costume contest. Special zones established just for toddlers, youth, and teens. Food will be available for purchase from various food trucks.
Montrose Halloween Trick-or-Treat Spooktacular
Thursday, Oct. 31st, 5 p.m. until the treats are gone
Location: Honolulu Avenue, 2200-2400 blocks
Food booths, bounce houses, a 2-story slide, a 40 foot obstacle course, and Andersen’s Pet Shop hosts the annual Howloween Pet Parade.
Spooky Storytime and Pumpkin Decoration
Thursday, Oct. 31st, 10:30 a.m. & 3:30 p.m.
La Pintoresca Branch Library, 1355 N. Raymond Ave., Pasadena 91103
Little ones can wear their costumes to storytelling, which will not be too scary, and there will be craft-making and “surprises.”
Miniature pumpkin decorating in the afternoon.
Halloween & Día de los Muertos
Tuesday, Oct. 29th, 4 p.m.
Altadena Library, Community Room, 600 E. Mariposa St., Altadena 91001
Event includes construction of paper jack o’ lanterns, puppets, Mexican paper flowers, and sugar-skull decorating.
Monsters and Spiders and Ghouls, Oh My!
Flights of Fantasy Story Theater
Wednesday, Oct. 30th, 10:30 a.m.
Pasadena Library, Linda Vista Branch, 1281 Bryant St., Pasadena 91103
“Blending folk tales, fables, and rhymes into a frothy brew this Hallows Eve.” They promise “a pinch of spookiness, a dash of the scary, and just the right dose of laughter.”
Haunted House Building
Thursday, Oct. 31st, 3:30 p.m.
Bob Lucas Branch Library, 2659 Lincoln Ave., Altadena 91001
Make haunted houses out of graham crackers, icing, candy, and your imagination.
Balian Haunted Mansion
Thursday, Oct. 31st, dusk-10 p.m.
1640 Braeburn Rd., Altadena
Free to the public
For the kids who love to be scared; lots of zombies, hanging bodies, and a tunnel of darkness