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From Halloween at Descanso to the ‘Stranger Things’ Drive-Into and more.
The coronavirus may have forced us to take rainchecks on our favorite spooky soirées and other local Halloween haunts this year (celeb-faved pumpkin patch Mr. Bones postponed its 2020 festivities), but there are still plenty of plein-air pumpkin-filled happenings that Angelenos can enjoy safely.
Getting your Halloween fright fix will be different than in the Before Times. Instead of wandering through crowds of thrill-seekers and masked monsters, we’ll be exploring spooky scenery from the comfort and safety of our own cars. Even better: Many of the masterminds behind L.A.’s best Halloween events — which are now canceled due to the pandemic — are now putting their spine-chilling skills toward those drive-thru experiences, ensuring an equally frightening adventure.
On that note, we’ve rounded up L.A.’s best pumpkin patches, drive-thru Halloween events and other creative ways celebrate the scary season sans crowds. Read on below, don’t forget your masks and check back often as we’ll be updating this list.
A Gentle Halloween Drive-Thru (Santa Clarita): The nonprofit animal sanctuary’s family-friendly, Halloween-themed drive-thru offers a rare peek at its California property, including its Sun Chlorella Healing Center in Agua Dulce (located 10 miles up the road) and its main Gentle Barn grounds where you’ll cast a wish in the wishing well. Guests are encouraged to dress up, and lunch is included; staff will also be safely handing out candy to visitors. If you’re looking to dial up the fear factor, Gentle Barn is also hosting the Haunted Barnyard Drive-Thru starting Oct. 22 (see below for more).
When: Now through Sunday, Nov. 1 Where:Gentle Barn, 15825 Sierra Highway, Santa Clarita, 91390 Tickets: Suggested donation of $28 per person (min. two people per car); buy online here.
Halloween at Descanso (La Cañada-Flintridge): Halloween goes horticultural for the entire month of October at Descanso Gardens, where family-friendly (and crowd-free) alfresco activities include the Pumpkin House and a hay maze. There will also be socially-distanced gourd displays at the Hilltop Gardens and the Japanese Gardens, to name a few, and kids 14 and under are encouraged to wear costumes.
When: Now through Saturday, Oct. 31 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily; Halloween week hours from Oct. 26 to 31 are extended to 8 p.m. Where:Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Dr., La Cañada Flintridge, 91011 Tickets: Non-members $5 to $15; buy online here or become a member for free admission.