8 Free Things To Do BEFORE Halloween in L.A

Photo of Boonion Station by Farah Sosa

With Halloween falling on a Tuesday this year, we get that most of our readers are likely to celebrate a bit early. That means two words: weekend plans. And we’re here to help!

Over the next few days we’re scoping out events far and wide that include kid-friendly performances and film screenings, a Dia de los Muertos Family Day, a 21+ block party, and a massive open-streets fest that’s going to shutdown an entire stretch of freeway (seriously!).

As always, our suggestions are all free and all accessible by Metro… cause we know parking costs and traffic are the most frightening part of any weekend excursion.

So let’s make it easy, and let’s get into the mix below.

Things To Do This Weekend in Los Angeles

Movie Night at Ivy Station -> This Friday, Ivy Station is hosting a free Halloween-themed movie screening of Addams Family Values on their main lawn, complete with complimentary popcorn and gratis snacks. The flick starts at 7:30 p.m. Seating is first-come, first-served. More info here.

Go Metro: Take the E Line to Culver City station.

Boonion Station -> On Saturday, Boonion Station brings an afternoon of family-friendly Halloween activations to Union Station, including face painting, dancing, crafts, and a trick-or-treating experience. Plus, you’ll want to dressed for the holiday, as the event will award prizes for the Most Original, Funniest, Spookiest and Best Group/Family costumes. Runs 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free to attend and no ticket required. More info here.

Go Metro: Take the A, B or D Lines to Union Station.

Celebrating Connections -> On Saturday, Metro celebrates the new Historic Broadway Station with a packed day of live performances, workshops, and tours of the neighborhood, all free and open to the public. The musical lineup, curated by Metro Arts Presents, includes sets from DJ QUILO of La Papaya Club, Plaza de la Raza’s Folklor Pasión Mexicana, Rhythms of the Village Band, Spaghetti Cumbia, and the New Orleans Traditional Jazz Band. Event runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. More info here.

Go Metro: Take the A or E Lines to Historic Broadway Station

L.A. Archives Bazaar -> This Saturday, come to L.A. as Subject’s Los Angeles Archives Bazaar to peruse a trove of historical treasures and interact with experts from dozens of institutions and archives. The event takes place at Doheny Memorial Library on the campus of USC and is free and open to the public. Runs 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. More info here.

Go Metro: Take the E Line to USC / Expo Park station.

Haunted Little Tokyo Block Party – > This Saturday, One of Los Angeles’ most historic neighborhoods is throwing a 21+ block party for spooky season. Expect live music, a full bar, costume contest, and food. Free to attend with RSVP! More info here.

Go Metro: Take the A or E Line to Little Tokyo Station

Bob Baker Spooktacular at One Colorado -> The acclaimed marionette theater group comes to Old Pasadena’s One Colorado this Saturday for a pair of free performances of their Halloween Spooktacular show, a family-friendly program featuring plenty of spooky (but not that spooky!) sprites and Halloween characters. Shows start at 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Seating is first-come, first-served. Free to attend. More info here.

Go Metro: Take the A Line to Memorial Park station

626 Golden Streets ArroyoFest – > On Sunday, the biggest event of the weekend takes over the Arroyo Seco Parkway, which will be closed to vehicular traffic to allow visitors to experience L.A.’s first freeway up close and personal. Walk, bike, skate, or jog while dipping off the route to explore local neighborhoods, enjoy live entertainment and engage with activity hubs at three separate locations. Runs 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free and open to the public. More info here.

Go Metro: Take the A Line to one of five stations along the Arroyo Fest route, including Lincoln/Cypress station, Heritage Square station, Southwest Museum station, Highland Park station, South Pasadena station, or Filmore station.

Dia de los Muertos Family Day at LA Plaza -> On Sunday, LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes hosts a Día de Los Muertos Family Day featuring live music and dance performances, plus art workshops on sand art, clay figures, and ofrenda printmaking. There will also be a giveaway for K-12 grade students. Programming runs from noon to 4 p.m. Free to attend. More info here.

Go Metro: Take the A, B or D Lines to Union Station.

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