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Kid’s Halloween Events in Ventura County

Published by Lorie Marren

Halloween events and activities in the fall. Finding Halloween events intended solely for young children can be a little challenging. If you’re looking for fun Halloween activities to enjoy with kids in and around Ventura County, this guide may be helpful to you.

The Seaside Haunt Children’s Matinee – The nighttime version of the Seaside Haunt is intended to be very scary, and is therefore not appropriate for young children. However, in order to provide a fun and not-so-scary Halloween event for younger kids, Seaside Haunt now offers a daytime Children’s Matinee. Designed with an atmosphere more like the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland, the Children’s Matinee is recommended for children aged 3-9, and older children who are not yet ready for the nighttime version of the Seaside Haunt. This event is designed with lighthearted ghosts and goblins, as well as elaborate scenes and gentle excitement. For schedule information and prices, visit the Seaside Haunt website!

America’s Teaching Zoo at Moorpark College – The teaching zoo at Moorpark college puts on an annual Halloween event called Boo at the Zoo. Costumes are not permitted, but Boo at the Zoo will have kid’s games, a miniature pumpkin patch, and a coloring contest. For specific scheduling and pricing information for this year’s Boo at the Zoo, check out the website of America’s Teaching Zoo at Moorpark College!

Santa Paula Halloween Carnival – This is an annual carnival, held at the Santa Paula Community Center, located at 530 W. Main Street in Santa Paula. Costumes are permitted. This carnival is intended for children aged 3-12, along with their parents, and includes fun activities like face painting, games and a photo contest. There will also be food and candy. Games cost less than a quarter each. For more information, call (805)933-4226.

Santa Paula Halloween Costume Parade – This is a free event, hosted by the Santa Paula Optimist’s Club, intended for kids in Preschool through Sixth Grade. Pets are not allowed. Kids who participate will receive a treat at the end of the parade. Prizes will be awarded for costumes in different categories. For route and schedule information, call (805)650-9492.

Haunted Trail in Thousand Oaks – The Haunted Trail event in Thousand Oaks is a family friendly Halloween activity. This event includes apple cider, pumpkin carving contest, trick-or-treating, and a reptile show! For more details, schedule and admission information, check out the Conejo Recreation and Park District website!

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