Halloween is on Monday and fortunately there are plenty of people in the Crescenta Valley who gladly welcome the gaggle of witches, ghosts, vampires, and more who are about to descend on foothill neighborhoods. Even more fortunate is the host of places within our own valley that go the extra distance to entice trick-or-treaters to come visit.
The City of La Cañada Flintridge, in support of its merchants, is hosting its third annual Trick or Treat on the Boulevard on Friday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. – right in time for kids getting out of school.
There will be a Halloween costume contest and the winner will receive a gift bag full of treats.
This extravaganza stretches from Ocean View Boulevard at the west to Gould Avenue in the east.
At 3-2-1 Acting Studios in La Crescenta, a Halloween open house for kids and teens is being held on Saturday. Attendees are encouraged to come in costume and there will be a free acting class for newcomers.
Owner Mae Ross promises games, a costume contest, haunted room, prizes and candy.
Events begin as early as 9 a.m. and continue throughout the day. 3-2-1 is located at 3131 Foothill Blvd., in the rear of the Palms Plaza. Visit www.321ActingStudios.com for more information or call (818) 248-5602.
Leon Bakery and Café offers three days of fun beginning Oct. 29 and continuing through Oct. 31. This free admission event will have a haunted house geared for children from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and for teens, adults and the brave from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. They are also hosting three costume contests: one for children, one for dogs and one for teens and families. There will be kids crafts, games, live entertainment, a free photo booth, cake decorating, face painting and trick-or-treating. Also they will be offering hot dogs, burgers, treats and Leon’s cafe menu.
Leon’s can be found at 2519 Cañada Blvd. in north Glendale.
The Lutheran Church in the Foothills is having a Halloween Festival on Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. They will provide free food, games, prizes, a bounce house, “trunk or treating” and “loads of friendship.”
The Lutheran Church in the Foothills is located at 1700 Foothill Blvd. in La Cañada.
A family friendly alternative to Halloween on Monday is being hosted at the First Baptist Church at La Crescenta. This free event is from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Monday and will feature game booths, a cake walk, chili cook off, jumpers, live worship music, face painting and more.
First Baptist Church at La Crescenta is at 4441 La Crescenta Ave.
On Hillside Drive in north Glendale, James and Amber Comisar are hosting their annual Disneyland-inspired creepy cemetery. According to the pair, over 1,500 visitors celebrated Halloween last year in their venue that is a family-friendly immersive walk-thru with studio-quality animatronics, flames, fog, projection and other visual effects.
They note that while the economy might be scary, this free haunt does not skimp, giving out full-sized candy bars to the first 500 kids in costume.
Haunted Hillside is open on Halloween from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and is located at 1561 Hillside Dr. in Glendale at the corner of Hillside &
For those looking for some extra special decorated homes, the family at 3794 Cloud Ave. welcomes trick-or-treaters to their creative home in La Crescenta.
Finally, the Montrose Shopping Park is having its annual Spooktacular. Promoted as “an old fashioned ‘trick or treat’ event for the entire family,” Spooktacular has evolved into one of the most popular fall events in the area. Targeted for the 12 and under crowd, merchants will hand out candy while kids can play games, win prizes, visit food booths and compete in costume contests. It is co-sponsored by the shopping park and the Montrose-Verdugo City Chamber of Commerce and takes place in the 2200 block of Honolulu Avenue in Montrose from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
So wherever your travels take you this Halloween weekend, travel safely and keep eyes wide open for little trick-or-treaters.