With Friday the 13th in the past, the countdown to All Hallows Eve continues! There may be less than 2 weeks until Halloween, but there is no need to wait any longer as the South Bay community has a treat of spooky festivities to get you in the spirit all the days leading up to the 31st.  So don’t be frightened and show the city your best costume at these upcoming, local events:


Kicking off the haunt on Saturday, October 21st is the 30th Annual Family Halloween Carnival held in Manhattan Heights Park. Enjoy some family fun at the haunted house, enter the costume contest, or take a seat for the parade from 12pm to 4pm. The same day, the Ladera Linda Community Center in Ranchos Palos Verdes is hosting their Kids’ Music Fest and Trunk or Treat where more fun will ensue with a petting zoo and creative crafts.


Following up on Wednesday the 25th, Hermosa Beach will pick-up your spirits during the midweek slump as it transforms into an afternoon of activities. Stroll on down to the pier to make some magic and take your best guest at the Chambers of Commerce’s Wizard’s Chamber starting at 1pm. Found at the weekly Farmer’s Market, face painting and pumpkin decorating will take place, then wind up in the costume contest with a special guest host.


Next weekend will be a time for some lively entertainment! On Friday, October 27th get your monster mash on with various DJ’s spinning at the South Bay Scream inside Redondo Beach’s Portofino Hotel. Resume the fun on the 28th or 29th at the Glass House in Hermosa to pick out your perfect pumpkin at the Great Glass Pumpkin Patch running from 10am to 5pm both days. Then roll into Sunday, the 29th, at the 24th Annual World Famous Pumpkin Race and continue this 1990’s tradition by letting your creativity soar above Manhattan Beach Pier.


Finally, all the creatures creep out for the 31st of October. Trick or Treat at the Riviera Village beginning at 4pm and once your goodie bags are full, the city of Torrance Community Services Department is welcoming all to a family-friendly, Halloween Carnival. Once you’ve consumed all the candy you possibly can, there’s still no need to boo that haunting hour is over as Operation Gratitude and the dentists of Riviera Village will be joining together for the 5th Annual “Operation” Halloween Candy Donation to collect all unwanted Halloween candy to send off in care packages for U.S. Service Members overseas.