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Halloween at Descanso Gardens

Believe it or not, ‘tis almost the season for everyone’s favorite gourd—pumpkins! This fall, if you’re looking for a Halloween experience that’s less about frights and more about the joy of the season, then Descanso Gardens has the perfect activity for you.

Halloween at Descanso Gardens

Throughout the month of October, the Gardens will celebrate Halloween at Descanso, a pumpkin-filled extravaganza that invites guests to safely wind their way through socially-distanced pumpkin-themed displays in the most popular sections of Descanso Gardens.

Entering through the main lawn, guests of all ages can explore a twisting hay maze or take photos at the Gardens’signature Pumpkin House, made entirely of real pumpkins. From there, they can follow the path to the Camellia Forest, where they’ll know they’re entering a special place, passing under a spectacular Pumpkin Arch. The path through the forest will contain special surprises including scarecrows with pumpkin heads and branched arms popping out as you pass…it’s all part of the fun.

Pumpkins at Descanso Gardens

One of the signature highlights will be at the Oak Grove where a mandala of pumpkins, like sunbursts coming from the trunks of the trees in orange, white and green, will swirl across the landscape. Continuing along, the pathways to the Hilltop Gardens, the Japanese Garden and the main Promenade will be decorated with hand-carved wooden jack-o’-lantern boxes, providing guests with surprises and delights at every turn.

Children 14 and under are invited to wear their costumes – and masks – as they explore and enjoy autumn in the Gardens. The Kitchen at Descanso will have a variety of warm, fall-inspired drinks and soups available, along with such seasonal favorites as caramel corn and churros.

Hours and Tickets

Hours will be 9am-5pm daily, with ticket prices of $4-$15. Advance ticketing is required and can be purchased at descansogardens.org. During Halloween week – Monday October 17 to Saturday, October 31 – the Gardens will offer extended hours from 5pm-8pm and small treat bags for kids. On Halloween night, Saturday, October 31, extended hours will be reserved for Family Plus members.

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