October is almost here, and that means a whole month for little ones to get their fill of spooks, pumpkins and Halloween cheer. Raise your hand if you love Shakespeare, botanical gardens, wearing costumes and looking for monsters? If you said yes to at least half of that sentence (and your kids for the other half), the Monster Tour at beautiful Descanso Gardens is a perfect fall event for the entire family.
The Ensemble Shakespeare Theatre puts on a not-so-scary production that starts on the stage and takes a short tour through the woods in search of goofy spooks. Along the way, kids learn a bit about botany and conservation.
Admission to the show is free with admission to the gardens, and kids and grownups are encouraged to come in costume. After the show, you can tour the gardens, ride the train and have lunch at the garden cafe.
Best time to go: Late October; Oct. 21 & 22; 28 & 29
Time: 11 am
Good for: Kids 3+
Wear: Halloween costume; good walking shoes
Bring: Water, snacks, layers
Nearby eats: Cafe Descanso
Address: 1418 Descanso Dr, La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011