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1. FRANKLIN ELEMENTARY ANNUAL HALLOWEEN CARNIVAL
Where/When: Franklin School, 2400 Montana Ave.; 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27
Why go: The carnival promises rides, food and games, but the the big incentive is that 100 percent of proceeds will benefit the local elementary school.
2. THE WESTSIDE HALLOWEEN KIDS KARNIVAL
Where/When: YWCA Santa Monica/Westside, 2019 14th St.; 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28
Why go: The inaugural event is geared toward toddlers and kindergartners who, along with their parents, are encouraged to dress in their Halloween costumes. A parent's lounge will give mom and dad the chance to relax with massages and treats while kids play games and crafts. Proceeds will support the YWCA Place for Parents Program. Purchase tickets at smywca.org.
Where/When: YWCA Santa Monica/Westside, 3-6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31
Why go: Businesses along Montana Avenue will open their door to children trick-or-treaters.
Where/When: Santa Monica Pier Aquarium, 1600 Ocean Front Walk; 12:30-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 27-28
Why go: The aquarium will transform into a spooky environment with a "mad scientist's laboratory" and a marine animal "graveyard." Children will have the opportunity to make Dia de los Muertos crafts and masks and have their faces painted.
5. ZJ BOARDING HOUSE PRESENTS 'HAUNTED HEATS HALLOWEEN SURF CONTEST'
Where/When: ZJ Boarding House, 2619 Main St.; 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27
Why go: Ghouls, ghosts and goblins will crawl along the beach looking for the perfect wave. Download the entry form here and drop it off to the shop by Oct. 24.
Pricing: Free entry for kids; $18 for adults