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Los Angeles fun for kids this weekend: Outdoor movies, pumpkin decorating, and more

Kick off the Halloween weekend with a PG-rated nightmare on Third Street as Santa Monica kicks off another edition of Cinema on the Street. This Friday, catch a free showing of Hotel Transylvania, a kid-approved flick about monsters, humans, hotels, and family. It's lights, camera, action at 7:00, but drop by anytime after 5:00 for crafts, treats, and pumpkin painting. Costumes are encouraged, but not required.

Have you been waiting for just the right time - or just a free moment - to carve those pumpkins? Maybe you're discouraged by all that pumpkin goop. No worries: pumpkin procrastinators and enthusiasts alike are cordially invited to a 10/31 pumpkin decorating session at the Baldwin Hills-Crenshaw Farmers Market. This Saturday event runs from 10:00 - 2:00, and is geared towards everyone from toddlerhood to fifth grade. After you've finished crafting the pumpkin of your dreams, stick around for music and face painting. This pumpkinpalooza is BYOGourd, or pumpkin provided if you pre-register for a free spot.

Get Fido in on the fun at the Culver City Adopt & Shop's Halloween for Pets event. On Saturday 10/31 from 12:30 - 3:00, costumed kids, dressed-up dogs, and all other manner of furry friends can take part in a costume parade and collect Halloween goodie bags. If you're looking for a four-legged addition to your family, you can even check out the fluffy friends at Adopt & Shop. There's no admission fee for this event, and costumes are most certainly encouraged.

Perhaps bunnies are more your speed. If that's the case, you're in store for the best Halloween ever, as Pasadena's Bunny Museum is opening its doors from 3:00 - 6:00 this Saturday for a day of not-so-spooky fun at the hoppiest place on earth. You're encouraged to bring your own veggies, as visitors will have the opportunity to feed the museum's rabbits. Admission is on a donation basis, with a suggested amount of $5, but kids 4 and under are free of charge.

When trick-or-treating is all done, and you've slept off the candy headache, there's even more fun to be had. Swing over to the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach this Sunday for their annual Dia de los Muertos festival. The MoLAA pulls out all the stops for this celebration of life and family, bringing a dynamic combination of music, art, workshops, performances, gallery tours, face painting, and more. The event runs from 11:00 - 5:00, and costs $9 for adults. Kids 12 and under are free.