Fun Fall Activities Near Sherman Oaks

Thursday is the first day of fall, and around Southern California that means harvest Moon festivals, pumpkin patches, apple picking, Knott's Scary Farm and Oktoberfest. Warm days gave way to long cool nights we have compiled a list of fun fall activities with and without the kids.

Signboard in Oak Glen

Apple picking at Oak Glen: 90 miles east of Los Angeles, Glenoaks is a wonderland where you can pick apples and fall flowers, taste apple pies make candles and experience life as colonials once did. It is a mile high town, which offers dozens of apple orchards.

Harvest Moon Celebration is a 2000-year-old Chinese tradition celebrating the end of summer harvest and Huntington Library carries on the tradition. The September 27 Harvest Moon Celebration features live music and 30 Chinese restaurants.

Knott's Scary Farm

Knott's Scary Farm runs from the first in fall to October 31. It is truly terrifying for anyone who's ever been. Tickets start at $40 and season passes are $90.

Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights will coral your toes. There are rides and shows featuring your favorite horror film villains. Tickets start at $64. To cut prices in half use coupons for Universal Studios Hollywood.

Mickey's Halloween Party from September 23 to October 31. Disney villains, a Halloween parade and fireworks along with trick-or-treating stations are all available at Disneyland.

Moorpark's Underwood Family Farms Fall Harvest Festival features fall activities the entire month of October.

Winner of The Great Pumpkin Weigh Off

The Great Pumpkin Weigh Off - nothing says fall like a pumpkin and the orange county's great pumpkin weigh off has pumpkins as far as the eye can see. The Giant Pumpkin contest is on September 24 and last year's winner weighed in it 867 pounds.

Oktoberfest in old world Huntington Beach runs till October 31. It features parades, beer, German food, dachshund races, live music, lederhosen and more beer.

Winner of The Great Pumpkin Weigh Off

Oktoberfest at Alpine Village in Torrance is the largest Oktoberfest in Los Angeles and the next best thing to being in Munich. It runs for October 29 and it's all about beer, food and music.

The Los Angeles Sheriff's Department Haunted Jail and Halloween Carnival at Crescenta Valley Station on Saturday, October 22 features family-friendly spooky Halloween fun.