1799 So. Catalina Ave., Redondo Beach, CA 90277
Date & Hours: October 31, 4-6pm
It’s not the Southern France; it’s the South Bay! Designed to simulate the French Riviera, this secluded shopping center offers six blocks of unique stores, restaurants, and cafes. Every Halloween, there is an early evening (more like twilight) round of trick-or-treating for youngsters, after which families can remain for dinner (preferably overlooking the Pacific Ocean).
From 4pm to 6pm, Riviera Village shuts down the streets from Catalina Avenue I to Palos Verdes Boulevard; during that time, kids may visit local businesses for candy, or they can enjoy Halloween puppet shows.
If you feel 6pm is a little too early to curtail your Halloween activities, you can trek over to Torrance, home of two excellent haunts: The Haunted Shack (an amateur attraction with pro quality) and the Revenge of the Ninja Maze and Block Party (a community event with games and a scary walk-through).