Weekend Roundup – October 24 – 26, 2014


There’s tons of Halloween fun to be had in this Weekend Roundup.


All Month Long:

 Spooky Science everyday at Discovery Science Center in Santa Ana

Thomas and Friends everyday at Discover Science Center in Santa Ana

Boomont Park  every Friday, Saturday & Sunday at Belmont Park in San Diego

Spooktacular Saturday’s every Saturday at OC Great Park in Irvine

Pumpkin Patch  everyday at Tanaka Farms in Irvine

Irvine Park Railroad Pumpkin Patch everyday at Irvine Regional Park

Technique Cooking Classes every Sunday at Williams-Sonoma

Jr. Chef Classes every Saturday at Williams-Sonoma

Drop in and Draw at Chuck Jones Center for Creativity in Costa Mesa

Kidvasion, freebie deals for kids all over San Deigo

Zoomars Pumpkinpalooza everyday in San Juan Capistrano

Parent & Me Time every Wednesday at Shipley Nature Center in Huntington Beach


Friday, October 24, 2014:

Free Shark Lagoon Nights Tonight and every Friday night at Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach

Halloween Spooktacular & Moonlight Movie at Latern Bay Park in Dana Point

Haunted Aquarium-Shipwrecked  at Birch Aquarium in La Jolla

Spooky Science Nights at Columbia Memorial Space Center in Downey

Friday Nights at MOLAA in Long Beach


Saturday, October 25, 2014:

Anaheim Fall Festival and Halloween Parade in Anaheim

Turbo Fast Weekend at Discovery Cube in Santa Ana

Halloween Zoo-tacular at OC Zoo in Orange

Boo Parade in San Diego

Spooky Science Nights at Columbia Memorial Space Center in Downey

Spooky Creatures in the Garden at the LA Arboretum in Arcadia

Sea Scare at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium in San Pedro

Boo at the Zoo at the Santa Ana Zoo in Santa Ana

Pumpkin Glow at Pavillon Park in Irvine


Sunday, October 26, 2014:

Tidepool Terrors at Ocean Institute in Dana Point

 Turbo Fast Weekend at Discovery Cube in Santa Ana

Pumpkinmania at Tanaka Farms in Irvine

Halloween Family Day at Balboa Park in San Diego

Owl-a-ween at Living Coast Discovery Center in Chula Vista

Boo at the Zoo at the Santa Ana Zoo in Santa Ana



Our Favorite Family Friendly Halloween Movies


One of the ways our family spends quality time together is watching movies. I’ve compiled a list 21 of our family friendly favorite Halloween movies.

Some of these movies have been long time favorites ranging from when my boys were little to some new additions from our girls. All  of  these movies can be found on Amazon.

Ghostbusters (both I & II)

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A long time family favorite. Ghostbusters had a major impact on my boys and had my oldest son running around with a proton pack for years.

Ghosts invade New York and force a trio of spirit exterminators to save the city in one of the biggest comedies of all time. Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Sigourney Weaver head the all-star cast.

Starring: Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd

The Witches

You have to love this movie, it’s great!

Jim Henson (The Muppets) provides the amazing special effects in this story about a nine-year-old and his grandmother who turn the tables on a witch’s plot to turn children into mice.

Starring: Anjelica Huston, Mai Zetterling

 Harry Potter (the whole series)

My oldest daughter loves Harry Potter, so really were subject to these any time of the year.

Based on the wildly popular J.K. Rowling’s book about a young boy who on his eleventh birthday discovers, he is the orphaned boy of two powerful wizards and has unique magical powers.

Starring: Richard Harris, Maggie Smith

Hocus Pocus

This has to be my favorite Halloween movie. I can’t have a halloween go by without watching it.

You’re in for a devil of a time when three outlandishly wild witches return from 17th-century Salem after they’re accidentally conjured up by some unsuspecting pranksters!

Starring: Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker

The Goonies

This is a classic!

A group of ordinary kids discover a secret treasure map, their sleepy seaport lives are suddenly transformed into a fun-filled, roller-coaster ride.

Starring: Sean Astin, Josh Brolin


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One of favorite cartoons as a child. This movie is just too cute.

Seeing is believing in this live-action adventure about Casper the Friendly Ghost, a kind spirit who just wants a pal, and his ghostly uncles, who want all “fleshies” out of their manor.

Starring: Chauncey Leopardi, Spencer Vrooman

The Haunted Mansion

If you’ve been to Disneyland, naturally you can connect with this movie.

A workaholic real-estate agent drags his family to a Hunted Mansion

Starring: Eddie Murphy, Terence Stamp

Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride

My oldest daughter and I really enjoy watching this movie together every year.

Tim Burton presents an animation of a young man who is whisked away to the underworld and wed to a mysterious Corpse Bride while his real bride waits in the land of the living.

Starring: Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter

 Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas

THIS IS HALLOWEEN!!! Come on, you gotta watch this every year.

Jack, King of Halloween, finds Christmas Town.

Starring: Danny Elfman, Chris Sarandon


Very cute Disney Halloween movie and family classic.

Marnie and her younger siblings return with their grandmother to her home in Halloweentown.

Starring: Debbie Reynolds, Kimberly J. Brown

It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

 A true Halloween Classic!

This timeless classic from Charles M. Shultz and Bill Melendez is remastered and features many heartwarming scenes. Also included are the bonus episodes It’s Magic, Charlie Brown and Lucy Must Be Traded, Charlie Brown.

Starring: Peter Robbins, Christopher Shea


My boys loved this movie when they were little.

Emmy and Golden Globe-nominee Michael Keaton brings the title character of Beetlejuice — the “Ghost With the Most” — to life, so to speak.

Starring: Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis

Gremlins (I and II)

Another long time family favorite.

A small town is besieged by some furry and not-so-cute little creatures after a young man ignores the warnings of a wise elder regarding their care and feeding.

Starring: Hoyt Axton, John Louie

The Addams Family (and Addams Family Values)

Love this movie and the Addams Family Values.

When long-lost Uncle Fester (Christopher Lloyd) reappears after twenty-five years in the Bermuda Triangle, Gomez (Raul Julia) and Morticia (Anjelica Huston) plan a celebration to wake the dead.

Starring: Anjelica Huston, Raul Julia


My daughters don’t really get into this movie as much I do, I love it.

An adventurous girl finds another world that is a strangely idealized version of her frustrating home, but it has sinister secrets.

Starring: Dakota Fanning, Teri Hatcher


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If you for some reason have never watched this movie, you should! I tried to get my daughters and grandson to watch it this weekend but they’re distracted. No worries, I won’t give up, this is an awesome movie.

A young girl, who enters a world of her own creation, experiences her first awareness of love, responsibility and danger.

Starring:David Bowie, Jennifer Connelly

Monster House

A new family favorite.

Three friends discover that their neighbor’s house is really a living, breathing, scary monster.

Starring: Ryan Newman, Steve Buscemi


My youngest daughter’s review of this movie “it’s creepy”

From the makers of Coraline comes the magically thrilling story of Norman, a boy who must use his ability to see and speak with the dead to save his town from a centuries-old curse.

Starring: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Tucker Albrizzi

Hotel Transylvania

An Adam Sandler Halloween movie, of course! Add it to the list.

Welcome to Hotel Transylvania, Dracula’s lavish five-stake resort, where monsters and their families can live it up and no humans are allowed.

Starring: Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg

Night at the Museum (1 and 2 – part 3 is on it’s way this Christmas and it looks good)

My youngest daughter loves how the dinosaurs come to life.

Larry Daley, a new security guard at The Museum of Natural History, soon discovers that when the lights go out, the gallery becomes an epic battleground fueled with non-stop action and adventure!

Ben Stiller, Carla Gugino

Edward Scissorhands

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Another all-time favorite!

An uncommonly gentle young man, who happens to have scissors for hands, falls in love with a beautiful teenage girl.

Starring: Johnny Depp, Winona Ryde

 I know it’s a long list and I’m sure I’ll add more next year; so for now – these are our family favorite, gotta watch Halloween movies. I hope you can enjoy some with your family this weekend.

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Blocktober – One Giant Party, Eight Locations!

Saddleback Church Blocktober

Blocktober is our annual community event for kids of all ages. This October, eight of our SoCal campuses will be transformed into one giant party! Last year, more than 20,000 people came to Saddleback’s Blocktober party. And this year, we’re going even bigger!

Join us for games, rides, candy, photo booths, music, food trucks, and more! There will be fun zones for all ages.



Times and Locations:


    Sunday, October 26h from t8:00, 9:30, & 11:15 a.m.


    Sunday, October 26th from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.


    Sunday, October 26th from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.


    Friday, October 31st from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.


    Friday, October 31st from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.


    Sunday, October 26th from 11:00 a.m.


    Friday, October 24th from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.


    Wednesday, October 29th from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.

For event and location details click here

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Halloween Howl


Don’t miss Halloween Howl at Columbus Tustin Activity Center on October 31, 2014 from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.

This FREE warm up for Trick or Treating includes a costume contest, candy, games, prizes and a bounce house.

Columbus Tustin Activity Center

17522 Beneta Way

Tustin, CA 92780



Free Halloween Fun at Local Libraries Today


Ready for a FREE Halloween warm up event? There are several events TODAY at local libraries, choose your event, get your costume on and go have some fun!

Family Halloween Spooktacular & Costume Parade at Orange Public Library – Spooky stories and a craft. Come dressed up in your favorite costume for a parade around the library.

Thursday, October 23, 2014 from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.

Orange Public Library & History Center, 407 E. Chapman Ave., Orange, CA


For some Halloween crafts go to Balboa Branch Library – Spooky Halloween craft making fun! Ages 3-8. No registration required. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Attendance is limited by room capacity

Thursday, October 23, 2014 from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Balboa Branch Library, 100 E. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach, CA

Spooktacular Crafts at the Central Library Friends Room in Newport Beach – Have a ghoulish afternoon at the library creating Halloween inspired crafts. For Children k-3rd grade.

Thursday, October 23, 2014 from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Central Library Friend Room, 100 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach, CA

Trick or Treat Parade at Mesa Verde Library – Spooky-theme activities then take a Trick or Treat parade through different parts of the library and pick up tasty goodies along the way. For kids of all ages.

Thursday, October 23, 2014 from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Mesa Verde Branch Library, 2969 Mesa Verde Drive, Costa Mesa, CA


Spooky Creatures in the Garden


The Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Gardens will have Spooky Creatures in the Garden  on Saturday, October 25 from 10am-2pm.

Who knows what lurks in the garden? Take a jaunt and discover who hangs out in the plants and trees! See what scary things nature has to offer on docent-led hikes through the garden.

There will be Halloween crafts and other activities for children ages 10 and under. Come in costume if you’d like!

Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden is located at 301 North Baldwin Ave, Arcadia, CA 91007

Cost is $3 per child for members and $5 per child for non-members with regular admission 

Regular Admission is as follows:

Adults: $9.00
Students with ID. and Seniors age 62 and older: $6.00
Children Ages 5-12: $4.00
Children under 5: free
Members free


Family Fright Zone Friday


Ghostly creatures take to fright for this 3rd annual spooky family Fun Zone night on Friday, October 24, 2104 at ExplorOcean in Newport Beach.

Come to this BOOtiful evening of  costumes, pumpkins and candy, Oh My!

Trick-or-treat at the Fun Zone! Enjoy spooky storytelling, kooky crafts, face painting, spooky & slimy lab activities, plus live entertainment for the entire family!

No tricks, just treats with this FREE admission event! Park your broomstick at ExplorOcean on Friday from 6-8:30pm!

Friday, October 24, 2014

6:00 – 8:30 p.m.

600 E. Bay Avenue
Newport Beach, CA 92661
(949) 675-8915