Month: October 2015

Don’t Be Scary This Halloween


When Halloween falls on an on the weekend I always become more than concerned. Please designate a driver for tonight celebrations. If you’re hosting a party tonight, collect the keys at the beginning of the party, have a phone number of a local cab company, Uber or LYFT handy for your guests. Even if you’re only driving down the street, there is no excuse – don’t drink and drive!

There are going to be a lot of people out there this Halloween. Children are going to be walking around later this Halloween, families will be heading home from Halloween celebrations. Please take appropriate measures to assure that you don’t hurt someone.

Every year we hear the stories of Halloween celebrations turned tragic for innocent people, like Jean Dyess or Jessica Fraire, enjoying the holiday.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, almost half (48%) of all motor vehicle traffic fatalities on Halloween night in 2012 involved a drunk driver. These numbers usually are even higher when the holiday falls on a weekend like it does this year.

This Halloween, MADD urges both partygoers and trick-or-treaters to plan ahead to help keep everyone safe.

Going trick-or-treating:

  • Be extra alert when crossing the street.
  • Wear bright, reflective clothing or add reflective tape to costumes and treat buckets.
  • Bring a flashlight (with extra batteries) so you can see and be seen at night.

Attending a party:

  • Designate a non-drinking driver before you head out to make sure you and your loved ones arrive home safely.
  • Save the number of a local cab service in your phone or download a ride-share app prior to heading out.
  • Consider hiring a shuttle or limousine service to transport you and your friends to and from your event.
  • Arrange a hotel stay for you and your friends on the evening of the event so no one drives home impaired.

Hosting a Halloween party:

  • Never serve alcohol to those under the age of 21.
  • Plan safe parties, including providing non-alcoholic drink options to guests.
  • Provide plenty of food to keep your guests from drinking on an empty stomach.
  • Be prepared to get everyone home safe by having the number of a taxi service on hand for those who need a ride.
  • Be ready with some clean linens so you can turn your sofa into a hotel for guests who need to stay the night.

Click here to get the pattern to carve your own MADD Jack-O-Lantern!


Halloween Candy Buy Back


The Halloween Candy Buy Back program is a great way for kids to give back! Kids can trade in their Halloween candy to local dentists for cash & prizes while supporting our troops.

How does the program work?

  • Participating dentists “buy” back kids’ Halloween candy at a scheduled event
  • “Buy” with cash, coupons, toothbrushes, creative exchanges – They can partner with local businesses to give away coupons for food, services, goods, etc.  They can give away the Hygiene Kits, they can set up an Opportunity Prize–each kid gets a ticket per pound of candy for an opportunity drawing to win special prizes, etc.
  • Dentists send the candy to Operation Gratitude or other Military support groups
  • Operation Gratitude sends the candy  to the U.S. Military
  • To find a dental practice in your area, use the zip code “look-up” feature to see if there is a dental office participating close by. SUGGESTION: Call the practice before driving over with your Halloween candy as many have concluded their buyback event and are no longer accepting candy.


  • You’ll enjoy peace of mind knowing you’re making kids, parents, and Service Members smile!
  • You’ll set a great example for the next generation to give back!
  • You’ll also enjoy some great publicity!

100,000 Toothbrush Challenge

Help us send a toothbrush in every troop’s care package! For every pound of candy you send to the troops, we hope you will also send a toothbrush! Let’s see how quickly we can collect 100,000 toothbrushes!

In 2014, 401,052 lbs of candy were donated, that equals over 12 million individual pieces of candy!! To find a location near you click here.


FREE Scary Face Pancakes


Trick or treat, give kids something free to eat this Halloween! On Friday, October 30th, from 7:00AM-10:00PM, all kids 12 and under receive a free Scary Face Pancake! Learn more at

Restrictions apply. One per child. Dine in only. Participation may vary. Contact your local IHOP for more information. To find a location near you click HERE.


Treats in the Streets

treats_in_streets1Head out to Old Town Orange tonight for the annual Treats in the Streets. This FREE community event includes games, trick or treating, a costume parade, and entertainment for participants of all ages

Merchants decorate their shops and local non-profit groups provide delicious food items and tasty treats for a nominal charge.

Trick or Treating at participating merchants takes place from 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm, parents please leave mask and pets at home.

  • When: Thursday, October 30, 2015
  • Time: 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.
  • Where: Old Towne Orange Plaza at Chapman Avenue & Glassell

25th Annual Dino Dash


Just a reminder – there’s still time to sign up for Dino Dash, Tustin Public Schools Foundation’s biggest fundraiser. 

The 25th annual Dino Dash takes place this Sunday, November 1, 2015. The Dino Dash rallies the community together in support of over 24,000 students within Tustin Unified and helps support local public schools. There is an event for everyone – the timed 10K and 5K, the 2K fun run and the non-timed 15K and 50K bike tours. 

Join the Expo before and after the event for food, games, entertainment and plenty of giveaways.

The Seven Gables 50K bike tour goes through picturesque Santiago Canyon. The bike tour is not timed, so you take your time and enjoy the beautiful scenery. All participants will receive a dry-fit tech shirt, Dino Dash socks, a finisher medal, and a FREE food court ticket. We will have well-stocked rest stops and SAG support throughout the course.

If your not ready for a 50K ride, try out the 15K shorter course.  You will still get the tech shirt, Dino Dash socks, a finisher medal and a FREE food court ticket. Just watch for the signs indicating the shorter course.

Both the 50K and the 15K finish at the Bike Finish on Myford and a secured Bike Valet is available to store your gear and bike while you visit the expo.

You can sport this cool cycling Jersey in support of Dino Dash, just click on the picture to purchase the jersey, socks, lunch tickets or VIP parking.


Below are links for each course map , including start and finish lines.

Event Schedule:

  • 6:15 am – Race-Day Registration Opens (near El Camino and West St.)
  • 6:15 am – Bike Valet Opens
  • 6:45 am – Bike Tour Begins (near Auto Center Dr. and El Camino Real)
  • 7:00 am – Dino Dash Expo Area Opens
  • 7:15 am – 10K Chip-Timed Run Begins
  • 8:30 am – 5K Chip-Timed Run Begins
  • 9:00 am – Food Court Opens
  • 9:30 am – 2K Fun Run Begins (not timed)
  • 11:00 am – Event Ends

The event takes place on Sunday, November 1, 2015 at The Market Place in Tustin (Dick’s Sporting Goods lot), off the I-5 at Jamboree.

You can REGISTER NOW or at the event, registration opens at 6:15 am. You can save 10% if you register online by using the discount code TPFF25.

All proceeds benefit the non-profit Tustin Public Schools Foundation and local public schools.

Halloween Howl


The city of Tustin is hosting their annual Halloween Howl at Columbus Tustin Activity Center. This FREE Family Friendly event is the perfect warm up for Trick or Treating.

Come in costume for a costume contest, candy, games, prizes and a bounce house.

  • When: Friday, October 30, 2105, from 3:00 pm – 5: 00 p,
  • Where: Columbus Tustin Activity Center, 17522 Beneta Way, Tustin, CA 92780
  • Cost: FREE

Halloween Zoo-tacular


Come to the OC Zoo for a Zoo-tacular celebration!

In addition to a great string of events planned for kids including: trick-or-treating*, spooky crafts, a scavenger hunt*, and face painting! (*Kids ages 12 & under) the zoo animals receive treat filled pumpkins throughout the day!

Raccoons get pumpkins filled with berries and mealworms while the black bear will get a peanut butter and honey filled pumpkin. Every 30 minutes, a different animal will get their Halloween treat.

zootacular8The First 100 children in costume (ages 12 & under) receive a free gift!

  • When: Saturday October 31, 2015 from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Where: OC Zoo, 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA 92689
  • Cost: $2 per person, ages 2 & under free, Activities are free with paid zoo admission. Reservations are not required.

Zombie Preparedness

preparednessAdOkay, don’t we all want to know how to survive a Zombie Apocalypse? You can learn how at a FREE Zombie Preparedness class hosted by REI!

Here’s the course overview: Imagine a Zombie outbreak has occurred wiping out a majority of the local population and other major cities throughout the globe. Nicknamed the “Zombie Disease,” because those killed by the disease seem to be returning to life and prey upon the living. We are now facing a full fledged attack. Those of us left alive must now ask ourselves, “Where do we go from here? How will we survive and maintain the existence of the human race?”

The Zombie related theme course hosted by REI invites you to learn some very serious and valuable survival techniques. This preparedness class provides information that could save your life in the event of any natural disaster in an urban environment and it’s FREE!!!

  • When: Thursday, October 29, 2015 from 6:00 pm  –  7:30 pm
  • Where: The MUZEO, 241 S Anaheim Blvd, Anaheim, CA 92805
  • Cost: FREE 

You must register for this class online.


Sea Scare

seascareThe 10th Annual SEA SCARE is back at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium! Sea Scare is washing ashore with lots of thrills and chills. Sea Scare brings back all your favorite attractions like Trick-or-Treat Trail, Seaside Boardwalk, the Sea Scare Party Zone, and Skull Alley.

We will be some exciting Tricks and Treats to celebrate at Sea Scare’s 10th Anniversary and the Aquarium’s 80th Anniversary. Come in costume and join in on the masquerade of ghosts and goblins, it’s sure to be a frightfully good time for the whole family!

To save time & money, BUY TICKETS ONLINE. This event will sell out. Members: FREE with a valid FRIENDS Membership, but reservations recommended.

  • When: Saturday, October 24, 2015 from 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm Members gain early entry at 6:00 pm. 
  • Where: Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, 3720 Stephen M White Dr., San Pedro, CA
  • Cost: $5 adults, $1 children if purchased prior to October 24th. Ticket price at the gate on is  $7 adults, $3 children. (Adult Admission – Ages 13 and up)

Spooky Science Night


Spooky Science Night is back and set to be SCARIER and more SLIMY than ever!

The Columbia Memorial Space Center invites all ghouls, goblins, princesses and mad scientists to dress their best and enjoy two chilling nights of science fun that the entire family will never forget!

Bring the whole family for scary dark mazes, spooky robotics lab, super slime station, star gazing, live entertainment & food trucks.

  • When: Friday, October 23rd & Saturday, October 24th from 5:00 – 9:00pm
  • Where: Columbia Memorial Space Center, 12400 Columbia Way
    Downey, CA 90242
  • Cost: $5.00 per person, members are free

Open to ALL ages!


Scarium of the Pacific

scariumTrick or Treat at the Aquarium of the Pacific. Discover the creatures lurking in the depths at the Aquarium of the Pacific’s 16th annual Scarium of the Pacific—a spooktacular educational Halloween event for the whole family.

On October 24-25, 2015 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, enjoy special Halloween programs, including the annual children’s costume contest, the creepy coloring contest, face painting, magic shows, underwater pumpkin carving, spooky storytelling, kooky crafts, eerie animals in the Great Hall, and much more.

Scarium of the Pacific schedule

  • 10:30 a.m. Spooky Storytelling for Kids
  • 10:45 a.m. Creepy Critter Photo Opportunity
  • 11:15 a.m. Underwater Pumpkin Carving Show
  • 11:30 a.m. Spooky Variety Show for Kids
  • 11:45 a.m. Creepy Critter Photo Opportunity
  • 12:00 p.m. Dave the Vampire Magician
  • 12:30 p.m. Spooky Storytelling for Kids
  • 12:45 p.m. Creepy Critter Photo Opportunity
  • 1:00 p.m. Kids’ Costume Contest
  • 2:15 p.m. Underwater Pumpkin Carving Show
  • 2:30 p.m. Spooky Variety Show for Kids
  • 3:30 p.m. Creepy Critters Show

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THE COSTUME CONTEST starts at 1:00 p.m., Honda Blue Cavern Stage
Meet at 12:45 p.m. in front of Lorikeet Forest with your registration card.*

Win Great Prizes! Kids, here’s your chance to show off your costume. Each contestant will receive a treat just for entering and have a photo opportunity with one of our costume characters.  *To register pick up a registration card for your child at the Information Desk, and bring the completed card to the area in front of Lorikeet Forest at 12:45 p.m. on October 24 or 25. Present your card to the Aquarium representative at the stage at Honda Blue Cavern.

Underwater Pumpkin Carving & Tropical Reef Habitat take place on the 2nd Floor at 11:15 am to 11:45 am and 2:15 pm. to 2:45 pm

The following ongoing activities are also included with your admission

  • Fiendish Facepainting / Great Hall
  • Craft & Coloring Contest / Outside Tropical Pacific Gallery 2nd Floor
  • Paper pumpkins, masks, and more!

Aquarium of the Pacific is located at  100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802.

Any kids that show up in a costume (up to age 11) can get in for FREE – just print this coupon. For other admission information click here.

All programs subject to change and weather dependent.


Sunday Funday

The Great Park Neighborhood invites everyone to join in the fun for the second of our Sunday Funday series.

Enjoy live music by The Salty Suites on the lawn. Tasty lunch treats from GD Bro Truck and Spudrunners. Don’t forget ice cream sweets! Live silk painting by Olivia Batchelder. Beer and wine garden at the outdoor kitchen. Bring your two-legged and four-legged friends to play in the park with us–all ages welcome.

  • When: Sunday, October 25, 2015 from 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
  • Where: Great Park Neighborhood, Beacon Park Patio, 501 Benchmark, Irvine, CA 92618
  • Cost: FREE

OC Fire Authority Open House

Bring your family and friends to The Orange County Fire Authority’s Open House. See live fire demonstrations, use a fire hose to put out make-believe fires, try on firefighter turnouts, enjoy free food and discover fire safety information in a fun-filled environment!

The Orange County Fire Authority Open House will take place on Saturday, October 24th from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Open House attendees are encouraged to park at the Salvation Army lot at 10200 Pioneer Road. Shuttle service from the lot to OCFA will be offered from 10:00 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

For more information, visit or call 714-573-6200.



Looking For Something To Do Today?

Looking for something to do Today? There’s so much going on, you’re gonna have to choose! Check the Calendar for details.


  • Kidvasion at locations throughout San Diego  

  • Solar Decathlon at The Great Park  

  • Spooky Science at Discovery Cube OC 

  • Pumpkin Festival at Cal Poly Pomona Farm Store 

  • Insect Fair at Cal Poly Pomona  

  • Drop In and Draw at Chuck Jones Center for Creativity 

  • Halloween Celebration in the Garden at Coastkeeper Garden 

  • Irvine Park Railroad’s Pumpkin Patch at Irvine Park Railroad  

  • Kids Club Crafts at Michaels Nationwide 

  • Tustin Art Walk at Old Town Tustin 

  • Discover Nature Family Program at Oak Canyon Nature Center 

  • FREE Crafts for Kids at Lakeshore Learning Centers  

  • Oktoberfest at Oak Canyon Nature Center  

  • Star Party at Griffith Park  

  • 7th Annual Bat Night at Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary

  • Boo at the Zoo at Santa Ana Zoo

  • Halloween Bootique at Rogers Gardens


Tustin Art Walk


The 8th Annual Art Walk in Old Town Tustin features local art, live music, kids chalk art, Wine Tasting & Plein Air Contest!

You can tickets for a FREE bus tour of Old Tustin Tustin at the Tustin Museum. Tours take place at 9:30 am, 11:00 am, 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm

The Art Walk takes place Saturday, October 17, 2015 from 10:00 am  – 4:00 pm. Wine Tasting is from 12-4pm. The cost is $10.00 for 5 tastings.


The Tustin Library will host special crafts for kids. From 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm, kids can make mosaic art AND create chalk art masterpieces in the courtyard. Free for kids of all ages and their families.

Old Town Tustin is located at Main St. & El Camino in Tustin


Pumpkin Festival

Image from The Pumpkin Festival at Cal Poly Pomona facebook page
Image from The Pumpkin Festival at Cal Poly Pomona facebook page

The Pumpkin Festival is a two-day event held every October at the Farm Store at Cal Poly Pomona.

The festival draws thousands of visitors to pick pumpkins from a patch near the Farm Store. The College of Agriculture grows 80,000 pumpkins for the event and EVERY pumpkin is only $5.00 each!!!.

The festival features a corn maze that is specially grown for the occasion, horse rides, pie eating contest and a petting zoo. Visitors can compete and play games run by student clubs or listen to live music. Food and drinks are available to purchase from vendors.


Keeping with the theme “Celebrating California Agriculture”, they’ve added a major new activity area “AG Lane” filled with Free Family-Fun Agriculture related exhibits and displays. Included will be Antique Farm Tractors & Equipment, Animal Displays, Home Gardening Demonstrations and a Kids Farm with squash tunnels and fun interactive play for those 10 and under

Opening Ceremony begin at 11:00 am on Saturday morning October 17th at the gazebo for a special Opening Ceremony to kick-off the ‘Season of Orange’ Celebrating California Agriculture. There will be live music, festival giveaways and an appearance by the official festival mascot.

While your at the Pumpkin Festival make sure to visit the Insect Fair which features nearly 500,000 live and preserved insects (open on Saturday & Sunday from 9am-5pm).

  • When: Saturday, October 17 &  Sunday, October, 18, 2015 from 8:00 am – 5: 00pm
  • Where: Cal Poly Pomona Farm Store, 4102 S. University Drive, Pomona, CA 91768
  • Cost: Entrance to the Festival is FREE, Prices vary for individual activities such as the corn maze, horse rides, petting zoo and Insect Fair.

No animals are permitted at the pumpkin Festival, this is a cash only event but ATM machines are available. All proceeds support College of Agriculture student clubs and activities, as well as farm operations.