Category: Holidays

Don’t Be Scary This Halloween

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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!

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Spooky Science Night

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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!

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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.

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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.

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  • 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

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Boo at The Zoo

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“Boo at the Zoo” at Santa Ana Zoo is Orange County’s premier Halloween event for Kids!

This merry nor scary event features TEN Prize Stations on the Trick-or-Treat Trail, Entertainment, Animal Presentations, Storytelling and a Costume Parade!

Boo at the Zoo features:

  • Ten Prize Stations on the Trick-or-Treat Trail
  • Entertainment
  • Animal Presentations
  • Storytelling
  • Fun and Games
  • Costume Parade
  • “Teen Scream” Haunted House (a separate area, included in the price of admission)
  • Hot Dogs & Chips For Sale by Tustin-Santa Ana Rotary, Zoo Docents, and Knowlwood
  • Free Parking

booatthezooEveryone is encouraged to come in costume! This safe trick or treating event is perfect for children (ages 2-12).

  • When: Saturday, Oct. 17, Sunday, Oct. 18, Saturday, Oct. 24, Sunday, Oct. 25 & Friday, Oct. 30 from 5:30 – 8:00pm
  • Where: Santa Ana Zoo at Prentice Park, 1801 East Chestnut Avenue | Santa Ana, CA 92701Cost is $16.95 per non-member (ages 2 & up), Zoo Members are $8.95 (ages 2 & up) and their guests. (Members and Will Call receive early admission at the gate, approximately 1/2 hour prior to everyone else. Buy your tickets  here or at the front gate. ½ HOUR PRIOR to everyone else!
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Oktoberfest at Oak Canyon Nature Center

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The Anaheim Hills Rotary Club proudly presents the 9th annual Oktoberfest at Oak Canyon Nature Center. Come for a kid-friendly celebration that includes: entertainment, kids’ activities, silent auction and wiener dog races.

  • When: Saturday, October 17, 2105 from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Where: Oak Canyon Nature Center, 6700 6700 W. Walnut Ave., Anaheim, , CA 92807
  • Cost: FREE
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Doheny Halloween Haunt

DohenyHalloweenHauntDon’t miss out on the most festive event of the year at Doheny State Beach!

Bring your family and friends to celebrate Halloween in a fun and safe environment with good ole fashioned spookiness, arts and crafts, a fun zone, carnival games, a spooky walk and an array of educational booths.

  • When: Saturday October 24, 2105 from 6:30-8:30 pm
  • Where: Doheny State Beach, 25300 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, CA 92629 (picnic sites A and B)
  • Cost: This a FREE event; however, a donation of one non-perishable per person is greatly appreciated.

Don’t’ forget to dress up those little ones!

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Halloween Celebration in the Garden

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Families are invited to a morning Halloween celebration at the Coastkeeper Garden!

The morning will include pumpkin decorating, kids can explore a “spooky” maze, they can go bobbing for apples and much more!

Professional Fall themed photos will be available for FREE compliments of Elusion Photography. Families can download and print the photos at home.

Costumes are welcomed, but not required.  This entire event is FREE of charge thanks to our neighbor and sponsor: HomesbyKathyWren

  • When: Saturday, October 17, 2015 from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Where: The Coastkeeper Garden, 1560 E Santiago Canyon Rd., Orange, CA 92869  – map & directions
  • Cost: FREE – RSVP’s are suggested
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Halloween at Heritage Hill

Heritage_HillCome to Heritage Hill Historical Park as it gets transformed into two separate Fall events.

First, there is fall fun to be had for all ages at the family-friendly Autumn Harvest Festival on Oct. 10, this is a great family friendly event.

Second, Heritage Hill presents an event just for those who want some serious scares: The 8th annual Haunt at Heritage Hill (Recommended for 12 years and up) on Oct. 16th  & 17th.

Heritage hill is located at  25151 Serrano Rd, Lake Forest, CA 92630


Autumn Harvest at Heritage Hill

The Autumn Harvest Festival, is the ultimate Halloween adventure at Heritage Hill Historical Park. The park will once again be decorated for the fall season as an adventure-filled festival.

Enjoy exciting attractions throughout the park, including: Legends of Oz, Department of Jurassic Parks & Recreation, Adventures of Indiana Jones, Tikis, Tides, and Tales, Gotham City Laser Tag, and the Lake Forest All-Star Glow Party. The adventure continues with trick or treat stations, game booths, face painting, balloon artist, princesses, and the costume parade on stage.

Come ready in costume with trick or treat bag in hand as the adventure takes you to places beyond your imagination!

Autumn Harvest Festival  takes place on Saturday,October 10, 2015 from 4:00 pm – 9:00pm. Event Cost is $5 per person ages 3 and up; Fees for attractions and games range from $.25 to $1. Parking is FREE

For more information check the Autumn Harvest Festival at Heritage Hill Facebook page


Haunt at Heritage Hill

Now for all you who love to get scared, dare to be a part of the 8th annual Haunt at Heritage Hill as the park is once again transformed into a haunted adventure.

This Halloween teen/adult event will include: the Haunt at Heritage Hill Maze, The Joker’s Sideshow Maze, two scare zones, fortune telling, photo booth, DJ with light show, screenings of classic horror movies, and many other scary surprises!

Feel free to join in the fun and come dressed as your favorite character or in your best costume, but please no masks. Be the first in the know and get the inside scoop by going to.  Be ready to have fun, be ready to be scared, be ready to laugh, and be ready to scream!

Haunt at Heritage Hill takes place on Friday & SaturdayOctober 16 & 17, 2015 from 6:00 pm – 10 pm. Cost is $8 per person, parking is free. Remember this event is recommended for 12 years and up.

For more information check the Haunt at Heritage Hill facebook page

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Time for the Pumpkin Patch!

pumpkinsIt’s October and that means it’s time to go the Pumpkin Patch! My family had our first pumpkin patch visit of the season this weekend. Irvine Park Railroad invited my family and I to attend the 10th annual Pumpkin Patch. The Pumpkin Patch is located inside of Irvine Regional Park. I always feel as if I am completely outside of the city when I’m here.

PumpkinPatchIrvineParkRR1Attending the The Pumpkin Patch was a wonderful way to welcome in the fall season. When you arrive you see a beautiful display of pumpkins, fall colors and photo ops throughout the park.

PumpkinPatchIrvineParkRR4There’s plenty to do before picking out the perfect pumpkin, my girls were delighted to start the day running through the straw bale maze. game booths (which I love because everyone wins a prize).

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The hay rides look fun, although due to my oldest daughter’s allergies we can’t go on them. The train ride is always enjoyable and takes you on a ride through the Irvine Railroad Park with views of the lake, peacocks running through the park and families enjoying their afternoon fishing and picnicking.

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Other things to enjoy are the John Deere tractor racers, panning for gold (that was fun), bounce houses, a kid friendly (and mommy friendly) haunted house, cookie decorating, face painting and a lot of great photo ops.

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What I love about Irvine Park Railroad is that it’s free to enter. You do have to pay to to enter Irvine Regional Park ($3.00 weekdays, $5.00 weekends). Some of the activities do require a fee but things such as the hay bale maze. the haunted house and all the photo ops are FREE. The pumpkins are gorgeous and reasonably priced.

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While your at Irvine Regional Park take advantage of the day, visit the Interpretive Center, go for a hike one of the many trails, visit the OC Zoo, play at one of the four playgrounds or rent a bike or a paddle boat from Wheel Fun Rentals. Irvine Regional Park has plenty of picnic benches, so pack a lunch or visit the Lakeside Snack Shack for a quick lunch.

  • When: Open daily (weather permitting) at 10:00 am through October 31st.
  • Where: Irvine Park Railroad’s Pumpkin Patch is located inside Irvine Regional Park at 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA, 92869
  • Cost: Entrance into Irvine Regional Park is $3.00 on weekdays, $5.00 on weekends, Entry into the Pumpkin Patch is FREE, some activities have fees that vary according to activity. Activity tickets are $5.00 each or buy a book of 15 tickets for $60.00 ($15.00 savings).

Don’t forget to print these coupons before you go. 

Disclosure: Irvine Park Railroad provided complimentary tickets for me and my family to take part in the media weekend. My opinions of the event are entirely 100% my own and in no way had any impact on my review. 

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