Tag: halloween

Great Park Spooktacular

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It’s time to register for The Great Park’s Spooktacular Fun Days!  Get your costume’s ready and enjoy fall activities for the kids of all ages. This FREE event not only provides your family a day of fun but also helps support our Orange County Food Banks.

Donate to scare away hunger by simply bringing a bag of canned goods or non-perishable food and each child 12 and younger will gain access to the Pumpkin Patch or Trick or Treat Town (while supplies last).

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Enjoy traditional family-friendly fall activities including: kids crafts, petting zoo, carnival games, Harvest Walk, entertainment, gourmet food trucks and much more.

In order to take part in this spooktacular day of fun you must sign up. Registration is required for each child (12 & under); space is limited. Free admission and parking.

Activities are for children 12 & under, therefore accompanying adult ticket registration is not required.  Event date options include:

  • Saturday, October 15, 2016 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Sunday, October 16, 2016 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 22, 2016 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Sunday, October 23, 2016 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Registration for Spooktacular Fun Days begins September 14, 2016 at noon.

The Great Park is located at Marine Way and Sand Canyon Irvine, CA 92618

Please note: Special event entrance for the Orange County Great Park is located off I-5 or I-405 at Sand Canyon on Trabuco Road/Great Park Boulevard in Irvine.

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Roger’s Gardens Halloween Boutique

GrimmTales Halloween Boutique??? Yep, it’s time! For me the sure sign that Fall is on it’s way is visiting Rodger’s Gardens Halloween Boutique. This year the theme is “Grimm Tales”  and it opens today, Friday, September 2, 2016.

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My family and I have made a tradition of visiting this spectacular showcase. Each year, we look forward to the new theme and new chilling features each room holds.

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I love gathering inspiration for our home with the works of artists like: Joyce Stahl,  Vergie Lightfoot and Nicol Sayer. These decorations go way beyond Pumpkins and gourds. These are pieces of art and are simply amazing.

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The Grimm Tales theme takes you through forested rooms that display a completely new spin on classics like Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Sleeping Beauty and Hansel & Gretel.

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While your visiting Roger’s Gardens be sure to stop by the brand new restaurant Farmhouse Cafe  Who wouldn’t want to eat here? The garden is beautiful and the restaurant supports an open feeling with all the charm that exists within the garden.

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Halloween Boutique Date/Time

  • When: Open daily from 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Where: Roger’s Gardens 2301 San Joaquin Hills Rd., Corona del Mar, CA 92625
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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.
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  • When: Thursday, October 30, 2015
  • Time: 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.
  • Where: Old Towne Orange Plaza at Chapman Avenue & Glassell
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Halloween Zoo-tacular

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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.
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Roger’s Gardens Halloween Boutique

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“Something Wicked This Way Comes” at Roger’s Gardens

2015 Halloween Boutique.

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 Surrounded by unseen forces, a mysterious traveling carnival has pulled into town. Tent doors flap amidst the dry, swirling autumn wind.  The night crackles with an odd vibration, as if a veil of peculiarity has settled over these hallowed grounds.  A maelstrom of sights, sounds, smells, and people…this is Halloween at Roger’s Gardens…this is Carnival.

Visiting the Halloween Boutique at Roger’s Gardens is now one of our Fall family traditions. There is something different in each nook and cranny. Every room features something different than the last.

Need a place for inspiration to get your “spook” on? This is it! In addition to pumpkins and gourds, look forward to seeing work from artists like: Eric Cortina, Scott Smith, Joyce Stahl, William Bezek, Tina Haller, Bethany Lowe, Vergie Lightfoot and Nicol Sayer.

BethanyLoweThis was my little one’s favorite last year by Bethany Lowe

Halloween Boutique Date/Time

  • When: Open daily from 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Where: Roger’s Gardens 2301 San Joaquin Hills Rd., Corona del Mar, CA 92625

Some Images from roger’sgarden.com/blog

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Free Halloween Fun at Local Libraries Today

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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

 

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Glue & Go Costumes

Are you still looking for a costume for your little one? If so, you’re in luck. Come and learn how to make costumes out of everyday materials!  Join in on a fun afternoon at the Dan Point Library with Holly Cleeland, upcycler extraordinaire and writer of  Glue & Go Costumes for Kids. Holly has been featured on the Rachel Ray Show, The View, KTLA5, and many more.

Three costumes will be given away!  They will be meeting  in the Community Room.  No pre-registration required. and walk-ins are welcome!

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With readily available supplies and basic tools such as scissors and a glue gun, you can create unique, oversize, eye-catching costumes. You won’t believe how simple it is to transform a kid into corn on the cob, a cupcake, pencil, racecar, monster, basket of flowers, birdhouse, hot air balloon, plate of bacon and eggs, or other unforgettable disguise.

Where: Dana Point Library located at: 33841 Niguel Rd., Dana Point, CA 92629 – (949) 496-5517

When: Thursday, October 23, 2014 from 4:oo – 6:00 p.m.

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Light the Night for Halloween

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Light the Night is a big 10-acre party with tons of fun attractions, good food and live music.   Join Calvary Chruch for fun at game booths, a cake walk, inflatables, live entertainment, food, a puppet show and a special carnival area just for preschoolers and kindergartners.

The specific intent of Light the Night on October 31 each year is to provide a safe alternative to Trick or Treating and other Halloween activities. This event is FREE to the public (except for food sales that are nominal). Light the Night is fun and safe for the whole family!

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 The main attractions include inflatables like the Tropical Xtreme Obstacle, Rock Wall, Gladiator Joust, Jacob’s Ladder.

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There  are carnival style game booths where kids can win candy, a special addition for this year is the Trackless Train that will be giving out rides across our campus all night!

light_the_night_gamesWe look forward to this event every Halloween, we feel safe, the girls get plenty of candy and it’s always fun. I really love the special area set aside in the Fellowship hall for those who are in Kindergarten and younger (but big brothers and sisters are welcome). “Lil’ Light The Night” is filled with age appropriate games, activities, bouncers and a cupcake walk where everyone wins.

Directly outside the Fellowship Hall will be the Photo Spot (complimentary family pictures that get posted to their website and available for you to download) to remember your evening.

They even have pumpkins you can take home. 

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Don’t worry about dinner, some of Orange County’s amazing gourmet food trucks will be rolling in and serving up incredible food.

Here is a list of who’s coming:

Ninjas with Appetite
Tornado Potato
Stuff N It Burgers
Eat ‘Em Up Truck
Piaggio on Wheels
Tamarindo Truck
Front Porch Pops

There will also be coffee, other beverages and snacks available at The Corner Bookstore & Espresso Cafe located in the South Lot.

This event is amazing and I am always in awe of Calvary Church and the free events they offer to the community.

Light the Night Starts at 5:30 p.m.

Calvary is located at the 5 and 55 in the heart of Orange County.

Calvary Church
1010 N. Tustin Ave
Santa Ana, CA 92705

(714) 973-4800

Click here for the complete map with turn-by-turn directions

 

Images from CalvaryLifeorg

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Roger’s Gardens is Hauntingly Beautiful

If you haven’t decorated for Halloween yet there’s still time to get some Hauntingly Beautiful inspiration at Roger’s Gardens in Corona Del Mar.

wpid-2014-10-20_10.33.42.jpgLet me start by saying if you love gardens, you MUST visit Roger’s gardens. This place is unlike any garden center I’ve ever visited, it’s absolutely beautiful. The grounds are pristine, even the patio furniture area looks as if they serve sunday brunch there (it’s actually a shame they don’t). When you walk into the garden, there’s a train village that has been created around a tree. My girls loved it. Everything is lovely.

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Now back to the original subject, the Halloween Boutique holds surprises in each turn and corner. It made me want to come home and spook up everything in my house. They say that a picture is worth a thousand words, so here it goes.

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There are so many great and inspiring ideas, some make you think “I can do that”‘ but then when you really start looking around you notice that are some exquisite one of kind items. This boutique features work of some amazing artists like:  Eric Cortina, Scott Smith, Joyce Stahl, William Bezek, Tina Haller, Bethany Lowe, Vergie Lightfoot and Nicol Sayer. I took some pictures but my phone simply doesn’t capture how beautiful these pieces are. These are some of the pictures from Roger’s Gardens blog.

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A beautiful hand stitched witch by  Joyce Stahl.

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This ghoulish creature is by Scott Smith. 

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I loved these terrorfied candlesticks by William Bezek

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These antique looking paper mache dolls were my favorite by Nicole Sayer. 

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My little one enjoyed this guy, she said it was “Creepy” by Bethany Lowe

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A porcelain jeweled skull by Eric Cortina

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I sooo want one of these handpainted one of kind Pumpkins in my home by Vergie Lightfoot

Every room features something so completely different than the last. The setting is hauntingly beautiful, don’t miss it!

Halloween Boutique Date/Time

  • Open daily thru October 28, 2014
  • 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

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Images from roger’sgarden.com/blog

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17th annual Treats in the Streets

 

treats_in_streets1Thursday, October 30, 2014 marks the 17th annual Treats in the Streets event at Old Towne Orange Plaza.

Old Towne merchants decorate their shops and the street are close their shops. Local non-profit groups provide delicious food items and tasty treats for a nominal charge.

Fun activities include games, trick or treating, a costume parade, and entertainment for participants of all ages. (Parents please leave masks and pets at home)

treats_in_the_streets1Trick or Treating at participating Old Towne merchants will be from 4 – 5:30 p.m.

  • When: Thursday, October 30, 2014
  • Time: 4 – 7 p.m.
  • Where: Old Towne Orange Plaza at Chapeman Avenue & Glassell
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Halloween Zoo-tacular

The animals at the Orange County Zoo love Halloween Zoo-tacular!

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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!

zootacular6Raccoons 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.

zootacular8First 100 children in costume (ages 12 & under) receive a free gift!

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  • Date: 10/25/2014
  • Time: 10:00 AM – 4:00 AM
  • Reservations are not needed.
    Activities are free with paid zoo admission ($2 per person, ages 2 & under free).

Orange County Zoo
1 Irvine Park Road
Orange, CA 92869
(714) 973-6847
oczoo@ocparks.com

For more information, call Marcy at 714-973-6846.

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Not so Scary Halloween

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I’m always looking for “Not so Scary” events and when Halloween meets nature, it’s even better. San Elijo Lagoon Nature Center has a great FREE treat planned on October 18 and 19, 2014 for their “Not So Scary Estuary” Family Days Event.

Bring the kids dressed in the costumes to create lollipop spiders, make animal tracks, animal face masks and climb through a human spider web.

Kids can Trick-or-Treat on the Haunted Hike nature trail where they will discover interactive wildlife stations along the way. Kids will also meet live bats on Saturday and owls on Sunday in special presentations.

  • Costume contest is 3:45 pm
    Categories: 
    Most Eco-Friendly
    Best Nocturnal/Lagoon Theme
    Most Original

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When: Oct. 18-19, 2014

Time: 1 – 4 p.m.

Cost: Free but donations are always welcome.

Where: San Elijo Lagoon Nature Center, 2710 Manchester Avenue, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Ca 92007

Online: sanelijo.org

Arrive early to allow time for parking.

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Blocktober

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Orange County’s Biggest Block Party is at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest. This October, the Lake Forest campus will be transformed into a playground of fun and food for both kids and adults!

Last year, more than 10,000 people came to Saddleback’s Blocktober party. And this year, we’re going even bigger!

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

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Tickets are $5 and go on sale during weekend services beginning October 4, 2014.

Friday, Oct 31, 2014 at 5: 00 p.m.

Saddleback Church, 1 Saddleback Pkwy Lake Forest, CA 92630

 Contact Saddleback Kids 949-609-8651

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Nothing but Treats for October

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It’s the first day of October and Halloween will here before you know it. It’s been a long time since I’ve been this excited about Halloween but this year it’s different, maybe it’s the effect of all these the oils, Bawhahaha (that was my witch laugh).

We’ve even put up our Christmas tree that will transition from now through December as a Halloween Tree to a Thankful Tree to a Christmas tree, this should be fun!

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Things to look forward to this month; lots and lots of Halloween events, the new schedule for the  FREE Jr. Chef classes and Technique classes at Williams-Sonoma, some really great Science/Stem events. (Halloween and Science go so well together), and some awesome educational events.

October is also Red Ribbon month, so you’ll also see several posts about Red Ribbon week/month (I already started with a few of those posts), don’t forget about Kidvasion (kids get free, food, rides and admission)  all over in San Diego this month.

And of course you’ll get to hear all about my Essential Oils and adventures in Girl Scouting. So, get ready because all of my volunteer hats are on!

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Glue and Go Costumes for Kids

Celebrate Halloween with Holly Cleeland, upcycler extraordinaire and writer of  Glue & Go Costumes for Kids! Holly shows you how to create “unique, over-size,eye-catching costumes” from everyday items.

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With readily available supplies and basic tools such as scissors and a glue gun, you can create unique, oversize, eye-catching costumes. You won’t believe how simple it is to transform a kid into corn on the cob, a cupcake, pencil, racecar, monster, basket of flowers, birdhouse, hot air balloon, plate of bacon and eggs, or other unforgettable disguise.

 Tuesday, Oct 7, 2104
6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
407 E. Chapman Ave.
Orange, CA 92866
(714) 288-2400
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