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Great Park Spooktacular


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).


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.


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).


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.


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.


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.


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. 




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.


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