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Howl-Loween Revelry at The Anaheim Packing District

Posted by on Oct 28, 2016 in Events, Halloween, Holiday | 0 comments

  The Anaheim Packing District invites all to join in the family friendly revelry this coming weekend starting at 11am Saturday morning, October 29 with the Anaheim Fall Festival spanning the open air Center St. Promenade. Designed for the young at heart, the Festival features a pumpkin patch, vintage gaming booths, local eateries featuring seasonal fare, the annual costume contest for kids, as well as the infamous Pooch Pawrade at 2pm (doggie costume contest). Admission to the Festival is FREE with ample public parking nearby. For more info visit: anaheimfallfestival.org Be sure to stay nearby as the Festival transitions into “real spooky” at 6pm, as the 92rd Annual Anaheim Halloween Parade begins on Broadway near Manchester, traveling east on Broadway, then north on Harbor, east on the historic “main street” of Anaheim (Center St. Promenade) with grand finale at...

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Halloween Fun at Brick-or-Treat Party Nights

Posted by on Oct 28, 2016 in Halloween, Holiday, LegoLand, Theme Parks | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of Legoland Halloween is my favorite holiday of the year because of all the fun family events happening across Southern California. One of our favorite family Halloween traditions is to visit Legoland California for their Brick-or-Treat Party Nights event. This year, we did something different and got the full-day package which allowed us to arrive at the theme park early. The night of the event, we got to Legoland around 1 pm, and the park was full of children dressed in Halloween-themed clothing. We joined some friends who were also visiting the Legoland and our children squealed with delight while going on the different attractions. They raced cars, splashed in the water feature, and flew high in the helicopters. The rides at Legoland are perfect for children of all ages to enjoy. As the...

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Frightfully Fun Treats at Nitrolado

Posted by on Oct 25, 2016 in Dining, Family, Halloween, Holiday | 1 comment

 We dined as a guest of the venue Are you looking for somewhere fun and unique to take the kids for a Halloween treat? I recently brought my kids to one of the newest hot spots in the OC, Nitrolado, for some of their mouthwatering ice cream. The store is located in the heart of Garden Grove, and they use dry ice to make frightfully fun treats for kids to enjoy during the Halloween season. When we arrived at Nitrolado, our kid’s eyes lit up with delight when they saw all the steam coming out of the ice cream makers. They didn’t want to stop watching them making ice cream until I pointed out the tasty candy bar. We then went over to select our toppings from the vast selection of candies and our ice cream flavor. The day...

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Journey School’s 10th Annual Harvest Faire

Posted by on Oct 17, 2016 in Events, Halloween, Holiday | 0 comments

  Archery, jousting and fable figure making are just a few of the activities offered at Journey School’s 10th annual Harvest Faire on November 5th from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Children can make their own fairy wands, walking sticks and jump ropes. “It’s an old-fashioned harvest faire,” says Nicola Wellner, chairperson of the event. “And the materials are as natural as possible.” Admission is free and tickets may be purchased for activities and food. The Fairy Café offers traditional, vegan and gluten-free baked goods along with coffee and tea. An international selection of food, including curry sausage, falafels, and tacos will be available at three food trucks. Guests can purchase jewelry, fair trade baskets, organic skin care products and many more items at artisan booths throughout the fair. Also, everyone is welcome to shop at the Journey School...

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Donate Your Costume’s to Homeless OC Children

Posted by on Oct 14, 2016 in Family, Giving Back, Halloween | 0 comments

  The Orange County Rescue Mission is urgently seeking the community’s help to provide nearly 100 Halloween costumes for its record number of homeless children living at the Village of Hope, the Rescue Mission’s transitional living facility. Orange County Rescue Mission President Jim Palmer explains that many of these children have experienced traumatic life events that children their age should never have to encounter, which is why creating opportunities to be social and enjoy a common interest among other children their age is crucial to their well-being and development. The Orange County Rescue Mission is seeking a total of 93 different costumes and up to 500lbs of candy for the upcoming “Trunk or Treat” community event being organized by Mission Bible Church, and taking place on Monday, October 31 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Rescue Mission....

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‘Boo it Forward’ with Ghostbusters

Posted by on Oct 14, 2016 in Entertainment, Film, Halloween, Uncategorized | 0 comments

 Product sample received One of our favorite things to do at Halloween is to “Boo” our friends. Every year, the kids go shopping for fun trinkets and treats to make Halloween-themed care packages for their friends. Then comes the fun part when we tip toe around in the dark in hopes of not being caught secretly delivering the care packages to all our friend’s houses. This year, we made our “Boo” care packages a little different. Since the new Ghostbusters movie just came out on DVD and Blu-ray on October 11th, we created ghostly themed care packages for all our friends (minus the green slime). We filled the packages with mini rubber ghosts, candy, and a copy of “Ghostbusters: Answer The Call.” We also included a reminder to “Boo it Forward” by making a care package and delivering it...

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DIY Easy Mermaid Costume

Posted by on Oct 12, 2016 in Halloween, Holiday | 0 comments

  I love making my kids Halloween costumes. Since I take the kids to so many different Halloween events throughout the season around Orange County, my kids usually end up needing more than one costume a year. Since my daughters favorite television show is Mako Mermaids, she wanted me to make her a mermaid costume this year. I had to stop and think for a few minutes about how I would make a skirt that she could walk in, and after a trip to our local fabric store, I had figured it out. Originally I thought this was going to be a hard costume to make, but it ended up being one of the easiest costumes I have ever made. It required only a few materials, and I was done making it in less than a couple of hours....

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Spooky Science at Discovery Cube OC

Posted by on Oct 11, 2016 in Events, Halloween, Holiday, Museums, Theme Parks | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue One of our favorite Halloween traditions is to experience all the fun happening at the Spooky Science exhibit at Discovery Cube OC. While we were at Discovery Cube OC for a special Ice Age event, we went over to the exhibit for some Spooky Science fun. The event is happening every weekend until Halloween with a different theme each week. That means that your kids can experience something different every time that they come for Spooky Science. Our children spent over an hour stopping at the various interactive stations and learned a lot about bats. They also had a blast on the mini tractor rides, saw live animals, and made slithering snakes. Once they were done with all the spooky fun, it was time to explore the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle...

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Spooky Family Fun at Knott’s Spooky Farm

Posted by on Oct 11, 2016 in Halloween, Holiday, Knott's Berry Farm, Theme Parks | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of Knott’s It might be quite scary in the evening at Knott’s for Knott’s Scary Farm, but it is all family fun in the daytime during Knott’s Spooky Farm. Visiting Knott’s Spooky Farm has been a yearly tradition that our family has enjoyed since our kids were toddlers. I can still remember the time when my youngest was still in diapers trick-or-treating around Camp Snoopy, and now he is all grown-up. Our kids kept asking when we were going to Knott’s Spooky Farm, and we surprised them with a day at the theme park over the weekend. It was an incredibly hot day to visit Knott’s, so we didn’t have the kids come in their costumes to trick-or-treat like we have in the past. Our day started in Camp Snoopy where I watched the...

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The Great Wolf Lodge Howl-O-Ween Staycation

Posted by on Oct 9, 2016 in Halloween, Holiday, Staycation, Travel | 0 comments

 We stayed as a guest of the venue When looking for the best place to have a Halloween staycation with your family this year, The Great Wolf Lodge is the place to have a epic Howl-O-Ween getaway. Last week, our family had a weekend getaway to the premier vacation destination, and it was one of the best family staycations we have ever had. We checked into The Great Wolf Lodge on a Friday afternoon, and then took the shuttle over to Disneyland for Mickey’s Halloween Party. Our kids trick-or-treated, enjoyed tasty Halloween-themed treats, and watched the fireworks twinkle over Sleeping Beauty’s Castle. Once the clock struck midnight, and Disneyland started to close, we made our way back to The Great Wolf Lodge where our children would dream of cake pops and lollipops. Our family would spend the weekend in...

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DIY Minnie Mouse Halloween Candy Apples

Posted by on Oct 9, 2016 in Dining, Disney, Halloween, Holiday, Recipes, Theme Parks | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of Disney Halloween Time is in full swing at the Disneyland Resort, and our favorite thing about the holiday is all the delicious treats. There are so many tasty treats to try at Disneyland during Halloween Time, and the Halloween-themed Minnie Mouse Candy Apple is a favorite this year. While celebrating Halloween with my family at the Disneyland Resort this year, I had a chance to stop into Trolley Treats on Buena Vista Street in Disney California Adventure Park and meet with one of the talented chefs at the Disneyland Resort who taught me how to make a Minnie Mouse Candy Apple. Making a Halloween-themed Minnie Mouse Candy Apple is super simple, and can easily be made at home to impress some of your guests at your upcoming Halloween Party. Watch this step-by-step DIY...

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50+ OC Harvest and Halloween Events

Posted by on Oct 9, 2016 in Events, Halloween | 0 comments

  Halloween events and activities are in full swing around Orange County. Get your kids dressed in their favorite costume, and bring them to one of these fun Harvest or halloween events happening this year in the OC. Halloween Time at Disneyland 1313 Disneyland Drive Anaheim, CA 92802 Mickey, Minnie and all your favorite Disney characters are dressed in their Halloween costumes, and ready to celebrate the holiday with your family at the Happiest Place on Earth. It is also your last chance to ride the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror before it closes forever on January 2, 2017. Halloween Time is happening at the Disneyland Resort until October 31st. Knott’s Scary Farm 8039 Beach Blvd Buena Park, CA 90620 We only recommend this for kids 13+. Four all new nightmarish attractions will debut this season at the world’s...

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Father and Son Night Out at Knott’s Scary Farm

Posted by on Oct 5, 2016 in Halloween, Knott's Berry Farm | 2 comments

 We visited as a guest of Knott’s Now that my oldest son Andrew is in high school, I felt like he was at a good age to bring to Knott’s Scary Farm for the first time. I have so many memorable memories from going to Knott’s Scary Farm as a teenager, and I couldn’t wait for my son’s first memory to be with me. We arrived at Knott’s Berry Farm about half an hour early and waited by the entrance to Camp Snoopy where we watched the Ghosts and Goblins awake from their year’s rest. Multiple scary creatures and zombies paraded around in front of us, giving us a sneak peek of what we were going to be in store for that night. When the ropes were taken down, and we were allowed to enter Knott’s Scary Farm the...

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Spooktacular Halloween Memories at Disneyland

Posted by on Oct 4, 2016 in Disney, Events, Halloween | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of Disney Halloween Time is my favorite time of the year to visit the Disneyland Resort. The magical place is adorned with fall colors, pumpkins, and decorations. All of our favorite Disney characters dress-up for the occasion in their different costumes and fall-colored clothing. It is the most wonderful time of the year to bring your family to create spooktacular memories together at the Happiest Place on Earth. Halloween Time is better than ever this year with fantastic entertainment, decadent treats, and must-have merchandise. We celebrated the Halloween season with our kids this year by bringing them to Mickey’s Halloween Party. Ever year, our family dresses up in a family themed costume set, and this year we attended the event themed after the Disney movie “Alice in Wonderland.” This year is extra important for...

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Easy DIY King Julien Costume

Posted by on Oct 3, 2016 in Crafts, Entertainment, Film, Halloween | 0 comments

 Sponsored There are many Netflix original series that my kids love to watch, but the one series that they enjoy watching over and over again is All Hail King Julien. The show is hilarious, and one that families can enjoy watching together. As Halloween has quickly approached, and we began discussing different costume options, my son immediately knew that he wanted a King Julien costume. The only problem is that it’s not a costume that can be found in a costume store. So, I put my thinking cap on and started to brainstorm about how I could make him a King Julien costume. First, I watched a couple of All Hail King Julien episodes with my son. We laughed hysterically together while watching King Julien and his funny antics. Then it was time to start putting the costume together....

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PEANUTS The Great Pumpkin Patch Express (Giveaway)

Posted by on Sep 19, 2016 in Events, Family, Giveaways, Halloween, Holiday | 32 comments

  PEANUTS The Great Pumpkin Patch Express is coming to Orange Empire Railway Museum in Perris, CA this October 15-16 and 22-23.Trains depart for an adventure to the Most Sincere Pumpkin Patch where passengers are greeted by Charlie Brown, Lucy, and Snoopy. Family-friendly activities at the Pumpkin Patch include kid’s concert, pumpkin decorating, hayrides, bounce house, face painting, vintage trolley rides and more. Each child may also select their very own pumpkin to take home! Children and adults are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes for the trip! There will also be street car and trolley rides and an entire museum to explore. A visit to the Orange Empire Railway Museum is a trip back in time to when trains, conductors, whistles, bells and steam were a part of the way we traveled. Great Pumpkin Patch Express trains depart...

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Spooky Fun at Boo at the LA Zoo

Posted by on Sep 8, 2016 in Events, Halloween, Holiday | 0 comments

  This Halloween season, BOO AT THE LA ZOO offers goblins and ghouls of all ages a chance to feed their imaginations with fang-tastic fun and spooktacular learning throughout the entire month of October beginning Saturday, October 1 and continuing through Monday, October 31, 2016, 10 am to 4 pm. BOO AT THE L.A. ZOO 2016 features daily activities such as spooky caves and a corn stalk maze, while weekends include a “Mad Science Fire and Ice Halloween Show,” “Musical Monster Mash-Up” puppet show, a costumes-encouraged dance party, boo-tiful Halloween themed crafts, strolling characters, pumpkin carving, special animal feedings and other family fun including a “Disney Activity Station” and costume character meet-and-greets with PJ Masks and Peppa Pig on select weekends. Activities at BOO AT THE L.A. ZOO, which is sponsored by 99 Cents Only Stores, are free with...

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Irvine Park Railroad 11th Annual Pumpkin Patch

Posted by on Sep 7, 2016 in Family, Featured, Giveaways, Halloween, Holiday | 17 comments

  Irvine Park Railroad’s 11th annual Pumpkin Patch is fun for the entire family! Children and adults are invited to the Pumpkin Patch which is open daily at 10:00 am, beginning September 17th through October 31st. Irvine Park Railroad is located inside of Irvine Regional Park in the foothills of Orange, California. The Pumpkin Patch is located in Locomotive Loop and Miner’s Meadow just behind the train station. Thousands of pumpkins, in all shapes and sizes, fill the areas behind the train station. All visitors are sure to find the perfect pumpkin! This year’s Pumpkin Patch activities include: Train rides, hay rides, panning for gold, a child-friendly haunted house, a hay maze, a moon bounce, pumpkin ring toss, carnival games, cookie decorating, John Deere tractor racers, face painting, picture stands, great food, and a lot more! New for 2016:...

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It’s Trick-or-Treat Time at LEGOLAND California

Posted by on Aug 30, 2016 in Events, Featured, Halloween, LegoLand | 0 comments

  Brick-or-Treat Party Nights at LEGOLAND® California Resort, is back and sweeter than ever! The biggest kids’ Halloween celebration in San Diego offers children and their families trick-or-treating and entertainment throughout the Park. Every Saturday night (Oct. 1,8,15,22, & 29) starting at 5pm, LEGOLAND California transforms into a not-too-spooky Halloween party featuring a new Ghost Cruise adventure, a new pop-badge challenge through Fun Town, a new theater show in Castle Hill, a fall festival complete with a LEGO® pumpkin patch building activity and blue-grass style music in LEGO Friends Heartlake City, treat stations with specialty items including a LEGO® commemorative Brick, roaming candy carts throughout the Park and two bonus treat stations inside SEA LIFE® Aquarium. Plus, LEGOLAND® Hotel joins in the fun with its own Halloween party on Oct. 31 with candy giveaways, a dance party and a...

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High-Flying Fun at the 2015 Pumpkin Launch

Posted by on Nov 9, 2015 in Halloween, Museums | 0 comments

 We are a Discovery Cube OC Ambassador Thousands of families from all over Southern California come together at Cal State University Fullerton for the annual Pumpkin Launch hosted by the Discovery Cube OC. This year was bigger and better than ever with more STEM activities, entertainment, food and pumpkin launching. I attended the event this year with my daughter, Ella, and we had the time of our life. We started the afternoon by watching the multiple handmade trebuchets launch pumpkins onto the field. Organizations and families used their creativity to make trebuchets that were sending pumpkins flying in the area before smashing on the ground. It is an epic experience to watch, and the stadium was full of families shouting and cheering with excitement as every pumpkin was launched. Once we were done soaking in all the excitement surrounding...

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