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Discovery Science Center Pumpkin Launch

Posted by on Oct 30, 2015 in Halloween, Museums | 0 comments

 We are Discovery Cube Moms Families from all over the Southland are working hard to use their imagination and STEM skills to design a handmade launching device to test out during the 9th Annual Pumpkin Launch at Cal State Fullerton on November 7th from 10am to 2pm. Guess what? Your family is invited to watch the high-flying fun, and participate in interactive activities. Pumpkins will be flying, and creativity will be soaring at this epic post-Halloween family event. Families will have an immersive experience at the event with hands-on learning activities, and jaws will drop when witnessing the different handmade trebuchets in action. We have been attending the event for many years, and it is one of our favorite STEM events of the year in Orange County. Our kids favorite activity was getting to make their own mini catapults...

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Five Trick-or-Treating Safety Tips

Posted by on Oct 30, 2015 in Halloween, Holiday | 0 comments

  It’s that time of year when our bellies fill with candy, creepy costumes are adorned, and haunted houses are the norm. However, with all the ghoulish giddiness of the holiday, it’s easy to forget the importance of keeping everybody safe. Be sure to follow these pointers when it comes to trick-or-treating: Go in Groups. Kids should not trick or treat alone. Walk in groups and always have a trusted adult tag along to supervise (depending on the age, of course). Glow With a Light. It’s a good idea to have at least one, if not more, flashlights, glow wear/sticks to help kids see when hitting up the neighbors. Go Slow on the Sidewalk. To prevent an accident, encourage kids to walk, not run—on sidewalks—and look both ways. According to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, “If there are no...

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Ultimate Teen Boy Halloween Costume

Posted by on Oct 29, 2015 in Family, Fashion, Halloween, Holiday | 0 comments

 Review product received My brother was rethinking dressing up for Halloween this year, and I thought it wouldn’t be fun without him. He is always stressed out about going out to Trick-or-Treating because of his food allergies, and the fact that he usually can’t eat any of the candy. So being the fashionista I am I went on-line and found something that I knew he would like – awesome morph suits. My family and I surprised him with an awesome morph suit, and suddenly he wanted to go trick or treating again with us. He was so happy he wore it for most of the night trying to scare family members. The morph suit isn’t just a regular color morph suit; it’s a monster morph suit. The morph suit has foam teeth and a bunch of cool accessories. It’s...

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2015 Halloween Discounts and Deals

Posted by on Oct 28, 2015 in Deals, Dining, Family, Halloween, Holiday | 0 comments

  Trick-or-Treat! Local businesses are offering some great discounts and deals for families on Halloween that are sure that make your kids “scream” with joy. From Free Scary pancakes to Free kids meals, these are some deals that you’ll not want to miss. Chipotle chipotle.com/boorito This Halloween from 5pm to close, spook them by adding something unnecessary to your costume and score a $3 burrito. IHOP ihop.com Kids are invited to create their own scary face pancake for FREE on October 30th from 7am to 10pm Ruby’s Diner (participating locations) On October 31st, kids in costume 12 and under eat for FREE from 4pm to closing. (limit of one free child’s entree per adult entree purchased. One free toy with every kid’s meal. Not valid at Shake Shack or airport. Cannot be combined with any other offer) Sizzler (Participating...

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OC Zoo Halloween Zoo-Tacular Event

Posted by on Oct 27, 2015 in Events, Halloween, Holiday | 0 comments

 We are thrilled that OC Parks is hosting their annual Halloween Zoo-tacular at the OC Zoo located inside Irvine Regional Park on Saturday, October 31 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Families are invited to partake in a fun-filled spooky day of activities with the animals of the OC Zoo. At Halloween Zoo-tacular, guests ages 12 and under will trick-or-treat through the zoo and take part in a spooky scavenger hunt. Kids of all ages can create Halloween and fall-themed crafts and enjoy games and a photo/selfie spot with fun props. The OC Zoo animals will participate in the fun and receive treat-filled pumpkins and special Halloween goodies throughout the day. On October 31, the first 100 children ages 12 and under that visit the OC Zoo in costume will receive a special free holiday surprise. Halloween Zoo-tacular is...

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Five Best Halloween Haunted Houses in Orange County for 2015

Posted by on Oct 26, 2015 in Best of OC, Events, Halloween, Holiday | 0 comments

  Looking for the perfect Halloween date night idea? Do you have a teenager in search of cool haunted houses to visit with their friends? We have the low-down on the five best haunted houses in Orange County to visit during Halloween weekend. Are you ready to get scared? Hurry..tickets are limited and selling out fast for these popular scare destinations. The Cemetery of Lost Souls 4965 Yorba Ranch Road Yorba Linda, CA 92887 Fri. 10/30 Family Friendly 5:00p – 6:00p Scream Time 6:00p – 10:00p Family Friendly Hour – Free tour Scream Time One Time Entry – $10 Scream Time Speed Pass – $20 Higgins Manor 23761 Singapore St Mission Viejo, CA 92691 Oct. 30 from 7pm until 10:30pm Oct. 31 from 7pm until 11pm Cost: FREE. Charitable donation are welcome to benefit the Greendog Foundation. The 17th...

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Scarium of the Pacific Giveaway

Posted by on Oct 19, 2015 in Events, Giveaways, Halloween, Holiday | 11 comments

  Booo! Bring your children to celebrate Halloween with all their favorite animals at the Aquarium of the Pacific during “Scarium of the Pacific.” Swim into the dark depths of the Aquarium, where there’s more fun than fright! Discover the eerie creatures lurking in the depths at the Scarium of the Pacific on Saturday and Sunday, October 24 and 25, 2015, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Kids of all ages can hunt for creepy-looking animals while enjoying special Halloween activities and learning about the ocean. The event will feature various Halloween programs, including the annual children’s costume contest, face painting, magic shows, underwater pumpkin carving, spooky storytelling, kooky crafts, the creepy coloring contest, other-wordly animals in the Great Hall, and much more. WHEN: Saturday and Sunday, October 24-25, 2015, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. COST: Included with...

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Spooky Science at Discovery Cube OC

Posted by on Oct 18, 2015 in Events, Featured, Halloween, Holiday | 0 comments

 We are a Discovery Cube OC Ambassador Are you looking for a fun Halloween outing where the kids can have fun while learning at the same time? Then Spooky Science at Discovery Cube OC is the perfect place to go. The scientists at Discovery Cube OC have transformed into “mad scientists” and brewing up some exciting scientific fun for families until November 1st. When your family first arrives at Discovery Cube OC, you’ll begin your scientific adventure by looking at fun and unique pumpkins. Just like our kids – no pumpkin is alike, and kids can have a full sensory experience by touching the different textures of the many pumpkins on display. If you have toddlers in your family there, they can jump on a mini John Deere tractor and zoom around the interactive tractor track. While your toddlers...

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Favorite Family Memories from Mickey’s Halloween Party

Posted by on Oct 17, 2015 in Disney, Events, Featured, Halloween, Holiday, Theme Parks | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of Disney Our favorite family Halloween tradition is to create lifelong memories together at Disneyland during Mickey’s Halloween Party. The celebration at Disneyland has quickly gained popularity over the years, and tickets to the event this year were sold-out within weeks. I encourage families to start planning now and mark you calendar to get tickets early for next year’s Mickey’s Halloween Party. This year was the first year that our family all got dressed up together themed after one of our favorite Disney*Pixar films “Inside Out.” I was able to find pre-made costumes for Joy, Disgust, and Anger. Since I couldn’t find them in stories, I custom made an adorable Bing-Bong and Fear costume. These are our favorite family memories from this years Mickey’s Halloween Party…. “Spending time going on Space Mountain “Ghost Galaxy’...

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Tanaka Farms Pumpkin Patch

Posted by on Oct 16, 2015 in Events, Featured, Halloween, Holiday | 0 comments

  It has been a couple of years since bringing my kids to the Tanaka Farms pumpkin patch. When my kids had their early day out of school, we headed over to Irvine to see what was new at Tanaka Farms this year. We pulled into the dirt parking lot and got ready for an amazing afternoon of fun at this special gem of Orange County. When we first arrived, we were greeted by the sweetest people who helped us to select what we were going to purchase tickets to do. They now charge an admission fee, plus fees for all the activities except the corn maze. I decided to go with the admission and tractor ride…coming out to $28 for the three kids and me. Having spent a good amount of money for a tractor ride + admission,...

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Dino Charge Your Halloween with Power Rangers

Posted by on Oct 15, 2015 in Halloween, Holiday | 0 comments

 Product received Dino charge your kids Halloween this year by morphing them into their favorite Power Ranger. My kids have been fans of Power Rangers since they were toddlers, and this year I surprised my two younger kids with the ultimate Power Rangers Dino Charge costumes. They put on their costumes with glee, and we went to Legoland California to go trick-or-treating. While they were filling up their treat bags with candy galore, we came across multiple kids also dressed up in Power Rangers costumes. Just in time for Halloween, Costume Express is hosting a fun Power Ranger “Pin-to-Win” contest where one lucky winner will receive a costume, Morpher, action figure and more! Check out the wide variety of Power Rangers costumes on the Costume Express website, and then share a picture of your little Ranger on social media...

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Ultimate Brick-or-Treat Halloween Party at LegoLand California

Posted by on Oct 12, 2015 in Events, Featured, Halloween, Holiday, LegoLand, Theme Parks | 2 comments

 We visited as a guest of Legoland Get your kids Halloween costumes ready and prepare for the ultimate family fun at the Legoland California Brick-or-treat Halloween party happening on select nights throughout the month of October. Our kids got dressed in their favorite Halloween costumes, and we celebrated my sons 9th birthday by trick-or-treating around Legoland California during one of their recent brick-or-treat parties. The park closes early on the select brick-or-treat nights, and the fun begins throughout the park. New this year, the trick-or-treat stations are not secluded to one specific area of the park, but can be found throughout all of Legoland California. Our adventure began by experiencing the all-new Candy Quest. Our kids had the adventure of a lifetime walking through the themed building while collecting candy along the way. They laughed, giggled, and answered questions...

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Top Five Halloween-themed Merchandise at Disneyland

Posted by on Oct 10, 2015 in Disney, Halloween, Holiday | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of Disney What kid doesn’t love getting a souvenir when visiting Disneyland? My kids will always bring their wallets to Disneyland full of their allowance money to purchase all their favorite Disney merchandise before we leave the park for the evening. This Halloween season, Disneyland has some of the cutest items available in their stores, and these are our top five favorite things to buy when visiting Disneyland during Halloween Time! Don’t miss creating spooktacular memories with your family during Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort from now until November 1st. The Mickey and Minnie Halloween-themed coffee cups are my absolute favorite. The mugs are perfect for little kids to have a warm cup of apple cider on Halloween Eve. While the Mickey and Minnie 2-pack mug set is perfect for the kids, this...

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OC Market Place Halloween Festival Scares Up Frightfully Fun Activities

Posted by on Oct 8, 2015 in Events, Halloween, Holiday | 0 comments

  Ghouls and goblins young and old can take in a full day of events, contests, and entertainment during the 18th Annual Trick or Treat Festival slated for Sunday, Oct. 25 at the OC Market Place in Costa Mesa.The event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Themed “Frightfully Fun” the Festival will offer free daytime trick or treating from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for children, ages 12 and under, in costume from several vendors and Market Place operations offering free candy and treats. In addition the first 500 kids in line will receive a treat bag filled with goodies and a variety of local attractions tickets. There will also be free face painting and puppet making, magic shows, sing for sweets karaoke, sing-alongs with the Ukulady, games with prizes, strolling entertainment and an exhibition of snakes, reptile,...

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Trick-or-Treat Extravaganza at Big Bear Lake

Posted by on Oct 8, 2015 in Big Bear, Halloween, Holiday, Travel | 0 comments

 This year Halloween is on a Saturday, which makes it an ideal time to get away with the little tykes for a grand “trick or treat” extravaganza in the mountains. On Halloween night, Big Bear Village becomes extensively decorated with jack-o-lanterns, cobwebs, flying bats, strobe lights, and other gadgets and gimmickry to create a “frightfully” fun Halloween experience. New this year is a unique display of scarecrows scattered throughout Big Bear Village that adds to the festive atmosphere. The streets of Big Bear Village shut down and transform into a massive gathering of goblins, ghouls, witches, princesses, super heroes and presidential candidates. More than 100 village merchants hand out thousands of dollars worth of candy and other goodies to “trick or treaters.” Village merchants created this event to ensure a safe and secure environment for families to enjoy the...

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FrankenMunch: Chocolate Covered Candy Corn Popcorn

Posted by on Oct 7, 2015 in Halloween, Holiday | 0 comments

  Fuel your little goblins and ghouls this Halloween season with this tasty FrankenMunch popcorn. The chocolate covered candy corn popcorn is super easy to make, and will make all the kids happy at your upcoming Halloween party. The best part about this recipe is that your kids can help with 99% of the process making it a great bonding experience with your kids. I was laughing in the kitchen with my kids as we attempted to drizzle the melted chocolate over the popcorn. We did have a little trouble getting the chocolate thin enough to drizzle properly, so we ended us using our hands to mix the popcorn with the chocolate – it came out the same way, and I learned that I am challenged when it comes to melting chocolate properly. What do you need? 1. Popcorn!...

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DIY Jack-O-Lantern Mason Jar Candle Holders

Posted by on Oct 6, 2015 in Crafts, Halloween, Holiday | 0 comments

  It’s not too late to start your Halloween crafting, and if you’re like me, you’re probably looking for something simple to make with the kids. While I loved to make elaborate crafts before I had kids, I now only try and make things that they can be a part of at least 90% of the process. When I was walking around Michael’s last night getting supplies for my son’s school reading project, I stumbled across a table set-up to inspire making these adorable “jack-o-lantern mason jar” candle holders. While I wish that I could take all the credit for the creativity – I have to give it to the talented employees at our local Michael’s store. There are two ways to make the mason jars orange. You can purchase the orange tinted mason jar cups at Michael’s which...

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Creating Spooktacular Memories at the Irvine Park Railroad Pumpkin Patch

Posted by on Oct 5, 2015 in Featured, Halloween, Holiday | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the IPR The Irvine Park Railroad has always been one of our favorite places to create special family memories together during the holiday season. No matter how old my children get, they still love coming to visit the Irvine Park Railroad Pumpkin Patch. With my younger son being kept busy with football almost every day of the week, I visited the park this year alone with my two older children. We started out our visit with my kids guessing the weight of the giant pumpkin. They love trying to lift the massive pumpkin and estimating its weight for a chance to win a special prize. Once we had our tickets…it was time for the fun to begin. Our first stop was at the pumpkin ring toss. The best part about the games at...

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DIY Bing Bong Costume

Posted by on Sep 29, 2015 in Halloween, Holiday | 0 comments

  Who doesn’t love Bing Bong? Our entire family fell in love with the character from the movie “Inside Out” the minute we watched the film. When it came to deciding what the kids wanted to be for Halloween, they all insisted on being characters from “Inside Out.” There was only one problem. The Disney Store did not make any “Inside Out” costumes this year, and we were only able to find a limited supply of Joy, Disgust and Anger online. No Bing Bong! I purchased a Joy costume for myself, Disgust for my daughter and Anger for my older son. Transforming my husband in Fear was easy by purchasing him a purple t-shirt and spray painting his hair purple. Bing Bong..was a little more difficult. How did we do it? Together with my daughter, we used our imagination...

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Moulton Elementary Epic Boo Blast

Posted by on Sep 25, 2015 in Events, Halloween, Holiday | 0 comments

 Sponsored Its that time! Moulton Elementary in Laguna Niguel is busting out its 37th year of carnival fun with the EPIC Boo Blast! This popular annual community event takes place Saturday, October 24th from 10 AM to 4 PM. They are excited to have your little ghosts, goblins, princesses, oh, and your friends and family join them for these awesome festivities. Come play on bouncy inflatables, get nostalgic on a ferris wheel, play your hearts out on a game row and cash in those tickets for fun prizes. There’s a pumpkin walk, climbing wall, rat race and so much more! Treats and food vendors will be on hand for ghouls needing grub, serving an assortment of deliciousness. Needing a little bit of a scare? Come and get your fright on at their ever popular haunted house. This is a...

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