Weekend Roundup – October 31 – November 2, 2014


Halloween is HERE! I hope my Weekly Roundup will help you plan a fun and safe weekend.


All Month Long:

 Spooky Science everyday at Discovery Science Center in Santa Ana

Thomas and Friends through Nov. 4, 2014 at Discover Science Center in Santa Ana

Technique Cooking Classes every Sunday at Williams-Sonoma

Jr. Chef Classes every Saturday at Williams-Sonoma

Drop in and Draw at Chuck Jones Center for Creativity in Costa Mesa

Kidvasion, freebie deals for kids all over San Deigo

Zoomars Pumpkinpalooza everyday in San Juan Capistrano

Parent & Me Time every Wednesday at Shipley Nature Center in Huntington Beach


Friday, October 31, 2014:

FREE Scary Pancakes for Kids at IHOP – see post for details

Halloween Howl at Columbus Tustin Activity Center in Tustin

Blocktober trick or treating at several Saddleback Chruch locations

Calvary Chapel Fall Harvest family friendly Halloween activities in San Juan Capistrano

Light the Night  a night of FREE Halloween fun at Calvary Church in Santa Ana

Harvest Fest at Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside and Orange County

Tricks, Flix and a Family Pix at One Colorado Courtyard in Pasadena

Dia De Los Muertos Face Painting at MOLAA

 Free Shark Lagoon Nights Tonight and every Friday night at Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach

Boomont Park  at Belmont Park in San Diego

Pumpkin Patch  at Tanaka Farms in Irvine

Irvine Park Railroad Pumpkin Patch  at Irvine Regional Park

Kidvasion, last day for freebies for kids all over San Deigo

Zoomars Pumpkinpalooza  in San Juan Capistrano

Friday Nights at MOLAA in Long Beach


Saturday, November 1, 2014:

Get a Free Kids Meal at Wahoo’s – see post for details

Pumpkin Launch at California State University Fullerton

Boomont Park  at Belmont Park in San Diego

Scout Day at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach


Sunday, November 2, 2014:

Get a Free Kids Meal at Wahoo’s – see post for details

 Dia De Los Muertoes Celebration and Target FREE day at the Children’s Museum of La Habra

Target Free First Sunday-Dia De Los Muertos Celebration at Bowers Museum in Santa Ana

Meditating in Nature in Laguna Coast Wilderness Park





Free Halloween Fun at Local Libraries Today


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


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!



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.

Light the Night for Halloween


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!


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


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. 


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

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.


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.


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.


A beautiful hand stitched witch by  Joyce Stahl.


This ghoulish creature is by Scott Smith. 


I loved these terrorfied candlesticks by William Bezek


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


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


A porcelain jeweled skull by Eric Cortina


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


Images from roger’sgarden.com/blog

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

Halloween Zoo-tacular

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


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!


  • 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

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