Fall is undoubtedly one of the best seasons of the year. Between delicious warm food and arguably the best holiday of the year, there is something for everyone. No worries if you’ve already picked out your prized pumpkin or filled up on apples, there is plenty of more fun to be had! Here is a roundup of exciting events and activities － outside of the pumpkin patch －the whole family can get behind.
Discovery Cube: Spooky Science Exhibit
Throughout the month of October, the Discovery Cube of Orange County is treating guests to a special exhibit, Spooky Science. The immersive exhibit will encourage guests to join the Monster Academy to learn all about STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) through various labs and monster-led activities.
Price: Seniors (65+) $16.95, Adults $19.95, Children (3-14) $14.95, Children (2 and under) FREE
Halloween Party & Open House
Mark your calendars: The Village at Tustin Legacy is hosting a family-friendly event on October 27. Guests can enjoy festive food and beverage sampling, spooky DJ-spun music, balloon art, costumed characters, pumpkin decorating and more!
Price: Free Admission
Boo at the Zoo! October 20-28th
This “Merry not Scary” family-friendly event invites costumed visitors to experience fun and exciting activities throughout the zoo, including a trick-or-treat stations, a costume parade, the “Teen Scream” Haunted House, and animal presentations.
Price: Member $9.95, Non-Member $19.95, Children (under 3) FREE
Ghosts of Dublin
On October 26, Dublin’s buried past comes alive before Halloween with the Ghosts of Dublin at Heritage Park & Museums.
Floating Pumpkin Patch October 27th
Float in and find the perfect pumpkin at the City of Dublin’s Floating Pumpkin Patch! Guests can enjoy swimming and pumpkin decorating.
Price: For ages 3 years and older $12, Non-resident $15
Harvest Festival October 26-27th
Get a jump on your holiday shopping at the Alameda County Fairgrounds, where hundreds of vendors will be selling more than 24,000 unique gift options.
Price: $9.00 General Admission, $7.00 Seniors (62+), $7.00 Military, $4.00 Youth (13 – 17), FREE (12 & under)
Trick-or-Treating at The Shoppes October 31st
The Shoppes at Chino Hills are calling all costumed guests to the annual Trick-or-Treat event. From 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., guests can indulge at candy stations, spend time making crafts, take snapshots in the photo booth area and participate in the mobile recreation games. For children ages 12 and under, there will also be a costume contest.
Price: Free Admission
October 31 is quickly approaching and we can’t think of a better way to get into the spooky holiday spirit (no pun intended) than curling up on the couch and watching an awesome Halloween movie with your family. Not sure where to start? Well, you’re in luck. We’ve rounded up some of the best scary flicks, guaranteed to raise some goosebumps!
#1- Hocus Pocus
By far one of the most iconic Halloween flicks, the antics of this witchy trio will certainly put you into the spooky holiday spirit.
#2- The Addams Family
Traditional songs of Halloween are few and far between. However, this classic movie features one of the most renowned tunes of any Halloween playlist, and is sure to be stuck in your head for weeks to come.
#3- Halloweentown (The Series)
The four-part Disney Channel Original series covers the adventures of Marnie Piper as she transitions between the regular world and the fantastical universe of Halloweentown. Join Marnie on all of her fun adventures because Halloween is COOL.
#4- It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
This is one of the oldest films on the list, but the story never gets old. Follow the Peanuts gang on their quest to find the Great Pumpkin.
#5- The Nightmare Before Christmas
Get excited for Halloween and Christmas in Tim Burton’s unique idea of blending concepts from these two holidays in this stop-motion animated classic. This movie has great characters, an amazing soundtrack, and a wonderful plot.
#6- Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
Halloween is all about treats, and this movie will surely have you craving candy! If you didn’t grab any chocolate to snack on before sitting down to watch either of these movies, you’ll definitely want to take a quick intermission to go grab some!
#7- Hotel Transylvania
Watch as the iconic monster, Dracula, plays a whole new role, as the resort owner for Hotel Transylvania!
#8- Ghostbusters (New & Old)
Get the family to watch the original from 1984 before jumping ahead to the all-female 2016 remake. Good luck getting the kids to stop singing the theme song!
The 2015 reboot featuring the comedic style of Jack Black puts a whole new spin on the short stories written by R.L. Stein.
#10- The Haunted Mansion
Embark on the one and only tour of The Haunted Mansion. This movie will put you at the edge of your seat in taking you on the journey with the Evers family.
So grab your blankets, the Halloween candy (that you know was really supposed to be for the trick or treaters), dim the lights, and get ready for a magical night of whimsy and spooky.
Gone are the days when streamers and a punch bowl sufficed as party decorations. Although your guest list and location are key factors in setting up your event, the right décor can add personalization and extra interaction opportunities for your guests’ experience. Kick your party up a notch and create an exciting, memorable event by tying some of these modern decorating ideas into your plans.
If you’re crunched for time, this is a great décor option for you. Take the guesswork out of shopping for supplies by reaching for these cohesive party collections from Martha Stewart, which include plates, cups, napkins, and more!
Make your party one to remember by adding an interactive photo booth. No need to go for the expensive rental, you can set up your own with this DIY tutorial. Plus, you can personalize the photos by adding props and costumes to the booth.
Don’t limit photo opportunities to the photo booth. Spice up your space by adding wall backdrops, and give your guests curated spots throughout the party to snap more pictures. Garland and ribbons would add plenty of color and texture.
Don’t let your decorating efforts fall by the wayside when it comes to the party menu. Swap out the plastic and tin catering trays for chic serving platters and stands, or get even more creative with a display wall.
Light it Up
Consider the ambience of your space and set the mood for your soirée by incorporating string lights or lanterns within the common areas.
Bring the Outdoors In
Indoor plants are a major décor trend this year, so don’t exclude them from your festivities. If you’re looking to add a pop of color, check out these 24 blooms. Here are 15 non-toxic indoor plants safe for furry friends.
At dinner parties, the table and the food are the focal points. Create one-of-a-kind place cards for your guests to make the experience more exceptional.
A traditional décor option for parties, balloons introduce a sense of playfulness into any space. Here is a list of conventional, and not so conventional uses for balloons to match your personalized party theme.
Take Home Décor
Offer your guests a piece of your cool décor as their parting gift to remember the party. Air plants are easy care and perfect to brighten and liven up any space. Coasters are practical for both during and after a party, and can be completely customizable.
Create a photo collage to honor a special guest’s birthday or milestone. Affix the photos to string lights or arrange them in shapes depending on the theme of the party.
With Halloween just around the corner, it’s time to start deciding on the costume that can bring you and your family the most candy! Tap the link in our profile for ten of the coolest family group Halloween costumes.
With Halloween just around the corner, it’s time to start deciding on the costume that can bring you and your family the most candy! With these top ten costume ideas, you’ll be sure to catch other families’ attention, making them want to dress up together next year too. Not to mention, the amazing photo op you’ll be glad you have.
#1- Be INCREDIBLE. Or in other words, be the Incredibles. Dress up as the superhero parents you are, and give the kids the chance to play superhero for the night! Click here to see your options. But remember, “no capes!”
#2- Go big or go home! Do you have a big family? Well then, 101 Dalmatians is the perfect costume for the whole group! Have Mom dress up as Cruella, and make sure to draw black noses on all of the Dalmatians to make the costume the best it can be! Click here to see your options!
#3- Be sweet! Are you and your family Starbucks lovers? You could be known as the “Frappuccino Fam” for the night! Click here to see inspiration ideas!
#4- Mischief managed. Be wizards for the night and cast spells around town with spectacular wands. If you and your family are Harry Potter fans, this is the perfect costume for you. Parents, sip your butterbeer and enjoy trick or treating! Check out ideas here!
#5- Calling all girls! Do you have an all-girls family? If yes, Disney princesses are the perfect costumes for you, with endless options of characters. And not to worry, Dad won’t feel left out if he dresses up as Aladdin. Explore ideas here!
#6- Hop on rainbow road. All the video game fans will love this one! Join Mario and his gang and choose from: Luigi, Wario, Donkey Kong, Yoshi, Toad, Bowser and Princess Peach. Not to mention, the best part is that all of these costumes come in male and female versions, so nobody has to fight over which character to be. Click here to see your options!
#7- Hey mouth breathers! Don’t get stuck in the upside down – instead, dress up as the cast of the hit Netflix series, Stranger Things. You will be in store for a mysterious night with awesome costume options. Dress up as Eleven, Dustin, Joyce or Barb, and view your costume options here!
#8- Make a statement. Have you always dreamed of dressing up in an inflatable costume? Well, here’s your opportunity! Choose from the plethora of inflatable costume options here, and make a statement with your whole family.
#9- Be the SUPER family that you are. Grab these awesome blue and red costumes. The greatest part about this option is the puppy Superman costume. The whole family will be included, even the pup! Click here to see your options.
#10- May the force be with you. Join the rebels in the fight against the Empire in your Star Wars costumes! Click here to explore costume ideas.