Disney/Pixar's The Incredibles 2! Coming to DVD/Blu-Ray November 6th!

Disney/Pixar's The Incredibles 2! Coming to DVD/Blu-Ray November 6th!

I don’t know about you, but we’ve been having a pretty Incredible month-long Halloween. Disney-Pixar’s The Incredibles 2 is now available for digital download and will be available on DVD/Blu-Ray on November 6th. One of my favorite things about Halloween is seeing all of the kids dressed up and I have a feeling this year there will be quite a few Incredible costumes. In fact, if you keep scrolling, you’ll get to see me as Edna! #Incredibles2

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Get the Family Ready for a Good Fright! #HouseWithAClock is in Theaters NOW!

Get the Family Ready for a Good Fright! #HouseWithAClock is in Theaters NOW!

Just in time for Halloween, the perfect family friendly scary movie is here, in theaters now, and it’s so good. Last weekend I got to not only screen The House With A Clock In It’s Walls, but we also had a wonderful picnic lunch, met with director Eli Roth and checked out an escape room experience at the Americana on Brand. Yeah, it was as cool as it sounds.

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Ferdinand Halloween Printable and Activity Sheets

Ferdinand Halloween Printable and Activity Sheets

FERDINAND tells the story of a giant bull with a big heart. After being mistaken for a dangerous beast, he is captured and torn from his home. Determined to return to his family, he rallies a misfit team on the ultimate adventure. Set in Spain, Ferdinand proves you can't judge a bull by its cover.

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SoCal Halloween Fun- Boo at the LA Zoo

SoCal Halloween Fun- Boo at the LA Zoo

Back again for another year of fun! Boo at the LA Zoo is treating guests to some Halloween fun. Weekends in October are special at the LA Zoo because not only do you get to visit all of the amazing animals that you know and love, but you can also expect live performances, special animal feedings, pumpkin carving, characters, and crafts.

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Make it a Movie Night #FrightAndDelight

Make it a Movie Night #FrightAndDelight

One of the best parts about my girls growing up is sharing with them things from my childhood. I love to tell them about the games I used to play, sing along to old songs and quote lines from my favorite movies. I feel like I've been waiting for them to be old enough to really appreciate the movies that I loved so much. So, this Halloween season I've been bringing out some of my favorites.  The time has finally come for them to be introduced to some of the classics and of course, the only way they can be properly introduced is with a movie night. #FrightAndDelight #CollectiveBias

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Tricks and Treats at Knott's Spooky Farm

Tricks and Treats at Knott's Spooky Farm

Oh, Knott's Berry Farm, you have such a special place in our hearts. Knott's Berry Farm has been a part of our lives for the past four years, across all seasons, holidays and for numerous events. The love we have for Knott's all started right here, four years ago at #KnottsSpookyFarm.

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Queen Mary's Dark Harbor- Get the Ship Scared Out of You!

Queen Mary's Dark Harbor- Get the Ship Scared Out of You!

Okay, if you're not following my InstaStories over on Instagram, you are totally and completely missing out on all of my fun daily updates. If you were following my InstaStories, then you would know just how completely excited and nervous I was to attend the opening night of the Queen Mary's Dark Harbor. I was invited and said yes, and then was completely freaked out all the way up until walking through the welcome gate. This was my first time doing any fright night type of event in almost 20 years and I have to say... I had so much fun! 

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Halloween Hair and Johnson's No More Tangles

Halloween Hair and Johnson's No More Tangles

Halloween costume decisions are kind of a big deal around here. Since my littlest has been obsessed with Unicorns all year long, we could not think of a more appropriate costume for her. I was planning on DIY'ing the whole costume, but we happen to stumble upon a Unicorn costume while out shopping one day. The costume came with a horn on a headband but, I just knew I had to make my own tweaks. With the head of hair on this little girl, I knew we would have enough to make our very own Unicorn horn.

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Family Friendly Halloween Fun at #KnottsSpookyFarm

Family Friendly Halloween Fun at #KnottsSpookyFarm

This year marks the third year that we have celebrated Halloween at Knott's Spooky Farm.  Our first visit was when Knott's had #CampSpooky and all of the family friendly Halloween activities were only in and around Camp Snoopy. Now, with #KnottsSpookyFarm you can find Halloween fun all throughout Knott's Berry Farm.  

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Win Tickets to Eek! at the Greek!

We had so much fun at Eek! at the Greek! last year of course we are going again! 

EEK! At The Greek! featuring Symphony in the Glen with Arthur B. Rubinstein this year is taking place October 24, 2015 with the Trick-Or-Treat village opening at 4:30 PM and the Main Stage performance at 7:00 PM.

The 5th annual EEK! At The Greek! featuring Symphony In The Glen announced today that actor, Armin Shimerman (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) will join Maestro Rubinstein and the orchestra to narrate Edgar Allen Poe’s Gothic masterpiece, “The Tell-Tale Heart.” The event takes place on Saturday, October 24 at the Greek Theatre, LA.

Presented by Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, this family-friendly event featuring the 60-piece Symphony In The Glen Orchestra with Maestro Arthur B. Rubinstein will present a creepy collection of frightening favorites, plus a Trick-Or-Treat Village in the plaza prior to the performance. This year’s musical program includes Wagner’s “Ride of the Valkyries,” “Ghost Riders in The Sky” with the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles, John Williams’s “The Devil’s Dance” from The Witches of Eastwick and actor, Armin Shimerman narrating Edgar Allen Poe’s Gothic masterpiece, “The Tell-Tale Heart.”

 Symphony In The Glen is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization with the mission of cultivating new generations of classical music lovers. The orchestra comprises professional musicians whose talents and skills grace the premier orchestras of Los Angeles. Tickets are on sale now and available at GreekTheatreLA.com, AXS.com. All dates, acts and ticket prices subject to change without notice. A service charge is added to each ticket price.

Want to go? You can buy your tickets

here

or

enter for a chance to win a Family 4-pack!

All you have to do is leave me a comment below telling me your favorite Halloween song!

Good luck!

Kid-Friendly Halloween Events around Los Angeles

Hey Los Angeles! It's almost October so we might as well get a jump start on all of the Halloween fun! Today I'm sharing a few of my favorite kid friendly Fall and Halloween events taking place around Southern California. Some of these events we go to every year and some will be our first time this year, either way, our calendar is filled and we are so excited. 

Knott's Camp Spooky

Every Weekend in October

The daytime event is a non-scary celebration of cheer rather than fear with shows and activities all geared for kids ages 3-11. Admission to Knott's Spooky Farm is included with your Knott's Berry Farm admission or Season Pass. Here is some of the fun you can look forward to: Monster Masquerade Ball KaraokeSnoopy's Costume Contest and Dance Party

The Monsters are Coming, Charlie Brown” in the Camp Spooky Theatre, Ghost Town Trick or Treating, the Creepy Crawler Cabin and the Spooky Hollow Maze! After the maze, paint and decorate your own pumpkin (nominal fee required).

Boo! at the Zoo!

Every Day in October

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

At the L.A. Zoo, you’ll enjoy more treats than tricks, with haunted caves, a pumpkin patch, fun photo opportunities, jack-o-lantern carving demonstrations, costumed characters, and up-close encounters with creepy, crawly, and scaly creatures. Some of our animals will even join in the fun, with seasonal treats all their own.

Explore the Zoo’s darkest caves and learn about the “super natural” powers of animals and how they adapt at night through the use of their senses. Choose your own adventure to meet the most mysterious, feared, and freaky animals at the Zoo!

Plus, Every Saturday and Sunday in October:

Create black bat and spider-themed crafts, view tigers, elephants, orangutans, jaguars, and other Zoo residents tasting their own delicious treats. Explore the nighttime through a “Graveyard Safari” to find and learn about creatures that emerge in the dark in Los Angeles and take in the “Campfire Cathy” interactive, animal-themed musical show in our Adventure Theater.

Irvine Park Railroad

Saturday, September 19th - Friday, October 31st

Open 7 Days a week starting at 10 am

The cost to enter the Pumpkin Patch is free, and activity tickets are $5.00 each or $60 for 15 tickets. Children can download and color a Halloween coloring page during the Pumpkin Patch and bring it in to the train station for a sweet treat. You can find more coupons for bike and paddle boat rentals here.

P.S. I'm giving away a $55 value ticket bundle here.

Rise of the Jack-o-lanterns

(2 Locations)

Descanso Gardens in La Cañada, CA

Thursday-Sunday in October from 6:30-9:30 p.m. 

and

Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, CA

Friday-Sunday Oct. 9- Nov.1 from 6:30-10:30pm

*Tickets are timed and limited, so purchase here ahead of time!

Come see more than 5,000 hand-carved and illuminated Jack O'Lanterns lighting up the night this October in a unique and family friendly fall event. Created by professional artists and sculptors and arranged in creative ways along a 1/3-mile scenic walking trail all set to an original music score produced exclusively for The RISE! The variety of new and exciting themes created for 2015 is sure to impress both RISE newbies and returning RISE fans.

Go on a safari and see larger-than-life animals carved from dozens of jack o'lanterns and make sure to watch out for the dragon that's over 50 feet long and contains hundreds of jacks carved by a team of artists! You'll also see our talented artists hand-paint and hand-carve the images of some of your favorite TV and movie stars into giant 100 pound pumpkins at our live carving station! Our well lit parking lots and trail make The RISE experience safe and exciting for visitors of all ages.

Scarium of the Pacific

Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015  9:00 AM–5:00 PM

Sunday, Oct 25, 2015  9:00 AM–5:00 PM

Discover the creatures lurking in the depths at the Aquarium of the Pacific’s 16th annual Scarium of the Pacific—a spooktacular educational Halloween event for the whole family. Enjoy special Halloween programs, including the annual children’s costume contest, the creepy coloring contest, face painting, magic shows, underwater pumpkin carving, spooky storytelling, kooky crafts, eerie animals in the Great Hall, and much more.

Eek! at the Greek!

Saturday October 24

Trick-or-Treat Village opens at 4:30 PM show begins at 7PM 

$55.00 (adult) $15.00 (child) / $25.00 (adult) $8.00 (child)

Symphony In The Glen and Nederlander Concerts will host the 5th Annual EEK! At The Greek!, a symphonic extravaganza, presented by Children's Hospital Los Angeles. The Greek Theatre's front plaza transforms into a "Trick-or-Treat Village," welcoming families to bring their children for safe trick-or-treating and Halloween activities from 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM, including arts & crafts, face painting, a costume contest and more! The costume contest will begin at 4:30 PM in the front plaza with the finale taking place during intermission on The Greek Theatre's main stage.

This year's program will feature the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles performing "Ghost Riders in The Sky," under the direction of Dr. Joe Nadeau, Artistic Director.

21st Annual Pumpkin Festival at Kidspace Children's Museum

Saturday, October 17 & Sunday, October 18, 2015

9:30a.m. to 5:00p.m.

This family-friendly event includes fun for all ages and will be hosted in Brookside Park, directly in front of Kidspace Children’s Museum. The kids get to enjoy the petting zoo, pony rides, bouncers, carnival games, and seasonal crafts. Partake in a costume parade, make your own take-home fall crafts, enjoy face painting, and select pumpkins from our pumpkin patch.

Parents will love the book and costume sale, and tasty picnic treats.

Festival admission is free - as well as the live music/performances, selected crafts, promotions at the Radio Disney tent, and a photo opportunity at the pumpkin patch. There is also plenty of free parking in Lot I of the Rose Bowl adjacent to Brookside Park. Tickets are available for purchase to enjoy the bouncers, pony rides, games, food, and many other festival attractions.

Mickey's Halloween Party

Select dates in September and October

*Tickets sell out fast, buy yours ASAP Mickey's Halloween Party is a fun way to celebrate Halloween. You get to dress up and enjoy all the magic that Disneyland has to offer but with some frightful fun! The trick or treat stations can be found throughout the park and with the decorations, the characters dressed up, the rides and the shows, it's all just really magical. We haven't been in 3 years, so we are very excited for this one. If you haven't been yet, I definitely recommend it, it's a fun experience.  

Fall Family Traditions at Irvine Park Railroad (plus Giveaway)

I have heard about the famous Irvine Park Railroad Pumpkin Patch for a while now. This year, as they celebrate their 10th anniversary, I am excited to take my family for our first visit and even more excited to share a giveaway with one of my lucky readers. 

Irvine Park Railroad’s 10th 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 19th through October 31st. Admission into the Pumpkin Patch is free and ticket prices for all other activities vary, you can visit 

www.IrvineParkRailroad.com

 for additional information and costs.

If you have never been to Irvine Park Railroad, it is located inside 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 where 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!

The Irvine Park Railroad Pumpkin Patch is open daily from  

September 19th through October 31st

Weekdays 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Weekends 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

The parking fee for Irvine Regional Park is $3.00 per vehicle on weekdays and $5.00 per vehicle 

on weekends. Important parking information: As Halloween nears, we encourage visitors to plan to arrive early to help avoid crowds, particularly on the weekend.

While you're there, make sure to check out all the fun Irvine Regional Park offers: 

Irvine Regional Park’s other activities include Wheel Fun Rentals® at Irvine Park — fun and unique bike rentals that can be enjoyed by single riders or an entire family — paddle boat rentals, the Orange County Zoo and pony rides. Bike and paddle boat rentals are open daily at 10:00 am.

I can't wait to add this to our Fall family traditions, are you ready to win tickets? Enter below for your chance to win:

· 4 Tickets (which can be used to ride the train OR participate in Pumpkin Patch activities)

· 1 Wheel Fun Rentals at Irvine Park deuce coupe bike rental

· 1 Wheel Fun Rentals at Irvine Park paddle boat rental

Entry

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Get into the Halloween Spirit with Mickey's Monster Cookies! (plus Giveaway)

Is it just me or is everyone getting into the Halloween spirit already? I've already given away one copy of the Mickey's Monster Musical DVD and after baking some Mickey Mouse cookies, I've decided to give away one more along with some other goodies too! 

What do you think about my cookies? I mean, you can't really mess up anything cut with a Mickey Mouse cookie cutter. My girls were so excited when they came home from school and found these fun cookies ready to eat. 

If your kids love Mickey Mouse and his Clubhouse they will love Mickey's Monster Musical. It's kid friendly Spooky Fun and will help get them into the Halloween spirit. 

Would you like to win a DVD Copy and some other fun Mickey Mouse goodies? 

Leave me a comment below and tell me who your favorite Clubhouse character is. Simple!

Halloween Picture Book Giveaway!

When Halloween hits our house, generally around October 1st, everything Halloween comes out to play. Of course decorations go up, but we also bring out our Halloween books for extra reading. Our seasonal library is growing every year and we are adding more and more to our favorites. 
As you can see our Halloween books range from Max & Ruby, to Sesame Street, to Scooby Doo and a good few in between. Are you ready to make some additions to your library? I'm giving away 3 of these books! 
All three are great picture books for the littles, my daughters loved how different each story was. If you don't have a little one of your own, maybe you could win them for a little one in your life. This would be a perfect surprise for nieces or nephews, neighbors, or grandchildren. 

1) Happy Halloween Sesame Street written by Lillian Jaine and illustrated by Ernie Kwiat
It’s Halloween night, and Count von Count is dozing off in front of his fireplace. Suddenly, he hears someone knocking at his castle door, but when he opens the door, nobody’s there! Could it be a spooky Halloween spirit playing a trick on him, or is it something less sinister? Join Count, Elmo, and all of the Sesame friends as they celebrate Halloween!

2) A Halloween Scare written by Eric James and illustrated by Marina Del Ray
It’s Halloween night, and creatures and critters from near and far are starting to gather outside the front door. And now here comes a whole army of monsters, on broomsticks, buses, and bikes, all clamoring in the darkness. What is it they want? Are they coming for you?
This humorous, creative story is the perfect Halloween adventure for children and parents to share.

3) Pumpkin Time! written by Erzsi Deák and illustrated by Doug Cushman
The day the cows strolled down Main Street in fancy hats...Evy didn't notice.
What was Evy doing?
Evy is so focused on watching her garden grow that she misses all the silliness going on around her—pigs DANCING, donkeys FLYING, and sheep HAVING A PICNIC. 
But after Evy's spent all year taking care of her garden, everyone's invited to pumpkin time!

So all you've got to do is leave me a comment telling me:
What are you/your kids dressing up as this Halloween?
Follow along on Instagram for extra entries. 

Don't forget to leave a way to contact you. The winner will be chosen and notified on October 30, 2014. The winner will have 24 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen. Good Luck! Thanks to Sourcebooks for the fun giveaway. 

Spooky Fun Treats with #CheetosHalloween

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Halloween is by far my most favorite time of the year, there is so much fun to be had and the best time to unleash your inner mischief. You see in my house, Halloween isn't all about sweets and candy, but so much more. I love to mix it up a little and when it's time to plan Halloween treats for my daughters classmate, I'm always trying to think of something different. This year I've partnered with Cheetos to share some of my own #CheetosHalloween fun!
How cool are these little skeleton snacks? As a Mom, I don't know how many times I've told my daughters not to play with their food. Well, not this time! Cheetos has a new limited-edition snack this Halloween called Bag of Bones, and not only are they fun to play with, but they are also white cheddar and delicious. 
The kids had so much fun finding the bones they needed to make their skeleton. Even though they had to try really hard not to eat their bones before they finished making their friend, they had fun making them. This years Halloween treats for the classroom are going to be so much fun to make and eat! 
Check it out: I separated the bones in individual treat bags so the kids can make their own skeleton before eating them up. Click here to download the cute printable bag topper. 
A little creepy looking but super fun to create and even yummier to eat. You ready to get into the Halloween spirit? There are some seriously fun ideas and games over at CheetosHalloween.com. Haven't you always wanted to digitally TP your best friends house? How about sharing your Tiny Tales of Terror on Twitter? Sounds fun right? You know what sounds better? Weekly prizes! I just love Halloween! Cheetos doesn't just have fun Treats, but some pretty cool Tricks too. 
This bag is a fun treat for the whole family, my husband and I had fun building our own skeleton before gobbling them up too. The next time you are out shopping in the snack aisle, keep an eye out for these White Cheddar Bag of Bones or their 30- count glow in the dark multi-packs. 

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Cheetos.

So Much Fun at #CampSpooky and the Best Time to Buy 2015 Season Passes

Disclaimer: We were invited to a media family preview day by GigaSavvy. All opinions expressed are my own.

Last Saturday we spent the day at our new favorite place: Knott's Camp Spooky! Oh man we had the best time ever! Of course, I didn't run to a store to buy their costumes, which meant I had to whip up some last minute costumes for my girls so they could participate in the costume parade. I decided to make my oldest Pocahontas and my littlest Ariel, and luckily for me, they loved their homemade costumes. 
This is our favorite place to take pictures at Knott's Berry Farm, it is at the entrance to Camp Snoopy, or for the time being, Camp Spooky. The smiles on their faces say it all! They were very very excited. 
Knott's Camp Spooky has a lot of fun activities for the kiddos which make the day all that more special. After breakfast at the Grizzly Creek Lodge and before we headed for the rides, we got to make our very own Silly and Lucky potion at the Witch's Potion Parlour, which my girls later drank while I wasn't looking. It's okay, it was just Kool-Aid.
My littlest was so excited to meet up with a friend from her old preschool while we were at Camp Spooky. This friend's family has the season pass and when she heard we were going to be there, she planned on coming out to meet up. How cool right? Just one more reason for us to get the season passes for next year so we could meet up to have fun more often.
There are a few more weekends left for Camp Spooky, so let me tell you about some of the other fun stuff you can look forward to. Like the kid-friendly Mini Monster Maze, the Peanuts Costume Parade, Medusa's Bug Boutique (I was so bummed that we missed this, we love bugs!) and my favorite “The Monsters are Coming, Charlie Brown,” in the Camp Spooky Theatre. I loved the show and the fun music and left with the Monster Mash stuck in my head. 
All I ever want is to see my girls smile and we have found the place where my girls are happy, and it's low stress for me and the husband. To be honest, my favorite part is that it's affordable. The season passes are a must and we've decided that passes will be our Christmas gift for the family. 
FYI: Now is the best time to buy your 2015 Season Passes for the lowest price of the year and you get to use it for one 2014 visit. 9 easy payments of $8.50 each for unlimited fun at Knott's, this deal can not be beat. 

So tell me, Will I see you there? 

Eek! at the Greek! Halloween Fun for the Family (Ticket Giveaway)

Disclosure: I will receive tickets to the event for me and my family in return for promoting this fun event. However, all opinions are my own and we are really excited for this night out. 

October is here, which means Halloween is right around the corner and I couldn't be more thrilled. Halloween is amazing in Southern California and we pretty much always have great weather and so many fun events. I am so excited to be going to Eek! at the Greek! this year. The Greek Theatre is an amazing outdoor venue in Los Angeles. If you haven't been there yet, now is a great time to go, especially since I am giving away 4 tickets to the family friendly Halloween event. 
Symphony In The Glen and Nederlander Concerts will host the 4th extravaganza on Saturday, October 25, presented by Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. This family-friendly event featuring the 60-piece Symphony In The Glen Orchestra with Maestro Arthur B. Rubinstein will present a creepy collection of frightening favorites. Additionally, the program will showcase the return of Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Tell-tale Heart” with special guest narrator Bruce Boxleitner.
 On Saturday, October 25th, the Greek Theatre’s front plaza will be transformed into a “Trick-or-Treat Village,” welcoming families to bring their children for safe trick-or-treating and Halloween activities from 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM, including arts & crafts, face painting, a costume contest and more! The costume contest will begin at 4:30 pm in the front plaza with the finale taking place during intermission on The Greek Theatre’s main stage.
How fun right? We can't wait! If you would like to go you can find the information on buying your tickets below, or enter my giveaway! 
If you're afraid of the Rafflecopter entries, go a head and leave me a comment and tell me what was your first concert for an entry. Good Luck! 
Tickets go on sale Friday, September 19 at 10:00 AM 
Tickets are available at The Greek Theatre box office, online at Ticketmaster.com, at all Ticketmaster outlets or charge-by-phone at (800) 745-3000. All dates, acts and ticket prices subject to change without notice. A service charge is added to each ticket price. For more information, visit GreekTheatreLA.com. 

Presented by the MERCEDES-BENZ Dealers of Southern California

It's Halloween time and the Best Time to Buy 2015 Season Passes to Knott's!

Disclaimer: We were invited to a media family preview day by GigaSavvy. All opinions expressed are my own.

Halloween is HUGE in my house. I always say Halloween is a month long celebration and that's why I am that lady who starts planning costumes in August. Besides decorating the house on October 1, we try to celebrate in as many ways as possible. This year, we are adding Knott's Camp Spooky to our Halloween celebrations! We are so excited to be celebrating with the Peanut gang and seeing what family friendly stuff Knott's has in store. 
Some of our Halloween fun over the last 4 years. 
My girls were first introduced to Knott's and the Peanut gang last New Years Eve and they have been dying to go back all year long.  My husband and I were really happy with how easy going and kid friendly Camp Snoopy is. Especially with the new rides that were just added I'm sure Camp Spooky is going to be extra fun.
From what I hear, the kiddos can wear their Halloween costumes and take part in Snoopy’s Costume Party and Parade with music and dancing! And of course, we are looking forward to the Mini Monster Maze that ends with some Trick or Treating. 
We've never been Season pass holders to anywhere, but I am trying to talk my husband into a 2015 Knott's Season Pass. I mean, you can't really beat 9 low payments of $8.50, which also includes one free visit during 2014. This is the lowest prices of the season, so affordable. Check out the table below and read all that is available to the pass holders. 
 
 
  REGULAR PASS
 
GOLD PASS
 
PLATINUM PASS

Nine Easy Payments

One FREE 2014 Daytime Visit 

Additional 2014 Visits Only $9.99

Unlimited Visits In 2015

Early Ride Times

Food & Merch Discounts

Knott's Hotel Discounts

Scary Farm 2015 Ticket Discounts

Bring A Friend Days

Unlimited Soak City OC

Early Entry to Soak City OC

Soak City Bring A Friend Days

Free 2015 Parking

All Cedar Fair Parks


What great deals and perks right? With the Regular Pass you can get one day free in 2014 (I would recommend New Years Eve). You can even add a meal plan for 9 easy payments of $11! I know we are talking about Halloween here, but let's keep it real. Christmas is right around the corner. This would be an awesome gift for the whole family. Just keepin' it real. So what are you waiting for? I'm buying mine! 

What to do with leftover Halloween candy?

Halloween is over! It's sad but true. In my house, we start decorating the first weekend in October, and tear down all the decorations by November 1st. The one thing that we have left over is a TON of candy. My littles are really little, so they might have 3 M&M's each or a Dum Dum after their nap, but other than that they don't eat much candy. Luckily for my husband and I, we have been ravaging... I mean sifting through the candies every night since Halloween. Unfortunately for me, it seems as though our neighbors were boycotting all of my favorite candies, because I only had like two sour candies out of the whole bunch, but whatever.
As I was scanning through Pinterest the other day, I stumbled upon Just a Taste's Leftover Halloween Candy Blondies Recipe. I have to admit, it's kind of genius. I will get up and bake any recipe as long as we have all the ingredients on hand. Luckily for us, we had all the basic ingredients for this Blondies recipe and tons of leftover Halloween candy.
So, first of all you should check out the recipe here and then you can get to the fun part. Like chopping up candy and adding it to the blondie batter. 
This is what it looked like as I was mixing in the leftover candy. 
Probably the best part of the recipe was placing the chopped up pieces of candy all over the top. 
And, how good does this look? All baked and crisp on the outside, but super moist with ooey gooey melted chocolate pieces on the inside.
Here it is all cooled down, chopped up and with a bite taken out of it of course! I am so glad I stumbled upon www.justataste.com there are so many amazing recipes over there.  
So, tell me what do you do with your leftover Halloween candy?

Halloween 2013 round up!

Another Halloween has come and gone and another month long celebration has come to an end. This year, although it was a little more low-key than the past years, it was still quite busy. This year, we unfortunately did not go to Mickey's Halloween Party at Disneyland, which I was not too happy about. But we did get to go to Boo at the Zoo at the Los Angeles Zoo. We also maintained our tradition of going to the Halloween Treats in the Street in Old Town Orange, CA. 
I love this event, although it has gotten busier over the last few years, it is still a lot of fun. We like to go early enough to pick a complimentary book from the Orange Community Council and have our hand prints done courtesy of the Orange Police Department. 
Another adjustment for us was trying to find a "good" pumpkin patch. Growing up, we just picked up a pumpkin from the grocery store, but when I married Mark, and was introduced to country living (Norco, CA) I discovered the massive pumpkin patches with rides and games and petting zoos! I was unable to get out that way in time and had to hunt down a decent patch! Luckily I found one some 15 miles away (all street). After some chaos on a slide that was too big for my littles, we found a slide they were happy to climb and slide down again and again. Their faces while coming down the slide seem so genuinely happy, and they make my heart happy. :) 
Pumpkin carving is a fun tradition, I let them draw their faces, unless they ask for help, they scoop and I carve. Maybe next year, we will try to get a little more creative. 
This year I had a new challenge at hand. My girls are both in preschool, not the same preschool, but two different preschools! With 18 kids in one class, 27 kids and 27 student teachers in another class, I had to come up with something quick and easy. The cups were $1.50 for 20 at Target, I glued googly eyes that I had on hand, and green tissue paper that I cut to resemble hair. I bought a couple packs of Halloween pencils for $1 each, a bulk box of fruit snacks, and a bag of candy. About $20 for 72 Classroom Halloween Treats! 
The littlest was allowed to wear her costume to school and trick or treat with her classmates and student teacher throughout the high school. Her teacher (Pocahontas) gave a little Halloween gift basket and posed for pictures with my little red riding hood. My oldest had fun at school and passed out treats but will have a Fall Festival at her school the following day. 
They could not wait for it to get dark enough to go trick or treating, and since it was getting a little chilly, I took them out as the sun was setting. Our neighborhood is such a wild place for trick or treating, families come from all around the surrounding area and travel in groups of 6-10 kids each. We easily go through 20 lbs of candy each year.
This is probably their first year of really remembering Halloween and Trick or Treating and I think they had a blast. A really fun part of this year's Halloween for me, was noticing the girls as they recognize the Halloween theme in their cartoons and books. This year we read Curious George goes to a Costume Party and watched Curious George a Halloween Boofest over and over again. We also read The Monster of the Woods by Claire Freedman and Russell Julian and Max and Ruby's Spooky Bunny TalesThe holidays are starting to get fun with these two! I can't wait until they have more input on their costumes, activities and decorations. Well, until next year!