Orange County Halloween Events for Kids 2020

Updated September 2020

Just like that, the Halloween season has arrived in Orange County! Usually there are over 100 Halloween events happening all over Southern California, however, this year will be VERY DIFFERENT. Due to Covid-19, most annual event are cancelled. Also, things change at a moments notice and plans are up in the air. I will do my best to update this list of 2020 Orange County Halloween Events for Kids and Families as the season continues. So please check back often! More events will be added as they are announced. And if you have one to add to the list, please email jillparkin {@} gmail.com

2020 Orange County Halloween Events for Kids and Families

Knott’s Taste of Fall-O-Ween
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays September 21 – November 1st  |  Knott’s Berry Farm
Knott’s Berry Farm introduces its newest family-friendly outdoor dining and retail experience celebrating the Halloween season! Experience the flavors of Fall with Knott’s Taste of Fall-O-Ween. A cornucopia of Harvest and Halloween décor will transform the park for the season. Guests of all ages can dress up in their most festive costumes (Approved face masks required). One-of-a-kind themed food and treats, exclusive event merchandise including specialty items from local crafters, an all-new “Into the Fog” art show, and so much more is included. Plus included with a junior tasting card, young guests will have an opportunity to take a trip through the fully-themed Camp Snoopy Trick-or-Treat Trail presented by Hershey and Ralphs, loaded with multiple treat stations and special spooky decorations. All Knott’s Taste of Fall-O-Ween activities will be conducted at a safe and socially distant space for families to enjoy.

Urban Legends Drive-Thru Haunt
October 1st – November 1st  | OC Fairgrounds
In the safety of their own vehicle, guests will enjoy a drive-thru where scare seekers will experience immersive storytelling and terrifying scenes. Guests will be entertained by live performances throughout their drive, plus experience three interactive show zones with an immersive show of lights, sound, special effects and monsters that will come alive.

Festival at City Hall (replaces Treats in the Streets)
October 23rd – 29th   |   Orange City Hall
You and your family are invited to “Festifall at City Hall.”  Households are invited to dress-up in your best Halloween costumes, bring along a decorated pumpkin, and help us turn our City Hall front lawn into a Pumpkin Patch.  Then, everyone can “escape” the fun maze, grab a take-home craft (ssshhhh, it’s a secret!), and take a spooktacular family picture at our Photobooth. This all takes place on the front lawn at City Hall, 300 E. Chapman Avenue, with drop-in hours between Friday, October 23 and Thursday, October 29th.  Parking is around the back.  

Boo at the Zoo
October 17-18 & 24-25  |  5:30 – 8:00pm  |  Santa Ana Zoo
A version of Boo at the Zoo will be held if allowed. Keep posted.

Tanaka Farms Drive-thru Pumpkin Patch & U-Pick Pumpkin w/ Wagon Ride
September 21 – October 31 | Tanaka Farms, Irvine
Have you ever picked your own pumpkin right out of the pumpkin patch? Tanaka Farms is one of the only farms with a REAL pumpkin patch! MUST PRE-REGISTER! The Drive-Thru Pumpkin Patch will run every Saturday and Sunday through October 31st. The U-Pick Pumpkin with Wagon Ride option will run Monday through Friday through October 30th.

Pirate’s Diner Adventure’s Vampirate’s!
October 16 – 18, 23 – 25, 30 & 31 |  Pirate’s Dinner Adventure – Buena Park
Celebrate Halloween with Pirate’s Dinner Adventure at Treasure Bay’s Annual Masquerade Ball. However, heed this warning: be wary. For the Evil Captain Sebastian the Black is still lurking in the shadows, awaiting unsuspecting guests who would become prey to him and his horde of “Vampire Pirates.” Care to join the Vampirates… as their dinner?

Drive-in Movie on the Meadows | Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
October 9  | 6:50 – 8:45pm |  Vista Hermosa Sports Park
Get in your cars, grab your snacks and something cozy to keep you warm…we are going to the Drive-In! The City of San Clemente is bringing MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL to the big screen! Register your vehicle, for only $15. Each parking spot will be marked in advance with have 6ft of distance on both sides and listen through your radio with an FM transmitter. Restrooms will be provided with continuous cleaning and monitoring. Parking is first come, first served. 

Drive-in Movie on the Meadows | Hocus Pocus
October 23  | 6:50 – 8:45pm |  Vista Hermosa Sports Park
Get in your cars, grab your snacks and something cozy to keep you warm…we are going to the Drive-In! The City of San Clemente is bringing HOCUS POCUS to the big screen! Register your vehicle, for only $15. Each parking spot will be marked in advance with have 6ft of distance on both sides and listen through your radio with an FM transmitter. Restrooms will be provided with continuous cleaning and monitoring. Parking is first come, first served. 

Street Food Tuesday Trunk or Treat!
October 27  | 5:00 – 9:00pm |  Home Depot – Parking Lot, Cypress
a Halloween Trunk or Treat event plus street food!!! You’re favorite Movie Car meets your favorite Food Trucks all in one place. Confirmed Movie Vehicles: Ghostbusters Ecto1, Jurassic Park, Herbie, Lightning McQueen, Pizza Planet Truck, KITT from Knight Rider and more to be announced. Don’t forget to bring a chair, table and enjoy a night out.

Hocus Pocus – Movie In Park
October 3  | 7:00pm |  Bolsa Chica Park, Westminster
A Special Halloween Themed Evening! COME IN COSTUME! Prizes for Scariest, Best Dressed Princess & Funniest. Costume contest and prizes 30 min before movie. Bring your friends and family, blankets and low back chairs and enjoy and family friendly movie under the stars. Enjoy fun raffle prizes before the movie begins, complimentary bottled water and popcorn bar for attendees. This year we will be inviting food trucks to be present prior to the movie beginning or bring your own picnic and dine in the park. Movie starts at dark. FREE

City of San Clemente Pumpkin Splash
October 30  | 3 – 5:00pm |  Old Hanson Beach Club
Details coming!

Halloween Boutique | A Pirates Life for Me
September 3 – October 31 | All Day  | Rogers Gardens Corona Del Mar
Take a wild adventure out to sea and enter into the World of Pirates. Explore the private corridors and cabins below the ships deck to find precious gems. Venture underwater as you search through caves and discover treasures, surprises and frights to decorate your home for Halloween. Experience our Halloween Boutique in person or shop our online 

Villa Park Halloween Fest
October TBD | 4 – 7:30pm |  Villa Park Towne Center
Halloween Fest is a Villa Park annual tradition. Every year you can find kids of all ages in their favorite costumes partaking in the many contests and activities that are laid out for them. It’s a fun family event for all! FREE

Spook-tacular Halloween Crafts
October 19 – 31 | Newport Beach Central Public Library  Calling all ghouls, goblins, princesses and superheroes! We’re brewing up a lot of at-home Halloween fun with Grab-and-Go crafts and activities, a virtual costume parade, and a chance to win a raffle prize! Grab-and-Go craft kits available for pick up at any Newport Beach Public Library location beginning October 19 (while supplies last). Funding is generously donated by the Friends of the Library. FREE

Halloween Howl
October 30 |  3 – 5:00pm  | Columbus Tustin Recreation Center
Bark your calendar to join other canines and their companions to sniff and schmooze at Yappy Hour. Haute hounds enjoy lapping up libations, thanks to water in his favorite flavor – bacon, chicken, beef or vegan – while human guests relax with a glass of spirits. Beer and a selection of barbecue items are also available for purchase.

Environmental Nature Center Virtual Fall Faire & Pumpkin Patch
October 18 | Environmental Center
Join the fun at the 45th Annual Fall Faire! Embark on a virtual “Craft Crawl” and “Story Walk”. Play virtual nature games, and watch performances around the virtual “Fire Circle Stage” by folks like Birdsong and the Eco-Wonders. Watch SavorOC cooking shows to learn how to prepare delicious, sustainable food from chefs at local restaurants. Decorate yourself in your best Fall Themed costume or face paint, post your photo on Instagram and tag it #2020ENCFallFaire for a chance to win awesome prizes! Purchase a “Fall Faire To Go” bag and receive a pumpkin, goodies and recipes from the Savor OC Restaurant Showcase sponsors, an ENC bandana, native plant seeds, a nature tattoo, a children’s nature book, materials to do a fun science experiment (the hidden colors in a leaf!), and to create a fall themed craft! The first 200 bags will contain a $20 gift card to Avila’s El Ranchito Restaurant, a $10 gift card (off $25 purchase) to Descanso Mexican Restaurant, and a free #1 combo from Wahoo’s Fish Tacos!

Cops N’ Goblins Spooktacular Halloween Drive-thru
October 30 | 4 – 5:00pm | City of Buena Park – City Hall
Bring your little goblins out for a drive-thru trick-or-treat experience! Decorated drive-thru, free candy, and social distanced fun to celebrate Halloween brought to you by your Buena Park Police Department and Community Services Department. RSVP October 8-29 to: (714) 562-3860 FREE

Irvine Park Pumpkin Patch
October 1 – 31  |  Irvine Regional Park, Orange
Due to COVID-19, this year’s Pumpkin Patch will be modified and scaled this down to ensure the safety of all visitors as well as our staff. Visitors will be limited at this event, allowing families in on a 1-out 1-in basis once we reach our limited capacity. To purchase a pumpkin, you will have several options shown to you by a staff member from behind a counter to choose from. You will not be able to walk around and pick out a pumpkin like in previous years. In addition to the train and hay wagon ride, there will be a couple game booths that will be sanitized after every use and a few photo opportunity areas for you to take photos with your family or group.

Yappy Howl-O-Ween
October 29 |  4 – 7:00pm  | The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel
Bark your calendar to join other canines and their companions to sniff and schmooze at Yappy Hour. Haute hounds enjoy lapping up libations, thanks to water in his favorite flavor – bacon, chicken, beef or vegan – while human guests relax with a glass of spirits. Beer and a selection of barbecue items are also available for purchase.

Halloween Spooktacular Movie Night
October 24  |  6:30 or 8:30pm  |  Del Obispo Park Ball Field
Halloween Spooktacular Movie Night “Nightmare Before Christmas.” Social distancing movie 12’x12’ grass area for up to 8 people per household, with a 10’ space between each area. Cloth face covering required, except while seated in your area. Non-contact temperature check upon admittance. Bring blankets, and beach chairs. 6:30pm Movie Showing (Admittance starts at 5:45pm) and 8:30pm Movie Showing (Admittance starts at 8:00pm). Come dressed in family friendly costumes. Dana Point Sheriff’s Trunk or Treat candy hand out starting at 4:30pm. Burger Monster Food Truck from 4:30pm to 9:30pm, featuring delicious burgers and fries for purchase. http://burgermonster.net. FREE popcorn and candy for each child attending the movie. Outdoor walk through Halloween area with Halloween entertainment. To register for this FREE movie event visit www.danapoint.org/recreation. Registration starts September 28th.  For more information call 949-248-3536. 

Halloween Craft Kits
October 10  |  Anaheim Town Square
Kids Fun Zone presents Craft Kits, offering free art activities to explore new ways of self-expression. Kids Fun Zone’s mission is to introduce creative outlets for the children in the communities we serve. Offering art, introductory classes to gardening, yoga, music production and other creative outlets. Due to COVID-19, we have directed classes to Instagram and with at home craft kits. Craft kits are limited, and reservations are suggested. Octobers craft kit is a Halloween inspired kit! Pumpkin decorating is one of the most fun parts of Halloween season. This pumpkin decorating kit is a fun way to decorate pumpkins without the mess. Included in this kit is a plastic mini pumpkin along with decorative stickers to give your pumpkin some personality. Also included is a cool halloween mask with decorative stickers.

Halloween Night Market
October 10  |  GardenWalk, Anaheim
Spooky Vendors, food trucks and entertainment! Face masks required.

Creep It Real OC EXPO
October 31  | noon – 6:00pm |  Heritage Museum of Orange County
Creep It Real OC EXPO is returning! Dedicated to bringing together Orange County’s Halloween community along with local Haunt leaders to share with you all things Halloween! While at the expo you can visit unique photo locations, check out our halloween market-like bazaar where you can buy all kinds of oddities and goods, check out the haunted Kellogg House hosted by actual ghosts, take a hike through the old swamp, stroll through our congregation of hearse’s on display, pose with the Orange County Ghostbusters, interact with haunters and creeps throughout the event, as well as cruise on by our food truck party in the back. There will also be a costume contest, givaways and much more- so make sure you come in your best and scariest, yet tasteful costume!

Kids Fun Zone: Spooktacular Edition
October 31  | noon – 3:00pm |  Bristol Warner Marketplace
This month we’ll be hosting a special spooktacular Halloween KFZ! Kids will get to participate in special Halloween crafts, games & more!FREE

Anaheim Fall Festival & Halloween Parade
October 1 – 31  |  Center Street Promonade, Anaheim
This year, due to events in the world, our Festival will be happening online for the entire month of October and, for the first time ever, we’ll have a “Drive-Thru” Parade on Oct 24th!  Stay tuned on our social media accounts on Facebook and Instagram for more info. Come back on October 1st for all the festivities! FREE

Candy Drive for Camp Pendalton Kids
September 19 – October 4 |  Zoomars
Zoomars is working with Home Front America to collect candy for the kids in camp Pendleton. When you drop off 1 bag of individually wrapped candies you will receive 2 excavator rides. Who’s bringing something candy next time they visit?!

The Pumpkin Corral
October 3 – 31 | The MainPlace Mall & Live Oak Canyon
Join us for exciting rides, fun games, delicious food and even a petting zoo. Don’t forget to pick up your pumpkins for this Halloween.

The Pumpkin Factory
October 1st | Westminster Mall & Live Oak Canyon
Come experience the wonder of our pumpkin patches with their fantastic rides, slides ponies and petting zoo.

Saddleback Church Drive-thru Trunk Or Treat
October 31  |  5 – 7:00pm  |  Saddleback Church Lake Forest
Saddleback Church invites you the their 6th annual Fall Fest! This year we will have a safe, family friendly, drive thru only Trunk-or-Treat experience. If you would like to host a trunk for this event, please go to https://forms.gle/S8eQxMmwqAdwC1QD6 to sign up. FREE

Spooktacular FilmFest
October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29  |  5:30pm  | The District at Tustin – AMC Fountain Courtyard
We’re celebrating Halloween with a five-week dinner & movie series for the whole family in the AMC Fountain Courtyard at The District at Tustin Legacy! Families can reserve their own socially-distanced table to dine & watch the movie on a 20’ screen outside AMC Theaters. Come early to reserve your table and dine on takeout from your favorite District restaurant while enjoying lively music, fun trivia, table activities for the kids and giveaways!  FREE

Kids Fashion Camp OC Halloween Workshops
Select Days in October  | The District at Tustin – Fashion Camp
From Boo Bags to Costumes…Join us for some Halloween fun! Costume workshops, trick or treat bags, spooky pillows and backpacks – we’ve got lots of projects to make this holiday spooktacular!

Fullerton Haunted Walking Tours
Every Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday in October |  5:30pm  |  City of Fullerton Museum
The tours leave the museum promptly at 6 p.m., and last approximately two and one-half hours. Aul said “ghost hunters” should be prepared to walk approximately 1.5 miles, and the tours will include climbing stairs. Participants should wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a sense of humor with them.

Orange County Haunted Ghost Walks
Through October 31 |  6 Historic Locations in OC
Haunted Orange County is officially OPEN all season and just added OVER 30 NEW TOURS from now until October 31st! Choose from Old Town Orange, Santa Ana, Gold Star Canyon, Kellogg House, San Juan Capistrano, and Fairhaven Cemetery. All tours are still running with safety protocols in place including face covering requirements, strict social distancing, and limited tour group sizes. Don’t miss out on one of the hottest destinations for the 2020 Fall/Halloween season!

Pirates Cave Haunt
October 23, 24, 25, 30, 31 & November 1 | 2548 E Garfield Ave Orange, CA 92867
The Pirates Cave Haunt is back for its 21st season. To keep Halloween alive this year, we are doing our first Yard Display Show on the origins of the Pirate’s Cave. The attraction is a 10-minute multi-screen video presentation synced to lighting effects, props, special effects, and live actors.  FREE

City of Mission Viejo Annual Scarecrow Contest
October – November | Norman P. Murray Community and Senior CenterMission Viejo
It still feels like summer, but fall is in the air – meaning scarecrow season is quickly approaching. The City will place more than 50 scarecrows in public places throughout the community and is seeking nonprofit organizations – churches, scouts, schools and charities – to make a scarecrow for the chance to win a cash prize. The City’s 4th annual Scarecrow Contest calls for local businesses and nonprofit organizations to design and create a scarecrow for display at the Norman P. Murray Community and Senior Center in October. The City will build the frames and bases (made from wood and cement) or organizations can make their own. Each scarecrow will be tagged with the organization’s name and on display during the month of October. FREE

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Check out these awesome Halloween events, just ouside of Orange County.

Halloween Nightmare Art Camp
Sundays, October 4 – 25 | 3 – 5:00pm  | Drawn2Art – Chino Hills
Learn how to sculpt and paint favorite Halloween cartoon characters. Make a 3-dimensional house using a step-by-step process. Multiple materials are used to inspire creativity! Ages 7 and up. All students must be enrolled for camps no later than the Friday before the camp week. Please call for more information (909) 606-0428.

Halloween in Miniland
October 2-4, 9-11, 16-18, 23-25 & 30-31  |  Seaworld
LEGOLAND® California Resort welcomes all families to join us for a Halloween-themed outdoor retail and dining experience every weekend in October! Enjoy festive LEGO® décor, distanced character meet-n-greets, and individual family activities that will be sure to get you into the not-so-spooky Halloween spirit.

Seaworld Spooktacular
Friday – Sunday, October 2 – November 1  |  Seaworld
Get your kids’ costumes ready, because SeaWorld has spooky surprises and fall fun in store at SeaWorld Spooktacular. Playful characters and seasonal décor will catch your eye. Candy and other concoctions will treat your taste buds. And as always, the park will be alive with amazing animals to visit. It’s all waiting for your family, with new safety procedures to put your mind at ease. It’s a tricky year for Halloween. Treat your family to fall fun at SeaWorld.

Scarium at the Aquarium of the Pacific
October 24 & 25  |  9:00am – 5:00am|  Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach
Discover the creatures lurking in the depths at the Aquarium of the Pacific’s twenty-first annual Scarium of the Pacific—a fun and educational Halloween event for the whole family. Enjoy special Halloween programs, including the annual children’s costume contest, creepy coloring contest, magic shows, underwater pumpkin carving, storytelling, and crafts, and meet eerie animals in the Great Hall.

Haunt’oween LA Halloween Drive-through
October 9 – 31  |  3 – 9:00pm|  6100 Topanga Canyon Blvd, Woodland Hills
Trick or treating will look a little different this year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get the whole family together for a drive-through experience to get spooky. Coming to Woodland Hills on October 9, a new Haunt’oween L.A. event promises jack-o’-lantern tunnels, pumpkin picking, family-friendly sights and even a bit of “door-to-door” trick or treating—all socially distanced, of course.

Los Angeles Haunted Hay Ride Drive-Thru
September 21 – November 1 |  Bonelli Regional Park, San Dimas
A first of its kind immersive experience from the creators of LA’s favorite Halloween event. Not just a drive in! Experience this reimagined haunted “drive up”. An original haunted show featuring a multimedia story displayed on a 40 foot screen, as well as horrifying sets and characters from Midnight Falls that surround the theater and bring the story to life! Your entryway to the defunct Midnight “Drive-In” Theater is All Hallows Lane, a creepy stretch of road straight out of any horror movie. This sets the stage as you brace yourself for the ultimate theatrical drive-in horror experience! Rising from the dead is Horror Movie Host, Monte Revolta, to assume management of the theater. With the help of his Minions of the Living Dead, they will bring the latest and gravest in terrifying sights and sounds to life as they host Monte Revolta’s Monster Movie Spooktacular featuring original content as well as creepy short films from (shh, tba).

Halloween Pumpkin painting
October 2 – 5 |  Alamitos Beach, Long Beach
Fun outdoor activity for families to safely participate during Halloween. Bring your pumpkins and paint your own design. We will provide all the art supplies. Costumes welcomed! Please wear mask

Freeform Halloween Road
October 2 – 5 |  Heritage Square Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Roll up to those familiar holiday doors and into Halloween Town in this new car-based event inspired by Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, plus Hocus Pocus and Ghostbusters. Freeform’s Insta-friendly Halloween House won’t let social distancing stop it altogether, so for this third annual iteration it’s returning in a safer drive-through format.

THE BITE LA: Halloween Food Crawl and Creature Safari
October 2 – November 1 |  Legg Lake, South El Monte
This new event is combining the appeal of a food festival with all the creepiness of a haunted trail—and all from the safety of your car. The Bite LA is a Halloween-themed food crawl complete with a virtual campfire and “creature safari,” where you’ll drive from station to station and costumed ghouls and other dark entities will serve you eight bites along the way. (Still hungry? There’ll be additional food for purchase, plus vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options.)

Nights of the Jack
October 1 – November 1 |  King Gillette Ranch, Calabasas
Cruise across the grounds of the scenic King Gillette Ranch as the Santa Monica Mountains hideaway is illuminated with thousands of hand-carved jack-o’-lanterns. Nights of the Jack returns this year with a drive-through edition, with timed tickets required each night. Expect to spend about 25 minutes on the mile-long trail, and just a heads up that there will be no food or beverages for sale, nor will bathrooms be available.

{disclaimer: Be sure to check out events before attending as times and dates may have changed.}

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Sunshine Cookie and Milk Drop with Free Printable

This post is brought to you by The California Milk Processor Board, Real California Milk and The Motherhood. All opinions are my own.

Have you volunteered or done an act of kindness lately?  Well there is no better time than now! 

I’m excited to share that the California Milk Processor Board (creators of got milk?) and the California Milk Advisory Board, representing California dairy farm families, are partnering with Feeding America to help provide 1 million meals and 1 million servings of milk to feeding programs throughout California. More than 4.2 million people in California face hunger and that number is rising. The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in an increased need for food assistance in communities across the country.

The campaign is called “#FoodForThought” and it’s dedicated to highlighting acts of kindness while inspiring and encouraging others to give back to their community. From now until September 30th, when you share or engage with a message of positivity or act of kindness post on Instagram, tagging @gotmilk and using the hashtag #FoodForThought, it will generate a donation towards the goal of 1 million meals. 

(Make sure to read to the bottom for a chance to win a $100 gift card)

Send Sunshine to Someone with a Milk & Cookie Drop

I recently took this challenged to do a small act of kindness for someone in my community. I decided to send a little sunshine to some parents and teachers dealing with distance learning by doing a MILK & COOKIE DROP. During these times, this new way of life can be hard. So, I thought it would be fun to leave a little bit of sunshine on their porches.

I had a friend create these adorable sun cookies. She placed them into cellophane bags…all ready to send out to my friends. You can probably find someone in your city to create some sun cookies, or you could just use cookies you make or buy at the store. If you want to stick to the sunshine theme, make sure you use yellow cookies.

Then I created a fun printable tag with a yellow sunshine theme to top the cookie bags. You can download it for free here.

Then I cut out the tags, folded them in half and tapped them to my cookie bags.

I found these great glass drink jars online perfect for my milk & cookies drop. I filled each of the glass drink jars with ice cold Real California Milk and then tied a cute satin ribbon around it just for a pop of color and to compliment my cookie topper. 

Whala! Aren’t they adorable?

Then the kids and I hopped in the car and dropped them off at some of our friends and teacher’s homes that are in the middle of distance learning.  

WOW! This was so much fun and made us feel awesome. It may be just a small act of kindness, but I am sure it made someone’s day.

An act of kindness can be as small as a smile or as big as making a meal for a friend. Won’t you join me in this worthy cause? Share your acts of kindness on Instagram, tagging @gotmilk and #FoodForThought and inspire others to give back to their local communities! 

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Win a $100 Gift Card from Got Milk?

To sweeten the deal…I am giving away  $100  to one of you! Please head over to our Instagram page to enter. All you have to do is leave a comment on this Instagram post what your own act of kindness would be.

Not Very Scary Pixar’s Monsters, Inc. Recipes with Dole

This is a sponsored post. I am an official ambassador for Dole. Dole provided me with compensation for my time. As always, all opinions expressed in this post are mine.

Dole Food Company has called upon Mike, Sulley and the rest of the gang from Pixar’s Monsters, Inc. and Monsters University, to help kids (and their parents) learn more about fruits and veggies that they still find scary. Dole’s “Fruit and Veggies Don’t Have to Be Scary” initiative includes 10 exciting, character themed original recipes using fruits and veggies that may look scary to some. Brussels sproutsartichokeshorned melondragon fruitstar fruitkiwiplantains and a host of other commonly misunderstood fruits and veggies are the stars of these recipes.

Read to the end for a super fun GIVEAWAY!!!!

Plus, right now, shoppers can find images of Mike Wazowski and James P. “Sulley” Sullivan from Pixar’s Monsters, Inc., on millions of DOLE® Bananas and Pineapples in supermarkets throughout North America!

Dole new character recipes that incorporate “scary” produce are not only super fun, but yummy too! My kids and I made the Mike Wazowski Fruit Stack recipe – Mike is one of our favorite Monsters, Inc. employees. He came alive on the plate thanks to DOLE® Kiwi and Pineapple slices arranged with horned and honey dew melon. Dragon fruit and a dried blueberry become Mike’s eye.

We really enjoyed making this recipe together. The kids especially liked tasting new fruits that they’ve never had before. Lets just say they gobbled down the dragon fruit!

Check out this fun little video on how to make your own Mike Wazowski Fruit Snack!

Yummy Pixar’s Monsters, Inc. Recipes

Here are some more of the Dole original, Not-Very-Scary recipes inspired by Pixar’s Monsters Inc. and Monsters University characters. Although, all 10 look great, these ones especially caught my eye.

Chicken Stuffed Roz Heads – Create the face of the iconic Monsters, Inc. receptionist by topping DOLE® Avocado halves stuffed with lean chicken breast, DOLE® Green Grapes, DOLE® Celery and nonfat Greek yogurt with pretzel twists and sticks, and DOLE® Strawberry and Blueberry slices.

Green Slimesicles – Dessert time takes an icky-but-tasty turn with these healthy frozen popsicles made from DOLE® Spinach, Bananas and Pineapple.

Monstropolis Waffles – Mornings will never be the same with these scary-good monster versions of the breakfast classic made with DOLE®Green Plantains, Kiwi and Blueberries.

Sulley Banana Dip – DOLE® Green Apples and Red and Green Grapes are dipped in a blend of DOLE® Bananas, natural peanut butter, maple syrup, vanilla extract, dried berries and natural teal gel food coloring to give it that unmistakable Sulley hue.

Oodles of Monster Swoodles – DOLE® Sweet Potatoes or Broccoli Stems are way more fun when they are spiralized and mixed with garlic, olive oil and cherry tomatoes for a little shock value.

Don’t these recipes look great?!! I can’t wait to make them all. For more original recipes and other information about “Not-Very-Scary” fruits and veggies go to www.dole.com/Disney

Dole’s “Not-Very-Scary Monster Inc. Games and Crafts

PLUS, not only has Dole created these great Monsters, Inc. and Monsters University themed recipes, right now you can also find themed digital downloads and other family activities on Dole’s Website. Downloads such as fun printable to make your own monsters with fruits and veggies that you have at home. Get creative (peanut butter?) and stick the silly parts to the item, and then have fun eating them. Just don’t forget to remove the faces first. Who says you can’t play with your food?

Or improve your memory and have fun learning about some exotic or misunderstood fruits and vegetables with this flip game. Cut out each square and put them face down to start the game. Take turns flipping each square matching the characters and the whole fruit or vegetable with its sliced-up version. Most matched pairs wins!

Pixar Monster Inc. and Dole Prize Giveaway

Excited for the Pixar’s Monster, Inc. Recipes? I have a FUN giveaway to celebrate! One lucky reader will win a Pixar’s Monsters, Inc. Not-Very-Scary Prize bundle featuring – a Pixar Crock Pot and more! (Retail value of $100)

Just enter via Rafflecopter below! Giveaway ends September 6, 2020. Open to U.S. residents only. Good luck!!! *This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Disney or Dole. The giveaway is solely owned, administered, solicited and operated by me.

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More Dole X Disney Recipes!

Want to check out some more Dole Disney inspired recipes? Check out this post I wrote here! 

Dole Recipes to Celebrate Disney Mickey Mouse’s 90th Anniversary

Dole Recipes to Celebrate Disney’s Frozen II

Dole Recipes to Celebrate Disney’s The Lion King

Interactive S’more Menu Free Printable

One of our family’s favorite things to do during the month of August, is going camping at our local State Park. We look forward to this trip every year as the ending of our summer adventures. Of course, campfires and s’mores happen nightly! We make all sorts of s’mores…from original with just chocolate, grahams and marshmallows, to candy bar stuffed s’mores. And have you ever had a peaches n’ Cream s’more?

To celebrate all things s’mores and the end of summer, I am sharing this fun Interactive S’more Menu. I have included a free printable pdf that you can download here, that has all the makings of a s’more and beyond.

The printable has this fun menu below that has 6 columns for kids (and adults) to create their own unique s’mores. You can write in a name for your s’more in the white boxes the bottom of each column.

Then there are three more sheets that have a bunch of different s’more ingredients. Cut out all the ingredients and stack them up in the menu columns to make 6 fun s’more recipes. You can use the first photo in the post as an example.

You could even purchase a bunch of these ingredients and have a s’more party where everyone creates a flight of s’more to enjoy. Or you could create a s’more menu at the beginning of the week and make a new s’more recipe each night. The options are endless!

Click here to download the Free S’more Menu Printables

You don’t even have to make real s’mores to enjoy these printables. Toddlers could have a lot of fun stacking the ingredients on the menu and making pretend s’mores. My daughter always wants to play the “s’more game.”

I hope you have a fun time with this printable as my family has. Now it’s time for your kids to have some s’mores fun!

Click here to download the Free S’more Menu Printables

Code Ninja’s Coding Camps for Kids!

This post is brought to you by Code Ninjas®and The Motherhood. All opinions are my own.

For those of you who have children and were hoping to find a summer camp for them to attend, then may I suggest Code Ninjas! At Code Ninjas camps, kids get to learn how to code and have fun while building their own video games. They gain problem solving, critical thinking, and STEM skills in a fun, safe, and inspiring environment, and most of all, have FUN!  You can find week long Code Ninjas camps being hosted right here in Orange County (and at over 250 across the US for that matter), starting now and throughout the summer. 

(psst! Make sure to read to the bottom of this post to see how you can win a free workshop from Code Ninjas®)

About Code Ninjas Camps

Code Ninjas has a variety of camps available to kids ages 5 -14. You can choose from week-long, full & half day, and virtual options. It’s a fun learning experience for kids to explore topics such as game building, STEM, and robotics, and can build something awesome. Whether it’s their own video game, a flashy robot, a cool website, or a flying drone. Camps include their drop-in CREATE program, their completely visual and hands-on JR program for younger learners, camps in a variety of engaging topics like robotics and game building, At-Home Coding for creative and productive screen time, and more!

During the classes, each kids gets to work on their own computer station. They receive support from talented Code Senseis™. Since Code Ninjas is themed to martial arts, some classes allow you to earn and receive rankings with a martial arts-inspired colored belt system.

My son is so excited to attend Code Ninjas next week. He decided to join the Roblox Royale camp where he will be building his own battle royale game in Roblox. Even though he may be playing one of his favorite video games, he will also be learning skills he can take with him in the future, so it’s a win win for parents and kids.

What Steps is Code Ninjas taking to Prevent the spread of germs?

In response to COVID-19, Code Ninjas is taking many safety precautions to keep families safe, including enhanced cleaning and social distancing. Kids are required to wear a mask, all instructors will be wearing masks, and desks are spread out in the classroom 6 feet apart. Siblings are welcome to sit together. I visited the Code Ninjas Tustin location, and felt totally safe. The facility was clean and set up well for social distancing, and the staff was very professional and following protocal.

If you still feel uncomfortable taking your child to an in-person camp, many locations are offering virtual camp options.

How Can Coding Help your Child?

Coding has been called “the literacy of the 21st century”. Just like math, science, and literature, coding is a key aspect of understanding our technologically-advanced world. There’s a huge need for a generation that not only understands technology, but how it works. Code Ninjas believes that there’s never been a more exciting time to advance our culture – starting with our youngest ones.

Every kid deserves the chance to unlock their innate, unlimited capacity to learn. Whether or not they pursue coding as a career, we want to provide kids with skills that will help them pursue their dreams. Computer science majors earn 40% more than the college average, so the time is now to get our children interested in the educational part of computers.

Kids have fun, parents see results®.

How to Register for Code Ninjas

To find a Code Ninja’s camp near you or to register, head over to the Code Ninja’s website. Right now they are offering a special 10% discount off all camps for a limited time! Woo hoo.

Code Ninjas Camp Giveaway

Now is your chance to win a free Code Ninjas summer camp for your child. This summer, Code Ninjas is hosting an amazing giveaway for their Code Ninjas Camps – you can enter to win one of 100 FREE Code Ninjas Camps (in-person or virtual)!  Head over here to enter: https://bit.ly/3eaBY00

Code Ninjas is proud to support families nationwide by sharing the joy of coding through this giveaway. It’s their way of giving back to deserving families, including first responders, essential workers – everyone doing their best to cope with recent events.