Christmas Events in Orange County 2020

Christmas Events in Orange County 2020

It’s a tradition to make this guide to Christmas in OC as a gift to all of my readers! Even though we are facing a health crisis, there are still ways to enjoy the holiday season safely. All of the events on this list are family-friendly Christmas Events in the OC and Southern California. So mark your calendars with your top choices, and get ready to make this holiday season, one that your family will always remember!

( Check back! More events will be added as they’re announced. Have an event you would like to include? Please email jillparkin {at} gmail.com)

Holiday Light Displays in the OC


List of Over 60 Christmas Light Displays in Orange County
• Nellie Gail Road in Laguna Hills
• Candy Cane Lane | El Corzo Street in Rancho Santa Margarita
• Birch Street in Brea
• Belquest Drive in Lake Forest

Capistrano Lights
December 3, 2020 – January 3, 2021 |  5:30 – 9:00pm  |  San Juan Capistrano Mission
Nightly tree lighting in the Ruins of the Great Stone Church on select evenings. Enjoy the Mission in lights, say a prayer or make a wish for peace and goodwill and sing along with the cheerful songs of the 30-foot Christmas tree. The Front Courtyard features a 10-foot wreath, perfect for a holiday photo op. Stroll through the Mission grounds and enjoy seeing our community Christmas trees, festively lit and themed for the occasion. Face masks and social distancing will be required and enforced.

Outlets of San Clemente World’s Tallest Tree
November 7, 2020 – January 4, 2021  |  Outlets of San Clemente
Celebrate the holiday season at Outlets at San Clemente with a photo under the World’s TALLEST fresh-cut Christmas tree…all the way from Mt. Shasta at 125ft tall!. FREE

Holidays at Fashion Island
November 20, 2020 – January 1, 2020 | Fashion Island Newport Beach
Beginning Friday, November 20, you are invited to take in the sights and smells of our signature live 90-ft fir tree and, of course, take photos! Keep an eye out for NEW Santa & Friends photo experiences throughout Fashion Island to take fun photos with our augmented reality holiday characters, activated by QR codes.

Holiday Photo Stations
In addition to multiple holiday photo stations placed throughout Fashion Island, bring your family to the Christmas tree in the Neiman Marcus – Bloomingdale’s Courtyard for complimentary photos. A digital copy of the photo will be emailed to you. 

Virtual Santa Experience Delight your children and family with a personal virtual visit from Santa Claus! It’s safe, convenient, and fun. Connect with Santa via a video call for only $25. Reservations required.

Holidays at the Irvine Spectrum Center
November 27 – December 24, 2020 | Irvine Spectrum Center
Irvine Spectrum Center’s beautifully-decorated 75-foot tree in Giant Wheel Court will come to life at night with a choreographed light show every 30 minutes in the evening.

Keep an eye out for NEW Santa & Friends photo experiences throughout Irvine Spectrum Center to take fun photos with our augmented reality holiday characters, activated by QR codes. Locations include Regal Court, Giant Wheel Court, and Apple Court. In addition to multiple holiday photo stations placed throughout Irvine Spectrum Center, bring your family to the holiday tree in Giant Wheel Court and the lighted ornaments near Regal Theatres for complimentary photos Nov. 27-29 (4pm – 9pm), Dec. 4-6, 11-13, 18-19 (4pm – 9pm), Dec. 20-23 (3pm – 8pm), and Dec. 24 (2pm – 6pm). A digital copy of the photo will be emailed to you.

Candy Cane Challenge Calling all scavenger hunt enthusiasts! Can you find all the candy canes at Irvine Spectrum Center? Grab a participation card from Guest Services, complete the quest, then get a sweet reward and be entered for a chance to win a prize!

Holidays at Kaleidoscope
December 2020 | Kaleidoscope, Mission Viejo
Will be announced soon

HIKARI – A FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS
November 27, 2020 – January 10, 2021  | Tanaka Famrs
Join us for a celebration filled with joy and light! Literally translated, Hikari means shine in Japanese, and this holiday season we have really made Tanaka Farms shine with over a mile of twinkling lights! As you drive through our 30-acre farm, you will be dazzled by farm-themed lighting from trees, to scarecrows, tractors…even our sugarcane got the holiday light treatment! Plus, every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday we have a very special visit from Santa, himself!

Newport Dunes Lighting of the Bay 
November 27, 2020 – January 1, 2021  |  Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort
Join us in celebrating Newport Dune’s 30th annual Lighting of the Bay. Stroll the bay and savor the sights and sounds of the holidays. The Back Bay will glow from sunset to sunup with festive floating holiday lights. On Friday and Saturday nights, cocktails and food will be available from Moe B’s Munchies beachfront grill for family picnics. Roast s’mores around the fire as you experience the bay aglow and immerse yourself with the holiday spirit. Masks are required when physical distancing is not possible and for the ordering of food or entering any indoor spaces such as our market or restrooms. Due to COVID-19, we will not be able to host an opening celebration. FREE

Holiday Events at Bella Terra
November 20 – December 24  |  Bella Terra, Huntington Beach
Santa & Mrs. Claus will be dropping by Bella Terra on their sleigh to take social distanced photos with all the children. Drop off your letters for Santa in Santa’s Mailbox at Bella Terra and Santa & Mrs. Claus will read your letters live on Facebook the following Tuesday from 6-7pm. On select dates, classic Christmas Carolers or our favorite Holiday Characters will be roaming throughout Bella Terra and spreading holiday cheer.

Magical Snowfall – Every half and hour from November 27 – December 24 it will magically snow in 3 different locations throughout Bella Terra.

Holiday Music – Enjoy live holiday music on the Green every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night from 6:30 – 9:30 PM and Saturday and Sunday from 12 – 3 PM.

Hot Cocoa & Carols with Peet’s – On select dates, enjoy hot cocoa from Peet’s Coffee and listen to your favorite Holiday carols on the Green.

Holidays at South Coast Plaza
November 14 – December 24, 2020 |  South Coast Plaza
Celebrate the joys of the holiday season with us. From great gift ideas to memorable visits with Santa, it’s the most wonderful time of the year at South Coast Plaza.  

Pavilion of Holiday Trees – Experience a one-of-a-kind exhibit at South Coast Plaza this holiday season. Features over 35 beautifully decorated trees on view November 14-December 4. Specialty trees include those decorated by the American Dance Movement, American Friends of the Louvre, Lang Lang International Music Foundation, Mariinksy Theatre and PBS SoCal. The trees are available for purchase through an online auction to benefit Southern California, national and global arts organizations. The Pavilion of Holiday Trees exhibit is free and open to the public during shopping center hours. Park near the North parking structure and follows signs toward The Pavilion.

Santa’s Outdoor Wonderland – Join Santa at a safe distance for professional photos in the South Coast Plaza West Parking Structure. Although the holidays are different this year, Santa’s Outdoor Wonderland retains the spirit of the season with a rustic winter forest setting. Photos with Santa are by available on a first-come, first-served in person appointments. Text messaging will alert when your appointment time is ready. Appointments cannot be made in advance or over the phone. Photos with Santa are available weather permitting so please check our website for updates. Social distancing guidelines will be followed.

Around the World with Santa – Head over to South Coast Plaza Carousel Court and wave to Santa — seated on his sleigh behind protective glass — and delight in imaginative images of children and landmarks from around the globe that are sure to put you in the holiday spirit

Holidays at the Harbor
November 11, 2020 – January 3, 2021 | Dana Point Harbor
Dana Point Harbor Partners is spreading seasonal cheer with the annual holiday light display that will illuminate the Harbor. Each night throughout the holiday season, the Harbor’s magnificent light display will illuminate the evening sky for guests of all ages to enjoy. Themed light exhibits throughout the Harbor will include Candy Cane Lane, a “Merry Kiss Me” arch, lighted trees, and much more.

Holidayz at the Great Park
November 21, 2020 – January 3, 2021 | Orange County Great Park
‘Tis the season for family fun and holiday cheer at the Orange County Great Park, where the park will be transformed into a winterscape featuring holiday-themed art, music, and lights. Take a stroll through the Palm Court and visit Air Santa, our larger-than-life modern take on Santa’s transportation as he prepares to depart with his load of gifts and toys. Browse the Palm Court, Artist Studios, and Hangar 244 promenade for interactive displays, festive photo backdrops, and the best selfie stations you’ll find this season!

Holiday Art on a Sock – Create a stocking to hang by the chimney with care, as a local artist provides a step-by-step lesson to paint a fun and festive design. Class fee of $50 is per participant and includes supplies. Registration is required by 3 p.m. December 2.

Gingerbread House Decorating Workshop – Parent and child can decorate a gingerbread house together while receiving fun tips from staff. All decorations and supplies are provided, so you can enjoy this sweet traditional activity without any of the fuss and mess of cleanup yourself! Class fee of $55 is for one parent and child, and includes supplies for one gingerbread house. Space is limited and this class will fill, so register early.

Night of Lights
December 3, 2020 – January 3, 2021 |  OC Fair & Event Center
A magical interactive drive through a winter wonderland of lights. This one mile drive will include over one million lights, including animated lights to music, Christmas tree lighting spectacular, plus a winter wonderland drive-thru.

Holidays at the Ritz-Carlton
November 21 & 22, 2020 |  4 – 6 pm  |  Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel
Two social distanced Open House and Tree Lighting Ceremonies will take place with KTLA Channel 5 Host Wendy Burch as the MC. Festivities include holiday music, a special appearance from Santa Claus, hot cocoa, and light the spectacular 40-foot tree on the front drive. Donations of new toys, non-perishable food items, children’s books, and dog treats and toys will be collected for Miracles for Kids, Orange County Rescue Mission, and local dog shelters. Advance reservations required, limited capacity.

Sand-sational Extravaganza – on November 21, the Ritz-Carlton will unveil of a new large-scale sand sculpture and sand vignettes in the lobby. This year’s theme highlights ocean inspirations, local surf culture, and our community partners including Surfers Healing and Canine Companions for Independence.  

Holiday Storytelling – on December 4, 5, 11, 12 at 5pm, Children and families are invited to enjoy a selection of holiday storytelling. Donations of new children’s books will be collected for Miracles for Kids. Limited capacity and complimentary to attend.

Gingerbread House and Holiday Cookie Decorating – On December 6 & 13, Gather with the family to decorate your very own large-scale gingerbread house and holiday cookies with tips and tricks provided by the resort’s expert pastry team. Complimentary hot cocoa served and other beverages available for purchase. Reserve your space by calling resort services at 949.240.2000.

Holidays at MainPlace Mall
November 24 – December 24, 2020 | MainPlace Mall
Announcement coming soon!!!!

Elf on a Shelf Magical Holiday Journey
November 12, 2020 – January 3, 2021 | Pomona Fairplex
Get ready for an all-new, one-of-a-kind immersive experience with The Elf on the Shelf’s Magical Holiday Journey, all from the safety of your own car! This year Christmas Spirit is running low, so during test flights Santa’s sleigh had to make an emergency landing at Fairplex in Pomona. Now the Scout Elves have assembled there, and they need your help! Join them on a drive-thru quest to build more Christmas Spirit, as you and your elf-loving crew magically shrink down to elf size and embark on a fun expedition to help repair Santa’s sleigh. Enjoy a dazzling light spectacle with toy-repair workshops, gingerbread villages, and all the sights and sounds of the holidays, blended with a touch of high-spirited fun that only Santa’s favorite Scout Elves can deliver. Assemble your family and friends and help save Christmas at The Elf on the Shelf’s Magical Holiday Journey!

Tree Lighting Ceremonies in Orange County

Dana Point Winter Festival and Tree Lighting
December 5, 2020  |  12:00 – 5:30pm  |  La Plaza, Dana Point
This annual event features Santa, entertainment, an artisan craft fair, sledding with real snow, carolers and food trucks! The tree lighting takes place at 5:15 pm with free hot chocolate and cookies.

Pines Park Tree Lighting
December 7, 2020  |  3 – 5:00pm  | Pines Park, Dana Point
This annual event features Santa, entertainment, an artisan craft fair, sledding with real snow, carolers and food trucks! The tree lighting takes place at 5:00 pm with free hot chocolate and cookies.

Brea Tree Lighting
December 3, 2020  |  6:30pm  |  Brea Civic & Cultural Center
Light up the holiday at the City of Brea’s annual tree lighting celebration. Live music and entertainment will put everyone in the holiday spirit. Watch the holiday tree light up the evening and see children’s eyes sparkle when Mr. and Mrs.Claus drop in for a visit. Pictures with Santa are available for a fee. Cookies and hot chocolate will be served. FREE

Buena Park Tree Lighting
December 4, 2020  |  5 – 8pm  |  Buena Park City Hall
Gather around the tree at this free event to enjoy the sights and sounds of holiday cheer. Tree lighting, music, and photo opportunities! Santa will make his grand entrance on an Orange County Fire Authority truck. In honor of this season of giving, the event is also host to a Toy Drive benefiting local charities. We encourage attendees to bring a new, unwrapped gift for children. FREE

Orange Tree Lighting Ceremony and Candlelight Procession VIRTUAL
December 6, 2020  |  5pm  |  Online
Due to State Health Guidelines we will be unable to gather for our traditional fall events this year. Please join us at 5pm on Sunday, December 6 as we present our virtual tree lighting ceremony on the city of orange website and across our social media platforms including facebook, nextdoor, youtube, instagram, and twitter. FREE

La Palma Tree Lighting VIRTUAL
December 10, 2020  |  6pm  | Online
Watch with your friends and family this annual holiday favorite, this year, brought to you virtually. Details coming soon. FREE

Ladera Ranch Tree Lighting
December TBD  |  5:00 – 8:30 p.m.  |  Town Green, Ladera Ranch
Christmas Tree Lighting & Santa at the Town Green, corner of Sienna Parkway & Mercantile Way (details to be announced closer to the event). FREE

Laguna Niguel Christmas Tree Lighting VIRTUAL
December 4, 2020  |  6pm  |  Online
A Celebrate the holidays with a virtual tree lighting event! Experience holiday magic from the comfort of your own home by joining City Council as they light the City’s Christmas tree. Head to the City of Laguna Niguel’s Facebook page @CityofLagunaNiguel to watch all the holiday cheer LIVE beginning at 6pm. FREE

Drive-by Christmas Tree Celebration Laguna Niguel
December 5, 2020  |  6 – 9pm  |  Laguna Niguel City Hall
Come take a scenic drive through our holiday wonderland! This year’s celebration will feature multiple displays that illuminate the holiday spirit, as you drive through sprinkling snow flakes and listen to the sounds of the season! There will be special guest appearances featuring Santa and his friends! Cars may begin to line-up at 5:45pm and the last car to go through will be at 9pm. FREE

South Coast Plaza Tree Lighting Ceremony VIRTUAL
November 21, 2020  | 6:30pm  |  Town Center, Costa Mesa
South Coast Plaza’s annual tree-lighting will be a virtual event for its 39th year, hosted by Misty Copeland, Principal Dancer of the American Ballet Theatre. The virtual show will feature performances by the Orange County School of the Arts and a special visit from Santa. FREE

Drive-in Movie on the Meadows | Santa Clause 3
December 4, 2020  |  5pm | Vista Hermosa Sports Park, San Clemente
The City of San Clemente is bringing SANTA CLAUSE 3 to the meadows at Vista Hermosa Sports Park! Register your vehicle, for only $15. Each parking spot will be marked in advance with have 6ft of distance on both sides. Listen through your radio with an FM transmitter. Restrooms will be provided with continuous cleaning and monitoring. Registration Required.

Drive-in Movie on the Meadows | The Grinch
December 18, 2020  |  5pm | Vista Hermosa Sports Park, San Clemente
The City of San Clemente is bringing THE GRINCH to the meadows at Vista Hermosa Sports Park! Register your vehicle, for only $15. Each parking spot will be marked in advance with have 6ft of distance on both sides. Listen through your radio with an FM transmitter. Restrooms will be provided with continuous cleaning and monitoring. Registration Required.

Winter in the Grove
December 5, 2020  | 5 – 9pm  | Village Green Park, Garden Grove
Load up the family car and come drive through out winter wonderland, complete with festive, holiday scenes, exotic cars, and enjoy treats and activities courtesy of local community groups! Kettle corn and other snacks will be available for purchase along the route, with your drive ending in a unique photo opportunity from the safety of your car with our holiday tree and Santa Claus.

Christmas at Franklin’s Escape Room
December 1 – February 1, 2020 | 10:00am – 10:00pm | Escape Room Era, Anaheim
Adrenaline courses through you as you have one hour to uncover clues, solve riddles and puzzles, and find the greatest toy ever invented to save Christmas for all the boys and girls in the world! You are immersed in Christmas at Franklin’s, one of the escape rooms of Escape Room Era, testing your wits, creativity, speed, and teamwork. Whether your team consists of coworkers, family, friends, or schoolmates, you’ll be bonded by your memorable experience at Escape Room Era.

Corona Del Mar Christmas Walk
Month of December |  Corona Del Mar Business District
The 2020 Christmas Walk has been “REIMAGINED” and will be celebrating and promoting the CdM village businesses for the entire month of December with various holiday promotions, activities, and contests for the entire community to enjoy! Festivitiees include Corona del Mar merchant promotions throughout the CdM Business District. A Holiday Lighting & Decor Contest featuring CdM businesses and Judged by Peoples Choice. Pop-up live entertainment featuring holiday music & local art displays, and tree lighting ceremony. FREE

Candy Caneland
December 5, 2020  |  11 am – 3pm | Ehlers Event Center, Buena Park
Get into the holiday spirit and join us for a Christmas drive-thru experience complete with holiday scenes and music. Kids will get a special wave from Santa and a treat! Reservations are required. FREE

Letters to Santa Laguna Niguel
November 14 – December 11, 2020  |  Laguna Niguel
Would you like to receive a letter from Santa? Santa has asked us to help him by collecting letters in our “North Pole” mailbox located in front of Crown Valley Community Center. The mailbox will be available from Saturday, November 14 through Friday, December 11. Santa will be able to write one return letter per family at one address in Laguna Niguel or write to children who include a self-addressed stamped envelope. FREE

Gnome Around Town
November 30 – December 18, 2020  |  Laguna Niguel
Follow our friendly holiday gnome on Instagram @CityofLagunaNiguel as he adventures throughout the City through the month of December! As he visits our local parks, restaurants, and businesses, follow him on his adventures, and guess where he is for a chance to win a prize! FREE

Where to Get Santa Photos or Christmas Photos in Orange County

Santa Claus is Coming to Pretend City
December 9, 12, 15 & 18, 2020  |  9:30am  |  Pretend City Children’s Museum
Santa Claus is coming to town! More specifically though Pretend City! Meet jolly ‘ol Saint Nick, tell him your holiday wishes, and pose for a photo! You don’t want to miss out on this exclusive holiday happening at our museum! Don’t forget to bring a camera!

Christmas Family Photos in Laguna Niguel
December 6 – 8, 2020  |  5 – 8pm  |  Laguna Niguel City Hall
This holiday season, we are offering the opportunity for you and your family to take photos by our beautifully decorated Christmas tree located at City Hall. Reservations required. 10-minute time slots will be available between 5-8pm to take photos in front of three holiday scenes. Please register your family, including your furry friends. Registration will be available starting Tuesday, December 1 at 9am. 8 persons max per group. One time slot per family.

• Fashion Island Santa Hours.
• MainPlace Mall Santa Hours
• Brea Mall Santa Hours
• The Shops at Mission Viejo Santa Hours
• Irvine Spectrum Santa Hours

Pet Photos with Santa in Orange County

Santa Paws Photos
December 4 & 5, 2020  | 10am – 3pm | Dana Point Harbor
Pet Project Foundation will host the 9th Annual Santa Paws. The cost is only $15 for a picture. Start a family tradition with these keepsake photos of your beloved pets. All proceeds benefit the homeless animals at the San Clemente – Dana Point Animal Shelter.

Home For the Holidays Pet Adoption Event
December 1 – 15, 2020 | Irvine Animal Care Center
This year, the 14th annual Home for the Holidays Pet Adoption Fair is going digital! While we can’t gather in person, we can still come together to help animals from all over find new adoptive homes. Join the Irvine Animal Care Center online and on social media to find your newest furry family member this holiday season. You can also learn about other participating shelters and rescue groups with available animals for adoption, and how to support pet-related vendors the center’s life-saving programs. 

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The New Amazon Fresh in Irvine, California

Amazon Fresh in Irvine

A new Amazon Fresh Grocery Store has come to Irvine, California! This is the first one of its kind to come to Orange County and the kids and I were excited to check it out. We wanted to see what it is all about and how things work. The new Amazon Fresh in Irvine is located in the Marketplace at 13672 Jamboree Road, Irvine, CA 92602. It’s really easy to find as it is right off the 5 freeway.

Amazon Fresh comes to Orange County, California

Amazon Fresh’s goal is to offer shoppers a seamless grocery shopping experience, whether shopping in-store or online. The store claims it will have consistently low prices for all, and FREE, same-day delivery and pick-up for Prime members. Its goal is to introduce new ways to make grocery shopping more convenient, including the Amazon Dash Cart, new Alexa features to help customers manage their shopping lists and better navigate aisles.

The Amazon Dash Cart

The entire reason my kids wanted to check out the new Amazon Fresh store. The new Amazon Dash Cart is a smart shopping cart that is designed to make a quick grocery trip quicker. This is because it allows you to skip the checkout line. You sign into the cart using a QR code on your Amazon app, then place your bags in the cart. Now it’s time to go shopping in the store. When you’re done shopping, you can exit through the store’s Dash Cart lane without having to go through the checkout. The cart uses a combination of computer vision algorithms and sensor fusion to identify items put into the cart.

Although the Dash Cart was super exciting, we found that it was a very small. It was not big enough to hold all the food we needed to purchased and also work properly. I would say if you need a lot of groceries, it is easier to just use a regular cart.

They also have regular carts if you prefer to shop regular, and mini carts for the kids. My daughter was offered some super cute fruit stickers that made her very happy, and added to the whole shopping experience to make it fun. However, we she did run that little shopping cart into a few shoppers. Oops!!!!

What to Expect at Amazon Fresh in Irvine

At Amazon Fresh we found a wide assortment of national brands and produce, meat and seafood, as well as a range of prepared foods that are made fresh in-store every day.  

We found anything from fresh-baked bread and made-to-order pizzas, to rotisserie chickens and hot sandwiches like our brisket panini. We also found brands such as 365 by Whole Foods Market organics, plus national brands like Coca-Cola and Kraft Mac and Cheese. It made us happy to find local brands like Good Culture cottage cheese, Tosi snack bars, Mother-in-Law’s Kimchi and Rockenwagner Bakery; regional favorites like Duke’s Mayo, Ellenos Yogurt and Boston Chowda; and new Amazon exclusive brands like Fresh and Cursive.

Repacked meals and meals to-go are a big thing at Amazon Fresh stores. This really reminds me of Wholefoods!

Fresh Made Food at Amazon Fresh
Deli Meals to Go at Amazon Fresh in Irvine

There is also a table area to enjoy your food and beverages at. It will open up as soon as Covid-19 restrictions open up.

Amazon Fresh Food Court Seating

Amazon Fresh claims they offer low prices. For the most part, we found that to be true. Like our favorite ice cream for under $5.

Cheap food at AmazonFresh

I did notice that the prices were equivalent to the sale prices on the items I normally buy. There were $0.15 cent bananas, $0.89 cent freshly baked bread, $1.79 freshly baked pizza slices and $4.97 rotisserie chickens. I must say that the rotisseries chickens were very tiny! Milk was $2.69, so a great price. My kids especially liked that is came in different shaped jugs.

Amazon Fresh Inexpensive milk

Fun Finds at Amazon Fresh

When it comes to products, we found that Amazon Fresh offered a big selection in some items, and a limited selection in others. We were able to find most of the brands we normal purchase and use…along with a bunch of new ones! This was exciting because we were able to buy some new brands that look really good. We will keep you updated.

It was funny to find cereal of every size on the the cereal aisle. They had regular, family size and even giant size. So. Many. Sizes. The biggest box of Rice Krispies we’ve ever seen was there….of course we had to buy it.

Cereal selection at Amazon Fresh

And have you ever seen so many varieties of Hershey’s chocolate syrup?

Chocolate Syrup at Amazon Fresh

It makes it easy to treat yourself to flowers when they are only $5 a bunch. This is another fun find!

Fresh Flowers at Amazon Fresh in Irvine Caliornia
Fresh Flowers at Amazon Fresh

Can You Buy Fresh Meat?

Yes! There is a meat section located inside the grocery store with a selection of seafood, beef, chicken, pork and more. All of the meats are freshly packaged daily and are ready to purchase.

Packaged Meat at Amazon Fresh

You Can Ship Your Packages!

Get two things done in the same place. Yes, you can I pick up and return Amazon.com packages at the Amazon Fresh store. Your packages can be sent to an Amazon Fresh store for secure delivery. Returns are hassle free—you don’t need a box, label, or tape. Also, you can purchase Amazon products such as an Alexa.

Mail and Receive Packages at Amazon Fresh Stores
Mail and Receive Packages at Amazon Fresh Stores

Safety at the Store

Wondering about the safety measures during this time at Amazon Fresh? They applied the same safety measures in place at Whole Foods Market, such as requiring face coverings and daily temperature checks for all employees and vendors entering the store, face coverings for all customers entering the store, also offering free, disposable face masks for those who want one. All stores are operating at 50% capacity. Amazon Fresh has stated that nothing is more important than the health and safety of their employees and customers.

Check out at Amazon Fresh

When checking out at Amazon Fresh, you can choose a couple of options. If you chose a Dash Cart, you can go to the Dash Line. Since the cart has already scanned your items to your app, you just press accept on the app and go on your way.

Checkout at Amazon Fresh Stores

You can also checkout with cash, or use the app at the regular checkout lanes. Amazon Fresh stores accept cash and SNAP benefits at all stores. If you have a bigger haul, this is where you’ll go.

Checking Out at Amazon Fresh

It was fun to check out the new Amazon Fresh store in Irvine. It’s always great when new stores open and support the community by creating hundreds of high-quality local jobs. And did you know that Amazon Fresh donates surplus food from its Amazon Fresh stores to local food banks. They have already donated over 180,000 lbs. of food (equivalent to over 150,000 meals). We love that.

Welcome to Orange County Amazon Fresh.

Amazon Fresh Grand Opening

10 Ways to Celebrate Fall in Orange County

Fall is officially here in Southern California….even if it still feels like summer!

I personally love having warm weather all year round, but it is nice to wake up in the mornings and smell that little hint of Fall…we do get that from time to time. However, we aren’t lucky enough to get the beautiful Fall colors that rest of the country gets when the leaves turn shades of red, yellow and orange. Because of our warm and beautiful weather, it can be hard to get in the Fall spirit here in the OC. So, I thought I would put together a Orange County Fall Bucket List to get you in the spirit of the season.

Here’s my list of the top 10 Ways to Celebrate Fall in Orange County.

Orange County Fall Bucket List

Knott’s Taste of Fall-O-Ween

Knott’s Taste of Fall-O-Ween is Knott’s newest family-friendly outdoor dining and retail experience celebrating the Halloween season and the flavors of Fall. The spirit of Halloween comes to life with a cornucopia of Harvest and Halloween décor that will transform the park for the season.

Guests of all ages can dress up in their most festive costumes* to experience 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. 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, 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.

2. Get a Pumpkin Milkshake from Ruby’s Shake Shake in Newport.

Right now it’s Pumpkin Spice season at Ruby’s Diner, and they are serving up Pumpkin milkshakes topped with whipped cream and candy corns. Head down to the Shake Shack for this yummy shack with a view of Crystal Cove, and hike down the beach and enjoy a stroll on the sand. It may be Fall…but it’s never out of season to enjoy the fresh ocean air and some crashing waves. Crystal Cove Beach is one of our faves!

3. Visit Tanaka Farms Pumpkin Farm

The Tanaka Farm’s Pumpkin Patch has become one of the favorite pumpkin patches here in Orange County. There are two options for the pumpkin patch this year, a U-pick Pumpkin Wagon Ride and a Drive-thru Pumpkin Farm. It may look a lot different than in the past, but they’ve been working really hard to make sure they can provide a safe and fun experience for everyone. Reservations are required for both experiences.

The U-pick Pumpkin Wagon Ride is led by a friendly tour guide around Tanaka’s beautiful 30 acre farm! You get to watch them launch the pumpkin cannon, take a ride through the barnyard educational exhibit with farm animals, lots of fun stuff to look at, a scarecrow contest, sunflowers, U-Pick veggies, and a pumpkin you pick yourself! Please note you will not exit the wagon until it is time to pick your vegetables and pumpkin. This activity lasts about one hour.

The Drive-thru Pumpkin Farm let’s you stay in your car and take a leisurely 1.5 mile drive around their beautiful 30-acre farm! It includes pumpkin, samples, a barnyard educational exhibit with farm animals, lots of fun stuff to look at, a scarecrow contest, sunflowers, and more! This option is an in-vehicle only option. You will not be exiting your vehicle, except for one optional stop where you will pull off the path so you can pick your own pumpkin in the fields.Thank you for understanding. (Please note that there is a 9 1/2 foot vehicle height clearance.)

3. Go to a Pumpkin Succulent Workshop in Orange County.

Pumpkin Succulent arrangements are the biggest rage during Fall. There are lots of pumpkin succulent workshops available in Orange County this time of year. Simply Google Orange County Pumpkin Succulent Workshops. The Dragonfly Shops and Gardens still have some workshops available!

4. Get a dozen piping hot Duck Donuts in their seasonal flavors of Fall.

Who’s ready to enjoy the ducklightful flavors of fall?! Duck Donuts are made fresh-to-order and served nice and warm. You can now get their amazing FALL flavors…they are very excited to officially welcome back their popular pumpkin icing, apple and streusel toppings!

5. Check out the “Pirate’s Life for Me” Halloween Boutique at Roger’s Gardens.

Every year, Roger’s Gardens has an AMAZING Halloween themed boutique. This year it’s the Pirate’s Life for Me…a spooky pirate themed Halloween boutique 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. There are so many spectacular Halloween decorations and props – vintage inspired, creepy and cute! Most are pretty pricey, but even if you don’t buy anything, it still makes a nice family outing. There are also lots of pumpkins, interesting gourds and beautiful Halloween flower arrangements set-up all around Roger’s Gardens. Bring your camera!

6. Apple Fritter Fridays at Sidecar Donuts in Costa Mesa

Apples mean Fall…and what goes great with apples? Apple Fritters. Sidecar Donuts is serving them up this Fall. you can get the yummiest Apple Fritters on Fritter Fridays ONLY at Sidecar Donuts’ Costa Mesa location. their take on a classic – made with fresh Granny Smith Apples and topped with house made apple cider glaze. yum yum!  (Photo credit: Sidecar Donuts)

7. Visit the Irvine Park Pumpkin Patch.

Even though the Irvine Park Pumpkin Patch will be much different than in years past, it can still be part of your family tradition. Since there aren’t many events happening in Orange County, this is a fun choice. There will be several options to buy a pumpkin. 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.

8. Buy ALL the pumpkin stuff at Trader Joe’s!

Trader Joe’s is known for their yummy seasonal treats. The Fall means pumpkin everything! pumpkin cookies, pumpkin bread, pumpkin coffee, pumpkin cereal, pumpkin ravioli, pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin candy….an more!  Eeverything is super yummy…you won’t want to miss it. Get there earlier in month for the best selections as the favorites run out quickly. you can also get regular orange pumpkins for under $3, fun gourds and Cinderella pumpkins or Fall flowers.

9. Get a Pumpkin Shaped loaf of Sourdough from Boudin’s.

Did you know that you can only find Boudin SF in California? This sourdough magic originated in San Francisco…but we are lucky enough to have 6 of their restaurant/bakeries here in Southern California. In October, Boudin’s sells their sourdough in the shape of pumpkins and Jack-o-Lanterns. So much fun. pick up a loaf or two, and have fun family evening complete with soup or chili, sourdough pumpkins and watching “It’s a Great Pupkin Charlie Brown” or a “Charlie Brown Thanksgiving”.

10. Go apple picking in Oak Glen.

One of the best family outing is heading up to Oak Glen to go apple picking. you can stop at one of the 30+ farms on a 5-mile loop, and pick apples, raspberries, or pumpkins, run through a corn maze, petting zoo or hay ride. you can get yummy ti-tip or a mile high apple pie, taste apple cider or different kinds of apples. don’t forget to press your own apple cider….that is an exciting experience for the kids. it cost around $20 and is a great learning experience. head up to Oak Glen Village and check out the mountain stores, go to the zoo or eat at one of the restaurants. everyone finds their favorites and visit them every year as a tradition. Check out our Oak Glen Apple Picking Guide.

11. (Bonus) Get the cutest Pumpkin Gelato Cones at Eiswelt Gelato in Westminster.

Hope you’re ready for autumn because Eiswelt Gelato is! Their adorable PUMPKIN characters are available again for a limited time. You can either get PUMPKIN as a single scoop or as a stack 🎃. Eiswelt Gelato is a dessert shop located on Bolsa Ave in the heart of Little Saigon, that customizes your delicious in-store made gelato into fun characters such as a teddy or even a unicorn. All their animals are handcrafted by our employees in front of your eyes each time you order one. They also serve housemade Jasmine Milk Tea or for cold days a nice Hot Chocolate.

These are our top choices of Fall fun activities in Orange County. But if you are looking for even more fun family Halloween Events, make sure to check out this post 2020 Family-friendly Halloween Events Happening in Orange County.

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.  

Community Trick or Treat
October 26th – November 1st   |   Seeker’s Chapel, Fullerton
Please Join Seeker’s Chapel for an amazing evening of Trunk or Treating! If you are looking for a little reprieve (and candy 🙂), come enjoy a fun filled family outing. All are welcome to this free event.  

Boo at the Zoo Tour & Treats
October 29 – 31st   |   Rancho Las Lomas
You will find spooktacular Halloween fun here at Rancho Wildlife Foundation from October 29th- October 31st! Meet our creepy critters and explore our haunted grounds on a tour where children can enjoy trick or treating fun! Our tour guide will lead you and others on a 75 minute tour and pass out a treat at every critter. You can spend the following 45 minutes exploring the grounds and enjoying our silly spooks and happy haunts. Costumes are encouraged! Reservations are required and tickets are limited (20 spots per tour)!

Halloween at We Rock the Spectrum
October 23rd – 29th   |   We Rock Spectrum
🎃🕷Calling all ghouls and goblins! 👻 Check out our fun Halloween events. Send us a message, book using our app, or call us at 949-337-1049 to reserve a spot. Happy Halloween!  

Boo at the Zoo
October 28 – 31  |  5:30 & 6:30pm  |  Santa Ana Zoo
Follow a fun Halloween trail through the Zoo during extended admission hours. You’ll discover our “merry, not scary” decorations along the way, making this an activity the whole family can enjoy together, wearing family-friendly costumes and collecting goody bags for each child on the way out.Limited timed tickets must be purchased ONLINE 

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.

Trick or Treat in Historic San Juan Capistrano
October 31 | 5:30 – 7:30 pm| Los Rios and downtown
Expect ghouls, treats and fun times in San Juan Capistrano on Halloween. The community is organizing a trick-or-treat event in the Los Rios and downtown area. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, social distancing and masks are encouraged—the latter fitting for Halloween.

Traveling Trick or Treat
October 31 | 2 – 5 pm| Lago Santa Margarita Beach Club
Join SAMLARC & the RSM Chamber of Commerce for a fun & festive afternoon! We welcome you to put on your Halloween costumes & decorate the car for a drive around town! Visit local businesses, community groups and the Beach Club, where little ones will receive sweet treats & trinkets! This Traveling Trick or Treat allows families to enjoy the holiday while maintaining a safe distance. To join us, please use the following steps to ensure a fun and festive afternoon: Decorate Your Cars! Dress Up in Costume! Put on the Halloween Tunes! Travel the Town for Treats!

Trunk or Treat at Pacific Coast Church
October 30 | 5 – 7 pm | Pacific Coast Church
Dress up in costume at come for Trick-or-treat. You can also decorate your car and pass out candy. 12 and under. A fun family activity.

Trunk or Treat at Beach Bible Church
October 30 | 5:30 – 8 pm | Beach Bible Church
Come Trunk or Treat with us!  Food will be served from 5pm-6pm with the remainder of the evening filled with a costume contest, pumpkin scavenger hunt, candy galore and more!! 

A Drive Through Halloween Town
October 30 | 6 – 8 pm | 5275 Orange Ave, Cypress
Entry is FREE – No need to sign up, just show up. Join the City of Cypress for a drive through our very own Halloween Town! Have a frightfully good time looking at our Halloween décor and take the fun home with you in your very own Halloween-in-a-Bag filled with crafts, candy, and more while supplies last. Costumes encouraged!

Drive Through Halloween
October 31 | 3 – 5 pm | 5299 Alton Pkwy, Irvine
This year we are having a Halloween Drive-Thru! Dress Up! We can’t wait to see your costumes! We hope to see you there! Lets Have Some Skele-Fun!

Spooky Treat Trolley
October 30 | 3 – 7:30 pm | Dana Point Trolley Stops Church
Come meet some of the City’s Recreation Division staff who will be dressed in costume as they ride on the decorated Spooky Treat Trolley and stop at the following locations to distribute pre-packaged candy to children up to 12 years of age. Please remember to wear your mask and practice social distancing.

Coto Valley Haunted Drive Thru
October 27 – 29 | 6 – 10 pm| Coto Valley Country Club
Drive starts at dark. By reservations only @ 949-589-5000 $20 per car. No membership needed. This family friendly event is for all ages. Reserve early! This event will SELL OUT! 🎃

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

Jack-o-Lantern Jamboree
October 23  | 6:00pm |  Garden Grove Park
The City’s Community Services Department is hosting a modified version of its annual Jack O’ Lantern Jamboree event. The event will feature the showing of Hocus Pocus, a 1993 fantasy-comedy film by Walt Disney Pictures. Children will receive a goodie bag with treats and activities. Gates open at 6:00 p.m., with the movie beginning at 7:00 p.m. Event attendees are encouraged to arrive early to reserve their socially distanced spot. Costumes, blankets, lawn chairs, food, and non-alcoholic beverages are welcome. Food and refreshments will not be available for purchase.

Lowe’s Curbside Trick Or Treat
October 22 & 29  |  Participating Lowe’s
Come celebrate Halloween with Lowe’s Drive-through Curbside Trick-or-Treating event! Register your child today so they don’t miss out on free sweet treats and a kid-sized pumpkin.

Spooky Seas: Haunted Tales at the Ocean Institute
October 23, 24, 25, 30 & 31 |  The Ocean Institute
During the evening adventure participants will have the opportunity to visit the Mad Scientist Lab and make ghost bubbles and fizzing eyeballs, travel to the Candy Lab to perform experiments on everyone’s favorite Halloween treats, and learn sailor myths, legends, and superstitions during the days of Richard Henry Dana Jr. This ticket includes all activities and access to all of the labs and touch tanks at Ocean Institute. Visit our Spooky Seas: Daytime adventure to find out! Make your way through our Spooky Seas activities and learn about sailors myth, legends, and superstitions during the days of Richard Henry Dana Jr. Travel to the Candy Lab where experiments based on your favorite Halloween treats will be available. This ticket includes all activities and access to all of the labs and touch tanks at Ocean Institute.

Haunted Trails Legacy 2020
October 23 – 25 | 6 – 10:00pm  | Crown Valley Park – Laguna Niguel
Are you ready for a weekend of spine-chilling thrills? The City of Laguna Niguel presents Haunted Trails Legacy 2020, by online reservation only. Celebrate 20 years of Haunted Trails! Bring your family to experience the Haunted Trails journey together as you tremble through the darkness of the night. Mark you calendars and prepare for all new scares! Limited online reservations become available on Monday, October 5 at 8am. This event will sell out! Reservations are $40 per group (maximum of 8 people per group). Online convenience fees apply and all sales are final. Guests are required to wear face coverings and follow social distancing guidelines.

Candyland Lane Treat Walk
October 25 | 6 – 10:00pm  | Salem Lutheran Church – Orange
Wear your costumes and join us for Salem’s first Candyland Lane Treat Walk, a FREE, safe trick-or-treating alternative event that takes your kids on a journey through Salem’s campus to collect candy! Snap a family photo in front of our festive backdrop at the end of your journey (bring your own camera!). Please register for one of two time slots at here so they can plan appropriately. Only one person needs to register per family. FREE

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 24 | 9 – 4:00pm |  Villa Park
Instead of the traditional Town Center event, the VP Halloween Fest for 2020 will be “A Haunt for Historic Locations”. The special family friendly scavenger hunt can be done independently. Participate for a chance to win special prizes and sweet treats. Clues will be available online at 9:00 am on 10/24 at the Villa Park Community Services Foundation website. 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.

Trick-or-treat Drive-thru with Irvine Police Department
October 30 |  6 – 9:00pm  | Orange County Great Park
The Irvine Police Department, in partnership with the Greater Irvine Chamber of Commerce, presents a Trick or Treat Drive-Thru. It is going to be a frightfully fun and free event from the comfort of your ghostmobile! Bring your little ghouls and goblins in their costumes and masks for a night filled with candy, giveaways, police vehicles, decorations and more!

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!

Fountain Valley Hocus Pocus Drive-thru
October 24 | 8:00pm | City of Fountain Valley
The Spooky Season is upon us! Register today to see Hocus Pocus at the Fountain Valley Drive-In. Last day to register is October 16th. $20 per car.

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

Performers Academy Trunk or Treat
October 31 | 6 – 7:30pm | The Performers Academy – Lake Forest
Time to start planning those scary Halloween costumes. We are having a trunk or treat party. We have. Big parking lot – parents decorate up your cars. Prized. Candy and tons of fun. Call for info or to reserve a spot. 949-609-1600. FREE

Living Mi Vida Loca Trunk or Treat
October 31 | 6 – 7:30pm | Gonzalez’s Restaurant – Orange
We are so excited to share that we’ll be hosting a TRUNK-OR-TREAT! Please make plans to visit us that day for some socially distancing trick-or-treating at our beautifully decorated cars as well as visiting our partners. Giveaways, candy, photo opp, and an opportunity to meet other LMVL readers! FREE

Fountain Valley Monster Hunt
October 17 | 2 – 5:00pm | FV Recreation Center – 16400 Brookhurst Street
You will remain in your vehicle to pick-up your Monster Hunters Guide. This guide will direct you to 5 local parks, where you will need to get out of your vehicle and go and find the monster hiding. When outside your vehicle, please make sure to socially distance and wear a face covering if you cannot remain 6ft apart from others outside your household. FREE

Pizza Planet Truck Trunk or Treat
October 27 | 5 – 9:00pm | Home Depot Parking Lot – Cypress
Our Trunk or treat takeover at Street Food Tuesday. Bring your friends and family, Come in your Halloween Best, day from some of the best food trucks and grab some treats 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.

Not So Spooky Farms
October 26 – November 29 | 10 – 10:00pm  | Norco
Not So Spooky Farm – A Drive thru Adventure for all ages! Follow the adventure of Stingy Jack from the safety of your own car. Stingy Jack was cursed to wander the earth with only his Jack O Lantern to light his way. After uncovering a map in a forgotten temple Stingy is now on a mission to uncover candy clues to get the fabled treasure of dread pirate Bluebeard. Will you face the dangers ahead to find the reward??

Five Acres of Frights
October 26 – November 29 | 10 – 10:00pm  | Norco
This Fall experience an all new drive through immersive experience. It is designed to be completely Covid Safe and enjoyed from the safety of your personal vehicle. You can choose the terrifying journey through Fright Farms, where something terrible has happened in the sleepy town of Hilldale. There have been strange news reports, animal sightings, and Emma Parker is missing, follow the clues to help her! There’s something lurking the shadows and there’s no turning back. Join your convoy and buckle up for ages 13 and up!

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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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.