Every year, Southern California theme parks go all out for Halloween. These parks have something for everyone, from ghouls, ghosts, and gore at events geared toward adults to spooky (but not scary) character encounters and plenty of candy at events designed for the whole family. It’s worth mentioning that you should always consult a Halloween guide to your favorite theme parks before bringing kids to after-hours events. Many theme parks go above and beyond when it comes to scaring visitors, and some Halloween theme park events can be too intense even for tweens and young teens. In this Halloween theme park guide, I discuss how the theme parks of Southern California celebrate Halloween, the Halloween events at each theme park, and tips for making the most of your fall visit. Table of Contents Disneyland® Halloween TimeUniversal Studios® Hollywood’s Halloween Horror NightsKnott’s Berry Farm®: Knott’s Scary Farm and Knott’s … [Read more...] about A Halloween Guide to Southern California Theme Parks
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By Ned MacKay | East Bay Regional Park DistrictPUBLISHED: October 14, 2019 at 5:00 am | UPDATED: October 14, 2019 at 5:12 am All things Western will be celebrated in style Oct. 19 at the Cowboy Hootenanny in southern Alameda County’s Sunol Regional Wilderness. Activities at the event from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. will include live folk and bluegrass music, hands-on ranching activities and general celebration of the park’s homesteading history. Food will be available for purchase at the event that’s free, but there is a parking fee of $5 per vehicle. Besides the Cowboy Hootenanny, Sunol Wilderness offers Wild Wonders from 2 to 3 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday through Oct. 27. Each session is a way to discover the natural world through games, activities and explorations — great for families. Sunol Regional Wilderness is at the end of Geary Road off Calaveras Road about 5 miles south of Interstate 680 and the town of Sunol. For information, call 510-544-3249. Near … [Read more...] about Park It: Kick up your heels at Sunol’s Cowboy Hootenanny
Back when I was a kid, in the latchkey ’70s, there was a communal understanding that certain acts of low-level vandalism and bullying were going to transpire on Halloween. Eggs were going to be chucked. Pumpkins were going to be smashed. Doorbells were going to be rung then ditched. While I’m technically not advocating for any of these activities, I do remember the sheer thrill of Halloween as being drenched with this sense of anarchic peril. You kind of never knew what was going to happen, what you might see (some neighborhood mom in her slip!), or who you might encounter (a roving band of marauding teens intent on snatching your hard-won treasure). Would you be the kid who dared to bite into the caramel apple booby-trapped by some maniac with a razor blade, and if so, what would it feel like to have your tongue sheared in half? OK, that looks horrifying on paper. But Halloween used to represent the closest a kid could get to a world free from parental oversight. … [Read more...] about Congrats, parents. You’re ruining Halloween.
Everyone is encouraged to bring their canine companions to the Rancho Bernardo Dog Park next weekend to celebrate its 15th anniversary.The celebration will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 19 in the dog park, which is at the south end of Rancho Bernardo Community Park, 18448 W. Bernardo Drive. Dogs must be on a leash at all times and well behaved. Retractable leashes are not allowed.There will be giveaways, demonstrations, around 20 vendors, a photo booth and opportunity drawings. Refreshments will be available for purchase from a food truck plus beverage vendor.At 9:30 a.m. Dawn Celapino from Leash Your Fitness will demonstrate different exercises people can do while walking a dog. “Dawn was one of the demonstrators at our 10-year anniversary and was a huge hit,” said Robin Kaufman, Rancho Bernardo Recreation Advisory Group president and dog park liaison.At 10:30 a.m. Ballistic Racers Flyball will perform. Brian and Joanne Matsumoto will have eight dogs … [Read more...] about Celebrate 15 years of Rancho Bernardo Dog Park on Oct. 19
CARDIFFHalloween festivalat nature centerA nature-themed Halloween festival, “Not-So-Scary Estuary,” is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday presented by the Nature Collective, formerly the San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy, and San Diego County Parks & Recreation at the San Elijo Lagoon Nature Center, 2710 Manchester Road. Highlights include a costume contest, craft-making, animal encounters and food truck. Admission is free. Visit thenaturecollective.org. Book sale set for Saturday at libraryA book sale will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Cardiff Library, 2081 Newcastle Ave. Books range from current fiction, children’s selections, biography, self-help and spirituality to health, history, travel and science. Fill a paper grocery bag with books for $5; $3 for members of the Friends of the Cardiff-by-the-Sea Library. Call (760) 753-4027.CARLSBADPumpkin Plunge coming next weekendHalloween-themed pool activities, games and a movie are planned for the city of … [Read more...] about Poker tournament raises $21,000 for Boys & Girls Club