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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Each team’s 2019 attendance, 2019 won-loss record and gain or decline from 2018: Team 2019 Record Up/down Philadelphia 2,727,421 81-81 569,297 Minnesota 2,294,152 101-61 334,955 San Diego 2,396,399 70-92 227,863 N.Y. Mets 2,442,532 86-76 217,537 Cincinnati 1,808,685 75-87 179,329 Oakland 1,662,211 97-65 134,623 L.A. Dodgers 3,974,309 106-56 116,809 Atlanta 2,655,100 97-65 99,319 St. Louis 3,480,393 91-71 76,806 Milwaukee 2,923,333 89-73 72,458 Chi. White Sox 1,649,775 72 -89 40,958 Boston 2,924,627 84-78 29,052 Pittsburgh 1,491,439 69-93 26,123 Texas 2,132,994 78-84 25,887 Tampa Bay 1,178,735 96-66 23,762 Miami 811,302 57-105 198 L.A. Angels 3,019,012 72-90 -1,204 Colorado 2,993,244 71-91 -22,636 Chicago Cubs 3,094,865 84-78 -86,224 Arizona 2,135,510 85-77 -107,185 Houston 2,857,367 107-55 -123,182 N.Y. Yankees 3,304,404 103-59 -178,451 Kansas City 1,479,659 59-103 -185,448 Cleveland 1,738,642 93-69 -188,059 Baltimore 1,307,807 … [Read more...] about MLB Attendance 2019 vs. 2018
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.
Updated: January 18, 2018 Besides buying millions of macarons, my 13-year old sister had one other wish for our French-Spanish vacation- she wanted to go surfing. And she wanted me to come with her. To that, I responded, “Are you crazy, it’s April! The water’s going to be freezing.” To which she responded, “All you care about is eating and speaking other languages!” With the heavy accusation of, “You are seriously at risk of becoming a grandma,” hanging in my face, I booked an hour-long lesson with Pukas Surf School in San Sebastián. Sister (and neoprene) love! The next thing I knew, I was sleepily sitting on a beach at 10 a.m., clad in a skintight wesuit, and getting yelled at by a large Spanish man. I’m not sure if you guys have noticed this yet, but I’m not all that athletically inclined. Yes, I can appreciate a vigorous hike and I played varsity tennis in high school, but extreme sports aren’t really my thing- … [Read more...] about Surf’s Up in San Sebastián
Updated: August 28, 2019 When I remember my 2009 semester in Buenos Aires, too many “nevers” come to mind. I will never be 19 again. I will never drink so much malbec that I jump into a pool fully clothed. I’ll never eat choripán with chimichurri on the street with friends, laughing like crazy. And a small but deeply cynical part of me believes I’ll never see South America again, a continent that shaped me in my teenage years and has more of an emotional hold on me than any other. South America first ensnared me when I was 15. I flew to Ecuador on a group trip, hoping to learn a little Spanish and embark on my first international trip without parents. Honestly, a month in Ecuador was more than I had bargained for: glacially cold showers in the countryside, men staring at me unabashedly and a level of grime and squalor that I had never seen growing up in suburban Michigan. I went completely broke halfway through the trip and could barely afford breakfast. … [Read more...] about Remembering My First Love: South America