Halloween Zoo-tacular Returns to the OC Zoo 10.27 First 100 Children in Costume Receive a Free Gift

The County of Orange and OC Parks are pleased to present the annual Halloween Zoo-tacular at the OC Zoo located inside Irvine Regional Park on Saturday, October 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Celebrate the fall season with festive activities and the animals of the OC Zoo!

Families are invited to bring their children to trick-or-treat, explore the zoo during a spooky scavenger hunt and create Halloween and fall-themed crafts. OC Zoo animals will join the fun as they receive treat-filled pumpkins and special Halloween treats throughout the day, and the first 100 children in costume ages 12 and under will receive a free gift.

“Visitors of all ages can come explore the Zoo-tacular event located inside Irvine Regional Park,” said Orange County Supervisor Todd Spitzer. “This is a wonderful opportunity for the community to show off their Halloween costumes while spending time with the animals of the OC Zoo.”

Reservations are not needed to participate in the OC Zoo’s Halloween Zoo-tacular. Activities are free with paid zoo admission ($2 per person, ages 2 and under free). Parking at Irvine Regional Park is $5 per car and coupons or free passes are not valid at this special event.

Join the Halloween fun at the OC Zoo in Irvine Regional Park on Saturday, October 27!

October 27 – Halloween Zoo-tacular

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Cost: Free with zoo admission of $2 per person, ages 2 & under are free

Parking: $5 on weekends
Location: OC Zoo

Address: 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA 92869

Website: http://www.ocparks.com/oczoo

Contact: (714) 973-6847oczoo@ocparks.com


Credit: OC Parks/County of Orange. 

Los Angeles Haunted Hayride Returns With Massive 10 Year Anniversary Celebration

Thirteenth Floor Entertainment Group is proud to announce the highly anticipated return of the most popular Halloween attraction in the country, the Los Angeles Haunted Hayride. Hailing from the authentically haunted Old Zoo area of Griffith Park, the hayride will be back in full force starting Saturday, September 29th. Tickets are currently on sale with limited pre-sale tickets available until September 1st. You can purchase your tickets here.


Los Angeles Haunted Hayride (@LAHauntedHayride) returns with the most immersive ride yet as guests are completely transported back to hayrides past. The annual celeb favorite event, which has drawn household names like David Beckham, Pete Wentz, Katy Perry, Nicole Richie and others, is sure to be another Instagrammable feast with the return of the legendary Haunted Hayride, the heart-pounding House Of Shadows Dark Maze, the disturbed neighborhood of Trick Or Treat and everyone’s favorite haunted village, Purgatory.


For fans that have been to every hayride, it will be an unforgettable ride through the nightmares the hayride has been inducing for years.  You will also be treated to new surprises and some larger than life additions that one would expect for a celebration as grand as a 10 Year Anniversary. For first timers, the experience will be a hayride on steroids as every memorable demon and apparition returns to say hello once again. Do you remember the demon church of “The Congregation”? Or the legions of psychopathic clowns from “Though The Eyes Of A Child”? Maybe you’d love to take a ride back through “The Rift”? Then, this is your year and then some! If you haven’t been to the Los Angeles Haunted Hayride, you will not want to miss out on this limited run special edition.


When you visit the Los Angeles Haunted Hayride your evening will include a stop in Purgatory. The charm and magic of our old world ‘haunted village’ invokes the nostalgia of Halloweens past; smell the freshly cut hay and see the deep, rich, orange glow of jack o’ lanterns as you pass through our gates. Become a part of the show at Theatre Macabre, ride the ‘Scary-Go-Round’, enjoy fair food & drink faves at the Grub Shack, have a clandestine encounter with a psychic, and don’t forget to grab your limited run anniversary swag in the Bootique.


Returning for this massive anniversary, the park will bring back cult favorites House Of Shadows and Trick Or Treat. The legendary House Of Shadows sends you into complete darkness as you grasp onto your group and stumble through Southern California’s only true dark maze! It is a disorienting, claustrophobic experience where you might find yourself totally alone in the shadows. At Trick Or Treat, it’s Halloween every night. Check out our ALL-NEW ghoulish residents as we have amped up the fright factor for this annual freakish block party.


The terror of the Los Angeles Haunted Hayride begins on September 29th, 2018 and will be open select nights until October 31st, 2018. Operating hours are Sundays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 7pm-10:30 pm and Fridays and Saturdays from 7pm-12am, with the exception of September 29th when we close at 11pm. General Admission and VIP passes that surpass the line are available, as well as a Platinum pass that includes VIP parking! There are also a limited number of Hayride Only passes starting at $26, all expected to sell out during the pre-sale. Pre-sale for tickets will end September 1st. Visit www.losangeleshauntedhayride.com for exact nights of operation and other details.


Los Angeles Haunted Hayride

Launched in 2009, Los Angeles Haunted Hayride (LAHH) is one of the most popular Halloween attractions in the country. LAHH has quickly grown as one of the premiere horror genre attractions in the country being featured in Forbes, Fortune, Entrepreneur, The Today Show, The View, Bloomberg and many more.

Thirteenth Floor Entertainment Group

Thirteenth Floor Entertainment Group (13FEG) is the premier multi-state operator of theme park-quality haunted houses, escape rooms, and related immersive live-entertainment events. 13FEG’s platform includes 13th Floor, House of Torment, Fear Farm, Asylum, Terror on the Fox, Great Room Escape, Mind Spark Escape Games, and Zombie Apocalypse Live, among others. Headquartered in Denver, CO, 13FEG has offices in Austin, TX and production facilities in San Antonio, TX.


Don’t miss the Moms Meet WOW Summit November 2nd-3rd!

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Are you a Mom? Are you a Blogger? You won’t want to miss this fun event! The Moms Meet WOW Summit is held in Anaheim, CA and is a fun-filled two-day event. Hundreds of moms and mom bloggers attend and I am excited that I will be attending this year as a Mom blogger. But, you don’t have to be a Mom blogger to attend! The first day November 2nd is for Mom bloggers but Saturday is for all moms! It is a great way to meet new moms and check out some amazing brands! There will also be workshops and goodie bags with free samples over $150..not how cool is that?! I received a box of goodies so a few of the amazing brands are pretty cool! One of my favorites is the SweetHeart Dried Pomegranate seeds….these are delicious!


You can receive a 30% discount by using the code WOW30 for an event pass (General Admission or Blogger).

You can register at http://summit18.momsmeet.com/

What I really like is this is also an educational event with some great topics and speakers! I am looking forward to Dr. Jonny Bowden: From Vegan to Keto: Unpacking the Myths AboutHealthy Eating! But, there are many other topics and speakers to check out too! Of course, I am looking forward to learning about the different brands and receiving samples too!

The one-day General Session Pass for Saturday, November 3 includes admission to all general sessions, workshops, and product sampling in the Exhibit Hall. The two-day Blogger Pass for November 2–3 includes admission to exclusive Blogger Workshops and Exhibit Hall time on Friday and general sessions, workshops, and product sampling on Saturday. Everyone will receive a goody bag at the end of the event valued over $150.

So, what are you waiting for? Hope to see you there!

The Habit Burger Grill Serves Up French Onion Charburger October 3rd-November 21st!


Looking for a delicious Burger to try this weekend? The Habit Burger Grill has you covered! Their New French Onion Charburger is absolutely delicious! But, you have to hurry because it is only available for a short time! I usually go for their Veggie Burger or one of their salads but this sounded interesting and so I just had to try it! My favorite thing about it is the sweet caramelized onions and the two perfectly delicious and crisp golden onion rings. It is served on a toasted sesame seed bun, with fresh shredded lettuce and tomato. This one is definitely a must-try!

And, don’t forget to try my other favorite.. the Tempura Green Beans! I simply can not go to the Habit Burger Grill without ordering this delicious side.

 Better burgers are just the beginning at The Habit where the menu also includes hand-cut salads, grilled sandwiches including line-caught, sushi grade ahi tuna, fresh chicken, and hand-filleted marinated grilled tri-tip, and sides including onion rings, sweet potato and French fries, and tempura green beans. Guests can choose from a variety of peppers, lemons, limes, and sauces at a complimentary condiment bar to customize the flavor of their meal.

The Habit is known for its award-winning Charburger which features 100% fresh, never frozen ground beef grilled over an open flame and topped with melted cheese, caramelized onions, pickles, fresh tomato, crisp lettuce, and mayo served on a toasted bun. Their restaurants have been serving the Best Tasting Burger in America exactly this way since the first Habit opened in 1969.

Connect with The Habit on social media at facebook.com/habitburgerinstagram.com/habitburgergrill, twitter.com/habitburger  and youtube.com/habittube.


About The Habit Restaurants, Inc. 

The Habit Burger Grill is a burger-centric, fast casual restaurant concept that specializes in preparing fresh, made-to-order chargrilled burgers and sandwiches featuring USDA choice tri-tip steak, grilled chicken and sushi-grade ahi tuna cooked over an open flame. In addition, it features fresh made-to-order salads and an appealing selection of sides, shakes and malts. The Habit was named the “best tasting burger in America” in July 2014 in a comprehensive survey conducted by one of America’s leading consumer magazines. The first Habit opened in Santa Barbara, California in 1969. The Habit has since grown to over 230 restaurants in 11 states throughout California, Arizona, Utah, New Jersey, Florida, Idaho, Virginia, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Washington and Maryland as well as five international locations. More information is available at www.habitburger.com.

Self Disclosure: I received a gift card to try out the new burger and facilitate this post. No other compensation was received. Photos: SoCal City Kids. 

The Los Angeles Printers Fair October 13 & 14 10 am to 4 pm at The International Printing Museum A Celebration of Letterpress, Book Arts & Paper

The Los Angeles Printers Fair at The International Printing Museum in Carson, CA celebrates a decade of bringing the best of letterpress, book arts, and the paper arts to the LA area. With the backdrop of the world’s largest collection of working antique presses, the LA Printers Fair annually brings together 80 artistic vendors and 1,700 visitors to experience the creative worlds of handmade books and beautiful printing.
Exhibitors include many of the greatest letterpress and printmaking artists in the Southwest and beyond, offering custom posters, printings, hand-printed cards, memorabilia, hand-made paper, and antiquarian books for sale. Throughout the Museum’s galleries visitors can print their own keepsakes on antique letterpresses, have their name cast in printer’s type, make paper by hand, or even screen print their own shirt! All proceeds from the fair go to The International Printing Museum, a non-profit institution dedicated to the heritage, preservation, and advancement of the printing arts.
$10 per person
$5 for 12 and under
The International Printing Museum
315 W Torrance Blvd,
Carson, CA 90745
tel: 310-515-7166
Credit including photos: The International Printing Museum. 

Celebrate Acorn Day at O’Neill Regional Park 10.6

Join the County of Orange and OC Parks under the oaks in celebration of Acorn Day at O’Neill Regional Park on Saturday, October 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This free, family-friendly event offers crafts for kids, a live butterfly enclosure, active games, face painting, live music and introductory ukulele lessons, nature and animal exhibits, a very special storytelling session with painting on water, acorn and oak tree planting and much more!

“Acorn Day at O’Neill Regional Park is a tradition families look forward to celebrating each fall” Orange County Supervisor Lisa Bartlett, Fifth District, said. “This is the perfect time for nature lovers of all ages to get outside, learn about their natural surroundings, and have fun with the whole family.”

Guided nature hikes to the Water Tower will be offered at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Families can also enjoy presentations throughout the day, including The Hummingbird Nest Story, a book signing with the author of “How to draw 60 Native CA Plants and Animals: A Field Guide,” followed by a live butterfly release at 1:30 p.m. by Western Monarch Guardian.

Several outdoor groups from and throughout Orange County will be participating in the day’s festivities including The Reserve at Rancho Mission Viejo, The Institute for Wildlife Studies, Orange County Fire Watch, Friends of the Dana Point Headlands, The Saddleback Area Historical Society, Saddleback Canyon Riders, Southwestern Field Herping Associates, The Helena Modjeska Foundation and more.

October 6 – Acorn Day

10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Cost: Free admission and parking

Location: O’Neill Regional Park

Address: 30892 Trabuco Canyon Road, Trabuco Canyon, CA 92679

Website: http://ocparks.com/parks/oneill/

Contact: (949) 923-2260oneillpark@ocparks.com

Credit: OC Parks.

BOO AT THE L.A. ZOO Treats Goblins and Gools to a Month-Long Hair-Raising Celebration! Fearsome Feedings, Boo-tiful Photos Ops, a Spooky Stroll, Pumpkin Carvings, and Other Fang-tastic Fun Can be Experienced Every Weekend in October

This Halloween season, BOO AT THE L.A. ZOO invites guests to feed their imaginations with skin crawling fun and spooktacular learning throughout the entire month of October, beginning Monday, October 1, and continuing through Wednesday, October 31, 2018, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Proudly sponsored by 99 Cents Only Stores, Boo at the L.A. Zoo activities are free with paid Zoo admission. Check www.lazoo.org/BOO for details and schedule.

Weekend activities include up close encounters and demonstrations with the zoos most fearsome, frightening, and misunderstood residents along with fun animal feedings. Plant eaters will relish “Creature Treats” such as pumpkins, while carnivores will devour their favorite fare – carcasses and bones – during “Fearsome Feedings.” (Parental discretion advised for the latter.) Additional merry-not-scary activities include “Swazzle’s Monster Menagerie” interactive puppet show; Mad Science Show featuring jaw-dropping demonstrations; pumpkin carving demonstrations; a spooky stroll where one can enjoy Halloween activities, mini pumpkin patch, and capture frightfully good snaps at the many Boo-tiful photo ops along the way. On Saturdays, October 20 and 27, and Sundays, October 21 and 28, the Halloween bash offers creepy crafts, roaming characters, and traditional trick-or-treat stations throughout the grounds.

Back by popular demand, BOO AT THE L.A. ZOO OVERNIGHT returns Saturday, October 27, 2018 for another hair-raising sleepover with spooky ghost stories, a guided nighttime tour of the Zoo that includes the colorful history of Griffith Park and its nocturnal inhabitants, plus interactive activities, early morning tour, and an animal presentation. Dinner, s’mores snack, and continental breakfast are included. This program is available to all families and children of all ages. Program begins at 6 p.m. on Saturday, October 27, 2018 and ends Sunday, October 28, 2018 at 10 a.m. Tickets are $100 per person, purchase here: https://tinyurl.com/y8rug7pq.

Monday, October 1, and continuing through Wednesday, October 31, 2018, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens,
5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90027
Admission to the Los Angeles Zoo is $21 for general admission (ages 13 to 61), $18 for seniors (ages 62+), and $16 for children (ages 2 to 12). No ticket is required for children under 2. Admission for Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association members is free.

The landmark Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens, drawing 1.8 million visitors each year, is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), whose members meet rigorous professional standards for animal welfare and has achieved renown as an international leader in the preservation of endangered species and a conservation center for the care and study of wildlife.

GLAZA/ Jamie Pham.

Taco ‘Bout a Good Deal: Rubio’s Coastal Grill revamps Taco Tuesday

Do you love a good Fish Taco? I sure do! Rubio’s Coastal Grill is one of my favorite places to go to get tacos! Good tacos are bested only by good taco deals – which is exactly what Rubio’s Coastal Grill has done for Taco Tuesday. Starting on September 25, the revamped Taco Tuesday will include a $5 meal above all others (RIP Subway’s $5 footlongs) – the Original Fish Taco paired with any beer. A match made in foodie heaven, guests can choose from a selection of Mexican or craft beers to pair with the iconic fish taco that put Rubio’s on the map.

What better way to celebrate Taco Tuesday than with a great deal at the place credited with pioneering the fish taco phenomenon in the U.S.?

I know where I’ll be going tomorrow for Taco Tuesday!

Self Disclosure: I received meal vouchers to check out their delicious tacos and to post. Images were also provided and no other compensation was received.