Fall Festivities to Give You The Chills


By Holly McDonald

Fall is officially here and in Southern California we have our own traditions for enjoying the season. How do we do autumn in the land of eternal summer? Here’s a look at some of the events to summon the season.

ask the expertThe South Laguna Community Garden hosts its annual potluck Harvest Festival from 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22, at Eagle Rock Drive and Coast Highway.

Bring drinks and a dish to share. The hosts will provide reusable dinnerware. Expect face painters, pumpkin decorating, prizes, games and live music.

A 65-year tradition rises like an apparition at El Morro Elementary when the Laguna campus transforms for Boo Blast on Friday, Oct. 27, from 2:30-7:30 p.m. Little goblins dress in costume and enjoy the festivities, a spooky Haunted House, Ferris wheel, face painting, a fiendish food court, kooky desserts and game booths. Admission and parking are free. Tickets and T-shirts are available to purchase online!

These activities are sure to put you in the spirit of monsters, goblins and ghosts.

For those who want a horrifying experience, Deadringers is an escape game that is open all month long in Laguna Beach and it takes place in custom coffins! The experience lasts for 12 terrifying minutes and costs $15/person.  Find more specifics at http://www.theescapebus.com/deadringers.

In Newport Beach, Roger’s Gardens has a Children’s Halloween Festival on Monday, Oct. 30, from 4-5 p.m. At this free event, kids can take their costumes on a test drive, participate in a parade, and get candy too.  Get the scoop at rogersgardens.com/halloween-2017/.

The Environmental Nature Center in Newport Beach is hosting a Fall Faire and Pumpkin Patch on Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Visitors can enjoy face painting, pony rides, a petting zoo, games, crafts, music, food vendors and more. The event is free. More info: encenter.org/visit-us/fall-faire/.

For the first time, there will be a Trunk or Treat at Grant Howald Park in Corona del Mar. The 4-8 p.m. event Saturday, Oct. 28, will feature two haunted mazes, games, pumpkin crafts, a bounce house, food trucks, costume prizes and more. This free event promises to be fun! Get more details at http://newportbeachca.gov/recreation.


Holly McDonald lives in Newport Beach and works at Villa Real Estate.


An article in the Oct. 6 edition incorrectly listed a Halloween event at the Festival of Arts that is not planned. The error was made by the writer, who relied on an outdated calendar at VisitLagunaBeach.com.


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