Posts Tagged ‘Halloween’

San Diego — By thesandiegoguide on September 23, 2009 at 10:20 am

Pumpkins at the San Diego Zoo’s Wild Animal Park!

Pumpkins at the Park transforms the Wild Animal Park [Map] into a safe, family friendly Halloween adventure!

Wear your costumes as you take part in the Trick-or-Treat Scavenger Hunt, learn about animals of the past at the Extinct Animal Graveyard, and take part in the Conservation Cake Walk. Don’t forget to be on the lookout for some Spooky Animal Encounters and participate in the enrichment sessions throughout the day.

Activities include:

  • Costume contest in Tembo Stadium
  • Trick-or-Treat Scavenger Hunt
  • Conservation Cake Walk for Bats ($5 donation to participate)
  • Animal Enrichment in the exhibits of vultures, gorillas, lions, elephants, and other animal areas.
  • Creepy Crafts (9 a.m.–4 p.m.)
  • Carnival Games in Malawi Picnic Grove (10 a.m.–4 p.m.)
  • Extinct Animal Graveyard (all day)
  • Creepy Crawly Crevasse (all day)
  • Halloween Bites

Price: Free with admission to the Wild Animal Park
Dates: Oct. 17, 18 ,24 ,25 ,31 & Nov. 1, 2009

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Disney — By Jenni Ingersoll on September 21, 2009 at 4:48 am

Chillin’ with the Villains at Disneyland Resort

Theme park guests will be chillin’ with the villains at the Halloween Time event held at Disneyland Resort beginning September 25 and running through November 1, 2009. Famous villains from classic Disney movies with be joining the celebration.  This year promises to be “wicked fun for everyone” as Halloween Time will feature popular favorites as well as new attractions and entertainment.

Among the new features will be:

  • Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy – featuring a new soundtrack and ghostly projections inside the darkened roller coaster building these terrifying transformations originally premiered at Hong Kong Disneyland in 2007
  • Spooktacular Fireworks - hosted by the “Master of Scaremonies” Jack Skellington, from Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas will explode nightly
  • Haunted Mansion Holiday – will be revamped courtesy of the gang from Halloweentown
  • Ghostly encounters await as you relive the horrible Halloween night in 1939 that has left the hotel haunted on The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
  • Many Disney Villains including Cruella de Vil, Captain Hook and Queen of Hearts will be wandering the park signing autographs and passing out treats

As usual, festive decorations and favorite Disney characters dressed in the spooky spirit of Halloween, will be throughout the Disneyland theme park. All the festivities are included in the price of admission to the theme park.

Photo Selection Courtesy Disneyland Resort


Washington DC — By jonrochett on September 19, 2009 at 5:46 am

5 Fun Washington, DC Activities for Fall

The Fall season is just a couple days away and a beautiful time in and around Washington, DC

Skyline DriveThe leaves on the trees are changing, the summer heat and humidity is gone and the lack of summer tourists makes getting into museums, exhibits, events and other vacation hot spots significantly easier. 

So here’s five fun ideas for Fall; many of which I’ll have multiple posts on The DC Traveler in the near future with all the details.

Enjoy the Beautiful Fall Colors –  From Skyline Drive in the Blue Ridge Mountains to the changing colors of the famous cherry trees around the Tidal Basin, the second week of October is generally when the colors start to change. 

Stomping GrapesAttend a Fall Wine Festival or Winery Event –  There’s dozens of wine related events in and around the region, some in the District or suburbs, some that include a pleasant drive through the county. A couple of the nearby events include the Lorton Art, Wine and all that Jazz and the Fredericksburg Area Wine Festival both the weekend of October 3 & 4, 2009.

Tour One of the Many Washington, DC Area Museums – The summer tourists are gone so weekend crowds at the museums are generally lighter.  Sundays, especially when the Washington Redskins are playing, is a great time if you prefer smaller crowds. 

Celebrate Oktoberfest — There are several fun Fall Beer Festivals and family-friendly Oktoberfests throughout the month of October.  Enjoy live Oompaa bands, German Scary Halloween facefood, and a stein of great beer.  A few area Oktoberfests include the Fort Belvor Oktoberfest (Oct. 1-4), the Vienna Oktoberfest (Oct. 3) and Oktoberfest Reston (Oct. 9 & 10).

Get Scared During Halloween – Besides the famous debauchery of Georgetown on Halloween night, the Washington, DC area offers the Pumpkin Cannon, Boo at the Zoo, a few scary haunted trails and farms, and countless corn mazes for the kids to enjoy and get lost in. 

Images – FlickrHalloween faceStomping Grapes, Skyline Drive trees



Chicago — By ldavis on September 18, 2009 at 11:23 am

10 Things to Do in Chicago This Fall

While summer has the claim to be the season for Chicago’s outdoor festivals, the fall is also prime time for festivals, parades, concerts, and more. In fact, many Chicagoans say autumn is one of the city’s best seasons. Consider this your guide to some of Chicago’s most popular fall events, listed in order of date.

1.  Harvest Fest – live music and local foods and drinks; Sept. 18 – 20, 1900 W. Belmont Avenue, 773-665-4682.

2. Guinness Oyster Festival – known for its impressive music and beer line-ups; Sept. 19, Roscoe Street and Damen Avenue.

3. Oktoberfest – a Chicago tradition for bratwurst, beer, and lots of polka dancing; Sept. 25 – 27, 3000 N. Lincoln Avenue.

4. Chicago Book Festival – some of the country’s most talented authors come together for book discussions and readings throughout Chicago; Oct. 1 – 31, venues throughout the city, call 312-747-4050 for details.

5. Chicago Country Music Festival – Oct. 3 – 4, Soldier Field.

6. Columbus Day Parade – Oct. 12, Balbo to Monroe Streets.

7. Disney Live! – Oct. 23 – 25, Rosemont Theatre, 847-671-5100.

8. Halloween Happening – kids dress up and march in this spooky parade that follows with trick or treating; Oct. 24, State Street and Lake Avenue, 312-744-3315

9. The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival – watch more than a million lights be lit along Chicago’s famed Michigan Avenue; Nov. 21 (6 p.m.), North Michigan Avenue.

10. Thanksgiving Parade, Nov. 26, State and Randolph Streets.

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Disney — By Jenni Ingersoll on August 21, 2009 at 5:18 am

Pirates, Princesses and Rock Stars — Oh, My!!

At Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, Magic Kingdom guests are encouraged to dress for the occasion, but if traveling with a costume is inconvenient, don’t worry as Walt Disney World guests can be transformed into swashbucklers, princesses and rock stars as easily as waving a magic wand.

At The Pirate League in Adventureland, next to the Pirates of the Caribbean, guests age 3-and-up can become one of Captain Jack’s motley crew with applications of beards and eye patches, scarves and scars, earrings and pirate teeth.

With three daily pirate packages available, including an Empress Package, the anticipated reservation requests during September and October are expected to be high, so extended hours for the Pirate League will run until 8:00 p.m. on the nights of Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.  Reservations can be arranged by calling 407- WDW-CREW or based on availability, walk-ups will be accommodated until 7:45 p.m.

Have a little princess in the group, then a reservation at Bibbidi-Bobbidi Boutique at one of two locations, World of Disney at Downtown Disney or Cinderella Castle in the Magic Kingdom, just might be the ticket.  Fairy godmothers-in-training will turn little girls age 3-and-up into Fairytale or Pop Princesses, by doing their hair, nails, make-up.  There is even a package that includes the costume.

Do they wanna be a rock star? Then perhaps the Secret Star or Disney Diva Package at Bibbidi-Bobbidi Boutique is the solution.  Boys can rock out too with the Cool Dude’s Package featuring colored spiked hair.  Reservations can be made by calling 407-WDW-STYLE.

If it is impossible to get a reservation, but your little party goer still wants a little festive touch, check out Harmony Barber Shop on Main Street for colored hair gel and confetti.  As a previous post mentioned, reservations are not accepted here as it is strictly a first come first served basis.

Remember while costumes add to the fun, they are optional.  The most important thing is to capture those memories as that is the true treat of Halloween!!

Photo Images Courtesy of WDW News and Google Images


Seattle — By Mary Jo Manzanares on May 20, 2009 at 6:45 am

Halloween in the Summer

The Seattle Repertory Theatre’s Giant Costume and Prop Sale is like Halloween in the summertime!  Find a creative costume for Halloween, pick up props for a party, or just enjoy a taste of theatre magic, at this first sale in over 25 years.

My cousin Glenn kindly made a great cake for my party, and in keeping with the theatrical theme, he made these comedy & tragedy masks to place on the top. Over 300 costumes, accessories, and props from the past 36 seasons of the Rep will be on sale.  You’ll find Oberon’s cape from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Queen Elizabeth’s gown from The Beard of Avon, dresses, suits, wigs, hats, and a whole lot more.  Lots of sizes are available.

Most items are priced to move, with about a dozen of the more elaborate pieces slated for part of a silent auction.

Location:  Bagley Wright Theatre stage, corner of Second Avenue & Mercer, Seattle Center (map)

Date & Time:  June 6th, 2009, 10 am – 4 pm, Silent auction bidding between 10 am – 3 pm.

Prices:  $10-1,000. Cash, check, and credit cards accepted.

If you are looking for a unique costume or party props, you’ll want to make this sale on your calendar.  All proceeds benefit Seattle Rep.

Photo credit:  flickr

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Vancouver — By thevancouverguide on October 21, 2008 at 5:15 pm


There’s lots more to do in Vancouver over the Hallowe’en week, up to November 1, including these fun activities for the whole family to enjoy.  My personal favorite is the Parade of the Lost Souls, Oct. 26 only.  But check out these other activities as well.  Wear a costume, have fun!

Board the Ghost Train in Stanley Park and catch a glimpse of shipwrecks, pirate ghosts and other spooky things. This popular event runs from 6 pm to 10 pm each night. Admission includes the Children’s Farmyard and the spooky Halloween Barn. This event is great fun for the kids.
Tickets: Adults $9.
Seniors: and those aged 2 to 18:  $5/50
Tickets are available from 3pm at the Miniature Railway plaza.
Advance tickets @ 604-280-4444 and
Info at 604-2578531
More information on PlanetEye: Commercial Drive, Pacific National Exhbition (PNE) grounds