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20
Dec

How to Sell Your Home During the Holiday Season

Are you wondering how to sell your house during the holidays? While putting your home on the market between holiday celebrations, looming family visits, and school vacations might seem like miserable timing, home sellers can actually benefit by using this period strategically to show and possibly even sell their place.

Most home sellers take a holiday hiatus until the New Year. This can mean that your home may suddenly become a hot commodity. Also if buyers are truly squeezing in house showings between shopping trips and holiday school programs, you know these potential buyers must be serious.

So if you are ready to put up a “For Sale” sign under the pretty glow of your holiday lights, now is the time! Here is some advice on how to sell your house during the holidays.

A little mistletoe will most likely help rather than hurt.

You should be festive and decorate your home. It is when your home looks the best and you take the most pride in it. This will show better and most likely net more.

Avoid going overboard

Go easy on the Christmas decorations. Christmas lights and a tree in the living room are okay, but staging a nativity scene in the front yard and going crazy on decorations can scare off potential buyers.

Throw a holiday party

You should consider squeezing in the time to host a holiday party. This can be a great way to showcase your home to family, friends and neighbors. Chances are that at least one person at the holiday party is looking for a new house or knows someone who is.

Preheat the oven

December is a wonderful time for potential buyers to walk into a home that smells of fresh-baked cookies, treats and holiday cakes. Sweeten up potential buyers a tad more by leaving a plate of treats out for them to enjoy.

Don’t encourage thieves to make a visit

Even though most people are wishing peace and goodwill, not everyone will take this message to heart. For this reason, you should play it safe and don’t leave gifts under a holiday tree during a home showing. You should consider leaving empty decorative boxes instead.

Let your home shine

Winter days have never been darker or shorter, so to ensure your home gives off a warm vibe, you should replace some of your lights with brighter bulbs to add more light for evening showings.

Be giving

Give a little more time than you might if you were selling at a less frantic time of year. Prepare to let people into your house even when it is not convenient for you. Everyone doesn’t celebrate the same holidays, so you might be asked to show on days you normally would not want to.

Use the cold weather in your favor

If it is raining, you should have umbrellas handy for people to look at outside areas. Boot covers by the front door are a nice touch as well. This is the time to accentuate your attached garage and update heating systems and fireplaces.

Are you thinking of selling your North Orange County home this winter? Click here to contact Stacy and Nicole today!

05
Dec

Christmas Events in Orange County!

Orange County is bursting with Christmas events this year! Here are a few of our favorites:

 

The Newport Boat Parade

boat parade
The Newport Boat Parade is just around the corner! Be sure to get your tickets to take in the lights, festivities and this year’s unique holiday boats. If you haven’t been yet, this will be sure to be one of those events that you plan to make it to each and every year. 🌟

 

Meeting Santa!

Santa
Have you seen Santa this year? Well, you can meet him daily in the city of Irvine and enjoy a moon bounce, snacks, carnival games, ride the Christmas Train, and much more! BUt hurry, the train sells out early every year! 🎅

 

Gingerbread, YUM!

gingerbread

If your kids like crafts, head over to the Discovery Cube Presents: Science of Gingerbread event where they can make gingerbread houses and much more until January 1st. The Discovery Cube has tons of other science exhibits for them to explore too while you’re there! 💡
Want More?

These are just a few, but there are so many more events to choose from! Email us at stacyandnicole@stacyandnicole.com, or call us at 714-333-7327 to find out how to buy a home in Orange County and become part of the fun each year!

02
Dec

Holiday Events in and Around Costa Mesa

We can guarantee very few things in life, but one of them is that we will probably not be shoveling snow out of our collective driveways on Christmas Day here in Southern California. So while we are not singing songs around a roaring campfire at an inn in Vermont, we do have a wide variety of holiday events for you, your friends, and family between now and New Year’s Day to make you merry and bright.

 

A Christmas Carol at the South Coast Repertory

It was Charles Dickens’ most classic tale: “A Christmas Carol.” The Ghost of Christmas Past will delight you with his tale of Ebeneezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim, and the Cratchit family. You will be transported back in time by the South Coast Repertory Company. One thing to keep in mind if you are going to “A Christmas Carol” is that children under the age of 6 will not be admitted to the show because it contains smoke and fog effects. So hire a babysitter for the young ones, and come enjoy a Christmas classic.

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The OC Marketplace

Now,who doesn’t like a good old-fashioned swap meet? While this may not be a holiday event in the strictest sense of the term, great food is! So if you are you looking for food, funky furniture, and fun, the Orange County Marketplace is the place to gather on Saturdays and Sundays from 7am-4pm. Here you can find fresh produce, a hot bagel, custom-built furniture, sometimes you’ll hear live bands… pretty much anything your heart may desire. It’s $2 for general admission to the OC Marketplace, but parking is free. To find your next ‘have to have it’ deal, drive to the OC Fair & Event Center and enter Gates 1, 2 or 10.

 

SOCO Farmers’ Market

Let’s stay with the local markets for a minute. The SOCO Farmer’s Market runs every Saturday from 9am-2pm. This is real farm-to-your-table fare, with fresh produce, eggs, juices, local meats, fresh warm bread, sauces, nuts, dips and live music. What else could you possibly want? Are you getting hungry just thinking about it? Your support helps local small businesses thrive, and it is a great outing for your family.

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Creative Saturdays at Chuck Jones

From 9:30 am until noon most Saturdays, it is time for creativity at the Chuck Jones Center. You can just walk in and enjoy the center and express yourself by drawing or using other available media. Children must be accompanied by an adult. It costs nothing to enter, but a donation is suggested to help cover the cost of all those creative materials. Click the link above and check out their calendar to make sure your creative Saturday is available!

 

Gershwin’s Concerto

How about enjoying a live classical music performance? Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F is considered his most classical piece. It will be performed at the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts.

 

At Stacy and Nicole, we love showing you what our area has to offer, no matter the season. Call us and let us help you find your new home!

28
Nov

How to Buy a Vacation Home in Anaheim with Friends

Find out if teaming up to buy a second home is right for you and your friends.

Given the current strength of the fast-moving real estate market in Anaheim, you might be thinking about buying a second home close to Disneyland or miles from the beach. But what can your vacation home budget realistically get you?

If your vacation-home budget can only afford a fixer-upper instead of a dream home, going in on a purchase with friends or family can be a great way to get much more home for your money. If you are considering going this route, here is how to get started.

1. Decide if this is right for you

The number-one reason to consider purchasing a house with friends is that it lowers your investment amount. Unlike fractional ownership or timeshare opportunities, when people go in together and purchase a property at market price, they will enjoy the equity gains of the traditional real estate market.

The best candidates for shared property are those who want to use the house for a few weeks in the year, then rent out the home when they are not here.

Owners also need to be comfortable sharing ongoing expenses, like property management insurance, fees, utilities and repairs.

2. Lay down the legal groundwork

To protect all owners when unexpected events happens and to avoid hurt feelings, we recommend hiring an attorney to set up an LLC, then purchasing the home through the company.

Owning a home with friends or family is fun and exciting on the front end, but what happens three years later when an owner wants out?

Your lawyer could write an operating agreement that will clear up expectations on everything from how utilities are shared to how a buyout will work if one owner wanted to sell and the others did not.

3. Start searching for a home

Keep in mind that the vacation-home market moves rapidly. With multiple stakeholders needing to agree that a home is the one, it would be best to decide on your shared criteria before you start searching.

This is very important if you are searching from afar or if one person will be doing most of the home touring on behalf of the group. This way, when you find the right property, you could put an offer together quickly.

Treat the whole transaction like a business. Make a spreadsheet with a list of potential properties and a list of pros and cons.

You should also enlist a local real estate professional with expertise in the area where you would like to buy. This person is best qualified to help you identify houses that are a good value, that will do well in the local vacation rental market, and that are in areas likely to appreciate.

There is plenty of legwork in this process, but if you find the right people to partner with and act fast when you find the perfect home, you will be sitting back and enjoying your dream home before you know it.

Thinking of buying in Anaheim or the northern Orange County area? Contact Stacy and Nicole here!

21
Nov

5 Steps to Break Free of Mortgage Trouble for Good in Northern Orange County

The short sale process could seem intimidating, but getting a handle on the steps can make it a lot less scary. A short sale is where homeowners sell their home for less than they owe on their mortgage. This is often the last resort for people who cannot pay their mortgage and are facing foreclosure.

How does a short sale work? Read the steps involved below:

1. First consider a loan modification
Before you assume that you need to have a short sale, speak to your lender or housing counselor about your current situation. You might be able to get a loan modification and avoid having to sell your property.

The federal Home Affordable Modification Program is a project run by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and might be a good option. If you are eligible for HAMP, your mortgage company will most likely put you on a trial plan for three months. This will give you time to show that you can make timely payments at a new monthly payment level. If you make it through the three-month trial, you might have a new mortgage payment and avoid moving ahead with a short sale.

If you can’t make it through the trial, the next step would be to move forward with a short sale.

2. Speak to your lender about a short sale
Since a short sale means you are trying to sell your home for less than you owe on your mortgage, your mortgage lender will need to sign off on it. But initially, the lender is going to need proof that the short sale is necessary.

The sellers need to submit a short sale packet. This includes hardship papers that show the bank the seller is currently undergoing financial hardship.

That paperwork might include account information and bank statements, copies of bills, pay stubs, asset disclosures and more.

3. Call a real estate agent
You will need a real estate agent to sell your home. Since short sales are complicated, you will want an agent with experience in the short sale process to handle the deal.

The agent will then assess your financial situation as well as the property’s estimated value to estimate a listing price. Click here to get in touch with Stacy and Nicole to schedule an in-home consultation!

4. Listing your home
This is one step in the short sale process that is like any other home sale. The property in question is listed by your real estate agent, who will search for a buyer and get your home under contract.

When you get an offer from a buyer, it must be submitted to your lender for review. Further negotiations might be required between the buyer’s agent, your agent and the lender until a settlement is reached.

If your lender has approved your short sale under the United States Treasury’s Home Affordable Foreclosure Alternatives program, it will be done in about four months. If you did not qualify for HAFA, the process could take longer.

5. Closing the deal
If your mortgage lender approves your buyer, you will move out and the buyer will move in. The money used to purchase the home will go to your lender and your mortgage debt will be forgiven.You will also walk away with three thousand dollars in moving expenses if you qualified for HAFA. If you did not qualify, you simply walk away without the mortgage debt on your shoulders.

Do you need a real estate professional to sell your home? Contact us here!

20
Oct

5 Instagram-Worthy Food Halls in Orange County

Your friend wants carne asada tacos, but you want a steaming bowl of pho. What do you do? Go to a food hall, of course! Food halls are modern food courts offering a wide variety of food vendors and they are the hot, new trend in Orange County! Take a look at the following guide for five of the best food halls in Orange County. Your stomach and Instagram followers will thank us later!

 

TRADE

2222 Michelson Dr.

Irvine, CA 92612

 

One of the newest food halls in Orange County, TRADE has taken over Irvine by storm. Located near John Wayne Airport, TRADE is Irvine’s first food hall and home to tasty vendors like Dos Chinos, Slapfish, Afters Ice Cream, Two Birds, Butterleaf, and GD Bro Burger. TRADE has eight restaurants and one bar serving simple, classic cocktails, boutique wines, and 10 taps of craft beer. The open-air concept gives the food hall a fresh vibe, while the delicious food keeps visitors coming back for more.

 

Must try:

  • Avocado Bombs at Butterleaf: diced avocados rolled in crushed corn chips, deep fried and topped with kimchi tiger sauce
  • Maple Bacon Jam Burger at Pig Pen Delicacy: a beef patty topped with swiss cheese, maple bacon jam, chive aioli, crispy onion strings, and a pan fried egg
  • Calamari Bowl at Portside: fresh calamari topped with a bright array of peppers and onions

 

Anaheim Packing House

440 S. Anaheim Blvd

Anaheim, CA 92805

 

Built in 1919 along the Southern Pacific rail line in downtown Anaheim, the Anaheim Packing House is a historic landmark where local farmers would pack their freshly picked citrus to be sold around the country. The restored Packing House is now home to modern cuisine, live entertainment, and so much more. This two-story food hall features a huge central atrium with communal dining surrounded by a variety of vendors as well as outdoor picnic gardens and a huge porch overlooking Farmers’ Park. The Anaheim Packing House contains 25 delicious vendors and a secret bar that you’ve got to check out.

 

Must try:

  • Orange Mocha Chip Ice Cream at Hans Homemade Ice Cream: This unique blend of ice cream is one of their signature creations and just one of their 50 distinct flavors.
  • Short Rib Poutine at The Kroft: french fries and braised short rib topped with short rib gravy, mushrooms, pickled red onions, cheese curds, and parsley
  • Jardiniere Savory Crepe at Pandor Bakery: a crepe stuffed with roasted eggplant, zucchini, bell peppers, goat cheese, pesto, portobello mushrooms, tomatoes, and onions

 

4th Street Market

201 E 4th St.

Santa Ana, CA 92701

 

With 15 different vendors like Falasophy, Chunk N Chip, and Jinny’s Pizzeria, 4th Street Market is the ideal place for foodies. Located in downtown Santa Ana, 4th Street Market offers innovative food, open kitchens, and a fun community space. 4th Street Market also offers movie and trivia nights and tennis table tournaments. So grab your friends and enjoy a fun night with mouthwatering food.

 

Must try:

  • Stoner Papas at Dos Chinos: shoestring french fries piled with carne asada, bolsa roast pork belly, chorizo fried rice, a sunny side up fried egg, salsa verde, onions, and cilantro
  • Alchemistic Blend at Portola Coffee Lab: a blend of the Nicaraguan and Helsar de Zacero blends roasted a smidge darker with distinct notes of baker’s chocolate, dried fruit, toasted almonds and spice.
  • Hawaiian Punch Pop at Front Porch Pops: a seasonal blend of mango, strawberry, and orange on a stick

 

The Camp

2937 Bristol St.

Costa Mesa, CA 92626

 

Located across the street from The Lab in Costa Mesa, The Camp is the ideal spot for health and wellness with a hipster vibe. With unique spots like Milk and Honey, Umami Burger, and Black Market Bakery, The Camp provides visitors with a culinary experience. The Camp also offers more than just yummy food as locals enjoy purposeful shopping at various stores and monthly “Last Tuesday’s” Sobeca ARTwalk, film screenings, and special events.

 

Must try:

  • Wine Flight at Wine Lab: three organic red or white wine samples picked specifically for you and poured into picturesque test tubes. Hint: Go during happy hour for $2 off select wine and beer.
  • Bacon PB and J Tacos at Taco Asylum: roasted peanut butter, carrot-ginger jam, fresh greens, sweet and spicy bacon, and pickled fresno chili served on a 5” flour tortilla made from scratch
  • Sesame Kale Macro Bowl at Native Foods Café: seared tempeh atop creamy tahini sauce, tangy sauerkraut, steamed kale and organic brown rice served with toasted sesame seeds, green onions and crunchy cucumber salad

 

Lot 579

21010 Pacific Coast Hwy

Huntington Beach, CA 92648

 

Located in Huntington Beach’s fun, new entertainment complex, Pacific City, Lot 579 is named after the three lifeguard towers on the beach directly across the street from the complex. With a variety of vendors, Lot 579 serves everything from Australian meat pies to fresh seafood and more. Pick up a delightful snack after a day at the beach or grab lunch to go as you shop at the nearby stores. Lot 579 has it all!

 

Must try:

  • Spaghetti Grilled Cheese Sandwich at Burnt Crumbs: pressed spaghetti, fresh mozzarella, and meat sauce in between slices of sourdough bread with a marinara dipping sauce
  • Grilled Seafood Sandwich at Bear Flag Fish Co.: your choice of fish served with lettuce, tomato, onion & Tommy sauce on a C’est Si Bon baguette
  • Californipa at The Dudes’ Brewing Company: This local IPA is just one of 24 different brews on tap at their new tasting room.

With all the delicious food halls in Orange County, what’s not to love? Orange County is the ideal place to live! Contact Stacy and Nicole to make Orange County your home today!

06
Oct

5 Secrets About Living in Orange County You Have to Hear

From the magic of Disneyland to the chill vibes of Huntington Beach, Orange County is home to a lot of popular tourist destinations. But what people who are new to the area wouldn’t know is that Orange County is also full of a lot of other hidden gems. Check out these five secrets about living in Orange County that only locals would know!

 

1. It’s not always how it looks on tv

Orange County is known as the infamous backdrop to popular shows like Laguna Beach, The Hills, and The O.C. These shows often depict beautiful stars having the time of their lives as they cruise along the traffic-free coast in their Mercedes or frolic down the empty beaches in Newport. While these portrayals may have some truth behind them, others are pure exaggerations for the sake of entertainment. In reality, some of these shows weren’t even filmed in Orange County. So no, locals don’t actually call Orange County “The O.C.” and not everyone drives a Mercedes, but there are so many reasons why the reality of Orange County is even better than how it appears on television. Good food? Check. Awesome people? You bet. Fun adventures? Of course. Orange County really does have it all and television shows just don’t do this extraordinary place justice.

 

2. Traffic is no joke

…but there are ways to get around it! If you’ve ever been to Orange County, you’ve probably heard people referring to the 5, the 22, the 55, and the 405. These seemingly random numbers are actually names of freeways and talking about the best way to navigate the roads is like another language to Orange County residents. Orange County natives have mastered the art of the sometimes hectic freeways and you can too by following these tips. First, avoid rush hour. Although it varies depending on the freeway and your direction of travel, the weekday morning commute is generally from 7:30am to 9am, while the after-work commute typically lasts from 4pm to 6:30pm. Fridays, however, are a whole different story with the after-work commute starting as early as 1pm. If you’re traveling on the weekend, it’s best to start early or after dinner to avoid the potential traffic from people heading off to their next adventure. Another helpful tip is to download Google Maps or Waze. Unlike some other GPS systems, these apps offer alternative routes and route changes to help you get to your destination as quickly as possible. Since Orange County has so many exciting things to do and something for everyone in each city, the freeways can get a bit crazy, but the priceless memories you’ll make from your day trip to the beach or the many laughs you’ll have during your amusement park adventure will make the commute more than worth it!

 

3. The best day to go to the beach is Wednesday

…or any weekday really. It’s no secret that Orange County is home to some of the best beaches along the West Coast. There’s the infamous Newport Beach, tourist favorite Laguna Beach, and the holy grail of surfing, Huntington Beach, just to name a few! But with the wildly popular beaches comes the huge crowds and parking nightmare. So when’s the best time to go to your favorite beach without all the hassle? Well, from our experience living in Orange County, we found that the middle of the week is the best time to escape the crowds that tend to populate every Saturday and Sunday. If you are going on a weekend, however, try to beat the rush and head to the beach in the early morning. Nothing sounds better than a peaceful morning relaxing on the beach followed by a delicious brunch along the water. Another beach tip is to avoid the peak of summer if possible. Autumn is an ideal time to visit the beach and it’s Southern California so the weather is always perfect regardless of the time of year!

 

4. Orange County is home to a lot of foodies

From the octopus ceviche at Javier’s in Newport Beach to the soup dumplings at Din Tai Fung in Costa Mesa, Orange County hosts a wide variety of cuisine. Every city has their specialties, so almost every type of food is accessible as long as you know where to go. Want to find the best food without taking all the time and effort to do the research? Check out some of our past blogs to find the best dessert spots , top brunch destinations, and more!

 

5. Orange County really is the best place to live!

Orange County has more than just gorgeous beaches and yummy grub. The fantastic sights, relaxing vibes, and plethora of things to do are giving locals so much to love about their hometowns. Comprised of 34 cities with over three million residents, Orange County is much more diverse than television may lead people to believe. Looking for a quiet place where you can walk around the farmer’s’ market or browse antique stores? Old towne Orange is the perfect place for you. Maybe you want something with a bit more nightlife? Check out Fullerton and everything the city has to offer. In Orange County, there truly is something for everyone!

 

Interested in moving to Orange County? Let us know and we’d be more than happy to help!

24
Sep

5 Ideas for a Ladies Day in Orange County

With the kids back in school there’s plenty of time to take a day to yourself! Grab the girls and treat yourselves to a ladies day. Here are a few of our favorite activities to do with the girls on a free day!

1. Shopping and Lunch at Fashion Island

Known as one of the nicest outdoor shopping malls in southern California, Fashion Island has numerous boutiques, four major department stores- including Macy’s, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus and Bloomingdale’s, many delicious restaurants and even some great dessert spots! A popular lunch spot at Fashion Island is a cafeteria-style dining spot called Lemonade. It’s the perfect way to mix a healthy lunch with some fun shopping.

2. Nails and Juice Bowls

Nothing like a manicure and pedicure to treat yourself and your girlfriends! Sitting in the massage chairs is the perfect way to relax and spend time talking. There’s plenty of great nail spots all over Orange County but some of the most popular spots are Pardon My French Nail Bar in Tustin and Lollipop Nail Studio in Costa Mesa. There are plenty of dining options around these nail spots but acai bowls seem to be a popular option lately!

3. Wine Tasting

Maybe not the best weekday activity if you have to pick the kids up from school, but wine tasting on the weekends is a great activity to invite the girls to! There’s plenty of wineries across Orange County but one of our favorites is the Laguna Canyon Winery!  

4. Spa Day at Monarch Beach

Although it’s a little bit of an expense, a spa day is a great way to relax and reboot. Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point has a beautiful Miraval Spa that focuses on a “Life in Balance” mentality. After your treatments at the spa there are restaurants to choose from at the resort, and you also gain access to the stunning pool area that overlooks the Pacific Ocean. It is not hard to spend a whole day at Monarch Beach Resort. One of our favorite treatments offered is called the Endless Wave Experience, and can be great for anyone with sun-damaged skin. But, if Monarch Beach is not the place for you, there are plenty more spas and resorts across Orange County that offer top notch treatments and massages.

5. Brunch and Mimosas

Another great weekend activity with the girls is brunch! Although it seems cliche, it can be a great way to catch up and enjoy a tasty meal as well. Some of our favorite places to brunch on the weekends are at Pelican Hill in Newport Beach, or Cafe Mimosa in San Clemente. Both menus offer incredibly delicious choices and mimosas as well!
If you’re interested in more tips, advice and information on Orange County then take a look at some of out other blog posts! We’d love to answer any questions you might have or provide more information on the area and specific cities.

14
Sep

Fall Events in Orange County

The temperature might not be dropping too dramatically in southern California, but Fall is just around the corner and it’s time to start decorating, preparing and cooking for the season. Locals love this time of year because there is not only excitement about the holiday season approaching, but also so much happening in Orange County. Here’s your guide to all Fall events happening in these next couple months!

  1. Knott’s Scary Farm

Kicking off the Fall season is a fan favorite among Orange County locals! Knott’s Scary Farm is a tradition hosted by the Buena Park amusement park! This experience is so extreme that it calls for its own ticket! On select nights, beginning at the end of September and running through the end of October, visitors have the chance to visit this unique haunted house experience. Their tagline for the attraction is “where nightmares never end.” It’s certainly an ‘enter at your own risk’ experience, but many people love the attraction and even get big groups of friends to go together!

2. Newport Beach Wine and Food Festival

An event targeted at the over 21 crowd of Orange County, the Newport Beach Wine and Food Festival is a three day festival takes place at the end of September, and locals or visitors are welcome purchase different levels of tickets. In addition to decadent cuisine and tasty dishes, there will be over 60 different craft beer, specialty wine and even a few cocktail vendors. Although this event is not exactly Fall specific, it’s a great chance to find good holiday/ dinner party gifts.

3. Oktoberfest at Oak Gille

At this extravagant dinner hosted by Oak Grille in Newport Beach, attendees will be treated to a five course meal. In addition to the food, attendees will also be served a variety of craft beers that are special to the season. Seats are limited for this October 27th event so make sure you book your spot soon!

4. Holiday Faire in Irvine

Need to get some Christmas shopping done? What better way to do it than all in one place. This Holiday Faire takes place November 4 and 5, so you can get most of your shopping out of the way early. At the Holiday Faire there will be over 100 vendors of all different sorts. This is a great place to find holiday gifts for dinner parties, in laws or friends!

5. Surfing Santa Competition

Have you ever seen Santa surf? Well, if you head down to Salt Creek Beach, in Dana Point, on November 18 or 19 you can see hundreds of them! This fun and friendly competition requires all participants to dress up in some form of a Santa costume. The event raises money for the Surf Healing foundation, and surfers are awarded prizes depending on how extravagant their costumes are. This is a very fun event to bring the whole family to!
For more details on events happening this Fall in Orange County, feel free to reach out to us! We are more than happy to help!

21
Aug

Thing to Do This Halloween in Orange County

Finding Halloween activities in Orange County isn’t hard to do, but choosing between all of them is! This year is going to be even bigger than the previous years because everyone is finally realizing just how much fun the spooky events are. Plus, there are tons more family friendly options this year than ever, so you don’t have to wait until trick or treating to get the kids involved.

Check out a few of our favorite picks this year:

Mickey’s Halloween Party

With years and years of just decorating the park during Halloween, Disney finally got in on the action and created a family friendly experience where adults and children alike get to dress up and trick or treat together!

You didn’t misread that; everyone gets their own candy, both adults, and kids. It not only gets you out as a family, but it lets parents (and non-parents) get to rekindle the feeling they had as a child when they used to go house to house getting candy.

This isn’t the only feature of Mickey’s Halloween Party that you won’t want to miss. There are themed decorations, bags, collectors pins, spooky Disney villains, the Headless Horseman who leads a special Halloween parade, and the Halloween Screams fireworks show.

All of this and more are available only to those who go to Mickey’s Halloween Party (tickets are sold separate from day time admission.)

 

Knott’s Scary Farm

Adolescents and brave kids can make the trip, but leave the little ones at home because this is one Halloween event that is meant to scare your socks off! Knott’s Scary Farm has been a staple of SoCal scares for several years, and they are frequently changing the chills and thrills with each passing year.

The main attraction is the many creepy themed mazes scattered throughout the park, but there are tons of other cool features to enjoy! Among the attractions are all the usual rides like Ghostrider that will be fully functioning during the festivities, numerous shows including Elvira’s Last Show (a stage show), and cast members running around the park scaring all who dare enter.

Knott’s Scary Farm is a classic destination for all of the true Halloween junkies out there!

 

Tanaka Farms Pumpkin Patch

 

Tanaka Farms Annual Pumpkin Patch is a blast for the whole family! It also happens to be the most affordable to make our list, with free parking and $2 entry daily. If you’d like to ride the wagon that takes you on a tour of the 30 acres, it only costs $5 for anyone over the age of 2.

This is one place that the kids will absolutely love! Not only are there thousands of pumpkins of all shapes and sizes, but there is free face painting, balloons, and even a pumpkin cannon that shoots real pumpkins into the hills nearby!

 

Honorable Mentions

There are several other places that you can go to get your Halloween thrills, some of them year-round. There are even locations that require you to sign a waiver because they are so scary. 17th Door is one such location. These aren’t for the faint of heart, so research it before going!

Escape rooms are another awesome way to get into the Halloween spirit, and the good news is that most operate all year. They have horror themed problem-solving adventures that require you to solve the game to get out of a room within a certain time, or you fail.

Some are based on ideas like the movie Saw, and others require you to keep a pathogen inside to save the world! There are several different escape room locations throughout the OC, and each has their own unusual style!

 

Let’s Talk!

If you’re as excited about all the family outings in Orange County as we are, why not move here? Contact us here to learn more!