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I love to DIY and so do my sisters, we don’t always have time but we make it a day when we do! Lots of friends and family are surprised when they find out how easy some projects are to do. And the supplies will run you less than you think. These days everyone wants to be more aware of what they are putting on their body as much as what goes into their body. Depending on what you want to try food, beauty, or home decor here are a few things you might like. I am also going to share the different apps and links I come across that maybe others are interested in.

Lemon Raspberry Cake And Cupcakes

SOURCE: https://bakerbynature.com/lemon-raspberry-cake/

Happy Sunday if you have time to make dessert here is a great recipe, for either cake or cupcake instructions for both below. Lemon and raspberries (try subbing berries or adding berries for a flavor twist) which you can find at the supermarket all the time probably already in your frig now. Thanks to http://www.bakerbynature.com for this treat that can be enjoyed anytime of the year:


1 cup (2 sticks or 8 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature

1 and 1/2 cups granulated sugar

1/4 light brown sugar, packed

1 tablespoon lemon zest

1/2 teaspoon pure lemon extract (optional)

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

4 large eggs, at room temperature

2 and 1/2 cups cake flour

1 and 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup whole milk

1/2 cup full-fat sour cream

1/2 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice

2 and 1/2 cups fresh or frozen raspberries, if using frozen, do not thaw first

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting:

1 block (8 ounces) full-fat cream cheese, a little softer than room temperature

10 tablespoons unsalted butter, a little softer than room temperature

4 cups confectioners’ sugar, more if needed

2 teaspoons fresh lemon zest

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

1/4 teaspoon pure lemon extract (optional)

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons sour cream


1/2 cup raspberry preserves

1 lemon, thinly sliced

1 cup fresh raspberries


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees (F). Cut out two 9-inch round segments of parchment paper to line your cake pans with. Spray each pan generously – sides and bottom – with nonstick cooking spray, then place the parchment paper cut out in the bottom of the pans and spray again. It’s important to make sure every bit of pan and paper are sprayed so your cakes don’t get stuck. Set pans aside.
  2. In a large bowl using a handheld electric mixer (or in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment), combine the butter, both sugars, lemon zest, lemon extract, and vanilla extract; beat on medium speed, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed, until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes (don’t skimp on time here!). Add in the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition, and scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the cake flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt, mixing well to evenly combine the ingredients. Add the dry mixture into the wet ingredients and mix on low speed until everything is just barely combined. You should still see some lumps and dry streaks. Turn mixer off. Add in the milk, sour cream, and lemon juice; use a rubber spatula to fold the ingredients into the mixture, stirring until everything is incorporated, but being sure not to overmix. Set aside.
  4. In another bowl, gently toss the raspberries with 2 tablespoons of all-purpose flour. Add the raspberries, and any remaining flour, to the batter and fold in by hand, using a rubber spatula, until just combined. Again, be sure not to over mix! Over mixing is very easy to do, and will result in a dry, dense cake.
  5. Divide the batter evenly among the prepared pans and bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until the tops are firm and slightly golden, and a cake tester (or toothpick) inserted in the center comes out clean, or with a few moist (but not wet) crumbs clinging to it.
  6. Allow the cakes to cool in the pans for 10 minutes before gently running a knife around the edges to loosen any stuck bits, then turning them out onto a cooling rack to cool completely.
  7. While the cakes cool, you can make the frosting.

For the Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting:

  1. In a large bowl using a handheld electric mixer (or a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment) beat the cream cheese and butter on medium-speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Reduce the speed to low and gradually add in the confectioners’ sugar. Add in lemon zest, lemon juice, lemon extract, and salt; beat until combined. Increase the speed back to medium and mix until creamy, about 2 minutes. Add the sour cream and continue beating the frosting until very light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes. If the frosting seems too thin, add a little more confectioners’ sugar, starting with one tablespoon at a time; if the frosting seems to thick, add in a little more sour cream, starting one tablespoon at a time.
  2. When the cakes have completely cooled, place one round on a cake stand or large plate; spread the top and sides evenly with frosting, then top with the raspberry preserves. Don’t worry if they mix together a little. Gently place the other cake round on top of the frosted one and press down very lightly to seal them together. Place the semi-frosted cake in the fridge for 20 minutes, then continue frosting the cake, using a thin spatula, offset spatula, or whatever you have that works best, until the top and sides of the cake are evenly frosted. Place the cake back in the fridge for another 20 minutes before decorating. I love decorating this cake with fresh raspberries and thin lemon slices, but feel free to decorate according to your own tastes.
  3. The frosted cake will stay fresh, covered and stored in the refrigerator, for 3 days. Simply take it out of the fridge an hour or two before serving so it can come to room temperature.

Lemon Raspberry Cupcake

SOURCE: https://bakerbynature.com/lemon-raspberry-cupcakes/


For the Lemon Raspberry Cupcakes:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees (F).
  2. Line 2 cupcake tins with paper liners; set aside. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or in a large bowl using a handheld electric mixer, beat the butter, vanilla extract, lemon extract, sugar, and lemon zest on medium-speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add in the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. On low speed, beat in the sour cream, then the milk. Turn mixer off. Add in 3 and 1/4 cups of the cake flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Use a fork to lightly toss the dry ingredients together. Using a rubber spatula, gently fold the dry ingredients into the batter, mixing just until combined. Be sure not to over mix here or your cupcakes will be dense! Set aside. In a small bowl combine the remaining 3 tablespoons of flour with the raspberries; toss to coat. Using a rubber spatula, gently fold the raspberries and any excess flour into the batter, stirring just until combined. Spoon batter into prepared cupcake tins (filling each mold 3/4 of the way). Bake one pan at a time, for about 22 minutes, or until a cupcake tester inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out clean, or with just a few moist crumbs attached. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes then transfer cupcakes to a cooling rack. Cool completely before frosting.

Blueberry Lemonade

SOURCE: https://www.iheartnaptime.net/blueberry-lemonade/

Happy Friday everyone hope you are looking forward to the weekend. Now with warm weather we need to enjoy a variety of cool refreshing drinks so let’s start with lemonade but with a twist! This recipe calls for blueberry but if you see notes you can do other berries so maybe a new combo a week? Thanks http://www.iheartnaptime for the cool recipe we will be enjoying all summer long:


4-5 cups cold water, divided.

2 cups blueberries, fresh or frozen (thawed)

1 cup (about 6 lemons) freshly squeezed lemon juice, more to taste

¾ cup granulated sugar, more to taste


In a blender, combine the blueberries and 1 cup of water. Blend for about 30 seconds, or until the blueberries are pureed.

Strain the blueberry puree through a fine mesh strainer into a large pitcher. You may need to strain the mixture twice if it is thick.

Add the remaining water, freshly squeezed lemon juice and sugar to the pitcher. Taste and add more sugar and water if desired. Place in the refrigerator to chill.

Serve over ice and garnish with blueberries, lemon slices and mint leaves, if desired.  


Variations: You can swap blackberries, raspberries or strawberries to make a berry lemonade. 

For serving: frozen blueberries, lemon slices, mint leaves


SOURCE: https://www.sakara.com/blogs/mag/a-grocery-list-for-mental-health

As we start out the week some of us have a harder time to warm up our engines both physically and mentally. I ran across this post that I found pretty interesting grocery list for mental health. Make sense we go grocery shopping for our gym workout why not see what else we can pick up for the brain workout we do on a daily! Check out http://www.sakara.com they have many more delicious recipes:



So much of what is experienced on an emotional, cognitive, and mental level is a result of what we put in our body. Yet, we often look elsewhere when it comes to bolstering and elevating our emotional states: we up our self-care regimen, meditate more frequently, or consult a healer. All of these practices are beautiful and enriching, but what we eat is intimately connected to how we feel. As psychiatrist, author, and farmer, Dr. Drew Ramsey explains, our brains are essentially composed of food. “The only molecule up [in the brain] that doesn’t come from the end of your fork, is the oxygen that you breathe,” he says. With that, we look to our plate: to quell anxiety, boost sex drive, elevate mood, and even raise consciousness. 

Next time you’re making your grocery list, add these items for their brain-nourishing properties (or skip the shopping and find them on our Signature Nutrition Program).

Chickpeas: Chickpeas (as well as other legumes like lentils and black beans) are not only protein-rich; they are whole-food forms of zinc. Zinc aids in nerve signaling in the brain, and is a key producer of sex hormones like testosterone and prolactin. A thriving libido is certainly one method to uplift spirits. On a daily basis, you can easily incorporate zinc, along with 71 other ionic minerals, in your hydration regimen.

Find them in: Spiced Sunset Stew with Coconut Lime Chickpeas, Neapolitan Parfait, Four-Bean Protein Chili

Aloe Vera: You may be familiar with aloe’s external healing benefits, after a long day of sunbathing or for small scrapes and cuts; ingested internally, aloe is equally impactful as an anti-inflammatory hero, adaptogen, and digestive aid. It contains potent polysaccharides, an ally in proper nutrient absorption, as well as the essential mineral magnesium. Proper levels of magnesium have been shown to alleviate symptoms of depression, irritability, and even apathy. Along with this hormone-supporting adaptogen, other whole food sources of magnesium include chard, avocado, almonds, and spinach. 

Find it in: Cleansing Aloe + Cucumber Soup, Golden Lassi Parfait

Banana: A humble fruit, but a powerful one thanks to its prebiotic fiber. Your G.I. tract can’t digest this type of fiber, so instead it ferments, a process that breeds healthy bacteria which support gut health. The gut is intimately related to the brain through the vagus nerve. Thought of as the cognitive superhighway, the vagus nerve controls most involuntary body processes, digestion very much included. Without this nerve, we’d only have access to the parts of our brain responsible for primal instincts—think of a world without creativity, decision-making, and deep contemplation! We can strengthen the vagus nerve’s capabilities by cultivating a diverse array of beneficial bacterial strains in our gut. Other foods that offer prebiotic fiber include artichokes, chicory root, and alliums like onion and garlic.

Find it in: Banana Pudding Parfait, Banana Protein Bread with Macerated Berries 

Kimchi: While prebiotic fiber act as food for the bacteria, probiotics are the actual microbes themselves. Kimchi and other ferments are delicious resources to supply bacteria with the nourishment they need. Ferments make nutritive additions atop sandwiches, salads, or macro bowls, and help round out a food-as-medicine approach to support the gut-brain axis.

Find it in: Kimchi Banh Mi, Prebiotic Fermented Kimchi Stew


Rosemary: Rosemary was used for centuries by Greeks and Romans as a symbol of remembrance. In modern times, compelling studies have shown the fragrance alone has potential to stimulate cognitive function, memory, and focus. Showering more straightforward meals with herbs is not only wise from a taste perspective, but many offer a dose of brain-loving nutrition—turmeric, ginger, and sage are also well-known for their anti-inflammatory and mental health benefits.

Find it in: Pink Peppercorn Tomato Bisque with Herbed Superfood Swirls, Rosemary Root Vegetable Bowl

Walnuts: The brain is largely composed of fat and long-chain omega-3 fatty acids. When anxiety and unsteady emotions abound, a lack of healthy fats may be the culprit. An easy way to add healthy fats into your diet is through seeds and nuts, the walnut being one of the best. Walnuts are shaped like the brain for a reason; they are a potent source of DHA as well as folate, an important nutrient for newborn development. Omega-3s also help to nurture the Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor, a master hormone that controls neuroplasticity. Neuroplasticity is the capacity of our brains to create new patterns, habits, and ways of thinking. As humans who seek to evolve, release unhelpful mindsets, or approach life with new zest, this capability is essential.

Find them in: Rosewater Pistachio Muffin, Sakara Un-Classic Caesar, Cranberry-Walnut Tea Cake

Citrus: Electric in hue and joyfully sweet, citrus is important for brain health as it contains ample vitamin C, which is connected to anti-inflammation and fighting free radicals. Many neurodegenerative diseases, like dementia, are related to oxidative stress, so including this antioxidant as much as possible is key. Find it in other richly colored sources like spaghetti squash, blueberries, sweet potatoes, and bell peppers.

Find it in: Orange Blossom Waffles, Lemon Poppy Seed Donut, Middle Eastern Bowl with Preserved Lemon Hummus

Shiitake mushrooms: While access to sunshine might be seasonal for many, everyone should aim to get vitamin D on their plate daily. Vitamin D has been shown to activate genes that support the immune system and release serotonin and dopamine, important mood-lifting hormones. Shiitake, cremini, and maitake all make excellent vehicles for this; or for extra credit, look to medicinal mushrooms such as chaga and Lion’s Mane, the latter of which has been studied to improve the brain’s Nerve Growth Factor.

Find them in: Daydreamer Soba Bowl, Inner Harmony Onion Soup

Protein + Greens Super PowderIf you’re seeking full-spectrum brain support, this is the ultimate workhorse. This Super Powder includes wheatgrass and barley grass. Cereal grasses regulate blood sugar; when insulin fluctuates erratically from processed foods, a high-sugar diet, or eating irregularly, anxiety and stress have a tendency to run rampant. Barley grass, in particular, contains beta-glucan, a compound that slows the absorption of glucose. The powder uplevels one step more, care of digestive enzymes that stimulate stomach acids. This is essential to eliminate bloat and aid in proper nutrient absorption, so all the healing foods you flood your body with are used efficiently. And that is the ultimate peace of mind. 

Find it in: Classic Superfood Granola with Green Goddess Mylk


SOURCE: https://wonkywonderful.com/cilantro-lime-chicken-salad-paleo-whole30/

Happy Monday everyone looking for something good and fast for lunch tomorrow here you go! This is a new twist to regular chicken salad, and adding cut up avocado nice. Found this on http://www.wonkywonderful.com will be trying out this week and maybe adding a few extras ingredients:


1 Lb Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breast*, (cooked & chopped)

1/3 Cup Mayonnaise

Juice of 1 Small Lime, (approx 2 TB)

1/2 Cup Chopped Fresh Cilantro

1/4 Cup Finely Chopped Red Onion

1 teaspoon Garlic Powder

1 teaspoon Onion Powder

Salt/Pepper To Taste


  1. Mix all ingredients until fully combined.
  2. Serve over salad or rice. Also makes great wraps and sandwiches.

Dog Cupcakes

SOURCE: https://thesimpleparent.com/dog-cupcakes-pupcake-recipe/#recipe

Doggy treats are always appreciated by my fur kids, so of course I get super excited when I find a great recipe! My pups love banana and peanut butter, so this recipe is perfect for them. Of course it’s a plus that you can make these as just a muffin or with the frosting as a bday treat. However you choose to make them I am sure your fur kids will greatly appreciate them, thanks http://www.thesimpleparent.com for sharing this with us:



2 Tbsp peanut butter (no salt)

2 Tbsp oil

1 medium banana (mashed)

2 Tbsp honey

1/2 cup flour

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp baking powder


1 medium banana (mashed)

4 Tbsp peanut butter (no salt)



Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray 12 cups of a mini muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray.

Mash one banana.

Mix the banana, oil, peanut butter, and honey together in a mixing bowl.

Add the flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Stir to combine.

Scoop batter into mini muffin tin until each one is 3/4 full.

Bake for 10-15 minutes. The dog cupcakes are done when a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

Allow cupcakes to cool for 5 minutes. Then remove from the pan and place on a wire rack. Allow to cool completely before frosting.


Mash remaining banana. The smoother you mash the banana, the smoother your frosting will be.

Add peanut butter and mix until smooth.

Spread frosting on cooled cupcakes. Or put frosting in a zipper bag and snip of the corner to use it as a frosting bag.

Top with small bone-shaped dog snack, if desired.

Banana Honey Ice cream

SOURCE: https://nadialim.com/banana-honey-ice-cream/

Hello all the weather is warming up now so treat options are going to open up! Check out this recipe bananas yum, yoghurt yum, honey yum!!!! Ice cream recipes sometime require machines, salt, etc this recipe super easy. All the ingredients are basic things you probably always have on hand and feel free to add in nuts, fruits as topping. Thanks to http://www.nadialim.com for sharing this recipe and look over some of the other great recipes Nadia has:


3 large ripe bananas peeled and sliced

¼ cup thick Greek yoghurt

1 teaspoon vanilla essence or extract

2 tablespoons runny honey


Place bananas in a dish lined with baking paper and freeze overnight or at least 8 hours until frozen hard.

Thaw bananas for 5 minutes (this will make it easier to blitz) and place in food processor with yoghurt, vanilla and honey. Process until smooth and the consistency of ice-cream.

Serve immediately or return to freezer until ready to serve.


SOURCE: https://lilluna.com/pistachio-bread/

Happy Wednesday to anyone that loves pistachios here is a cool recipe to try out cake and pudding mix! I love the color, could be a great dessert for Halloween time!!!! And since we don’t get to see too many recipes out there for pistachios, thanks to http://www.lilluna.com for sharing. And for those who maybe don’t want to make a full cake there is special note for making mini loaves:


1 box yellow cake mix

2 3.4 oz. boxes pistachio instant pudding mix

4 eggs

1/4 cup vegetable oil

1/8 cup water

1 cup sour cream


Mix ingredients together until well combined. Set aside.

Grease 2 regular size loaf pans and sprinkle some sugar and cinnamon (I use 2 TB sugar and 1 tsp. cinnamon) on the inside.

Pour half the batter into each pan. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes. Let cool.

Combine 2 cups powdered sugar, 2 TB melted butter, 1 tsp. almond extract, and 1 tsp. vanilla to make a glaze. Add a few tablespoons of milk, until it’s the consistency that you like.

Drizzle glaze over bread and sprinkle with chopped pistachios. Serve and enjoy!

  • Make mini-loaves of bread make sure to fill your pans no more than ½ way full and check on them every 5 min after 25 min of cooking. Insert a toothpick into the bread and if it comes out clean you are good to go.

How to Make Ricotta Cheese

SOURCE: https://www.recipegirl.com/how-to-make-ricotta-cheese/

Hey folks Monday again back to the work week so let’s check out something fun to take for lunch or snack on! Making cheese at home is quick and easy not to mention super fresh!!! Check out this recipe from http://www.recipegirl.com and a few other cheese recipes we have from before:


  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • ¾ cup buttermilk
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt


  • Place all ingredients in a 2-quart saucepan. Slowly bring to a boil over medium to medium-high heat, until curds begin to form (190 to 200°F.).
  • Remove from heat and pour into a cheesecloth-lined fine mesh sieve set over a large bowl. Let drain for 15 minutes. Gather cloth around the ricotta and gently squeeze out a little more liquid. Don’t squeeze it dry or you’ll end up with dry ricotta… leave some moisture in there.
  • Place your fresh ricotta cheese in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 2 days.


SOURCE: https://therecipecritic.com/walnut-pesto/

Happy Sunday everyone found a new twist to making pesto thanks to http://www.therecipecritic.com!!! Walnut pesto not only amazing but less expensive as walnuts vs pinenuts $$$$. Try it out and you have some tips at the bottom also that are super helpful:


3 cups fresh basil leaves, packed

1/3 cup walnuts

2 whole garlic cloves

1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1/3 cup olive oil, plus more if needed

½ teaspoon Kosher salt to taste


Add the basil leaves into a food processor along with the walnuts, parmesan cheese, garlic cloves, lemon juice, and salt. Pulse until the ingredients are finely chopped but not quite a paste.

Remove the lid and slowly pour half in the olive oil and pulse the ingredients together until it’s mixed well. For a more liquid style pesto add the remainder olive oil and pulse again to mix.

Taste the sauce and adjust the seasoning as desired.

Tips and Tricks

Customize your walnut pesto to your heart’s content! Want it spicier? Add some red pepper flakes. Prefer a smokier flavor? Try using smoked paprika instead of garlic. The possibilities are endless, so have fun experimenting and perfecting your own unique blend of nutty goodness!

  • Toast Walnuts: Toast your walnuts before using them in the pesto to bring out their nutty flavor and make them easier to blend.
  • Don’t Over-blend: Don’t over-blend the pesto – a few pulses is all you need to achieve a creamy texture.
  • Adjust Consistency: If the pesto seems too thick, you can thin it out with a little extra olive oil.
  • Customize: Experiment with different herbs, nuts, and cheeses to create your own unique spin on classic walnut pesto.

Halloween Guide 2022

SOURCE: https://www.theplaceswherewego.com/halloween-guide-2022-los-angeles-and-beyond/#:~:text=LOS%20ANGELES%20COUNTY%20HALLOWEEN%20GUIDE%202022%201%20Calabasas,%E2%80%93%20Los%20Angeles%20Haunted%20Hayride%20…%20M%C3%A1s%20elementos

It’s that time of the year again Halloween Time and looking for fun activities for adults and kids here is a good place to start check out this list:

October is approaching and that means pumpkin patches and Halloween events.  Halloween related celebrations are starting as early as September in Los Angeles and nearby counties.  Our Halloween Guide 2022 – Los Angeles and Beyond can get your planning ready during this year’s activities. If you’re looking for an excursion with the kids and family, or scary adventures for the grown-ups, there’s lots of options from which to choose.

With fall in the air, you’ll find many special Halloween themed events.  And certainly don’t forget to get a pumpkin, or a few for your home.  It’s indeed a great time for family fun.

The Places Where We Go brings together an especially curated list of top-rated events you can schedule on your calendar.  We’ve got you covered for pumpkin patches and hayrides at farms.  While most local communities will have the typical stands with stacks of pumpkins for sale, others go the extra mile adding activities to entertain the kids.  Some of these places will charge a fee to participate.

The following list is in the order of city names spread among several Southern California counties.  Look for places close to your home, or areas within a reasonable driving distance.  We’re sure that no matter where you live, you’ll surely find great options nearby.

Important Note: Please visit websites of attractions before visiting for the latest information and special guidelines that apply per listed attraction.  Information may change after posting on our website.

Halloween Guide 2022 – Southern California Counties

We found the top events listed in several Southern California counties.  Scroll through our list straightaway to see everything available or select the links below for the county of your choice:

Los Angeles
San Diego
Santa Barbara


Calabasas – Nights of the Jack

The ultimate Halloween event is back at King Gillette Ranch in Calabasas.  Night of the Jack features Halloween fun for everyone.  A 2/3-mile trail at the ranch has blazing gourds around every corner.  See a spook-tacular illuminated light show experience under the California autumn sky.  Live carving is demonstrated at this event.

The event is kid friendly, and they can see their favorite characters in pumpkin form. Adults can enjoy a seasonal cocktail at the Spookeasy bar while the littles can enjoy festive fall treats.  Some of LA’s best food trucks will be serving meals on site.  Don’t forget to visit the souvenir shop before departing to get a memento from your visit.

Most guests spend just over an hour on the site engaging in the activation zone before or after walking the trail.  This is a largely popular event, typically attracting 100,000 visitors per season.

Important: Tickets are timed.  Late arrivals will not receive entry nor a refund.

Dates: October 1 – October 31, 6pm to 10pm 
Location: 26800 Mulholland Hwy, Calabasas, CA 91302
Admission: $34.99 – no late entries allowed; Children aged 2 and under are free.  Ticket cost may increase after the initial pre-sale period

Culver City – Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch

Mr.  Bones Pumpkin Patch delivers a Halloween experience in the heart of they city.  You might even see a few celebrities enjoying the fun here. Enjoy events, food and entertainment. And, while you visit, it’s a fun place to get your pumpkins. Check the website as the site occasionally closes for private events.

Dates: October 7 – October 31, 9am – 9pm 
Location: 10100 Jefferson Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232
Admission: Ranges from $10 to $30, depending on day and time selected. Children aged 2 and under are free.  

Fall harvest pumpkins

La Cañada Flintridge – Carved at Descano Gardens

Carved is a family-friendly event for all ages. For three weeks in October, hundreds of carved pumpkins will line the Camellia Forest and Oak Grove. Along with pumpkins, the ever-popular pumpkin house, hay maze, and holiday-themed food and beverages will return. Guests can also enjoy UV “black light” experiences, artists sculpting pumpkins, and a special Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos) installation at the Amphitheater.

Dates: October 11-31, 630pm to 10pm 
Location: 1418 Descanso Dr., La Cañada Flintridge, CA 
Admission: $25 – $35

Los Angeles – Bob Barker Marionette Theater Halloween Spooktacular

The spooky season begins here September 18th.  Gather your goblins and ghoulies for a great seasonal show- HaLLoWe’eN SpoOkTaCuLaR! You’ll be delighted by this haunting showcase of sweet spooks, including the Purple People Eater, Dracula, the Invisible Man, and many more! 

The hour-long family friendly boo-sical revue, features over one hundred puppets.  It’s a great eerie experience for everyone.


Dates: September 24 – November 6
Times vary – check with the theater
Location: 4949 York Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90042
Admission: $20, Children ages 2 and under are free

Los Angeles – Haunted Little Tokyo Block Party 

On Saturday October 30, the Little Tokyo Ghost Club will be transforming the community for the annual Haunted Little Tokyo, a fun-filled Halloween celebration with frightfully fun events that are perfect for ghosts and ghouls of all ages.  The block party event is for ages 21 and up.

This year, the “Block Party” will move to an outdoor secret location in Little Tokyo! The event will include all the favorites from previous block parties including DJs, drinks, food, and a costume contest. The location will be shared upon check-in at Brunswig Square (360 E. 2nd Street).

Light food and drinks will be available for purchase. This is also a dog-friendly event!

Guests must be 21 or over and provide proof of vaccination or negative Covid-19 test result within 72 hours before entering the event. The event is free with RSVP prior to the event.

Date: October 30
Time: 7pm – 12am
Location: 360 E. 2nd Street, Los Angeles, CA
Admission: Free with RSVP – visit website to RSVP

Los Angeles – Haunted Little Tokyo Pumpkin Patch 

The Haunted Little Tokyo Pumpkin Patch will offer a bone-chilling good time with pumpkins for purchase. Pumpkins will be from Tanaka Farms, a beloved Japanese American family farm located in Irvine, California. Activities at the Pumpkin Patch will be free and include a photo opportunity and a coloring contest.

Date: October 17
Time: 11apm – 5pm
Location: 335 E. 2nd Street, Los Angeles, CA

Los Angeles – Los Angeles Philharmonic – Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Carrying on the annual tradition, this year’s special Halloween treat is a screening of the silent horror movie classic, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.   Organist Clark Wilson will provide music befitting the spooky movie. Come see a classic version of the Robert Louis Stevenson tale featuring leading man John Barrymore.  The dangerous experiments of Dr. Jekyll reveal his dark side after drinking the potion.   

Dates: October 31
Time: 7:30pm
Admission: $34-$67
Location: Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA, 90012

Los Angeles – Los Angeles Haunted Hayride

The ultimate Halloween event in Los Angeles is unlike most experiences.   The Witch of the Woods has cast her spell to summon the spirits of the underworld to cross over and assimilate into form. The Hayride leads to a thrilling adventure of horrors afflicting the town. Dazed within the spell cast upon them, the Witch commands her army of crops and flesh to seek revenge on the people that have casted her out. The Spirit of Halloween comes to life surrounding helpless victims brave enough to board The Hayride.

Dates: Select nights September 23 – October 31
Location: 4730 Crystal Springs Dr., Los Angeles, CA, 90027
Admission: Visit website to see ticket options and price ranges

Los Angeles – LA Zoo – Boo at the Zoo 

The Halloween spirit will be in full swing for 31 frightfully fun days at the L.A. Zoo with special activities and entertainment.  Enjoy spooktacular sights daily. Weekends are even sweeter, with treats like open-air live shows, animal pumpkin feedings, themed photo ops, education stations, and much more. Costumes are encouraged!

We recommend visiting the LA Zoo website before your trip for the most up to date information on this event.

Dates: October 1 – October 31
Time: 10am – 4pm
Admission: Check LA zoo website
Location: 5333 Zoo Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90027

Universal City – Universal Studios Hollywood – Halloween Horror Nights

Universal Studios Hollywood presents one of the scariest Halloween events in Southern California.  Summon your scream squad to Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights with eight haunted houses, the Terror Tram, scare zones, a live show and exhilarating attractions. Whether you’re a superfan, here for the snacks or selfies, scared of everything or skeptical of everyone, remember, never go alone.

Enter haunted houses inspired by the biggest names in fear. You’re never quite sure if your spine is tingling with dread or sheer excitement.

This event is not recommended for children under 13.  

Dates: September 8 – October 31, on select nights 
Location: 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608
Admission: Check Universal Studios website for ticket price information and options. AAA members can save up to 30% off gate prices – AAA.com/hhn

Valencia – Six Flags Magic Mountain Fright Fest

Enjoy a haunted house, six haunted mazes, eight scare zones and monster entertainment at Six Flags Magic Mountain. These events are recommended for Guests 13 and Over. No Costumes for Guests Over 12

Dates: Select dates September 10 – October 31
Location: 26101 Magic Mountain Pkwy, Valencia, CA 91355

Woodland Hills – Haunt O’Ween

Enjoy Halloween like never before!  Once you enter the expansive, family-friendly 200,000 square foot space, you can stay as long as you’d like until closing. Over 35,000 pumpkins fill the playground and there are nine expansive thematic environments.

The immersive environment welcomes families for 31 days with the best of Halloween time.  Go trick-or-treating in the Town of Haunt O’ Ween, walk through thousands of pumpkins, play a multitude of games and rides, get your face painted, enjoy food and drinks… the list is endless. Make sure to take plenty of photos and videos—you’ll remember the month of Haunt O’ Ween for years to come!

Dates: September 30 – October 31; Times: 4pm – 10pm
Location: 6100 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Woodland Hills, CA
Admission: $30 – $35, Children ages 2 and under are free

Fall harvest pumpkin patch


San Clemente – Casa Creepy

For 3 nights each year, Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens in San Clemente becomes a 1920s-themed haunted house and gardens.  Walk through 2.5 acres of the most haunted mansion on the block! Werewolves, vampires and ghosts are waiting behind every corner of our historic home, and you can bet on plenty of creepy-crawlies in the gardens.

Casa Romantica’s haunted walk contains sudden movement and sounds, and parts of the walk take place on unpaved or uneven historic grounds. All participants are required to agree to a waiver for this event in order to participate.

Casa Creepy Haunted House is suitable for most families with children ages 8 and up; please use your discretion. Costumes are encouraged; costume masks not allowed but medical masks are allowed.

This limited entrance events is capped at 250 guests per event and entry is timed.

Dates: October 27-29, 7pm to 9pm 
Location: 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, CA 92672
Admission: $15 ages 13 & up • $10 ages 12 & under


Temecula – Peltzer Pumpkin Farm
The Petlzer Pumpkin Farms opens for a new season on September 24th.  Come to the farm to pick your own pumpkin and enjoy a broad list of activities including games, petting zoo, train rides, pumpkin painting and a tractor garden.

Dates: September 24 – October 21 
Times: Monday-Friday (10am – 8pm), Saturday-Sunday (9am-8pm)
Location: 39925 Calle Contento, Temecula, CA
Admission: $3 per person. Children aged 2 and under are free with a paid adult.   Attraction ticket prices vary. 


Carlsbad – Brick-or-Treat Party Nights at Legoland® California Resort

Brick-or-Treat Party Nights are the signature Halloween event at Legoland.  On Saturday nights, join the Monsters who takeover LEGOLAND®. Experience shows, participate in character meet-and-greets, costume contests, treat stations and more.  

New entertainment includes:

Vampyre’s Very Important Monsters (V.I.M) Dance Party – Bring your monstrous moves and ghoulish grooves to this interactive dance party.

Operation Monster Squad – Do you have what it takes to walk, grumble, and dance like a Monster?

A Candy-Coated Curse – Join curious trick-or-treaters as they sing, dance, and chant their way out of a sticky situation.

NEW 4D Movie: The Great Monster Chase – Laugh along in this 4D adventure filled with special effects as four tweens try to sneak their way into a monster party.

Don’t forget your costume.

Dates: Saturdays only September 17 – October 29 (3pm-9pm), and October 30 (2pm-8pm)
Location: One LEGOLAND Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92008
Admission: Included with Legoland day tickets, hotel packages, and select annual passes AAA members can save up to 30% on tickets – AAA.com/bot

San Diego – The Haunted Trail of Balboa Park

It’s a one-of-a-kind haunt experience and has been called one of the top haunted attractions in the United States. Experience two haunts in one.

The 3,500 square foot eXperiment Maze provides a mile long terrifying outdoor trail.  Be on guard as you move through twisted pines and gnarled oaks. 

Next, experience the Haunted Trail. Climb onto the Ghoul Bus where a cloister of Nuns share the scary ride with you. Beware the chainsaw-wielding zombie rodeo clowns around the corner as they look to bring you into their slaughterhouse.

This event is geared toward adults who have guts to brave the chills and thrills.

Dates: September 23 – October 31, Closed Mondays and Tuesdays
Location: The Haunted Trail is located at the corner of Balboa Dr & Juniper in Balboa Park
Admission: Starts at $25

San Diego – San Diego Zoo HalGLOWeen

The San Diego Zoo hosts HalGLOWeen on Fridays through Sundays in October, excluding October 30.  This light-up-the-night Halloween-themed extravaganza features entertainment, dance parties, musical performances, and food specials.  The interactive festivities are a fun event for the family.

Dates: Fridays through Sundays in October (excluding October 30) – Activities start at 5pm
Location: 2920 Zoo Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
Admission: AAA members can save 20% – AAA.com/sandiegozoo


Solvang – Solvang Farmers Pumpkin Patch
Get lost in the 14-acre corn maze and then find your perfect pumpkin.  The squash, gourds and pumpkins range from tiny specimens to super large.  Moreover, this year’s event is bigger than ever so consider a visit if you’ll be in Santa Barbara County.

Dates: September 24 – October 31
Location: Alamo Pintado Road, Solvang, CA


Our Halloween Guide 2022 for Ventura features three options. And we start with one of the best family-friendly events in Southern California right in Moorpark California.

Moorpark – Underwood Family Farms Fall Harvest Festival

Underwood Family Farms Fall Harvest Festival features a gigantic pumpkin patch and 5 themed weekends of live entertainment and family fun. This is unquestionably a great place to take your littles, as we have through the years. The Festival site will be filled with games, rides, photos ops, live entertainment, themed weekends, bands and more! Weekends will include all performances, bands, demonstrations & entertainment. Pick Your Own fruit, vegetables, and flowers as well as tractor-pulled wagon rides around the farm, Animal Center & visits with animals are offered daily.

  • October 8-9: Farm Country Weekend
  • October 15-16: Antique Tractor Weeken
  • October 22-23: Wild West Weekend
  • October 29-30: All About Pumpkins Weekend

Admission to Underwood Family Farms Fall Harvest Festival includes:

  • Tractor-drawn Wagon Rides
  • Corn Maze
  • Farmer Craig’s Chicken Show
  • Gigantic Pumpkin Patch
  • Entry to Pick Your Own Fields (pickings separate)
  • Photo Opportunities
  • Pumpkin House
  • Corn Stalk Labyrinth (on Oct. 10)
  • Giant Tractor Display
  • Pumpkin Displays
  • Giant Spiders
  • Harvest Basket
  • Misting Tunnel
  • Hay Climbing Pyramids
  • Animal Center
  • Play Equipment
  • Cotton Harvester & Combine Slides
  • Fun Hill with Tunnels and Wooden Firetruck
  • Wooden Train
  • Wooden School Bus
  • Country Store
  • 50 acres of open space to roam
  • Pull wagons & wheelbarrows available (Personal wagons & strollers welcomed)
  • Animal Shows (Weekends only)
  • Pig Races (Weekends only)
  • Demonstrations (Weekends only)
  • Themed Weekends (Weekends only)
  • Live Performers & Roaming Entertainment (Weekends only)
  • Live Bands (Weekends only)

Tickets Required for the Following:

  • Gem/Fossil Mining
  • Electric Train
  • John Deere, Bee, Cow & Grain Trains
  • Horse-drawn Wagon Rides (weekends-only)
  • Animal Petting & Duck Feeding Areas
  • Bean & Corn Boxes
  • Games & Crafts
  • Face Painting

Any activities may adjust at any time due to current events.

Dates: October 1 – October 31, 9am to 6pm
Location: 3370 Sunset Valley Road, Moorpark, CA, 93021 
Admission Monday-Friday: $14 General Admission 
Admission Weekends: $22 pre-sale through 10/9 – $28 Day of Admission if spots available
Children under 2 and parking are free.  Seniors (65+), Military, Veterans & Emergeny 1st Responders receive $2 admission discount daily with valid ID. – TICKETS ARE ON-LINE ONLY ON WEEKENDS – No Walk-ins on weekends.

Santa Paula – Prancer’s Farm 2022 Fall Festival

This fall harvest festival features a 30-acre pumpkin patch and family fun.  Highlights include tractor-drawn wagon rides, pick your own pumpkin on 15 acres, hay pyramids, animal center with petting zoo, live performers (weekends only), wheelbarrows, corn expedition and sunflower picking and barrel train ride.

Dates: October 1 – October 31, 8am to dusk
Location: 18450 E. Telegraph Rd., Santa Paula, CA, 93060
Pre-sale tickets will only be available for the first two weekends.  Children 2 and under are free.

Simi Valley – Simi Valley Historical Society & Museum at Strathearn Park

The Creepy Dolls Twilight Tours is offered once per year. In 2022, the event occurs on October 1st, though we are advised it has sold out by September 12th. This guided tour takes visitors back in time to the 1800s. If you enjoy creepy dolls, mark your calendar to get your tickets next year for this very popular event. It’s sure to sell out again.

Ventura – Big Wave Dave’s Christmas Trees & Pumpkin Patch

Find the perfect pumpkin from minis to giants. The patch is located in Ventura at the Pacific View Mall (near Target). Enjoy activities for the kids and photo opportunities.  Besides pumpkins, you can also pick up ornamental items including gourds, Indian corn and hay bales.  Also available are carving kits, candles and stencils.

Dates: October 1 – October 31, 10am to 9pm (Closing 6pm Halloween Day)
Location: 4075 Telegraph Rd., Ventura CA
Admission is Free