It’s hard to believe, but difficult to deny: Halloween is here. It’s the season of pumpkin spice and all things spooky. Theme parks are decked out in their Halloween best and decor stores are full of ghostly options.
And we have plenty in this month’s issue to celebrate this spooky time of year. One of our big features highlights a growing trend in the haunt community: Kids who grow up creating haunted experiences in their home as a family hobby are finding ways to turn this passion into possible career. There are also educators who are finding ways to teach lessons in STEAM with the help of Halloween.
Discovery Cube OC has also realized the benefits of Halloween and celebrates it with its Pumpkin Palooza exhibit. It’s educational and fun for the whole family.
Our third Halloween feature focuses on a key part of Halloween: dressing up. The second Saturday of October is National Costume Swap Day, a way to green your Halloween. Goodwill of Orange County offers us some advice on how to turn last year’s Halloween costume into this year’s costume contest winner.
On other non-Halloween topics, our other big feature focuses on a unique program and how it’s serving the community. The Marine Protected Area Science Cruise offers underserved students hands-on science field trips benefitting both their education and the environment. Don’t miss this feature to learn about all the good this program is doing.
But back to Halloween, our features wouldn’t be complete without our roundup of pumpkin patches and other spooky-time activities. You’ll find plenty to do this season in our handy list, but if you don’t, our Calendar has plenty more to offer.
We’re not done. Family Wellness is all about Halloween art activities for the family and Ask the Expert answers an important question about Halloween safety. Local Hero spotlights an Aliso Viejo family who gives back with a Halloween yard display not to be missed.
With all the Halloween hustle and bustle, our mindfulness expert explains the tricks and treats of mindfulness and how mindful parenting can help develop a healthier parent-child relationship.
It’s a season of spooky fun and lots to do. Have fun, stay safe and embrace the spooky.
By Jessica Peralta