OC Halloween Events

Orange County
Halloween Celebrations

Halloween parties, Fall Festivals and seasonal parades!

** Due to possible last minute changes to times & locations to the events below, we encourage you to click on the link of the event holder to get the most updated information.

Aliso Viejo Anaheim
Brea Buena Park
Costa Mesa
Cypress Dana Point
Fullerton Garden Grove
Huntington Beach Irvine
Laguna Hills Laguna Niguel
La Habra Lake Forest
La Palma Los Alamitos
Newport Beach Orange
San Juan Capistrano
Santa Ana Stanton
Silverado / Trabuco Canyon
Villa Park Westminster
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ALISO VIEJOHalloween Fair and Haunted HouseSoka University will have booths for children, haunted house for young teens, games, activities and performances for all to enjoy!

The Haunted House will be held on the first floor crypt of the SUA Recreation Center and the entrancing fee will be $5 at the doomsday door. The suggested age for this dark journey with moving monsters is 10 years old and up. Proceeds benefit the student clubs at Soka University.

Soka University, Recreation Center
1 University Drive, Aliso Viejo


ANAHEIMAnaheim Fall Festival & Halloween Parade
2014 details coming!
The Halloween Parade has been an Anaheim tradition since 1924, when baseball legend Babe Ruth was honored as the Grand Marshal of the celebration.

The Fall Festival features game and food booths, live entertainment, craft fair, haunted house, pumpkin patch, a children’s costume contest and trick-or-treating. Food and craft booths are available for a nominal fee.

Most events are held in Downtown Anaheim, at the Center Street Promenade

(714) 999-3456

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Halloween Treat-or-Treating at Anaheim Town Square
2014 details coming!

FREE Event! Activities include: Trick-or Treating, Pumpkin Decorating, Face Painter, Train Ride, a Costume Contest and More! Plus, your favorite stores will be passing out treats and special offers. Look for the participating merchants with pumpkin window clings & balloons!

Anaheim Town Square
2180 East Lincoln Avenue
Anaheim, CA 92806


BREAKidz Block Party
October 31
North Orange County’s Largest Free Halloween Alternative Event at Downtown Brea.Presented by The Cause Community Church featuring face painting, pony rides, games, bounce house, petting zoo,rock climbing wall, raffles, prizes, entertainment and free candy.

Brea Downtown
E Birch St and S Brea Blvd
Brea, CA 92821

BUENA PARKPirate’s Dinner Adventure presents “VAMPIRATE’S”
2014 details coming!
Care to join the VamPirates…. As Dinner?Back by popular demand, Pirate’s Dinner Adventure’s Halloween-themed show, “VamPirate’s” will return this October! Come celebrate at Treasure Bay’s Annual Masquerade Ball with vampire hunters Randolph & Kate. They are there to forewarn the costume-clad guests of the dangers lurking in the haunted Secret Cove. Unfortunately, their cries of despair go unheard, as Captain Sebastian the Black and his horde of Vampire Pirates crash the Ball and take Randolph and Kate captive. The VamPirates take them aboard their ghostly ship, where they will prepare them as their midnight snack! Will Randolph and Kate escape the perils of the VamPirates appetite? Find out this October at Pirate’s Dinner Adventure. Ghouls and ghosts of all ages are encouraged to dress up in costume and participate in the costume contest, where prizes will be awarded.

Pirate’s Dinner Adventure
7600 Beach Blvd
Buena Park CA, 90620

For reservations and showtimes, please call 714-690-147 or toll free 866-439-AHOY.

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Knotts Scary Farm Halloween Haunt
September – November
select nights

Knott’s professional “scare-masters” transform the old Berry Farm into Knott’s Scary Farm for another year of the world’s first, biggest and most famous theme park Halloween event! Every year all 160-acres of Knott’s Berry Farm are transformed into your worst nightmare with themed mazes, live shows, and scare zones featuring hundreds of free-roaming monsters.

2013 brings five new mazes to an already extensive variety of horrific attractions and Elvira makes her return in an all-new stage show.

Knott’s Berry Farm
8039 Beach Boulevard
Buena Park CA, 90620

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Knotts Berry Farm Camp Spooky
Weekends In October

Knott’s Berry Farm invites kids ages 3-11 to dress to impress in all their Halloween finery and come to ‘Snoopy’s Costume Party’ in Camp Snoopy. This daytime, non-scare celebration of cheer rather than fear is the social event of the season with shows, activities and of course, trick or treating.

Knott’s Berry Farm
8039 Beach Boulevard
Buena Park CA, 90620

COSTA MESAPacific Symphony ‘Sherlock Holmes Halloween’
October 25, 2014
10:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m

Magical, mysterious music gets you in the Halloween mood as you help Sherlock Holmes solve the Mystery of the Haunted Violin! Includes instantly recognizable selections from Saint-Saëns’ “Danse Macabre,” Mussorgsky’s “Night on Bald Mountain” and more! Don’t forget to wear your costume.

Segerstrom Concert Hall
600 Town Center Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

(714) 755-5799

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Annual Trick or Treat Festival
2014 details coming!

The Orange County Market Place celebrates the Halloween season with its 16th Annual Trick or Treat Festival & Halloween Hearse Show featuring a Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Celebration with Azteca and folklorico dancing, artisans and more. Families can also enjoy hearses on display, sugar skull painting for children, strolling entertainment and more.

Children in costume can enjoy trick-or-treating from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The Trick or Treat Festival and most activities are free with Orange County Market Place admission.

Orange County Market Place/OC Fair & Event Center Lot A
88 Fair Drive
Costa Mesa, CA

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Halloween Foodtacular
2014 details coming!

Food Truck Fare will get spooky at the Halloween Foodtacular with a variety of gourmet food trucks, ghoulish tunes, cash bar with adult “spirits,” truck-to-truck trick-or-treating for the kids, and more. Family-friendly costumed encouraged.

Admission & Parking is Free

OC Fair & Event Center
88 Fair Drive
Costa Mesa, CA

CYPRESSCity of Cypress Halloween Carnival
October 31, 2014
6:00 – 9:00pm
Family Games, Entertainment and Trick or Treat! Food will be sold for an additional cost at the event 

Cypress Community Center
5700 Orange Ave


DANA POINTDoheny State Beach Halloween Haunt
October 25, 2014
Don’t miss out on Doheny’s most festive event of the year! Bring your family and friends to celebrate Halloween in a fun and safe environment with good ole fashioned spookiness, arts and crafts, a fun zone, and an array of educational booths.There is no charge for admission; however, a donation of one non-perishable per person is greatly appreciated. Don’t’ forget to dress up those little ones!

Doheny State Beach, picnic sites A and B.



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Halloween Kids Boo Cruise
2014 details coming!

The haunted vessel, Sum Fun, will be cruising the harbor ever 20 minutes. This event is fun for the whole family and there will be a costume contest on every cruise! Be sure to dressed in your best Halloween attire! Be sure to get here early as this is a really popular event!

There is a $5 donation for each person (no donation for children 1 and under) with all proceeds to benefit Us Too Gymnastics and Community Autism NOW

Dana Wharf Sportfishing / Dana Point Harbor
34675 Golden Lantern
Dana Point


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Halloween Spooktacular & Moonlight Movie
October 24, 2014
4:30 – 9 pm

At 4:30 pm the City of Dana Point will be hosting spooky fun at Lantern Bay Park. Halloween Carnival Games, Halloween Cupcake Decorating & Crafts, costume parade and more!

The night ends with the Moonlight Movie, Harry Potter & The Sorcerer’s Stone (PG) beginning at 6:30pm – Free popcorn and treats

Lantern Bay Park
25111 Park Lantern Road
Dana Point, California 92629


FULLERTONHaunted Fullerton Walking Tours
September 17 through November 6, 2014
Wednesdays and Thursdays at 6 p.m.
Did you know Fullerton is one of the most haunted cities around? Ghosts are lurking at every corner. Take this tour and find out what businesses have pots and pans flying around after hours, what famous deceased Fullertonian makes an “appearance” now and then, enjoy some of Fullerton’s history. These tours are a celebration of local legend while sharing stories of another facet of Fullerton’s history, particularly that of the downtown.“Ghost hunters” should be prepared to walk approximately 1.5 miles (lasting about 2 ½ hours), and the tours will include climbing stairs. Participants should wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a sense of humor with them. The tour is not recommended for children under 13. Cost is $15 for museum members and $18 for the general public (Halloween night slightly higher).

Meet at Fullerton Museum

(714) 738-6545
It’s strongly advised to get your registrations in early


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Night of the Living Dead
October 3 – November 1, 2014

The zombie classic that started it all! A true cult classic – and one of the scariest movies of all time. The dead are walking, and hunger for human flesh. A group of panicked survivors are barricaded in a deserted farmhouse while the army of flesh-eating zombies hovers outside their door. This Halloween experience the bone-chilling terror on STAGE!

Warning – Graphic Violence

Maverick Theatre
110 E. Walnut



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Haunted Garden at the Arboretum
2014 details coming!

Every year the Fullerton Arboretum transforms their garden into a haven for all that goes bump in the night. But don’t worry, their guides will take you safely through the treacherous paths that wind through the dark forest the evil spirits call home.

Tours through the garden begin at 6:30 pm both nights and run until the last tour leaves at 8:00. The end of the tour features a Haunter’s Ball, where there are games and activities for those lucky enough to make it through the garden. Pre-paid Ticket Pricing: Adults and Teens $12, Children under 12, $6. Prices at the gate will be higher.

Fullerton Arboretum
1900 Associated Road
Fullerton, CA


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Temple Baptist Church’s Fall Festival
2014 details coming!

Wear your costumes for our parade and contest. Play Games for candy and Prizes. Adults make you best homemade chili for our annual Chili Cook Off!!

1601 W. Malvern Avenue
Fullerton, CA.


GARDEN GROVEJack O’Lantern Jamboree
Friday, October 24, 2014
Sponsored by the city’s Community Services Department , the event will feature games, crafts, a costume parade, a haunted house, a bounce house and more. Snacks will be a available for purchase.Must buy tickets before this event! – Admission is $8 per person; children 2 and under are free. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Atlantis Play Center
13630 Atlantis Way
Garden Grove, CA 92844


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2014 details coming!

King of Kings Lutheran Church is hosted a Halloween event with games and meal. Kids come in costume and there will be photo opportunities.

King of Kings Lutheran Church and School
13431 Newhope St
Garden Grove, CA 92843


HUNTINGTON BEACHMain Street Halloween Fest
October 31, 2014
For children of all ages, this annual Halloween celebration comes courtesy of the Downtown Business Improvement District. The spooky festivities include a moon bounce, petting zoo, Ferris wheel, pumpkin carving, costume contests and more.LOCATION:
Downtown Huntington Beach
Main Street and 5th Street by Pacific Coast Highway

(714) 536-8300

Select nights starting October 17
An elaborate yard display in Irvine, BOOT HILL rises from the fog for it’s 14th year to inhabit the residence at 16 Goldenrod. The unearthly spirits from the old west town of Bridgewood will materialize for NINE nights, transforming the residence at 16 Goldenrod into the old church and cemetary that once occupied the land. Come if you dare…but beware the ghost of Jedediah Smith, he has been known to roam through the decaying grounds of Boot Hill.Free to all, donations are accepted with proceeds going to CHOC, Children’s Hospital of Orange County.

16 Goldenrod
Irvine, CA



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Spooktacular Saturdays
October 4, 11, 18 & 25, 2014

Four days of family fun and entertainment! Each Saturday, families can enjoy traditional fall festivities at the Orange County Great Park. Festivities will include kids crafts, petting zoo, carnival games, Harvest Walk, entertainment, gourmet food trucks and much more.

The Great Park
5 Freeway and Sand Canyon

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Fall Fest Hosted by Compass Bible Church
October 31

For the past 9 years, FALL FEST has become a favorite event for families to enjoy on Halloween night.

Costumes are welcomed…and encouraged. But please, for the sake of our younger guests NO SCARY COSTUMES.

ALL FREE family event

Compass Bible Church
150 Columbia in Aliso Viejo – There will be PLENTY OF PARKING and an event drop off zone available onsite.

October 3 – November 1, 2014
Select days, please check their website calendar
New location – The Empty Grave has moved from it’s Anaheim location to Laguna Hills Mall. This haunted attraction is located a few block from Disneyland with 50,000 square feet of terror! Featuring state of the art special effects, live actors and animatronics. Online tickets available.
23400 Laguna Hills Mall
Laguna Hills, CA 92653
October 23-25, 2014
Zombie’s have taken over the Crown Valley Community Park! Small groups will be escorted by our trained, “Zombie Squad” to experience the Haunted Trails, tents and mazes. Wear comfortable walking shoes, as you weave through the zombie infestation areas and experience the mayhem and madness! At the end of the event you will be checked out at the “infection check station” to safely leave the event.This is a VERY SCARY event and not recommended for children under 8 years of age. $12 per entrance

Crown Valley Community Park
29751 Crown Valley Parkway
Laguna Niguel, Location at the entrance to the Community Park on the emergency road.

949-362-4351 x 1

LA HABRAChildren’s Museum Mini Monsters Bash
October 31, 2014
Bring your little goblin for a fun and festive Halloween morning! There will be crafts, games, stories and a costume parade!Free to CMLH Members and visitors with paid admission.

Children’s Museum at La Habra
301 South Euclid Street
La Habra

Please call 562-905-9793 for reservations

LAKE FORESTHaunt at Heritage Hill
2014 details coming!
Be the first to dare tour the haunted schoolhouse. Are you brave enough to experience “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” and the all new “La Carnivora” scream zones? There will also be a DJ, dancing and a special movie screening of the Universal classic horror film “Dracula” starring the legendary Bela Lugosi. Celebrate the legacy of Bela Lugosi with Bela Lugosi Jr. who will be at the event signing autographs and answering questions.Recommended for 13 years and older.

Heritage Hill Historical Park
25151 Serrano Road
Lake Forest, CA


LA PALMAHalloween Carnival
Friday, October 31, 2014
6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
This yearly spooktacular event features a fabulous COSTUME CONTEST for ghouls and boys with special prizes in each age division! This year’s Halloween spookfest will feature CARNIVAL GAMES, a “GOBLIN GULCH” for children under the age of 5, and a haunted area.Free event. This event will be canceled in the event of rain.

Central Park
La Palma

For more information, please call the La Palma Recreation and Community Services Department at (714) 690-3350.

LOS ALAMITOSShocktoberfest
October 24, 25, 26 & 31, 2014
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
For the first time ever, the Youth Center partnering with St.Isidore Historical Plaza on bringing this fun annual event to our community. Join us for Oktoberfest party at St. Isidore Plaza with incredibly scary Haunted House. Experience Halloween like never before! Haunted plaza, costume contests, German music, live bands, amazing vendors, bratwursts, pretzels, kids and adult games, photo memories, fun atmosphere and prizes!$5.00 small maze, $10.00 large maze ($12 for both!)

St. Isidore Historical Plaza
10961 Reagan Street
Los Alamitos, CA

(562) 430-1073

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Trunk or Treat
2014 details coming!

The Los Alamitos Recreation & Community Services Department is proud to bring back the second annual Trunk-or-Treat event. Held at Little Cottonwood Park this year, the FREE event will offer trunk-or-treating, treasure hunting, games, costume contests and more! Be sure to dress in your Halloween best and bring a bag for all of your loot!

Cost: FREE (food available for purchase)

Little Cottonwood Park
4000 Farquhar Ave
Los Alamitos CA 90720


NEWPORT BEACHFamily Fright Zone Friday
2014 details coming!
Ghostly creatures take to fright, on this spooky family Fun Zone night. Join us for a BOOtiful evening at our 2nd Annual Halloween event. Experience costumes, pumpkins and candy, Oh My! Trick-or-treat at the Fun Zone as witches, wizards and ghosts come to life on the waterfront. Enjoy spooky storytelling, kooky crafts, face painting, magic shows and live entertainment for the entire family.Friends of Frankenstein: Dress is your favorite costume and march in our Howlin’ Halloween Costume Parade. Participate in the Monster Mash, the Mummy Wrap and other Halloween activities. No tricks, just treats!

All activities are FREE for Members or $5 for Non-Members.

600 East Bay Avenue
Newport Beach, CA, 92661

For details about this spooktacular event visitwww.explorocean.org or call (949) 675-8915!

ORANGEIrvine Park Railroad – Pumpkin Patch
Saturday, September 20 – October 31, 2014
Irvine Park Railroad’s 9th annual pumpkin patch is fun for the entire family! The pumpkin patch opens daily at 10:00 am beginning September 20th through October 31st. Activities include train rides, hay rides, a haunted house, a hay maze, pony rides, a moon bounce, panning for gold, face painting, picture stands, the Orange County Zoo, and a lot more. Admission into the pumpkin patch is free. Prices for all other activities vary. Additional activities inside of the park include Irvine Park Rentals’ paddle boats and Wheel Fun Rentals® bikes (single surrey bikes, deuce coupes, choppers, beach cruises and more), the Orange County Zoo and pony rides. School and group discounts available for Pumpkin Patch tours.LOCATION:
Irvine Park Railroad
1 Irvine Park Road, Orange


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Bats, Cats & Spiders – Halloween Toddler Program
October 3, 8 & 15, 2014

Learn about creatures that are associated with Halloween! Class includes hands-on learning, fun, spooky crafts, and meeting zoo animals up close.

Event Fee: $5.00 (includes ONE parent)
Parking Fee: Irvine Park entry fee is $3 per car weekdays & $5 per car weekends Age: 3-4 years old

Orange County Zoo
1 Irvine Park Road
Orange, CA 92869

Special Instructions: PHONE REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Call Marcy Crede-Booth, Education Coordinator at (714) 973-6846. Additional parents/siblings/family/friends must pay admission fee to enter zoo. Please note spaces fill quickly for toddler classes.

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Treats in the Streets
Thursday, October 30, 2014
4-7 p.m.

The streets surrounding the Old Towne Plaza are closed off to traffic and Old Towne merchants decorate their shops and local non-profit groups provide delicious food items and tasty treats for a nominal charge.

Fun activities include games, trick or treating, a costume parade, and entertainment for participants of all ages. (Parents please leave masks and pets at home)

Old Towne Orange Plaza Area
Chapman Ave. & Glassell

Orange Special Event Hotline (714) 744-7293


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Halloween Zoo-tacular!
October 25, 2014

Fun activities include trick-or-treating (kids ages 12 & under), spooky crafts, a scavenger hunt (kids ages 12 & under), and face painting! See the zoo animals receive treat filled pumpkins throughout the day! First 100 children (ages 12 & under) in costume receive a special gift!

Free with zoo admission ($2 per person, ages 2 & under free) Parking Fee: Irvine Park entry $5 per vehicle

Orange County Zoo
1 Irvine Park Road
Orange, CA 92869

(714) 973-6847

2014 details coming!
Get in the spirit of Halloween by joining the Historical Society Walking Tour Guides on a spooky walking tour of Los Rios Street, the oldest residential neighborhood in California. Be prepared for creepy tales of big black dogs, strange monks who have lost their heads, ghostly tales about a lady in white and other goings on.Cost: $5.00 adults $3.00 children. Reservations are required – it’s best to make them as soon as possible since these tours fill up. Meet and pay at the O’Neill Museum.

O’Neill Museum
31831 Los Rios Street

Reservations are required and can be made by calling

SANTA ANADiscovery CubePresents: Spooky Science
October 4, 2014 – November 2, 2014
Creepy crawlers, pumpkins, and friendly spooks are all making their way to Discovery Cubefor Spooky Science this October. Join us as we explore pumpkins of all sizes, shapes and colors and investigate the seeds inside them. Make your own slime, explore a spooky 3-D maze, check out spiders of all sizes and colors, and much more! Even the youngest of goblins will enjoy spooky fun while learning about shapes as they create their own jack-o-lanterns out of felt.LOCATION:
Discovery Cube
2500 N. Main St.
Santa Ana, CA 92705


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BOO at the Zoo
October 18, 19, 25, 26 & 30, 2014
5:30 – 8 pm

This family-friendly costumed extravaganza will bring FUN, SAFE, trick-or-treating in a “Merry not Scary” Zoo atmosphere, with educational animal presentations, storytelling, and entertainment throughout the evening, with a grand finale costume parade!

For the older kids, there’s also “Teen Scream,” a haunted house filled with thrills and chills. This ghoulish attraction has a separate entrance, but is included with the price of admission.

$14/person (only $7/Member) ages 2 & up children under 2 free. online tickets available

Santa Ana Zoo
1801 E. Chestnut Ave



Halloween Fun with Family and Friends
October 25, 2014
12-4 p.m

Join the fun as the annual Halloween Fun with Family and Friends is conducted the Saturday prior to Halloween. This special event is open to ghosts and goblins of all ages and will feature games, DJ entertainment, costume contests, non-profit food booths and a howling good time for everyone. Be sure to bring your trick-or-treat bag!

Stanton Park
7800 Katella Avenue

For additional information please call 714-890-4270


Haunted Tales from the Shadows of Old Saddleback
2014 details coming!

Some say that Black Star Canyon is haunted. Ghost hunters wander up the canyon at night searching for tribal villagers, bandits, homesteaders, and other forgotten figures of the past. Many of the legendary tales about the Santa Ana Mountains were compiled into Shadows of Old Saddleback, a book published in 1931. Dress up like a ghost from old California and creep along with us into the dark hollows of Black Star Canyon. Hear stories about strange happenings and decide for yourself if they are true. Search for elusive apparitions and nocturnal wildlife. We will gather in front of the giant sandstone formation at the end of Black Star Canyon Road at 5:45PM. At 6PM. Some stories may be inappropriate for younger audiences.

For 9 years and up. Minors must be accompanied by an adult or legal guardian.

Black Star Canyon, Black Star Canyon Rd.
Silverado, CA 92676.

Please check their website for RSVP information and special instructions to this event.

TUSTINHalloween Howl
October 31
Costume contests, family entertainment, carnival games, prizes and candy. Hosted by City of Tustin Parks & RecreationLOCATION:
Columbus Tustin Activity Center
17522 Beneta Way (Corner of Irvine Blvd & Prospect)

(714) 573-3326

VILLA PARKHalloween Fest
2014 details coming!
The night before Halloween, the VP Towne Center suddenly becomes the happy haunting grounds for young ghosts, goblins, a few pirates, some skeletons, and lots of princesses who have escaped from their local castles.Costumed children will have the opportunity to visit local merchants for treats throughout the Towne Centre.

Villa Park Towne Centre

(714) 998-1500

WESTMINSTERThe Pumpkin Factory at Westminster Mall
2014 details coming!
Visit the Pumpkin Factory for all your pumpkin needs! Check ou the HUGE selection of pumpkins if all shapes and sizes while the kids play the carnival games, rides, get your face painted, and visit the petting zoo!LOCATION:
Westminster Mall

(714) 483-9211

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Halloween Happening at the Mall
October 31

Join the City of Westminster and Westminster Mall for the annual Halloween trick or treat and nickel carnival! Located in the lower level Macy’s Court

Bring money to play carnival games!

Westminster Mall


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Costume Rentals

Creative Parties for Kids

Creative Parties for Kids now has costume rentals! Take advantage and rent now for Halloween. Visit Costume Gallery on our website for selection & prices.

New Studio Address:
924 North Batavia
Orange, CA 92867

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Halloween Parties

Creative Parties for Kids

Creative Parties For Kids offers the best and most talented committed artists. We can create a magical Halloween experience for you and your guests.

Our artists are appropriate for different kinds of parties and events, from backyard birthdays to large corporate events – our artists can even paint your company logo!


4 Reasons to Buy Before Winter

Snow-GlobeIt’s that time of year, the seasons are changing and with them bring thoughts of the upcoming holidays, family get togethers, and planning for a new year. Those who are on the fence about whether now is the right time to buy don’t have to look much farther to find four great reasons to consider buying a home now, instead of waiting.

1. Prices Will Continue to Rise

The Home Price Expectation Survey polls a distinguished panel of over 100 economists, investment strategists, and housing market analysts. Their most recent report released recently projects appreciation in home values over the next five years to be between 11.2% (most pessimistic) and 27.8% (most optimistic).

The bottom in home prices has come and gone. Home values will continue to appreciate for years. Waiting no longer makes sense.

2. Mortgage Interest Rates Are Projected to Increase

Although Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey shows that interest rates for a 30-year mortgage have softened recently, most experts predict that they will begin to rise later this year. The Mortgage Bankers Association, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the National Association of Realtors are in unison projecting that rates will be up almost a full percentage point by the end of next year.

An increase in rates will impact YOUR monthly mortgage payment. Your housing expense will be more a year from now if a mortgage is necessary to purchase your next home.

3. Either Way You are Paying a Mortgage

As a recent paper from the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University explains: “Households must consume housing whether they own or rent. Not even accounting for more favorable tax treatment of owning, homeowners pay debt service to pay down their own principal while households that rent pay down the principal of a landlord plus a rate of return. That’s yet another reason owning often does—as Americans intuit—end up making more financial sense than renting.”

4. It’s Time to Move On with Your Life

The ‘cost’ of a home is determined by two major components: the price of the home and the current mortgage rate. It appears that both are on the rise. But, what if they weren’t? Would you wait? Look at the actual reason you are buying and decide whether it is worth waiting. Whether you want to have a great place for your children to grow up, you want your family to be safer or you just want to have control over renovations, maybe it is time to buy.

Bottom Line

If the right thing for you and your family is to purchase a home this year, buying sooner rather than later could lead to substantial savings.

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Is There a Window of Opportunity for Sellers Right Now?

opportunities for sellersOne of the most interesting revelations of the latest National Association of Realtors (NAR) Existing Home Sales Report is the shortage of housing inventory being reported throughout much of the country. At the same time, buyer demand is dramatically up over last year.  Here are some key points:

  • Total housing inventory at the end of January fell 4.9 percent to 1.74 million existing homes available for sale, which represents a 4.2-month supply at the current sales pace.
  • This represents the lowest housing supply since April 2005 when it was also 4.2 months.
  • Listed inventory is 25.3 percent below a year ago when there was a 6.2-month supply.
  • Raw unsold inventory is at the lowest level since December 1999 when there were 1.71 million homes on the market.

What Does This Mean if You Are Selling a Home?

The price of anything is determined by supply and demand. According to NAR’s report, inventory is at its lowest level since the real estate boom eight years ago. At the same time, demand is up. Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist, reveals:

“Buyer traffic is continuing to pick up, while seller traffic is holding steady. In fact, buyer traffic is 40 percent above a year ago, so there is plenty of demand but insufficient inventory to improve sales more strongly. We’ve transitioned into a seller’s market in much of the country.”

Does that mean you should sell your house now? Or should you wait to see if prices increase? Nobody knows for sure. However, some feel that there may be a pent-up inventory about to come to the market because, as prices increase, it will free up some sellers who have been locked in a negative equity situation (where the house is worth less than the remaining mortgage).

The Zillow Negative Equity Forecast predicts: 

“The negative equity rate among all homeowners with a mortgage will fall to at least 25.5 percent by the fourth quarter of 2013, freeing more than 999,000 additional homeowners nationwide.”

If these homes come to market, the supply/demand ratio will begin to balance out and lessen the opportunity a seller now has.

Calculated Risk, a well respected blog which analyzes the economy:

“With the low level of inventory, both in absolute numbers and as a month-of-supply, and the recent price increases in some areas, it would seem likely more inventory would come on the market.”

Lawrence Yun agrees:

“We expect a seasonal rise of inventory this spring.”

Yet, Yun is quick to add:

“It may be insufficient to avoid more frequent incidences of multiple bidding and faster-than-normal price growth.”

Probably the most interesting comment on this comes from Calculated Risk:

“I need to think about this…This will be an interesting issue all year.”

This is an issue that is important to every seller. Make sure that you are working with a true professional that is dedicated to keeping current on what matters in the real estate market so he/she may provide you with the best advice possible as this situation becomes clearer.

Contact Roy at RoyaltyAgent@gmail.com


5 Reasons You Should Buy a Home NOW!


Many potential buyers are waiting until they can be 100% sure the real estate market has fully recovered before making the move to purchase a home. Here are five reasons why waiting might not make sense any longer:

1.) Prices Are on the Rise

The latest Case Shiller Home Price Indexrevealed that home prices have appreciated 5.5% over the last year. This is occurring across the nation as increases were reported in 19 of 20 metros. The Home Price Expectation Survey, which polls a distinguished panel of over 100 economists, investment strategists, and housing market analysts, calls for continued appreciation over the next five years.

2.) Mortgage Interest Rates Are Expected to Increase

The Mortgage Bankers Association has predicted that, after reaching record lows in 2012, mortgage rates will creep up slowly in 2013 to 4.4%. Rates have already increased by 2/10 of a point (3.32 to 3.53) in the last two months.

3.) Rents Are Continuing to Skyrocket

Recently, Zillow  reported that rents in the U.S. increased by 4.2% over the last year. Increases were 5% or more in many major metropolitan areas including Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, Detroit, Baltimore, Denver, San Jose and Charlotte.

4.) New Mortgage Regulations Will Be Announced Later This Year

Six regulators, including the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and the Securities and Exchange Commission, are currently drafting the new Qualified Residential Mortgage (QRM) rule. They will decide on two major requirements for buyers looking to qualify for a mortgage: minimum down payment and minimum FICO score. Many experts believe the new rules will be more stringent than current requirements.

 5.) Timelines Will Be Shorter

The dramatic increase in transactions caused many challenges to the process of buying or selling a home in 2012. We waited for inspections, dealt with last minute appraisals and prayed that the bank didn’t ask for ‘just one more piece of paper’ before issuing a commitment on the mortgage. There are fewer transactions this time of year. That means that timetables on each component of the home buying process will be friendlier for those involved in transactions over the next 90 days.

These are five good reasons why you should consider buying a home today instead of waiting.

Contact Roy at RoyaltyAgent@gmail.com


Shedding a Little Light on Shadow Inventory

Last week, we posted a blog titled: The Impact of Distressed Properties on Neighboring Values. In the article, we said there would be more distressed properties coming to market in the next six months and that these properties would put added downward pressure on prices of other homes in the area. Some questioned our assumption that foreclosures were about to increase and others questioned our assertion that they would have a negative impact on values. We want to qualify both of our statements today.

Distressed properties are about to increase

We have been in the ‘eye of the storm’ regarding the shadow inventory of foreclosure properties for the last several months. Foreclosures have been delayed by court systems mandating that the banks have their paperwork in order. Just last week, Fannie Mae addressed this issue in a report:

“Our foreclosure rates remain high. However, foreclosure levels were lower than what they otherwise would have been in the first quarter of 2011 due to the delays caused by servicer foreclosure process deficiencies and the resulting foreclosure pause.”

In their First Quarter 2011 Financial Results Supplement, Freddie Mac, also addressed this issue last week:

“We expect the pace of our REO acquisitions to increase in the remainder of 2011, in part due to the resumption of foreclosure activity by servicers, as well as the transition of many seriously delinquent loans to REO.”

More foreclosures will be coming to the market throughout 2011.

Distressed properties impact prices of surrounding properties 

Clear Capital discussed this point in their May 2011 Market Report. In the report they used two graphs to emphasize the connection. In the first graph, they charted the national saturation rate of foreclosures (REOs) from 2008 until the present.


In the second graph they charted national home prices during the same time period.


We can see that as the saturation rate of foreclosures increase, prices decrease.

Bottom Line

More foreclosures will be coming to market and they will have an impact on values. How will your neighborhood be affected? Sit down with a local real estate expert to find out.

Brea vs. Foothill 9/30/10


Brea vs. Diamond Bar 9/23/10

Hello freshmen football parents,

This week all videos are combined in one embedded YouTube box. I was running short on time and this was a quick fix. However, all football highlights from last week’s game are included in the video mix. If you didn’t find a particular play/highlight, please send me a comment below and I’ll try to include it.

Also, your comments and thoughts are welcomed. So we may get some conversations going amongst the parents, I encourage all to leave at least one comment below. Thanks for your support.

Roy Hernandez


Brea vs. Sonora 9/16/2010

Run Ritchie, Run! Brea up 7-0!


Fumble recovery by Ammon Hernandez


Big run around the corner by Ritchie Main!


Nice catch by Cameron Bishop!


Touchdown from Ritchie Main to Diego Chavarria. Brea up 13-0!


Strong Brea Defense!


QB sneak for BIG yards!


Good O-Line blocking results in a TOUCHDOWN! Brea up 19-0!


Brea fumble recovery by Zach Owens.


Nice tackle in the backfield by Cameron Graciarena!


Great blocking O-line! Michaelangelo Talag breaks free…


Colin Williams gashes the Sonora D!


Hernandez block springs Michaelangelo for a big run!


Fantastic run by Tyler Inman.


Tyler Inman takes it in for a TD! Brea up 27-0!


Ritchie and Diego hook up for their 2nd TD! Brea up 34-0!


Zach Owens tackles Sonora for a loss!


Colin Williams makes a spectacular interception!


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