OPINION: SoCal gets ready for Halloween

By Kelly Vasquez

It’s officially the spooky Halloween season and there are a variety of seasonal offerings in Southern California that people should take advantage of.

Whether it’s looking for a small local pumpkin patch, getting scared for the night at Universal Horror Nights, or have some villain fun at Disney California Adventure, there is something for everyone to do this Fall. 

Over at Universal Studios, Horror Nights is back. Horror Nights is an extremely popular event that has been attracting crowds for years. The event consists of different-themed scare mazes, live entertainment and food. 

This year’s mazes include Stranger Things, Ghostbusters, Jordan Peele’s Us, and more. 

People familiar with the show “Stranger Things” will love the maze themed after it. It is carefully filled with nods and references to the show that viewers will recognize instantly. 

Ghostbusters is also an extremely fun maze that features the famous Stay Puft Marshmallow and other silly ghosts. 

On the more scary side is the Killer Klowns from Outer Space and Jordan Peele’s Us maze. 

Killer Klowns features scary clowns on the hunt to kill. The colors are electrifying inside, filled with neon and bright lights. 

The Us maze is filled with doppelgangers ready to kill as people try to escape the maze. It’s fun, but can be terrifying. 

There are many mazes that are truly scary, while others are more lighthearted, which offers a nice variety for people who may not like being scared as much. 

Universal is also well known for having scare zones located throughout the park, outside of the mazes. 

These are fun and feature scare actors following people through their walk in the park. Universal is great at putting this event together and is quite a fun experience.

Further down south, Disneyland has also transformed for the Halloween season. In the past, Disneyland has done Mickey’s Halloween Party, but this year things have changed. 

They’re now introducing the brand new Oogie Boogie Bash, which takes place at California Adventure. Disney has really upped their game with this event, which is much more fun and interactive than their previous ones. 

The Oogie Boogie Bash has several different treat trails                     filled with candy for trick-or-treating.

At the end of the trails, they have a variety of different villain characters that people can interact with. 

Meeting characters at Disneyland always results in huge lines, which can be tiring. Having them at the end of the treat trails helps elimate those lines.

Disneyland also invested in turning the Redwood Creek Trail into a Villains Grove, which is a beautiful sight to see. The                                                lighting, sound effects and projections are extremely well done. 

Lastly, they introduced a brand new World of Color show called Villainous. The show follows a little girl deciding what to be for Halloween. 

This show isn’t necessarily their best and is skippable, but overall, Oogie Boogie Bash at California Adventure is well thought out and fun for the whole family.

On the more local scale, the City of Commerce introduced their first pumpkin patch in recent history.

Located on Telegraph Road near the Citadel Outlets, this pumpkin patch is guaranteed to give goers a good time. 

Not only is it filled with           pumpkins but also carnival games, food trucks and rides.

There’s even a petting zoo filled with adorable animals such as pigs, goats and alpacas. 

The Commerce Pumpkin                Patch is open to the public all month long.

Their hours are Monday through Friday from noon to 10 p.m. and Saturday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Admission is only $2 per person and free for children under two. 

All proceeds are also going to the City of Hope National Medical Center to aid in cancer research. 

This pumpkin patch is filled with fun activities to enjoy with loved ones and is a great way to also give back to the community.

The holidays are all about spending time with people we love. There’s always something to do in Southern California during the Halloween season.

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