Spooktacular Halloween in the OC

Happy Belated Halloween Everyone!  I hope all of you had a great evening and ate lots of candy. After celebrating all month with my family and stuffing our faces with caramel apples and other treats the time has come to put away our Halloween decorations.

In my family, Halloween is one of the biggest holidays out of the year, especially for my dad. We spend a majority of the month going to Halloween stores, watching Halloween movies, adding to the already pre-existing decorations in our house, and eating lots of treats. The day itself, we find tends to be somewhat lackluster but this year was a nice change as Orange County is constantly adding new things for its residents and visitors to enjoy.

Unlike most Halloween nights my family chose to stay closer to home this year. My little sister at the age of eleven-years-old is still partial to trick-or-treating so we planned our activities to accommodate that for her. Huntington Beach offered an excellent mid day trick or treating event on the day of Halloween on their Main Street, which they have offered in past years. It’s an extremely kid friendly event where kids go up to participating stores and restaurants for candy, go on the bounce houses, and make crafts—costumes are a must. The HB Halloween Trick-or-Treating is very similar to their street fair (Tuesday nights from 5p-9p) where they close off Main Street.

 

My little sister Katherine trick-or-treating as a Hogwarts student.

My little sister Katherine trick-or-treating as a Hogwarts student.

My personal suggestions for the event are to arrive early to secure better parking around Main Street if you do not wish to pay for parking in one of the nearby structures. The event ran from 4p-8p so we made sure to be there to find a parking spot a 3:30p. We enjoyed a nice walk down the pier and by the time we were walking back the festivities had begun.

 

Locals enjoying the 2013 HB Halloween Trick-or-Treating on Main Street.

Locals enjoying the 2013 HB Halloween Trick-or-Treating on Main Street.

By the time my sister had acquired all the candy she could carry in her bag it was time for dinner. My family does not always share the same adventurous spirit as myself and opted for ordering pizza and going home. There are so many wonderful restaurants in downtown Huntington Beach that residents and visitors alike can take advantage of. We did enjoy our simple evening, however, as we had our own small Halloween party at home watching some of our Halloween videos, eating delicious caramel apples from Helen Grace, and passing out candy to the adorable children in our neighborhood.

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