Knott’s #ScaryFarm 2016 Preview

The kids are back to school, which means one thing – fall is just around the corner. And fall means another thing! Not just pumpkin spice everything, but Halloween. And that all means that Knott’s Scary Farm is just around the corner.

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Just a day ago, Knott’s released all the information on this year’s shows, mazes and scare zones. It’s gonna be a fun one. I’m not gonna lie, a scary one too, but very fun!

Knott’s Scary Farm is the largest, most haunting Halloween experience in Southern California, with endless mazes and shocking surprises in store for 2016. New this year, the legendary Headless Horseman and his army of undead creatures ready to unleash a reign of terror in the new scare zone, The Hollow. Fight off demon samurais within the depths of purgatory in the latest maze, Shadow Lands. That’s right, a samurai maze!

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Elvira, the legendary Mistress of the Dark, returns to Knott’s Scary Farm in a spectacular nightly show, Elvira’s Danse Macabre. Knott’s Scary Farm and Elvira go together like PB&J!

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A maze we really enjoyed last year and that’s back again with new surprises is Paranormal Inc. Guests follow an all new investigation at a haunted abandoned asylum. The detail and surprises in this maze had never been seen before at Knott’s Scary Farm. We can’t wait to see what this year holds.Paranormal (no background)

With 13 haunted attractions and more than 1,000 monsters roaming the park and lurking in the fog, whatever you’re imagining, it’s here…at Knott’s Scary Farm.  Visit KnottsScaryFarm.com for tickets and join the conversation using #ScaryFarm

Knott’s Scary Farm is a separately ticketed event on 24 nights September 22 through October 31.  Due to the explicit and frightening nature of the event, it is not recommended for children under 13. If your kids are like mine and love the Paranormal Activity films and all the Halloween movies with Michael Myers, they will do just fine here!

 

Slow Cooker Hatch Chile Carnitas #HatchChile

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This Carnitas Recipe is sponsored by Gigasavvy. However, all opinions are my very own.

I love summer for so many reasons. I think one of my favorite reasons is all of the fresh produce that is abundant during this season. It’s Hatch Chile season and I want to incorporate them into every single one of my dinners. They are absolutely delicious!

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They’re definitely in season and can be found at your local Northgate Market until the end of the month. Northgate Market will be hosting roasting events every weekend in August at select stores. I used my roasted chiles to make a super easy and delicious slow cooked carnitas. They’re so easy to make!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 4 pound boneless shoulder pork roast
  • 1 pound of roasted hatch chiles (I roasted mine over the stove top)
  • 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cunim
  • 1/2 teaspoon of dried oregano

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Mix together salt, garlic powder, cumin, oregano,  and cinnamon in a bowl. Coat pork with the spice mixture. Place the bay leaves in the bottom of a slow cooker and place the pork on top.  Cut the chiles in small slices after roasting. Place evenly among the pot. Pour the chicken broth around the sides of the pork, being careful not to rinse off the spice mixture.

Cover and cook on low for 10 hours. Turn over after 5 hours. Remove from crockpot and shred. Serve with warm tortillas and salsa. Mmmmm good!

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Here is a list of the roasting events at Northgate Markets in the area.

Saturday

  • Anaheim #16: 929 S Euclid St, Anaheim, CA 92802
  • Anaheim #40: 2030 E. Lincoln Ave, Anaheim, CA
  • Chula Vista #27: 1058 3rd Ave, Chula Vista, CA 91911
  • La Puente #6: 831 N Hacienda Blvd, La Puente, CA 91744
  • Norwalk #24: 11660 E. Firestone Blvd, Norwalk, CA
  • Pico Rivera #4: 9101 E Telegraph Rd, Pico Rivera, CA 90660

August 21

Sunday

  • Anaheim #40: 2030 E. Lincoln Ave, Anaheim, CA
  • Culver City #41: 4700 Inglewood Blvd, Culver City, CA 90230
  • Los Angeles #37: 425 S. Soto Street, Los Angeles, CA 90033
  • Norwalk #24: 11660 E. Firestone Blvd, Norwalk, CA
  • San Diego #36: 5403 University Ave., San Diego, CA 92105

August 27

Saturday

  • Anaheim #40: 2030 E. Lincoln Ave, Anaheim, CA
  • El Monte #20: 3828 N Peck Rd, El Monte, CA 91732
  • Hawthorne #25: 3930 W Rosecrans Ave, Hawthorne, CA 90250
  • Los Angeles #38: 944 E. Slauson Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90011
  • Norwalk #24: 11660 E. Firestone Blvd, Norwalk, CA

August 28

Sunday

  • Anaheim #40: 2030 E. Lincoln Ave, Anaheim, CA
  • Norwalk #24: 11660 E. Firestone Blvd, Norwalk, CA
  • Long Beach #39: 4700 Cherry Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90807
  • Long Beach #42: 2038 E 10th St, Long Beach, CA 90804
  • Santa Ana #18: 770 S Harbor Blvd, Santa Ana, CA 92704

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Disney Sunday – Top 3 Reasons to Attend Mickey’s Halloween Party

Back to school means that fall is almost here, which also brings our favorite holiday, Halloween! Beginning September 23 and running select Monday, Wednesday and Friday night’s is the return of Mickey’s Halloween Party.

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We’ve been attending this party for years and I have forgotten how many times we have attended.  Below are the top 3 reasons why you should attend Mickey’s Halloween Party:

  1. It’s the only time when adults are allowed to wear costumes in the park. These days, it seems like adults of all ages are into cosplay and costumes, but only during Mickey’s Halloween Party, are adults permitted to be in full costume.
  2. Trick or Treating inside Disneyland. There are treat stations located throughout the park with both candy and healthy treat options.
  3. The unique entertainment: Halloween Screams Fireworks – A super fun Halloween firework show presented only during Mickey’s Halloween Party. Disney Villains at Village Square – available for photos and handshakes. Cadaver Dans – the Dapper Dans don their dead apparel and sing festive tunes throughout the night.

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Tickets begin at $79 and are on sale now. Many nights sell out early, especially the Friday nights. Under age 3 do not need a ticket. More information can be found here.