Halloween Roundup: Peltzer Farms and Pumpkin Patch


The Pig Races are a Blast!

Two years ago I had the opportunity to visit Peltzer Farms with my son’s kinder class. I had never visited Peltzer, and was excited to learn about this fun little place. I fell in love with the Farm, and can’t wait to take the kids again this year.  Petlzer Farms is located in the middle of Wine Country in Temecula, and it is an absolutely beautiful place.



Peltzer Farms is an authentic pumpkin farm, and offers plenty of fun. They are home to one amazing corn maze. I actually couldn’t find my way out! It took me some time to find my way out.  They also are home to pig races. The pig races take place every day, and they are so much fun! They are also free to watch. In fact, my two favorite attractions at the farm, the pig races, and the maze, are Free. Peltzer Farms is also the perfect setting for pictures. You have to make sure to take your camera, because the props are so cute! They have the vintage farm appearance, and you will find old pickup trucks, tractors, etc..

There is also a fun petting zoo, train rides, mining, and pony rides. Of course you will also find pumpkins of all sizes! They honestly have some of the coolest looking pumpkins, and had every size imaginable. It’s pretty safe to say, that you will find the pumpkin of your dreams here.

There is also a Blacksmith Shop on the weekends. You can watch Charlie Jr. make fun things using real blacksmith tools, such as authentic dog tags, horse shoe nail rings and other cool things. I’m telling you this place is a must visit!

Peltzer Farms is open everyday from 9am to 8pm, until October 31st. For additional info and directions, head here.


Knott’s #ScaryFarm – 5 Tips You Must Know

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Knott’s Scary Farm in Buena Park kicks off September 25th for another year of thrills and chills.  My hubby has been serious fan of Halloween Haunt at Knott’s Scary Farm his entire life. He has been attending annually since 1988 and has come up with some tips for first timers and even those that may have gone in the past.

Here is his list:

1. Go early in the run. In the first few years of The Haunt, the event was held only on weekend in October. In the 80s, this meant that you only had 8 chances to go. I learned back then that going on the first night was always the best bet. These days, Scary Farm often begins at the end of September.  The first weekend is always the best time to go, especially the first Thursday or Friday.  If you can’t make it during the first weekend, definitely try to get there on a Thursday during the rest of the run.  You can often get to experience all the mazes within 2 hours of rope drop and then you will have plenty of time to catch some shows and repeat visits to your favorite mazes.

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2. Do not ride the regular rides. With the exception of the Timber Mountain Log Ride and Calico Mine Train (which is decorated for Scary Farm), you can experience the rest of the rides any other time during the year. Maximize your time by focusing on mazes and the special shows created just for Knott’s Scary Farm.  The rollercoasters will be there later, the mazes won’t.

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3. Be sure to see Elvira! She performs nightly in the Ghoul Time Theater.  This year, the show is called “Elvira’s Big Top.”  This show along with The Hanging are recommended for mature audiences, although I would say that Elvira’s show has become much tamer compared to The Hanging, which pushes the envelope more and more each year.  It’s best to catch the first Elvira show of the night, because many people will not have made their way to the back of the park by that time. There will be a small wait and you can get close to the stage. As for The Hanging, wait for the last show, which is typically the least crowded of the evening.

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4. The best way, in my opinion, to experience all the mazes and not miss any, is to move about the park in a clockwise pattern.  That is to say, start by heading south toward the mazes by Ghostrider.  These days there are 4 mazes in that direction.  From there, you can cut through Ghost Town and hit the two by Bigfoot Rapids, from there you can watch Elvira and then go over the Boardwalk for it’s maze.  After that, you can ride the mine train and log ride or go straight to Fiesta Village to experience the Fiesta De Los Muertos scare zone and then head to Gunslingers Grave.  For 2014, a new experience has taken over Camp Snoopy, Special Ops: Infected.  Groups of 12 will be taken through a path for a laser-tag experience with zombies. The best part is there is no up-charge for the experience, the bad part is you should try to make reservations for a time when you get there. There is a standby line as well, but it can be quite a long wait.

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5. If you cannot make it on a slow night and have no option but to attend on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday night, I highly suggest getting the Fright Lane pass, which come with an optional Skeleton Key – giving you access to a special room experience in several of the mazes. This way, you will guarantee yourself a chance to see everything.  I’ve heard from far too many whom have gone on busy nights and only made it through 2 or 3 mazes, which is frankly a tragedy for the time and money spent.

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Lastly, eat funnel cake and drink boysenberry punch. It’s simply a must! The event is best for older children (13 and up) or it can make a great date night idea.  This year you can also buy a Scary Farm Pass, giving you access to the park on every night. I highly recommend it!  Check with the Knott’s website for more information.  See you in your screams!

Knott’s Scary Farm 2013 Halloween Haunt

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October is here and so are the many fun things to do around Southern California for Halloween.  Not for the young or squeamish, but excellent for a date night is Knott’s Scary Farm’s annual Halloween Haunt.  It’s the original, it’s the biggest and arguably, the best Halloween event anywhere. My hubby has been going every year since 1988 and even did a couple seasons there as a monster. It’s equal parts scary and fun and guaranteed thrills and chills. We look forward to this every Fall.

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Back again for the first time since 2001 is Elvira, Mistress of the Dark in her all new Sinema Seance show in the Ghoul Time Theater. There’s just two shows nightly, so be sure to get their early for a good seat.  It’s hard to believe the woman is 62. She is just as funny and attractive as ever. The show is 30 minutes long and goes by fast, so don’t worry, you’ll have plenty of time to get back out there for funnel cake and more mazes.

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This year has four new mazes including the first even Western-themed maze and the first used of a mirror maze at the Haunt.  The scares are found everywhere. It sure seemed like there were more monsters walking around the park than anytime I remember before. If you choose to go on a busier night, like a Saturday, you may also choose to get a front-of-the-line Fright Lane pass for an additional $60 per admission. This will also get you a Skeleton Key, which gets you into a secret room inside four of the mazes.  We experienced the secret room inside the Black Magic maze, which featured a seance to contact Harry Houdini. I will keep what happened during the seance a secret, you’ll just have to check it out for yourself.

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From experience, we highly recommend going earlier in the month. Thursdays are the least crowded nights, followed by Fridays.  Get a babysitter and go this weekend! I do not recommend bringing children younger than 13.

Knott’s Scary Farm Halloween Haunt dates are October 3-6, 10-13, 17-20, 24-27, 30-31, and November 1-2, 2013. Event hours are 7pm-1am; Fridays and Saturdays from 7pm-2am. Haunt is a special ticket event not covered by regular Knott’s Berry Farm admission or a Knott’s Season Pass. Halloween Haunt is not recommended for children under 13. There are no guest costumes or re-entry privileges allowed for this event. Ticket prices are $38-$54 presale online and $62 day of event. Knott’s Scary Farm tickets are available at Knott’s Guest Relations, by phone at Knott’s Haunt Line (714) 220-5200, or online at the official Knott’s Scary Farm website (service charges apply). Check Burger King for discount coupons.

Disclosure: This is not a compensated post. I was invited to attend the media preview night, however all opinions are my very own.