The 10 Scariest Haunts in Southern California (UPDATED for 2018)

If Horror is your thing, Southern California is a great place to get your scare on. With a variety of haunts that go from skipping a beat, to stopping your heart completely, SoCal has something for everyone. We’ve listed our favorite haunts in order of slight fright, to unescapable terror. Do you dare visit one of our Top 10 Scariest Haunts in Southern California?

(This post was updated October 9th, 2018. Questions or comments? Leave them below!)

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Music Tastes Good Announces 2018 Festival Lineup

Music Tastes Good returns to Southern California for its third year of celebrating music, food and art!


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Music Tastes Good, a two-day music, food, and arts festival presented by 89.9 KCRW returns to Marina Green Park, along the picturesque Downtown Long Beach shoreline, on September 29 and 30th, with iconic British New Wave legends New Order and Grammy-nominated and Mercury Prize-winning English singer-songwriter James Blake headlining.

This year, an expanded and more inclusive Taste Tent with the theme “Port Cities of the West Coast” will offer all attendees (not just VIPs) a chance to immerse their taste buds in culinary samplings from some of the best coast’s most talented and acclaimed chefs and restaurants, including:

Wesley Young of Vancouver’s Pidgin
Jeffery Vance of Seattle’s No Anchor
Cameron Hanin on Seattle’s Ma’Ono
Pat Manning of Portland’s Toro Bravo
Rachel Aronow, independent (formerly of San Francisco’s Alembic)
Sincere Justice of Oakland’s Tacos Sincero
Edward Martinez of Sacramento’s Milk Money
Michael Thiemann of Sacramento’s Mother
Dawna Bass of Long Beach’s Under the Sun
Jason Witzl of Long Beach’s Ellie’s
Aliye Aydin of Long Beach’s A Good Carrot
Dina Amadril of Long Beach Creamery
Arthur Gonzales of Long Beach’s Roe/Panxa Cocina
Christine Rivera of San Diego’s Galaxy Tacos
and Nancy Leon of Tijuana B.C.S.’s Chan’s Bistro.

A great lineup of chefs will be complimented by a monumental lineup of bands and musicians on both days.

Saturday’s lineup will also include: influential Canadian indie rock collective Broken Social Scene, Joey Bada$$, Santigold, Lil B, Princess Nokia, Blake Mills, Big Thief, Cherry Glazerr, Oliver Tree, Shame, Los Master Plus, Quintron & Miss Pussycat, NO BS! Brass Band, Radiolistener: Tribute to Isaiah “Ikey” Owens, Feels, Forest of Tongue, Neighbor Lady, BLCKNOISE, Haunted Summer and Manuel The Band.

Sunday’s bill promises performances by: The Black Angels, Lizzo, Parquet Courts, The Church, Sun Kil Moon, Bill Callahan, Hollie Cook, Hailu Mergia, Ezra Furman, Ladama, The Blow, De Lux, Ethio Cali, B.A.G. (Blimes x Gifted Gab), The Fling, Baum, Hana Vu, Asi Fui and NO BS! Brass Band.

Tickets are on sale now!

For more information or to purchase single-day or weekend passes visit musictastesgood.com.

Santa Gets High-Tech at Santa HQ

In partnership with HGTV, three SoCal shopping centers are hosting an interactive Christmas experience – Santa HQ. We were invited to check out the big guy’s arrival at Lakewood Center and enjoy some fun activities and a free photo package.

Santa HQ adds a special twist to your typical mall Santa. In the digital era we live in, it’s only natural that Santa gets an upgrade too! The interactive experience is fun for the whole family, and keeps the kids engaged and in awe while they wait for their turn with the big guy. [Read more…]

Islands’ NFL Happy Hour Menu

Islands’ new NFL Happy Hour, kicked off on September 7th with the start of the NFL season. As their guest we were able to try some of the food and drink items and hear more about what’s new at Islands! [Read more…]

Disney On Ice presents Follow Your Heart – Tickets on Sale Now!

Disney On Ice presents Follow Your Heart is coming to Southern California! This year’s ice skating extravaganza features stories and characters from Disney-Pixar’s Finding Dory and Inside Out for the first time in a live production! [Read more…]

Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor is One Scary Ship!

On Thursday, September 28th, Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor unveiled a spectacle of new, terrifying attractions with more monsters and scares than ever before. We received free tickets to attend opening night of Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor, and joined the thousands of brave thrill seekers for a night of screams and scares.

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Scarium of the Pacific: Kids in Costume Get in for FREE!

Scarium of the Pacific is back! Read more below or click here to enter to win a family 4-pack of tickets!

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Get Your Country On This Saturday with the ShipKicker Music Festival!

This Saturday, the Queen Mary will host the ShipKicker Country Music Festival for the third time. It will be held at the Waterfront Events Park on Saturday, July 1st starting at 1 PM.

Headliners include Lee Brice, Jake Parr, Daniel Bonte & the Bona Fide, and more. Take a break between performances in the beer garden, or enjoy outdoor games like cornhole. Come hungry as there will be a great selection of food trucks and vendors waiting for you. [Read more…]

Pacific Islander Festival – Ticket Discount and Giveaway!

Aquarium of the Pacific has generously offered to give away a family 4-pack of tickets to the Pacific Islander Festival! Scroll down for more info on the event and giveaway entry!

On June 3rd and 4th, the Aquarium of the Pacific will be celebrating its 14th Annual Pacific Islander Festival. If you’ve never attended one of these celebrations, you must! It’s a fun way to learn about the rich and diverse cultures of the Pacific Islands while hanging out with some of your favorite ocean creatures!

Along with all of the usual experiences that the Aquarium of the Pacific offers, the festival will include traditional craft demonstrations, educational programs, and an ocean of entertainment, including music and dance performances such as hula and Tahitian drumming. Various cultures including Hawaiian, Tahitian, Samoan, Fijian, Tongan, Chamoru, Marshallese, Kiribati, and Maori will be featured in the festival.

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The Pacific Islander Festival is included with regular admission to the Aquarium of the Pacific! Ticket prices are $29.95 for adults (12+), and $14.95 for children ages 3-11. Children under 3 and Aquarium members are free. Senior discounts are available too!

Save $10 on adult admission during the festival with this coupon! (Just click on it and print it out!) Click here for a mobile coupon.

Win!

One lucky reader will win a family 4-pack of tickets that are valid only for the Pacific Islander Festival. Tickets will be picked up at Will Call during the event.

To Enter:

Head over to this Facebook post and leave a comment letting me know what your favorite aquarium exhibit is!

I’ll pick a winner on May 25th, 2017 at 9:00pm. Must be 18 or older and live in Southern California or planning to be there during the festival. Parking/travel is not included.

For more info and schedule of events, check out the festival page!

 

ShipKicker Festival Showcases Up & Coming Country Artists

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Over the weekend, we were invited to attend the second annual ShipKicker Music Festival. This 1-day festival took place just outside the Queen Mary in Long Beach, at the Waterfront Event Center.

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Headlined by Easton Corbin, ShipKicker also featured artists like Dylan Scott, Honey County, Dylan Uribe, and Daniel Bonte and the Bona Fide. Other country performers included Clare Dunn, the Scotty Mac Band, and Stephen Wesley.

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Between bands; country lovers played corn hole, learned line dances in the Saloon, checked out the food trucks, and hung out in the Beer Garden. Cowgirls and cowboys of all ages had the chance to wear giant cowboy hats and write on a community chalk wall. The VIP tent offered refuge from the sun and a private bar. Local radio station GoCountry brought hosts Graham and David out to entertain the crowd between sets. There were plenty of activities to keep the whole family busy!

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Where else can you go to get a cowboy hat made entirely of beer cans, learn to line dance like a pro, AND watch top country artists while you lounge under the California sun? The ShipKicker Festival was so much fun and we can’t wait to go back next year.

Find out more information about ShipKicker here.