Knott’s Spooky Farm Family Fun for Little Ones #SpookyFarm

It’s Halloween time. Everything is about zombies, ghouls, blood-sucking vampires and all that gore. What do you do with your little ones, between the ages of 2 and 11 that aren’t into all those terrifying things? Take them to Knott’s Berry Farm during the day! At night, the park is transformed into Knott’s Scary Farm, which is not intended for young ones or weak-hearted adults. BUT, during the day, the park is all about the kids! They call it “Knott’s Spooky Farm” and it is just that. Spooky. Not scary at all!

Kids up to age 11 are encouraged to wear their fun Halloween costumes to the park and enjoy the festivities. Mom and Dad, leave your costumes at home. This is all about the littles! Take the kids trick-or-treating at the Ghost Town where friendly townspeople will greet the families with yummy candy!


Our little lady bug Jessie enjoyed chatting it up with everyone and enjoyed her treats!


At Spooky Hollow, there’s a fun maze to walk through, filled with pumpkins, scarecrows and a crazy rotating pumpkin tunnel!


Jessie’s teenage sister Marissa had fun too! Making holiday memories at Knott’s has been the best part of these events.


You can go to any pumpkin patch for Fall photos. But when you visit Knott’s you’ll not only find beautiful places for your family photos, there’s so many fun things to do to. Rides and activities for everyone to enjoy and you’ll remember those giggles forever!

Here’s the Knott’s Spooky Farm Fun Map to guide you!

Highlights include:

  • Ghost Town Treat Stops – for trick-or-treating
  • Creepy Crawler Cabin – reptiles, bugs and all kinds of creepy things
  • Spooky Hallow Maze – great place for photo opps
  • Monster Masquerade Ball – Costume contest and dance party with karaoke!
  • “Monsters Are Coming Charlie Brown” – show at Camp Snoopy Theatre


We found Snoopy!!! Our favorite part of the whole day!


Knott’s Spooky Farm runs every weekend from 10:00am to 4:00pm. It’s included with your admission or Season Pass. For more info visit:

Happy Halloween!!!



Five Reasons to purchase a Knott’s Season Pass

It’s no secret our family loves spending time at Knott’s! Conveniently located in the OC, we can get to Knott’s in less than 30 minutes and we’re ready for a good time! Over the years, we have collected so many fun memories that the kids will keep in their hearts forever. Every season, there’s something exciting to celebrate!

Having a Season Pass means instant fun, all the time… and with NO BLACKOUT DATES! All year long, you can visit the park and enjoy, without checking the calendar if your pass is valid that day. It’s the most affordable annual pass you’ll find of all the Southern California attractions. The entry level pass starts at only six payments of $14.00.

I just wanted to share our “Wendt Family Top 5 Moments at Knott’s” with you:

1. Halloween 2012 – Jessie and Marissa decorated the cutest pumpkin cookies for Halloween. Camp Snoopy is so much fun when it’s Camp Spooky! Non-spooky and perfect for the little ones!

Cookie decorating!

Cookie decorating!










2. Grand opening of the Boardwalk Pier! June 2013 Knott’s opened a brand new area with family friendly rides! The kids loved the Coast Rider. With a minimum height requirement of 54″ it’s great for most school aged thrill-seeking children.

Opening of the Boardwalk Pier!

Opening of the Boardwalk Pier!










3. Our kids laugh so hard on the Timberline Twister at Knott’s. I will always remember their infectious giggle as they zoomed by!

Timberline Twister at Camp Snoopy

Timberline Twister at Camp Snoopy










4.  Our 12-year old Marissa loves to sing and perform on stage. The best place to cool off and take a break from all the excitement is at the Calico Saloon. After the Calico Saloon Show, the singers came out to greet their audience. Marissa was all smiles as she met the stars!

Calico Saloon Show

Calico Saloon Show












5. We have so many holiday memories at Knott’s Merry Farm. The entire park is always decorated beautifully. I will always remember the hot cocoa, cookies and snuggles with the kids during a holiday event that we attended. Jessie even sang and danced on stage with the Peanuts Gang! So cute!

Snoopy and friends for the holidays!

Snoopy and friends for the holidays!










So many fun memories! That’s just five of them. Five of many reasons why you should purchase a Knott’s Season Pass!

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Knott's Passes are so affordable!

Knott’s Passes are so affordable!










For more info click here:

And guess what? Knott’s is having a Season Pass Giveaway on Facebook! Click here for a chance to win a family 4-pack of passes! —>

Good luck and see you at Knott’s!



Knott’s Berry Farm
Address: 8039 Beach Blvd, Buena Park, CA 90620
Phone: (714) 220-5200

Halloween Fun for Families in OC: Knott’s Camp Snoopy #CampSpooky

Camp Spooky logo

Looking forward to spending time at Knott’s Camp Snoopy for Halloween! During the month of October on weekends, Knott’s transforms Camp Snoopy into “Camp Spooky” with plenty of fun activities for the whole family. This daytime, non-scare celebration is best suited for kids ages 3-11.

Highlights include:

  • Snoopy’s Costume Party – kids can show off their costumes and hang out with friendly monsters and the PEANUTS Gang.
  • Charlie Brown’s Spooktacular Show – at Camp Spooky Theater, enjoy singing and dancing to fun Halloween music
  • Monster Factory – the whole family can explore a fun interactive maze
  • Trick-or-Treating location throughout Camp Spooky – 5 locations to pick up some sweet treats
  • Creepy Crawly Critter Cave – check out slimy, crawly critters here, if you DARE!
  • Scary Stories at the Lodge – creepy, silly tales read by a spooky story teller
  • Kooky Cookie Painting – yummy cookie decorating (small fee for this activity)

You can enjoy all of the above plus exciting kid-friendly rides at Camp Spooky!
Our 5 year old daughter, Jessie just loves all the rides.
{{ Check out her happy face on every ride in photos from my blog post last year. }}

What’s even better than enjoying Knott’s for the day with the family? Access to the park all year round! 2014 Season Passes offers unlimited access to Camp Spooky, exclusive event invites that happen year round and other cool perks. You can purchase Season Passes online at Prices are so affordable, starting at $72.00 or take advantage of the installment payment program of just nine payments of $8.00!

See you at Knott’s Berry Farm!!

Here’s my footage from Camp Snoopy 2012.. Enjoy!! XOXO



Camp Spooky runs weekends October 5-27 and is included with regular park admission.
Knott’s Berry Farm Theme Park hours are 10:00am-5:30pm.
Address: 8039 Beach Blvd, Buena Park, CA 90620
Phone: (714) 220-5200



Red Carpet Event at Stein Mart

Just wanted to let you know that Stein Mart is having a Red Carpet Event on Thursday, November 1st from 6-8pm! There will be a fashion show too, just like the one I was in last month. It’s a fun event at a very cool store. I keep telling my friends, you will discover great things at Stein Mart! All kinds of fun, casual or dressy clothes, accessories, home decor, housewares and unique gift items. Visit Stein Mart in Irvine and see for yourself!

This Thursday at the Red Carpet Event you’ll enjoy:

  • Holiday treats
  • Live music
  • Red carpet photo booth
And you could win something or receive a free gift!
  • Enter a chance to win $500, $250 or $50 Stein Mart Panache Gift Cards
  • First 250 shoppers! Receive a crystal bangle watch FREE with purchase! *(see flyer for details)

Stein Mart:

Twitter: @Steinmart

Address: 13742 Jamboree Road (Off Bryan) in Irvine
Phone: (714) 832-0012

Monday though Saturday 10:00am to 9:00pm
Sunday 11:00am to 6:00pm


Snoopy’s Costume Party at Knott’s #CampSpooky

Our little Pumpkin and Rock Star!

The kids got up bright and early  for an exciting day at Knott’s for Snoopy’s Costume Party. We couldn’t wait to get to Camp Spooky! Marissa (10) put on her black leggings, boots, hot pink and black net shirt and spray painted her hair bright pink to complete her rock star look. Jessie (4) wore her cute pumpkin dress with green and orange striped leggings and green stem headband. Off to Buena Park we went!

After checking in at the Knott’s entrance, we headed over to the Grizzly Creek Lodge for breakfast with the Peanuts Gang. The kids loved being greeted by Snoopy and friends! Everything was yummy – scrambled eggs, French toast, bacon, sausage, and a danish. Juice for the kids. Coffee for me and Jim. Perfect! After breakfast the girls decorated cookies.

After cookies, the kids followed the scavenger hunt list for candy. (Lots of sugar today!) There were trick or treat stations all over the area. After a quick walk through the Great Pumpkin Hay Bale Maze we spent the rest of the day on the rides! Jessie loved Charlie Brown’s Speedway! She couldn’t stop laughing each time the car whipped around on the turns. Jim screamed and laughed with Jessie, too. This made it even more funny. *mark as favorites in my mental hard drive*  Cherishing these moments big time….

Charlie Brown’s Speedway

Timberline Twister

We had fun on all the little rides at Camp Spooky. The kids did the Timberline Twister roller coaster twice, Jessie enjoyed the Rocky Road Truckin’ Company and tired herself out on the self-powered Huff and Puff ride. Jim honked the horn more than the kids did on the truck ride. Haha!

Jessie worked hard on the Huff and Puff!

Rocky Road Truckin’ Company

Our favorite ride at Knott’s is the Timber Mountain Log Ride, located past Calico Square near the railroad track. We saved that ride for our last ride.. We ended the day happy, tired and soaked from the log ride. Marissa got the brunt of splash since she was sitting in the front. Good times!

Thank you Knott’s for a fun day!

For more info about Halloween festivities at Camp Spooky:


Song: “Ghostbusters” by Ray Charles, Jr.

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Spooky Fun Events in OC and LA for Halloween

  • Knott’s Scary Farm, Buena Park – It’s Knott’s 40th year anniversary! There’s more to fear. Unspeakable evil has taken over the park. Fully ripened, fully infected zombies. Evil clowns. And the Green Witch is back with a vengeance. See them and over 1000 more roaming monsters in over 13 mazes, 4 scare zones and 9 live shows. Prices: Buy tickets online for $36.00 or $50.99 for admission and meal combo. For more info: (Not recommended for children. They offer Camp Spooky during the day for the little ones.)
  •  Camp Spooky at Knott’s – Weekends In October: Knott’s Berry Farm invites kids ages 3-11 to dress to impress in all their Halloween finery and come to “Snoopy’s Costume Party” in Camp Snoopy. This daytime, non-scare celebration of cheer rather than fear is the social event of the season with shows, activities and of course, trick or treating. Kids can take part in the “Monster Dance Party and Costume Parade,” sing and dance along with the Peanuts gang at the “Peanuts Halloween Spooktacular,” and walk through the “Haunted Harvest” cornfield maze. For more info:

Halloween Season at Disneyland!

  • Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland – Another fun kid’s event is the Halloween Party at Disneyland. On select nights, come to the Park in costume to trick-or-treat in the ultimate “neighborhood” — after regular park hours! Pose for photo ops, ride Halloween-themed attractions, enjoy entertainment exclusively for Party Guests and more. Ticket prices range from $46-$69. Best prices are in advance and online. For more info:

  • Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor, Long Beach: Dark Harbor is the Queen Mary’s annual fright-filled Halloween experience on the ship and on the shore. Located at one of the most iconic and haunted locations in the world, Dark Harbor offers a completely unique and unpredictable experience as guests venture through six fright-filled mazes haunted by more than 200 monsters, ghouls and sprits. The event features live entertainment, food and beverages with ticket prices starting at just $20. Event Dates:  October 5-7, 12-14, 18-21, 25-28, 31 Characters: This year’s event features fictional characters based on the Queen Mary’s haunted history. For more info:

Haunted Play looks serious. I read about someone that actually pee’d himself from being so frightened! 

  • Haunted Play “Delusion” in Los Angeles – The First Ever Interactive Horror Theatre Company was created in 2011 by Hollywood stuntman Jon Braver. Neil Patrick Harris joins the team in 2012 to help Haunted Play create more psychologically disturbing, interactive theatre experiences. Every Thursday – Sunday through November 10. Ticket prices: $45.00 plus service fee. For more info:

  • Irvine Park Railroad Pumpkin Patch – Halloween Season wouldn’t be complete without a few pumpkins in your home! Visit your local pumpkin patch and carve out your jack o’ lanterns. In Irvine, our favorite pumpkin patch is the one at the Irvine Park RR. You can enjoy the train ride, Hay ride, kids can race in the mini John Deere tractors, bounce house and many other activities. Open daily 10am to 5pm through Halloween. Check the coupons page for deals. For more info:

  • Halloween Foodtacular at The OC Fair & Event Center – Wednesday, October 31, 2012 with the regular round-up of gourmet food trucks plus Halloween-themed menu items, a DJ playing ghoulish grooves, a cash bar with “spirits” for adults 21+ and trick-or-treating truck to truck for kids. Family-friendly costumes are welcomed. Location: in front of the Pacific Amphitheatre Box Office on Wednesday, October 31 from 5:30-9 p.m.  Admission and parking are free, you just pay for your food/drinks. Enter through Gate 1 off Fair Drive.  Food truck lineup: Soho Taco, Dos Chinos, The Burnt Truck, Ragin Cajun, The Lime Truck, Dogzilla, Waffle-icious, White Rabbit, Jogasaki Burrito and Gravy Train Poutinerie.

Knott’s #ScaryFarm 2012!

Jim, MaryAnne, Kimi & Eric.. Scary!

Those evil creatures have returned to Knott’s for Halloween, celebrating their 40th Anniversary. Prepare to lose your voice from the horrible screams you will make all night long. Mazes filled with zombies, entertaining shows of horror and death defying rides await. It’s a perfect way to spend the Halloween season with friends. Recommended for teens and adults only. (If you have little ones, take them to Camp Spooky during the day.)

I recently attended a #ScaryFarm social media party and it was loads of horrific fun! The dinner was held at the Knott’s Berry Farm Hotel. We had our own personal zombies roaming the reception area, jumping out at us while we were eating. A poor guest screamed in mid-bite and flung her spoon of food all over the table. Nice timing, you evil creature! Some of the zombies were nice enough to pose with us in front of the Knott’s backdrop. The winner was announced from the social media contest… Congratulations Rochelle Veturis! She and a guest will return on another night for professional make up and costume and will roam the mazes with the other zombies!

After dining with my hubby and friends, we headed to the amusement park for some spooky fun! As we walked around, zombies chased us throughout the park and in the mazes. Fog rolled along Ghost Town with zero visibility making it the perfect setting for hidden creatures. Watch out! My throat hurt from screaming. There was a flash mob in the dancing area too! Ted Nguyen and Haley Veturis boogied down, Gangnam Style!  I didn’t do the roller coasters this year. Last year I was told Ghost Rider was a baby roller coaster and I fell for it. A 108 foot drop with G-forces of 3.14 is NO BABY ROLLER COASTER! But if you are an adrenaline junkie, you will have an amazing time on all 9 roller coasters and 5 thrill rides.

For more info about Knott’s Berry Farm’s 40th Halloween Haunt:

In case you can’t see the video >>  click here



Steinmart Fall Fashion Show (recap)

I was a little nervous about being in the Steinmart Fall Fashion Show. My insecurities were getting the best of me. Thoughts of what my body should look like kept running through my head. I have not been consistent about exercise. I gained a few pounds over the past couple of years. Some of my clothes are tight. These are the thoughts that kept creeping up on me as the date of the show grew closer. Then I realized something. I’m not an insecure person. I’m a happy confident person, no matter what my dress size is. What was I doing? I shouldn’t let those thoughts get to me. I’m happy, healthy and awesome. LOL! I pushed those crazy thoughts aside and focused on more positive things in my life. Before I knew it, the Steinmart Fall Fashion Show was here! And you know what? It turned out to be so much fun!

Some ladies started showing up in the dressing room with me: All ages, all shapes, all heights, all different, unique and vibrant! I felt so happy to be a part of this group. We giggled as we put our outfits together in our dressing rooms. We got to know each other a little bit. We ate our sandwiches with our lips curling over the bread, as to avoid ruining our lipstick. (This was not a pretty sight!) We ate potato chips. Real women. Eating. At a fashion show! Yay!

The DJ set up his booth at the top of the runway and people began to take their seats. Steinmart GM, Diana Edwards was our hostess for the show. She announced each of us and talked us up as we walked up and down the runway. It was all very casual and FUN! There were 8 or maybe 9 models and we had 3 outfit changes each. We had a fun casual look, a dressier look and then another fun look. Most of my wardrobe was purple! I loved it! Diana even told the audience that purple was my favorite color, and that I’m known as the “Purple Loving Techie Mom” — how awesome is that?? The whole show lasted for about an hour. They had swag bags for the first 100 guests and raffle prizes, too. Everyone took advantage of the 20% off coupon that was good for that day! Thanks Diana for a wonderful experience!

Vendors at Steinmart Irvine’s Fall Fashion Show:


Twitter: @Steinmart

Address: 13742 Jamboree Road (Off Bryan) in Irvine
Phone: (714) 832-0012

Monday though Saturday 10:00am to 9:00pm
Sunday 11:00am to 6:00pm




Fall Fashion Show at Steinmart! Oh, and I’m in the show!

Steinmart at Irvine Marketplace is having a Fall Fashion Show tomorrow at 1:00pm! Come join us as we preview the latest in Fall Fashion. You’ll find gorgeous new looks for work, play or a night out on the town. Leather jackets, cashmere sweaters, leggings, long boots, scarves and all kinds of new accessories are here! Check out all the models as they show off all these fun and amazing pieces.

Oh, and did I mention? I’m in the Fashion Show! I know, you might be thinking, “Really? MaryAnne? In a fashion show?” That’s what I was thinking when my friend and Steinmart GM Diana Edwards invited me to be in the show. I explained my insecurities to her. I mentioned that I don’t have the “typical model’s body type” (…in case she didn’t already know.. she’s seen me before… just HAD to point it out) And she said, “Steinmart is for the everyday woman.” This made me feel a little better. Okay, it made me feel a LOT better. I have shopped at Steinmart before. They have very cute clothes, all major brands offered at lower prices than other department stores.

When I attended my fitting this week, Diana was great. She took one look at me, and went out on the floor and picked a few pieces that were flattering for my body type. Even though I was feeling very insecure, the fitting session wasn’t so bad. We came up with 3 outfits for the show pretty quickly. Diana is a pro! I couldn’t do what she does – take a look at someone and dress them. I can barely dress myself on special occasions! It’s stressful for me every time I have to go someplace that I can’t show up in shorts, tee shirts, jeans or flip-flips in. That’s just what I’m most comfortable in. It’s my mom uniform.

Now you know – I’m no fashionista. I’m just a simple blue jean nerd girl. So why am I in the fashion show? Because I love Steinmart! They have really cute stuff there. Really! From clothes and shoes to accessories, housewares, linen and unique gift items you won’t find anywhere else. I found this out at their grand opening earlier this year. If you haven’t shopped at Steinmart, stop by sometime!


Twitter: @Steinmart

Address: 13742 Jamboree Road (Off Bryan) in Irvine
Phone: (714) 832-0012

Monday though Saturday 10:00am to 9:00pm
Sunday 11:00am to 6:00pm

If you would like to come to the Fall Fashion Show.. here’s the flyer! Wish me luck tomorrow… still feeling a bit awkward about the whole thing, but I’m sure it will be FUN! Swag bags to the first 100 customers, prizes & refreshments will be served!


Angels game with @Smilegen #Smilegenbball

We enjoyed family day at the Angels game last Sunday with Smilegen. The most exciting part about attending? It was Marissa and Jessie’s very first baseball game! They were chanting “Big A… Big A…. BIG… AYYYYYY!” in the car, all the way to the stadium! We arrived early to get situated and found Marcie Taylor (aka @Suburbanmama) and her family. It was a scorching HOT day. I had to warn the kids in advance, “Okay kids. It’s going to be very hot today. We may not have seats in the shade. But it’s going to be a fun day at your first baseball game! Right?” Both of them smiled and agreed. (I’m that proactive mommy. Well, when I can remember to be.)

And yes. It was HOT. It’s a good thing we brought our spray bottle fan. It really provided some comfort! Despite the uncomfortable heat, I could tell the kids were having a great time. Watching them experience things for the first time is always a joy to watch though their eyes.

We enjoyed the game, ate hot dogs, took breaks in the shade near the concessions stands and checked out the kids activities downstairs. Then we joined Marcie, Justin (@BigHeadAsian), Megan (@MrsMndr), Erin (@HorsingAroundLA) and Jamie (@JamieGall1930) for the rest of the game inside the restaurant and watched the monitors. (Since I’m sharing twitter handles, now would be a good time to note Jim is @JimmyWendt. And yes, ours kids too: Marissa is @TinyTechie and Jessie is @JessieDelmar) 🙂

The kids couldn’t wait for the best part of the day… Kids Run The Bases!!! At the end of the game on Family Sundays, the kids get to set foot on the field and run all 4 bases! Wow! What fun! Smilegen kids got the special treat of first access to the bases. They ran so fast on the field, as if it were a race! Too bad it was for kids only. If they let adults go, I would have done the “slow motion exaggerated jog” arms moving so slowly, hair blowing in the wind, with the Chariots of Fire theme song in my head. [click here to listen to it!] Just sayin’…Overall we had a memorable family day at the Angels game. Thanks Smilegen for everything!

In addition to awesome events, Smilegen has amazing promos! Check out their latest giveaway on their Facebook page: Batman Live Promo! Enter to win a 4-pack of tickets to Batman Live at the Honda Center! The show is running for 5 nights, from September 5-9. Just visit Smilegen’s Facebook page and click on the Batman Giveaway App to enter!

The Smile Generation is a proud sponsor of the following teams: Angels, Texas Rangers, Arizona Diamondbacks, Sacramento Rivercats, Rancho Cucamonga Quakes, Sugar Land Skeeters, and Lake Elsinore Storm. The Smile Generation connects you with great dentists.

The Smile Generation:
Twitter: @Smilegen
Phone: 800-SMILE-GEN (800-764-5343)

Angels Website:
Twitter: @Angels