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!!!



Fall is here!

halloween-2011Fall is here! The weather is finally cooling down. Pumpkin Latte’s at Starbucks. Pumpkin patches are getting set up all over town. Halloween costumes and decorations are in all the stores. Candy! Knott’s Scary Farm! Trick or Treating with the kids! I love all the Fall traditions. Marissa (12) is working on her costume. Jessie (6) is going to be a Princess! With each year, the kids get a little taller, a little wiser, and more beautiful than ever. I’m so proud to be their mom. I’m so thankful we have our health, our family, and another holiday to celebrate together.

Enjoy Fall with your family!




What kinds of things do you enjoy in the Fall?

Feel free to comment below!


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



Happy 4th of July! Cake Batter Rice Crispy Treats


Cake Batter Rice Crispy Treats!

Cake Batter Rice Crispy Treats!

Happy 4th of July! We are going to a pool party later today, so I looked up this simple Rice Crispy Treat recipe made with dry cake mix and sprinkles. It’s the perfect kids (and adults) treat and easy to eat at the pool! My friend Armi made some recently and it reminded me of the recipe I had saved on my “Baking” Board on Pinterest.

I copied the recipe from

Cake Batter Rice Krispies Recipe
(Slightly adapted from How Sweet Eats, updated in June 2013)


  • 4 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 (10 oz.) bag of mini-marshmallows
  • 1/2 cup yellow cake mix (the dry cake mix, not prepared into a batter!)
  • 5 cups crispy rice cereal
  • 1 (1.75 oz.) container of sprinkles


Melt butter in a large saucepan over low heat and add marshmallows. Stir until they begin to melt, then remove from heat. Whisk in the (dry) cake mix, then stir in cereal so it is completely coated with marshmallow mixture. Sprinkle in half of the sprinkles and briefly stir. (Don’t stir too much or the sprinkles will bleed out their color.) Press the mixture into a baking dish (any size will do) and top with remaining sprinkles. Let sit for about 30 minutes before cutting. I find spraying a knife with nonstick spray helps to cut them cleanly.

*Disclaimer: You consume dry cake mix at your own risk.*


Thanksgiving To-Go from Knott’s! #KnottsTurkeyDay

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and you know what that means. Turkey and all the fixings! I love spending time with family and enjoying all the traditional foods of the holiday. Pumpkin pie is my favorite. (I think of dessert more than my meal.) I also love the turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and yams. Actually, there isn’t anything on the table that I won’t indulge in.

Preparing everything can be quite a challenge and time consuming. If you have other things to juggle… like entertaining out-of-town family members, decorating the home, managing other activities, how will you get it all done?

Here’s the perfect solution: Purchase your complete Thanksgiving meal from Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant at Knott’s! They have everything ready to-go in a box for you.

This weekend our family experienced an early Thanksgiving meal from Knott’s. Everything was wonderful! The turkey was cooked and ready to go, as well as all the sides. All we had to do was heat and serve!

The box contained:

Complete 12-14 lb. Turkey
1 Quart of Country Apple Stuffing
2 Quarts of Mashed Potatoes
2 Quarts of Gravy
1 Quart of Candied Yams
8 oz. of Cranberry Sauce
8 oz. of Bread and Butter Pickles
1 Quart of Whole Kernel Corn
1 Dozen Farm Baked Rolls
Butter and Boysenberry Preserves
Choice of Boysenberry Pie or Pumpkin Pie

(Suggested serving is 6-8 people, but we were able to serve 12 adults and 3 children.)

Thanksgiving To-Go: Complete Meal from Knott’s!

Pumpkin Pie (We added the whipped cream)

How did everything taste?

All the food was great. The turkey was cooked just right. The Country Apple Stuffing was perfectly seasoned. Candied yams were classic. The big container of gravy was perfect for the turkey and mashed potatoes. Everything tasted just like the traditional Thanksgiving meals I have enjoyed for years. I wasn’t sure what the pickles were for though. That was something different for me. Maybe it was for the rolls. The pumpkin pie was the perfect ending to a turkey dinner. We added whipped cream to the pie and served it with coffee. Everyone had happy tummies. We enjoyed the rest of the evening together while Michael Bublé played on the iPod.

How easy was it?

This was seriously the easiest Thanksgiving meal we ever served. We showed up to my Mom and Dad’s house with the box. We unpacked everything. We put the turkey in the oven for 1 hour. Then we started heating up the side dishes in the microwave. All the sides were packed in microwave-safe containers. Then all the food was placed on serving dishes and we set the table. And walla! Dinner is served!

How much does it cost?

The entire Thanksgiving Dinner To-Go from Knott’s costs $99.95

For more info:

Visit or call (714) 220-5006

If you would like to dine at Knott’s:

Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant will also offer a Thanksgiving Champagne Brunch, November 22, 2012, 9 am to 4 pm.

Adults: $29.95
Seniors: $23.95
Children: $17.95

The Knott’s Thanksgiving Day Brunch features:

Three hand-carving stations offering Rib of Beef, Roasted Turkey, and Baked Ham
Omelet Station
Belgian Waffle Station
Fresh Salads
Pasta Station
Peel and Eat Shrimp
All Knott’s classic dishes including Mrs. Knott’s Chicken
Fresh Thanksgiving Desserts from our bakery and much more!
Over 70 home-cooked dishes to enjoy.

Guests can make reservations by calling (714) 220-5006

Happy Thanksgiving!

However you choose to have your Thanksgiving meal, whether it’s creating your own special dish, unboxing the Knott’s To-Go meal, or dining out… I wish you a wonderful holiday with your loved ones! I’m looking forward to enjoying the day with my family and counting my blessings. I’m so thankful to have my health, my awesome husband, amazing children, many family members and great friends in my life!

Special thanks to Knott’s for providing the above mentioned Thanksgiving Meal To-Go for me and my family to experience. No other type of compensation was received and all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.



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.

If you have trouble viewing the video, click here:

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



Knott’s Scary Farm 40th Halloween Haunt #ScaryFarm

photo credit: Knott’s Scary Farm on Facebook

Knott’s Berry Farm is having their 40th Anniversary Halloween Haunt! Get ready for this terrifying event. Thrilling rides and evil zombies await.

What started out as a few Halloween decorations and some costumed employees is now known as the world’s largest Halloween celebration. Knott’s is known for being family friendly. Not this time of the year. At least when the sun goes down. No small children should be near the park when the chilling shrieks begin. (Take them to Camp Spooky during the day.) At night, the fog rolls in and you’ll feel the chill as zombies begin to roam the 160 acre park. You’ll have no place to hide. They are everywhere.

When: Opening night Sept. 21, 2012 & will run for 25 haunting evenings.

What to expect: Zombies. Many zombies & monsters. 1,0000 of them!

Mazes: 12 of them. Filled with horror.

Shows: 6 shows for erie entertainment

Zones: 4 different zones. Watch your back at all times.

Rides: 9 sick roller coasters. Not recommended for the weak hearted.

For more info:

Twitter: @Knotts and Hashtag #ScaryFarm

Address:  8039 Beach Boulevard, Buena Park, CA

Here’s my trailer for the event, featuring images of last year’s zombies and my friends Stacey Soleil (@StaceySoleil) and Kim Pham (@KPhamSmiles). It was so scary and fun last year. I can’t wait to go again!  –MaryAnne.