Orange County

Weekend roundup

October 22-25


Halloween Drive-In Movies at Brea Mall

Oct. 22-25. Watch your favorite family-friendly Halloween-themed movies on the big (outdoor) screen at this Starlite Movies drive-in event. Before each screening, there’s safe trick-or-treating experience starting at 5 p.m. that features four spooky—and cute—mini art installations throughout the venue where each child with a pass can visit each one and receive a safe treat. Featured films include Monster House, animated The Addams Family (Oct. 23), The Nightmare Before Christmas (Oct. 24) and Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride (Oct. 25). Lot opens 5 p.m.; showtime around 7:30 p.m. See website to purchase tickets. 1065 Brea Mall, Brea.

Halloween Pop-Up at STC Anaheim GardenWalk

Oct. 24. Who says you can’t celebrate Halloween a week early? Come dressed as your favorite frightful (or fantastical) character to Spooksieboo Event’s festive pop-up event featuring a number of small (spooky) shops and fun inflatable characters. While this is an indoor experience, Spooksieboo Events has taken enhanced health and safety measures based on guidance from health authorities and appropriate government agencies. Face masks required for ages 2 and above. 3-10 p.m. Free, online registration required. 400 W. Disney Way, Anaheim.

Tunnel of Terror

Oct. 25. Enter (if you dare) into Orange County’s first-ever haunted car wash at Russell Fischer Xpress in Huntington Beach! As you slowly making your way through the “tunnel,” be prepared for ghouls, ghosts and other sinister beings to jump out while special effects keep you at the edge of your car seat. No age limit, however, all attendees must remain in their vehicles at all times. Additional dates include October 27, 28 and 31. Tickets must be purchased online in advance. 5-10 p.m. $25-$35 per car. 16061 Beach Blvd., Huntington Beach, 714.842.4453. | Tickets

Yoga and Brunch at Fire + Ice

Oct. 25. Fuel your Sunday with a beginner-moderate yoga class taught by GoodMoodra Yoga on the patio outside Fire + Ice Grill and Bar in Anaheim. Following the class, indulge in an all-you-can-eat brunch buffet and one mimosa, coffee, tea or a soft drink at Fire + Ice. Mat rental available for $5. 9:30 a.m. $30 per person. STC Anaheim GardenWalk, 400 Disney Way, Anaheim, 714.808.9757. Tickets

Food + Drink

Fork & Knife’s Paella Fridays and Fundraiser

Begins Oct. 23. To celebrate its grand opening earlier this month and the life of chef-proprietor Jonathan Blackford’s late-partner Doug Garn, Fork & Knife launches a weekly paella offering. Half of the sales will go to the Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center at USC, where Garn was treated before passing shortly after the restaurant’s doors opened. During this Friday’s fundraising event, chef Blackford will introduce his signature paella—beginning with seafood and chorizo—and the present a different paella every following Friday. Sold on first-come, first-serve basis. Pick-up 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. $28 per order. 401 E. 17th St., Suite A2, Costa Mesa, 949.877.0330.

Weekly Tasting Menu at Knife Pleat

Oct. 23. Explore the season’s most flavorful vegetables at chef Tony Esnault’s weekly six-course tasting menu. Guests can delight in dishes such as the chef Tony’s notable Legumes de Saison (pictured), featuring more than a dozen vegetables, each prepared separately and then intricately plated into a work of art. Reserve seats for the dining room or open-air patio. 6:30 p.m. $175 per person, additional $90 for wine pairings. South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol St., Suite 3001, Costa Mesa, 714.266.3388.

Fair Food Drive-Thru

Through Oct. 25. Don’t miss out on the final weekend of the O.C. Fair’s tasty drive-thru event! Make your way to the fairgrounds to grab fair food on the go including the Halloween Monster rice krispy treats from Olde Tyme Ice Cream (pictured); Polish dog from the infamous Pink’s Hot Dog; fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies from Mom’s Bakeshoppe; and much more. Enter through Gate 1 off Fair Drive; must stay in the vehicle and wear a mask while ordering. No walkups allowed and no parking available. F-Sa 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Su 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Arts + Culture

Representation in Ballet and Beyond: Ever a Dancer

Oct. 22. Musco Center for the Arts presents this livestream with professional dancers, advocates, educators and co-founders of Final Bow for Yellowface Phil Chan and Georgina Pazcoguin (pictured). Watch the two talk about their personal lives, careers and transitions as Asian-American dance-artists, plus a discussion with Dr. Brynn Shiovitz and Dr. Stephanie Takaragawa to talk about Asian representation, yellow face in dance, and the state of the movement arts as insiders informed by their extensive performance careers and creative pursuits. 7 p.m. Free.

Virtual Art Walk

Oct. 24-25. Tour the largest active arts community in the world—the Brewery Artwalk—from the comfort of your home this weekend. Each artist will have multiple opportunities to present their work and answer questions directly from virtual attendees during the livestream. The video will be provided by two roving camera teams consisting of a guide and a camera operator. Morning tours begin at 11 a.m. and evening tours begin at 3 p.m. Free registration.

Virtual Día de los Muertos Festival

Oct. 25. Remember loved ones with a celebration of their lives by enjoying their favorite music, food and mementos of their time during Bowers Museum’s virtual festival. Enjoy a livestream of performances and learn how to create an ofrenda (memorial altar) for a beloved family member, friend, or cherished pet; how to decorate a sugar skull to place on the ofrenda or give as a gift; and how to make the traditional Mexican pastry, gordita. Tune in to Bowers’ Facebook page to watch. 11 a.m. Free.

Photo credits: Spooksie Boo Halloween Pop-Up by @christinagrim. Russell Fischer Xpress Car Wash by Elizabeth Erickson/@theroyaldorks. Yoga photo by Good Moodra Yoga Studio. Georgina Pazcoguin by Rachel Neville. All other images are courtesy of the venues.

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