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Trick or Treat

September 29, 2014

October is a spooky time of year. Ghouls and goblins are on the prowl, especially on Halloween, but a number of Newport Beach businesses are celebrating Halloween all month long.

Roger’s Gardens has created an elaborate Halloween Boutique dubbed “Hauntingly Beautiful,” an appropriate description for the gothic-themed décor on display. Not only did the Roger’s Gardens staff design and build decorations to enhance the room’s theme, but a variety of classy and classic Halloween items – from skulls to candles – are available for purchase, along with pumpkins.

For more details, visit RogersGardens.com

Pumpkins take center stage at Armstrong Garden Center on Coast Highway, and for good reason: they’ve extended their All-You-Can-Carry Jackpot Pumpkin offer to run through the end of October. Visit Armstrong and take home as many medium-sized jackpot pumpkins as you can carry in your arms and between your legs for only $24.99.

Also at Armstrong is a free class on Saturday, Oct. 18 at 9 a.m. called Make a Beautiful Pumpkin Planter. You’ll learn how to use a hollowed-out pumpkin to create a colorful planter using fall flowers.

For more information visit armstronggarden.com.

Instead of trick or treat, it’s treats for tricks at Top Dog Barkery in Corona del Mar Plaza, the dog lover’s boutique and bakery.

On Sunday, Oct. 26, Top Dog Barkery is hosting a Halloween Costume Contest for canines, with prizes for best costume. Dress up your pooch and join the fun. There will also be a professional pup photo session.

Visit topdogbarkery.net for details.

Even the Newport Beach Public Library is getting in to the Halloween spirit.

At the Mariner’s Branch Library on Tuesday, Oct. 28, children ages 3 – 8 can participate in Halloween-themed crafting fun from 4 to 5 p.m. This event is free, and no advanced registration required.

For details, visit NewportBeachPublicLibrary.org.

Ghostly creatures take to fright, on this spooky family night at ExplorOcean, located at Balboa Village – Home of the Fun Zone. Join in for a BOOtiful evening at the 3rd Annual Halloween event. Experience costumes, pumpkins and candy, Oh My! Trick-or–treat on Balboa Peninsula in Newport Beach! Enjoy spooky storytelling, kooky crafts, face painting, spooky & slimy lab activities, plus live entertainment for the entire family! No tricks, just treats! Park your broomstick at ExplorOcean on Friday, October 24th from 6-8:30pm!

For details about this spooktacular event visit www.explorocean.org or call (949) 675-8915!

The Resort at Pelican Hill is holding a Family Pumpkin Harvest on October 25 and 26 from 12 to 4 p.m. Pelican Hill chefs will help you select a pumpkin for decorating or dining. For children ages 5-12, Camp Pelican offers an afternoon of supervised pumpkin decorating, crafts, lunch and harvest-themed games. $75 per child ages 5-12, limited to 20 children per day. Reservations
required. Visit PelicanHill.com.

And finally, where’s the best place to view al fresco Halloween decorations? Our vote is on Balboa Island, where many homeowners go all out with themed décor. You can stroll the island and enjoy the decorations on the days leading up to Halloween, or dress up and prowl the island on Halloween eve.

Photo featured Roger’s Gardens Halloween Boutique

Written by Christopher Trela

For more articles on dining out in Newport Beach, see the Off the Menu column in the Newport Beach Independent at NewportBeachIndy.com

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