Orange County Great Park hosts a Spooktacular event

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The Orange County Great Park held its annual Spooktacular Fun Days event on Oct. 13-14 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. to celebrate Halloween with festive costumes and traditional family-friendly fall activities.

“The Orange County Great Park Spooktacular was a weekend event dedicated to giving kids an opportunity to trick-or-treat and still have fun during the month of Halloween,” senior Jadon Wong, a Youth Action Team volunteer at the event, said. “There, you could see all the kids dressed up in their super cute and creative costumes. You could tell they were have a good time.”

This fall tradition featured a variety of entertainment and activities such as trick-or-treat town, pumpkin patch, petting zoo, face painting, community booths, carnival games and gourmet food trucks.

“There were so many booths that I wanted to try out but couldn’t because I was a volunteer,” Wong said. “During my shift, I wasn’t really supposed to trick-or-treat. So one of my most memorable experiences actually ended up being able to trick-or-treat myself after my shift was over. However, I also really enjoyed the festive energy in the air and the smiles on kids’ faces when they received candy.”

During the event, visitors also had the opportunity to support Community Action

Partnership of Orange County’s (CAPOC) Orange County Food Bank and Second Harvest Food Bank by donating canned goods and other nonperishable food items to their offices. Monetary donations are also being accepted online throughout the months of October and November.

“It’s cool to see how this event is bringing the community together in an exciting way,” senior Danielle Smith said. “I really think the Spooktacular offered a place for everyone to connect, talk, and take pictures. Everyone had a lot of fun experiencing the Halloween season together.”