Category Archives: California

Halloween is Almost Here, Check out these Haunts

Halloween has always been one of my favorite times of year. The creativity that comes out in people is astonishing. Now Halloween isn’t for everyone but for everyone who it is for, here are a few local haunts that you can visit if you’ve already been to Halloween Horror Nights, Dark Harbor, Haunted Hay Ride and of course, my favorite, Night of the Jacks.

If you are wondering where is “local” for us, it would be in California a bit north of Los Angeles. I’ll list a few, just by name and location, if you need more information feel free to DM me on Twitter.

The Bone Yard, it is in Simi Valley, CA and it is on Halloween night only.

The Haunt at Hellizonde, also in Simi Valley CA

A Haunting on Hill Canyon, Thousand Oaks CA

Murder House Productions, Thousand Oaks CA. I did go to this one last night and I do have pictures on our Instagram and Twitter. This is a small but scary “production”. They are small, but they sure do know how to do Halloween. You can see a walk through on our Facebook page, group and Twitter if you can’t make it. It’s worth it and it doesn’t cost a things for this great experience.

Morning Rose Manner, Simi Valley CA October 1-31

That was just a small list, there is quite a bit more. Being from Connecticut, Halloween was a very big part of my childhood. Now being in California, I have found some very very amazing walk throughs, photo ops, and attractions.

If you’d like more detail feel free to ask.

LA Comic Con 2019 Is Upon Us

This weekend, October 11-13 2019, at the Los Angeles convention center, we have a spectacular comic convention in full swing. I’ve gone to every LA Comic Con through the years, and this year, there is a clear difference in the feel of it.

The convention in general seems much more organized, it was easy to get in, and not too crowded to walk around. The vendors are more diverse and offer some really great items. There is really something for everyone.

As I walked the floor today I saw some amazing cosplays. Its refreshing to see what people can come up with when they decide who they want to depict in their cosplay. Its even more amazing to know that they have made the costume themselves. Some are even functional. Its a photographers heaven.

One of my favorite things to do is to go to Wild Bills. It’s where you buy a cup, usually a cup that is reflective of the venue, and then there is the awesome variety of soda that is available. Personally, I am always getting Sasparilla. In fact, I’ve never tried any of their other flavors. I love the fact that once you buy the cup you get free refills all day. Its a great idea with a solid product.

LA Comic Con is a convention that is for everyone. From young to old, there is something that is appealing. The cost per day isn’t going to break your bank, and you will be able to buy the cool things that catch your eye.

This was the first day, and this is just a quick recap, very quick of my first impression of the day. I will be in attendance tomorrow, which will allow me to write more in depth. I did pick up some comics I will be reviewing and I also have 3 Hot Toys I would love to show you.

If you are going, or even if you can’t, let us know on our facebook, or twitter what you’d like see. Again, I highly recommend this convention, it has a good vibe to it.

Renfaire 2019 Comes to a Close This Weekend

The last weekend for the Renaissance Pleasure Faire

Every year we look forward to forward to the lovingly called the Renfaire in Irwindale California. It is a welcoming faire where you can transform into whomever you would like to become. It’s not just a faire, its a complete transformation of time. Once you step into the Renfaire, you feel as if you are in a different time and place.

One of my favorite things to do is to shop. There’s trinkets, clothing, handmade items, kilts, toys. The list goes on and on. You could honestly spend a whole day shopping.

That is unless you are eating. The Faire has some of the greatest food you don’t find just anywhere. Personally I like the meat pies. Yet you may see someone with a turkey leg, or corn on the cob. Let’s not forget, there is a plethora of different ale’s at the faire. Different flavors, pear, many ciders. It’s truly a foodies paradise.

There are many events to enjoy. One being the queens jousting. Watching that jousting match is and always has been fun. Once the queen arrives, it begins. It is really something you don’t see every day.

As the 57th Faire comes to a close this weekend don’t forget to be there for the closing day parade. Till next year!

Official 2019 Rennaissance Faire Commercial

Visiting San Diego Without SDCC

Decor inside the Nautical theme of the Moxy Hotel.

Not all trips I make to San Diego are for San Diego Comic Con. I do make some trips ahead of time to check out some hotels that may or may not be in the hotel lotto. If its off season, you can usually get a reasonable price.

This week I spent some time at The Moxy hotel. This was a hotel that I came across while scrolling for a deal on Expedia. This hotel caught my eye. With its eye catching logo, and proximity to the convention center, I decided to click on it. The rooms looked nice, the lobby looked fun, and the price was right.

The logo of the Moxy hotel.

The Moxy is part of the Marriott family of hotels. Which usually are pretty comfy hotels with great amenities. This was no different. The Moxy seemed to cater to those who wanted a fun get away. I checked in at the bar where I was offered a complimentary cocktail. Yes, check in was at the bar. I arrived at about 7pm on a Sunday, and it was a very simple check in process. The staff was nice and friendly. Feeling like a guest makes a huge difference, especially when trying out a new hotel. Did I mention this is literally a new hotel? Many of you may not have heard of it or seen it while you were at SDCC.

From what I could tell just from the lobby, it was a nautical theme, with two floors, games to play and a full bar. It was very eye catching. Here are some photos I took from the lobby area.

This is really just a snap shot of how awesome we found the lobby. Not only was there shuffle board, there was a giant game of Connect 4 to play, Tic Tac Toe as well as some old school video games. I personally played Pac Man. I couldn’t resist.

The rooms all are the same, queen beds only, so these rooms may not be for the crowd that like to all stay in the same room together. Perhaps 2 people, 3 if you don’t mind a bit of being cramped. The view was just of the city. It wasn’t anything spectacular. So if you plan on coming to SDCC or just visiting San Diego, CA I would indeed recommend checking out The Moxy. I wouldn’t call it luxury, but definitely fun, and hey, if you’re at Comic Con or vacation, you should be trying to have some fun right?