Roasted Vegetable Farro Salad with Arugula

Roasted Veggie Farro and Arugula Salad.So there is not really a recipe for this recipe.  This Roasted Vegetable Farro Salad with Arugula is what I eat for lunch. Like, a lot. During the month of June, I ate ridiculously healthily. Egg whites for breakfast. Salads with tons of fresh veggies and no dressing for lunches. Lean proteins or more salad for dinner. I lost my muffin top and also the will to eat that healthy. While I loved how I looked, the minute I went on my Palm Springs retreat, and had delicious food again, I was off the wagon. When I finally wised up and figured out that I need to continue to eat well, but maybe not in such a rigid way, I started eating this salad. This salad is hearty and satisfying and I think, still pretty healthy. Since there is a little bit of prep work involved, I try to do the rest of my diner prep for the week at the same time.

Prepare your meals for the week on one day for quicker prep during the week. I try to cut all the vegetables and bag them up based on what recipe they go with all in one afternoon.  While I may spend more time in the kitchen that day (usually a Sunday) it makes cooking during the week so much faster. I make the farro and roast the veggies for this salad ahead of time so that they are ready to grab. That is one of my biggest problems. If I am hungry, and there isn’t a good, healthy option readily available, I’m going straight for chips and salsa or cookies. I’ve recently become addicted to iced coffees which seem to help me keep going throughout the afternoons. Going back to school made me tired. I need a little pick me up. So I usually grab or make an iced coffee to have with me in the kitchen on prep days (wine makes me too sleepy) And yes, that is a zombie growing in the container of water. Just try to tell me you don’t have one of those on your counter.

Trader Joe's 10 minute farro is a great side dish and is part of my favorite lunch salad! I buy this Trader Joe’s 10 Minute Farro 5 bags at a time. I love it! For this salad I cook it with chicken stock but it takes on a really lovely, rich flavor when cooked in beef stock. Really you could use either but I like the chicken stock for the salad to keep the flavor a little bit lighter.  I find that it takes longer than 10 minutes to get it to the texture that I like, but it still doesn’t take too long.

I love farro for all kinds of different dishes. Follow the directions of your choice on the package. I usually bring one of those big boxes of chicken stock to a boil, then add the farro.  I bring it back to a boil and then let it simmer for about 20 minutes, testing it after about 15 minutes and adding more time as needed. I like it a bit firm still, it can get kind of mushy if you over cook it.

Red bell pepper is a great way to sweeten up a veggie farro salad.I’m grateful that my oldest son is showing interest in cooking and I’ve loved having him in the kitchen with me lately. (thanks Guy and Rachel – your Kid’s Cook Off really helped.) This is a great recipe to have the kids help with because there is a bunch of veggies to prep.  We put on some music and start cutting.

Roasted squash is a great way to add lots of flavor to this salad.This recipe can be adapted based on what is in season. On my last trip to Trader Joe’s they didn’t have zucchini or at least I didn’t see any zucchini. But they did have this squash that I have never tried before. I decided to substitute this instead, I think it is a Delicata? You could also do sweet potatoes or butternut squash. The squash helps make it a little more hearty in the absence of meat.

I'm sort of addicted to roasted garlic cherry tomatoes. I make a big batch and then use them all week for all kinds of things like this veggie farro salad and scrambled egg whites! I have been all about roasted cherry tomatoes lately. Again, these are great to have kids help with. You probably don’t really need to cut them in half but I like to. Add a few cloves of crushed garlic, a little olive oil and sea salt – YUM! Once these are roasted, I keep them separate from the rest of the roasted veggies. That way I can add them to other dishes throughout the week. These are delicious scrambled with egg whites and topped with arugula for breakfast. Or they are fantastic on some crusty toast and avocado for a light lunch or snack. Or over pasta for a really sweet, easy sauce.

Make roasted veggies for this salad and other dishes throughout the week.Cover your pans with foil for easy clean up. I roast all the vegetables at the same time at about 375 for 15 minutes and then watch them to see if they are cooked or burning. Have I mentioned that I have no cooking training? That’s how I do it. I know my pans are overcrowded so the vegetables sort of steam instead of really roasting and getting all browned and caramely. If you want to get a better brown, put less on the pans. Which means you might have to do it in batches. I ain’t got time for that.

My fave Toscano cheese from Trader Joes that is a great addition to this farro arugula salad.This cheese is amazing. And while I know that cheese is not something you should eat en mass, the smallest little bit in this salad really makes a difference.  It’s super creamy. I only use about a tablespoon. In the few months that I have been learning about healthier eating, I’ve realized that you should try to find really flavorful items that don’t add too much in the way of fats, etc. While there are certainly things that are better for you than cheese, this cheese packs so much flavor that you only need a small amount. If you don’t like black pepper, you can also try the red wine soaked version also at Trader Joe’s (which is also AMAZING on top of the farro cooked in beef stock – it becomes super rich, risotto like, and it is total comfort food.)

A good olive oil is all you need to dress this flavorful salad.Once everything is cooked, I put them in their storage containers so they are ready to go for the week. And the only thing that you  need to dress the salad is a delicious olive oil.

Arugula and farro go really well together and make a hearty, satisfying salad.Like I mentioned above, I started looking for foods that have tons of flavor. Arugula is one of the items that I use in a lot of dishes. I’m kind of obsessed with it. I love the peppery flavor and how it can pair with cold or warm dishes. The arugula adds a nice fresh flavor to this salad and is a great way to add in some greens to your meal. I simply add the cold farro to it and then add my other ingredients. Since everything is already prepared and ready to go, this salad is super quick to put together and perfect for busy weekdays.

This delicious olive oil and Maldon sea salt is the only thing you need to dress this salad. I use a little bit less than a tablespoon of the olive oil and a pinch of Maldon sea salt to the top of the salad at the very end. This brand, California Olive Ranch, is my favorite. Their oils are so flavorful.  Look for their EVOO that says “mild and buttery.” Delicious!

I make all the components on one day and then have this roasted veggie and farro salad all week long.On this day I was starving and so I was fairly heavy-handed with the ingredients. I didn’t plan on sharing this recipe on the blog until I was just starting to prepare everything so it took longer to make than usual (stopping to take photos of each step can be super time-consuming!). But how good does that look!  Look at all those colors!

Roasted veggie and farro arugula salad.This can easily be modified to suit your taste preferences. A nice quality parmesan cheese would also add a little creamy, nuttiness in place of the Toscano. Any kind of squash could be used, And you could substitute the arugula for another kind of flavorful green. I love this salad because it keeps me full but is packed with yummy veggies and mostly healthy ingredients. But really, what is life without a little bit of cheese, right?

Roasted Vegetable Farro Arugula Salad

Ingredients

  • Roasted Veggies
  • 2 zucchini (or other squash), chopped
  • 1 yellow onion chopped (red onion will work too)
  • 2 red bell pepper, chopped
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Roasted Cherry Tomatoes
  • 2 containers of cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • 2-3 cloves crushed garlic
  • olive oil
  • sea salt
  • Farro
  • 1 package of Trader Joe's 10 Minute Farro
  • 1 box of Chicken Stock (I don't know how much is in the box - about 4 cups I would guess)
  • To make salad
  • Arugula
  • Toscano Cheese (shredded)
  • Prepared Farro
  • Roasted veggies
  • Roasted cherry tomatoes
  • olive oil
  • sea salt

Instructions

  1. Roasted Veggies
  2. Clean and chop all veggie and toss with a little bit of olive oil and salt and pepper.
  3. To keep on the healthier side, consider using a spray oil to ensure you aren't using too much oil.
  4. Roast on cookie sheets for about 15-20 minutes at 375 degrees.
  5. Roasted Cherry Tomatoes
  6. Clean and cut cherry tomatoes in half.
  7. Spread out on cookie sheet or roasting pan.
  8. Add crushed garlic
  9. Toss with oil and sea salt
  10. Roast at the same time as the veggies above
  11. NOTE: these burn easier than the rest of the veggies because of the natural sugars, keep an eye on them.
  12. Farro
  13. Follow recipe on bag (but basically you will boil the chicken stock, add the farro and simmer for about 10-20 minutes)
  14. For Salad
  15. Shred Toscano cheese
  16. To a bowl add a handful or two of arugula.
  17. Top with 1/2 - 3/4 cup of farro
  18. Add as many roasted veggies and tomatoes as you want
  19. Add about 1 tablespoon of cheese
  20. Drizzle with about 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  21. Sprinkle with Maldon sea salt
  22. Eat up.
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Temecula Wineries Tasting Trip : Part 2

 Doffo Winery, Yuan Restaurant and Old Town Temecula

Wine in the vineyard at Doffo Winery. #temeculaIn case you missed yesterday, today’s post is Part 2 of my wine tasting trip to Temecula. Take a minute and go back to read Part 1.  Go ahead.  I’ll wait…

VisitTemeculaValley.com helped me put my trip together and I couldn’t be more grateful. I want to remind you that all opinions are my own!

Wine Tasting in Temecula in an antique pink cadillac. So let me catch you up (this is the “Previously on the Real Housewives…” part of the post). At this point in my Temecula trip, we are two wineries in, we’ve had a fantastic lunch and we are being driven around Temecula in an Antique Pink Cadillac. I highly recommend hiring a car when you do your wine tasting. That will ensure that everyone has an amazing time and be the safest for everyone, everywhere. It was so nice to have a car waiting for you to take you on to the next location and of course with Sergio, you get so much more. Sergio knows a ton about Temecula and the wineries themselves and is super nice. [Read more...]

Temecula Wineries Tasting Trip : Part 1

Wilson Creek Winery and Lorimar Winery in an Antique Pink Cadillac

Wine Tasting in Temecula. This trip was put together for me by VisitTemeculaValley.com and included a tons of behind-the-scenes tours and tastings! #temeculaWith all this talk of Life Lists I decided to also write a Bucket List. And since I’m focusing on living a more full life (especially offline) I thought it made sense to complete a Bucket List item too. I reached out to VisitTemculaValley.com to help me make my first wine tasting trip happen.  I gave them my budget and they were able to put together a crazy memorable day for me, including an overnight stay, to some of the best of the Temecula wineries. So while some of the days activities may have been comped or discounted, of course, all opinions are my own. And you know I have a lot of opinions. Wine Tasting in Temecula.I had to split this post in to two parts since there is so much I want to share with you. You know when I share my trips, I share a lot of detail. But for me, sometimes that is where the magic is. I only live about an hour away from Temecula Valley, home to a bunch of amazing wineries, but have never been before! I am a wine lover but have never been to a vineyard. By the end of my trip, (which was really about 24 hours) I was kicking myself for not having checked it out sooner. Have you been? I’m already dying to go back. Embassy Suites TemeculaI decided to do the wine tasting trip on a Monday so that the wineries wouldn’t be quite so crowded. I know they have a tendency to get crazy crowded on the weekends. And while of course I once had my own bachelorette party, bunches of loud women are no longer my jam (Temecula seems to be a premier location for bachelorette getaways. But don’t get me wrong, I will return on a weekend. I just didn’t want that for my first trip).  I left my house and headed straight to Embassy Suites Temecula Valley Wine Country where I would be staying for the night. I met up with  my girlfriend, Michelle, and the car that would be touring us around for the day. Wine tours in Temecula in an antique pink cadillac.THIS car! How fun, right?! We got to be driven around on our wine tour in this Antique Pink Cadillac by Sergio Weingarten. This rad car is available for hire for anything from weddings to nights out on the town and, of course, wine tours. Sergio is a character. And he KNOWS Temecula. He had a hand in which wineries we would be seeing he was absolutely professional and amazing. He just may know everyone in town. Map of Temecula Valley Wine Country.We jumped in the car and headed off to our first winery.  This was my first look at the Temecula Valley and it is absolutely stunning! Aside from wineries, Temecula also has Brewery tours! If your husband is anything like mine, he would much prefer to tour breweries…I can totally see another visit to this area to check them out. There is also an Old Town area with restaurants and many of the wineries also have tasting rooms, complete with entertainment there too. Although it wasn’t on the agenda for this trip, I could tell that Old Town would make for a really fun night out.  Michelle and I wine tasting in Temecula.My buddy, Michelle, came along with me.  Michelle has been tasting in Temecula before and knows a lot about wine. I knew she would be the perfect person to bring along. She was able to give me even more insight as to what other wineries in the area, that we weren’t going to visit this trip, were like. And really I just love her company so I knew we would have a blast together.  Wine tasting at Wilson Creek Winery in TemeculaOur first stop was Wilson Creek. The only thing I knew about them prior to the visit was that they make a delightful Almond Champagne. But I quickly found out they are so much more than that!  The grounds are so pretty and there is even a family friendly area under big shady trees near a little creek.   Part of the Tasting Room at Wilson Creek Winery in Temecula.We looked around their tasting rooms and I got to see what wine tasting is all about. On the weekend, these rooms would have been packed. But on a Monday, they mean you get much more space and attention if you really want to learn about their wines and wine making process.  Trust me, it wasn’t empty! There was still a crowd of people at each place we visited. Wilson Creek Winery is known for their Almond Champagne but they are SO much more than that!  But it IS delicious! We skipped the sparkling wines and headed straight for a White Cabernet! It was this glorious blush color, very light, not even a rose. It was sweeter than expected and not tannic from the absence of the prolonged contact with the skins  (at least I think that is the right word – you know I learned A LOT about wines this day…but there was also some tasting…so…). And then it was about to get fun. We met up with Greg Pennyroyal, the enologist and viticulture expert (his card says coordinator but he is clearly an expert) for Wilson Creek Winery. He’s the grape guy. He’s responsible for deciding when the grapes are ready to be picked. And he’s quite possibly the most interesting man on the planet.  It's crush season in Temecula! We got to see what happens to the grapes when they come off the vines! #temecula. We came at exactly the right time to witness this process that is the very start to making new wines. While this process, I believe they call crush, usually happens at night, Wilson Creek has one area in their vineyards that, due to the grade of the hill, has to be harvested during the day. Greg rushed us over to their processing area so we could see this! It was here that our lessons started. Behind the scenes wine tour at Wilson Creek Winery. Greg had us taste the skins and the seeds and explained how they reach the different parts of your mouth and how you must find the perfect balance to create a great wine. Pretty dang cool.  Tasting chardonnay straight out of the barrel at Wilson Creek Winery in Temecula. AND THEN we got to meet Wilson Creek winemaker, Gus Vizgirda, who let us taste a chardonnay straight from the barrel. So cool. And delicious, even though it wasn’t quite ready for bottling.  Wine tanks at Wilson Creek Winery in #temecula.We tasted our way through their facility and learned SO MUCH about wine, the wine making process, and so much more on our tour. I didn’t really care what happened the rest of the day. Getting to learn about wine making this close up was something I never dreamed of. It really enhanced my appreciation for wines and all that goes in to making them. We talked about the bio physical chemistry and more importantly how to slurp – or the process of drawing in air as you are tasting the wine to bring out the flavors and help draw out the different flavors you are tasting as you drink the wine.  With Greg, Enologist and Vinticulture expert at Wilson Creek Winery. And it made me want to spend WAY more time with Greg. He’s so super knowledgable and was able to share it with us in an easy to understand way. He has a true passion for the craft of wine making and for his part in putting out great wines at Wilson Creek. I will definitely be back to learn more from him! Ravioli at Creekside Grille at Wilson Creek Winery, Temecula. We sat down to a quick lunch at Creekside Grille on property at Wilson Creek. Delicious! While at the winery we were lucky enough to meet Bill Wilson. It was cool to meet a member of the Wilson family and get a feel for how proud they are of all they have accomplished through wine.  Outside Wilson Creek Winery in Temecula with Annette of VisitTemeculaValley.comOver lunch we got to talk with Annette, of VisitTemeculaValley.com, about the great family and food & wine events Temecula puts on throughout the year. Be sure to check the calendar before you plan your visit to see if you can make it to any of them! And how pretty is the outside at Wilson Creek! It would be a lovely place to hold a wedding or just bring a group of friends to hang out and relax. Wine tours of Temecula in an antique pink Cadillac. We were sad to end our time at Wilson Creek but loved getting to hop back in the pink Cadillac to move on to our next stop. Lorimar Winery in Temecula.We pulled up to Lorimar Winery and instantly felt like we were in another country. The building is gorgeous and the landscaping on the property was really pretty. It felt warm and inviting from the moment you walked up those steps. Chatting with Penny of Lorimar Winery about how smart grapes are. Loved learning from Penny! #temecula #sponWe got a quick peek at the tasting room before we were whisked off for our first tour with Penny Delgado. Oh and we started off with a sparkling wine that was just delicious. Penny was full of fun stories and great information about the grapes and wine making in general. You can tell that she loves what she does and I think we could have hung out with her for days. Gorgeous grounds at Lorimar Winery in Temecula.The grounds of Lorimar Winery are beautiful and there are several great spots for weddings and receptions on the property. One of the things I loved most about this place was their love of music which I probably should have guessed from their music note logo. This is the place to go to enjoy live music, in a gorgeous setting, with delicious wines. I’m sure that on the weekends this place is very lively with people really enjoying themselves. Touring Lorimar Winery in Temecula. Next Patrick McIlvain, General Manager, put us in to the Polaris and took us around the vineyard. Maybe it was just the perfect time of year, but vineyards are absolutely wonderful to look at. These tours are available to the public, they just require advanced reservation. And I highly recommend it! Overnight accommodations are available for rental at Lorimar Winery in Temecula.Patrick took us to look at Lorimar Winery’s new rental space, for overnight guests, called the Coach House. I’m dying to get a group together to stay here. We didn’t get to go inside but I found these images of the interior and it looks NICE. Event space at Lorimar Winery, Temecula. The Coach House sits right next to one of the event spaces on the property. This room would be perfect for a small wedding or special event. The room is set up like a barrel room and is a little bit rustic, but pretty at the same time. This patio would be perfect for more tables or dance floor. Gorgeous Lake View outside of event space at Lorimar Winery, Temecula.And this is the view out in front of the event space and Coach House. It was so pretty and unexpected to find this little lake right there! I want to have a glass of wine in that there hammock. Lorimar Tasting Room and Art Gallery. #TemeculaWe went back inside and saw the larger tasting room which is also an art gallery. That was one of the things I thought was so cool about Lorimar. They really work to fuse music, wine and art together. That speaks to my soul. We headed up front to purchase a delicious bottle of red wine (I fell in love with their 2011 Trio wine. I’m WAY more of a white wine drinker but loved this blend. I knew that if I just tasted a few reds, I would find ones that really appealed to me the way this one did). And then we got to meet one of the owners, Mark Manfield.  He was super nice and it was a great way to end our time there. What struck me about this winery was how down to earth they all were. While they love making wine, and they make GREAT wine, they aren’t snobs and don’t want anyone to feel like they don’t know what they are doing when it comes to tasting or wine knowledge in general. The atmosphere was fun, casual and I wanted to stay all afternoon. AND we talked about how they do specialty cocktails, with wines, at some of their events! You KNOW I loved that on account of my wine cocktails series.  I loved that while wine is their focus, they aren’t afraid to mix it up and do something a little bit differently than the other wineries. Wine Tasting at Lorimar Winery in Temecula.Can you believe this was just the first half of my day in Temecula?! Even after the first winery visit I was asking the question, “why haven’t I been here before?” While Napa and Sonoma may be THE place to do the wine tasting thing, Temecula is no slouch.  It was accessible and warm and totally my speed. If you haven’t been, you need to go! I can’t wait to share part 2 of my Temecula Valley wine tasting adventure tomorrow! And I can’t wait to go back and check out more Temecula wineries.

*A big thank you to VisitTemeculaValley.com for making this trip possible. When I reached out to them I had no idea where to start or which places to consider visiting. They planned my trip for me and did a magnificent job! I highly recommend their site for planning your own visit.

*And a huge thank you to Michelle for helping me to take some of the photos. On account of me being so type A I didn’t give up my camera very much but the pictures she took were fantastic! It is hard to tell exactly which ones she took but if I had to make it simple, I would say the photos that I am in or the ones that are really well composed were her doing. Now, when are we going back for more wine tasting, Michelle?

Reformer Fit Pilates Studio in Dana Point

Reformer Fit Pilates Studio in Dana PointCan’t stop, won’t stop. As you know, I recently worked on a series of posts with ZICO Coconut Water on creating and completing items off my ‘life list.’  It has been amazing. I’m trying new things and making changes to my life that are really letting me live more purposefully. One of the things I recently completed was trying out a Pilates class. I had always wanted to try out a class, using a reformer, so I reached out to my friend, Dottie of Reformer Fit Pilates in Dana Point and headed in for a class!  Located down by the marina, the location is gorgeous and it got my mind right as I headed in to my class. 

A reformer machine for pilates. Reformer machines look a little bit like torture devices.  I was pretty nervous. 

Pilates at Reformer Fit Pilates Studio in Dana Point. Reformers work off of a series of springs that allow for various levels of resistance. Since I haven’t worked out in, like, forever, I hoped she would go easy on me. Pilates is designed to build strength and flexibility and is great for all types of people and fitness levels. She assured me I would be ok. 

Pilates class at Reformer Fit in Dana Point.We got started and Dottie walked me through some beginning stretches. I immediately knew that I would really like using the reformer. And I wouldn’t say that she went easy on me, but she recognized my limits but still had me push through. 

Trying out a reformer for my first time! It took a lot of focus and tightening and breathing. But I loved how it felt. It wasn’t long before I felt my muscles shaking…

My first pilates experience. Pilates is hard. Especially when you haven't worked out in years. Like here. Dottie had me doing leg circles.  Only my legs wouldn’t do it. So what you are seeing here is NOT good form. It is me dying. Muscles burning. And laughing because Dottie says, “five more!”

Private pilates lesson at Reformer Fit Pilates Studio in Dana Point.These cool pulleys and straps are used for arm and leg exercises and the exercises felt really good. You could feel your muscles working but there was no impact. I really fell in love with Pilates.

Plank on a pilates reformer.Until we did ab work. I watched Dottie do a plank first and wondered if I would be able to do it. I had visions of collapsing on to the reformer but I managed to do it! And then I managed to do the pike exercises where you use your ab muscles to draw the board back towards your feet, buns in the air. I was pleased with myself. 

I am so grateful that Dottie shared her gift with me and let me try out my first reformer class! I’m dying to start classes regularly! And thank you to Lauren for taking the photos!

Find out more about her studio: Reformer Fit – 24901 Dana Point Harbor Dr., Ste. A 110, Dana Point, CA  92629. (949) 614-3604. Email for more info info at reformerfit.com!

Organic Tree Juice in Dana Point. And when you are done, head right next door to Organic Tree Juice Bar. The staff is super awesome and, like the pilates studio, the space is bright and comfy. 

Organic Tree Juice in Dana Point. I tried the “Oz” green juice, with extra ginger, and it was awesome! I’m not a fan of most green juices, but I really enjoyed this one! Next time you are in Dana Point be sure to head here! I headed home with my juice feeling really great. And my muscles only stayed sore for a few days…

 

Knott’s Berry Farm 2015 Season Passes

Pumpkins and roller coasters at Camp Spooky at Knott's Berry Farm. #campspookyCan you believe it is almost Halloween!! Where has the year gone? Ever since Party City started playing their Halloween costume commercials on TV my kids have been asking me when we can go to Camp Spooky 2014.  They LOVE to go to Knott’s Berry Farm during October to see how the park is decked out and participate in really fun activities.  And I am only ok with them going because it is a non-scary, family event. I’m a total scaredy cat and do NOT do haunted things… What is even more awesome is that Knott’s has just released some really great deals for their 2015 Season Passes. Aside from having the lowest price of the year right now, when you buy your season passes for 2015, it also includes one visit during 2014 so you could bring your little ghouls to the Camp Spooky event. AND if you purchase now, you get discounts on Halloween Haunt tickets.

I love that Camp Snoopy has non-scary events in Camp Snoopy for families during Halloween! #campspookyWhich I already mentioned I won’t be attending. I DO, however, really appreciate how Knott’s decorates Camp Spooky (Camp Snoopy – if you didn’t pick up on that yet) for Halloween.  It is festive but kept very kid friendly. And they add a ton of holiday themed things to do in this kid-focused area of the park. Every weekend in October, your family can visit and get a chance to celebrate the season with activities geared for ages 3 – 11. There is no extra cost for all these fun extra activities. It is included with the price of regular park admission. Knott’s puts on great family activities throughout the rest of the year as well in Camp Snoopy. 

#CampSpooky at Knott's Berry Farm. To celebrate Halloween, the kids get to wear costumes!  And they can be in a costume parade and contest where they can win some awesome prizes. The Peanuts Gang stars in a special themed stage show where you can be entertained by your favorite cast of characters. There is a Mini Monster Maze for the kids where they can win sweet prizes. I assure you this is NOT like one of the Halloween Haunt mazes…I would probably pass out if it was! But if you like that sort of thing, purchase your Season Pass now and then use your Halloween Haunt discount to come and get scared silly. I’ll stick to the Kool-Aid mixing Potion Station in Camp Spooky! (a small extra fee applies for this station).

Rides and costumes at Camp Spooky at Knott's Berry Farm. #campspookyAnd of course there are the rides.  And there is nothing cuter than seeing your tiny Spiderman riding the rides. Along with all the rides in Camp Spooky, The Calico Mine Ride has been enhanced for Halloween in a not-too-spooky way. I know my boys will want to check it out. And cling to me and my husband for dear life…So if you purchase your Season Passes now, you can use your 2014 visit during this year’s Camp Spooky and then experience it as a Pass Holder next year!

It is super easy to purchase your Season Passes online. And there are several options to choose from. So if you want your pass to also include visits to Soak City, you can. Want to include a dining package? You can do that too!  And you can pay for your Season Pass in  9 payments instead of one big chunk. A fantastic idea! Don’t miss out on the lowest price of the year!