Let’s enjoy the festivals!Part II

By Zhiqi Liang

Veteran’s Day —- The fourth Monday in October

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Forest Lawn has 50 years of history to celebrate Veteran’s Day. Except the band and honor guards, the celebration also invites famous parachute team—-Golden Stars Skydiving Tea to join the performance.



Palm Springs Veterans Day Parade is another spectacular event on the day.  After the memorial procession, there will be a magnificent concert at the scene followed by fireworks display.

Halloween–November 1

The mystery festive atmosphere, the Trick-or-Treat tradition and the special experience to wear interesting costumes make Halloween one of the most popular holidays among Chinese students. No matter you are a party animal or a horror movies fan, there is always some ways you can make a day of it:


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Theme Parks

Disneyland Halloween Party 

Universal Studio Halloween Horror Nights

Magic Mountain Fright Fest 

Knott’s Scary Farm 

Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor 

Haunted House

Blumhouse’s The Purge: Breakout 

The Empty Grave- Anaheim 

Halloween Harvest Festival at Pierce College 

 Los Angeles Haunted Hayride at the Old Zoo at Griffith Park 

The Alone Experience-Downtown LA 

Raymond Hill Mortuary Haunted House  


The House at Haunted Hill

Rise of the Jack O’Laterns at Descanso Garden 

 Dark Carnival Haunted House in Hollywood 

Party and Parade

West Hollywood Halloween Night Costume Carnaval

King Tut’s Tomb at the Egyptian Theater

The Haunted Castle Halloween at Cashmere

Halloween Film with Live Organs at Disney Concert Hall

Wicked Lit 

Dearly Departed Tours

Pumpkin Farm

Lopez Ranch Pumpkin Farm

Mr.Bones Pumpkin Patch

Toluca Lake Pumpkin Patch- Haunted Maze

Cal Poly Pomona Pumpkin Festival

Burbank Floating Pumpkin Patch

Shawn’s Pumpkin Patch

Tahoe Scotty’s Pumpkin Patch and Christmas Tree Lots

Thanksgiving — the fourth Thursday in November

Thanksgiving Day is the most truly American of the national holidays in the United States. It is also a time to gather with family and friends, share a traditional meal and express gratitude for the good things in life. Fortunately, for foreign students who are far away from home, there are still some way for us to have fun.


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If you are not able to have a nice family dinner like local students, why not hang out with some best friends to enjoy a Thanksgiving buffet? Many restaurants offer special Thanksgiving menus during the holiday season. Some like Laugh Factory even provide their customers with free Thanksgiving Turkey and other kinds of food.

You can also participate in some community celebration to make the night more meaningful. For example, at Westside Thanksgiving Night in Santa Monica, you can bring some household goods, clothes or other small items that you no longer need to donate. There will also be a variety of exciting outdoor activities, special games for children, and   free open-air banquet. Helping others and reward yourself with delicious food is definitely  a great way to make the cold Thanksgiving night warm and cozy!


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