Halloween in Big Bear

Halloween pumpkinIf your family is like ours, Halloween is one of your favorite times of the year. It combines the chance to let your little ones experience a brief time as a super hero, zombie, funny character, or animal. There’s lots of candy involved as well. It’s hard to find anything not to like about Halloween. And Halloween in Big Bear is especially fun.

Big Bear Village pulls out all the stops for Halloween to make it a special time for kids and adults alike. They sponsor a night of trick or treating among the shops, so it becomes one of those rare times when the kids will actually enjoy going with you to do some shopping. Over 50 shops will join in the fun this year, so any kid wearing a costume can plan on getting a treat at each one. It’s a fun and safe alternative to wandering your neighborhood with mixed results. The kids will love all the sweets they pick up along the way, and you’re sure to find some craft, fine wine, or a special item that will fit perfectly on a shelf at home.

Halloween in Big BearOne way to maximize your fun over Halloween is to make it a family getaway with a Five Star Vacation Rental to cap off the experience. Enjoy a fun evening strolling with the kids, shopping and trick-or-treating in The Village, then finish the night with a great meal in a local restaurant or one you cook up yourself in your gourmet kitchen. Either way, it’s going to be a fun night as the kids sort through their candy, and you all relax by the fireplace in your luxury vacation rental.

Kevin and Maria Cobb have been providing luxury vacation rental properties for nearly 20 years. Our goal is always to create a pampered feeling that will ski getaway to Big Bear. View all of our Big Bear cabins and luxury estates at this link.  Or give us a call at 310-780-3411, and we’ll help you choose a great property for your perfect holiday getaway.  And if you’d like to explore any of our other destinations, you can be assured that we’re committed to providing top quality cabins, estates, and condos for your next vacation getaway.  We have offices in Newport Beach and Big Bear. Here are links to our properties in Nuevo VallartaMammoth MountainPark CitySouthern California Beaches, and La Quinta.

Finish up October in Style

We’re in the final few days of October, and you may well be looking for an excuse to get away for a few days of fun. We like the way you think.

Serving at Oktoberfest.This weekend puts the “Big” in Big Bear for a couple of reasons. First, it’s the end of Oktoberfest for the year. The annual food, fun, frankfurter, and funky shopping event is coming to a close. It’ll be another long year until you get the chance to down a tankard of exotic beer surrounded by people wearing lederhosen. Kinda makes you tear up at the loss, doesn’t it? Well, you can do something about that by just calling us at 310-780-3411 to book a last-minute getaway.

Little boy in halloween costume with basket for candies in the pBut wait, there’s more. Consider keeping the kids out of school for an educational journey on Monday night as the Big Bear Village celebrates Halloween. This is a chance for them to conduct a field study of the different varieties of zombies as found in the Big Bear area. Promise their teachers you’ll have them turn in a full report on their findings.  You can dress up the entire family as your favorite politician, zombie or monster and stroll among the shops in Big Bear Village. Most shops are offering treats for the kids and adults alike, and it’s a great opportunity to explore some really fun shopping and yummy foods.

You can view all of our Big Bear luxury vacation rentals at this link.  We also maintain rentals in  Nuevo VallartaMammoth MountainPark CitySouthern California Beaches, and La Quinta. No matter what city you are visiting, staying in a Five Star Vacation Rental property will ensure that you experience the absolute best in luxury accommodations. We would be glad to help you plan your vacation to Big Bear or elsewhere, so if you would like more information, you can reach out to us by calling 310-780-3411.

Spooky Times In Big Bear

Halloween falls on a Friday this year, and we’ve got some positively spooky ideas for great fun in Big Bear.

As many of your know, Halloween in Big Bear is a pretty big deal.  The entire village pulls out all the stops to make sure that kids and parents alike will have a great time.  Dress the kids up as little ghouls or zombies and hit the Village streets from 5pm to 7:30.  Many of the merchants will be handing out free candy.  Mom and dad will have a great time too enjoying all the fun shops at the Village as you stroll in the cool October evening.   We still have some vacancies for that weekend, and you can make a really fun time of it for the entire family.  Streets filled with little goblins and zombies, free candy, and a luxury Big Bear cabin rental from Five Star Vacation Rental.  Life doesn’t get much better than this.

Most of us get so wrapped up in the fun of Halloween that we neglect to examine the actual roots of this centuries-old event.

There are a number of ideas about how the tradition began.  Many say it was started as a Celtic ritual that was meant to mark the end of the harvest season.  Some say it was later converted to a Christian celebration of the dead.

Our favorite story was from our old Uncle Murray.  He said Halloween was started centuries ago by a guy named Hal who was constantly begging for free food from his neighbors  One year in late October the neighbors rebelled at his freeloading and plotted a way to make it stop.  They all dressed in scary outfits and decided to scare Hal away.  They hid in the bushes one night as Hal made his usual rounds and jumped out while screaming loudly.  The plot seemed to work.  Hal ran away and did not return.  His neighbors celebrated the fact that they had weaned Hal from his continually mooching.  Things became unusually quiet around the neighborhood.  It was too quiet.

Talk soon started around the neighborhood, and it seemed as though the neighbors actually started missing Hal.  “Where has he been?” They asked each other.  But they always were reminded, “Hal is weaned.”  And they were surprised to discover they actually began to miss the little moocher.  They came up with a plan.

Late the next October a group of the neighbors went to visit Hal.  He was overjoyed to see them and even happier with their plan.  He understood that he imposed upon them with his incessant begging, so he agreed to limit his visits.  They said he was welcome to visit as often as he liked, and the neighborhood would celebrate the rekindling of their friendship each October by celebrating a day they called, “Hal is weaned.”  Soon all the neighbor kids joined in the yearly celebration recreating the event by going door to door in scary costumes, asking for handouts, and shouting, “Hal is weaned!”  As you can see, over the years the name has morphed to a bit simpler, “Halloween.”  Or something like that.  Did we mention that Uncle Murray was also abducted by aliens once, too?

Check out all of our Big Bear vacation rentals at this link.  And if you’re in the mood for a getaway elsewhere, follow these links to view our other properties in Park City Southern California BeachesMammoth Mountain, and Villa la Estancia in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico.  A well planned weekend away in a Five Star Vacation Rental cabin or estate will recharge your batteries and equip the entire family for the challenges back at home.   Call us today at 310-800-5454, and we’ll help you plan the vacation of a lifetime.

October in Big Bear Has Something For Everyone. Call Us to Book Your Vacation Rental Cabin

Autumn in Big Bear is one of the most beautiful times of year to join us.  The nights start to get a bit cooler, and the mornings are greeted with wonderful refreshing cool breezes.  You’ll regret putting off your stay with us here while you roast in the stifling October heat that so frequently hits Los Angeles. Avoid regret.  Call us today to book your October vacation getaway in one of our Five Star Vacation Rental Big Bear cabins.  Here are some of the fun events waiting for you in October:

Oktoberfest Kid's Costume Contest

Oktoberfest continues its annual run weekends until the end of the month.  This is one of Big Bear’s most popular events, and there’s something for every member of the family.  This year introduces more fun for the little ones with the Kindermeister Party Pack.  The package includes admission, Kid’s Meal, Sports Cup (with half-priced refills during your visit), one non-alcoholic beverage and a singing chicken keychain.  Oktoberfest finishes its run this year on Saturday, October 27 with the annual costume contests for both adults and children. The adult contest this year will offer up to $1,000 in prizes. Adult costume contest at 9:00 p.m. and Children’s contest at 3:00 p.m. Children in costume get in FREE.  This final weekend is always a busy one for us, so be sure to book your cabin early, and bring something fun to wear!

Since 2004, Western Outdoor News has sponsored the Big Bear Lake October Troutfest and it has proven to be a popular outing for all members of the family. Enjoy a weekend among your fellow anglers as you fish for fun and thousands of dollars in cash and prizes! Please visit the website at www.wonews.com or call Western Outdoor News at (949)366-0030.  You could actually fish and win money at it.  No, you’re not dreaming!  October 6th.

Curious Owls Greet Nighttime Explorers!

This one just sounds irresistible!  Join us on Saturday evenings during October for the Flashlight Safari Through Moonridge Animal Park.  This unique experience lets you enjoy Moonridge Animal Park’s nocturnal animals. Gates open 6:15 PM and close at 6:30 PM to start the tour.  Bring your flashlight and wear warm clothes. For more information call (909) 584-1299 or visit  www.moonridgezoo.org The fun culminates on Saturday, October 27th with Boo In The Zoo. This starts in the  late afternoon and continues through the early evening with a truckload of fun including Tricks ‘n Treat–The Graveyard, Pumpkin Patch, Electric Dungeon of Doom, Witches Brew, Scarecrow Land, Witches Lair, and Goblins throughout the park.  Dress up the kids, and spend the evening with some real animals!

Kids, Costumes, Candy . . . Fun!

Halloween in the Village is a fun and safe way for the whole family to enjoy Halloween.  Join us on the evening of October 31st and wander through the village in costume.  The kids will have a wonderful time as more than 50 of our merchants join in the fun with loads of candy for the kids.  Dress warmly and have the kids bring extra large goody bags.  This is going to be a Halloween to remember!

Call us at 310-780-3411 to book your October getaway.  Also, we’re starting to fill up our holiday reservations, so don’t delay your plans. Call us and we’ll help you plan a holiday in Big Bear that will bring joy to the entire family.  Browse all of our Big Bear cabins on this page.  If you’re planning a getaway somewhere other than Big Bear, please be sure to look at our luxury rentals in  Park City,Palm Springs/La Quinta Southern California Beaches Mammoth Mountain, and  Villa la Estancia in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico.  Regardless of where you may go, you’ll have the confidence of knowing that Five Star Vacation Rentals is working to make your vacation relaxing and memorable.  Don’t risk your precious vacation time by booking anywhere else!