California's Great America Update - September 30th, 2022
Your Guide to the New Tricks & Treats Event
The best time of the year has finally come, Halloween time! But this year's Halloween event at California's Great America looks a little different than in years past. Gone is the scary Halloween Haunt and here is the more family friendly Tricks & Treats. The question everyone wants to know is: how was it? Well, I might like it more than Haunt. It's not scary but it's delightfully done with plenty of good and silly theming, activities and of course, all the rides that we love from CGA. So without further ado, let's talk about the event!
As you'd expect the front of the park has the T&T logo greeting you
Before we run through the lands of the park, let's talk about a couple things. First, T&T brings some new policies around bags. If you're in the park before 6pm you can bring your bags in but if you get in after 6, you'll need to abide by these rules
As you'd expect, there's plenty of T&T merch. I really like the park skyline in front of the moon
The stage at the front of the park features several shows
This one ended up being a very cute kids costume show
The park is divided into 4 (or 5) themed lands. Now let's walk around the park in counter-clockwise order starting with Everfall, then Sweet Tooth Acres
Then Ickyville and finally Spooky Spires
The first zone is Everfall, which takes over Hometown Square
It's got the classic orange and pumpkin aesthetic that you'd expect from fall
It has a handful of activity stands for kids, like this one for decorating gourds and another for decorating rocks
There's also a cute little maze for kids
And a big stage that shows the Great Craft Off
One little detail I hope stays is the tables with firepits under and around Railblazer
The County Fair area of the park has become Sweet Tooth Acres. As you'd expect, it's full of big candy like this candy cane arch
The big draw here is the trick or treat trail
Kids head up to several doors like this scattered throughout the area...
And when they knock, CGA employees "answer" the door and give the kids candy. Very cute!
Once you got towards Action Zone, the candy theming faded and some more generic Halloween-y elements popped up
Planet Snoopy, the (5th) area of the park that I mentioned earlier was more or less the same
With lots of pumpkins of course
And Snoopy was dressed up for the occasion
Continuing around, we get to Ickyville, which takes over All American Corners
In what is, I'm sure, to be a popular area with kids, it's themed to general grossness, with some ride renames, like Booger Flicker
Or maybe Filthy Fly Flyers?
Or the new for 2022 Liberty Hurler
My personal favorite that I didn't get a shot of is Orbit becoming Centrifugal Farts
But the area featured more than just renamed rides. There was a row of games set up near Mass Effect or the South Bay Shores entrance
Slime Works takes over the Kids Stuff Outfitters
Which features a little area for kids to...
Make their own slime kits!
I know that I would've been all over this if I were younger
Continuing around the area, the stage for the Snots, a cover band was here. Allegedly the show was really good but unfortunately I missed it
The coolest part of the area was the original walkaround characters! The fish monster was the best!
There was also a little activity booth for the kids here
Here like the rest of the restaurants in the park, you can find some special Halloween dishes, like this one at South Bay Cantina
I just had to show this one! Like the park just wanted to unload a bunch of TV dinners they had! I probably should've tried it. I'm sure it tasted great but it still is kind of a silly idea!
Also very cool, there was a show called the Gross Out Gauntlet that I missed
Looks like it was some sort of kids Fear Factor eating challenge
The former Wax Museum facade sits empty here. I wonder what will happen to the venue if Haunt is gone?
The final area of the park is Spooky Spires in Orleans Place
Although it remains family friendly, this is definitely the darkest area
With more traditional dark Halloween decorations
Like the usual Haunt hearse!
Or these little witches
Some of the entertainment in this area is the Disco Crypt Yard, a silent disco
Where you can borrow a set of headphones and dance to a DJ among the gravestones and fog
I didn't see it but there was also the Spectral Sisters
The adults could visit the Blood Bank Bar
With a good little assortment of drinks
And some good decorations fitting the name inside!
So that'll wrap up our coverage of the event!
Visit the event if you can! Only the rest of this run and then WinterFest and then the season is over!
But Tricks & Treats isn't the only exciting thing happening at the park this month, let's check in on the markings around Drop Tower. The markings themselves are back
And they bring a new set of work walls
These lie in front of Grizzly at the former Tooth Fairy building
And wrap towards the Grizzly entry plaza
Again, still no word about what this might mean for the park. My money is still on demolition or rehabilitation of these buildings. It certainly could open up some room for a flat ride or combine with Grizzly to give room for a new coaster. Of course this is all with the potential closure of the park on the horizon. We'll wait and see what comes of this!
So that'll wrap up our update for the day! I was really really impressed with the event. If you go in expecting Haunt you'll be very disappointed but I really liked the multiple themed areas. There were so many little touches that just showed how much care went into the event. If you can, get out to the park and see it before it ends! Our next update at the park will be for WinterFest!