SANTA ANA, CA., February 13, 2021 - Orange County Haunt Culture will be the focus of “Creep It Real OC” EXPO, sponsored by Rad Coffee as local Entertainment Production Company Valantine Productions hosts the event’s return in an even bigger and better way. On display will be local artisans and craftspeople selling their latest designs as well as attractions and home haunt teams promoting upcoming offerings. There will be music, food trucks, photo opportunities and Halloween-themed vehicles. A naturally spooky atmosphere will provided by the expo’s new host venue; The Heritage Museum of Orange County. Additionally, the coveted Rad Coffee truck will be creepin’ it real in the OC, giving bats and ghouls their coffee fix as the event’s proud sponsor.
The 2021 “Creep It Real OC” EXPO sponsored by Rad Coffee, will take place on Sunday, September 12, from 12pm - 6pm. Exhibiting this year will be 100 vendors selling a variety of Halloween items. Guests will find everything from crafts, decor, jewelry, special effects makeup, fashion items, accessories, masks, props, collectibles, original artwork, food and treats, magicians and a psychic. There will also be entertaining characters, live music and a sampling of local home haunts and mini-mazes so visitors can get a little pre-season scare and map out their haunt-hopping plans.
“There could not be a better venue for this event,” Megan Valantine, Co-Producer said of The Heritage Museum of Orange County. “Last year, we brought folks from Riverside, San Diego and LA Counties to the OC. Our new venue is pin-dropped right in the center of everyone. Of course, primary for us is the fact that the atmosphere here is the stuff Halloween dreams are made of. Those coming in costume for photo ops will fit right in and our home haunt exhibitors are going to go wild putting up their set pieces in this great space.”
Improvements from the event’s inaugural year are a reduced admission price, longer hours and a creepier atmosphere. “Our goal is to create and share an environment where local artists, vendors, DIYers and haunt passionates will join together as the season ramps up to further ignite the excitement of the spookiest time of the year” Co-Producer Kevin Valantine says. “Additionally, we may be one of the first events of its kind to take place, post-pandemic.” The venue, popular with weddings, school tours and other gatherings is closely monitoring the state and local guidelines and health official recommendations. Event organizers will be communicating via social media and the event’s website with a “know before you go” update containing the latest advisories and announcing the precautions that will be taken by venue staff. “We feel very confident”, said Kevin “that with these partnerships in place, we will have the knowledge and tools available to execute a safe and healthy event come September.”
Parking: Free onsite and overflow.
Where: Heritage Museum of Orange County is nestled between the 5, 405 and 22 freeways at 3101 W HARVARD ST, SANTA ANA, CA 92704
Note: “Creep It Real OC” EXPO is a family-friendly atmosphere, however we caution parents that some costumes, sets and props as well as interactive characters may frighten young children.
Visitors are free to come in tasteful costumes, free of excessive gore or suggestive theme.
As of August 13th, Orange County Health Department guidelines dictate no change to the recommended mask guidelines. As our event is fully outdoors, we anticipate no requirements to be enforced. However, due to the concentration of many in a localized space, masks are encouraged. Below is the relevent exerpt from the latest press release from OC Health Department.
Effective July 28, 2021, masks are required for all individuals in the following indoor settings, regardless of vaccination status:
- On public transit (examples: airplanes, ships, ferries, trains, subways, buses, taxis, and ride-shares) and in transportation hubs (examples: airport, bus terminal, marina, train station, seaport or other port, subway station, or any other area that provides transportation)
- Indoors in K-12 schools, childcare
- Emergency shelters and cooling centers
- Healthcare settings
- State and local correctional facilities and detention centers
- Congregate settings such as homeless shelters
- Long Term Care Settings & Adult and Senior Care Facilities
Masks are required for unvaccinated individuals and recommended for fully vaccinated individuals in indoor public settings and businesses (examples: retail, restaurants, theaters, family entertainment centers, meetings, state and local government offices serving the public). It is important to wear a mask if you are around someone that is high risk, with unvaccinated children or with people whose vaccination status is unknown especially indoors.
In settings where masks are required only for unvaccinated individuals, businesses, venue operators or hosts may choose to:
- Provide information to all patrons, guests and attendees regarding vaccination requirements and allow vaccinated individuals to self-attest that they are in compliance prior to entry.
- Implement vaccine verification to determine whether individuals are required to wear a mask.
- Require all patrons to wear masks.
Heritage Museum of Orange County
Heritage Museum of Orange County is home to the H.Clay Kellogg House and John Maag Farmhouse. Heritage Museum of OC is dedicated to preserving, promoting and restoring the heritage of Orange County and surrounding region through hands-on, minds-on interactive education.
About Valantine Productions
Valantine Productions was founded in 2014 by Kevin and Megan Valantine focusing on video production and event documentation services as well as staging live events. The team is now putting out the call for artists and haunt community leaders, as well as Halloween super fans and their families to join in on this day to honor the spirit of Halloween in Orange County. Video gallery and company information can be found at www.valAntineproductions.com.