The community is invited to watch as the iconic Orange County Great Park Balloon is transformed into a jack-o-lantern face on Tuesday, October 2. Balloon pilots are lifted by a large crane to attach black vinyl tarp pieces to the Balloon’s sides, creating a jack-o-lantern face affectionately known as “Jack.”
This is the 11th year the Great Park has transformed the Balloon into Jack. Jack will stick around through November 2, and is visible from the I-5. There is no cost to watch the Balloon’s transformation, and guests are welcome to enjoy other Great Park amenities open that day, including the Farm + Food Lab and lawn areas. The transformation is scheduled for 9–11 a.m., but could be delayed to the evening if winds are too strong. The park will provide updates on its Facebook page.
Jack’s arrival marks the countdown to the Great Park’s two annual fall events: Spooktacular Fun Days and the Fall Food Drive. Spooktacular Fun Days feature family-friendly fall activities such as a pumpkin patch, treats, games, crafts, gourmet food trucks, and more 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, October 13, and Sunday, October 14. Children 12 and younger are $5; adult tickets and parking are free. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit ocgp.org.
Park visitors can support the Fall Food Drive by donating canned goods or nonperishable food items when visiting the Great Park October 13-November 18. Donations benefit local food banks, and will be accepted at the Visitors Center 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays and 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
The Orange County Great Park is located at 8000 Great Park Blvd., Irvine. For more information, visit ocgp.org or call 949-724-6247.