What better way to celebrate a summer in the Upside Down than with a spooky carnival? A California landmark is transforming into Hawkins, Indiana for a Stranger Things pop-up fans won’t want to miss.

The Santa Monica Pier is getting a very ’80s makeover as Stranger Things takes over Pacific Parks’ attractions with a spooky carnival pop-up. The new season of Stranger Things, which is set to premiere on Jul. 4, takes place in the summer of 1985 and will feature all things ’80s from the mall to the hair scrunchies, and of course plenty of monsters.

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The Stranger Things-themed takeover will celebrate the third seasons summer vibes with carnival games, like a slime-filled dunk tank, attractions, like a Demogorgon-filled Curiosity House, and plenty of eats, like the Scoops Ahoy ice cream parlor where your favorite Hawkins residents will be slinging scoops for their summer jobs.

There will also be live entertainment, like performances by the Hawkins High cheerleaders and the entire Pacific Park amusement park will get a Hawkins makeover.

The Stranger Things pop-up carnival will take place Jun. 29 and 30 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Santa Monica Pier. Admission is free.

—Shahrzad Warkentin



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