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Halloween Happenings

Ready for some FREE and low-cost fall fun? We are! These are some of the events we’re looking forward to checking out . . .

Saturday, October 20th

Point Loma Nazarene Fall Festival

10/20 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Point Loma Nazarene University Campus, Point Loma


Point Loma Nazarene University invites you to its Annual Fall Festival. Fall Festival activities include wagon rides, a pumpkin patch, food samples from local eateries, music from local musicians and exhibit booths showcasing San Diego businesses, artisans and non-profit organizations. Come out and experience a day of fun, fall-inspired activities for all ages – the young and the young at heart!


Children’s Fall Fun Festival

10/20 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Alta Vista Botanical Gardens in Vista


Enjoy the fall weather in the 14-acre botanical gardens. Blue Star Families of San Diego is hosting this family fun day featuring a scarecrow contest, crafts, games and music.


East County Feed Fall Festival 

10/20 from 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

East County Feed & Supply in Santee


Enjoy a country-themed Fall Festival at East County Feed & Supply’s first annual event featuring pumpkin decorating, face painting, dunk tank, rope-a-calf activity and other kid-friendly games.


Sunday, October 21st

Halloween Movie Night

10/21 from 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Del Mar Plaza


Bring your blankets and chairs to the ocean view deck of Del Mar Plaza for a special screening of Ghostbusters.


Tuesday, October 23rd

Halloween STEAM Party

10/23 from 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Mission Valley Library


Looking for some not-so-scary fun? Visit the Mission Valley Library for a hauntingly good time with Halloween STEAM-powered (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) crafts and activities. There will be spider catapults, marshmallow bridge building, icky touch-and-feel guessing boxes, a scavenger hunt, and more. This program is suitable for preschool and elementary ages. Costumes are encouraged, but not required. No registration needed.


Wednesday, October 24th

Halloween Hoopla

10/24 from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Santee Library


Creative crafts and haunted science are what your little ones will experience at the Santee Library’s Halloween Hoopla. Costumes are encouraged.


Friday, October 26th

Trick-or-Treat on India Street

10/26 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

India Street in Little Italy


During Trick-or-Treat on India Street, Little Italy businesses open their doors to make Halloween a safe and special night for our urban-neighborhood children. Pick up a list of participating locations at Piazza della Famiglia, on the corner of India and W. Date Streets!


Saturday, October 27th

Boo Bash

10/27 from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Salvation Army Kroc Center in San Diego

$1 per person

Family-friendly and only $1 (cash) admission per person for amazing games, crafts, music and more!


Scary-Cool Halloween Carnivals at Community Centers

10/27 from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Fallbrook Community Center, Lakeside Community Center & Spring Valley Community Center


Beware: If you attend a Halloween carnival at a County community center, you will have a wicked good time. County Parks is hosting family-friendly parties at all three community centers. Come dressed to impress for an evening full of trick-or-treats, music, food, games and prizes.


Trick-or-Treat at the International Cottages

10/27 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Balboa Park International Cottages


Balboa Park’s International Cottages will be open for families to visit. Costumes are encouraged. Tricks or Treats are to be expected! Note: Cottages are opened for 5 hours on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Some open 11am-4pm while others choose Noon-5pm.


10th Annual Halloween Family Day

10/27 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Balboa Park


San Diego’s largest free Halloween carnival provides families a fun, safe, and culturally inspired kickoff to their Halloween activities. The Balboa Park Halloween Family Day features dozens of free craft projects for kids, Day of the Dead-themed displays and activities, costume contests and parades, carnival games with prizes, live entertainment, and food trucks.

The fun includes a performance by the San Diego Children’s Choir (all in costume); Day of the Dead altar, face-painting, and crafts presented by the Mexican Consulate; mini-carnival games for prizes, courtesy of the City of San Diego Parks and Recreation Department; a doggie costume contest in the Spanish Village Art Center; a rooftop pumpkin drop experiment at the San Diego Air & Space Museum; “Thriller” flash mob dance in the Plaza de Panama; and the Fab Trailers photo booth.Participating museums also offer free admission to children 12 and under with paying adult.


Trunk-or-Treat in Tierrasanta

10/27 from 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Newbreak Church in Tierrasanta


It’s Trunk-or-Treat time again in Tierrasanta! TRUNKS, CANDY, POPCORN BAR, GAMES, and MUSIC make this the perfect, family-friendly event to invite all your people too. Remember to wear your favorite costume and check in to get your free wrist band for a chance to win a giveaway!



Sunday, October 28th

Halloween Harvest Family Festival

10/28 from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Mt. Helix Park in the East County


Games, crafts, face painting, costume parade, crafts, activities and live music is what you’ll find at the annual Mt. Helix Halloween Harvest Family Festival.


Waterfront Park Pumpkin Patch

10/28 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Downtown Waterfront Park


Roam the Waterfront Park’s pumpkin patch, and find the perfect pumpkin to decorate and take home.


Not-So-Scary Estuary

10/28 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

San Elijo Estuary


Have a howling good time in nature this Halloween season with the return of the Not-So-Scary Estuary Family Discovery Day. Changing Climate is the theme, with performances about sea level rise, a zero-waste activity and animal meet-and-greets. Kids in costume can join the parade with prizes awarded, and more fun inside and outside along the nature center loop trail. Organic fruit and lemonade will be available to guests at no cost. Please park at Mira Costa College.

Halloween at the Station

10/28 from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Liberty Station in Point Loma


All ages are encouraged to come decked out in their most elaborate costumes. The daytime festivities will include trick-or-treating throughout the district, music, live entertainment, and other spooky surprises.

Wednesday, October 31st

Photo Credit: Grossmont Center

Trick-or-Treat at Grossmont Center

10/31 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Grossmont Center Mall in La Mesa


Trick-or-treat with some of your favorite Halloween characters at Grossmont’s safe trick or treating event. Special appearance by Ms. Smarty-Plants at 4:30pm where kids will learn about cool, creepy-crawly friends!


Trick-or-Treat at Lomas Santa Fe Plaza

10/31 from

Lomas Sante Fe Plaza in Solana Beach


Enjoy a free Hullabaloo Band concert, balloons, treats and a visit to the pumpkin patch. Kids in costume can trick-or-treat at participating stores.


Trunk-or-Treat Halloween El Cajon

10/31 from 5 p.m – 8 p.m.

Downtown El Cajon


Downtown El Cajon and Cajon Classic Cruise present its annual Trunk or Treat Halloween event. Fun and treats for the family.


When it’s all said and done and you’ve got gobs of Halloween candy left over, be sure to visit our sponsor, Dr. Ellen Im Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics, to unload some sugar for a good cause. Their Annual Candy Buy Back event will take place on November 2nd from 10- a.m. until 4 p.m. $1 per pound / up to $3 per child for the first 50 reverse trick-or-treaters to visit!

Fire Prevention Week in San Diego

Kids who love fire trucks have a lot to look forward to this weekend and next. Fire Stations across the county will open their doors to families in recognition of Fire Prevention Week. Here’s your chance to meet firefighters,  explore emergency response vehicles and tour fire stations.

Santee’s open house will feature a dunk tank, face painting and a bounce house. La Mesa and Lemon Grove’s events feature a pancake breakfast. And all will provide valuable information about keeping your family safe during fire season.

Saturday, October 13th

8 a.m. – 12 p.m. 

10 a.m. – 2 p.m. 

Saturday, October 20th

10 a.m. – 2 p.m. 


You Are Not Alone

It is highly likely that we all know someone who has suffered a reproductive loss, whether through miscarriage or abortion. Maybe it’s even you.


Anonymous postings of feelings by visitors to the MiscarriageHurts.com website

While it’s women who physically experience abortion and miscarriage, very often the people in their lives are also greatly effected.

Anonymous postings of feelings by visitors to the AbortionChangesYou.com website

We’ve been dedicating time on our blog to feature San Diego moms who have started their own businesses, and this week our feature is on Michaelene Fredenburg who started Life Perspectives, a nonprofit organization based in San Diego that provides hope and healing for anyone who has been impacted by pregnancy loss through miscarriage or abortion. Michaelene, now the mother of two, suffered silently for years following her abortion at age 18. Now her outreach organization works worldwide to equip leaders with training and healing resources. Life Perspectives invites men, women, family members and friends who have been touched by reproductive loss to begin healing with guidance and support that can be sought anonymously through two websites,  AbortionChangesYou.com and  MiscarriageHurts.com.

Reproductive loss touches so many, and not just those who have experienced the loss directly. It affects husbands, boyfriends, parents, grandparents, children and friends. Which is why Life Perspectives organizes its annual Side by Side 5K walk/run. Side by Side is aimed at bringing everyone together to begin the process of healing.

Michaelene Fredenburg at the finish line of the Side by Side 5K

The Side by Side 5K is taking place on October 27th at 10 am at De Anza Cove benefiting Life Perspectives.  The event raises funds to support Life Perspectives services and programs, but this special day also does much more. It lets people who may be suffering in silence know that they are not alone. The Side by Side 5K also provides an opportunity for those who care to show their support in an open and tangible way.

Mom’s Guide readers can use this special code – VIP18 – for a discount on registration. Register today at SidebySide5k.com.

You are not alone.

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