Enjoy The Time Between Halloween & Christmas

Although several Christmas-type events and activities commence this month, November in San Diego is also full of fall-themed activities for you and your family.  Here are some of our favorite November activities…

Old Town Day of the Dead
Friday, November 2nd 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Enjoy face painting, children’s arts and crafts, piñatas, Aztec and folkórico dancing, life-sized catrina and skeleton displays, giant skeleton puppets, music

Spring Valley Turkey Bowl

Saturday, November 3rd 2 – 4 p.m.

Meet in the grass at the Spring Valley County Park for this free, youth Turkey Trot, Thanksgiving Dinner Obstacle Course, Giant Turkey Puzzle, Pin The Tail on the Turkey, and much more. You can also enter your name for a chance to win a free turkey dinner. All ages are welcome at this fun and interactive holiday event.

Fall Back Festival

Sunday, November 4th 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Fall back into San Diego’s wild past of the 1880’s! A day of play and educational fun as history comes alive. Kids pan for gold with actual prospectors, observe a blacksmith displaying his trade, and saddle up for an adventurous pony ride.

Santee Holiday Lighting Ceremony

Friday, November 16th 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Enjoy crafts, snow sledding, costumed character meet & greet, photos with Santa carriage & trolley rides, carolers, face painting and more!

Mother Goose Parade

Sunday, November 18th 1-3 p.m.

A festive afternoon of parade floats, balloons, bands and more. Fun for the whole family in El Cajon!


Work out before you pig out on Thanksgiving Day with these FUNraisers!

Father Joe’s Village’s Thanksgiving Day 5K

Thursday, November 22nd 6:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Oceanside Turkey Trot

Thursday, November 22nd 6 – 10 a.m.

Encinitas Turkey Trot

Thursday, November 22nd 6 – 10 a.m.

Thanksgiving Morning Thank You Run

Thursday, November 22nd 7 – 10 a.m.

We would be so grateful if you would share with your favorite fall or Thanksgiving event ideas that we can then share with our readers! Happy November everyone. 🙂

Inspire San Diego Kids to Read Through Your Donation

I wrote this in our copy of Dr. Seuss’s Fox in Socks book back in 2007:

My wonderful Mallory –

You just turned 17 months old, and last week I read you this book for the very first time. Today, at the book store, I let you wander through the kids’ section. To my shock & delight, you walked up to me holding the store’s copy of this book and exclaimed “fox!” as clear as anything.

How you could possibly have remembered that word and recognized this book on the shelf is mind boggling to me. But now I see clearly that you are going to continue to be a joy and amazement to me!

It is said that reading is the key to success. It’s also said that there is a strong connection between low-literacy and poverty, reliance on public assistance programs, underemployment and incarceration.

Thankfully, illiteracy and low-literacy are 100% preventable, and you and I are able to combat it within our own homes and also within our community.

I felt pretty sentimental boxing up our old books to donate to Words Alive today. There were many I couldn’t part with – – the ones we read over and over, night after night together like Good Night, Gorilla, Whopper CakeThe Winter Visitors, Dragons Love Tacos, If My Dad Were a Dog, Wacky Wednesday  and If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. 

But I did give away many special, beautiful books that I know can help inspire a love of reading like they did for my kids. And it was a joy to watch moms and kids visit the Words Alive table and walk away with books donated by our family and many others. Words Alive is a non-profit reading advocacy organization that gives away books, leads read-aloud programs and promotes family literacy.

If you have children’s books that you are ready to pass on to another family, I hope that you’ll consider donating to Words Alive. You just might help make another child a stronger reader and better student!

Find out more here:



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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!