Sweeet! The Halloween candy trade, where king-sized candy bars are gold—and sour gummies gets three tootsie rolls . Here are our favorite family-friendly spots to seek out your Halloween haul. After all, nothing makes for happy haunting quite like a ghostly bag full of the sweetest treats!

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photo: Leah Singer

Head to this quaint residential section of La Jolla for a traditional door-to-door experience by the beach. This usually quiet neighborhood gets packed with families who come for the decorated houses and decadent treats. Homeowners go all out—but beware at 8 p.m. it’s porch lights out. The low spook factor and safe-streets make this a go-to spot for the younger set.

Mission Hills
The charming historic homes of Mission Hills take a haunted turn on Halloween night—with spooky stoops, spiders and scary sounds. This haunted hood might be a little scary for the tiniest tots. Families with older kids will drink in the frightful sights of this ghostly gathering.


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Spooktacular fun as families descend to the small-town dog walking neighborhood of Kensington for Halloween. Many pups in costumes (on leashes of course) and happy haunts make for a terrific trick-or-treat. Park near the Starbucks on Adams and Marlborough then follow little ghosts and goblins deeper into this howlin’ hood.

Carmel Mountain
The highly walkable cul-de-sac streets of Carmel Mountain make an easy path to fill up your goodie bag. Little ones who tire more easily can head to Carmel Mountain Plaza’s festival of fun. Participating stores hand out candy and live music is offered in the courtyard.

photo: Parker Knight via Flickr

Bird Rock
Scripps Ranch
Residents in this upscale neighborhood often hand out full-sized candy bars and even dollar bills! Scripps Ranch Marketplace also offers an annual event for families looking to celebrate a couple days before Halloween. There you’ll find fun rides, store treats and more.

Del Mar Heights
This suburban neighborhood (just east of Del Mar) has plenty of treats and stroll-able streets. Del Mar Highlands Town Center will have a ghostly gathering on Wednesday, Oct. 28th from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. with musical entertainment.

If you’re in the armed forces (or know someone who is), walkable paths, cheerful community, and safe streets make Miramar one of nicest neigh-boo-hoods to go and gather your savory sweets.


photo: Dan Isaacs via Flickr

Where are you going trick-or-treating in San Diego this year?

— Monique Walsh