There’s lots to do this weekend as Halloween is nearly upon us. There’s trick or treating down India Street in Little Italy. Celebrate Halloween in Poway Park, or the San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas. Head to Balba Park for Dia de los Muertos. Participate in the Boo! Parade and Carnival in the College Area. Or visit a camel dairy or see the Fern Street Circus perform. Have a great weekend!

little-italyphoto: Little Italy Association

San Diego

Little Italy Trick or Treat
“Trick-or-Treat on India Street” brings the neighborhood together and allows a chance for kids to trick-or-treat up and down India Street from participating merchants. Families must check in at the Piazza Basilone, located at the corner of W. Fir and India Streets, to pick up their event map. It gets crowded, so we suggest arriving early. Fri. Event details

Dia de los Muertos
This community-wide commemoration, which honors ancestors and other deceased loved ones with special menus, music, dancing and crafts, includes Day of the Dead sugar skull decorating, mask and paper flower making; and face painting. Workshops will be free or cost a small fee to cover materials. There will be several face-painting locations throughout Old Town, including at Fiesta de Reyes and Bazaar del Mundo. Sat. and Sun. Event details.


Tinker’s Club: Dia de los Muertos
Celebrate Dia de los Muertos with this multi-museum collaborative project. Decorate a sugar skull in the Tinkering Studio at the Fleet Science Center, and then head to the Mingei International Museum to make paper flowers. Sat. Event details.

Halloween Family Day at Balboa Park
We may be in a drought, but pumpkins will rain down courtesy of the San Diego Air & Space Museum and the animals at the zoo might be expecting a visit since their ears have picked up that its Kids Free October. More than 24 museums will have a slew of themed activities for the costumed culture seekers and you might even spot a little Oscar similar to the pup from the children’s book Hallo-Wiener at the pup costume contest. Sat. Event details.

North County

Halloween at San Diego Botanic Garden
This multi-garden property in Encinitas will host a festival with a nugget for the entire family. In costume or not, kids can participate in typical fall activities like pumpkin painting and Halloween crafts, but in a lush setting. Come with an appetite for some down on the farm cooking and stay long enough to hear Little Catbird perform. Sat. Event details.

Once Upon a Hallowe’en
Ride the Halloween Express, enter a haunted house, listen to scary tales, play games and lots more. Sun. Event details.

East County

Boo Bash
Celebrate Halloween in a safe, family-friendly environment at The Salvation Army Kroc Center’s annual BOO BASH! The hauntless jaunt promises hours of festive fun including trick-or-treating, fang-tastic pumpkin decorating, spooky carnival games, snacks, frightful bounce houses, rock climbing, and more! Sat. Event details.

Boo Parade and Carnival
Come out, come out where ever you are for the wickedly fun BOO! Parade & Carnival, San Diego’s only Halloween themed parade. This family-friendly event features a spell binding parade with ghoulish floats, vintage cars, equestrian entries, unique costumed characters, bands and more! The BOO! Carnival at Clay Park follows the parade beginning at 11am. The carnival includes bone chilling rides, games, food, bands, costume contests, pumpkin bowling, a pie-eating contest, a Haunted Pumpkin Patch with Trick-or-Treating, and more fun than a barrel of spiders! Sat. Event details

Oasis Camel Dairy: Open Farm Tour
Stop by Oasis Camel Dairy for the Open Farm Tour where you’ll enjoy meeting our herd of camels along with other exotic and domestic livestock, enjoy an animal show and shop our camel dairy milk product shop. Check out the animal show featuring the entertaining Camel Dairy residents, then walk to the pasture where there is time for lots of camel petting and pictures. You will also enjoy the taste of Julian apples and can check out the apple feed with the camels. Sat. and Sun. Event details.

Fern Street Circus
Join the Fern Street Circus for a fun evening of music, juggling, clowning, tumbling and more. There’s also a free puppetry-making workshop starts 30 minutes before each show. Sat. Event details

What are you doing this weekend? Tell us in the comments!

– Leah R. Singer