It’s not all pumpkins and ghosts this weekend in Southern California. The La Jolla Food and Wine Festival includes a fabulous kids zone that will keep the little ones busy while mom and dad enjoy some culture and wine. Teach your kids about fire safety at the El Cajon Fire Safety Expo at a local fire station. Head to Little Italy for the community’s annual celebration with food, Italian chalk drawing and lots more. Of course, there are plenty of Halloween activities if you want to fill your weekend with the holiday fun too. Have a great weekend!

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San Diego

Halloween Haunters
Explore favorite Halloween animals such as bats, owls, spiders and other creepy critters on this guided nature walk. Sat., 9:30 – 11:00 am, San Diego, Mission Trails Regional Park, Free. All ages. Event details.

Little Italy FESTA!
Enjoy  Italian food, music on three stages, Kids’ Fun Zone, chalk art for kids, a stickball exhibition game, a bocce tournament, cooking demonstrations, vendors, and more. Sun., 10:00 am – 6:00 pm, LIttle Italy, Free. All ages. Event details.

North County

Halloween Doggie Cafe
Dogs can have fun for Halloween too! Pooches can pose for photos and take part in a costume contest for a chance to win scariest, cutest, and most original costume. Fri., 6:00 – 8:00 pm, San Diego Humane Society (Oceanside), $10 suggested donation. All ages. Event details.

Muse Academy of Music Grand Opening Party
Events scheduled include live performances, raffle prizes, a Musical Instrument Petting Zoo, and more! The exciting petting zoo will allow your kids to get hands on experience with all different types of musical instruments with guidance from experienced faculty.Events scheduled include live performances, raffle prizes, a Musical Instrument Petting Zoo, and more! Sat., 10:00 am – 2:00 pm, New Vintage Church (Escondido), Free. All ages. Event details.

La Jolla Food and Wine Festival
This family-friendly festival features the works of over 150 established artists from San Diego, Los Angeles, Orange County, Baja and beyond. There is also roving entertainment, a gourmet marketplace, and the Geppetto’s/La Jolla YMCA Family Art Center for kiddos. Sat. and Sun., 10:00 am – 7:00 pm, La Jolla Village, Free. All ages. Event details.

East County

El Cajon’s Fire Safety Expo
This event celebrates Fire Prevention Week and brings to the community a wide variety of safety and health information. Meet firefighters and police officers from the City of El Cajon and see Police & Fire K-9 demonstrations. The kid safety fun zone will feature a giant inflatable house where kiddos will learn about having a home escape plan in case of fire. Sat., 10:00 am – 2:00 pm, Station 6, Free All ages. Event details.

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Pumpkin Express Train
Board the Pumpkin Express at the historic Campo Depot and travel to the Great Pumpkin Patch. Families will enjoy the one-hour train ride, then tour the Haunted Train, where each child gets to pick out his or her own pumpkin and decorate it. Sat. and Sun., times vary, Campo Depot, $5 – $15. All ages. Event details.

Orange County

Bug Bog Scavenger Hunt
Black bugs, bright bugs, flying bugs, slimy bugs – we like bugs! Eight dazzling and busy bug filled areas will engage children in discovering and learning about various insects and bugs. Each experience includes a collection of take-home trading cards for the learning to continue at home. Fri. – Sun., 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, Pretend City, $15.50 per person. Ages 2 – 8. Event details.

Heritage Festival and Parade
This celebration of the city’s heritage includes a parade and fair booths. The events begins with the Chamber of Commerce pancake breakfast followed by the parade and band review. The festival features many exciting activities for the entire family including the annual car show, a crafts fair, food booths, kids games and more. Sat., 10:00 am, Tri-City Park (Placentia), Free. All ages. Event details.

Are you doing this weekend? Attending Halloween events or doing something not related to the holiday? 

–Leah R. Singer

Photo courtesy of Pacific Southwest Railway Museum Association Facebook page