Halloween weekend has finally arrived! While the ghostly holiday is technically on Monday, San Diego is brimming (or is it brewing?) with themed events. From a classic holiday play to the first ever Halloween Bash at Seaport Village to a huge Dia de los Muertos festival, the city is full of Halloween festivities. Bonus for you and the kids: family fun on the weekend, trick-or-treating during the week!

San Diego

Boo Bash
Swing by the Salvation Army Kroc Center on Saturday. Enjoy ice skating from 4:00 – 5:30, costume contests, trick or treating, carnival games, bounce houses, rock climbing and more! Sat, 3:00 pm. The Kroc Center. Free for members. All ages. Event Details.

Halloween Bash
Head to Seaport Village for the first ever Halloween Bash…and bring Fido, too! There’s a pet costume contest, live music, scarecrows, treats, treats and more treats and enough entertainment to put you in the Halloween spirit. Sat, 3:30 pm. Seaport Village. Free. All ages. Event Details.

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
Get in the Halloween spirit with this classic spooky tale about Ichabod Crane. Performed by the Pacific Children’s Theatre, you’ll have fun watching the kids put on a show. While it’s an all ages show, remember that the story can be slightly scary for the youngest set! Sat, 2:00 pm. Mission Hills. $7-10. All ages.Event Details.

North County

Autumn Harvest Fest Tour Family Day
Take a guided tour through through the Creepy Creature Cave, meet and learn about unusual “spooky” (but loveable) animals, decorate your own mini pumpkin from the pumpkin patch, have your face painted, and more! Sat, 1:00 pm. Helen Woodward Animal Center, RSF. $8 per child. All ages.Event Details.

Dia De Los Muertos Festival
Want to learn more about the Day of the Dead? Don’t miss this huge celebration for families of all ages. Mariachi bands, dancing groups, arts and crafts for the kids and more will keep you entertained. Sun, 10:00 am. Mission San Luis Ray. All ages. Event Details.                                                                                                                                                  

— Laura Willard