Happy Halloween weekend! Gather your little pumpkins because there are frightful and delightful events cropping up all over the city! From Hotel del Coronado’s Ghost Roast, to movies under the stars, a Halloween campout, a golden pumpkin hunt, reverse trick-or treating and so much more––read on for the thrills.

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One Paseo’s Golden Pumpkin Hunt
To celebrate Halloweekend, One Paseo will be hosting a Golden Pumpkin Hunt. The One Paseo team will be hiding 15 gold-painted pumpkins throughout the center, and inviting visitors to hunt for the pumpkins in order to win a special treat. Each pumpkin will be labeled with the name of one of One Paseo’s sweet shops, either Salt & StrawSusie Cakes, or Le Macaron. When the pumpkins are found, guests are directed to take the pumpkin to the labeled sweet shop, where they will be able to claim a $25 gift card. Be sure to start your search early, pumpkins will be claimed on a first-found basis, and once they are gone, they are gone for good! Fri. & Sat.

Halloween Campout
Calling all spooky campers, you are creepily invited to a scary (not really) campout the night before Halloween. Costumes are encouraged. Gift bags with goodies and crafts will be available for the good children so no tricks. You might see a black cat, or you might catch a cat…fish. Put a gooey worm on a hook and try to catch the big one. Listen to the coyote’s howl, or are they wolves? Catch a glimpse of an owl flying silently overhead. There are even frightening bats to be seen by the careful observer. Register now at poway.org/classes and head to Lake Poway for a ghostly good time! Fri.-Sat.

Halloween Trail at Petco Park
Visit Halloween Trail at Petco Park, a socially distanced one-way Halloween-themed pumpkin patch in Gallagher Square where you will have the opportunity to visit various themed booths, collect candy and toys and partake in the spooky festivities. Tickets include: stroll through the Halloween Trail pumpkin patch, featuring Halloween surprises and character favorites, trick or treat souvenir bag, contactless candy and toys, commemorative Lanyard with Halloween Trail Map. Fri.-Sun.

Mostra’s Movie Nights Under the Stars
Mostra Coffee is teaming up with the Avenue Home Collective to treat the community to  a spooktacular Halloween movie night under the stars! Dinner and dessert, a costume contest with a $50 cash prize to the best costume of the night, plus any 12 oz. Mostra drink included with an adult ticket a and candy-filled trick-or-treat bag included with every child ticket. Fri.

Halloween Princess Dance Class
Not much of a trick, but definitely a treat! Have your kids dress up for Halloween, dance their hearts out and enjoy a special appearance by Princess Aurora! For the month of October, every first time class is only $10, including their Halloween Princess dance class. On Halloween morning, children ages 3-6 years old are invited to wear their favorite costume that they can twirl around in and then hang out with Princess Aurora afterwards! Sat. 

Reverse Trick-or-Treat at the San Diego Humane Society
Register for a fun-filled hour of crafts, games, animal interactions and making goodies for the San Diego Humane Society’s adoptable animals! Wear a costume and get ready for a spooktacular time. Sat.

Super Dentists Save Halloween
​The Super Dentists love to celebrate Halloween and 2020 is no different; their superheroes are working hard to Save Halloween with this special and safe drive-thru Halloween event. So, grab your Super Family and quarantine crew for a 2020-style Halloween celebration. This will be a contactless, drive-thru event with a car costume contest, special gifts for the first 50 cars, celebrity judges, including Star 94.1 Morning Show Personality, Jesse Lozano, music, The Super Dentists characters, free photos and lots of fun! Families who bring non-perishable food items for Feeding San Diego will receive The Super Toothbrush with Augmented Reality (ARV $11.99).  Most needed items include peanut butter and nuts, canned fish or chicken, canned or dried fruit, vegetable soup, and whole grain oatmeal. Sat. 

The Gluten Free Baking Co.’s Churro Pop-Up
Celebrate Halloween with The GF Baking Co. this year! The shop in North Park will have a churro pop up from 4-6:30 p.m. on Halloween in partnership with Madre Churro & Cacoa. The churro booth will be directly outside the bakery’s door on the sidewalk and will be serving GF and Vegan churro bites with a choice of nutella, cacao orange or cacao sauce as well as cacao nibs and candied cacao nibs. Prices range from $8-$10 per order. You do not need to pre-order, but to help with social distancing, it is highly encouraged. Insider Tip: Wear a costume (no age limit!) and receive a free mini donut or mini cupcake (dairy free and vegan options available). Sat.

Halloween Night Drive-In Movie: Coco
Pixar’s Halloween family-favorite “Coco” is coming to the Drive-in! Don’t miss this heartwarming family feature to brighten up your Halloween! You can’t go to the drive-in without your favorite munchies. Snack Packs are available for purchase before the show for $20 filled with your classic movie theater morsels. Sat.

Gyminny’s Spooky Halloween Drive-Thru
Ready for spooky fun? Make Gyminny Kids your go-to Halloween destination! From 5-7 p.m. on Halloween night, they are providing free, safe and age-appropriate drive thrus at their 4S Ranch location. Choose between a haunted house and a fun house. Activities include a live circus show and photo ops. Dress up your car for upgraded goodie bags! Sat.

Hotel del Coronado’s Ghost Roast
San Diego’s most iconic haunted hotel invites guests and ghouls alike to celebrate Halloween at Ghost Roast. Gather your friends for a spooky night under the stars and roast s’mores with an added supernatural flair, thanks to a paranormal visit from Kate Morgan, the resident ghost, and the source of our folklore as a haunted hotel. Ghost Roast is available at 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Ghost Roast fire pits are $230 for a one-hour experience with s’mores and a la carte menu options. One pit accommodates up to 10 guests. Advanced reservations required. Fri. & Sat. 

––Beth Shea