There’s lots to do this weekend as Halloween is here and it’s the first weekend of November. If you’re not going trick-or-treating in the neighborhood, head out to a Halloween festival. Celebrate Dia de los Muertos throughout the county over the weekend. Or enjoy a day of art-making at the San Diego Museum or Art. And don’t forget to set your clocks back!
Kids Art and Music Dia de los Muertos Celebration
Pachi’s, an art studio for kids, and Songbirds Music are celebrating day of the dead. Join them to learn about this Mexican holiday, collaborate in making an altar in honor of Matisse, art, music games and goodies. Fri., 2:30 – 4:30 p.m., Pachis, An Art Studio For Kids, $35/kiddo, $20/sibling. All ages. Event details.
Kid Ventures Boo Bash
Get the costumes and have fun at the Kid Ventures Halloween party! Costume parade, games and more! Fri., 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., 4S Ranch and Eastlake Kid Ventures locations, Free with admission. All ages. Event details.
Family Drop-In Days at the Museum of Art
Explore and learn more about art on view through activities designed to help families look at and think about art in new and different ways. Family Drop-In Days take place every Sunday afternoon. Monthly themes are explored and weekly activities present projects using a variety of media and inspired by the works on view in the galleries. Join the art-making activities in The Studio, engage in family-friendly, docent-led tours, play with games and touchable objects, and Search-and-Find activities. Sun., 1 – 3 p.m., San Diego Museum of Art, Free with admission. Ages 6 – 12. Event details.
Ghoulish Goodies at Carmel Mountain Ranch Town Center
Kids should arrive dressed in costume and accompanied by an adult. Then trick-or-treat at all the stores! Fri., 3 – 5 p.m., Carmel Mountain Ranch Town Center, Free. All ages. Event details.
Howl-o-Ween Harvest Family Day
Have fun celebrating Halloween with animal encounters, access to the tricky temple, pumpkin picking and decorating, crafts and lots more fun. Be sure to register! Sat., 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., Helen Woodward Animal Center, $5-$13/person. All ages. Event details.
Family Fall Festival at the Botanic Gardens
Celebrate fall in a true festival way. Enjoy hay wagon rides, photo opps with Big Pumpkin, Halloween crafts, a petting zoo, live entertainment and more. Sat., 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., San Diego Botanic Gardens, Free for kids 12 and under. All ages. Event details.
Fiendish Fun at Village Walk
Get out your trick-or-treat bags! Kids can get free treats from participating stores, and enjoy costumed characters and lots more fun. Fri., 3 – 5 p.m., Village Walk at EastLake, Free. Ages 12 an under. Event details.
Book-or-Treat Halloween Bash
Join us for the grand opening of the Imperial Beach StoryTent! To celebrate the launch of the newest StoryTent, kids can enjoy the Book-Or-Treat Halloween Bash. Come to read, earn a free book, have some treats, and enter the costume contest! Fri., 3:30 – 6 p.m., Imperial Beach Farmer’s Market, Free. All ages. Event details.
Spooktacular Halloween Party and Haunted House
Local papier mache artist Sarit A Harel of Carmel Valley designed the life-size pieces for the educational haunted house. And, spooky actors add to the scare inside the haunted house. In addition to the haunted house, the Spooktacular party will include: costume contest, pony rides, petting zoo, laser tag, live music from The Hullabaloo Band, face painting, trick or treating, jumpies and games. Sat., 12 – 3 p.m., The Super Dentists, Free. All ages. Event details.
What are you doing this weekend? Tell us in the comments!
– Leah R. Singer