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 on Friday. Celebrate Dia de los Muertos in Old Town and throughout the county over the weekend. Enjoy a production of Disney’s Peter Pan, or get your walking shoes out for the Susan G. Komen San Diego Race for the Cure. And don’t forget to set your clocks back!


San Diego

Disney’s Peter Pan Play
One of kids’ most-loved Disney movies is now on stage! Following Peter Pan, his feisty sidekick Tinker Bell, the Wendy, Michael and John’s fanciful adventure takes them to an island where they meet the rambunctious Lost Boys, swashbuckling pirates, and the infamous Captain Hook! Sat. – Sun., times vary by day, David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre, Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, $18/person. All ages. Event details.

Dia de los Muertos Celebration in Old Town
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. Sat. – Sun., 1 – 9 p.m., Old Town, Free. All ages. Event details.

Dia de los Muertos Festival at Casa Artelexia
This Little Italy art and craft studio will have a community altar, face painting by Debi’s Doodles, music by Dj Toni, tastings by Ceviche House San Diego, sugar skull making, drinks, snacks, Viva Pops, raffles, crafts and more! Sat., 6 – 9 p.m., Casa Artelexia, Free. All ages. Event details.

University Heights Urban Harvest Festival
Bring a picnic or just come to enjoy Birney garden tours, freshly harvested fruits and vegetables, cooking demonstrations, arts and crafts, music, pumpkin-composting games and more! Bring your Halloween jack-o-lanterns to launch them from our trebuchet and to recycle them into compost for Birney’s award-winning eco-garden! Sat., 1 – 5 p.m., Willie Serrano Joint-Use Field at Birney Elementary, Free. All ages. Event details.

Curie Elementary Holiday Craft Fair with Punkin Chunkin
Enjoy 100+ vendors selling a wide array of handmade items. This year we have included a Punkin Chuckin Kids Corner, sponsored by Gizmos & Gadgets Kids Lab, with games and crafts. You can bring your own jack-o-lanterns to catapult at a target from 10am-2pm. The only rule is that the pumpkin must be hollowed-out, and there is a slight fee. Sat., 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Curie Elementary, Free. All ages. Event details.

Susan G. Komen San Diego Race for the Cure
Come out and raise money for breast cancer research. When San Diegans participate, their donations go directly to help breast cancer patients in San Diego, as well as toward research grants internationally. Sun., 8 – 11 a.m., Balboa Park, $35/person. All ages. Event details.

North County

Lifebridge Church Harvest Festival
Enjoy carnival games, live animals, candy and lots more!, Fri., 6 – 8 p.m., Lifebridge Church, Free. All ages. Event details

Harvest Festival at La Jolla Community Church
Pumpkins, carnival games and bounce houses await! Kids can come in costume and earn prizes all evening. Fri., 5 – 7 p.m., La Jolla Community Church, Free. All ages. Event details.

South Bay

Goulish Goodies
So much fun awaits kids in costume. Treats, games, and lots more! Fri., 3 – 5 p.m., Village Walk at EastLake Village Marketplace, Free. Kids ages 12 and under. Event details.

What are you doing for Halloween and the rest of the weekend? Tell us in the comments!

– Leah R. Singer

Photo courtesy of Lauri Väin via cc.