It’s almost Halloween! That means there is no shortage of spooky activities taking place this weekend around San Diego County. But if you’re looking for something slightly less scary, how about a mom’s night out at the Kin Spa at Manchester Grand Hyatt? Or a healthy and calming celebration at Nature’s Whisper Yoga Studio (with bobbing for organic apples). Bring the family to Fallbrook for the Fall Fair and Food Truck Round-up. Whatever you do, have a happy and safe Halloween!

San Diego

SD Mom’s Night Out Anniversary Party
In celebration of the SD Mom’s Night Out 1 Year Anniversary and Halloween, moms can enjoy a night out at Kin Spa at Manchester Grand Hyatt as your fabulous self. Tickets include spa services, appetizers, wine, raffle tickets, swag bag, and much more. Fri., 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, Kin Spa at Manchester Grand Hyatt. Mom’s only. $40 – $50. Event details.

BOO! Parade and Carnival
Come out, come out where ever you are for the wickedly fun BOO! Parade & Carnival, San Diego’s only Halloween themed parade. This family-friendly event features a spell binding parade with ghoulish floats, vintage cars, equestrian entries, unique costumed characters, bands and more! The BOO! Carnival at Clay Park follows the parade beginning at 11:00 am. The carnival includes bone chilling rides, games, food, bands, costume contests, pumpkin bowling, a pie-eating contest, a Haunted Pumpkin Patch with Trick-or-Treating, and more fun than a barrel of spiders! Sat., 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, College Area, All ages. Free. Event details.

Halloween Party at Nature’s Whisper Yoga Studio
Bring the kiddos in costume to Nature’s Whisper Yoga to enjoy a healthy afternoon of Halloween harvest fun. There will be bobbing for organic apples, face painting, healthy tricks and treats, crafts, kids yoga, and lots more. Sat., 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, The Gardens at Nature’s Whisper Yoga, All ages. Free. Event details.

Halloween Bash on the Bay
The second annual Halloween celebration invites all the little monsters, vampires, pirates and zombies out to the village for trick-or-treating, a pet costume contest, live music and photos with a living scarecrow. Sat., 3:30 pm – 8:00 pm, Seaport Village, All ages. Free. Event details.

Old Town Fall Festival
Enjoy fall crafts and kids activities a la San Diego in the 1870s. Many merchants surrounding the park will have activities as well. Sat., 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, Old Town, All ages. Free. Event details.

North County

Fall Fair and Food Truck Round-up
The first annual Fallbrook Fall Faire & Food Truck includes ten gourmet food trucks, live bands, displays, kid’s zone, square dancing demo, Welburn Gourd Farm, seed planting, and much more! Sat., 11:00 am – 5:00 pm, Fallbrook Village Square, All ages. $5 per person. Event details.

Fall Pumpkin Festival
Join park staff to carve your pumpkins for Halloween! Pumpkins will be provided for the first 30 families to arrive. Other activities include arts and crafts, kids’ relays, and fun games for all ages. Bring your favorite pumpkin stencils to decorate your jack-o-lantern. Sun., 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, San Dieguito Park, All ages. $3 parking. Event details.

Halloween on Elm
Halloween on Elm is a family-friendly event featuring carnival games, costume contests, an interactive pirate show, Halloween story telling, face painting, live music, and more. Sat., 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, Carlsbad Village, All ages. Free. Event details.

Once Upon a Hallowe’en
Bring the kiddos out to Poway’s’ Once Upon a Hallowe’en family-friendly event featuring the Halloween Express rides, Haunted House tours, storytelling, and participate in carnival games. Sun., 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm, Old Poway Park, All ages. Free. Event details.

East County

Halloween on Main Street
Bring the family to an event that features prominent artists, HauntFest, which also features a classic car show (Trunk or Treat for kids), shopping, vendors, and excellent dining experiences at local restaurants and a variety of gourmet food trucks. Dress in your favorite costume and enter the costume contest to win fun prizes, visit the Haunted House, and enjoy other fun activities. Fri., 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, Downtown El Cajon, All ages. Free. Event details.

South Bay

Halloween Bash
Featuring a performance by “Rockin’ Railroad,” trick-or-treating, goodie bags, arts & crafts, snacks, and play time. Come in costume! Fri., 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, Kidville Chula Vista, All ages. $17 per kid. Event details.

What are your Southern California weekend plans? Are you celebrating Halloween or doing anything but that?

— Leah R. Singer

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