Get ready for a Spooktacular weekend in Southern California! Halloween is almost here, so naturally this weekend has so many great festivals, parades, parties and haunts for your family to enjoy. If you’re looking for something less haunted, head up to Orange County for Breakfast on the Farm, or downtown San Diego for the first Good Food Community Fair. Have a great weekend!

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San Diego

Boo Bash
Local children are invited to celebrate Halloween in a safe, family-friendly environment at The Salvation Army Kroc Center’s annual BOO BASH! The hauntless jaunt promises hours of festive fun including trick-or-treating, fang-tastic pumpkin decorating, spooky carnival games, snacks, frightful bounce houses, rock climbing, and more! Sat., 1:00 – 4:00 pm, The Salvation Army Kroc Center Recreation Field, $1 per person. All ages. Event details.

Halloween Bash at Seaport Village
The inaugural Halloween Bash at Seaport Village invites all the little monsters, vampires, pirates and zombies out to the village for a pet costume contest, live music, photos with a living scarecrow and more than enough treats to go around. Sat., 1:00 – 5:00 pm, Seaport Village, Free. All ages. Event details.

NFAR Halloween Carnival
Come enjoy Halloween games, crafts, bounce houses, and trick or treating (gluten-free/casein-free options available) in a fun and comfortable environment. NFAR (National Foundation for Autism Research) has created an autism-friendly carnival that’s fun for children of all ages. Sat., 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, Nobel Park, Free. All ages. Event details.

Halloween Party with Nature’s Whisper Yoga
Bring your children in costume to enjoy a healthy afternoon of Halloween Harvest fun! There will be bobbing for organic apples, face painting, kid’s yoga with Ms. Aryn, Songbirds Music with Ms. Diana, healthy ticks or treats and nature crafts. Sat., 12:00 – 4:00 pm, The Gardens at Nature’s Whisper Yoga, Free. All ages. Event details.

Halloween Family Festival Day at the Spreckles Organ Pavilion
The Spreckels Organ Society invites little ghosts and ghouls of all ages and their families and friends to a free, special Halloween-themed Family Festival Day at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park. Enjoy some spooky tunes and pumpkin carols played on the historic Spreckels Organ by former San Diego Civic Organist Jared Jacobsen and the San Diego Children’s Choir. Sun., 1:30 – 3:00 pm, Spreckles Organ Pavilion (Balboa Park), Free. All ages. Event details.

Good Food Community Fair
Bring the family to this celebration of Food Day 2013, San Diego organizations in the good, clean and fair food communities are coming together for a day of learning, sharing and fun! There will be prizes, food demonstrations, photo opportunities and, of course, delicious fare! Sun., 10:00 am – 2:00 pm, San Diego Public Market, Free. All ages. Event details.

North County

Once Upon a Halloween
Ride the Halloween Express, enjoy spooky tales, visit the living statue garden, enter a pumpkin carving contest, and spend time inside a haunted house. Sun., 5:30 – 8:30 pm, Old Poway Park, $5 – $10. All ages. Event details.

South Bay

Not-So-Scary Halloween Jump Nights
Dress up in your favorite costume for a jump-tastic Halloween event at Pump It Up! Admission includes use of the jumpies, pizza and a drink. Reservations are required. Sun., 5:00 – 7:30 pm, Pump it Up (Chula Visa location), $10. All ages. Event details.

Orange County

Bug Bog Scavenger Hunt
Black bugs, bright bugs, flying bugs, slimy bugs – we like bugs! Eight dazzling and busy bug filled areas will engage children in discovering and learning about various insects and bugs. Each experience includes a collection of take-home trading cards for the learning to continue at home. Fri. – Sun., 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, Pretend City, $15.50. 2 – 8 years old. Event details.

Breakfast on the Farm
Bring the family to this fun morning of farm-fresh breakfast, locally-sourced food, activities, and old-fashioned farm fun. The day includes a pumpkin patch, scarecrow contest, face painting, bounce house, farm crafts, and a farm tour. Sat., 8:00 – 11:00 am, OC Fair and Event Center, $6 – $12. All ages. Event details.

What are you doing this weekend? Will you attend Halloween celebrations? 

–Leah R. Singer

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