3 Spooky Ways to Celebrate Halloween in La Jolla

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Halloween time is here! We’ve rounded up some our favorite activities happening in La Jolla. Please celebrate responsibly and be sure to double check ticket availability prior to any of these festivities.

Pillage The Village
Downtown La Jolla

Tuesday October 31st, 3pm-6pm

Get ready for the 7th annual Pillage the Village in Downtown La Jolla! Put on your best outfit, and walk around the Village in costume for a little Halloween fun. Local businesses who are participating will have orange and black balloons visible, so you know where you’ll be able to trick-or-treat. Locals tip: Start at Girard and Prospect, and work your way through downtown La Jolla. Enjoy the festivities!

Belmont Park
Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday

Be sure to check out Belmont Park as they transform the beachfront amusement park into “Boomont Park”. Attractions include zombie laser tag, pumpkin patch, roller coasters, and different crafts. Don’t miss out on the costume contests and Halloween festivities!

Barbarella
Every Day Until Nov 1

It should technically be Boo-Barella, because it’s just that scary. But this year, the Halloween decorations will return at San Diego’s Barbarella. See the decked out Halloween decorations at 2171 Avenida de la Playa restaurant.

 

La Jolla & San Diego Weekend Events: October 27 – 29

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Spooktacular San Diego has a host of ghoulish events in store for families this weekend. From costume contests, live entertainment, car shows, adult beverages and more, the final weekend before Halloween has a lot to offer San Diegans. Grab the imps and fairies, your camera, and attend an event or three…if you dare!

13th Annual Boulevard BOO! Halloween Parade

10 a.m. – 12 p.m., La Mesa

It’s a scary thought when you think about it, but the Boulevard Boo! Halloween Parade is the only parade of its kind in all of San Diego. The parade is absolutely free, but limited grandstand seating is available for purchase by following the above link. So what’s in store for parade viewers? Well, how about a family-friendly event featuring spellbinding ghoulish floats, just for starters? The 13th annual parade is expected to be considerably bigger and spookier than ever! Why? Well, there’s more floats, spooks and hobgoblins! In addition, there will be live music and entertainment, and of course…more ghostly bombshells! Also on hand will be unique vintage cars and costume characters. This year the parade follows a new route. The parade kicks off at the intersection of El Cajon Boulevard & Rolando Boulevard, and then takes a spooky westward movement to 60th Street. All attendees may view the parade from the south side of El Cajon Boulevard. Bring the family, join the fun, and have a howl of a good time!

Halloween Family Day
Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Balboa Park
Balboa Park bids families to make merry and come out and revel in Halloween activities in a totally safe and fun way. In excess of two dozen museums are offer free admission to kids 12 and under, as long as there is an accompanying paying adult. All through the day, participating museums will host free craft projects for kids, costume parades and contests, gallery tours and other spooky surprises, such as a 2:30 p.m. rooftop pumpkin drop at the San Diego Air & Space Museum. Children 12 and below who choose to don their costumes to the Family Day event may partake of a ride on the renowned Balboa Park Carousel absolute free. In addition, food trucks will ply their scrumptious fare, and free activity booths will line the Prado and Plaza de Panama. There will also be costume contests and even a “Thriller” flash mob. Bring the kiddos for a great family event!

Rancho BEERnardo Festival

2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Rancho Bernardo’s Webb Park

Not into Halloween? No worries. The fine folks over in Rancho Bernardo have you covered. The Rancho BEERnardo Festival kicks off shortly after lunch and features more than 50 IPA craft beers, spirits and regional wines to tease the taste buds and please the discriminating palate during the afternoon. Get out and lend an ear to live music as you swill a brewski, play games and take part in additional activities. And what goes better with adult beverages than gourmet food? The 6th annual festival is sponsored by the Rancho Bernardo Sunrise Rotary Club and Urge Gastropub. If you’re looking for a great time away from ghouls and goblins, head on over to Webb Park, conveniently located right off of Interstate 15 in Rancho Bernardo, a mere few miles south of Escondido.

3rd Annual Halloween at the Station

Sunday, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., North Promenade at Liberty Station

The 3rd annual Halloween bash encourages families to grab their broomsticks and fly on over to the Arts District at Liberty Station for a day of dress-up, Spooktacular trick-or-treating, and music. Be sure to snag your free comics, peep out arts and crafts, enjoy a play area, kick back to live entertainment, watch a swordfight, take a gander at the Hollywood car show, enjoy a live play for kids, and considerably more. Local businesses and shops will be unbolting their necks… er, doors, for trick-or-treating. Of course, maps of businesses in this family-friendly event will be available on site. The costume contest kicks off at 2 p.m.! Don’t be scared! The event is entirely free and located at Liberty Station in Point Loma.

8 Creepiest Halloween Cocktail Recipes On Pinterest

Halloween Cocktail Recipes
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Hosting a Halloween bash this year? Maybe you’re looking to relax with a cocktail and a Halloween horror flick at home? Either way, we’ve made it easy for you to try some creatively creepy Halloween cocktail recipes straight from Pinterest! Be sure to stop by Hi Sweetheart on Ivanhoe for Halloween-themed party supplies.

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Looking For A Scare? 13 of the Most Terrifying Clowns EVER!

Traditionally, clowns are supposed to entertain us with their silly clothes and makeup, but why do they also terrify us? Last Halloween we created a list of the most terrifying clowns in fiction and non-fiction for Buzzfeed, and in the spirit of Halloween we thought we’d share it with you all! Sweet dreams!

1. Pennywise from It (1990)

13 Clowns From Our Past That Still Give Us Nightmares

Pennywise is pretty much your worst nightmare come true with a hearty appetite for children.

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Top 10 Spooktacular Halloween Events in San Diego

halloween events in san diegoHalloween is just around the corner – and we can’t wait to celebrate! The Halloween events in San Diego just get bigger and better every year, and 2015 is boasting the biggest lineup of spooky fun we’ve seen yet. From the infamous Haunted Trail to a massive block party downtown and a display of more than 5,000 illuminated jack o’lanterns at San Diego Zoo Safari Park, we’ve got your Halloween plans covered. Please be sure to check ticket availability* prior to attending any event. Continue reading

Get Cash For Halloween Candy at La Jolla Dental Care

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What to do with all the excess Halloween candy? Dr. Charles Briscoe DDS has an excellent idea — cash for candy!

La Jolla, CA – It’s Halloween time again and that, of course, means trick-or-treat candy! We may indulge, but the kids are the real concern. Decay (cavities) is on the rise in children as is childhood obesity. Continue reading

Teal Pumpkin Project Changes Halloween for Kids with Allergies

teal pumpkin projectFamilies throughout the US are coming together and painting pumpkins teal outside of their homes to signal that they are offering candy alternatives to children this year. Unfortunately, food allergies in kids are becoming more and more common these days, and ingredients aren’t always listed on individually-wrapped candy bars. Milk, egg, soy, and wheat allergies can make finding safe Halloween treats a difficult and exhausting challenge. To help combat this problem and to raise awareness for children with food sensitivities, the Food Allergy Research & Education organization is encouraging families and parents to “paint the town teal” this holiday season.
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7 La Jolla Ghost Stories: A Chilling Compilation

Halloween is quickly approaching, and to get in the mood we’ve dug up a list of some eerie local legends. We were shocked to discover how many unexplained (and rather mysterious) phenomena involve some of our most beloved La Jolla institutions – it seems like La Jolla is made up of more than just pretty beaches and good food. Get in the Halloween spirit and read up on a little local folklore…here are the 7 spookiest La Jolla ghost stories we’ve uncovered.

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The Grande Colonial

Known as one of the most haunted places in La Jolla, this iconic institution has had more than its share of unexplained events. A few legends circulate this local hotspot; in particular, a private room with a secluded entry that has long been a haven for actors or people who value their solitude. Several members of the staff have reported receiving phone calls from the room when it’s unoccupied. The calls always come late at night, but there is never anyone on the other end – just an uncomfortable silence. A hotel employee is usually sent to check on the room, but they have never found a guest there and the phone has always been off the hook. An employee claims he once saw a figure hiding behind a curtain, but when he went to investigate, the curtain fell flat; the window was closed and locked. Continue reading