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!
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!
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.
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.