As we creep towards the end of the Spooktacular month and a bevy of things to do, here are just some of our favorite things to see and do this weekend. Either call the babysitter for a getaway date or lock up the digital devices and bring along the kids. Either way, these events look to be a great way to spend the weekend.
The Haunted Hotel
6 p.m. to 1 a.m., Gaslamp Quarter
Live Halloween haunts of larger-than-life proportions wait in every corner of the muck and mire at The Haunted Hotel. New frights this year will be sure to scare the … well, you know, out of you. For the past 25 years, this ultra-spooky fall attraction has invited courageous fans of all things horrific to try and make their way through a creepy hotel while attempting to escape from a veritable glut of monsters, ghouls and things that go bump in the night. The Haunted Hotel is located at 424 Market St., near Fourth Avenue, in downtown San Diego. The Haunted Hotel runs most evening now through Oct. 31. General admission tickets are reasonably priced at $19. Parking is $5 for three hours.
Casa de Oro Second Annual Fall Festival
Saturday, October 21 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Spring Valley
The 2nd Annual Fall Festival is kicking off in Spring Valley. Last year’s turnout was so big that it was necessary to find a new location for this year’s exciting event! The festival features in excess of 50 local vendors, a variety of food trucks serving up mouth-watering food, and, of course, live entertainment. Bring the whole family out for a day filled with fun! Hosted by the Case de Oro Alliance, admission is free. Get on over to the Spring Valley Academy, easily located at 3900 Conrad Drive.
10th Annual Howl-O-Ween Canine Carnival
Sunday, 10 a.m., Dusty Rhodes Park
Seriously, what’s cuter than more dogs than you throw a stick at than pooches garbed in costumes? Yeah, okay, kids for sure, but doggies come in 2nd. The Kiwanis Club of Ocean Beach invites one and all to get on over to OB for the 10th annual Howl-O-Ween Canine Carnival. The event features a street fair, games, music, lovely prizes, costume contests, a parade, and food. The event is absolutely free to attend. The Canine Carnival will be held at Dusty Rhodes Park, located at 2483 Sunset Cliffs Blvd in OB. Grab the kids, put on your costumes, get into the Halloween spirit, and have a blast with the entire family. Please note that all dogs must be on a leash.
1st Annual Day of the Dead Festival
Sunday, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., North Park
The first-ever Day of the Dead Festival in North Park comes to life this Sunday afternoon. The energetic festival honors the special Mexican holiday whereby the living take some time out to reminisce about their loved ones who have passed on. The free event features live music, a tequila tasting and cerveza cantina (beer!), a variety of food trucks, craft workshops, artisan vendors, and awesome Dia De Los Muertos-style face painting. In addition, a community altar is available to pay tribute to the departed souls of loved ones and friends who have gone on before us. Oh, the first 100 individuals to arrive to the Cantina will received awesome Day of the Dead goodie bags! Woot! Bring the family to this free event located at 3803 Ray Street in San Diego (between University Avenue and North Park Way). If you’re so inclined, $15 tickets get you entry to the Cantina which includes Mezcal and Tequila tasting, and a 12 ounce pour of SouthNorte Beer Co. Either way, it’s all good!
Stone Craft Beer & Cheese Pairing
Sunday, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Beer and Cheese. Wow, what pairs better?! Well, peep this: Some of the country’s finest cheeses encounter some of San Diego’s best craft beer at this exclusive pairing festival. Come on by and sip on Stone’s iconic brews while tasting decadent artisanal cheeses. A $55 ticket includes (count ‘em) 15 three ounce craft beer pours, unlimited tastes of cheeses (yes!), and a commemorative glass to tote on back to la casa. Tickets for designated drivers are only $25. Please note that this craft beer and cheese event is strictly 21 and over. Be sure to bring your ID. No exceptions. The fun and entertaining event is at Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens (Liberty Station), located at 1999 Citracado Parkway in Escondido. See ya there!