Annual Dia de los Muertos, Sun., Oct. 26, 10am-5pm. Celebrate Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead At Mission San Luis Rey. 90+ vendors, and food vendors. Live entertainment throughout day. Attendees encouraged to dress up and paint their faces in the spirit of Dia de los Muertos. Free/open to public. Parking: $5 per car. Mission San Luis Rey, 4050 Mission Ave. Oceanside. (760) 757-3651. mslrdiadelosmuertos.com
Annual Light the Night Against Crime 5K, Sat., Oct. 25, 5-9pm. Join law enforcement personnel to show your concern against crime and for the victims of crime by participating at a nighttime 5K run/walk. Includes a post event social, Kid’s Zone with activities and games. Wear costume, bring flashlight! Costume Contest & Awards. Begins and ends in Balboa Park. See website for admission fees. Balboa Park-Old Navy Hospital, Park Blvd & Presidents Way. www.sdcrimestoppers.com
Balboa Park Puppet Theater. Oct. 22-26: The Polka Dot Ghost; Oct. 29-Nov. 2: Witches Brew. Wed.-Fri., 10 & 11:30 am; Sat. & Sun., 11 am, 1 & 2:30 pm. $5; under 2 free. www.balboaparkpuppets.com; 619-544-9203.
Bates Nut Farm’s Pumpkin Patch. Plus tractor hay rides, petting corral, straw maze. Food trucks, BBQ, rock climb, live entertainment and other events on weekends. Thru Oct. 31; visit website for hours. Free admission. 15954 Woods Valley Rd., Valley Center. www.batesnutfarm.biz; 800-642-0348.
Big Horse Corn Maze & Harvest Festival. Largest true Corn Maze in all SoCal, Big Horse Corn Maze spreads over 11 acres with corn standing 6-8 feet tall. Also: face painting, hay wagon rides, piglet races, pony rides, pumpkin bowling and mini hay maze for younger visitors. Thru Oct. 31, Sat.-Sun. 10am-4pm and Tues.-Fri. 1-5 pm. Free pumpkin patch admission. Maze is $9/under age 3 free. 33320 Temecula Parkway, Temecula. 951-389-4621. www.bighorsecornmaze.com
Boo Bash at The Salvation Army Kroc Center. Pumpkin decorating, trick or treating, carnival games, bounce houses, rock climbing, more. Oct. 25, 1-4 pm. $1 per person (cash only). 6845 University Ave., San Diego. www.kroccenter.org.
BOOmont Park. Belmont Park transforms into a family-friendly haunt that is sure to ‘rise’ above your expectations! Attractions include the BOOmont Manor haunted house, a pumpkin patch, pumpkin painting, zombie laser tag, the Spooky Coaster, the Superhero Zip Line and Rock Wall, costume contests (Sat., 5 pm) and free trick or treating (check website for schedule). Fridays, 5 pm until closing; Saturdays & Sundays, all day. Free admission. 3146 Mission Blvd., Mission Beach. www.belmontpark.com/boomontpark.
Borrego Days Desert Festival, Fri.-Sun., Oct. 24-26. (Fri 5-10pm; Sat 10am-10pm; Sun 9am-5pm). Free. 49th Annual Borrego Days Desert Festival begins with the Borrego Days Parade at 10 am. Later, enjoy booths filled with artists and vendors, beer in the beverage garden, and food. With live music and dancing. For kids: inflatable area with waterslides, plus carnival games, face-painting. Christmas Circle, Palm Canyon Drive at Borrego Springs Road, Borrego Springs. 760-767-5555. borregodays.com/
Boulevard BOO! Parade starts at 59th St., travels east along El Cajon Blvd., crosses College Ave. & ends on Aragon Dr., College Area. This free, family event is bigger and spookier than ever! More floats, more zombies, more music and more surprises. Get your space early! Oct. 25, 10 am. Free. After-party at College Avenue Baptist Church (4747 College Ave.) with rides, games, food trucks and music from noon-5 pm. www.booparade.com.
El Cajon 3rd Annual HauntFest on Main, Fri., Oct. 24, 5-10pm. Terror Truck, Carnival Rides (nominal fee), Haunted Car Show, Trick or Treat, Kidz Zone, Craft Stations, more! Promenade Pumpkin Patch. Costume Contest: Wear your best costume and enter to win great prizes. Live music. Downtown El Cajon, East Main Street & Rea Ave. City of El Cajon (619) 442-5129 ext 115. www.ci.el-cajon.ca.us
Fall Back: Historical Children’s Faire. Celebrate the time changing with this annual children’s festival that includes carnival rides, pony rides, a wild west show, free root beer floats and Jolt’n Joe’s hot dogs for kids. Free admission. Nov. 9, 11 am-4pm. 4th & Island Avenues, Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego. www.gaslampquarter.org;
Fall Tractor Show & Harvest Festival, Sat.-Sun., Oct. 25-26, 9am-4:30pm. Antique farm & construction equipment demos, N’ Scale Model railroad exhibit. Demos of early American crafts & farming, blacksmithing. Exhibits include blacksmith & weaving demonstrations & sales. Tractor games, train rides, wagon rides, vendor booths, food, drinks & snacks, children’s activities. See website for ticket info.Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum, 2040 N Santa Fe Ave. Vista. (760) 941-1791. www.agsem.com
Family Fright Night at Urban Jungle. Enter a haunted play area, and spend two hours of spooky fun for only $29 for a family of four. Oct. 27, 5-9 pm. Kids in costume also receive a free 30-minute pass to return another day. 8711 N. Magnolia Ave., Santee. www.urbanjunglefunpark.com; 619-334-6107.
Family Overnight Adventures: Mysterious Midnight at the Marsh. Don’t miss our most popular Family Overnight Adventure of the year! Oct. 25, 5:45 pm until Oct. 26, 9:30 am. $45. For ages 5 & up. For reservations, call or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The Living Coast Discovery Center, 1000 Gunpowder Point Dr., Chula Vista. www.thelivingcoast.org; 619-409-5908.
First United Methodist Church of San Diego’s Fall Festival. Games, crafts, jump house, cake walk, prizes, candy and flying pumpkins! Oct. 26, 3-5 pm. Free admission. 2111 Camino del Rio South, Mission Valley. www.fumcsd.org/event/624139-2014-10-26-fall-festival.
Halloween Family Day at Reuben H. Fleet Science Center. Toddlers 5 and younger can get crafty in Kid City with Pasta Skeletons and Pumpkin Guts, and kids of all ages can unleash their inner mad scientists and invent FrankenToys in the Tinkering Studio. Kids 12 and under free with paid adult for gallery admission only. Oct. 26. Balboa Park. www.rhfleet.org; 619-238-1233.
Halloween Family Day at theNAT. Celebrate bats and other nocturnal creatures! Explore the Critter Cave, make crafts and more. Oct. 26, 11 am-3 pm. Ages 12 & under free with paid adult admission. Balboa Park. www.sdnat.org.
Halloween Haunts. Encounter ghoulish creatures with your MTRP trail guide and learn facts about life in enchanting sage and chaparral ecosystems. Oct. 25, 9:30-11 am. Free. Meet inside Visitor Center. Mission Trails Regional Park, One Father Junipero Serra Trail, San Carlos. www.mtrp.org; 619-668-3281.