Halloween fun starts this weekend
By Elizabeth Marie Himchak
Ghosts, goblins, fairies, princesses, monsters and superheroes will have lots to do in the coming days. Here are some free and low-cost Halloween events in the area.
• 4S Ranch Library, 10433 Reserve Drive, is holding many free events with a Halloween theme.
The Crafts for a Cause activity for school-age children will be 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25. Sign-ups are required.
Mrs. Z will lead the preschool story time and craft at 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 26.
A free “stranger danger” safety seminar will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27 on the grass behind the library. It will be followed by a Halloween safety seminar at 11:20 a.m. in the library’s children’s area.
Baby story time will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30.
Trick-or-treaters are encouraged to visit the library in costume between 3-5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31 to receive goodies.
• 4S Commons Town Center will welcome trick-or-treaters from 3-5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31. Treats will be distributed at stores with a sign displayed. The shopping center is on Dove Canyon Road between Rancho Bernardo Road and Camino del Norte.
• “Back to Salem: a story for grown-ups” will be presented by Marilyn McPhie at the Rancho Bernardo Library, 17110 Bernardo Center Drive, at 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25. The event is free.
• The annual “Halloween Happenings” will be 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25 at the Rancho Bernardo-Glassman Recreation Center, 18448 W. Bernardo Drive.
There will be carnival games, bounce house and magic show by the San Diego Zoo’s Dr. Zoolittle. At 6 p.m. there will be a showcase of some recreation center programs, followed by a costume contest for those 12 and younger.
Admission is free. Games and food can be purchased with various numbers of tickets that will be sold at the event, four tickets for $1.
• “Halloween @ The Inn” returns 5-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26 and Saturday, Oct. 27 to the Rancho Bernardo Inn, 17550 Bernardo Oaks Drive. Activities for youngsters up to age 14 will include a not-so-scary haunted house, trick-or-treating, costume contest, face painting, pumpkin patch and decorating, and spooky carnival with interactive games.
Cost: $17 per youngster does not include refreshments from the a la carte menu. There will be glow-in-the-dark cocktails available for adults. Prices vary.
Reservations required. Call 877-517-9340 or go to www.ranchobernardoinn.com/fall.
• Westwood Club will hold its annual Halloween carnival open to the entire community from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27. There will be a bounce house, food, candy, sand art, cake walk, games, prizes and more.
Those who donate a decorated cake for the cake walk can also enter it in the cake decorating contest held during the carnival at 11:30 a.m. If submitting a cake, call 858-485-6300.
Admission to the carnival is free to Westwood Club members and their guests, and $3 for non-members. The club is at 17394 W. Bernardo Drive. Questions? Call 858-485-6300.
• The Rancho Bernardo Vons Town Center on Bernardo Center Drive will host a Halloween party on Wednesday, Oct. 31. Trick-or-treating at the stores will be 3-5:50 p.m., entertainment that includes a 4:15 p.m. magic show, stilt walkers, music, balloon animals and face painting will be provided, and there will be a costume contest for youngsters at 5:30 p.m.
Adults can enter a drawing to win an iPad. It will be presented at 5:30 p.m. Throughout the event there will be hundreds of prizes offered.
• Merchants at The Plaza on Bernardo Center Drive will distribute candy to trick-or-treaters beginning at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31.
• A free craft activity will be offered for youngsters from 6-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31 at the Rancho Bernardo Library, 17110 Bernardo Center Drive.
• The Poway Chapter of National Charity League will host its annual Halloween carnival at the Poway Library Courtyard, 13137 Poway Road. The free event will be 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27 for toddlers through third-graders.
There will be a haunted hallway, carnival games, cake walk, face painting and more. Lots of candy will be given as prizes and children are encouraged to come in costume. For details, call 858-513-2900.
• Poway Samurai Martial Arts, 13160 Poway Road, will hold its inaugural Star Wars Glow Saber Halloween Party from 6-7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct 27. The party is for ages 5–16. Participants will learn how to be Jidai Knights by using Japanese sword techniques and can have their photo taken with a Darth Vader cut-out. No uniform is required. Wearing a Star Wars costume is encouraged.
Cost: $35 for the event, plus $30 for the glow saber. Those who pre-register can select among seven light saber colors. Call 858-486-0059 or go to www.TheSamuraiSchool.com.
• St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church will hold a free “Trunk or Treat” and chili cook-off on Sunday, Oct. 28 in its parking lot, 16275 Pomerado Road.
Car decorating will start at 4 p.m., youngsters will trick-or-treat from the decorated trunks of cars starting at 4:30 p.m., prizes will be awarded for best, scariest and funniest trunk at 5 p.m. and the chili cook-off starts at 5:30 p.m. Bring a crock pot to share filled with your favorite recipe. Chips and fixings will be provided along with refreshments. Games will occur throughout the event.
The event is free. For questions and to register, call 858-487-2159 or send an email to Pippa@millssd.com.
• “Once Upon a Hallowe’en” is returning to Old Poway Park, 14134 Midland Road, at 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28. There will be many activities, including a 5 p.m. carved pumpkin contest at the gazebo for cash prizes, skits at the Porter House performed by the Apache Canyon Gang, rides on the Baldwin Steam Locomotive, carnival games, entertainment and more.
Most activities are free or low-cost. Food will be available for purchase. For details, call 858-668-4576.
• “Ghost Walk in Old Poway Park” will be 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30. Meet at the Old Poway Park gazebo, 14134 Midland Road, for an evening of spooky story telling around the park. Bring a flashlight.
Cost: $10 per person or $20 per family.
• Living Way Church, 13609 Twin Peaks Road, will host a free harvest festival from 4:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31. There will be train rides, jump houses, a giant inflatable slide, carnival games and a premiere showing of the newest Veggie Tales movie. There will be plenty of refreshments, including funnel cakes and cotton candy. Questions? Call 858-486-1441.
CARMEL MOUNTAIN RANCH/SABRE SPRINGS
• A Halloween carnival for all ages will be 6-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26 at the Carmel Mountain Ranch/Sabre Springs Recreation Center, 10152 Rancho Carmel Drive.
There will be a spider jump, costume contest, carnival games, pumpkin decorating, prizes, refreshments and more. Admission is free. Activities and refreshments are at nominal cost. Call 858-538-8100.
• Trick-or-treaters will be welcome 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27 to participate in a free treasure hunt with prizes at the Scripps Ranch Farmers Market, 10380 Spring Canyon Road. There will be 60-plus vendors on site, many offering Halloween-related treats. For details, go to www.SRFM.org or send an email to SRFarmersMarket@aol.com.
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