Balboa Mesa Safe Halloween. Oct. 29, 3:30-5:30 p.m. Children in costumes can Trick-or-Treat safely at participating stores in Balboa Mesa Shopping Center, (corner of Balboa & Genesee Ave., San Diego). Contests with prizes, magic show, fingerprinting, and safety demonstrations. The Children's 10Mobile focuses on child development and story-telling. 858-272-4463.
Chula Vista Center. Oct. 28, 1-3:30 p.m. Children up to age 13 are invited to join the Children's Halloween Costume Contest. Prizes for best costumes. On Oct. 31, 5 p.m. free goody bags for children to enjoy Trick-or-Treating with participating stores in Chula Vista Center. H St. & Broadway, Chula Vista, 619-427-6700.
Colina Del Sol Recreation Center. Oct. 26, 4-9 p.m. Carnival and haunted house. 5319 Orange Ave., San Diego. 619-235-1144.
Del Mar "Scaregrounds". "Scream Zone", 25 rooms filled with thrills and chills. Designed to "scare the yell out of you!" Oct. 5-31, Sun.-Thurs., 7-11 p.m., Fri.-Sat., 7 p.m.-midnight. Special Kid's Day, children 12 and under, Oct. 28, 1-4 p.m. Costume contests, Fire Safety program, prizes, pumpkin carving and trick or treating 858-755-1161.
Eastlake Village Center. Oct. 27, 1-3 p.m. Trick or Treat at over 30 shops and services. Free. Located East of I-805 at Otay Lakes Rd. and Eastlake Parkway, Chula Vista. 858-695-2700.
Escondido Promenade. Oct. 28, 2-4 p.m. Trick or Treat at over 50 shops and services. Free. I-5 at West Valley Parkway and Auto Park Way, Escondido. 858-695-2700.
Frightmare on Market Street. Sept. 28-Oct. 31. Sun., Tues. & Wed., 7-11 p.m.; Thurs., 7p.m. - 12 a.m.; Fri. and Sat., 6 p.m. - 1 a.m. Closed Mondays. $11.95. The first haunted attraction in San Diego to have 3-D rooms. If you can stand the worst (or best) nightmares coming to life step into the immense basement of this historic Victorian building. Not recommended for children under 10. 530 Market St., downtown San Diego. 619-231-3611.
The Haunted Hotel. Sept. 28-Oct. 31. Sun., Tues., and Wed., 7-11 p.m.; Thurs., 7 p.m. - 12 a.m.; Fri., and Sat., 6 p.m. - 1 a.m. Closed Mondays $11.95 Walk through a Haunted Hotel with live action rooms featuring special effects that are hauntingly real. Not recommended for children under 10. 424 Market St., (corner of Fourth and Market), downtown San Diego. 619-231-0131.
Haunted Aquarium. Oct. 26, 27, extended hours until 8 p.m. The Birch Aquarium at Scripps transforms into a haunted experience. An event the whole family will enjoy featuring crafts, spooky science exhibits, slime lab, pumpkin carving contest, a pirate's cove and costume contest. Open to all ages. $10. 858-534-7336.
Linda Vista Recreation Center. Oct. 26, 6-8 p.m. Carnival and mini-haunted house. 7064 Levant St., San Diego. 858-573-1392.
Marie Hitchcock Puppet Theater. Oct. 17-21, "Gob-baleen"; Oct. 24-28, & 31 "Who's Afraid of Peter Pumpkin?" Show times: Wed., Thurs., Fri., 10 & 11:30 a.m. Sat. & Sun., 11 a.m., 1 & 2:30 p.m. The Theater is located in the Palisades area near the Aerospace Center in Balboa Park. $2-$3. 619-685-5045.
Martin Luther King Recreation Center. Oct. 31, 6-9 p.m. Haunted House. $2 advance tickets/$3 at the door. 6401 Skyline Dr., San Diego. 619-527-3415.
Mid City Gymnasium. Oct. 31, 3-6 p.m. Carnival and haunted house. 4302 Landis St., San Diego. 619-516-3082.
Mission Marketplace. Oct. 27, 2-4 p.m. Trick or Treat at over 40 shops and services. Free admission to the first 250 for the 11 a.m. showing at the Mission Marketplace Cinema-Star Luxury Theatres. Mad Science demonstration and free parachute craft. Corner of College Ave. & Hwy. 76, Ocean-side. 858-695-2700.
Ocean Beach Recreation Center. Oct. 27, 3-6 p.m. Carnival. 4726 Santa Monica Ave., San Diego. 619-531-1527.
Oceanside Public Library. Terror of the Bermuda Triangle, grades 3-8, Oct. 29, 6:30 p.m., Civic Center Library. Tales of terror, blood-thirsty pirates, haunted ship wrecks and a night of Halloween adventure you won't forget! Halloween Scream Party: Children and teens. Not so spooky stories for little listeners and hair-rising tales for teens. Oct. 30, 6 p.m. Mission Branch Library. 760-435-5630.
Pinery Pumpkin Patch. Opened Oct. 12 Escondido: 3660 Sunset Dr. Across from North County Fair (off Via Rancho Parkway) Inflatable jumpee. Poway: 13654 Poway Rd. (intersection of Midland Ave., and Poway Rd.) Pony Rides. Santee: 9851 Buena Vista. Inflatable jumpee and inflatable obstacle course. Large assortment of pumpkins and accessories available at all locations. 858-566-7466.
Poway Branch Library. Oct. 27, 1-3 p.m. Halloween party with parade, games and treats. 13137 Poway Rd., Poway. 858-513-2909.
Pumpkin Patch at Frosty Acres. Sponsored by the San Diego Natural History Museum. Bring your family to this farm in Alpine and enjoy a morning hay ride, a walk through a hay maze and meeting animals in the petting zoo. Each participant receives a pumpkin to take home. $12. 619-232-3821, ext. 203.
Pumpkin Station. Sept. 28-Oct. 31, Sun.-Thurs., 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Fri. & Sat., 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Free live entertainment Saturdays and Sundays, starting Oct. 6. A wonderland of games, rides, petting zoo, pony rides and more. Plus great prizes to be won! No admission charge. Ride ticket packages available at great savings. Located in the parking area of Mission Valley Shopping Center. Call 858-566-7466 for more info.
Rancho Bernardo Community Recreation Center. Halloween Happening. Oct. 29, 4:30-7:30 p.m. Food, games, arts and crafts, cookie decorating. Wear your costume for a treat. Tickets 4 for $1 or 10 for $2. 18488 West Bern-ardo Dr., San Diego. 858-538-8129.
Reuben H. Fleet Science Center. Beginning Oct. 5, a special, spooky 13-minute long planetarium preshow runs every Wed., Fri., and Sat. night before the two last IMAX(R) films of the day. No additional charge with purchase of IMAX tickets. Every Wed., Oct. 10-Nov. 28, locals only discount for residents in zip codes 91901-92999. $7. 619-238-1233.
San Carlos United Methodist Annual Halloween Happening. Oct. 26, 5:30-8:30 p.m. We offer safe family fun for children ages 3-8 and their families. Events include food, games, prizes and a cake walk. Free admission. 25 cent tickets. 6554 Cowles Mtn. Blvd. 619-464-4335.
San Diego Maritime Museum Haunted Star of India. Oct. 19-31, 6-9 p.m. This year's theme, "Tales From the Ship", caters to families and young children. Lantern tours take visitors through the ship featuring storytellers who tell of true but spirited tales of Star of India's actual ghosts. Adults $6, under 10 $4. Not wheelchair accessible. 619-234-9153, ext. 101.
San Diego Model Railroad Museum. Oct. 21, 1-4 p.m. Halloween Family Day. Family event with ongoing activities. Wear your costume. Adults $4, under 15 free. Casa de Balboa building, Balboa Park. 619-696-0199.
San Diego City Park & Rec. Doyle Rec: University City, 858-581-7170, Oct. 24, 3-5 p.m., games and prizes; La Jolla Rec: 858-552-1658, Oct. 27, noon-4:30 p.m. carnival and costume contest; Linda Vista Rec: San Diego, 858-573-1392, Oct. 26, 6-8 p.m. carnival and haunted house; Mid-City: 619-516-3082, Oct. 31, 3-6 p.m. carnival and haunted house; Rancho Bernardo Rec: 858-538-8129, Oct. 29, 4:30-7:30 p.m. fun and games, tots-6th; Scripps Rancho Rec: 858-538-8085, Oct. 26, 6-9 p.m. costume dance for 6-8 graders; Silverwing Rec: 619-434-0465, Oct. 27, 6-9 p.m. haunted house; South Bay Rec: 619-424-0470, Oct. 30, 6-8:30 p.m. haunted house and costume contest.
San Diego Public Library. Halloween crafts. Oct. 24, 3:30 p.m. 820 "E" St., San Diego. 619-236-5800.
San Diego Zoo. Spooky Sleepover: Oct. 20, 27, 4p.m.-9a.m. Families with little ghouls and gobblins, ages 4 and up, can be part of the Halloween spirit by Trick-or-Treating in the Children's Zoo, meet creepy critters up close, go on a private bus tour and much more. $78 members/ $84 nonmembers. Creepy Critters: Oct. 19 & 26. Create a giant spider and meet some creepy creatures. Ages 3-6. $15 for adult/child pair. $10/each additional adult or child. 619-557-3969 or 760-740-9383.
Skyline Recreation Center. Oct. 27, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Carnival. 8285 Skyline Dr., San Diego. 619-527-3486.
Spreckels Organ Society. Oct. 31, 7 p.m. Halloween Movie Night with costume parade. Scary music by Russ Peck, Organist. Spreckels Organ Pavilion, Balboa Park. 619-702-8138.
Trail of Terror. Sept. 28-Oct. 31. Sun., Wed. & Thurs., sundown to 11 p.m.; Fri. & Sat., sundown to midnight. $11.95. From the creators of the Haunted Hotel and Frightmare on Market Street, experience outdoor terror that is simply too big to house indoors. Not recommended for children under 10. Marston Point, east of 6th and Juniper, Balboa Park. 619-231-0261.