October 22, 2004

Unique Halloween Programs/Events Alternatives

“House of Wax” Library Program Features Bone-Chilling Tales

The Oceanside Public Library dares children ages seven to fourteen to enter its horrifying House of Wax Museum on Monday, October 25 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., at the Civic Center Library, 330 North Coast Highway, Oceanside. Children will be escorted into the museum by tour guides to see the wax figures of famous characters such as Frankenstein, Lizzie Borden, La Llarona, and the Crazy Cafeteria Lady. The frightening fun begins when the characters come to life and share their haunting, bone-chilling tales. The storytelling talents of the Children’s staff are guaranteed to raise the hair on the back of the neck. A variety of revolting snacks will be served after the tour in the House of Wax Cafeteria.

Pre-registration is required for this program. Free tickets can be picked up at the Children’s Desk at any Oceanside Public Library facility. Due to the intense nature of this program, children younger than seven will not be registered or admitted. For more information, please call 435-5590.

Pumpkin Patch Program for Preschoolers

The Oceanside Public Library’s annual Pumpkin Patch Halloween program for preschoolers will feature the Three Bears and their friends on Tuesday, October 26 at 10:30 a.m., at the Civic Center Library, 330 North Coast Highway, Oceanside. Toddlers and preschoolers will walk through “the woods” to the Three Bears’ house to meet Papa Bear, Mama Bear, Baby Bear, Goldilocks, and other storybook characters for trick or treating. Each character will share a fun Halloween story, poem, or puppet friend and a tasty treat. The program will conclude with a simple craft to take home. Costumes are optional. The characters will be available after the program for photographs with the children.

Pre-registration in person or by telephone is required for this free program. For more information, please call 435-5590.

Enjoy a Haunted Halloween with the Birch Aquarium

Ghouls and buoys of all ages are invited to spend a safe and haunted Halloween with the Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. From a costume contest to spooky, slimy science activities, the aquarium offers something for everyone this Halloween season.

The Birch Aquarium at Scripps will be transformed into a Haunted Aquarium on Thursday, Oct. 28; Friday, Oct. 29; and Saturday, Oct. 30, from 6-9 p.m. This is an event the entire family will enjoy, featuring crafts and spooky science exhibits, such as creatures that glow, creeps from the deep, the ghost forest, and more! 

Other fun activities include a slime lab, a pirate’s cove where kids can listen to spooky stories, and trick-or-treating. A costume contest will be held each evening and prizes will be awarded for the best marine-themed, scariest, and most creative costumes. 

Haunted Aquarium is open for all ages. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Fee for Haunted Aquarium is $13.

“Haunted Harry” Event Featured at Escondido Library

Lovers of Harry Potter books and movies will experience a fun journey through the “Haunted Harry” extravaganza planned at the Escondido Public Library on October 29 from 3 to 6 p.m.

Children, ages 6-12, and their families are welcome to board the Hogwarts Express, meet the Lady in the Portrait, catch glimpses of Sirius Black, play a game of Quidditch, have their “fortune” read by Madame Trelawney and have the Sorting Hat determine their “house.” Each child will receive an age appropriate book in addition to other goodies and have an opportunity to make their own wand as they make their way through Honeydukes, Flourish and Blotts and Olivanders shops when they enter DiagonAlley. These are but a few of the many stops along the way as the Library provides many scenes from all the first four Harry Potter books for kids to explore. The children are welcome to come in costume, although dressing up is not required.

The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street. This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Escondido Library and is in partnership with the Patio Playhouse Community and Youtheater and Escondido Education Compact. Participation is free and open to the public. No reservations are required.

A Safe Halloween

Join the Bonita Valley Community Church for  a “Safe Halloween” October 31st, 2004 from 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM. This free community wide event offers the children and families of the South Bay a safe, secure environment to enjoy costumes, candy, food, more than 30 game booths, giant slides, train rides, rock climbs, bungee jumps, mazes and lots of fun! Through out the evening guests will enjoy the unique brand of humor and inspiring antics of Darren Collins! THE MANY FACES of Darren Collins include comedian, juggler and puppeteer. Several thousand kids and families came to last year’s “Safe Halloween” and an even larger crowd is expected for this year’s event. Don’t miss it! Where: 4744 Bonita Road, Bonita CA 91902  (619-475-8000) Cost: FREE

Haunted Twilight Theater

‘Tomb’ it may concern; your “presence” is requested at the Haunted Twilight Theater. For three nights the Sunshine Brooks Theater in downtown Oceanside will come alive with spirits, ghosts, demons and your most terrifying fears!

The Sunshine Brooks Theater, located at 217 North Coast Highway, will be haunting nightly October 29-31, 7:00-11:00 p.m. The cost is $3 for ages 5-17 and $5 for ages 18 and older (under 5 admitted free with a paying adult).

County Hosts 2nd Annual Halloween Festivals in Fallbrook, Lakeside, Spring Valley

Back by popular demand, the County of San Diego Department of Parks and Recreation is gearing up for its 2nd annual safe, indoor Halloween festivals at three community centers in Fallbrook, Lakeside and Spring Valley.

In the wake of the October wildfires last year, the County of San Diego Department of Parks and Recreation’s Community Centers in Fallbrook, Lakeside and Spring Valley organized indoor Halloween festivals to provide a safe environment for trick-or-treating and fall activities. The County Community Centers received an overwhelmingly positive response to these festivals with over 1,300 participants last year, so, the indoor festivals will be offered again this year at all three locations.

The Halloween Festivals are free and will offer games, prizes, costume contests, crafts and more. In addition, all children can enjoy an abundance of candy and festive refreshments. These festivals are being held in partnership with various community organizations, including the Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce, the Center for Wonder and Discovery in Lakeside, and the Spring Valley Boosters.

County Community Centers 2nd Annual Halloween Festivals will be held on October 31, 2004, from 5-7 p.m. in Fallbrook, 4-7 p.m. in Lakeside, and 6-9 p.m. in Spring Valley. For festival volunteer opportunities or to make donations, please contact the Fallbrook Community Center at (760) 728-1671, the Lakeside Community Center at (619) 443-4169, and the Spring Valley Community Center at (619) 479-1832. For directions or additional information about the County Community Center Halloween Festivals, please visit www.sdparks.org.

11th Annual Halloween Costume Contest

Calling all goblins, ghoulies and ghosts! The National City Recreation Department is sponsoring the 11th Annual Halloween Costume Contest on Friday, October 22nd.

This annual haunting event will take place at the Martin Luther King Community Center, 140 E 12th Street in National City. Registration will begin at 6:00 p.m. and the contest will begin at 6:30 p.m. Starting with the 0-1 age category.

First place winners from each age division will receive a $30 Walmart Gift-card. Followed by $20 giftcards for 2nd place and $15 giftcards for 3rd place. In addition a $30 first place gift card will be given to the overall contest winner. The age divisions are 0-1 years, 2-4 years, 5-9 years, 10-13 years and 14-adult.

The first 150 participants will receive Halloween candy and all participants will receive a participation ribbon.

Come out if you dare wear a costume and participate or just come out and get ideas for your Halloween costume. It promises to be a haunting good time! All ages are welcomed!

For more information call 336-4290.

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