2017 San Diego Trick or Treat Guide

San Diego is full of great neighborhoods to take the little ones out on an exciting trick or treating extravaganza this Halloween!

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Carmel Valley/Del Mar

– Both Carmel Valley and Del Mar have been a perfect place for all sorts of trick-or-treaters!  Its safe community and warm environment make it a desirable destination for many families.  The Del Mar Highlands will also have its annual Halloween event on Tuesday October 31st between 4:00-6:00 pm.

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Coronado

– Downtown Coronado goes ghostly this October once again! The Annual Trick or Treat with local merchants takes place on Orange Avenue on October 27th from 3:30-5:30! Come check out all the fun!

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Encinitas

– Pumpkin Lane strikes the streets of Encinitas again this Halloween between 5-8 p.m! Children can play Halloween games as well as dance to the Bucket Ruckus. This year’s Trick or Treat is being sponsored by Downtown Encinitas Main Street Association (DEMA), the group that brings you the famous Self Realization Fellowship carved pumpkins, fun, games & entertainment in the Lumberyard Center Courtyard and treats from downtown Encinitas merchants.

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-The streets of La Jolla can provide a great, safe place for all trick-or-treaters!  It’s close proximity to shops, communities and the beach make it an ideal place to bring the family!

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Little Italy

– Little ghouls, witches and goblins storm through the streets at Little Italy’s annual Trick-or-Treat on India Street, taking place on Friday, October 27 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Piazza Basilone. Sweet and spooky fun will be had by kids of all ages at this beloved Halloween tradition!

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Kensington

– In this quaint community, you’ll see trick-or-treaters from every family member. Even the doggies venture out in costumes (on leashes of course). These happy haunts make for a terrific trick-or-treat. Homes on Edgeware and Canterbury Drive tend to get backed up with lines, so be prepared for the crowds!

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Mission Hills

– This neighborhood goes all out with over-the-top decorations, ghoulish goblins and creepy crawlies around every turn. Residents often report upwards of 500 tricker-or-treaters at their door!

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San Marcos

– Every Halloween, hundreds of Santa Fe Hills neighbors transform their homes into festive and fun haunted houses. Bring the little ones to the North County neighborhoods for a great family friendly trick-or-treating adventure!

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Scripps Ranch

Residents in this neighborhood often hand out full-sized candy bars and even dollar bills! Scripps Ranch Marketplace also offers an annual event for families looking to celebrate a couple days before Halloween. There you’ll find fun rides, store treats and more. Bring your trick treat bags on October 26th, from 9:00 a.m to 1:00 p.m and come check out all the fun!

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Everything in San Diego You Must Do This Fall!

Looking for fun events and activities in the Fall? Check out our guide to what you absolutely must see and do this Fall!

Festival of Sail

September 1-4

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Celebrate the largest tall ship festival on the West Coast over Labor Day Weekend with live entertainment, cannon battles and 100+ food, art and craft vendors. Hosted at Maritime Museum of San Diego, Festival of Sail transforms the North Embarcadero into a nautical theme park for 4 adventure filled days. Click here for more information.

Burgers & Beers

September 9

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Try gourmet burgers from more than 30 of the San Diego’s best restaurants as they compete to win the “Best Burger” award at Burgers & Beers. Are you ready for the ultimate battle of the burgers? Of course no burger is complete without a beer! Enjoy unlimited beer samples from 30+ local breweries. Curated exclusively by our food writers, this event brings together the very best burger vendors and local breweries—and you decide who will ultimately win. Click here for more information.

KAABOO Del Mar

September 15-17

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KAABOO is three days of fun, packed full with memories and it has all of the makings of a comfortable event. We have plenty of shade and seating, all restrooms are clean with flushable toilets (no porta-potties), and there is no dirt, dust or mud to fight through just to have a good time. Enjoy the world-class music, hilarious comedy, incredible cuisine, craft libations, inspiring contemporary art, and personal indulgences. Get ready for this journey of discovery! Click here for more information.

2017 MCAS Miramar Air Show

September 22 – 24

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Marine Corps Air Station Miramar is once again hosting the largest military Air Show in the country! This year’s theme is A Salute to Vietnam Veterans. MCAS Miramar is honored to host an amazing lineup of military and civilian performers including the world famous U.S. Navy Blue Angels for what is sure to be another thrilling performance. Click here for more information.

San Diego Restaurant Week

September 24 – October 1

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Dine at over 180 participating restaurants during the 8 days of San Diego Restaurant Week! Dine deliciously at restaurants offering prix-fixe menu options throughout San Diego County. This foodie-favorited week is the perfect time to take a culinary tour throughout the diverse and thriving food culture of San Diego.  Click here to find participating restaurants near you and browse their menus!

La Mesa Oktoberfest

Sep 29 – Oct 1

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Since 1973, the La Mesa Oktoberfest has featured hundreds of exhibitors, family friendly activities, German food, music, dancing, games and of course beer. Celebrating its 44th year in 2017, the locally loved La Mesa Oktoberfest is going back to its roots to bring guests more entertainment, more vendors, more beer, and more “Prost!” (Cheers!) than ever before. Click here for more information.

The Scream Zone

Sep 29 – Aug 31

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San Diego County’s largest haunted experience, The Scream Zone is considered among the scariest, and screaming-est fright fests to be found in the dark corners of Southern California. The Scream Zone is assembled from a collection of body parts and roughly stitched together into four terrifying haunts and other monstrous attractions. Click here for more information.

The Haunted Trail

Sep 29 – Oct 31

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The Haunted Trail of Balboa Park is a stroll you will never forget. As you walk the mile-long Trail, spine-tingling sights and sounds will leave you trembling. Located in San Diego’s world famous Balboa Park, The Haunted Trail is a stroll through the park you will never forget! Click here for more information.

Día de los Muertos

October 28 – Nov 2

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Old Town San Diego’s Día de los Muertos is a celebration of the history, culture, and heritage of the region that honors one of its most important holidays. Día de los Muertos, celebrated on November 1 and 2 of each year, is considered to be one of the most important holiday’s of the year by many in Mexico and other Latin American countries. The unity between life and death is celebrated when families come together and offer hospitality to the spirits of their loved ones.  Click here for more information.

 

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Throughout October, kids receive free admission to the San Diego Zoo! Kids Free continues a long-standing dedication to youngsters by providing free admission for the month of October to every child ages 11 years old and younger, a maximum 10 children free per each supervised ticketed adult. Throughout the month, Saturdays and Sundays at the Zoo will feature special interactive activities and experiences to help kids connect with wildlife and nature. Click here for more information.

Pacific BeachFest

October 7

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Pacific BeachFest has something for everyone including a fish taco contest, surf competition, beach volley ball, craft beer, kids activities and music! There will be plenty of free, fun and family friendly action on the beaches and along the boardwalk at this year’s Pacific BeachFest being held on Saturday, Oct. 7th  from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM. This will be the 20th anniversary event for Pacific Beachfest! Click here for information.

MCRD San Diego Bootcamp Challenge

October 14

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The MCRD Bootcamp Challenge features obstacles used only by Marine Recruits plus over 60 USMC Drill Instructors providing direction and encouragement. Includes a 3-mile obstacle course on paved roads and hard-packed dirt – flat and fast. Over 50 obstacles to complete, including tunnel crawls, trenches, cargo netting and push-up stations. Drill Instructors at each station to make sure you complete your obstacles! Come check it out! Click here for more information.

Fine Wine and Gourmet Food Walking Tour

October 20

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Enjoy a 3 to 3.5 hr leisurely walking tour with a local resident guide and experience the tasty delights of La Jolla by-the-sea. Gourmet food, local and international wines, guided historic walk, wine tasting appreciation presentation. Tons of upscale fun! Their epicurean Walking Wine Tours introduce La Jolla’s wine, food and culture scene. On this delightful 3 to 3.5 hour tour you’ll be guided by a local expert with years of fine wine and culinary experience. Experience the tasty delights of La Jolla by-the-sea. Fore more information click here.

A Night with Janis Joplin

October 25-26

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Like a comet that burns far too brightly to last, Janis Joplin exploded onto the music scene in 1967 and, almost overnight, became the queen of rock & roll. The unmistakable voice, filled with raw emotion and tinged with Southern Comfort, made her a must-see headliner from Monterey to Woodstock. Now, San Diego is invited to share an evening with the woman and her musical influences in the hit musical A Night With Janis Joplin! Click here for more information.

2017 Breeder’s Cup World Championship

November 3-4

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The Breeders’ Cup makes its debut at another iconic racing venue for the first time: Del Mar, where the turf meets the surf Southern California style. With San Diego’s vibrant nightlife, beautiful beaches and sunny days creating a perfect trifecta. In the world of horse racing, the Breeders’ Cup is equivalent to the Super Bowl. The two-day event brings the best horses and riders from across the country and around the world. Click here for more information.

San Diego Beer Week

November 3-12

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San Diego Beer Week is a ten-day celebration inspiring people to drink local beer and promoting San Diego’s brewing culture with events across the county. The San Diego Beer Week will kick off with the VIP Brewer Takeover and the San Diego Brewers Guild Festival on Friday and Saturday night. The 10-day “week” will feature over 500 brewery sponsored events and culminate at the Beer Garden at The Lodge at Torrey Pines on November 12th. Click here for more information.

The Hip Hop Nutcracker

November 18

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The Hip Hop Nutcracker is an evening-length production performed by a supercharged cast of a dozen all-star dancers, DJ and violinist. A holiday mash-up for the entire family, The Hip Hop Nutcracker, a contemporary re-imagination of Tchaikovsky’s timeless music, sets out on a third national tour following the success of two previous sold-out tours. Click here for more information

Encinitas Fall Festival

November 19

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With 450+ booths, plus dozens of unique downtown retailers, the Encinitas Fall Festival is a perfect opportunity to get a head start on your holiday shopping. Enjoy the music of popular local bands in The Lumberyard Courtyard and dance, music and other entertainment on the Community Stage next to Ace Hardware. Take your young ones to the Kids Zone for a variety of fun activities.  And walk your furry friends into Dog Zone for some treats and special attention. Click here for more information.

2016 San Diego Trick or Treat Guide

Take your little ones trick or treating in some of San Diego’s best neighborhoods this Halloween!

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Carmel Valley/Del Mar

-Known for its safe and suburban streets, the neighborhoods that surround Del Mar Heights road are a popular place to trick or treat with your little ones! The Del Mar Highlands will also have its annual Halloween event on Monday, October 31st between 4:00-6:00 pm.

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Coronado

-From 3:30-5:30 pm on Halloween, local merchants on Orange Avenue provide a great night for the little ones by passing out candy and other gifts!

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Encinitas

-Each year, the stretch of South Coast Hwy 101, between K street and Encinitas Blvd., is turned into “Pumpkin Lane.” The Scripps Health sponsored event attracts 5,000+ trick-or-treaters  with its merchant trick-or-treating, carved pumpkin displays, live music, games, and many more Halloween-themed activities! Join the fun on Halloween between 5-8pm!

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-The La Jolla community is a go-to spot for trick-or-treaters due to it’s close proximity to the beach, safe streets, and yummy treats!

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Little Italy

-A great stop for trick or treating! Head to India street with your little ones to take advantage of local businesses providing goodies on Friday, October 28, 2016 from 5:30-7:30pm.

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Kensington

-This community is well-known for going out all on Halloween! The most popular family-friendly streets include Canterbury Drive, Adams, Edgeware, and Marlborough.

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Mission Hills

-The residents of Mission Hills never disappoint when it comes to Halloween! The decorations are known to be a bit on the scary side, but are an instant hit with older kids!

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San Marcos

-Santa Fe Hills in San Marcos is the #1 trick-or-treating neighborhood in San Diego County! The North County neighborhood brings in thousands of trick-or-treaters each year due to it’s abundance of over-the-top Halloween decorations, and of course, candy.

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Scripps Ranch

The Scripps Ranch neighborhood is well known for it’s over-the-top treats such as full sized candy bars and sometimes cash! This Halloween hotspot also will hold it’s annual Scripps Ranch marketplace event on the 29th between 1-4pm that features rides, music, treats, and more!

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San Diego’s Best Trick or Treating Neighborhoods 2015

This Halloween, take your little ones to some of San Diego’s best neighborhoods for trick or treating!

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Bird Rock

-This small, beachy section of La Jolla is a great place for those wanting a more traditional trick-or-treating experience. Start at the decorated shops on La Jolla Boulevard and then make your way to the gated communities nearby. Treats stop getting handed out at 8pm so make sure to get there early!

Carlsbad

-This great family friendly neighborhood is great for the little ones.

Carmel Mountain

-The Carmel Mountain neighborhood is said to be a great place to get candy for kids in costumes. For the little ones that may not make it into the night, participating merchants at Carmel Mountain Plaza will be giving out candy from 3-5pm on Friday October 30th and will even feature live music!

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Carmel Valley

-Visit the Del Mar Highlands Town Center Plaza on Wednesday, 10/28 between 4-6pm for trick or treating!

Coronado

-Local merchants and the Main Street Association of Coronado team up to provide a great night for the little ones.

Encinitas

-Encinitas 101 Main Street is hosting a safe trick or treating event for kids on Halloween between 5-8pm. Merchants from Encinitas Blvd. to K Street hand out treats to costumed kids. Kids can also enjoy games, activities, and a visit with Her Royal Highness!

La Jolla Village

-Another great stop for trick or treating!

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Little Italy

-Local businesses on India street will be providing goodies for kids in costume.

Kensington

-This small community goes all out on Halloween! Popular streets for candy collecting include Edgeware, Canterbury Drive, Adams, and Marlborough. This area is great for the whole family, however parking can be little tricky so make sure to get there on the earlier side to get your spot!

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Mission Hills

-Located just north of Old Town, this is a great location for Halloween exploration. The neighborhood has been known to go all out with all sorts of fun (and scary!) decorations. Not recommended for the very little kids or those that get scared easily, but older kids should love seeing all of the effort that the residents put in here.

Scripps Ranch

-Considered by many to be THE hotspot for trick or treating on Halloween. Residents have been known to give out full-sized candy bars (!!!) and even sometimes dollar bills. The Scripps Ranch marketplace also hosts an annual event a few days before Halloween that features rides, store treats, and more!

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