A La Mesa yard on Dallas Street is spooky galore for Halloween. Photo by Chris Stone
Where can you find the spooky (and spookier) stuff for Halloween? Take a look. Photo by Chris Stone

Boo! Did you in, right? Tripped over nothing because we startled you so much! No? Sigh. Well, this San Diego weekend, there are scares a-plenty to be had, of the mild eeek! variety all the way to bringing the big screams.

And since Halloween is Monday, wear that costume all dang weekend (not Dahmer though). And don’t sleep on Dia de los Muertos. Because we won’t.

Here goes, for big and little kids alike:

The Embarcadero – Noche Familiar at the Rady Shell includes an open ofrenda, or altar, for photos of loved ones. Make family crafts, be part of the calavera contest and listen to tunes from Mariachi Villa Musica at the free event, at 5 p.m. Friday.

Little Italy – at Trick or Treat on India Street, the wee Spideys and the throwbacks from “Stranger Things” can head to participating businesses for goodies. Find a list at Piazza della Famiglia on India and W. Date Street or try your luck, at 5:30 p.m. Friday.

Liberty Station – the Goff Family Pumpkin Patch pop-up on the venue’s putting green, 2830 Perry Road, is open all day Friday and Saturday from 9 p.m. to 9 p.m. Of course, there’s gourds and lawn games for the little ones. But weekend bonus? Beer on tap.

Del Mar – if gore is the way to go, find it at the Scream Zone at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, on the Haunted Hayride or the Hell-Billy Hootenanny. Admission starts at $33. Begins at 7 p.m. each evening through Monday.

Gaslamp – Zombie Crawl is one way to make sure that costume gets seen. The event, from 6 p.m. to midnight, offers admission to 22 downtown bars and clubs and continues Friday and Saturday. Tickets – very limited, especially for Saturday – start at $63. American Junkie hosts the opening party.

Kearny Mesa – Spooktacular, at 9737 Aero Drive, features costume contests, a pumpkin-carving photo station, carnival games and goody bags for the first 100 attendees. Also at the free event, presented at 11 a.m. Saturday by the SuperDentists – gifts for those who bring in a can or box of nonperishable food to donate.

Dia de los Muertos altars feature figurines, flowers, photos and food. Photo by Chris Stone

Chula Vista – this Dia de los Muertos celebration, 3 p.m. Saturday at Memorial Park, includes live music, an altar and Catrín/Catrina costume competition, face painting and sugar-skull decorating, all topped off by a screening of Coco.

Hillcrest – Nightmare on Normal takes over the Pride Flag Plaza at Normal Street and University Avenue at 5 p.m. Saturday. Admission for the dance party and costume contest starts at $25.

Balboa Park – AXIS, San Diego’s Old Globe Theater’s free arts series, brings back its celebration of Dia de los Muertos at 11 a.m. Sunday in the outdoor Copley Plaza. The event features multiple guest artists, including DAK Danza Azteca Kuauhkoalt, San Diego Guild of Puppetry and Colectivo Abracadabra.



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