Some aspects of Halloween – a holiday rooted in ancient superstition and witchcraft – can be too terrifying for younger kids, according to some reports.
San Diego families have plenty of exciting ways to celebrate Halloween 2011 without scarring the kids. There’s still time to check out these not-too-spooky events:
Haunted Birch Aquarium (October 21 & 22)
Shipwrecked! Kids can dress up and enjoy close encounters of the fishy kind, BOO-gie down with Billy Lee and the Swamp Critters, and explore the wreckage for sunken treasures. Plenty of treats amid a sea of glowing creatures promises a unique experience.
Spooky Sleepover at the Zoo (October 22 & October 29)
This special sleepover camp at the zoo helps families get into the “spirit” of the season. Campers will get an exclusive bus tour and see some scary and strange animals. Then it’s off to “haunted” Camp Timbuktu, where parents and kids can settle down in your tent. Kids can participate in a costume parade, make Halloween s’mores and hear ghost stories around the campfire. There’s also an optional night prowl throughout the zoo.
The Boulevard Boo! Parade & Carnival (October 22)
Costume parade at 10 a.m. along El Cajon Boulevard, from 59th Street to Rolando Boulevard, followed by a carnival at Clay Park. (FREE admission)
LEGOLAND Brick-or-Treat Party Nights (October 22 & 29)
Happening every Saturday Night in October from 5pm-9pm. This is free with a paid one-day admission (or with a Membership Plus Pass). Several monstrously fun areas of LEGOLAND are open late for Party Nights.
Halloween Spooktacular at SeaWorld (October 1 – 30)
Halloween and the sea come together at SeaWorld. Kids can come for trick-or-treating, sea creatures, Halloween shows, and create creepy cookie masterpieces. Kids should come in costume. For more information, visit:
Balboa Park Halloween Family Day (October 29)
Many museums will host Halloween-themed activities. FREE to children, 17 and under. There’s also a doggie costume contest and a Great Pumpkin parachute drop, along with hands-on activities, crafts, special tours, storytelling, and other free goodies.
Boo Bash and Harvest Fair (October 29)
Ice skating, rock climbing, carnival games, costume contests and more at this family-friendly celebration at the Salvation Army Kroc Center.
Bates Nut Farm Pumpkin Patch (through October 31)
A place where kids can enjoy the simpler things in life: a hay ride around the farm, a straw maze,farm animals, pony rides, & live music. Choose the perfect Halloween pumpkin, and pick up other fall decorations for the house.