Who’s ready to scare up some spooky fun and score some serious candy? Here’s where you can take those little pumpkins of yours tonight:

Carmel Valley

Attend the Del Mar Highlands Town Center Community Halloween event from 4 – 6 p.m. tonight and ghouls and goblins can trick-or-treat at participating stores. Several restaurants will be offering dinner specials too, so stick around for eats that are more than candy.

Carlsbad – Bressi Ranch

Homes in this beautiful neighborhood are decked out, and many look like they’ve been professionally fashioned with lighting, music and special effects generally reserved for venues like Disneyland. Click HERE for a video of what it’s like to trick-or-treat in Bressi Ranch.

Del Mar

San Diego County’s largest haunted experience, The Scream Zone is considered among the goriest, scariest, and screaming-est fright fests to be found in the dark corners of Southern California. Your Triple Haunt favorites are back: the horrifying House of Horror, the dizzying Chamber, and the Haunted Hayride, each casting its evil spell on the Del Mar Fairgrounds.


Don’t miss the awesome Safe Trick-or-Treat event in downtown Encinitas tonight from 5-8 p.m. This event attracts thousands of costumed locals of all ages on the hunt for treats and to behold the spectacular pumpkins that are carved by the Self-Realization Fellowship monks. Stroll Highway 101, which turns into “Pumpkin Lane” (Encinitas Blvd. to K St.), to view the pumpkins at multiple locations while dozens of merchants will hand out goodies to the kiddos. Stop by the Encinitas 101 office (818 S. Coast Hwy 101) to pick up a free Halloween themed bag.

San Marcos

Santa Fe Hills has previously been voted the #1 best neighborhood for trick-or-treating in San Diego––and for good reason! The houses in this community transform into festive and spooky abodes with carved pumpkins and decorations that wow––but beware––some of the decor and spectacles may be too scary for very young kids, so proceed with caution. If you do feel like braving this neighborhood, you’ll surely get an eyeful! While in San Marcos, kick off the evening with a fun Halloween celebration at nearby Jack’s Pond Nature Center. They transform the Barn with “spooktacular” decor and kids can play games and do crafts and pick up some goodies.

The Haunted Trail

Located in San Diego’s world famous Balboa Park, The Haunted Trail is a stroll through the park you will never forget. Enter the mile-long Trail through the grove of twisted pines and gnarled oaks. Visitors watch your back, you never know which way the scares will hit you. Experience outdoor horror that is simply too big to house indoors!


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