There seems to be a common misconception that folks without pups should avoid Balboa Park during the free annual Halloween Family Day taking place this Saturday, October 29, from 11am to 4pm. Though it is true empty nesters, lone wolves, and other adults who are still pups at heart won’t be able to get in on all the action, there are still plenty of ways to take part in San Diego’s primary public Halloween celebration.
Watch a Doggie Costume Parade — Each year one of the pup-friendliest venues in Balboa Park, the Spanish Village Art Center, has presented a Doggie Costume Contest and Parade. If your kids are your pets, this is a perfect opportunity to get in on the dress-up fun and let Fido or Fifi strut their stuff for prizes. The canine costuming gets underway at 1pm!
Live Entertainment — It’s hard to imagine a park-wide event in Balboa Park without live music in the Plaza de Panama anymore. Adults of all ages can enjoy howling good tunes from the Save the Starlight Band while waiting to have their photo taken in the nearby Fab Trailers Photo Booth.
Food Trucks! — It’s even harder to imagine a park-wide event without gourmet meals on wheels. On the menu this Saturday will be such Food Truck Friday favorites as Tacos La Mezcla, Two for the Road, PIZZA PAZZA, Super Q, Currywurst Frankfurt, Caribbean Escape, Marcel Belgian Waffle, Beachin' Boba, and Sushi Uno. Trucks will be parked along Village Place.
Carnival Games for Prizes — Tired of getting beat by 8-year-olds in online video games? Now’s your chance to show them who’s top dog at real-life, in-the-flesh carnival games, presented by the City of San Diego Park and Recreation Department.
Live Zoo Animals Booth — A number of park organizations and community partners will be hosting special info and activity booths in the Plaza de Panama and on the El Prado walkway. They offer everything from tips for removing energy vampires from your home (SDG&E) to opportunities to get up close to some of my fury friends at the San Diego Zoo.
Halloween Family Day is presented by the Balboa Park Conservancy in collaboration with the City of San Diego Park and Recreation Department. Photo courtesy of Bella the Dog's blog.