Do you know what the sweetest thing about Halloween falling on a Thursday is? An entire week of Halloween activities leading up to it. That means more scary fun, more costumes, and of course more candy!
To get Halloween week started on the right paw, Balboa Park is presenting its fifth annual Halloween Family Day this Saturday, October 26. Over two dozen organizations throughout the Park are offering a trick-or-treat bag full of free activities for the whole pack. And I do mean the whole pack (keep reading).
In addition to extending free admission to kids 12 and under, participating museums will feature special hands-on activities, crafts, tours, storytelling, and other spooky fun. For instance, at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, pups 5 and younger get to play with their food in the Pasta Skeletons and Pumpkin Guts craft (I’m so jealous), and passengers aboard the Model Railroad Museum’s Haunted Express can explore the Haunted Train Town and collect prizes in a Halloween scavenger hunt.
I personally would not miss an opportunity to stop by the Bone Yard at the Museum of Man to meet Mr. Bones and discover how skeletons are put together (and I assume taken apart). And at the Natural History Museum’s Critter Cave, young adventurers will learn about bats and other creatures that go bump in the night.
Families wishing to share the Halloween experience with their four-legged buddies will also find plenty to do at the Family Day (this is the “whole pack” thing I mentioned). On the Prado walkway, numerous outdoor booths will present a carnival-like array of family fun, including crafts and hands-on activities for kids, live animals from the San Diego Zoo, and prize drawings.
Another even dog-friendlier carnival-like atmosphere awaits visitors in the Spanish Village Art Center, which will present its annual Doggie Costume Parade/Contest at 1:30pm (sign up at 1pm). There will also be free art activities for everyone, including trick-or-treat bag decorating, trick-or-treating at 37 studios, entertainment, art, and food booths (this is the "dog-friendlier" part I mentioned).
But with all that said, I’m still only scratching the surface (in spite of my vet’s warnings). For updated info on all the day’s activities, be sure to check the Halloween Family Day schedule.