Andy writes: Dear Cosmos, Thanks to my totally awesome Captain Jack Sparrow costume, I’m once again inundated with Halloween party invitations. Can you please give me five good reasons that my pack should make this Sunday’s park-wide Halloween Family Day a priority?
Cosmos: Being quite the Howloweenie myself, my dish fills up pretty quickly as well this time of year, though I typically avoid the costume drama and go au naturel, frequently receiving lots of compliments for my great doggie costume. (Humans are so gullible.)
To answer your question, I will now attempt to limit myself to only five reasons pups of all ages should attend the October 26 Balboa Park Halloween Family Day.
1. Free carnival games, activity booths, and more on the Prado
With over 20 participants, this year’s Prado walkway will be transformed into a Halloween carnival atmosphere, complete with carnival games, costume contests and prizes, and (wait for it) FREE CANDY!
2. Free kids concert and activities in the Spreckels Organ Pavilion
Since the Family Day falls on a Sunday, the Spreckels Organ Pavilion will turn its free weekly concert into a mini-Family Day, featuring pup-friendly Halloween tunes (2pm) and hands-on activities (1:30-3:30pm).
3. Lawn Program and trick-or-treating at the International Cottages
Again being Sunday, the weekly free Lawn Program at 2pm, courtesy of the House of Scotland, will be part of the day’s featured activities. And select cottages will be open for trick-or-treaters from noon to 4pm.
4. Doggie costume contest in the Spanish Village
Sorry, Andy. As “totally awesome” as your costume may be, the human judges are as fickle as felines, and the winner-take-all prize is still up for grabs. The Spanish Village studios will also be open for trick-or-treaters and craft making in the courtyard.
5. Free museum admission for bipedal pups 12 and under
Still the primary incentive for your human packmates to attend the annual Family Day, pups 12 under receive free entry (with paid adult) and access to all the Halloween-themed activities that day at participating museums. No coupon required.