Question: What do you do when 50 zombies surround you house? Answer: Hope it’s Halloween! In the spirit of the season (make that, in season of spirits) the Light presents its annual October roundup of harvest-time events and occurrences.
■ Bird Rock Window-Painting:Children are invited to come out and paint the storefront windows of approximately 20 businesses from 10 a.m. to noon, Oct. 26. Adults who want to volunteer or have their kids participate may contact the Bird Rock Community Council at info@BirdRockCC.org
■ Family Harvest Festival:Bounce houses, crafts, pumpkin decorating, game booths and prizes, plus free hot dogs, chips, lemonade, cotton candy, and popcorn. Organizers request all costumes be child-friendly. Free admission, 5-7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25. La Jolla Community Church and Eastgate Christian School, 4377 Eastgate Mall, east of Genesee. (858) 558-9020, ext 208.
■ Halloween Festival:Carnival games, costume contest, pony rides, inflatable jumpers and more, 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, La Jolla Recreation Center, 615 Prospect. Game tickets 25-cents each. (858) 552-1658.
■ Halloween Potluck & Dance:Who says Halloween is just for kids? Dress up and enjoy lunch and prizes when you bring a dish to share, noon, Oct. 31, at La Jolla Community Center, 6811 La Jolla Blvd. Free to members, $10 for non-members. RSVP: (858) 459-0831.
■ Haunted Aquarium:Discover what lurks beneath the surface with close encounters of the fishy kind, party with Billy Lee and the Swamp Critters, and explore wreckage for sunken treasures. Wander the aquarium’s galleys for tricky treats and discover a sea of glowing creatures. Dress to impress, 6-9 p.m. Oct. 25-26: Birch Aquarium, 2300 Expedition Way. Tickets: $12- $17. RSVP: (858) 534-7336 or
■ Pet Costume Party:Treats and games for four-legged guests and refreshments for ‘parents.’ Mutt Mingle and photos, bobbing for biscuits, costume contest, treat for best trick, 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25; costume party starts at 6:30 p.m. Muttropolis, 7755 Girard Ave., La Jolla, (858) 459-9663.
■ Pillage the Village:Trick-or-treating throughout the Village, 3-5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31. Hosted by La Jolla Village Merchants Association and REBA, beggars should look for merchants with “Pillage” posters in the window.
■ Shores Fall Family Fest:Sixth annual event hosted by the merchants along Avenida de la Playa in La Jolla Shores, 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24. Hullabaloo Band, raffle, face painting, food, costume parade, jumper and more! Tickets: $5. (858) 412-5025.
■ Silent Horror Spooky Films:Watch some 16mm silent surprises with hauntings, vampirism, demons and ghosts, 7 p.m. Oct. 31 in the Seuss Room at Geisel Library, UC San Diego. The Teeny-Tiny Pit Orchestra will perform music and sounds as these silent films roll. The audience will help underscore the action with percussion instruments from exotic lands, hosted by soundscape artist Scott Paulson. Free. (858) 822-5758.
■ 39th Annual UC San Diego Monster Pumpkin Drop:Students will toss a 400-pound candy-filled pumpkin from the 11th story of Tioga Hall, the tallest building on the Muir College campus, at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 31. Inside the pumpkin will be an assortment of individually wrapped candy which students scurry to claim. The pumpkin’s “splat” is measured each year. The largest splat in the history of the pumpkin drop occurred in 1995, when a 398-pound pumpkin spewed more than 100 feet. For the second year, local grower John Berndes has donated the doomed pumpkin to UCSD.
■ Riford Library Events:Preschoolers trick-or-treat in costume after story hour, 10:30 a.m. Oct. 31; kids and teens make spooky Halloween cards, 3:30 p.m. Oct. 29; 7555 Draper Ave. (858) 552-1657.
Worth A Trip
■ Balboa Park’s Halloween Family Day:The fifth annual event treats kids (age 12 and under) to a day of hair-raising fun and free museum admission with a paid adult. Participating museums will present a spooktacular array of hands-on activities, crafts, costume parades, tours, storytelling, and other free goodies, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26. Adults also receive discounted admission when they pick up a Stay-for-the-Day Pass for $43. Schedule:
■ Botanic Garden Fall Festival:10:30 a.m. to noon. Oct. 31, for ages 2-6. Halloween-themed activities and crafts. 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas. Members $15 per child, non-members $18. Regular admission for accompanying adult(s). RSVP: (760) 436-3036, ext. 222.
■ Day of the Dead:Nov. 1-2 tour the museums and shops within Old Town San Diego, most have dramatic and festive Day of the Dead altars. Folklorico dancers and live performances celebrating this traditional Mexican holiday will be featured on the Fiesta de Reyes stage.
■ Legoland Party Nights:5-9 p.m. Saturdays in October. Free with a paid one-day admission. Brick-Or-Treat Trail (costumes encouraged) has candy, snacks, surprises and a bonus treat station at SEA LIFE Aquarium. The BOO Crew will boo-gie down to live music with mad scientists and monster hunters at Ghost Cruise Scavenger Hunt, plus fireworks. (619) 233-5008.
■ OId Town’s Fall Festival:Seasonal crafts and children’s activities a la San Diego in the 1870s will be held, noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 26 in the central plaza at Old Town San Diego State Historic Park. Merchants surrounding the park will have activities, too. Park trick-or-treating on Oct. 31
■ Pumpkin Station:Activities, rides, inflatables, slides, petting zoo, carnival games, pumpkins for sale and more through Oct. 31, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday-Sunday, 15555 Jimmy Durante Blvd. Del Mar. (858) 481-4254.
■ SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular:Weekends in October. Catch silly and spooky shows and trick-or- treat alongside huggable SeaWorld characters. Event included with park admission. (800) 25-SHAMU.
■ Scream Zone at the Fairgrounds:In its 16th year, the presentations are not recommended for children younger than age 10. New: Zombie Paintball Safari. Haunted Hayrides, too. Enter off Via de la Valle between Jimmy Durante Boulevard and the Coast Highway, 7-11 p.m. weeknights, open to midnight Fridays and Saturdays in October. Tickets: $15.