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This Weekend in San Diego: Dogfests, Costume Contests and more

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Dogfest Walk ‘n Roll San Diego

  • Where: 2455 Cushing Road, San Diego.
  • When: 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday.
  • Cost: Free.
  • If you’re the skittish type, or simply don’t find any fun taking part in the Halloween festivities this weekend, then come treat your best friend -your dog, obviously- to Dogfest. But rest assured, the event will have trick or treat booths to exercise your sweet tooth, along with a costume contest and a 1.2 mile hiking trail.

Costume Contest at Hilton San Diego BOOfront

  • Where: Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel One Park Blvd, San Diego.
  • When: 5:30 p.m. Saturday.
  • Cost: Free.
  • Contact: 619-564-3333
  • If you have what it takes to impress with your Halloween style, then come to the Hilton in downtown San Diego to show off your spooky side. All competitors must share a photo on Instagram with the hashtag #HiltonBOOfront before the aforementioned time. Winners of the contest could potentially receive -in ascending order- $25 dining credit, an 80 minute massage or facial and a free two night stay at the Hilton.

Old Town San Diego’s Day of the Dead

  • Where: 2613 San Diego Ave, San Diego.
  • When: Oct 29: 11 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. October 30: 11:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. November 2: 4:30 p.m.
  • Cost: Free.
  • Old Town San Diego will be paying hommage to Día de los Muertos this weekend—a celebration that is one of the most renowned holidays in Mexico and other Latin American countries. There will be plenty of fun activities, too, including: face painting, a candlelight procession, and a tour of altars. Be sure to bring your Day of Dead costume and enjoy the scenery of the variegated decorations that the venue has to offer.

San Diego Zombie Crawl Gaslamp Takeover Halloween

  • Where: 500 4th Ave, San Diego.
  • When: Oct 28 – Oct 29. 6:00 p.m. to 11:45 am. Will Call: 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • Cost: $50-$75. Group discount included for eight or more people.
  • This ubiquitous zombie crawling event, which has gained critical praise by UBER, Thrillist and the SD Union Tribune, is the perfect venue to showcase your love for experiencing the nightlife in the downtown districts of San Diego with a morose, dreary tinge. The ticket comes with free admission to 27 of San Diego’s finest nightclubs and bars throughout the Gaslamp Quarter, enthralling entertainment, and $3 off parking just to name a few of the perks. If you’re over 21 and want to experience the full force of Halloween, then this is the party that you won’t want to miss.

Balboa Park Halloween Family Day

  • Where: 1549 El Prado, San Diego.
  • When: Oct 29. 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Cost: Children 12 and under are free with paid adult admission.
  • Contact: 619-239-0512.
  • Take some time to respite in Balboa Park this weekend for a relaxing walk through the museums while taking part in fun events ranging from craft projects, costume parades and contests and much more. This is a great opportunity to abscond from the college crowd of the Halloween scene to spend time with friends and family. As always, make sure to bring your sweet tooth to the event, as there will be plenty of candy in store for you!

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