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October 13, 2012 (San Diego) – East County parks have Halloween covered, from haunted hikes to safe Halloween events.  Following is a list of what’s happening around the County.

Lakeside Community Center – 9841 Vine St., Lakeside

Halloween Festival – October 31- 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

The 9th Annual Halloween Festival will feature games, prizes, food, treats and a costume parade.

Spring Valley Community Center – 838 Kempton St., Spring Valley

Halloween Festival – October 31-5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

The 10th Annual Halloween Festival is a child-friendly event that includes games and a costume contest.

Rancho Guajome Adobe – 2210 North Santa Fe Ave., Vista

Dia De Los Muertos – October 29 - 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

$4 for adults (13 & over), $1 for children (4-12), 3 and under free

Dia de los Muertos is a widely celebrated 3,000 year old Mexican tradition to honor lost loved ones in spirit.  The event will feature altars of remembrance built by community members.  Symbolic offerings such as food, toys and flowers will be on display throughout the 22 room Adobe Ranch House.  Traditional dancing and live music will take place outside.  There will be hands-on activities for children to take part in.

San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve – 2710 Manchester Ave., Cardiff

Not So Scary Estuary – October 20-21-1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Meet creepy, crawly and hooting nocturnal animals and discover they’re not-so-scary after all! Through hands-on activities and fun crafts, you’ll learn secrets about native owls, spiders, bats and other critters that “spirit” the lagoon after sunset. Kids of all ages will enjoy “exploring” the bat cave and trick-or-treating around the loop trail. Live animal presentations at 2 pm each day.

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