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October 17 2010 (San Diego's East County) -- Several San Diego County Parks and Community Centers are offering fun and family-friendly activities this Halloween season.

Lakeside, Spring Valley and Fallbrook Community Centers will be hosting Halloween Festivals on Sunday, October 31. Activities include costume contests, games, videos, astro jumps, face painting, balloons, tricks and treats.  On October 30, Valley Center's Hellhole Canyon Park has special events including a movie. Or take a "haunted trail hike" at Dos Picos Park in Ramona October 16, 24 and 30.


Community Center locations and festival times include:

Spring Valley Community Center - 8735 Jamacha Boulevard from 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Fallbrook Community Center - 341 Heald Lane from 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Lakeside Community Center - 9841 Vine Street from 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Hellhole Canyon Preserve in Valley Center will be hosting a Pumpkin Carving and Halloween Movie in the Park on Saturday, October 30. Free pumpkins will be provided to the first 25 participants. The featured movie presentation will be the animated box office hit, “How to Train Your Dragon.” Families are encouraged to bring pumpkins, carving tools, lawn chairs, blankets, sweaters and flashlights. Light snacks will be served. A donation of $1 per child under 13 and $2 per adult is suggested. Children under 3 are free. Hellhole Canyon is located at 19324 Santee Lane in Valley Center.

Dos Picos County Park in Ramona will feature Haunted Trail Hikes on Saturdays (October 16, 23 and 30) at 7:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. The scary, but kid-friendly, trail hikes will include a moderate walk with some hills and uneven surfaces. Younger hikers must be accompanied by an adult. Everyone is encouraged to bring a flashlight. The Haunted Hikes are free and parking is $3. Dos Picos Park is located at 17953 Dos Picos Park Road in Ramona.


The County of San Diego Department of Parks and Recreation has partnered with local community organizations to sponsor these Halloween in the Park activities.

For more information on County Parks go to www.sdparks.org.

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