ENCINITAS — The Downtown Encinitas Mainstreet Association invites all from 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31. D.E.M.A. will be continuing its night of Safe Trick or Treats. Coast Highway 101 will be converted into Pumpkin Lane featuring carved pumpkins at Artistic Floors and Interiors at 575 S. Coast Highway 101; Encinitas Smog Center at 682 S. Coast Highway 101; California Community Bank at 851 S. Coast Highway 101; and Yoga Swami at 912 S. Coast Highway 101. From 6 to 7:30 p.m. there will be a costume contest and costume fashion show sponsored by E Street Café and Detour Salon in the parking lot next to the café. Awards will be presented at 8 p.m. plus live music. Children can play Halloween games as well as dance to the Peanut Butter Cookies Band in the courtyard of the Lumberyard courtesy of the 101 Artist’s Colony. PhotoAqua presents Halloween portraits for costumed children. The photos will be taken next to PhotoAqua at 766 S. Coast Highway 101. Once again the monks at Self Realization Fellowship have donated the pumpkins, as well as their time and pumpkin carving expertise to bring Pumpkin Lane to life.
Great Pumpkin rummage sale
VISTA — There’s still time to find a costume at the Angel’s Depot Great Pumpkin rummage sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 25, at 1495 Poinsettia Ave., Suite 151. Proceeds will help provide monthly emergency meal boxes for local seniors living in poverty. The San Elijo Middle School “Screaming Eagles” Jazz Band will perform from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and there will be lemonade compliments of Carlsbad High School Student Savanah Burns and board members Patti Burns and Lydia Busto, plus homemade baked goods for sale.
OCEANSIDE — Do you like spiders and snakes? Come see live snakes, lizards, spiders, scorpions, millipedes, frogs and cockroaches at the Buena Vista Audubon Society’s next meeting at 7 p.m., Oct. 30 at 2202 S. Coast Highway 101. Learn a little bit about each creepy creature and then hold or touch one. Treats will be served. Costumes welcome. For more information call (760) 439-3649.
CARLSBAD — The house of horror has put the chill in the air of Carlsbad for the last two years at 6994 Blue Orchid Lane and will be open again this year from 7 to 11 p.m. Oct. 31. For details, visit www.carlsbadhouseofhorror.com.
Treats at the Plaza
DEL MAR — All three levels of Del Mar Plaza will host a Halloween costume party from 7 to 11 p.m. Oct. 31 with refreshments, a prize for the best costume and dancing on the public deck. Each open storefront will provide a complimentary light hors d’oeuvre or beverage. Restaurants will offer a special Halloween meal or deal and music by jazz saxophonist Keith Jacobson. Costume contestants will make appearances store-to-store to be judged by storeowners for the chance to win $1,000 in gift cards from Del Mar Plaza. For more information visit www.delmarplaza.com.
Shop or treat
CARLSBAD — Free Halloween activities are planned from 3 to 9 p.m. Oct. 31 at Carlsbad Premium Outlets, 5620 Paseo del Norte. The afternoon will include Halloween trick-or-treating, a Rancho Coastal Pet Adoption from 2 to 4 p.m. in Center Court and a pet costume contest at 4 p.m. in Center Court. Pets must be leashed at all times. Entry fee donations benefit Rancho Coastal Humane Society. For more information, call (760) 804-9000.
OCEANSIDE — The Boys & Girls Club of Oceanside offers an alternative trick-or-treat dubbed “Safe Night Out” from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31 at 401 Country Club Lane. The club will have a carnival, game booths, popcorn, cotton candies and a moon bounce for all youth through age 16. Call (760) 433-8920 to donate supplies. Admission is free. For more information, log on to www.bgcoceanside.org.
Wait until dark!
OCEANSIDE — New Vision Theater’s presentation of the classic thriller “Wait Until Dark,” directed by Al Valletta, opens at 8 p.m. Oct. 31 at the Sunshine Brooks Theatre, 217 N. Coast Highway 101. The opening night gala will include a costume contest with prizes. Tickets for the opening are $30 and include a wine and appetizer menu at 6:30 p.m. The show is scheduled to run Nov. 1 through Nov. 16, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. The rest of the season’s general admission will be $17, seniors (55 and older) will be $14, and student/military tickets will cost $10.
Scare away hunger
CARLSBAD — Westfield Plaza Camino Real will gather contributions for the San Diego Food Bank from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 31. Anyone who brings at least one non-perishable food item to the shopping center is eligible for treats and goodies provided at the Shopping Concierge Center and by participating retailers.