Fa-boo-lous: Halloween festivities in La Jolla promise a good time

If your blood type is pumpkin spice and you’re looking for the best ways to come because you’re not this Halloween, read on for a roundup of La Jolla events this month you’ll want to. set aside time, whether you are an adult, a child or a dog.


The Mr. Jack O’Lanterns Pumpkin Patch is open daily through Halloween, Monday, October 31, at 6710 La Jolla Blvd., offering pumpkins, decorating kits, carving tools and costumes for sale. There are also inflatable play structures and games like pumpkin bowling.

Delivery, pick-up and online ordering are available.

Mr. Jack O’ Lanterns Pumpkin Patch also specializes in corporate events, private parties, professional carving and decorating services.

Patch hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.

For more information, visit mrjackolanternspumpkins.com.

Leisure center

The La Jolla Recreation Center will host a Halloween Carnival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 22 at 615 Prospect St.

The free event will include games, prizes, face paint, concessions and more.

For more information, call (858) 552-1658.

bird rock

Crowds of cheaters descend on Bird Rock for Halloween in 2021.

(Elisabeth Frausto)

Residents of Bird Rock prepare for the usual crowds on Halloween night on October 31, as the neighborhood’s streets are traditionally popular with cheaters.

Before that, however, the annual Bird Rock Halloween window painting will take place along La Jolla Boulevard from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 22.

The event, sponsored by the Bird Rock Community Council and the Bird Rock Merchants Group, will feature 25 merchants offering their windows to registered members of the community to paint their own weird designs.

Participants will meet at the Bird Rock Animal Hospital at 5588 La Jolla Blvd. to get their assignment. Sign up by email at [email protected].

The Beaumont Animal Hospital and Restaurant will be presenting a dog Halloween costume contest in multiple categories at 3 p.m. Saturday, October 29 at Beaumont’s, 5662 La Jolla Blvd. Judging will take place at 4:30 p.m., followed by a concert. Cost and registration details were not immediately available.


    La Jolla/Riford Library will once again present “Frankenstein Week.

La Jolla/Riford Library will present “Frankenstein Week” beginning Monday, October 24.

(Provided by Katia Graham)

The La Jolla/Riford Library at 7555 Draper Ave. will again feature a “Frankenstein Week” based on the 1818 novel by Mary Shelley ahead of National Frankenstein Day on Friday, October 28.

Here are the events of the week:

From Monday October 24 to Monday October 31: “Monster Scavenger Hunt” for young children and teenagers. Graduates will win a 2022 “Monster Reader” button.

4 p.m. Tuesday, October 25: The Library Kids Weekly STEAM Class (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math) will create a scary green slime monster with googly eyes and glitter.

1 p.m. Wednesday, October 26: The library will feature the original 1931 adult film “Frankenstein.”

10:30 a.m. Thursday, October 27: Annual “Story and Candy Hour”. Children of all ages can attend in costume.

4 p.m. on Friday, October 28: “Circuit workshop “Mad sciences”. Children from kindergarten through fifth grade can attend in their Halloween costumes.

4 p.m. Saturday, October 29: Frankenstein-themed Teen Open Mic Night. Attendees can tell scary stories, perform a haunting melody, or sit back and be entertained. The event includes a candy bar.

Beyond “Frankenstein Week,” the library will host a Day of the Dead concert with James and Mel Clarkston at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, November 1 – Dia de los Muertos in Mexico. The show will feature Mexican songs and Spanish flamenco music.

For more information, visit lajollalibrary.org/events.

“Scary Candy Exploration”

The Halloween event called

The La Jolla Village Merchants Association’s annual Halloween trick or treat event, formerly called “Plunder the Village,” will return with a new name: the “Creepy Candy Crawl.”

(Elisabeth Frausto)

The La Jolla Village Merchants Association’s annual trick-or-treating event, formerly called “Pillage the Village,” is back with a new name: the “Creepy Candy Crawl.”

The free event will take place from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday, October 31, throughout the Village.

Participating businesses — indicated by balloons — will have candy on hand. Goodie bags are available at the La Jolla Real Estate Brokers Association, 908 Kline St.

No registration is required.


The La Jolla Loves Pets Foundation and Decker’s Dog + Cat will present “La Jolla Dog-O-Ween” from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, October 29 at the La Jolla Recreation Center, 615 Prospect St.

The event, inspired by La Jolla’s “Mutt Strut” and also hosted by La Jollan Olga Wharton, will include a dog Halloween costume contest, parade, dog adoptions, food trucks and more.

Tickets are $10 for an adult with one dog, $20 for an adult with two dogs, and $30 for a family with two adults and two dogs. Prices will increase on Saturday October 22. Children under 12 are admitted free.

For more information, visit lajollalovepets.org.

The La Jolla Community Center will present a Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) party at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 2 at 6811 La Jolla Blvd.

The event will include face painting and decorating sugar skulls, live mariachi music and a traditional Mexican dinner.

Tickets are $25 for Community Center members and $40 for non-members, including valet parking. Learn more about ljcommunitycenter.org.