When the community streets become lined with pumpkins, and ghosts and ghouls start to hang from the trees in your neighbor’s front lawn — you know it’s Halloween time in La Jolla. Whether you’re taking the kids trick-or-treating or celebrating with a night out on the town, we’ve rounded up all the spooky (and not-so-spooky) Halloween events for you and your family to enjoy.
So make friends with the monster under your bed and check out these top Halloween happenings around La Jolla!
La Jolla Riford Library — The library will celebrate Halloween at 10:30 a.m., Oct. 31, at 7555 Draper Ave. In addition to a story time, treats will be given around the library. Attendees are encouraged to wear costumes. The event is free to attend. For more information, visit lajollalibrary.org.
Downtown La Jolla — Pillage the Village, La Jolla’s spooktacular family trick-or-treating event, will be held from 3-6 p.m., Oct. 31, in downtown La Jolla. Dress in your best costume and find participating merchants and businesses by locating the orange and black balloons at their storefronts (a good starting point is Girard and Prospect). The La Jolla Real Estate Brokers Association will be host a costume-judging contest starting about 4:15 p.m. at 908 Kline St. Dog-O-Ween begins at 3 p.m. at Deckers Dog + Cat, 7928 Ivanhoe Ave. For more information, visit lajollabythesea.com.
Westfield UTC — Bring your little goblins and ghouls to Westfield UTC from 5-7 p.m., Oct. 31, at 4545 La Jolla Village Drive. Enjoy a spooky fun night of trick-or-treating with a live DJ, surprise appearances from your favorite characters and more. Participating stores will be marked with a storefront sign. No face masks or painted faces over the age of 12. Costume accessories resembling weapons will not be permitted inside the center. No silly string, blow horns or any form of powdery substance. For more information, visit westfield.com/utc.
Humans vs. Zombies — The Riford Library will host Humans vs. Zombies at 7 p.m., Oct. 25, at 7555 Draper Ave. The game is a capture-the-flag event recommended for teens in sixth through 12th grades. Snacks will be provided. No registration is required. There is no re-entry. For more information, visit lajollalibrary.org.
Haunted Aquarium — The Birch Aquarium’s annual Haunted Aquarium: Sea Monster Bash is back! Held from 6-9 p.m., Oct. 25-27, at 2300 Expedition Way, this event includes close encounters with Scripps Institution of Oceanography scientists, unusual underwater creatures, DIY seaweed slime, a costume contest, spooky stories and live music from Billy Lee and the Swamp Critters. Pre-purchased tickets are $20 for aquarium members and $25 for nonmembers. Tickets at the door cost $30. For more information, visit aquarium.ucsd.edu.
Halloween Carnival — All ages are invited to attend the La Jolla Halloween Carnival from 1-4 p.m., Oct. 26, at the La Jolla Recreation Center, 615 Prospect St. Enjoy an afternoon of Halloween-inspired games, bounce house, arts and crafts, and more spook-tactic activities! In the event of rain, activities will be moved indoors. The first costume contest starts at 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 and early arrival is recommended. For more information, visit sandiego.gov.
Pacific Beach AleHouse — Couldn’t make it to the Area 51 raid? No problem! Pacific Beach AleHouse is throwing an Area 51 extraterrestrial-themed Halloween celebration on Saturday, Oct. 26 and Oct. 31. Abduct the first-place prize in their alien-themed costume contest, and show off your out-of-this-world dance moves with DJs spinning from 10 p.m. to close. For more information, visit pbalehouse.com.
Halloween Window Painting — Bird Rock Community Council will host a Halloween window-painting event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Oct. 27, in the Bird Rock Merchant District. Participants can help paint a local merchant’s window. All supplies will be provided. Meet at the Edward Jones office, 5695 La Jolla Blvd. Pre-register by emailing email@example.com.
Halloween Movie — The La Jolla Riford Library will host a special Halloween movie presentation at 3 p.m., Oct. 31, at 7555 Draper Ave. The event will feature the 1944 American dark comedy film “Arsenic and Old Lace.” For more information, visit lajollalibrary.org.
Backyard Kitchen & Tap — Cruise your broomstick on over to Backyard for their coven-themed Halloween celebration at 8 p.m., Oct. 31, followed by a costume contest at 9 p.m., including categories for Most Original, Sexiest and Best Group. First-place winner gets a cash prize, so bring your A-game, and be sure to bust out your best Monster Mash on the dance floor with DJs spinning from 8 p.m. to close. For more information, visit backyardpb.com.
Waterbar — Villains of America’s Finest City unite this Halloween, at Waterbar’s super villain-themed fête on Oct. 26 and Oct. 31. Fuel your evil with $5 Jaeger Halloween shots and $8 Jaeger hot ginger cocktails on both nights, and unleash your inner villain on the dancefloor with killer moves. For more information, visit waterbarsd.com.
Breakfast Republic — Breakfast is witching hour when you head to one of Breakfast Republic’s eight locations for their Witch’s Elixir Mimosa during the month of October. This concoction is infused with a shot of tropical detox antioxidants cradled by brut bubbles, all finished with a raspberry rim. For more information, visit breakfastrepublic.com.
Bub’s @ the Beach — ‘Tis the season for caramel apples, so head to Bub’s @ the Beach during October for their Let’s Get (Apple) Sauced mule of the month, featuring Jack Daniels, Apple Pucker, butterscotch schnapps, lime juice, bitters, ginger beer and a caramel apple sucker for good measure. For more information, visit bubspb.com.