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How to Make This the Best Fall Yet
Fall Gardening Guide: Fall Plants for San Diego Weather
The Best Halloween Parties, Events and Festivals in San Diego
Halloween Tours, Trains and Treats in San Diego
10 Things To Do This Weekend in San Diego
Delicious & Healthy Fall Recipes
Fall Gardening Guide: Get Your Soil Straight
Get Your Pumpkins San Diego

17 Exhibits to See in October in San Diego
10 Things To Do in San Diego This Weekend
Fall Gardening Guide: How to Trim Back Your Garden

 

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Spooky San Diego 2013

Spooky San Diego 2013. #halloween #sandiego #haunted

October is here! Maybe it’s because my birthday’s in October but we at The Wanderer Guides think this month is the best of the year (don’t you agree?).

With October comes Halloween and we all know what that means: lots of haunted trails, spooky houses and decked out amusement parks. Here’s your guide to haunted and spooky San Diego:

  • Brick-or-Treat every weekend in October at LEGOLAND. Costume contests, special Saturday hours, entertainment, and the Brick-or-Treat Trail. Fireworks every Saturday at 9pm too!
  • The Haunted Hotel in downtown San Diego. So scary, I couldn’t even look at the website for long…
  • Boomont Park every weekend in October and Halloween Thursday. Belmont Park has it all for their spooky weekends: trick-or-treating, a haunted house, a pumpkin patch, zombie laser tag and more.
  • Ghosts and Gravestones Haunted Tours. Old Town will never been the same after you take this tour!
  • The Haunted Trail in Balboa Park. They even have a really really extra scary area called The eXperiment, which sounds beyond terrifying.
  • Ghost Tours and more at the Whaley House in Old Town. This spooky house has some Ghost Hunting Tours and special hours during the month of October.
  • Halloween Spooktacular thru October 27th at SeaWorld. Fun characters, spooky shows, goodies and more.
  • Haunting Tales abroad the Star of India with the Maritime Museum of San Diego. Only 4 days in October to catch this spooky event!
  • The Scream Zone at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Yep, it’s back and this year with Zombie Paintball.
  • Paranormal Investigation Tours and Gaslamp Ghost Tours from the Gaslamp Museum. Ghosts roam the Gaslamp area and this tour will show you where.
  • Savage House in La Mesa. New this year and I totally appreciate the scary backstory (read the blurb on the website). They even have a scary characters museum, which I might actually be able to visit without losing my mind!

And for a few notable haunted areas just outside San Diego:

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10 Things To Do This Weekend in San Diego (9/28-9/29)

This Weekend in San Diego. #sandiego #centrallibrary #architecture #cool

Here are 10 fun things to do in San Diego this weekend (September 28 and 29, 2013):

  1. Enjoy community at the Bonitafest 2013 on Saturday. The annual Bonita shindig is in its 41st year and still going strong with food, activities and performances.
  2. Exhibits. Opening this weekend: An Exhibition of Fine Art at Cabrillo National Monument. Closing this weekend: Car Toys at San Diego Automotive Museum and The Harp at Museum of Making Music (Closing Monday).
  3. Get in free to Cabrillo Monument for National Public Lands Day on Saturday. The Cabrillo Commemorative Ceremony is happening later in the day so stick around to celebrate Cabrillo’s landing in San Diego.
  4. Walk the Adams Avenue Street Fair on Saturday and Sunday. This is one of the largest free street fairs in California and here’s why: 90 musical acts, 4 beer gardens, over 300 vendors and giant carnival rides.
  5. Have fun at the San Diego Tour de Fat on Saturday. Three words sum up the Golden Hill event: Beer, Bikes and Bemusement. You in?
  6. Celebrate San Diego’s New Central Library with the Grand Opening Celebration and Sneak Peek. Yes, it’s finally open! And they’ll have a great dedication ceremony, activities and (of course) a chance to see the new building! Woohoo!
  7. Eat up at the El Cajon Oktoberfest all weekend long. If you love traditional German food, you’re in for a treat at this celebration.
  8. Chat with some artists at the Carlsbad Art Splash. The Saturday and Sunday event features performances and artists creating art on site. The chalk art will be amazing!
  9. Play around at the Kids Free in October: Museum Mashup Party. October will be great for families: kids are free to many museums in San Diego. This kickoff party with activities, projects and performances will get October started right! It’s happening on Sunday.
  10. Get in costume for the 11th Annual Vista Viking Festival all weekend. For those fantasy lovers in all of us, this is your event! Or if you love people watching while eating some grub and buying some crafty pieces, you will like it too…

How to Stay Safe at Night

“Better a thousand times careful than once dead.”  Proverb

Safety doesn’t happen by accident. It takes precaution and knowing the environment around us. Now that it’s starting to get darker earlier, it’s even more important to keep safe. Here are some ideas to keep safe when walking to your car/home at night:

  • Don’t Walk Alone. It’s always safer to walk in numbers, whether it’s your burly roommate or the person you chat with by the water cooler.
  • Walk in Well Lit Areas and Along Main Pathways. Don’t take that shortcut through the pitch black canyon or the sketchy alley just because it saves you 2 minutes.
  • Avoid Large Bushes, Dark Doorways, Etc. We have a lot of these areas in San Diego—be aware because people can be lurking.
  • Don’t Use Headphones/Listen to Music. It makes you disconnected from your environment.
  • Be Careful Crossing Streets. It’s harder for cars to see you (especially those of us who wear lots of dark colors!).
  • Walk with Purpose. Keep your head up and walk like you know what you’re doing.
  • Don’t Play with Your Phone, Etc. It’s easier to attack someone who’s distracted and oblivious.
  • Keep a Whistle or Something You Can Use As a Weapon Handy. You’ll be prepared to at least scare off any potential attacker.
  • Walk on the Side of the Road Opposing Traffic If You Walk Along the Street. This may be pretty obvious but so are a lot of things we all should know…
  • If You See Something that Makes You Nervous, Avoid. I’ve walked along the street instead of walking on the sidewalk because of suspicious looking people.  Do the same if you sense even a slight potential of danger.

5 Theatre Picks for Fall in San Diego

Theatre Picks in San Diego. #picasso #cool #theatre #sandiego

It’s Fall! The season brings many things, and today’s focus is the wonderful shows that are starting at theaters around SD. Here are 5 theatre picks to check out before the season ends:

  1. The Last Goodbye. The Old Globe hosts a musical version of Romeo and Juliet. How can you go wrong? Just opened on Sunday.
  2. Wait Until Dark. The concept of this thriller is so intriguing to me. A blind woman is terrorized and the play is directed/produced in such a way to create massive suspense in the audience. I’m debating if it’s too scary for me…Happening at the New Village Arts Theatre.
  3. A Weekend with Pablo Picasso. Spend some time getting to know the famous artist in this interesting play. Go soon because performances end on October 6th.
  4. SPANK! The Fifty Shades Parody. Happening for one weekend only at the Balboa Theatre…you know you want to see it!
  5. The 39 Steps. If you like Hitchcock, you have to go see this play at The Horton Grand at the end of October. It’s the play version of one of his spy thrillers and I’m all on board!

10 Things To Do This Weekend in San Diego (9/21-9/22)

Happenings in San Diego. #sandiego  #music #travelideas #cute

Here are 10 fun things to do in San Diego this weekend (September 21 and 22, 2013):

  1. Jam on at the Carlsbad Music Festival all weekend long. Whether you like classical, jazz or pop, you’ll have fun at this festival and its long list of performers.
  2. Exhibits. Opening this weekend: Best of Nature Photography at San Diego Natural History Museum (Tuesday), Lost in the Memory Place at MCASD: La Jolla, Scripps on Prospect at MCASD: La Jolla, Dana Montlack: Sea of Cortez at MCASD: La Jolla, Outside at Oceanside Museum of Art, Jim Machacek at La Jolla Athenaeum and Roots at La Jolla Athenaeum. Closing this weekend: Pictures of the Year International at Museum of Photographic Arts, Volcanos and Full Moons at Oceanside Museum of Art and Ain’t Nothing Like a Dame at Spanish Village art Center (Monday).
  3. Get a tan at the Chula Vista HarborFest. Happening on Saturday, the Fest features art, music, activities, harbor activities and food.
  4. Walk around the Arts Alive on the Coastal Rail Trail on Sunday. Music, food and art, along with the official reopening of the 101.
  5. Enjoy the weekend with the Mira Mesa Street Fair on Saturday. Entertainment, crafts, food and a well stocked beer garden–yes!
  6. Have a ball at the Pacific Islander Festival 2013. The Festival features cool music, fun dance, yummy food and great people watching. And it’s happening all weekend!
  7. Bring the fam to the Hullabaloo Family Arts Festival at the Del Mar Fairgrounds on Saturday. This celebration of music, dance, art and more is sure to be a fun time.
  8. Listen to some tunes at the Julian Music Festival on Saturday. It’s the 44th year to celebrate music and the end of the Summer in Julian and it’ll be a fun one.
  9. Say ‘om’ at the One Love Yoga San Diego event on Sunday. If you’re a newbie yogini, active yogi or are practically buddha, you’ll enjoy this great yoga event at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.
  10. Celebrate Fall at the 2013 Encinitas Oktoberfest. Yes, Fall activities are starting! Go to one of the first Oktoberfest festivities in SD!

*Bonus: BunnyFest 2013…Sunday…Balboa Park…yes, bunnies!