Halloween Happenings in San Diego

Halloween Happenings in San Diego

Make the most of those Halloween costumes

Who says Halloween has to last only one day?  Those costumes are too cute to wear only once.  Here are some of the fun events happening throughout San Diego to celebrate Halloween and the fall season, although it still feels like summer here!

Legoland California Resort’s Brick-or-Treat (Weekends in October) – Two trick or treat trails, a giant Lego pumpkin, themed décor and much more. 

SeaWorld San Diego’s Halloween Spooktacular (Weekends in October) – Silly and spooky shows like the Pirates 4D movie experience and The Search for Captain Lucky’s Treasure walk-through adventure.  Trick or treat alongside SeaWorld characters. 

Scream Zone Del Mar (October 17-21, October 24-31 7pm until midnight) The best San Diego Halloween adventure awaits you at the Scream Zone at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.  Tickets $14.99 for one scary adventure, $27.99 for all three – Haunted Hayride, House of Horror and The Chamber.  Recommended for teens and above. 

The Haunted Hotel (September 29 through October 31st) – Gaslamp Quarter at 424 Market Street.  NOT FOR CHILDREN UNDER 10 OR THOSE EASILY FRIGHTENED. Buy tickets online to avoid waiting in line.  Tickets cost $17 Friday and Saturday, $15 other nights. 

Bates Nut Farm (September 29 through October 31st) – Over 40 year tradition.  Pumpkin patch, picnic, farm zoo, straw maze and hay rides.  One of the great San Diego Halloween events.  All ages. Open daily 9am-5pm 

Balboa Park Halloween Family Day (Saturday, October 27) – Children under 12 will be treated to free admission to over a dozen museums.  There will be a doggie costume parade and contest at the Lily Pond, a Great Pumpkin parachute drop at the San Diego Air & Space Museum, and activities that explore legendary local ghosts at the San Diego History Center. 

 Halloween Carnival (Friday, October 26th 4:30-6:30 at Mira Mesa Recreation Center) – Even with absence of Monster Manor this year, Halloween fun (not scary) can be had as Mira Mesa Theatre Guild joins the Mira Mesa Halloween Carnival.  Children can enjoy carnival-style games, trick-or-treat, costume contest for ages 11 and under, face painting and more. 

Haunted Birch Aquarium: Shipwrecked!  (October 26 & 27 6-9pm) Live music, games, story times, walk through a “whale fall”, create slime in “deep-sea” slime lab, collect tricky treats, costume raffle.  Members $15, Public $17, Door (all) $19, Free for children 2 and under. 

Carmel Mountain Plaza (October 31st 3-5pm) – Trick-or-Treating throughout the center at participating stores.  Halloween fun, balloons and live music featuring 80’z All-Stars (2:30-5:30 in front of Barnes & Noble).  Register near Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf or Reading Cinemas and receive a free treat bag, while supplies last.  Give a treat too – bring a can of food to support the San Diego Food Bank. 

Spooktacular 10k/5k Run-Walk (October 27th at 8:00am – subject to change) Lake Murray.  Register online by October 25th at midnight.  USATF certified map. Scenic gentle rolling, paved course.  Get your freaky fitness on. Fun for the whole family. 

And for those who don’t mind the drive……

Disneyland Resort’s Halloween Time (September 14 through October 31) – Experience the year ‘round favorites like Haunted Mansion at Disneyland and Tower of Terror at Disney’s California Adventure as well as seasonal treats like Space Mountain: Ghost Galaxy.

Knott’s Berry Farm’s Snoopy’s Costume Party (Weekends in October) – Non-scary daytime event offers shows, activities, and trick-or-treating geared for kids ages 3-11.  Costumes are allowed.

Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights (until October 31st, select nights) (Ticket purchase required, not included in regular park admission) – Costumes not allowed, Not recommended for kids under 13.  Navigate through hundreds of haunted mazes and ScareZones, and take a ride on the Terror Tram, which drops guests off on some of the scariest sets on the Universal back lot.

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Oktoberfest 2012 in San Diego

Oktoberfest is coming

Where to celebrate Oktoberfest in San Diego

Obviously, when you think of Oktoberfest, you think of Munich, Germany. Six Million people attend the world’s largest fair every year. It is a sixteen day festival held from late September to early October. This event is a very important part of Bavarian culture.

However, if you are limited in time and travel, we have plenty of places right here in San Diego County to go to enjoy some beers, brats, and a little “oom-pah-pah”!

  • The Carlsbad Rotary Clubs’ Oktoberfest being held on October 6, 2012 at Holiday Park from Noon to 10PM.  Go to their website at www.rotaryoktoberfest.org for more information
  • San Diego’s Original and Authentic Oktoberfest is being held at the German American Societies of San Diego September 28,29,30, October 5,6,7. 1017 S. Mollison Ave, El Cajon, CA  92020. www.oktoberfestelcajon.com
  • Ocean Beach Oktoberfest is on Friday, October 12th from 4-10 pm, and Saturday October 13th from 11am-10pm, being held on Newport Avenue.
  • Finally…my personal favorite, The La Mesa Oktoberfest, October 5-7th. Friday and Saturday 11am-11:30pm, and Sunday Noon-5pm. This festival boasts 300 booths, 2 beer gardens, Food, rides, live music…the works.
  • Click on the link below to determine which San Diego Oktoberfest is best for you!

http://www.sandiegomagazine.com/Blogs/Around-Town/Fall-2011/Which-Oktoberfest-Should-You-Attend/

As they say in Germany…Prost!

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Bank of America promises up to $30k in short sale bonuses

Banks offer cash for completed short sales

Incentive helps bank minimize losses.

 Bank of America launched a nationwide program that offers delinquent mortgage customers an opportunity to prevent foreclosure, minimize damage to their credit scores and walk away with some extra cash for relocation expenses.  With an already strong and solid short sale initiative, this short sale relocation assistance program has already led to 200,000 completed short sales in the last two years and another 30,000 in the first quarter of 2012.

In order to qualify, borrower must work proactively with the bank to obtain a pre-approved sales price prior to submitting a purchase offer for review and approval.  To be eligible for this program, the short sale must be initiated by the end of this year and close escrow by September 26, 2013. 

The relocation assistance provides borrowers anywhere from $2,500 to $30,000 at the completion of a qualifying short sale.  The average payout has been around $12,000. 

In addition to the relocation assistance being offered to qualifying short sales, there has been a significant decrease in the time it takes to approve a short sale.  The process has been streamlined by real estate agents’ use of the Equator system – which keeps banks and agents in communication about the status of a short sale. 

In our experience with Bank of America short sales, we have had approvals come in as little as a few weeks.  We have also seen the relocation assistance payments be presented to sellers, often times on top of the HAFA incentive payment being offered.

If you would like to see if you are eligible to participate in this program, contact us.

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La Mesa Oktoberfest

La Mesa Annual Events~Oktoberfest

37th Annual Oktoberfest October 1-3

La Mesa Oktoberfest

La Mesa Oktoberfest October 1-3

It’s that time of year again. Come and stroll along La Mesa Village for the largest 3 day Oktoberfest west of the Mississippi. There will be hundreds of craft and commercial booths, a children’s carnival, food courts, and of course…what would Oktoberfest be without BEER GARDENS!!

Parking is extremely limited so take the San Diego Trolley, Orange Line. Get off at the La Mesa Blvd stop. You will be right in the thick of things! Click here for trolley information

Hours will be Friday and Saturday 11am-11:30 pm; and Sunday 12 noon- 6pm. For more information regarding this event Click here

So long…farewell…Auf wiedersehen, adieu!

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