Halloween was once a kid-centric holiday centered on dressing up, collecting candy and maybe smashing some jack-o-lanterns along the way. Somewhere along the way adults co-opted the holiday so they could dress up like sexy nurses and drink way too many pumpkin-flavored beers. The fact that Halloween is on a Saturday this year should certainly make for some interesting people-watching downtown and in Pacific Beach.
For those who desire to dress up but don't want to deal with a bunch of drunk troglodytes the Daytime Halloween Party on Saturday, Oct. 31 at NTC at Liberty Station's Arts District (2765 Truxtun Road) is a nice alternative. The inaugural, family-friendly fest (sdcomicartgallery.com) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. is a nice opportunity to check out some cultural offerings of the district, including the artist studios and the San Diego Comic Art Gallery. The comic book store, Comickaze, will be celebrating its grand opening with free comics and candy, and there will also be crafts, food trucks and a Hollywood car show with the transports from Scooby Doo, Back to the Future, Ghostbusters and more.
Later that day, adults can head to Hoppy Halloween from 3 to 7 p.m. at SILO at Maker's Quarter (753 15th St.) in East Village. The inaugural beer fest will feature a "Geisterbiergarten" (Haunted Beer Garden) that includes dozens of craft beers, as well as spooky cocktail concoctions. There's also a pumpkin patch, food trucks and live music, plus a portion of proceeds benefit conservation group, NSEFU Wildlife. The $65 cover includes 15 drink tastings and a meal ticket.
Finally, we don't want to ignore Dia de los Muertos events. Old Town's weekend-long Day of the Dead on Saturday, Oct. 31 and Sunday, Nov. 1 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. will feature more than 50 intricate altars, as well as traditional food, performances and craft activities throughout the neighborhood. Day activities will culminate in a candle-lit procession at 6 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 2 along San Diego Ave.
October is overflowing with film festivals that cover all sorts of cultural topics, so it's only fair to round out the season with a festival dedicated to women. On Sunday, Nov. 1, the DLH Foundation is hosting Lunafest, a traveling film festival screening eight short movies that are about, by and for women, offering a snapshot into their daily struggles and achievements. Highlights include Miss Todd, an animated short set in 1910 about a young woman attempting to understand the fundamentals of flight, as well as Flor de Toloache, a mini doc about a an all-female mariachi band. Tickets are $20, part of which will be donated to the Breast Cancer Fund and Deana's Wish Memorial Scholarship fund. The festival starts at 3 p.m. at AMN Healthcare (12400 Highbluff Drive).
After the runaway success of The Invention of Hugo Cabret and its adaptation into an Oscar-winning Martin Scorsese film, the book's author and illustrator, Brian Selznick, appears to have done it again. Selznick will discuss and sign his newest novel The Marvels on Tuesday, Nov. 3 at 6:30 p.m. at MCASD's Sherwood Auditorium (700 Prospect St.) in La Jolla. Much like Hugo, The Marvels combines pictorial and prose, with each of the halves telling a distinct story that eventually intertwine. The drawn portion introduces readers to Billy Marvel, an 18th century lone shipwreck survivor who falls in with a theater troupe, while the text follows a schoolboy runaway who lives in his uncle's mysterious house during the 1990s. One admission for Selznick's appearance is $35.63 and includes a copy of the book. Additional admissions are $5 each. Doors open at 5:45 p.m.