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San Diego Guide to Trick or Treating on Halloween

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Halloween usually evokes images of neighborhood kids walking to house after house, banging on door after door in search of more sweet stuff than they'll ever need.

While there's certainly nothing wrong with this time-honored tradition, there's much more out there for kids to do in celebration of Halloween; family-geared choices that adults will enjoy as well. Another benefit in many of the local alternatives is that they are very easy on the wallet. There are also several instances where the family dog can get involved. Thinking about trying to put a costume on a cat? Probably not the best idea.

Here's a list of some San Diego area choices that figure to be a hit with children. And yes, they'll still be able to get their Trick-or-Treat groove on in numerous instances:

Trick or-Treat on India Street, October 31, 5:30-7:30 pm: For the fifth year, the Little Italy Association is staging this event, where kids receive treats from numerous neighborhood establishments. Parents can stop by the Piazza Basilone, on India and W. Fir Streets, to pick up a map and list of participating businesses. littleitalysd.com

Pumpkin Station Chula Vista, Southwestern College, 900 Otay Lakes Rd, Chula Vista, Friday -Sunday 9 am-9 pm; October 31, 11 am-9 pm: All kinds of stuff here. Play center, car ride, ferris wheel, giant slide and more. Tickets required for rides, but parking and admission are free. (858) 566-7466.

Old Town Trick-or-Treat, Old Town State Historical Park, October 31, 4-6:30 pm: Trick or Treaters can gather goodies from participating shops and museums throughout Old Town. Free admission.

Boo Bash and Harvest Fair, Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Community Center, 6845 University Ave., San Diego, October 29, 3-6 pm: The haunt-free fare includes trick or treating, carnival games, harvest gift fair with local vendors, ice skating and live entertainment and much more. Proceeds will help restock the Kroc Center Family Services Emergency Food Pantry. $2, free for members ages 3 and under. (619) 287-5762

Safe Trick-or-Treat on Pumpkin Lane, South Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, October 31, 5:30-7:30 pm: The Downtown Encinitas Main Street Association provides locals the opportunity to celebrate in one spot. Downtown merchants will be handing out candy, and there will be children's games, carved pumpkins and live entertainment. Free. Encinitas101.com.

Brick-or-Treat at Legoland, 1 Legoland Dr., Carlsbad, through October 31, 5 pm-9 pm: "Brick-or-Treat," get it? Trick-or-Treating is on the docket as well as costume parades, Halloween -themed live entertainment, a Halloween Haven and a "boo crew." $69 general, $59 children (3-12) and seniors; 2 and under free. $12 parking. (760) 918-5346, california.legoland.com

Halloween Bash at Seaport Village, West Harbor Drive and Pacific Highway, San Diego, October 29, 3:30-9 pm: Live music will be played throughout the evening, with trick-or-treating convening from 7-9 pm. This family event also includes a pet costume contest and photos with a living scarecrow. (619) 235-4014, seaportvillage.com

San Elijo Lagoon Nature Center, 2710 Manchester Avenue, Cardiff, 1-4 pm, October 30: San Elijo Conservatory hosts "Not So Scary Estuary," geared for kids 2-12. Trick-or-treating goes down on a "haunted hike" nature trail, and visitors will also learn about native spiders and bats, as well as other scary creatures. There will also be a live animal presentation. Free. (760) 634-3026, Sanelijo.org