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San Diego parents: Safe places to take your kids this Halloween

Posted at 12:11 PM, Oct 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-20 15:12:11-04
SAN DIEGO – Looking for the safest spots to take your kids trick-or-treating this Halloween? 
 
Here are some options. 
 
Zillow released a list this week of the five safest neighborhoods in San Diego to trick-or-treat. They are:
 
1. La Jolla
2. Del Mar Heights
3. Sunset Cliffs
4. Black Mountain Ranch
5. Carmel Valley
 
Zillow used home values, crime rate and share of population under 10 years of age to compile the list. 
 
Overall, San Diego was the safest trick-or-treating city in the nation. The top five cities were Philadelphia, San Jose, San Francisco, Milwaukee and Los Angeles. 
 
The family advocacy group Red Tricycle also released its own list of the best trick-or-treating spots. They included Bird Rock, Mission Hills and Kensington. 
 
The Del Mar Highlands Town Center will host a Happy Halloween event Oct. 31 with live music, restaurant specials and a food drive.
 
Carmel Mountain Plaza is holding a Halloween event from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Oct. 31. Children under 12 are invited to trick-or-treat at participating stores. 
 
There will be also several Halloween events on Saturday, Oct. 29: 
 
The family-friendly 12th annual Boulevard Boo! Parade will take place in the College Area. “Spooky ghouls, goblins, ghosts and witches,” will march down a one-mile stretch of El Cajon Boulevard from 10 a.m. to noon. The parade will feature vintage cars and bands. 
 
Also Oct. 29, Balboa Park will hold its Halloween Family Fun Day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Over two dozen museums are taking part. Children under 12 get in free with an adult admission. Highlights include mini-carnival games and a doggie costume contest. 
 
For those in the military, MCAS Miramar will hold its Halloween Spooktacular Oct. 29 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the MCX Main Store. 
 
The city of San Diego has a full list of month-long Halloween events here.