Downtown Encinitas readies for trick-or-treating


The Encinitas 101 MainStreet Association will present its 14th Annual Safe Trick-or-Treat from 5-8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31.

An estimated 5,000+ costumed trick-or-treaters and other revelers will stroll up and down “Pumpkin Lane,” aka South Coast Highway 101, from Encinitas Boulevard to K Street. Fantastic, carved pumpkins will be on display at multiple viewing locations, and dozens of merchants will have goodies for kids. Many downtown Encinitas businesses will stay open late to welcome trick-or-treaters.

The Self-Realization Fellowship (SRF) plays a central role in the festivities. Their monks grow and carve the 100-plus pumpkins that amaze and amuse passers-by. Plus, SRF converts the parking lot next to its K Street store into the Queen’s Court, where children line up to share their wishes on stage with Her Royal Highness.

Kids also enjoy Halloween-themed activities and games in The Lumberyard Courtyard, courtesy of the 101 Artists Colony, plus dancing to the live music of Bucket Ruckus.