Halloween Events at Parks and Recreation: The year, Standley Park and Recreation Centers will host a Halloween Fun Festival and Movie for Children on Saturday, October 28. The Halloween Festival begins 4:30pm and the movie Hotel Transylvania 2 begins at dusk. More information at: sandiego.gov/fallfestival
- Halloween happenings at SD Public Libraries: For more information, visit your local public library or search “Halloween” at: sandiego.librarymarket.com
- Halloween happenings across San Diego County from the San Diego Union Tribune: sandiegouniontribune.com/local/story/2023-10-04/halloween-happenings-across-san-diego-county-a-guide-to-spooky-and-not-so-scary-events-and-activities
There’s always something to do at our parks and recreation facilities. For information about University City and all San Diego recreation centers, pools and skate parks; public golf courses; local and open space parks; and facilities, programs and services, visit: sandiego.gov/parks-and-recreation
University City Pools Open with Fall Schedules: For information and to download the Fall Schedules visit: sandiego.gov/pools/standley-aquatic-center
- Swanson Memorial Pool offers warm water exercise classes, swim lessons, youth swim teams, recreational swim, and much more. Check the Swanson Pool website for current information.
- Standley Aquatic Center is a joint-use pool with the San Diego Unified School District. The water is cold and deep and ideal for lap swim. Community hours are subject to change; check the Standley Aquatic Center website for current information.
Halloween Safety Tips from the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department: Halloween should be fun and safe for children and parents. Follow these simple rules to be sure that it is. More information at: sandiego.gov/fire/safety/tips/halloween
- Purchase only costumes, wigs and props labeled flame-resistant or flame-retardant. When creating a costume, choose material that will not easily ignite if it comes in contact with heat or flame. Avoid billowing or long trailing features.
- Provide children with lightweight flashlights to carry for lighting or as part of their costume.
- Dried flowers, cornstalks and crepe paper are highly flammable. Keep these and other decorations well away from all open flames and heat sources, including light bulbs and heaters.
- Use flashlights or battery-operated candles when illuminating jack-o’-lantern. Use extreme caution when decorating with candle lit jack-o’-lanterns, and supervise children at all times when candles are lit. When lighting candles inside jack-o’-lanterns, use long, fireplace-style matches and be sure to place lit pumpkins well away from anything that can burn including doorsteps, walkways and yards.
- Remember to keep exits clear of decorations, ensuring nothing blocks escape routes.
- Use flashlights as alternatives to candles or torchlights when decorating walkways and yards. They are much safer for trick-or-treaters, whose costumes may brush against the lighting.
- Instruct children to stay away from open flames or other heat sources. Be sure children know how to stop, drop and roll in the event their clothing catches fire. (Stop immediately, drop to the ground, covering your face with your hands, and roll over and over to extinguish flames.) Cool the burn.
- Make sure fuel-burning equipment is vented to the outside, that the venting is kept clear and unobstructed, and that the exit point is properly sealed around the vent, all of which is to make sure deadly carbon monoxide does not build up in the home.
- Instruct children who are attending parties at others’ homes to locate the exits and plan how they would get out in an emergency.