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Looking for some family-friendly Halloween fun? Here is a sampling of events going on in and around San Juan Capistrano.

Friday, October 23

paranorman-movieHalloween Spooktacular & Moonlight Movie
3 p.m.-9 p.m. The city of Dana Point hosts its annual family-friendly Halloween event with carnival games, crafts, cookie decorating, marionette show, storytime, a costume parade and a screening of the animated film, ParaNorman. Admission is free and complimentary popcorn, treats and hot chocolate will be served. Dana Point Community Center, 34052 Del Obispo Street, Dana Point, 949.248.3530, www.danapoint.org.

Boo Cruise
5 p.m.-7 p.m. Wear your Halloween costume on this 20-minute haunted harbor cruise. Trips depart every 20 minutes. $5 per person, kids 1 and under are free. A costume contest on every cruise. Dana Wharf Sportfishing and Whale Watching, 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.5794, www.danawharf.com.

Ghost & Legends Tours
7 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Get in the Halloween spirit by joining San Juan Capistrano Historical Society tour guides on a spooky walking tour of Los Rios Street, the oldest residential neighborhood in California. Guests are encouraged to arrive early to sign in and enjoy refreshments. Tickets are $8 for adults, $4 for kids. Reservations are required and should be made as tours fill up quickly. 31831 Los Rios Street, 949.493.8444, www.sjchistoricalsociety.com.

Saturday, October 24

Spooky Seas
11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Spooky Seas Animal Presentations with live animals. Special guests include spooky spiders and slithering snakes. Visit the Ecology Center Lab to build a vampire squid rocket. Cost is included in regular admission price. Weekend hours 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $7.50 for seniors and children ages 3-12. Members and children under 2 are free. Ocean Institute, 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive, 949.496.2274, www.ocean-institute.org.

Doheny Halloween Haunt
6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. The annual Halloween-time event includes carnival games, a spooky walk, face painting, crafts and educational booths. Free admission with one can of food per person. The Doheny Boneyard Café will have food for purchase. Doheny State Beach, picnic areas A and B, 25300 Dana Point Harbor Drive, www.dohenystatebeach.org.

Sunday, October 25

Woofstock: People and Paws for Our State Parks
Noon-4 p.m. The San Onofre Parks Foundation, Pet Project Foundation, in partnership with California State Parks, present a family-friendly Halloween-themed fundraising event for the state parks. Woofstock will include a dog and owner costume contest and parade, photo spot, raffles, animal rescue groups, free face painting, “Ask the Trainer,” demonstrations, pet product vendors, goodie bags, food and live entertainment. Tickets are $20 per family online, o $25 at the door. San Clemente State Beach Campground, 225 Avenida Calafia, San Clemente, www.2015woofstock.eventbrite.com.

Wednesday, October 28

Pumpkin Carving Contest
6 p.m. Carving begins at 6 p.m., Working Cowboys play at 7 p.m. and judging begins at 8 p.m. First 10 contestants get a pumpkin and tools to carve with. The Swallow’s Inn, 31786 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.493.3188, www.swallowsinn.com.

Thursday, October 29

Yappy Howl-O-Ween
4 p.m.-7 p.m. Canines and their companions are invited for tricks and treats in celebration of Howl-O-Ween. This seasonal Yappy Hour is a chance for pups to strut their stuff in a costume contest with prizes for: scariest, funniest, most glamorous and best in show. Costume contest entry is $10. Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel, 1 Ritz Carlton Drive, Dana Point, www.ritz-carlton.com.

Friday, October 30

Annual Horse-O-Ween at Sycamore Trails
3:30-5:30 p.m. Horses and kids will don their costumes, bob for apples and enjoy special treats during the tenth annual Horse-O-Ween at Megan Mahoney’s Riding Academy at Sycamore Trails in San Juan Capistrano. This year is also a fundraiser to celebrate 22-year-old former rider Kathleen Ryan, who recently passed away from Cystic Fibrosis. Proceeds benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The StoneyBrook Arena, Sycamore Trails, 26282 Oso Road, San Juan Capistrano.

Kids Art Night
6 p.m.-9 p.m. The Arts Project of Orange County hosts an evening of art, movies and fun for kids. The event includes a screening of The Nightmare Before Christmas and painting a canvas of the famous moon scene from the movie with Jack Skellington and Sally. Open to ages 5 and older. Registration is $35 per child with a sibling discount. 1317 Calle Avanzado, San Clemente, 949.276.2787, www.theartsprojectoc.com.

‘Sherlock Holmes: The Maple Leaf Murder’
8 p.m. The Camino Real Playhouse presents Sherlock Holmes: The Maple Leaf Murder, a mysterious adventure in which Holmes is summoned to the Canadian wilderness while a family struggles to cope with the perplexing murder of a ruthless rancher. Shows through Nov. 1. Tickets are $20. 31776 El Camino Real, San Juan Capistrano, 949.489.8082, www.caminorealplayhouse.org.

Saturday, October 31

Dia de los Muertos Celebration
Noon-3 p.m. Enjoy a celebration of life and family at the San Juan Capistrano Library’s annual Day of the Dead event with children’s crafts and artwork. Admission is free. San Juan Capistrano Library, 31495 El Camino Real, 949.493.1752, www.ocpl.org/libloc/sjc.

Halloween Spooktacular at The Swallow’s Inn
2:30 p.m. Flock of 80’s performs until 6:30 p.m., followed by Three Chord Justice at 8:30 p.m. A Halloween costume contest begins at 9:30 p.m. with prizes for first, second and third place, as well as best couple. The Swallow’s Inn, 31786 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.493.3188, www.swallowsinn.com.

‘Sherlock Holmes: The Maple Leaf Murder’
8 p.m. The Camino Real Playhouse presents Sherlock Holmes: The Maple Leaf Murder, a mysterious adventure in which Holmes is summoned to the Canadian wilderness while a family struggles to cope with the perplexing murder of a ruthless rancher. Shows through Nov. 1. Tickets are $20. 31776 El Camino Real, San Juan Capistrano, 949.489.8082, www.caminorealplayhouse.org.

Sunday, Nov. 1

Dia de los Muertos Dancing
Noon and 2 p.m. Two Dia de los Muertos dancing performances will take place on Los Rios Street in front of Las Catrinas. Call 949.441.7182 for more information. 31742 Los Rios Street, San Juan Capistrano.

‘Sherlock Holmes: The Maple Leaf Murder’
5 p.m. The Camino Real Playhouse presents the final performance of Sherlock Holmes: The Maple Leaf Murder, a mysterious adventure in which Holmes is summoned to the Canadian wilderness while a family struggles to cope with the perplexing murder of a ruthless rancher. Tickets are $20. 31776 El Camino Real, San Juan Capistrano, 949.489.8082, www.caminorealplayhouse.org.

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