A skull-face family in the cemetery in Old Town at the Dia de Los Muertos celebration. Photo courtesy of Save Our Heritage Organization

When Halloween falls on a Friday, you know the weekend is going to be filled with spooky fun.

For a listing of Halloween events in San Diego, check out our guide here.

Kids in San Diego have a special advantage of having spooky fun twice in one weekend. Día de los Muertos, Day of the Dead, is the a Mexican holiday celebrating the lives of those who have passed on.

Also, don’t forget to “fall back” this Sunday.

Día de los Muertos at Bazaar Del Mundo

One the biggest Day of the Dead celebrations in San Diego is in Old Town. The Bazaar del Mundo will turn its shop into a trail of alters with the traditional sugar skulls, papier-mâché decorations and special Day of the Dead-inspired clothing and crafts.

The two-day event, from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, includes the “Tour of Altars,” produced by the Save Our Heritage Organization, a candlelight procession, face painting and mask decorating at participating sites throughout Old Town.

Day of the Dead Festival at Market Creek

The Day of Dead has been celebrated by the indigenous people for thousands of years before the arrival of Europeans. This Saturday, at the Market Creek Amphitheater will some of those traditions back with Day of the Dead altars will be built by five indigenous tribes from Mexico and a number of community altars will also be on display.

There will also be a blessing from Kumeyaay Nation, traditional Mexican food, Calavera Face Painting, hands-on workshops, a Catrina competition and Calaveritas (poems of the dead).

The festival is from noon to 8 p.m. and admission is free.

Día de los Muertos at Suzie’s Farm

In addition to celebrating, the folks at Suzie’s Farm in Chula Vista will also be raising funds for Corazón de Vida, a US-based nonprofit organization that provides children in Baja orphanages shelter, food, clothing, education and healthcare.

You can bring remembrances to place at the Main Altar, enjoy seasonal Mexican food and fiesta.

The celebration is from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $65, children 12 and under are $35.

Family Drop-In Day: Exploring Pop Art

If you’re all spooked out from Halloween and Day of the Dead, then try some Pop art.

Every Sunday, the San Diego Museum of Art offers a family-friendly, docent-led tours of the museum, gallery games and art projects for families to do together. The event is appropriate for all ages and the art projects center on a different theme each week. This week is Pop art.

Family Drop-In Day is from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and pre-registration not required. The event is free with admission to the museum.

Viejas Outlet Center Ice Rink

Just as the fall weather is finally beginning in San Diego, Viejas Ice Rink opens.

Starting Friday and goes till January, the Viejas Ice Rink will be opened from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on weekdays and from noon to 10 p.m. on weekends.

Viejas claims that the ice rink is larger than the one in front of Rockefeller Center in New York City.

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