Halloween Festivities, Studies for New Dads and Teenagers.
Old Town San Diego Trick-or-Treat (Thursday, Oct. 31): Free goodies from merchants at Old Town San Diego State Historic Park make this a unique trick-or-treating experience for the family. Kids can enjoy special holiday treats and activities, while parents enjoy extended shopping hours within the park. This event is free.

Balboa Park Halloween Family Day 2013 (Saturday, Oct. 26 – 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.): Over a dozen museums at Balboa Park will treat children 12 and under to free admission with paid adult admission during the 5th annual Balboa Park Halloween Family Day. Participating museums will also present special, spooky activities, tours, storytelling and other goodies.

Haunting Tales from Our Seafaring Past at Star of India (Oct. 18-19 and Oct. 25-26 – 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.): Ghosts, goblins, pirates and princesses alike will love this scary storytelling session aboard the Star of India as storytellers reveal the eerie legends of the past and tales of ghostly encounters. Kids are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes, and creepy treats will be handed out to all who attend. The Haunting Tales are included with Maritime Museum admission ($16 per ticket for adults, $8 per ticket for kids 4-12, kids 3 and under free).

Spooky Sleepover at the San Diego Zoo (Oct. 19 and Oct. 26 – 4 p.m. to 9 a.m.): Get into the spirit of the Halloween season with a Spooky Sleepover at the San Diego Zoo led by ghostly camp director, Dr. Zoolittle. Participants get to make their own personalized treat bags and take an exclusive bus tour to visit some scary and strange animals. Families will then settle in for the night at “haunted” Camp Timbuktu where they can partake in a costume parade, ghost stories, dinner, snacks around the campfire and an optional night prowl through the Zoo. Tickets cost $139 per adult and $119 per child (ages 4-11), plus Zoo admission for nonmembers.

SeaWorld San Diego Halloween Spooktacular (Weekends, Sept. 28 – Oct. 27): SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular includes special shows, fun activities, photo ops with wacky characters and gob of ghoulish goodies. Kids are encouraged to come to the park in their costumes. The Halloween Spooktacular is included with park admission ($64 per person).

 • Brick-or-Treat at LEGOLAND (Oct. 5, 12, 19 and 26 – 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.): Held every Saturday in October, the Brick-or-Treat Party Nights at LEGOLAND boasts several special areas open late, including Miniland USA, Land of Adventure and Castle Hill. Activities include a dance party, the “Mail Order Monsters Show,” a live performance from a group called The Witchettes, a magic show and a costume contest. The event is free with paid one-day admission to the park ($59 per person).

Source: http://www.nbcsandiego.com/entertainment/the-scene/Halloween-2013-Events-San-Diego-225075842.html#ixzz2fuPmCyLq

Do you have a daughter between the ages of 12 and 14?

In order to learn more about early adolescents’ relationships, researchers at WVU are asking mothers, fathers, and their 12-to-14-year-old daughters to complete online questionnaires about thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. 

Completing the questionnaires takes about 20-30 minutes for a parent and about 60 minutes for a child.  Questionnaires can be completed at any computer with internet access.  Both parents and children must be able to complete online questionnaires in English to participate in this research study.

Each family group (mother, father, and daughter) will earn a $50 online gift certificate for completing all questionnaires.

For more information contact Joanna Prout, MS at jprout@mix.wvu.edu or 814-619-6605.

This research is being conducted by Tracy L. Morris, PhD and Joanna Prout, MS as part of Ms. Prout’s doctoral dissertation in the psychology department at West Virginia University, 1124 Life Sciences Building, 53 Campus Drive, Morgantown, WV 26506. WVU IRB approval is on file.

To verify that this study is approved and legitimate you could contact the institutional review board at WVU.  Here is a link to their website:
The contact information is:
The protocol number for my study is 1304035501
Basic Training for New Dads is a “dads-only” parent education organization in San Diego headed by licensed clinical psychologist Dr. Daniel Singley. Our team is currently conducting a research study in which first-time fathers of infants up to four months of age complete an online survey. The purpose of the research is to help understand how men adjust to becoming fathers, and it only takes 10 minutes to complete the survey. As a show of appreciation for your help in participating, you will be entered into a drawing for a first prize of a Kindle Fire tablet or a financial contribution of $100 to the charitable organization of your choice.
There are a couple of conditions which you need to satisfy in order to participate. You need to:
 Be a first-time dad
 Have a baby whose age currently ranges from newborn up to 16 weeks/4 months old
 Be co-residing with the baby’s other parent (biological or otherwise)
You can access the survey by going to www.newdadsclass.com and clicking on the link under “Calling New Dads!”
Please direct any questions regarding this project to:
Dr. Daniel Singley
Director – Basic Training for New Dads:
(858) 380-4636 or dsingley@newdadsclass.com
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