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San Diego's spooktacular Halloween and fall events include costume contests, pumpkin patches, corn mazes, trick-or-treat spots, not-so-spooky encounters and other haunted happenings. 

**Don't forget to call/check websites to confirm dates, times and admission prices. Pick up the October issue of San Diego Family Magazine at a location near you for even more ways to celebrate! 


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Featured Events 2022


FREE Goff Family Pumpkin Patch. Pumpkins, lawn games, photo ops and more. Sept. 23-Oct. 31. Sun.–Thurs., 9 am–8 pm, Fri. & Sat., 9 am–9 pm. 2830 Perry Rd., Liberty Station. www.gofffamilypumpkinpatch.com

Movie Night at the Pumpkin Patch: “Hocus Pocus.” Bring a blanket and chairs. Oct. 28. Opens 5:45 pm; movie, 6:30 pm. $4. 2830 Perry Rd., Liberty Station. www.gofffamilypumpkinpatch.com

FREE Pumpkin Station. Pumpkins, rides, petting zoo and more. Sept. 30-Oct. 31. Check website for operating hours. 5 locations: Del Mar, 15555 Jimmy Durante Blvd.; Mission Valley, 1750 Camino Del Rio N.; Rancho Bernardo, 13421 Highland Valley Rd.;  Plaza Bonita, 3030 Plaza Bonita Rd., National City. www.pumpkinstation.com

FREE Family Christmas Tree Farm Pumpkin Patch. Pumpkins, hay rides, hay bale maze and more. Sept. 29-Oct. 31. Thurs.–Fri., 12–9 pm; Sat.–Sun., 10 am–9 pm. 300 Pepper Dr., El Cajon. www.familychristmastreefarm.com

FREE The Super Dentists Spooktacular. Costume contest, carnival games, goody bags, music and more. Oct. 29,11 am–1 pm. 9737 Aero Dr. RSVP: www.facebook.com/TheSuperDentists

Howl-o-Ween Harvest Family Festival. Interact with awesome animals, pick a mini pumpkin and entry into the midnight mystery lab. Oct. 15, 22, 29 & 30. 9 am–1 pm. $50 for 4 tickets. Helen Woodward Animal Center, 6461 El Apajo Rd., Rancho Santa Fe. www.animalcenter.org/education

Pumpkin Express. Train rides, pumpkin patch, haunted trail and more. Weekends starting Oct. 8, 10:30 & 11:45 am & 1:45 & 3 pm. $7–$30. 750 Depot St., Campo. www.psrm.org

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tuesday  |  18 

FREE Sugar Skulls. Learn how to make Sugar Skulls with artists from Back from Tomboctou. For ages 5–11. Oct. 18, 5–6 pm. Valencia Park/Malcolm X Library, 5148 Market St. https://sandiego.librarymarket.com/event/create-it-sugar-skulls-back-tomboctou

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Haunted Ghost Town. A 25-minute spine-chilling tour of the pranks and secrets of the departed. Oct. 21-22 and Oct. 28–30. Family-friendly tours, 5:30–6:30 pm; scary tours 6:30–9:30 pm. $10–$20. Heritage Ranch, 450 Quail Gardens Dr., Encinitas. https://sdheritage.org

FREE Halloween Festival at Lakeside Community Center. Trick-or-treating, costume contest, crafts and more. Oct. 21, 5–8 pm. 9841 Vine St. www.sdparks.org

FREE Movie in the Park: “The Nightmare Before Christmas.” Oct. 21. Movie starts at sunset. MacArthur Park, 4900 Memorial Dr. www.lamesaparks.org

FREE HauntFest on Main. Pumpkin patch, Kidz zone, costume contest, carnival rides and more. Oct. 21, 4–9 pm. Downtown El Cajon. www.hauntfest.org

FREE Halloween Festival. Trick-or-treating, costume contest, crafts and more. Oct. 21, 5:30–7:30 pm. Spring Valley Community Center, 8735 Jamacha Blvd. www.sdparks.org 

FREE The Magnolia’s Haunted Circus. Family-friendly fun, playful Halloween-themed circus show with jugglers, stilt walkers, acrobats and more. Oct. 21, 5 & 7 pm. The Magnolia, 201 E. Main St., El Cajon. Tickets: www.universe.com/events/magnolias-haunted-circus-5pm-show-tickets-487RKJ

FREE Gaslamp Flicks: Halloween Edition. Outdoor family-friendly movies. Fridays, Oct. 21 & 28. Oct. 21: Casper the Friendly Ghost (6:30 pm) & Ghostbusters (8:30 pm); Oct. 28: The Nightmare Before Christmas (6:30 pm) & Beetlejuice (8:30 pm). Island St., between 4th and 5th. www.gaslamp.org/gaslampquarter-halloween/


saturday  |  22 

Pumpkin Express Halloween Celebration. Train rides, pumpkin patch, haunted trail and more. Weekends starting Oct. 8, 10:30 & 11:45 am & 1:45 & 3 pm. $7–$30. 750 Depot St., Campo. www.psrm.org

Howl-o-Ween Harvest Family Festival. Interact with awesome animals, pick a mini pumpkin and entry into the midnight mystery lab. Oct. 22, 29 & 30. 9 am–1 pm. $50 for 4 tickets. Helen Woodward Animal Center, 6461 El Apajo Rd., Rancho Santa Fe. www.animalcenter.org/education

FREE “Ghostbusters: Afterlife.” Pre-show family activities. Oct. 22, 6 pm. Waterfront Park, 1600 Pacific Hwy. www.summermoviesinthepark.com

FREE Haunted Trail Hikes. Enjoy the scariest of seasons with a shadowy hike down a dark trail. Oct. 22, 6–8 pm. Potrero County Park, 24800 Potrero Park Dr., Potrero. www.sdparks.org

Hoot, Howl & Prowl. Wear your costumes for after-dark adventures through the Reserve. Oct. 22, 5:30–7:15 pm. $5. Blue Sky Ecological Reserve, 16275 Espola Rd., Poway. www.poway.org

FREE Halloween Carnival. Oct. 22, 11 am–4 pm. Miramar Ranch Elementary School, 10770 Red Cedar Dr. Details: www.miramarranch.org

FREE “Hotel Transylvania.” Oct. 22, 5:30 pm. Standley Community Park, 3585 Governor Dr. www.summermoviesinthepark.com

Mellano Farm Stand Pumpkin & Corn Maze. Corn maze, pumpkins and lots of vendors. Oct. 22-23 and 29-30. 5714 North River Rd., Oceanside. www.mellanofarmstand.com

FREE Family Christmas Tree Farm Pumpkin Patch. Pumpkins, hay rides, hay bale maze and more. Sept. 29-Oct. 31. Thurs.–Fri., 12–9 pm; Sat.–Sun., 10 am–9 pm. 300 Pepper Dr., El Cajon. www.familychristmastreefarm.com

Bearcat Boo! Flashlight Tour. Oct. 22-23 and 30-31, 5:30 and 6 pm. 5712 Vía Montellano, Bonsall. https://wildwonders.org/bearcat-boo/

Looking for local pumpkin patches? Click here to find a pumpkin patch near you! 

sunday  |  23 

Pumpkin Express Halloween Celebration. Train rides, pumpkin patch, haunted trail and more. Weekends starting Oct. 8, 10:30 & 11:45 am & 1:45 & 3 pm. $7–$30. 750 Depot St., Campo. www.psrm.org

FREE Fallbrook Harvest Faire. Crafts, pumpkin contests, scarecrows and more. Oct. 23, 9 am–4 pm. Main Ave. www.fallbrookchamberofcommerce.org

FREE Oceanside Dia de los Muertos Festival. Altars, chalk cemetery, kids activities and more. Oct. 23, 10 am–5 pm. Downtown Oceanside. www.friendsofoceansidediadelosmuertos.org

Costume Contest & Parade. Oct. 23, 9 am–1 pm. Parking $8. Bates Nut Farm, 15954 Woods Valley Rd., Valley Center. www.batesnutfarm.biz

Mellano Farm Stand Pumpkin & Corn Maze. See Oct. 22.

FREE Goff Family Pumpkin Patch. Pumpkins, lawn games, photo ops and more. Sept. 23-Oct. 31. Sun.–Thurs., 9 am–8 pm, Fri. & Sat., 9 am–9 pm. 2830 Perry Rd., Liberty Station. www.gofffamilypumpkinpatch.com

FREE Pumpkin Station. Pumpkins, rides, petting zoo and more. Sept. 30-Oct.31. Check website for operating hours. 5 locations: Del Mar, 15555 Jimmy Durante Blvd.; Mission Valley, 1750 Camino Del Rio N.; Rancho Bernardo, 13421 Highland Valley Rd.;  Plaza Bonita, 3030 Plaza Bonita Rd., National City. www.pumpkinstation.com

SeaWorld Spooktacular. Dance party, scavenger hunt, trick-or-treating and more. Weekends Sept. 17-Oct. 31, 10 am–6 pm. Included with admission. Interstate 5, exit SeaWorld Dr. Tickets: www.seaworldsandiego.com

Bearcat Boo! Flashlight Tour. See Oct. 22. 

wednesday  |  26

FREE Cajon Classic Cruise: Trunk or Treat. Cars, candy, fun and entertainment. Oct. 26, 5–8 pm. Main St. & Magnolia Ave., El Cajon. www.cajonclassiccruise.org

Looking for corn mazes in San Diego? Click here to find one near you!

thursday  |  27 

FREE Halloween Event. Oct. 27, 5 pm. North Park Rec Center, 4044 Idaho St. www.sandiego.gov/park-and-recreation/centers/recctr/northpark

FREE Goff Family Pumpkin Patch. Pumpkins, lawn games, photo ops and more. Sept. 23-Oct. 31. Sun.–Thurs., 9 am–8 pm, Fri. & Sat., 9 am–9 pm. 2830 Perry Rd., Liberty Station. www.gofffamilypumpkinpatch.com

Looking for Dia de los Muertos events? Click here to find an event near you.

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FREE Halloween Carnival. Oct. 28, 5–8 pm. Martin Luther King Jr. Rec Center, 6401 Skyline Dr. www.sandiego.gov/park-and-recreation/centers/recctr/mlk

FREE Monster Mash Carnival. Games, arts & crafts, costume contest and more. Oct. 28, 4–6 pm. Paradise Hills, 6610 Potomac St. www.sandiego.gov/park-and-recreation/centers/recctr/paradise

Movie Night at the Pumpkin Patch: “Hocus Pocus.” Bring a blanket and chairs. Oct. 28. Opens 5:45 pm; movie, 6:30 pm. $4. 2830 Perry Rd., Liberty Station. www.gofffamilypumpkinpatch.com

FREE Trick-or-Treat on India Street. Little witches and monsters get Halloween treats from participating Little Italy businesses. Oct. 28, 5:30–7:30 pm. Maps available at the Piazza della Famiglia, India & W. Date St. www.littleitalysd.com

FREE Halloween Festival. Trick-or-treating, costume contest, crafts and more. Oct. 28, 3:30–5:30 pm. Fallbrook Community Center, 341 Heald Ln., Fallbrook. www.sdparks.org

Spooky Campover. Camp out and sleep under the stars with the animals. Includes campfire songs, pumpkin carving and a Halloween costume contest. Oct. 28, 3 pm-Oct. 29, 10 am. $55–$80; under 3 free. Lions Tigers & Bears, 24402 Martin Way, Alpine. Tickets: https://bit.ly/SpookyCampover

FREE Gaslamp Flicks: Halloween Edition. Outdoor family-friendly movies. Oct. 28. "The Nightmare Before Christmas" (6:30 pm) & "Beetlejuice" (8:30 pm). Island St., between 4th and 5th. www.gaslamp.org/gaslampquarter-halloween/

Pumpkin Plunge & Glow Swim. Take the plunge to find the perfect pumpkin in the floating pumpkin patch. Other activities include a pumpkin-decorating station, SPOOKEasy featuring Halloween and fall craft boos, glow-in-the-dark deck games, live DJ, open swim, treats to go and more. Oct. 28, 6:30-9 pm. 3115 Ocean Front Walk. www.tickettailor.com/events/plungesandiego/770183

FREE Trunk-or-Treat in Tierrasanta. Get into costume and play your way through carnival-style games at each of our decorated trunks to win candy and prizes. Oct. 28, 5–8 pm. Newbreak Church Tierrasanta, 10791 Tierrasanta Blvd. www.Newbreak.church/tierrasanta

City of Temecula Halloween Carnival. Prepare for an evening of tricks and treats at the annual Halloween Carnival! Fangtastic festivities will be taking place simultaneously in Town Square Park and Sam Hicks Monument Park. You won’t want to miss this free, family-friendly event! Oct. 28, 5:30-8:30 pm. Town Square Park, 41902 Main Street, Temecula. https://temeculaca.gov/halloween

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Howl-o-Ween Harvest Family Festival. Interact with awesome animals, pick a mini pumpkin and entry into the midnight mystery lab. Oct. 29 & 30. 9 am–1 pm. $50 for 4 tickets. Helen Woodward Animal Center, 6461 El Apajo Rd., Rancho Santa Fe. www.animalcenter.org/education

FREE The Super Dentists Spooktacular. Costume contest, carnival games, goody bags, music and more. Oct. 29, 11 am–1 pm. 9737 Aero Dr. RSVP: www.facebook.com/TheSuperDentists

FREE Once Upon a Hallowe’en. Haunted house, carnival games and more. Oct. 29, 4:30–8:30 pm. Old Poway Park, 14134 Midland Rd. www.poway.org

Dia de los Muertos at Guajome Adobe. Altars, arts & crafts and more. Oct. 29, 10 am–4 pm. $2–$4; 3 & under free. 2210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Vista. www.sdparks.org

FREE Pumpkin Patch. Music, crafts, inflatables and “Ghostbusters: Afterlife” after sunset. Oct. 29, 2–5 pm. Waterfront Park, 1600 Pacific Hwy. www.sdparks.org

Halloween Party at My Gym. Games, relays, trick-or-treating and more. Oct. 29, 2:30–4:20 pm. $30. My Gym, 12222 Poway Rd., Poway. RSVP required: www.mygym.com/poway

The Bridge of Pinacate: A Haunted Railway Experience. Themed theatrical event performed on a moving train. 6, 7:30 & 9 pm. $15–$25; under 2 free. Southern California Railway Museum, 2201 S. “A” St., Perris. www.socalrailway.org

FREE Dia de los Muertos Old Town. Altars, face painting, crafts and more. Oct. 29, 30 & Nov. 2. Details: www.dayofthedeadsd.com

FREE Encinitas Dia de los Muertos. Ballet folklorico dancers, Mariachi bands and more. Oct. 29, 12–4 pm. Encinitas Community Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Dr. www.encinitasarts.org

FREE Halloween Spooktacular & Soap Box Race. An inclusive day of races and trick-or-treating from Best S.T.E.P Forward. Oct. 29, 11 am–1 pm. Brawley Cattle Call Arena, Cattle Call Dr., Brawley. www.beststepforward.org

FREE Halloween Carnival. Carnival games and a haunted hallway. For kids 10 & under. Oct. 29, 1–3 pm. Poway Branch Library, 13137 Poway Rd., Poway. www.sdcl.org

Halloween Harvest Festival. Trunk-or-treat, costume contest, pumpkin decorating, haunted trolly and more. Oct. 29, 1:30–4:30 pm. Sugarplum Zoo, 39695 Berenda Rd., Temecula. Tickets: www.facebook.com/SugarplumZooAndChocolates/videos/2644378439026909

Pumpkin Bash. Watch the animals play with and devour their pumpkin treats. Oct. 29, 10 am. $35–$60. Lions Tigers & Bears, 24402 Martin Way, Alpine. Tickets: https://bit.ly/LTB-pumpkin-bash

Howl-o-ween 5K Mutt Run/Walk. Costume contest, music and more. Oct. 29, 8:30 am–1 pm. $50–$65. Road Runner Sports, 5553 Copley Dr. Register: www.labsandmore.org

FREE HalLOEWSween. On the Trick-or-Treat Trail, kids can explore the hotel’s spooky and themed gardens, and collect candy from trick-or-treat locations throughout the resort. Garden themes include Witches Garden and Eyeball Patch, Star Wars, Encanto, and Toy Story Mania. Watch Hocus Pocus in the hotel’s ballroom. Oct. 29, 6 pm. Trick or Treat Trail: 6-9 pm; Hocus Pocus, 8 pm. Parking, $5–$10. Loews Coronado Bay Resort, 4000 Coronado Bay Rd., Coronado. www.loewshotels.com/coronado-bay-resort/halloween?chebs=PARTNER_CORTIMES_OCT2022

Spooktacular Trunk or Treat. Join the City of Imperial Beach for a safe way to trick or treat in our park! Oct. 29, 4-7 pm. Veterans Park, 1075 8th St., Imperial Beach. https://news.imperialbeachca.gov/events/category/city-events/

Dia de los Muertos at Westfield Plaza Bonita. Folklorico dancers, Mariachi band, Aztec dancers, face painting, meet-and-greet with Pixar's Coco characters, festive decorations and more. Oct. 29, 1-5 pm. 3030 Plaza Bonita Rd., National City. www.westfield.com/en-US/plazabonita/event-detail/D%C3%ADa-de-Los-Muertos-Celebration

Mask-o-Raid. An exhibit of vintage Halloween masks and costumes from Funmaker Mike's collection, original Funko art and merch for sale and a costume contest. Proceeds go to support the Museum’s Education Center and School Access Fund. Oct. 29, 7–10 pm. Comic-Con Museum, Balboa Park. Tickets: www.eventbrite.com/e/mask-o-raid-2022-tickets-428073468267.

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Día de los Muertos Celebration. The San Diego Symphony presents an evening honoring Latinx music and culture, and memorializing those who have passed on. Oct. 30, 6 pm. Starting at $20. The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park, 222 Marina Park Way. www.theshell.org 

Howl-o-Ween Harvest Family Festival. Interact with awesome animals, pick a mini pumpkin and entry into the midnight mystery lab. Oct. 30, 9 am–1 pm. $50 for 4 tickets. Helen Woodward Animal Center, 6461 El Apajo Rd., Rancho Santa Fe. www.animalcenter.org/education

Pumpkin Express. Train rides, pumpkin patch, haunted trail and more. Weekends starting Oct. 8, 10:30 & 11:45 am & 1:45 & 3 pm. $7–$30. 750 Depot St., Campo. www.psrm.org

FREE Pumpkin Station. Pumpkins, rides, petting zoo and more. Sept. 30-Oct.31. Check website for operating hours. 5 locations: Del Mar, 15555 Jimmy Durante Blvd.; Mission Valley, 1750 Camino Del Rio N.; Rancho Bernardo, 13421 Highland Valley Rd.;  Plaza Bonita, 3030 Plaza Bonita Rd., National City. www.pumpkinstation.com

SeaWorld Spooktacular. Dance party, scavenger hunt, trick-or-treating and more. Weekends Sept. 17-Oct. 31, 10 am–6 pm. Included with admission. Interstate 5, exit SeaWorld Dr. Tickets: www.seaworldsandiego.com

FREE Treatport Village. Pick up a Seaport Village tote bag and map of all participating shops and trick-or-treat around the Village, enjoy live entertainment, carnival games, a raffle, a kids’ costume contest, pumpkin carving contest and more. Oct. 30, 12–5 pm. Seaport Village, 849 W. Harbor Dr. www.seaportvillage.com

Bearcat Boo! Flashlight Tour. Oct. 30-31, 5:30 and 6 pm. 5712 Vía Montellano, Bonsall. https://wildwonders.org/bearcat-boo/

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Candy Hunt at Fandory. Kids will enjoy hunting for candy, playing games, and having fun at Fandory indoor playground. $5–$29; siblings under 12 months free. Oct. 30, 3:30–5 pm. Fandory Factory, 16787 Bernardo Center Dr., Ste. 7. www.fandory.com

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Halloween

FREE Goff Family Pumpkin Patch. Pumpkins, lawn games, photo ops and more. Sept. 23-Oct. 31. Sun.–Thurs., 9 am–8 pm, Fri. & Sat., 9 am–9 pm. 2830 Perry Rd., Liberty Station. www.gofffamilypumpkinpatch.com

FREE Safe Trick-or-Treat. Hwy. 101 turns into Pumpkin Lane with Halloween-themed activities, music, games and more. Oct. 31, 5–8 pm. S. Coast Hwy. 101 between Encinitas Blvd. & K St. www.encinitas101.com

FREE Trick-or-Treating in La Mesa Village. Dress in costume and trick-or-treat at participating businesses. Oct. 31, 4–6 pm. La Mesa Blvd. between 4th St. & Acacia. www.lamesavillageassociation.org 

FREE Trick-or-Treat at Village Walk at Eastlake. Children, 12 & under, pick up free treats from participating businesses. Oct. 31, 3–5 pm. EastLake Parkway and Miller Dr., Chula Vista. www.shopvillagewalk.com

FREE Trick-or-Treat at EastLake Village Marketplace. Children, 12 and under, who are dressed in costume will receive treats from participating merchants. Oct. 31, 3–5 pm. Otay Lakes Road & EastLake Pkwy., Chula Vista. www.shopeastlakemarketplace.com

FREE Trick-or-Treat at Carmel Mountain Ranch Town Center. Children in costume can pick up a treat bag in front of SOMA. Oct. 31, 3–5 pm. Carmel Mountain Rd. & Highland Rd. www.shop-carmel-mountain-ranch.com

Bearcat Boo! Flashlight Tour. See Oct. 30. 

Trick-or-Treat at the Library. Stop by the Coronado Public Library Children's Desk on Halloween for some candy and a fun bookmark. All ages welcome. Oct. 31, 3:30-6:30 pm. Coronado Public Library, 640 Orange Ave., Coronado. https://coronado.librarycalendar.com/event/trick-or-treat-library

Trick-or-Treat at Grossmont Center. Face painting, photo-ops with special guest characters, games, activities and candy. Pick up a map (featuring exclusive coupons!) and complimentary pumpkin bag at the Guest Services kiosk and trick-or-treat your way around Grossmont Center! Oct. 31, 3-5 pm. 5500 Grossmont Center Drive, La Mesa. www.grossmontcenter.com/trick-or-treat/

Lemon Grove Harvest Festival and Trunk or Treat. Oct. 31, 6:30-8 pm. Christian Church of Lemon Grove, 6970 San Miguel Ave., Lemon Grove. www.facebook.com/cclg.org

OB People's Halloween Parade. Oct. 31, 4-6 pm. 4765 Voltaire St., Ocean Beach. www.oceanbeachsandiego.com/resources/local-news/ob-peoples-halloween-parade


Looking for local pumpkin patches? Click here to find a pumpkin patch near you! 

 

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Halloween Candy Buy-Backs

Did you know that Americans purchase nearly 600 million pounds of candy every year just for Halloween? Much of that will be devoured immediately, but most will linger around the house to tempt you for days and weeks to come. Why not save your family the extra calories by donating leftover candy? With a little effort, you can provide great gifts to people in need of encouragement!   

  • The Super Dentists' 18th Annual Candy Buy Back.
    Visit The Super Dentists for their 18th annual Candy Buy Back! Bring your candy to any Super Dentists' location from Nov.1-5 to receive $1 for every pound of candy donated. All candy collected will be enjoyed by Active Duty Service Members! For more information check out pg. 2 in our October issue here. To send your own care package directly, visit OperationGratitude.com for guidelines.

  • Halloween Candy Buy-Back at Brain Balance. 
    This Halloween, if your child has food allergies or sensitivities, visit a Brain Balance of Greater San Diego center (San Diego or Chula Vista) and exchange your candy for fun toys, activities and gift cards as part of the Teal Pumpkin Project. Free center tours and limited-time assessment specials will be offered to attendees. Nov. 1, 12 pm. https://allevents.in/mobile/amp-event.php?event_id=10000429529924567

  • Operation Gratitude: 
    More info coming soon. 

Don’t forget to call first to confirm dates, times and admission prices.

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Updated: October 2022

 

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