Halloween in San Diego is just days away, but if you’re still wondering what do to, we’ve got your round up of San Diego’s best Halloween happenings. From spooky to silly to sexy, you’re sure to find a Halloween event that suits your style in San Diego.
San Diego Pumpkin Patches
Acres of pumpkins await at Bates Nut Farm
Still haven’t found the perfect pumpkin for your jack o’lantern? Pick up a pumpkin at one of these patches.
Even the animals get in on the Spooktacular Halloween fun at SeaWorld
San Diego’s biggest attractions go all out for Halloween events the whole family will love.
What ever you do, don’t walk into any of the houses along The Haunted Trail of Balboa Park! Photo by Mike Rollerson
Spend another warm autumn weekend enjoying one of these great events in San Diego.
1. Haunted Tales of our Seafaring Past
Do you dare board the Star of India when the lights go out?
During this time of year, spooky things start to happen on the Star of India at the Maritime Museum of San Diego. Climb aboard for creepy treats, a hauntingly fun tour, ghostly tales and more. Your tiny ghouls and princesses are encouraged to come dressed up for a night of Halloween excitement on the water.
Learn about the importance of water during SEA Days.
Water is essential to life on our planet. Bring the whole family to the Birch Aquarium at Scripps to learn about urban runoff, water quality, and conservation concerns with hands-on exploration, special activities, and a chance to interact with Scripps Oceanography scientists.
Get your handmade holiday decorations at the Harvest Festival in Del Mar.
For more than 40 years, craft lovers have converged at the Del Mar Fairgrounds for the annual Harvest Festival Original Art & Craft Show. There will be food, music and plenty of unique handmade works from more than 300 arts and crafts people. It’s never too early to start your holiday shopping!
4. Oktoberfest Celebration at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park
Travel to Africa, Asia and Germany in one day at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park!
Spend the day exploring the exotic and wild animals for Africa and Asia before ending your adventures with a trip to Germany (while never actually leaving the park) during the Oktoberfest Celebration at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. Enjoy live music, a delicious buffet of German-inspired specialties and a variety of German Beers (for those over 21).
Discover Ethiopian Injera (pancake-like bread) and Wat (stew) during San Diego African Restaurant Week. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.
In its inaugural year, San Diego African Restaurant week invites everyone to experience African cuisine from Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia, Eritrea and Jamaica with a Prix Fixe menu including an appetizers, main course, and desserts at restaurants in the uptown neighborhoods. Throughout the week, there will also be cooking classes, traditional music and dance, and coffee ceremonies. Don’t miss the opening event at the WorldBeat Center on Friday, October 19 starting at 7:00 PM.
Find a great carving or cooking pumpkin at Pumpkin Palooza at Suzie’s farm.
With Halloween just around the corner, why not find the perfect pumpkin for carving or cooking at Suzie’s Farm’s Pumpkin Palooza (you can find plenty of other pumpkin patches here). The whole family can enjoy a day of pumpkin picking, music, organic food from popular food trucks and more.
Fall in San Diego means warm days, cool nights, Halloween fun and, of course, pumpkin patches! Browse the list below to find the perfect pumpkin patch near you.
Bates Nut Farm
Find the perfect pumpkin at Bates Nut Farm
Bates Nut Farm in Valley Center has been a Pumpkin Patch staple for as long as I can remember (the Bates family has owned the farm since 1921, and I have been going since the early 80s). Bates has plenty of pumpkins of all shapes and sizes, tractor hayrides, a straw maze, pony rides and a petting zoo. During the weekends, why not get your face painted, try some rock climbing, and chow down on some BBQ and kettle corn while enjoying live entertainment.
Dates: September 27 – October 31, 2012 Hours: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM Cost: Varies, Ride Tickets start at $2. The Pumpkin Package for $9 includes 1 Jack-o-Lantern pumpkin, 1 tractor/hayride and 1 straw maze ticket. Website:www.batesnutfarm.biz/content.php?content_id=1011
Julian Mining Company Pumpkin Picking Patch
Take the family on a day trip to Julian for apple pie from Mom’s and pumpkins from the Julian Mining Company. Even more fall fun awaits with Indian Camp, Tomahawk throwing and farm animals. Upgrade to the Harvest tour and enjoy a hayride, fresh apple cider and a petting zoo. In for a fright? Well then ride on the Night Time Spooky Hayride: Tale of the Doomed Miner on October 20 & 27 at 7:30 and 8:30 PM.
Dates: September 29 – October 31, 2012 (Saturday-Sunday) Hours: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM Cost: Regular Admission: Kids 3 and under free, Ages 4-13 – $3, Adults – $5. Harvest Tour: Kids – $6, Adults – $9. Spooky Hayride: Kids – $10, Adults – $15 Website:www.julianminingcompany.com
Lavender Hill Pumpkins
A variety of pumpkins at Lavender Hill Pumpkins
Looking for a no nonsense pumpkin picking outing? Then head to Lavendar Hill Pumpkins for a vast selection of pumpkins perfect for either carving or cooking.
Dates: September 29 – October 31, 2012 Hours: Weekdays – 2:00 to 5:00 PM, Weekends – 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM Cost: Varies Website: www.lavenderhillpumpkins.com
Mountain Valley Ranch Pumpkin Patch
Pumpkins for everyone at Mountain Valley Ranch
Up near the small mountain town of Romana is the Mountain Valley Ranch Pumpkin Patch. Take some time to find the perfect carving or cooking pumpkin, get lost in the gigantic corn maze, launch an ear of corn out of a cannon, pet a few farm animals and add a few pictures of the kids on antique farm equipment to the scrapbook.
A whole day of fun at Norris Amusements Pumpkin Patches
Norris Amusements has North County covered with three locations in San Diego, Carlsbad and Escondido. Each location offers pumpkins and fun for the little ones with jumpees and carnival rides. Go to the San Diego or Escondido location on Tuesdays for Wristband Tuesday and enjoy unlimited rides. Make sure to pick up one of their coupons and save!
Dates: October 1 – 31, 2012 Hours: Varies by location Cost: Varies, Wristband Tuesdays: San Diego – $20 and Escondido – $15 Website:www.norrisamusements.net/pumpkin
Oma’s Pumpkin Patch
Pumpkins ready to take home at Oma’s Pumpkin Patch
Over in Lakeside, Oma’s Pumpkin Patch is offering fun for the whole family. The child admission includes a Jack Patch pumpkin, a bottle of water, covered hay rides, a hay bale maze, petting corral, kid-powered games and a large play area with the climbable Cottonseed Mountain.
Dates: September 25 – November 3, 2012 – Tuesday-Saturday Hours: 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM Cost: $8 per child with one free adult per child. Additional adults are $4. Website:www.omaspumpkinpatch.com
Jump for Pumpkin Joy at PB Pumpkin Patches
City dwellers looking for pumpkins, gourds Indian corn and squash don’t need to go far thanks to PB Pumpkins three convient locations in Pacific Beach, La Jolla and Downtown (Downtown was closed for 2012). While pumpkin hunting, the little ones can enjoy a petting zoo, slides, jumpees, carnival games, a pumpkin carving and decorating station and more.
Dates: September 28 – October 31, 2012 Hours: Monday-Friday – 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM, Saturday-Sunday: 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM Cost: Varies, Activity Tickets – $3 Website:www.pbpumpkins.com
Find pumpkins of all sizes at Pumpkin Station
All aboard…one of the seven convient Pumpkin Station locations (including the two actual farms) throughout San Diego County. At the Pumpkin Stations, kids can peruse for the perfect pumpkin while enjoying the kiddie rides, slides, inflatable play centers and petting zoo. At their two farms in Rancho Bernardo and Bonita, little pumpkin carvers will find a living pumpkin patch, corn maze, farm animals and a tractor-pulled haywagon ride.
Dates: Vary by location Hours: Vary by location Cost: Free admission, ride tickets start at $1 depending on location Website:www.pumpkinstation.com
San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum
Family Pumpkin Patch & Fall Festival
Stop by the San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum for hands-on education (don’t tell the kids), pumpkins and fun. While the pumpkin patch is open Tuesday through Sunday, stop by on Saturday for live music, a pumpkin carving station, hands-on gardening and other craft activities. The Family Fall Festival, October 6 from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM, will feature live music, food and craft vendors, hands-on activities, a jumpee and more.
Head on over to Summer Past Farms Pumpkin Patch picking weekends for family fun including a jumpee, popcorn, corn-dogs and smoothies. On October 6, 7 and 13, the East County Breeders of Alpacas will stop by with their beautiful animals. The Alpine Education Foundation’s 3rd Annual Fall Festival will be on Sunday, October 21, from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM and will include a jumpee, carnival games, laser tag, a carnival course, 4h display, crazy hair and face-painting, music, and plenty of food.
Dates: October 3 – 31, 2012 (Wednesday-Sunday) Hours: Wednesday-Saturday – 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Sunday – 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM Cost: Varies Website:www.summerspastfarms.com/events.htm
Suzie’s Farm Pumpkin Palooza
Bring something to help carry home your harvest at Suzie’s Farm Pumpkin Palooza.
Make a day of it in San Diego’s South Bay with pumpkin picking at Suzie’s Farm. Bring a wheelbarrow to carry home plenty of pumpkins for carving and cooking picked right from the fields, fresh produce, jams and more. While harvesting your pumpkins enjoy music, food and a sunflower maze. Don’t forget the camera!