In Case You Missed It: Top Halloween Events around San Diego

Bates Nut Farm Pumpkin Patch

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

Bates Nut Farm Pumpkin Patch

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.

Family-Friendly Halloween

SeaWorld Halloween Spooktacular

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.

Haunted Houses

The Haunted Trail of Balboa Park. Photo by Mike Rollerson

What ever you do, don’t walk into any of the houses along The Haunted Trail of Balboa Park! Photo by Mike Rollerson

Are you brave enough to brave these spooky sites?

Adults-Only Halloween Parties

monster bash san diego halloween 2013

Dancers get the party going at last year’s San Diego Monster Bash

Too old for trick-or-treating? Get wild and crazy at these Halloween bashes.

Of course, the Halloween events don’t stop with this list. Find even more Halloween activities. 

Brent Bernasconi

Top Things to Do in San Diego: October 18-21, 2012

Star of India with lights at the Maritime Museum of San Diego

Spend another warm autumn weekend enjoying one of these great events in San Diego.

1. Haunted Tales of our Seafaring Past

Star of India with lights at the Maritime Museum of San Diego

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.

Date: Saturday, October 20, 2012
Cost: Included with admission
> Find out more about Haunted Tales of Our Seafaring Past

2. SEA Days at the Birch Aquarium – Got Water

Family learning about tide pools at the Birch Aquarium at Scripps

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.

Date: Saturday, October 20, 2012
Cost: Included with admission
> Find out more about SEA Days at the Birch Aquarium – Got Water
> Kids Go Free to the Birch Aquarium with the San Diego Museum Council Kids Free Coupon

3. Harvest Festival Original Art & Craft Show

Holiday decorations for sale at the Harvest Festival Original Art & Craft Show

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!

Dates: Friday-Sunday, October 19-21, 2012
Cost: Adults – $9, Seniors 62+ – $7, Ages 13-17 – $4 and Kids 12 and Under – Free
> Find out more about the Harvest Festival Original Art & Craft Show

4. Oktoberfest Celebration at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

San Diego Zoo Safari Park Sign

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).

Date: Sunday, October 21, 2012
Cost: For Oktoberfest Only, Adults – $39.95 and Kids 3-11 – $18.95
> Find out more about the Oktoberfest Celebration at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park
> Kids Go Free to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park during October’s Kids Free San Diego

5. San Diego African Restaurant Week

Ethiopian Injera and Wat

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.

Dates: Friday-Sunday, October 19-28, 2012
Cost: Prix Fixe Menu – $15, WorldBeat Center Opening Event – $10
> Find out more about San Diego African Restaurant Week

6. Pumpkin Palooza at Suzie’s Farm

Pumpkins - Suzie's Farm Pumpkin Palooza

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.

Date: Saturday, October 20, 2012
Cost: Entry is Free, Pumpkins priced by weight
> Find out more about Suzie’s Farm’s Pumpkin Pakooza

Know of another great event in San Diego this weekend? Let everyone know in the comments below.

Brent Bernasconi

Find the Perfect Pumpkin Patch in San Diego – 2012

Pumpkins in a Radio Flyer at Suzie's Farm Pumpkin Palooza

> Check out the 2013 list of Pumpkin Patches in San Diego

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

Pumpkin Patch at 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.

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

Lavender Hill Pumpkins

Pumpkins at 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

Mountain Valley Ranch Pumpkin Patch

Kids with their Pumpkins at Mountain Valley Ranch

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.

Dates: September 24 – October 31, 2012
Hours: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Cost: Varies (Cash Only)

Norris Amusements Pumpkin Patches

Tiger inflatable slide and pumpkins at Norris Amusements Pumpkin Patches

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

Oma’s Pumpkin Patch

Tower of Hay and Pumpkins at 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.

PB Pumpkins

Pumpkins, Hay and a Castle Jumpee at PB Pumpkins

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

Pumpkin Station

Pumpkin Tower at Pumpkin Station

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

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.

Dates: September 22 – November 4, 2012 (Tuesday-Sunday)
Hours: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Cost: Pumpkin Patch – Free with admission, Fall Festival – Free-$10

Summers Past Farms Pumpkin Patch

Pumpkin Patch sign and pumpkins at Summer Past Farms

An picturesque pumpkin patch at Summer Past Farms

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

Suzie’s Farm Pumpkin Palooza

Pumpkins in a Radio Flyer at 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!

Date: October 20, 2012
Hours: TBD
Cost: Free Admission, Pumpkins Vary