Halloween fall events 314

San Diego's spooktacular events include costume contests, pumpkin patches, carnivals, fall festivals and other haunt-filled Halloween happenings.

Don't forget to call to confirm dates, times and admission prices. For a complete list of festivities pick up the October issue of San Diego Family.

Ongoing Events

Boomont & Fall Fest. Every Friday-Sunday 5pm-closing in October and November. Join Belmont Park for free trick-or-treating, family costume contests, pumpkin painting, pie eating contests, half-priced wristbands and more spooktacular fun. 3146 Mission Blvd. www.belmontpark.com.

FREE Pumpkin Station. Locations in Del Mar, El Cajon, Mission Valley and National City promise lots of family attractions including games, giant slides, rides, a petting zoo, pumpkins and more. Through Oct. 31; visit website for hours and ride ticket packages. www.pumpkinstation.com; 858-566-7466. See back cover of the Oct. issue for one free train ride coupon.

Pumpkin Express. Take a vintage train ride through the San Diego County mountains, then walk through the Display Building featuring two haunted trains, a pumpkin patch, ghosts and ghouls. Saturdays & Sundays, Oct. 6-28, 11 am, 1:15 & 3 pm. For tickets, visit website. Campo Railroad Park & Museum, 750 Depot St. www.psrm.org.

Carlsbad Pumpkin Patch. Featuring hay rides (Fri. Sat. and Sun.) haunted corn trail and nighttime corn maze (Fri. and Sat. only), pumpkin painting and giant pumpkins. Sept.28-Nov.4; visit website for hours. Carlsbad Strawberry Fields at Cannon Rd. & Interstate 5. www.carlsbadstrawberrycompany.com

FREE Julian Autumn Jubilee at Fort Cross. Bring the whole family to Fort Cross Old Timey Adventures from every weekend in October and enjoy a variety of favorite fall activities including hayrides, hoedowns, U-pick garden and pumpkin patch, hay fort, pumpkin painting, archery, tomahawk throwing, petting zoo, reptile shows, candle dipping, games and more! www.fortcross.com

Kids FREE in October. The San Diego Museum Council presents this month-long initiative that provides free admission to ages 12 & under at more than 40 art, cultural and science museums and historical sites in the county. Families can have the opportunity to see new exhibits and enjoy new museum experiences at Birch Aquarium at Scripps, Fleet Science Center, San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum and more. Oct.1-Oct. 31. Free admission is available for up to two kids for every adult ticket purchase. For participating museums and to download the Kids Free in October coupon, visit www.sandiegomuseumcouncil.org.

October

monday  |  1

Kids FREE in October - The San Diego Museum Council. See ongoing events.

friday  |  5

Oktoberfest in El Cajon. Treat yourself to authentic German food, German beer and live entertainment. Also, check out games and contests, vendors and the Kids’ Zone. Oct.5, 4-10 pm; tomorrow, noon-10 pm & Oct. 7, noon-9 pm. $5-$10; under 21 and active military (with ID) free. 1017 S. Mollison Ave. www.oktoberfestelcajon.com.

Boomont & Fall Fest. See ongoing events.

saturday  |  6

FREE Crafts at the Lakeshore Learning Store. For ages 3 & up. Saturdays, 11 am-3 pm. Oct. 6: Crafty Corn on the Cob. 7510 Hazard Center Dr., San Diego & 702 Center Dr., San Marcos. www.lakeshorelearning.com.

FREE Pumpkin Station. See ongoing events.

Oktoberfest in El Cajon. See Fri. Oct.5.

sunday  |  7

Pumpkin Express. See Ongoing Events.

Oktoberfest in El Cajon. See Fri. Oct. 5

FREE Julian Autumn Jubilee at Fort Cross. See ongoing events.

monday  |  8

Looking for a perfectly plump pumpkin? Check out our list of pumpkin patches in San Diego at www.sandiegofamily.com.

thursday  |  11

Nature & Me Story Time: Bats. 10:15 am. Free with museum admission. Recommended for ages 1-5. San Diego Natural History Museum, Balboa Park. www.sdnat.org.

friday  |  12

“The Addams Family.” Everyone’s favorite kooky family comes to life on stage in this musical comedy about love, family and growing up. Oct.12, 7 pm; tomorrow, 2 & 7 pm; Oct. 14, 1 & 6 pm. $18-$23. The Lyceum, 79 Horton Plaza, downtown San Diego. www.cytsandiego.org.

 

saturday  |  13

FREE Pumpkin Station. See ongoing events.

Pumpkin Express. See ongoing events.

“The Addams Family.” See Oct. 12.

sunday  |  14

Boomont & Fall Fest. See ongoing events.

“The Addams Family.” See Oct. 12.

FREE Julian Autumn Jubilee at Fort Cross. See ongoing events.

wednesday  |  17

Zig-zag your way through one of San Diego's crazy corn mazes. Visit www.sandiegofamily.com for dates and locations.

friday  |  19

FREE HauntFest on Main. Join a costume contest, find the perfect pumpkin at the Promenade Pumpkin Patch, enjoy carnival rides, visit the Kidz Zone and find lots of opportunities to collect Halloween candy with Candy Challenge activities at this downtown El Cajon event. 5-10 pm. East Main St., from Magnolia to Avocado/Ballatyne. www.hauntfest.org.

San Diego Junior Theatre’s “Sleepy Hollow, A Musical Tale.” Three modern day kids try to figure out how to return home after they are magically transported back in time to Sleepy Hollow as the 18th century colonial town is preparing for the arrival of the Headless Horseman. Oct.19 until Oct. 28; Fri., 7 pm; Sat. & Sun., 2 pm. $11-$16. Dress up for Costume Night on Oct. 26, 7 pm. Casa del Prado Theatre, Balboa Park. www.juniortheatre.com.

saturday  |  20

Parent’s Nite Out at Elite Gymnastics Academy: Halloween. Kids, ages 4 & up, have a great time with gymnastics, games and lots of play. 6-10 pm. $20. Register online. 1817 John Towers Ave., El Cajon. www.elitegymnastics.com.

Junior Science Club: Jack-o-Lantern Circuits. Explore simple circuits while designing jack-o-lanterns that light up with the flip of a switch. 11 am-12:30 pm. $15. Pumpkins and carving tools provided. Pre-registration required. For grades 1-4. Fleet Science Center, Balboa Park. www.fleetscience.org/events/junior-science-club

FREE Crafts at the Lakeshore Learning Store. For ages 3 & up. Saturdays, 11 am-3 pm. Oct. 20: Silly Spider Headband. 7510 Hazard Center Dr., San Diego & 702 Center Dr., San Marcos. www.lakeshorelearning.com.

sunday  |  21

FREE Julian Autumn Jubilee at Fort Cross. See ongoing events.

Carlsbad Pumpkin Patch. See ongoing events.

Boomont & Fall Fest. See ongoing events.

wednesday  |  24

Full Moon Pier Walk. Explore the Ellen Browning Scripps Memorial Pier that is used by scientists, students and aquarium staff for research projects. Collect plankton, discover bioluminescent organisms and join hands-on activities. Tonight & tomorrow, 6-7:30 pm. $35. For ages 9 & up. www.aquarium.ucsd.edu.

thursday  |  25

Full Moon Pier Walk. See Oct. 24.

friday  |  26

Haunted Aquarium: Sea Monster Mash. Discover a sea of glowing beasts (both big and small), make your own seaweed slime, listen to spooky tales, make creepy crafts and boo-gie down to live music performed by Billy Lee and the Swamp Critters. Oct. 26 & 27, 6-9 pm. $19.50-$22. Birch Aquarium, 2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla. www.aquarium.ucsd.edu.

Harvest Party. Join Emmanuel Faith Community Church for their annual Harvest Party from 5:30-9:30pm. Just $5 for kids age 2-6th grade. www.efcc.org; 760-781-2104.

San Diego Junior Theatre’s “Sleepy Hollow, A Musical Tale.” See Oct. 19.

saturday  |  27

Howl-O-Ween Harvest Family Days Gather up your little ghouls and goblins and join Helen Woodward Animal Center for a spook-tacular family event. Howl-O-Ween Harvest family days include animal encounters, trick or treat stations, face painting, crafts, a mystical maze, ghoulishly fun games, mini pumpkin patch, refreshments and so much more. Today and tomorrow 9am-1pm. Register online at www.animalcenter.org/education.

FREE Halloween Family Day. Enjoy a culturally inspired kickoff to Halloween at the region’s largest free Halloween carnival. Over two dozen participating museums and cultural attractions present free crafts for kids, costume parades and contests, and tons of spooky surprises, 11am-4pm. Participating museums offer free admission to children 12 and under with paying adult. www.balboaparkconservancy.org.

Family Overnight: Mysterious Midnight on the Marsh. Encounter spooky critters, take a night hike through the marsh, join a mysterious treasure hunt and more. 5:45 pm until tomorrow, 9:30 am. $45. For ages 5 & up. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Call for reservations. The Living Coast Discovery Center, www.thelivingcoast.org; 619-409-5908.

The Super Dentists Spooktacular. Join the Super Dentists and friends for costume contests, live music, carnival games, prizes, food and more. www.thesuperdentists.com

Haunted Aquarium: Sea Monster Mash. See Oct.26.

sunday  |  28

Howl-O-Ween Harvest Family Days. See Oct. 27.

Pumpkin Express. See Ongoing Events.

San Diego Junior Theatre’s “Sleepy Hollow, A Musical Tale.” See Oct. 19.

FREE Julian Autumn Jubilee at Fort Cross. See ongoing events.

wednesday |  31

Halloween

Want to maximize your candy haul this Halloween? Pick up a copy of the Oct. issue and venture outside your own neighborhood with our list of trick-or-treating hotspots.

Carlsbad Pumpkin Patch. See ongoing events.

Kids FREE in October. See onging events.

November

FREE Fall Back Festival. Join in the fun at the Children's Historical Street Faire in the Gaslamp Quarter on Sun. Nov. 4 11am-4pm. Hop on a pony ride, visit historical booths, play carnival games, explore an old west town and much more. 4th and Island, www.gaslampfoundation.org.

“Wicked.” Follow the untold true story of the Witches of Oz in this Grammy Award-and Tony Award-winning Broadway sensation featuring musical hits, Defying Gravity and For Good. Oct.31-Nov. 25; visit website for show times and tickets. San Diego Civic Theatre. www.broadwaysd.com.

Pumpkin Patches

Pumpkin Station. Locations in Del Mar, El Cajon, Mission Valley and National City promise lots of family attractions including games, giant slides, rides, a petting zoo, pumpkins and more. Sept. 28-Oct. 31; visit website for hours and ride ticket packages. Free admission. Look for a free train ride coupon on the back of the October 2018 issue. www.pumpkinstation.com; 858-566-7466.

Carlsbad Pumpkin Patch. Giant pumpkins, corn maze, pumpkin painting, hay rides (Fri, Sat, Sun only), Haunted Corn Trail and Nighttime Corn Maze (Fri and Sat, dusk until 10pm). Sept. 28-Nov.3. www.carlsbadstrawberrycompany.com

Pumpkin Express. Take a vintage train ride through the San Diego County mountains, then walk through the Display Building featuring two haunted trains, a pumpkin patch, ghosts and ghouls. Saturdays & Sundays, Oct. 6-28, 11 am, 1:15 & 3 pm. For tickets, visit website. Campo Railroad Park & Museum, 750 Depot St. www.psrm.org.

buckets of candy.

Halloween Candy Buy-Backs

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
Bring your Halloween candy to your local Super Dentists from Nov.1-3 and get cash in return.

Children’s Choice Pediatric Dental
Turn your Halloween candy into cash at the Children’s Choice 3nd annual Candy Buy Back Event. Candy drop-off Nov.1, 8am-4pm. For more info call (619)-996-9543 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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

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Updated:   September 2018

 

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