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Your Guide to Halloween in North County San Diego

Halloween in North County San Diego

Looking for some spooktacular fun? Gather the kids or some friends together to celebrate Halloween in North County San Diego throughout the entire month of October.

The Bates Nut Farm Pumpkin Patch

Heading out to The Bates Nut Farm is definitely a fall tradition in San Diego. The pumpkin patch features tractor hay rides, straw maze and farm zoo (mini-donkeys, goats, sheep, llamas, pigs, emus, chickens, peacocks, ducks, geese and more). On the weekends, add live entertainment, pony rides, petting zoo, BBQ, kettle corn, and other family friendly events. With an advance reservation, you can take a tour of the farm to learn more about its history and what they do currently. Bring a picnic and plan to return home with delicious nuts, dried fruit and chocolate from this amazing farm. $5 parking on October weekends.

  • Thursday, September 24 – Saturday, October 31
  • 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. on weekends and 8:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. on weekends (open until 8:00 p.m. on Fridays 10/9, 10/16 and 10/23)
  • The Bates Nut Farm
  • Free

The Scream Zone 2015

Can you believe The Scream Zone is in its 18th year? Tickets are already on sale for these special evenings of terror. Cruise through the House of Horror or try your hand at zombie paintball. Or, take a Haunted Hayride, check out the Walking Dead Prison and more. A Fast Track pass will speed up any line waiting at an additional cost. And, did you know that the Del Mar Fairgrounds are haunted anyway? As you might imagine, this event isn’t for young kids.

  • October 2 – 4,  8 – 11, 15 – 18 and October 21 –  November 1
  • 7:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. on all other days.
  • Del Mar Scaregrounds (Fairgrounds)
  • Prices vary based on activity chosen. See website for details.

Pumpkin Station

Grab a pumpkin at one of the various Pumpkin Stations around San Diego, including Del Mar, Bonita and Rancho Bernardo. The latter two mentioned are actually farms where the pumpkins grow and have additional activities like tractor rides and corn mazes. If your school is looking for a fall field trip, the farms are a fabulous choice during the week. Plan extra time to enjoy the rides, inflatable houses, petting zoo and more fun Halloween activities. Download a coupon from their website for a free train ride.

  • All are open!
  • Opening and closing times vary
  • Free to enter. Rides and pumpkins are at an additional cost.

Brick-or-Treat Party Nights at LEGOLAND

Brick-or-Treat Party Nights happen every Saturday at LEGOLAND California. Kids can safely trick-or-treat down the Brick-or-Treat trail while also enjoying live entertainment, costume contests, treats, dancing, scavenger hunts, rides and giant LEGO® Halloween models. A big fireworks show closes out the event. Costumes are definitely encouraged and those who choose to visit LEGOLAND during the day will also be able to enjoy Halloween fun throughout the park.

  • October 3, 10, 17, 24, and 30
  • 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
  • LEGOLAND California
  • A special ticket is required. Check the website for options. Opt for a full day for $70 or just a night pass on these days for $40.

Farm Stand West Pumpkin Patch 

Go to Farm Stand West to pick your own pumpkins from their fields. Pumpkin patches are at both of their locations. You can also visit Fran’s Original Farm Stand in Escondido.

  • Open through October 31
  • 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Saturday through Monday; 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday
  • Farm Stand West
  • Cost of your pumpkin

Once Upon a Hallowe’en

Head over to Old Poway Park for the seventh annual Once Upon a Hallowe’en family-friendly event. There will be carnival games and a chance to ride into the past aboard the “Halloween Express,” Poway’s own Baldwin Steam Locomotive. The Porter House will be transformed into a haunted house. Most of the activities are free, however, food and drinks for sale are at an additional cost.

  • Sunday, October 25
  • 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
  • Old Poway Park
  • Free to enter

Eat Drink and Be Scary 

Join Twenty/20 Grill and Wine Bar and The Cove Bar and Grill as the hosts for our 1st Annual Family Friendly Halloween Bash. The party includes a buffet-style dinner from Twenty/20, DJ and dancing, photo booth, raffle prizes, kids’ games, face painting, costume contests and more.

  • Saturday, October 24
  • 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • The Cover Bar and Grill
  • $30

Safe Trick or Treat in Encinitas

This family event happens on a stretch Highway 101 that will be lined with decorated pumpkins, between Encinitas Blvd and K Street. Merchants will hand out candy in a safe trick-or-treating environment. A special kids’ zone sponsored by the 101 Artist’s Colony will host games and activities.

Did you know that pumpkins are grown by Self-Realization Fellowship on the hillside above Vulcan? Many of the pumpkins on display during the event will have been painstakingly carved by the SRF monks for the community to enjoy during Safe Trick or Treat.

  • Saturday, October 31
  • 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • South Highway 101
  • Free

Outside of North County

Balboa Park is hosting a huge Halloween family fun day where over two dozen museums are providing free entry for kids with a paid adult, special activities, costume parades, storytelling and more. Not to mention, individual museums are hosting their own events on this day. The list is extensive. Check the Balboa Park Halloween Family Day website for more details.

  • Saturday, October 31
  • 11:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Balboa Park
  • Cost varies by which museum you visit, if any

And, of course, there’s the SeaWorld Spooktacular, Birch Aquarium’s Haunted Aquarium, The Haunted Hotel in the Gaslamp and so, so much more.

Your Turn…

Which North County San Diego Halloween events are we missing? We’ll update this list as more events are scheduled.


*Photo courtesy of LEGOLAND California Resort

Katie Dillon: Katie writes La Jolla Mom, a lifestyle site focused on parenting, luxury travel, cooking with kids, home management, and local happenings. When not traveling, she lives in the seaside community of La Jolla, CA with her 7-year-old fashionista, dog, and husband.